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One Oklahoma church is offering up frosty beers this Sunday to those who would like to worship the old fashioned way through hymns.
East Side Christian Church in Tulsa posted on its marquee out front that it is offering Beer and Hymns Sunday night as part of a weekend-long discussion about the future of the Christian church around the world.
"I think it’s a little surprise for some people here in Oklahoma, but we like to rattle the cage a little bit," said Evan Taylor, outreach pastor at East Side Christian Church.
Though the event is turning heads of those who drive by, East Side Christian Church isn't alone in the festivities. The event is actually a part of a weekend of beer sipping and theological discussion.
"It’s a chance to reach a wide demographic of people to ask the questions of what’s happening in our Christian world, what’s happening in our churches, and what’s happening in our community," said Michael Riggs, senior pastor at First Christian Church of Downtown Tulsa.
First Christian Church of Downtown Tulsa, East Side Christian Church, Harvard Avenue Christian Church, Phillips Theological Seminary, and Oklahoma Disciples Foundation are hosting three events over the upcoming weekend with Portland-based religious author Christian Piatt.
Piatt will be discussing his book Post Christian with Green Country Christians. The book focuses on the future of the Christian church as a whole in the world.
They hope that with it being the weekend, more people will head out to talk about the future of the church, if they can catch a frosty brew or two.
"Everybody’s welcome. No questions are banned. No holds barred. Just come and respect each other’s opinions, and just have a good honest conversation about God while having a few beers at the same time," Riggs said.
But if you are worried about the Father's House becoming a frat house, East Side has put in place some measures to keep the event koshure. IDs will be checked for anyone wanting a beer. There will be a limit of three beers per person, and there are options for those who are either underaged or do not wish to partake.
"People are more curious than anything," Taylor said. "It’s not a big drunk fest. It’s just going to a nice time to have a beer and sing some old hymns at the same time."
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:35:55 -0400
In a rather ironic turn of events, the nation's second-largest cigarette producer will no longer allow smoking in its office.
Starting next year, employees of Reynolds American Inc. will no longer be able to smoke cigarettes at desks, in elevators, in conference rooms or in the majority of the building. Smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes are still okay.
The company, which makes Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, is reportedly constructing designated smoking areas inside its building to accomodate smokers.
Bloomberg points out that the company itself is even realizing the oddity of the situation. A company spokesman said, "We’re well aware that there will be folks who see this as an irony, but we believe it’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it."
The company already banned smoking on factory floors, the fitness center and the cafeteria, but this newest ban is interesting for at least two reasons: the health stigmas of being a regular smoker and the company's desire to jump into the e-cig game.
The CDC reports about 18% of American adults smoke. An estimated 42% of adults smoked in 1965 so, clearly the market is changing.
And that change could include a swing toward e-cigarettes.
"Well, if you look at the analysts today ... she's predicting that within the next 10 years, e-cigs, vaping in general, will be as large as traditional tobacco."
Bonnie Herzog, an industry analyst with Wells Fargo Securities, expects Reynolds will start bringing in more revenue from e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes by 2021.
Reynolds American launched its own electronic cigarette last year called Vuse.
While the World Health Organization hasn't taken a strong stance on possible negative effects of vapor systems, the organization has suggested they be regulated as strongly as traditional cigarettes.
This video includes images from Getty Images.Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:02:47 -0400
NC 73 CLOSURE: Diverging Diamond
NCDOT is preparing to convert N.C. 73 over I-85 in Concord to a diverging diamond ,the second of two on the $125.2 million I-85 widening project, and the second of four to open to traffic in the Charlotte region. To prepare for this new traffic pattern, NCDOT and Lane Construction will close N.C. 73 over I-85 from 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24 until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27. Motorists exiting I-85 North and South to N.C. 73 will be restricted to right turns during the closure. Detours will be posted west of I-85 along Kannapolis Parkway, and east of I-85 along George Liles Parkway and Poplar Tent Road.
October 18: Big South 5K
The race starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 18 at the Blakeney Shopping Center. Event Organizers expect 1500 participants. The route includes Blakeney Heath Road, Fieldcroft Drive, Autumn Applause Drive, Blakeney Drive, Park Farm Lane and Rea Road.
October 18: HopeBuilders 5K
The race begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 18 off of Kings Drive. Event organizers expect 1000 participants. The route includes Kings Drive, Dings Road and Queens Road West.Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:34:53 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories