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  • I have been going to church for more years than I care to remember. If I tried to remember how many years it is, I might then remember how old I am. Knowing how old I am does not have any appeal to me.
    I rather like going to church. I do not go to church because I have to. I go to church because it is a wonderful place and it is filled with wonderful people. Are there hypocrites in the church? Yes, a whole lot more.

  • Helping Hands of Ocala has been awarded a grant of $5,000 from Winn Dixie’s Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation.
    “We are very grateful for this generous donation as it is a big boost in helping us rebuild the lives of homeless people”, said Brad Dinkins, Chairman of Helping Hands. He further commented, “This is the largest grant we have ever received from the food industry”.

  • By Dick Frank

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Judi Siegal

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  • By Dick Frank

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • Long before Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Blue Cross, Jews have been caring for their sick in compassionate hospital settings. As was the case before public hospitals came into existence, most hospital care was under the auspices of religious groups. For Jews, this posed the problem of the obtaining of kosher food as well as the discrimination practices against Jewish doctors. To this effect, Jewish hospitals were set up in major cities to alleviate these problems.

  • By Dick Frank

  • The Elders of Southwest Christian Church, 9045 S.W. 60th Ave., have called Peter Bunch to be the church’s full time Minister and Music Director as of March 1. Bunch had been serving as Interim Minister of the church.

  • Classic American musical Guys and Dolls is live on stage at Ocala Civic Theatre from May 16 through June 9!

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • By Rev. James L. Snyder
    Under normal circumstances, I am a rather cool, calm and collected person. I say normal because not everything in my life is normal.  It takes a lot to rattle this cage of mine but once rattled, look out whoever rattles it.
    I am saying all this to get to my point, which is, somebody hacked my computer e-mail account this past week. If you think I will take this sitting down, oh, I guess I am sitting down right now, but I assure you I will not stand for something like this. I have never been so rattled in my life.

  • By Dick Frank

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

    Much is said about kids ruining English with the texting language they use on cell phones. But, nothing is new. We use many expressions that are really slang; consider the meanings of party animal, paper pushers, goofed up, and kickback. Before that, 23 skidoo” was a slang phrase popularized during the early twentieth century. Today’s Pun Alley goes back even further to look at the peculiarities of English.

  • By Judi Siegal

    One of the most beautiful and meaningful ritual objects in Judaism, is, in my opinion, the tallit or prayer shawl. This biblically mandated item has for centuries characterized the Jew by its distinctive design and has served as a powerful spiritual symbol of God’s protection.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

    I am the kind of person who likes to do business with cash on the barrelhead. I do not like credit because it has a way of biting you in the end. When you have a credit card, there are fees to beat the band. I do have a credit card but I have it hidden so well that I have not been able to find it for seven weeks. I just do not like using it.