Sex acts ‘desecrated’ altar at Pearl River LA church

A Catholic church in Pearl River, Louisiana, has burned the altar where its former pastor was caught having sex with two women.

“His behavior was obscene, his desecration of the altar is demonic,” said Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, who consecrated a new altar at the church Sunday, WVUE reports.

The former pastor at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Travis Clark, has been removed from ministry and is no longer on the diocese payroll, WDSU reported.

Clark, 37, was arrested Sept. 30 with Mindy Dixon and Melissa Cheng on obscenity charges after a passer-by reported seeing them having sex on the church’s altar, the New Orleans Advocate reported.

Police confiscated sex toys, stage lights and two recording devices from inside the church, according to the publication.

Attorney Bradley Phillips, who represents Dixon and Cheng, called their arrest “appalling,” and said they were engaged in consensual sex with an

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Rowan One Church One Child clothing giveaway a success

a group of people standing on the side of a road: A unique partnership of the Rowan County Department of Social Services (DSS) with area churches and civic organizations, ROCOC held a clothing giveaway this past weekend.

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A unique partnership of the Rowan County Department of Social Services (DSS) with area churches and civic organizations, ROCOC held a clothing giveaway this past weekend.

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – From Rowan One Church One Child: The Rowan One Church One Child (ROCOC) Program is another example of what it means to be a RoCo original.  

A unique partnership of the Rowan County Department of Social Services (DSS) with area churches and civic organizations, ROCOC held a clothing giveaway this past weekend to benefit individuals who might need a little extra support during these difficult times.  

Special thanks to Nazareth Community Church, DSS staff members and their families, and Koco Java Coffee and Roastery for sending coffee to bolster the work crew’s energy!

For more information about the partnership, visit the Rowan One Church One Child webpage.   If you are interested in becoming a

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Children’s Clothing Drive At Church Of Saint James

BASKING RIDGE, NJ—The Church of Saint James is teaming with a local nonprofit to collect children’s clothing Oct. 1-3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of its inaugural Children’s Clothing Drive for local kids.

Local nonprofit Cherubs & Angels is coordinating the drive, which has a specific, unique goal.

“We want to get as much of this clothing as we can to local kids,” said Cherubs & Angels founder Kathleen Lubarsky. “As directly as possible.”

Lubarsky said she has coordinated large clothing and toy drives in the past, including last year, when she collected 10,000 toys for children in New Brunswick and Newark. But a conversation with a volunteer at a local food pantry about how many people in the area are food insecure gave her an idea.

“I realized if people can’t feed their kids over the summer, what are they going to do when the winter

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Pastor Who Led Maine Superspreader Wedding Must Wear Mask at Son’s Nuptials, N.H. Church Says

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The pastor who officiated the Maine wedding that turned into a COVID-19 superspreader event linked to at least eight deaths will be required to wear a mask when he is at his son’s nuptials at a New Hampshire church later this month, a church official said.

Rev. Todd Bell, a pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Maine, led the Aug. 7 wedding ceremony at a nearby church, and the 65 attendees were in violation of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions on crowd size and its mask mandate. The ceremony, along with the subsequent reception at Big Moose Inn, has now been linked to at least 180 infections and eight deaths, primarily in people at a nearby nursing home who did not attend the wedding.

Bell has ignored social distancing practices and Maine’s mask mandate at his church and encouraged his congregation to trust God rather than the

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Wedding photographer, church groups challenge Virginia’s new LGBT rights law

In a case filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Loudoun County photographer Bob Updegrove asserts that the law could force him to photograph a same-sex wedding despite his personal opposition to same-sex marriage.

“The government cannot demand that artists create content that violates their deepest convictions,” Jonathan Scruggs, a lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious-liberty group representing plaintiffs in both cases, said in a statement.

State Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who sponsored the Virginia Values Act and was the state’s first openly gay legislator, noted that the law also bans discrimination on the basis of race, religion, disability and status as a veteran.

“People have a right to be free from discrimination,” he said. “We’re moving into a Virginia that can accept that. And there are a few people who want to hold onto the past, unfortunately.

The other suit, filed Monday in Loudoun

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