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Church pastors in Louisville say delta variant deterring reopening plans

When COVID-19 forced churches and businesses to close early last year, many churches kept their doors shut for a while, but some of them still haven’t reopened and that has a lot to do with the makeup of their congregation.Dr. F. Bruce Williams, pastor of Bates Memorial Baptist Church, leads a predominantly Black congregation of …

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Churches place new COVID-19 precautions, first look at 100 Main

Good morning Memphis where the city celebrated 901 Day on Wednesday with the annual — yet different due to COVID-19 — Exposure event on the plaza of  FedExForum. But, first, with 8,808 active cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County as of Tuesday, the fight against COVID-19 in Shelby County continues on multiple fronts. The Rev. Keith Norman, …

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Service rooted in Black history and church at Butter art fair

There is a saying among church folk that without the test there is no testimony. Without tribulation — be it spiritual, mental or physical — there is no passage to the healing on the other side of the pain.  A fine art fair, dubbed Butter, starts Thursday and testifies itself to the beauty and value of Black art. Interestingly, the …

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Rev. Keith Norman urges Black churches to go virtual during COVID spread

The Rev. Keith Norman is ready to sound the alarm.  The number of COVID-19 cases is at an all-time high. Hospitals are strained. Funeral homes are rushing to keep up.  Now, Norman, who is pastor of First Baptist Church – Broad and vice president of government relations and chief community relations officer at Baptist Memorial Health …

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‘Living sermons’: Black and Latino churches lead faith vaccination efforts in Chatham

By Hannah McClellan News + Record Staff SILER CITY — For Father Julio Martinez, talking about the coronavirus vaccine with his parishioners at St. Julia’s Catholic Church isn’t a burden or political conundrum. It’s his sacred duty. “From the very beginning, I have been very proactive and very straightforward with our people about getting vaccinated,” …

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Black Mountain firefighter Garrett Presnell dies from COVID-19

A firefighter with the Town of Black Mountain has died after contracting COVID-19, officials said. Garrett Presnell, 28, died of complications of the disease, according to statements from several firefighting organizations and Buncombe County officials who observed a moment of silence during an Aug. 31 morning meeting. “I wanted to share some sad information,” county …

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