Religion Briefs November 17, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Community Thanksgiving to be held on Monday
Tupelo’s annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be held Monday, Nov. 19 at St. Paul Methodist church. The service will last from 12 to 1 p.m., and will feature musical performances by community members and St. Paul’s Inspirational Choir. In addition, members of the Police Athletic League will speak on the nature of what it is to be thankful. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend the event.

Salvation Army needs volunteers for holiday
The Salvation Army needs volunteers for its various ministries this holiday season. The Angel Tree set up in the Barnes Crossing Mall provides needy families with Christmas presents for children, and is need of both workers and families willing to adopt the Christmas lists of those less fortunate. Help is also needed at the Salvation Army’s distribution center to sort gifts donated for the Angel Tree. The Army’s Women’s Auxiliary, working to organize meals for their Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, and will need help preparing turkeys Thanksgiving morning at the Salvation Army’s community center at 527 Carnation St. in Tupelo. After Thanksgiving, the Army will mount efforts for Christmas and is in need of volunteers for bell-ringers to accept charity at various locations around Tupelo. Those interested are asked to call the Salvation Army’s main office at (662) 842-9222

Atheists sue IRS for notmonitoring politicking
The Freedom from Religion Foundation, a First Amendment watchdog group, is suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to challenge the tax-exempt status of churches whose pastors engage in partisan politicking from the pulpit.
Filed on November 14, the lawsuit claims that as many as 1,500 pastors engaged in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” on Oct. 7, when pastors endorsed one or more candidates, which is a violation of IRS rules for non-profit organizations.
As 501 (c) (3) non-profits – a tax-exempt status most churches and other religious institutions claim – churches may not intervene in “any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any political candidate.”
IRS rules do allow religious institutions to urge members to vote and speak out on issues. But endorsing specific candidates could jeopardize their tax-exempt status.

‘Jesus’ one of the most used web passwords
If you use the Lord’s name as an internet password, you may be exposing yourself to identity theft. According to a study by SplashData, “Jesus” ranks among the top 25 log-in phrases.
This list is compiled from files of millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers.
This is the first year “Jesus” has made the list, which is released annually, along with other first-timers like “ninja,” “monkey” and “welcome.” However, the number one most used password is still “password.”
This week’s answer
Q. WHAT PROPHET rebuked King David for his sin?
A. NATHAN (2nd Samuel 12:1)
This week’s question
Q. HOW LONG was the Son of Man in the heart of the Earth?
Questions by Claude Wilemon