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First service at new Harvest Time Free Will Baptist Church 

Harvest Time Free Will Baptist Church will hold it's first service in it's new building at 6116 Box Elder Road West in Box Elder on Sunday. The original church building burned down in July of 2015 and the congregation has been raising funds and rebuilding since then. 

Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. and the worship services starts at 11 a.m. 

For further information, contact Kathy Coats at (605) 348-8644 

First Congregational rummage sale

First Congregational Church at 1200 Clark Street will hold a rummage sale on Friday, Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon.

A bag sale will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday. All proceeds go to charities supported by Women’s Fellowship.

Guest speaker at South Canyon Lutheran

Mikah Meyer, professional countertenor, national parks traveler and Lutheran pastor’s son will be the guest speaker andsinger at South Canyon Lutheran Church’s worship service Sunday, Aug. 20 at 9 a.m.  

In 2016, Meyer honored his father’s memory and love of driving by visiting more than 400 units of the National Park System in one continuous trip.

Mikah is a professional singer formally of the Washington National Cathedral choirs and as a soloist for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, NYC’s Rebel Baroque, and Canada’s L’Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil. 

South Canyon Lutheran Church is located at 700 44th Street in Rapid City. All are welcome to attend the service.

Pope Francis to Belgian Catholics: Stop offering euthanasia

 Pope Francis has ordered a Belgian Catholic charity to stop offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals.

In May, the Brothers of Charity group announced it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia at its 15 psychiatric hospitals in Belgium, one of only two countries — along with the Netherlands — where doctors are legally allowed to kill people with mental health problems, at their request.

To qualify, people must be in a state of "unbearable suffering" and at least three doctors, including one psychiatrist, must be consulted.

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The charity said in a statement that euthanasia would only be performed if there were "no reasonable treatment alternatives" and that such requests would be considered with "the greatest caution."

"We respect the freedom of doctors to carry out euthanasia or not," the group said, noting that this freedom was "guaranteed by law."

The Vatican press office said this week that the pope had asked the Belgians not to perform euthanasia.

The Catholic Church opposes euthanasia and the Holy See has begun investigating the decision to allow the procedure, which was made by the group's lay board of directors.

The Belgian charity's administrative headquarters in Rome issued a statement in May, arguing that allowing euthanasia "goes against the basic principles" of the Catholic Church.

"This is the very first time a Christian organization states that euthanasia is an ordinary medical practice that falls under the physician's therapeutic freedom," wrote the charity's superior general, Rene Stockman.

Critics have previously raised concerns about Belgium's liberal approach to euthanasia while advocates say that people with mental health illnesses should be granted the same autonomy as those with physical diseases.

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