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It’s a nasty season for colds and flu, and, if you’re like me, you’re washing your hands every time you turn around, wiping down shopping cart handles at the grocery store and holding your breath if someone around you sneezes.

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LOS ANGELES — Once a month, a very particular Sunday service unfolds on a patio outside a Starbucks in El Monte, California. When jets fly overhead, members of the congregation have to shout across the table at one another.

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The Sunday after the ice storm people were sledding at Grand Haven State Park. Grand Rapids resident Shannon Hall said they came looking for ice, bet settled for sledding on the dune.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides unveiled a plan Jan. 3 for a new conservative denomination that would split from the church in an attempt to resolve a decades-long dispute over gay marriage and gay clergy.

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Holiday leftovers are gone and we’re back to packing school and work lunches.

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The Ottawa County health department is providing opportunities to get outside and be active this winter.

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ATLANTA, Ga. — Five years ago, the Rev. Charles W. Savage II joined more than 80 other United Methodist Church pastors and theologians from around the nation in thoughtful conversations and prayer for an amicable separation between progressives and traditionalists.

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LAUGHLIN, Nev. — Charlie Urnick stands in a backstage hallway at Don’s Celebrity Theater, tucked inside the thrumming Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino. Smiling, shaking hands with well-wishers, he awaits the evening’s events with the knowing calm of a veteran headliner.

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The holidays are over, but your pots, pans and cookie sheets may still be feeling the pain.

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Normal people are overestimating the value of Christianity Today’s editorial in which Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli called for President Donald Trump’s removal. In plain English: It’s not what it appears to be.

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As we approach New Year’s Eve tonight, many people will commit themselves to new resolutions, commitments they have made to change something about their lives for the better.

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An iconic Grand Haven business that closed in 2018 will be reopening soon with a slightly different niche — and name.

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The nonprofit education organization, Do More Good, has announced the addition of two directors to its board beginning in 2020. Paige Riopelle, principal of Riopelle Design Group, and Craig Clark, owner of Clark Communication, will be added to the leadership roster in January.

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LOS ANGELES — A Methodist church in Claremont, California, unveiled a Nativity scene last weekend depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages, likening one of the most well-known images of the Christmas season to photos that have become synonymous with criticism of the Trump admini…

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Around the Christmas season, it is common to see a display of the Nativity scene: a small manger with the baby Jesus and his family, shepherds, the three wise men believed to have visited Jesus after his birth and several barnyard animals.

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With cold temperatures settling in for the next few months, some local schoolchildren found a way to help the students of a nearby school.

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GRAND RAPIDS — The holidays are a time to observe cultural and spiritual traditions, and to celebrate the gift of family and friends.

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If you’re scrambling for some last-minute gifts, stir up the sweet pot.

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LANSING (AP) — As promised, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed legislation Thursday that would have ended Michigan's ban on using bait to hunt deer or elk, saying the restriction is needed to curb the spread of animal diseases such as chronic wasting disease.

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A hiking trail in Ottawa County and a kayak launch in Fruitport are among a diverse range of projects recommended this week for state outdoor recreation grants.

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One of greatest ironies of history is that when billions of Christians prepare to be thankful for the coming into the world of a Jewish baby boy, anti-Semitism is rampant around the world, including America.

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NORTON SHORES — Local families are feeling the support of Western Michigan Christian students this holiday season.

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FERRYSBURG – Children ran up to greet Santa, who arrived on a fire truck with sirens blaring, to a blazing bonfire at William Ferry Park Saturday night.