Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 4, 2013

Multi-church effort to present ALHPA program

Special to the Review
The Athens Review

Athens — They say there is no free lunch but this Sunday evening at 5:30 there will be free dinner at St. Stephen’s Athens.  

St. Stephen’s will join with St. John’s Lutheran Church and First Church of the Nazarene  to introduce the ALPHA to the community following the meal.

ALPHA is for those seeking answers to questions such as: What is the meaning of life? What relevance does Jesus have for our lives? How do we deal with guilt? Does God still heal today?

Some people want to get beyond religion and find a relationship with God

that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the ALPHA course. Some guests have never been to church, others may have attended church occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith.

Many are regular church attendees who want to renew their understanding of Jesus and what he can or does mean to us all. Everyone is welcome.

Twenty-two-and-a-half million people have attended ALPHA courses in 169 countries; churches, homes, community centers, prisons, even in some restaurants and bars. The course is for everyone: those who grew up as Christians or never set foot in a church, whether they are 18 or 80, whether they raise kids or raise cattle.

In the past the course has been offered locally at St. Stephen’s, St. John’s and at the Gardens of Athens.  This is the first time it is an ecumenical offering of the three churches and members of other local congregations. The more different denominations represented, the more interesting the exploration will be.

Attending ALPHA is different: there is no pressure, no follow up and no charge. Attendees may register ahead at one of the three churches or just come Sunday evening. 

For more information call the convener, Bill Peikert, at 903-368-0759.