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Who doesn't need to hear some good news these days?  Come join us each Sunday at 10:00 am to hear about God's good news, the best news of all! 

Come early to grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat on our patio!  Child care is provided during the service times as well as a separate program for children and youth.  Check out our website for more details!

The Church on the Corner June 10, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Randy Stonehill, acclaimed Christian song writer & musician, will be our guest worship leader this Sunday at 10:00 am...come in and join us!
Carol Taliaferro July 15, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I think that religion has no place in the Albany Patch. Do others agree with me?
Marsha Skinner July 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
No, Carol, I don't agree I'm not at all interested in Thai Massage, but someone else might be Ditto the Church on the Corner
Dee July 15, 2012 at 05:17 PM
No, Carol, I don't agree with you either. Freedom, in Albany, of speech or religion or anything that isn't politically correct, so often is not free here..... Thank you Albany Patch for this article.
Winifred Owen July 15, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Carol, in this country we have freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. Participate or not - as we choose. Even as a non-religious person, I vigorously defend that right, because that is one of the cornerstones of our democracy. Please take a look at the countries where there is NOT freedom of religion: None of them are places I would care to live, and they actually involve punishment for those practicing any religion, or any religion not approved by the state. The Patch is not a government entity. If if were, that might be a different matter. We do need to maintain separation between church and state. Otherwise, to each his or her own.
Michael Barnes July 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Since the Paterno/Sandusky scandal is still in the news, think of all the thousands of children sexually abused by Catholic priests. I think they would have preferred freedom from religion. They didn't have any choice.
Emilie Raguso July 16, 2012 at 11:40 PM
We welcome all community groups and organizations to use our event calendar to share information.
The Church on the Corner July 23, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Thank you Emilie and others for providing and ensuring a safe space here on Albany Patch for all organizations in our community to freely share what we each can bring to its well being! In response to Michael's concerns on the issue of child sex abuse, we regret the many instances where such crimes have taken place within both religious and public secular organization like those he mentioned. The statistics are alarming as some 1 in 5 children are abused sexually in our country. This can happen anywhere including both public and private, secular, and religious organizations as well as in the home. Every organization working with children and youth has a responsibility, therefore, to adopt policies and procedures that reflect best practices for preventing child abuse. Some of these include running background checks, providing training on this issue to their staff and volunteers, establishing guidelines for maintaining healthy and appropriate boundaries both physical and emotional between adults and children/youth. At The Church on the Corner, we have adopted these recommended best practices and more into our programs for children and youth. The Church on the Corner has served the city of Albany for over 100 years now by contributing to the spiritual vitality of our community. We are thankful for the opportunity to continue to do so and to freely participate in this awesome free online community resource called Albany Patch! Rev. Tom Cullen, Pastor
Margaret Tong July 23, 2012 at 03:39 AM
The Church on the Corner is a good neighbour. At this time, I am not planning to join any Church. I am a Pict. "Many are chosen, but few are Pict." I think Tom Cullen does good work. It's not right to say he ought not to announce the schedule of his church on the patch. It's a public notice, not a summons
Peter Goodman July 23, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I have no use for the teachings of organized religions, but I have great respect for what churches and religious people do for their congregations and communities. Announcing what is happening at the church, open to all, makes complete sense on Patch. I wouldn't want to be preached at, the same way I don't need vegans to tell me what to eat, OTFers to to tell me what to think, or Teabaggers to tell me how to be a patriot.
Peter Goodman July 23, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Reply to self: That didn't come out the way I meant it. It's not the teachings of organized religion but the religious organizations that I"m uninterested in. Just to clarify. The scriptures and the world's holy books and moral insights are a triumph of human civilization.
Winifred Owen July 23, 2012 at 05:27 AM
You are correct, Margaret. Anyone who suggests otherwise (i.e., that a church does not have the right to utilize this forum) has a very sketchy and naive understanding of freedom of the press (cyberpress?) and freedom of speech. Again, as I've mentioned before, this is not a government-sposored or affiliated website.
Richard Marsh November 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Freedom of speech pretty well covers it. Oh, If only churches would also respect the law as well.
Senior A. Titude November 05, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I find this comment really bothers me. I admit I don't know the intent, but it seems to be unnecessary and inflammatory. It's not related to the issue of whether the church schedule should be published here; it's an entirely different issue. It's bothersome because I had already decided on my 3 council votes based on issue positions and now I have doubts...sigh.
Tatter Salad November 05, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I agree that week-to-week Church propaganda/events should not be on the Patch. If there are 'special events,'( fund-raisers, icon/relic sales, etc.) then I'm fine with it. Our 'City Boundries', which are religiously adhered to by Patch Rules for restaurants and massage parlors would certainly not apply to religion. We have no Mosque or Jewish Temple here, yet we have one of the worlds leading Buddhist groups (home to the Dali Lama for most of his adult life)... so we take pride in their being here, but not necessarily in their dogma.
Tatter Salad November 05, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Margaret, The Catholic Church, and nearest Jewish Temple are both outside of Albany,- and don't forget the East Bay Atheists' popular "Beer Not God," meetings at Anh Hong's in Berkeley; should they be encouraged to publish here too?
Tatter Salad November 05, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Nearest Catholic Church is on Gilman in Berkeley. If we go with reviewing Berkeley Catholic practices, we will have to include Berkeley Massage Parlors too; right?! (Be careful Michael; we'll put you on a Diet of Worms. Things did not go well for Martin Luther with his posting of ninty five theis'; and things have NOT changed that much since.)
Tatter Salad November 05, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Sorry Tom, You guys are relative 'newbies' being post reformation and all... but your contributions, historic and current are greatly appreciated!
Tatter Salad November 05, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Senior, You are not alone in being bothered. Diarmuid Martin said there is a crisis regarding the sexual abuse of children by priests and the cover-up by the Church. Martin has provided tens of thousands of pages of evidence against specific priests, and his words and actions carry extraordinary weight since he's the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. (And Michael Barnes is the first to admit he occasionally puts his foot in it; but better that than being 'PC' and mute I think.)
Emilie Raguso November 05, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Why wouldn't all community events, recurring or special (singular), appear on a community calendar? What's the problem here?
Margaret Tong November 05, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Och Aye, Tattie Salad. It's fine tae ken fit's gyan on in the area. I get my hometown paper sent to me. It has all the Church services from the Salvation Army to the Wee Frees. I dinna see the bother. I'm no going to be converted by anybody an they're all part of the town. Even the pubs advertise in the paper.
Amy Smolens November 05, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I am not religious at all, but I appreciate St. Alban's being a valuable part of the Albany community. They stepped up to host the recent City Council Candidates' forum, which helped many of us hear from the candidates on issues and speak with them afterwards. I, for one, am more than happy to read about community events of all types on Patch and decide for myself whether I am interested in attending or not.
Annamarie Torpey November 05, 2012 at 05:47 AM
So, if we're playing that game Mr. Barnes, can I request freedom FROM the homophobia of the Boy Scouts & request that they not be allowed to post any events here on Patch? No? Why not? Because that's ridiculous and inflammatory and not directly related to the issue at hand? Oh... kind of like your comment. Yes, I see now.
Phil M November 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I am just glad to see church’s trying to step up and being the hands and feet of Christ. Whether you are religious or not we still need to show love. Thank you for being the light of the world and hopefully many will come to know Christ. ________________________________________ Find a Career College near you, www.americolleges.com

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