Poised to roll out its 21st season, the Coulee Region Gospel Choir has for many become a Christmas tradition. Its blend of secular and sacred choral music, in addition to quartets, ensembles and sometimes instrumentals, has warmed the hearts of listeners since the mid-1970s.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Lutherans to set aside doctrinal differences Thursday and work with Catholics to care for the poor, the sick and refugees as he laid out his vision for greater communion before his visit to Sweden later this month.

The Rev. Penny Ellwood, Blue Springs campus pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection: We have a human habit of looking for patterns of three. You hear people say all the time expressions like “three’s company” or conversely, “three’s a crowd” or “the third time’s the charm, “or “b…

The evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham held a rally at the State Capitol in Madison, Wednesday, urging Christians to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Some protesters attended, and an interfaith service was held in nearby Grace Episcopal Church discussing differing views.

SPARTA — Sparta United Methodist Church will conduct an organ and piano recital on Saturday, May 14. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. with performances to follow.

The Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market St., will offer a workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, that offers advice for ending patterns of anger, blame, self-hatred and addiction.