Local/national faith briefs

Cycle Sunday is July 13 in Lamberton

The 10th annual Cycle Sunday motorcycle gathering will take place Sunday, July 13, in the Lamberton city park. The event will begin with coffee and juice, cookies and rolls at 9:30 a.m., with time to visit with other riders and scope out the bikes. The non-denominational outdoor worship service will begin at 10 a.m. This year’s event will be Lamberton’s downtown park, three blocks south of U.S. Highway 14 and one block west of Main Street. The song service will be led by the Lake Sarah Baptist Praise Team. A communion service will be open to all followed by a brief message from Tom Dobson, minister of the Lamberton Church of Christ. Representatives from several area Christian bike clubs will be attend with information on rides and events. A free picnic lunch will be served following the service, compliments of the Lamberton Church of Christ. A short area ride will follow. For more information call 507-629-3833.

First Lutheran to offer daycamp July 21-24

Camp is coming to First Lutheran July 21-24. Daycamp, for children entering kindergarten through seventh grade, is offered by Shetek Lutheran Ministries of Slayton. A fee will be charged. The fee covers all weekly costs except for youth bringing their own noon lunch.

Each day will be comprised of Bible study, worship, games, arts and crafts, singing, fellowship, nature studies and service projects. The day will be from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at First Lutheran Church (on the corner of Church and A streets). A special program for the families will take place Thursday evening at the church. The daycamp is for everyone; participants do not have to be a member of the congregation to attend. For more information, call the church at 532-2429.

Archdiocese wins injunction in birth control case

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction to the Archdiocese of St. Louis in its legal challenge to mandatory birth control coverage under the federal government’s health insurance mandate.

The archdiocese and Catholic Charities of St. Louis don’t have to immediately comply with the health care law’s requirement to pay for contraception as part of employees’ insurance coverage, U.S. District Judge John Ross ruled Monday. The judge said the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in challenging the mandate under laws protecting religious freedom.

The archdiocese released a statement Tuesday saying it was grateful for the ruling.

“This injunction simply preserves our God-given rights that should not have been infringed upon in the first place,” the statement said. “Any scenario that forces us to violate our moral convictions is unacceptable.”

The lawsuit – among dozens of similar suits by Catholic archdioceses, hospitals and groups nationwide – was initially filed in May 2012 against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the federal Labor and Treasury departments.