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Lifetree Cafe to present variety of topics in January

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Something in the way we move tells a lot about us.

That and some moving personal stories are on tap for January during the Lifetree Cafe gatherings in Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road, and Pathway Church of God, 201 Pennsylvania Ave. in Delaware.

The series of weekly video presentations followed by guided discussions among attendees are held Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Pathway Church of God and Thursdays at the same time in Meadow Park Church of God. They last an hour.

There is no charge to attend and registration is not required.

Lifetree Cafe is a national network based in Loveland, Colo.

The topic for the first week of 2013 will be "Body Language: What you Say Before You Say a Word."

Set for Jan. 9 in Delaware and Jan. 10 in Columbus, the program features a filmed interview with nonverbal communication expert Jan Hargrave, author of Actions Speak Louder Than Words and Let Me See Your Body Talk.

Next up, Jan. 16 at Pathway Church of God and Jan. 17 at Meadow Park Church of God, will be "Overcoming Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds."

The program features an exclusive interview with Patrick Henry Hughes, who, because of a rare genetic disorder, was born without eyes or the ability to straighten his arms and legs.

Despite this, the young man performed with the University of Louisville Marching Band, pushed in a wheelchair by father Patrick John Hughes, making them the "only two-person marching band member in college football," according to a Sports Illustrated story by Rick Reilly.

"My Angel Saved Me: Can We Count on Supernatural Protection" will be the topic Jan. 23 and 24.

It will feature a filmed interview with a woman who claims her life was saved by an encounter with an angel.

"Some studies show that more than half of all adults believe in guardian angels," Lifetree Cafe representative Craig Cable is quoted as saying on the website for the program.

Closing out the month, Jan. 30 and 31, will be "Schindler's Youngest Survivor Speaks: A Story of Risk and Redemption," a filmed interview of Leon Leyson, who was only 13 when Oskar Schindler saved the Jewish boy's life by putting him to work in a factory in Krakow, Poland.

In the film, Leyson describes how the Nazis captured his family members, confined them in the Jewish ghetto area of Krakow and herded them onto trains bound for concentration camps, according to the program's description.

After the war, Leyson moved to the United States, but remained quiet about his wartime experience until the release of the (1993) Oscar-winning Stephen Spielberg film Schindler's List. Leyson, then, gradually began to tell his story.

"Just really, really powerful interesting topics for January," said Cindy Heath, Meadow Park Church of God's director of communications.

Heath said weekly programs at both locations have generally been drawing 15 to 20 participants.

"Certainly we would like to expand that," Heath said.

"We'd love 50 people a week, but the program is still in its infancy. We are very pleased with what we've seen so far."

 

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