BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND: Columbia First Nazarene Church to host “Back to Our Roots” event

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 | 6:12 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia First Church of the Nazarene will hold its first "Back to Our Roots" event featuring representatives from Chosen People Ministries.

The event, which explores Christian roots in the Jewish religion, will run Friday through Sunday at the Columbia First Nazarene Church, 2601 Blue Ridge Road.

"The unifying thread in these events is for us to be reminded from the Christian perspective that our roots go deeply into the Jewish tradition," the Rev. Mark West said. "It's important for us to see the connections between our cultures."

Bob and Emily Seemar from Chosen People Ministries in New York will speak at two events at the church. 

The "Jewish Fall Festivals" service will share how feasts are celebrated in a Jewish home, Seemar said. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. 

A Passover banquet will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday.

"The banquet will explain how Passover is celebrated in a Jewish home, and also how Jesus celebrated it because he was Jewish and he gave special meaning to it," Seemar said.

On Sunday, the church will hold their regular services, and tie in the "Back to Our Roots" theme, West said.

This is the first time the church has held a series of events exploring the Jewish religion.

"It's something that I've always wanted to participate in, and the opportunity just came up for it," West said. 

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