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FRONT PAGE  |  11/11/2019
SUNDAY, MAR 11, 2012  |  11 comments
Bowling alleys in churches are disappearing fast

Church bowling alleys are disappearing fast. There are probably fewer than 200 left , says Neil Stremmel, of the U.S. Bowling Congress.

Doug Schmidt, author of the 2007 book They Came to Bowl: How Milwaukee Became America's Tenpin Capital, says that city once had at least 13 church bowling alleys. "They came with German immigrants in the 1860s," Schmidt says. "Most closed in the 1980s or '90s."

Milwaukee's St. Martini Lutheran Church built its eight-lane alley in 1954, says church secretary Trudi Groth. In 2004, four lanes were dismantled to make space for a lunch room. Two years ago the final four lanes were replaced by classrooms. ...

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Clown XVI  Find all comments by Clown XVI
“According to this story, a traveling circus in Denmark caught fire. The manager thereupon sent the clown, who was already dressed and made up for the performance, into the neighboring village to fetch help, especially as there was a danger that the fire would spread across the fields of dry stubble and engulf the village itself. The clown hurried into the village and requested the inhabitants to come as quickly as possible to the blazing circus and help to put the fire out. But the villagers took the clown’s shouts simply for an excellent piece of advertising, meant to attract as many people as possible to the performance; they applauded the clown and laughed till they cried. The clown felt more like weeping than laughing; he tried in vain to get people to be serious, to make it clear to them that this was no stunt, that he was not pretending but was in bitter earnest, that there really was a fire. His supplications only increased the laughter; people thought he was playing his part splendidly — until finally the fire did engulf the village; it was too late for help, and both circus and village were burned to the ground.”

The Pope explains the ties between the story and the way modern society, to its peril, disregards modern theologians.
(Intro to Christianity, 39-40)


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Norra Kloon  Find all comments by Norra Kloon
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I.M. Wright | Isles of Langerhans  Find all comments by I.M. Wright
Truly sad news. I thought it was about the megachurches with their gyms and extravagant building campuses, but when I see it is about old-line churches in areas like Milwaukee, I am chagrined.

I am sorry I never had the intelligence to attend a church with a bowling alley.
I'm no great bowler, but it seems like a truly harmless sport.

As to the Bible not saying anything about bowling, neither does it mention pianos, organs, guitars, amplification devices, electric lights, etc.

Next thing you know, they will be closing the poker rooms in churches!


News Item3/12/12 10:35 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
I haven't read in scripture where the body of Christ was a building.

News Item3/12/12 2:02 AM
Percy  Find all comments by Percy
No, there is nothing wrong with having a bowling alley.

News Item3/12/12 1:00 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Percy wrote:
Yet another sign of the demise of real Christianity in our country and Obama's imposition of novelties like lunch rooms and classrooms and healthcare upon simple churchgoers.
I don't blame politicians here; Christians themselves (like Germans in this case) foolishly have been adding innovations to worship & practice for almost two centuries going. They even took on 501(c)3 bondage willingly since the '50s, despite not being required to. All politicians have to do now is yank that chain.

News Item3/11/12 11:49 PM
Percy  Find all comments by Percy
Yet another sign of the demise of real Christianity in our country and Obama's imposition of novellties like lunch rooms and classrooms and healthcare upon simple churchgoers.

News Item3/11/12 7:16 PM
Dirk Yoder  Find all comments by Dirk Yoder
I haven't read in the scriptures where the body of Christ contained a bowling alley.

News Item3/11/12 2:24 PM
wooden post  Find all comments by wooden post
"Church bowling alleys are disappearing fast. There are probably fewer than 200 left , says Neil Stremmel, of the U.S. Bowling Congress."

Oh No!
What are the Liberals going to do to amuse themselves now?


News Item3/11/12 8:52 AM
Angela Wittman | Southern Illinois  Find all comments by Angela Wittman
Praise the Lord! I've never been in a church with a bowling alley either and pray I never will.

News Item3/11/12 8:43 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
I was not aware until just now that there are/were bowling alleys in churches. I have not been in any church where there is a bowling alley in the basement.
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