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National Unmarried & Single Americans Week

Posted by Ernest on September 8, 2012 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (30)

September 16 - 22, 2012

Larry James

It is estimated that there are 82 million single and unmarried adults in the United States. National Singles Week is celebrated the third full week in September (Sunday through Saturday). This is your week to C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E the lives and contributions of unmarried and single Americans!

National Singles Week was started by the Buckeye Singles Council in Ohio in the 1980s. When that organization folded, the promotion of National Unmarrie...

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Single Adults in Brazil Respond to Blood Shortage

Posted by Ernest on September 8, 2012 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (2)

The public affairs committees and single adults of two Brazilian stakes—the Campo Grande Brazil Stake and the Campo Grande Brazil Monte Líbano Stake—recently organized a blood drive to help relieve a shortage of blood in area hospitals.

The drive, held on Saturday, February 18, was part of the second single adult conference in Campo Grande, which took place from February 18 to February 21, 2012. As they have done in the past, the stakes joined forces with Face Solid...

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Why the jobs recovery favors single workers

Posted by Ernest on September 8, 2012 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- As the economy slowly recovers, single people are finding jobs much faster than their married peers.

Single men and women lost about 5 million jobs during the financial crisis, and have since gained back 90% of them, according to the Labor Department. That's not too shabby, especially considering the jobs recovery has been so slow.

But married people, who make up a slightly larger part of the adult population, lost even more jobs and have gained far fewer ...

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Churches cope with growing single adult population

Posted by Ernest on September 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of married adults in the United States is at an all-time low and declining. In 1960, 72 percent of adults 18 and over were married, today that number is only 51 percent.

 The shift in demographics has forced churches to change how they reach out to this growing population.

According to Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries, the primary mission of Buckhead church is not to help single adults find a spouse.

"I don't feel l...

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A conversation with Cris Carpenter

Posted by Ernest on May 29, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

DAUGHTER OF MISSIONARIES shares her faith — and finds a new family — while serving on an all-Brazilian mission team.

At age 27, Cris Carpenter is serving Christ while she rediscovers her roots in the country where she was born.

Her parents, Bob and Donna Carpenter, served as missionaries in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, during the 1980s. Cris Carpenter enrolled in Abilene Christian University in Texas and, while working on a psychology degree, went on a mission tri...

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The Single Person's Guide to Retirement

Posted by Ernest on January 4, 2012 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The single life has its advantages — not the least of which is freedom from certain family financial obligations. If there are no children, for instance, singles may not need to focus on saving for college or leaving an estate. But they also face very specific financial challenges — especially when it comes to planning for retirement.

With more and more people delaying or forgoing marriage, a new generation is approaching solo retirement, and for them a combination of conve...

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That's Odd: On Bias Against Single Pastors

Posted by Ernest on December 28, 2011 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

A friend wrote me about how I would respond to the recent New York Times article chronicling the frustration of singles pursing pastoral positions. I probably came to his mind because I am both single and a pastor. I am completing 14 years as senior pastor at Bethel Church—a church that bucked the apparent bias and took a risk on a 29-year-old single fellow. It has proved to be a great ministry partnership. I am no crusader for singleness in ministry, and I address this subject with a f...

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3 Mistakes Singles Make with Their Money

Posted by Ernest on December 27, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

If you’re among the more than 99 million single people in the United States, it’s vital for you to have your finances in order. Without a spouse to pick up the slack, you could be left in a financially vulnerable position if you were to lose your job. As we head into National Unmarried and Single Americans Week (held from Sept. 18 to Sept. 24), here are three mistakes singles make with their money.

Mistake 1: Having inadequate insurance—or none at all. Just because you...

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Barely Half of U.S. Adults Are Married �?? A Record Low

Posted by Ernest on December 27, 2011 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Barely half of all adults in the United States—a record low—are currently married, and the median age at first marriage has never been higher for brides (26.5 years) and grooms (28.7), according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data.

In 1960, 72% of all adults ages 18 and older were married; today just 51% are. If current trends continue, the share of adults who are currently married will drop to below half within a few years. Other adult living arrangeme...

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New Documentary Offers Outlook on Christian Singles

Posted by Ernest on December 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The maker of a new documentary film is hoping to give the church a fresh perspective on what it's like to be a single adult.

"Single Creek" is a documentary that offers a new perspective on Christian singles.

Andy Stanley Dispels 'the Right Person' Myth"Single Creek" looks at single adults of all ages and from all walks of life, including the divorced, widows, single parents, the never marrieds and former homosexuals.

It has been produced by non-profit organization Lifestrea...

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