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Communion Ceremonies Are Being Modernized in Milwaukee

by Elroy Willis

MILWAUKEE (EAP) -- Several churches in the Milwaukee area have recently been under attack by Christian fundamentalists after the churches started offering adult-only communion ceremonies where people have the choice of drinking beer instead of wine, and eating pieces of bread covered with cream cheese instead of dry communion wafers.

"We've been trying to draw in more beer drinkers to our church lately, and we don't see why the fundamentalists are attacking us," said William Bappe, pastor of Glenville Church of God, in east Milwaukee.

"The main thing to consider is saving people, and if they like beer instead of wine, and like real bread instead of some paper thin wafers which are supposed to symbolize the bread at the Last Supper, then we think we're doing a good thing by providing what some people want," Bappe said.

"Monday Night Football is a joyous time for us," said Neil Parson, pastor of Lakeside Church, in northern Milwaukee. "We put up a big screen TV in our church, and have kegs of beer and loaves of bread, all blessed by God of course." "Mondays used to be a pretty slow night for our church, but things changed after we started combining communion with Monday Night Football."

"We think Jesus would've liked Monday Night Football," he said.

The Christian fundamentalists claim that such activities are an abomination in God's eyes, and want to put a stop to it.

"We're doing whatever we can to attract more followers and lead people to God, and if others don't like it, that's their problem," Parson said.

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