Religion: Christmas in Neosho

About 5,000 people live in the little community of Neosho, Mo. This year, as the Christmas season began, Attorney Wayne Slankard and a few of his friends felt an urge to do something special, they wanted to come closer to the spiritual meaning of Christ's birthday. They decided to meet at 7:15 every morning—men only—for half an hour's devotion in the grey stone Presbyterian Church. Perhaps 50 or so might show up, they thought.

The first morning 275 came. By the end of last week, the church was packed every morning with as many as 350 men in overalls and business suits....

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