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Aberdeen church kicks off new year by urging congregants to live 'holy and healthy'

Aberdeen church kicks off new year by urging congregants to live 'holy and healthy'

Pastor Stuart Luce stepped out onto the altar at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aberdeen with his clothes bulging from sacks of sugar he had stuffed into his shirt and pants.

"You didn't know me then, but about 10 years ago, I was carrying 40 extra pounds, just like this," he told a group of children seated at the altar during a contemporary service Sunday morning.

"This feels so ridiculous, to carry 40 pounds of sugar, and I realized that's what I was carrying on my body. I knew that I needed to get healthier," Luce said.

The church on Mt. Royal Avenue is starting the new year with a "multi-layer worship series" targeting not just the...

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