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Packers game gives unique choice for area churches

Sunday’s game in London is putting you in an odd position regarding the famous Vince Lombardi quote about “God, Family, and the Green Bay Packers.“ 


Playing in their first game in England since the London Series started in 2007, the Packers and the New York Giants will kick off Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., which coincides with local church services for most denominations in the area. For area Catholics, missing Sunday mass is considered a mortal sin, which is partly why Father Edward Looney of St. Peter and St. Hubert Parish decided to move his 10:15 service in Lincoln to 7 a.m. He believes he is one of, if not the only, in the Diocese of Green Bay to do so.

Most other churches hope God outweighs the green and gold and are not adjusting their schedules. Pastor Joel McKenney of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma says there are ways you can still worship this weekend without having to miss the game.


The most unique service may go to Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church in Oshkosh, which, according to WLUK-TV, will take place during commercial breaks before reaching its conclusion during halftime.


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