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Sasebo Naval Base's command chaplain Cmdr. Ed Ranard.
Sasebo Naval Base's command chaplain Cmdr. Ed Ranard. (Greg Tyler / S&S)

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — In a variation of “reaching their hearts through their stomachs,” a new faith-based men’s group sponsored by the Religious Ministries Department plans to offer a free breakfast to those who attend the first meeting.

The inaugural gathering of the Community Chapel Men’s Fellowship takes place Feb. 21 at 7:30 a.m. in the Harbor View Club.

All men from the base community interested in developing solid friendships are invited to participate, said command chaplain Cmdr. Harvey Ranard.

“I want to discuss with those present their needs and interests, as well as their ideas for the group. I want us to shape our purpose and scope as a group,” Ranard said.

The group’s core will consist of Christian tenants, but its membership won’t be exclusive.

“I want it to be a Christian group that provides outreach, support, fellowship and mentorship for men seeking the walk in their faith at work and at home. And I want it to be for both married and single men,” Ranard said.

Several men involved in the base’s Christian community approached Ranard about sponsoring such an organization.

“I definitely see a need for this here, and it has great potential for increasing spiritual awareness in the whole community,” said Charles Howard, who along with his family, regularly participates in activities and services with the main base Protestant congregation.

“I plan to attend and participate when I can, and I see how a men’s group would foster mentoring relationships and friendships among the guys who come,” added Howard, the relocation assistance officer at Sasebo’s Fleet and Family Support Center.

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