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ACTS Christian Church will have a free food giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon today at 401 10th Ave. N. in Texas City. ID and proof of residency in Texas City is required. Call Mercy Morgan, 713-569-9467.

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I bought my first computer in 1982, a Commodore 64. It used a 340k floppy disk and operated with machine language. After typing in the machine code, the little floppy started to whir ... and whir ... and whir a little more. It whirred so long that I could get a cup of coffee or make a sandwi…

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Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will have a community yard sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at 401 Third Ave. N. in Texas City. Booths are available for $25. For information, call 409-948-3993.

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Last week, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight. Humanity is now only two and one-half minutes away from total annihilation. It is the closest the Doomsday Clock has been to the moment of ultimate catastrophe since 1953.

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Chris and the Magnificent Singers will have a musical at 7 p.m. Sunday at Jericho Road Bible Church, 6901 Moore St., in Hitchcock. All gospel groups and soloists are invited. For information, call Chris Ray, 409-440-8945.

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In the heyday of hippies and Jesus Freaks, one man was best known for drawing members of the drug, surfing and counter cultures back into church. His name was Chuck Smith. In the 1960s he ran Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, Calif. Over the decades, his work has extended to a loose association …

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Laura Seifert, founder of Yes Ministries will speak to the Friendswood Prayer Breakfast which will run from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Feb. 18 at Heritage Park Baptist Church, 2732 FM 528 in Friendswood.

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Last Friday, with one stroke of his pen, President Trump swept away more than two centuries of American history in which we prided ourselves on our generosity, our goodness and our commitment to embrace the oppressed. He replaced it with fear and self-interest. With that same stroke of his p…

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Likely, we have all encountered a demanding soul, someone who relentlessly pursues excellence as much as they demand it from others. With their bar set high, we — who attempt to clear it with great effort and sometimes a little pain — often find at the end that we are far better than we had …

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Straight Way Church will celebrate its 31st annual church anniversary with a pre-anniversary celebration service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at No. 21 state Highway 3 in Texas City. Bishop Andrew James and Living Word Resurrection Bible Church will be the guests. For information, call 409-938-4353.

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On Jan. 18, the city commission in Texas City approved a proclamation that this Sunday will be Pastor Rudy Rios Day. The man to be celebrated has spent a quarter century ministering at one church.

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The Galveston Voices and Echoes of Praise will host a musical at 5:30 p.m. today at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 3602 Sealy Ave. Galveston County soloists, choirs, ensembles, instrumentalists and praise dancers will perform with headliners including the Wright Cuney Angels and Massiv…

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No one knows what you know. And everyone else you meet knows things you don’t. Even though my wife and I have been married 48 years, we each know things the other doesn’t.

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ACTS Christian Church will have a free food giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon today at 401 10th Ave. N. in Texas City. ID and proof of residency in Texas City is required. Call Mercy Morgan, 713-569-9467.

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The alumni of Kirwin High School will gather for a mass at 12 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Galveston’s St. Mary Cathedral Basilica, 2011 Church Rear St. to remember Monsignor Kirwin on the 90th anniversary of his death.

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Almost 40 years ago, over 100 passengers traveling on the Air France flight were being treated royally by that airline during what seemed to be a routine routing, a holiday junket or an international business trip. Good wine, fine food and then — an unexpected, violent and dramatic hijacking…

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A few summers ago, my wife and I had the privilege of keeping our grandchildren for a few weeks in Montana. They were 8, 10 and 11. We normally saw them two or three times a year. I felt like Santa Claus, showering them with gifts, then disappearing. So we were looking forward to some meanin…

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Wesley Tabernacle United Methodist Church will celebrate its United Methodist Women’s Day at 11 a.m. Sunday at 902 28th St. in Galveston. Candy Johnson Wade-Bailey will be the speaker. For information, call 409-771-0400.

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The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program will be 7 p.m. Sunday at Galveston’s Avenue L Missionary Baptist Church, 2612 Ave. L.

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All three great Abrahamic faiths do agree on one thing: It all began in a garden. They all envision a Middle-Eastern proto-paradise where the first humans were placed by the one true God. And increasingly, their congregations are setting aside land to promote meditation, prayer and community…

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I have not seen Martin Scorcese’s new movie “Silence.” It has not yet come to a theater in our area. According to the synopsis, “A 17th century Portuguese Jesuit priest receives word that his mentor has renounced his faith while on a mission in Japan. Concerned, he travels to the island nati…

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Galveston’s Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate the Epiphany with its Blessing of the Water ceremony at noon Sunday at Sea Star Base Galveston, 7509 Broadway.

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More than any other occasion, the new year marks the passage of time. We celebrate it with the dropping ball in Times Square, fireworks that ignite the night sky, fresh cut flowers in the Rose Parade, stadiums that vibrate with energy as the best college teams face off against each other. 20…

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The Christian church has used many different models to serve the poor since its earliest days. The New Testament book of Acts records how lay ministers were set aside to help needy widows shortly after the church was founded. Later, the needy were supported by individual churches and during …

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Tonight, a number of churches in Galveston County will hold Watchnight services. Watchnight, also known as Freedom’s Eve, goes back to 1862 and President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. On Dec. 31 of that year, African-Americans gathered to wait for word that Lincoln’s order had…

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A year ago we welcomed 2016 as a bouncing baby boy, wearing nothing but a diaper, a top hat and a sash. In these final days, we are watching 2016 shuffle off the stage, beaten bruised and battered, with shaggy hair and slumped shoulders, his sash tattered and torn. It has been a rough year.

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Rene Alegria, 39, has spent about 23 years of his life intermittently in and out of prison. Early in life, Alegria, who grew up in Galveston’s public housing, came under the influence of negative forces, he said.

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Trinity Episcopal Church will have its Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m. (children’s live nativity); 5:30 p.m. (Family Rt. II Holy Eucharist; nursery will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.); 9 p.m. (instrumental violin music with carols); and 9:30 p.m. (Rt. II Holy Eucharist with instrume…

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Christmas this year falls on a Sunday. So, what’s a church to do? Traditionally, churches held Sunday services every week, even when Christmas fell on the first day of a week. But now, local churches are somewhat split about such Sundays. A few are staying shuttered this Christmas morning an…

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Everywhere we turn we hear the sounds of Christmas. The little drummer boy drums; the nutcrackers crack; the babe sleeps in a manger in the little town of Bethlehem while the angels herald his coming. How could we celebrate Christmas without music?

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Faithful Jews around the world observe a number of feasts according to the law of Moses as well as a few that came after that great lawgiver’s time. Purim, also known as the Feast of Esther, and Hanukkah are two of the more recent additions to the Hebrew religious calendar.

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It’s that time of year when most folks are feeling at least a little bit festive, which can make it harder for those who don’t. For some, the Christmas season means a return of the blues.

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There was a time when “a Connecticut Christmas” would have conjured up Christmas card images: flocked evergreens, multicolored lights glistening on snow-covered streets, children sledding in the park, smoke curling from chimneys where families gather around the warm glow of the fireplace. Bu…

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The Voices of Mount Olive and Friends will host and perform with Riverside United Methodist Church Choir, The Spirit of Sankofa Chorale and A Chosen Few in “Born to Die,” a Christmas cantata produced by Glenn Burleigh at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 3602 Sealy A…

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The first strings of light have been stretched across rooftops, lawns and windows. They punctuate the otherwise dark neighborhoods with brilliant flashes of red, blue and green.

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Jamaica Beach’s Seaside Church will hold its annual Bethlehem Market Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 10 at 16534 FM 3005. Admission is free.

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This election year has left us longing for leaders of the past who led with character and integrity. None looms larger than Abraham Lincoln. His Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural address raised the bar for wisdom, justice, faith and forgiveness.

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Taking on the powerful ultra-Orthodox on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount in a contest over the place of women in Judaism is a tall order. Jewish activist Anat Hoffman has done that, but first she warmed up by taking on a different, implacable and monolithic opponent: The Israeli phone company.