At age 74, Galveston's Lucy McMahon is a record-holding international powerlifting competitor, and on Dec. 8 she will be competing in the Global Powerlifting Alliance/International Powerlifting Organization World Championships in Moscow.
One of the mantras in our colleges and universities — and maybe in advanced high school classes, too — is that we must teach students to think critically.
The video tape player, an ancient thing, had been repaired and put in good order within the last year or two, so I popped the tape in and sat back to watch and recall the story.
Galveston’s Couch Surfers offers a considerably different take on getting non-church people back to Bible study, prayer and perhaps to his church, the venerable, 130-year old Central Methodist Church at 3308 Ave. O ½.
At 2 p.m. today there will be a Community Prayer and Gathering at the Texas City Police Department, 1004 9th Ave N.
A significant event of faith and hope was little noticed last weekend. While we grieved over the horrific event in France, the attempted coup in Turkey, the ambush of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, thousands of people, mostly in their 20s and 30s, gathered Saturday in Washington D.C.
The church has gone through boom and bust cycles for more than 20 years, all under the leadership of one man, the Rev. Jerry P. Hatfield.
This past week we have been shaken by the sniper killing of five uniformed officers at the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dallas.
Churches have found it hard to borrow in recent years, so it is notable that League City United Methodist will break ground on a new, expanded campus at 6 p.m. Sunday at 1601 League City Parkway.
Some things need containers, others don’t. So what about a church?
All of us have have blind spots.
The monthly Friendswood Prayer Breakfast will feature Trish Hanks, the superintendent of Friendswood Independent School District, at 7:10 a.m. July 23 at New Life Fellowship, 104 Whispering Pines Ave. in Friendswood. She will speak on a “Message from the Heart.”
Now, with young parishioners often eschewing cash, checks or credit in favor of paying by debit cards or smartphones, a problem arises as passing the plate offers no obvious response from those to whom this mode of giving is foreign.
Unless we recapture the “faith of our fathers,” our future may look like the forbidding landscape of science fiction movies with human beings consigned to violence and anarchy. Without faith, we could return to a survival of the fittest.
Friendswood’s Calvary Chapel will host celebrations at both 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. this Sunday at 3700 E FM 528 with guest speaker and Apollo 16 Astronaut Charlie Duke.
At informal gatherings, it’s not uncommon to go from name dropping to comparing notes among friends as to the famous folks each have met. Perhaps one met a movie star once, or another a presidential candidate, or even a contestant from American Idol or The Voice. But it would be hard to top shaking hands with the Pope, the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on Earth.
We are always afraid and suspicious of people who are different than we are. But “perfect love casts out fear.”
La Marque’s McKinney Memorial United Methodist Church will begin its 97th church anniversary with "A Concert of Prayer" prayer breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon today at 1607 Nashby St.
Rodgers, now leads the non-profit, faith-based Operation Redemption, based in Friendswood, which trains men to be effective fathers and encourages fatherhood in general. His analysis shows that his own lonely childhood reflects a larger trend with respect to men and their offspring.
Sunday is Father’s Day in the United States, Chile, Canada, Japan, the UK, South Africa, China, India and most of Europe. Nations around the world recognize the important role of fathers in the lives of children.
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church in Galveston will feature a multi-faceted Juneteenth celebration during services at 9 a.m. Sunday. Juneteenth, Father’s Day, and a special honor for the Eucharist, celebrated by the Right Rev. Andy Doyle, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas will combine for tomorrow’s special services.
You needn’t be a historian, or even a student of current affairs, to reach the conclusion that not only are all religions not the same in basic beliefs and practices, but their subsequent disagreements sometimes lead to dissension, discrimination and distaste. And, not uncommonly, also have inspired pogroms, general persecution and from time to time, open warfare.
After existing in this comatose condition for a week, Eben Alexander miraculously woke up. When he did, all his preconceived scientific assumptions about life and death were changed.
Twenty years ago, few women headed up a local church, so you won’t see many two-decade anniversaries for female pastors in these pages. One of these early pioneers, the Rev. Joyce M. Ford of Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, will celebrate the start of her third decade as a pastor at 3 p.m. Sunday at 1220 state Highway 3 in La Marque.
Thousands of priests gathered in Rome Friday for the Jubilee of Priests, including Galveston’s the Rev. Richard Goodin of Holy Family Parish.
Galveston’s St. Vincent’s House will celebrate Juneteenth with praise and worship with its 15th Annual Gospel by the Sea fundraising concert from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 11 at the Moody Methodist Church gymnasium, 2803 53rd St.
Every year I write at least one column about my dog, Buddy, a tri-color Pembroke Welsh Corgi who found his way into our home seven years ago.
Galveston’s First Lutheran Church and the Stop Hunger Now program volunteers are racing as you read this to package 10,000 meals for those in need in Galveston County. The project is set for 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. today, in the church Parish Hall at 2415 Winnie
Now a piece of Luther’s production is coming to Galveston’s First Lutheran Church, 2415 Ave G. Written in the “alt Deutsch Schrift” or “the old German font/writing.” It is an incredible import from 1552 A.D.
On Monday, like millions of other Americans, we will fly our flag outside our house to honor Memorial Day.
Clear Lake’s Congregation Shaar Hashalom will be part of a first-time event here, a Jewish youth convention for kids in grades 8 through 12 from June 5 to June 8 at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake, 3000 NASA Parkway in Houston.
Friendswood’s Good Shepherd Episcopal Church has opened a labyrinth and garden with a companion columbarium at 1207 W. Winding Way Drive.
Exoplanets are planets that orbit a star other than our sun. On May 10, the Kepler Space Telescope verified 1,284 new exoplanets bringing the total to approximately 3,200.
A field of crosses will be erected next to La Marque’s Abundant Life Christian Center, and they would like to dedicate one to a loved one you will remember on Memorial Day.
This Passover, Rabbi Marshal Klaven, leader of Galveston’s Temple B’nai Israel, 3008 Ave. O, boarded a C-130 to bring hope to this small Jewish community and, perhaps, to the entire base.
Nothing is as challenging as being a parent.
This month’s Friendswood Prayer Breakfast will begin with coffee at 7:10 a.m. May 21 at Friendswood Community Church, 2821 W. Parkwood. Texas State Rep. Dr. Greg Bonnen will speak about the meaning of mission.
Picture the Rev. Jack Matkin, pastor of Dickinson’s First United Methodist Church, standing over the ancient farmlands of the English countryside, blessing, as it were: dirt and livestock.
The proposed Reagan movie is another indication that we are in danger of selling our soul for entertainment.
You won’t have to be bird watcher to spot a cardinal on the island next week.
The Daily News asked Dickinson’s Dominion Church how they managed to create their new campus at 6400 Calder Drive.
When I lived in Minnesota, I always had a garden. I guess it was “our” garden, my daughter’s and mine. She was 7 when we moved to Minnesota.
The Women's Ministry of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church will have its annual women's conference, "Strong together — 'ALTAR-ED' lives" at 10 a.m. May 14 at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake Hotel, 3000 NASA Road 1.
Several Galveston groups will host a special lecture on Holocaust Remembrance Day, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 5 at Congregation B'nai Israel, 3008 Ave. O.
Our world is filled with noise: the whine of tires on the interstate, the roar of 18-wheelers, the constant chatter of televisions in the background, talk show hosts over-talking each other, voices escalating in pitch and volume, politicians screaming insults and accusations at each other.
Those interested in this ministry can follow them on Facebook, visit their website at www.saltyculture.com or call 409-789-1234.
The Saturday night of April 9 was a memorable time for more than 60 persons of different faiths. Together, the cluster celebrated the peace, tranquillity and harmony of our beautiful island.
They are everywhere. They are found on every continent in every culture. Without them the human race would be doomed to extinction in a few short decades. They fill the air with laughter, like the sound of water gurgling in a happy brook. Their capacity for imagination and happiness is almost boundless. They find treasure in the common things in common places. They are the children.
Passover begins at sundown April 22. We asked local rabbis to weigh in on keeping the Seder, or ceremonial Passover meal, relevant.
The ordination service for Minister Faye Williamson will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Temple of Deliverance Worship Center, 1400 Sylvia St., in La Marque. Bishop Aaron Johnson will conduct the ordination.
There is something about digging in the earth, sowing seeds and burying plants in the freshly turned soil. It is an act of faith, of hope and expectation. It is an ancient ritual of believing. It is a way of interacting with life’s mysterious miracle. When I was in Minnesota, I wrote a poem about the experience:
The Galveston March of Remembrance will begin at 1:30 p.m. April 16 at Galveston’s Trinity Episcopal Church at 2216 Ball St.
Tina Brown and Avis Blake-Thomas were both seminary students when the inspiration came to them that turned into the Opened Bible Academy.
The Welcome Center, a nonprofit based at Shiloh A.M.E. Church, will have its inaugural gala from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, in Galveston. Tickets are $45.
A couple hundred years ago people lived in remote isolation, farming land on open prairies. Travel and communication were slow and uncertain. Letters took weeks, if not months, to reach their destination. Responses were long delayed. A visit to town might take an entire weekend. Camp meetings lasted for a week or more.
When visitors come to a church, it would be ideal for that congregation to be able to provide them with Bibles in their “heart language.” That is, the language their parent’s spoke; the first words they learned.
Galveston’s St. Vincent’s Episcopal House wants volunteers for its new garden. From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 2 at 2817 Alfreda Houston Place, they will help make “God’s Garden for God’s People” a reality by seeding, weeding and watering.
Life starts out fairly simple. When my wife and I married, we could, quite literally, pack all our possessions in the back seat of our car. But along the way, we picked up clutter. The closets and attic now overflow. I rented a storage unit so she could get her car in the garage. “Stuff” seems to multiply. It fills every nook and cranny. It is hard to throw it away. Worn out baby shoes, broken toys and scribbled scraps of paper represent my life.
So each year at this time, Our Faith offers previews of sermons which will be offered around the county. Some also will be available online at church websites.
Still, for clarity, it’s reasonable to make useful analogies, so the upcoming Jewish celebration of Purim, the Feast of Esther, which begins at sundown Wednesday this year, could be compared with either Mardi Gras or Halloween, but not with St. Patrick’s Day, which is the closest to it on the calendar.
As we approach Easter, Hollywood has again released new movies about the life of Jesus. This year, "The Young Messiah," is the story of Jesus as a child wrestling with the dawning discovery of his identity as the Son of God.
The European church has more than a thousand years of sacred music to share from Easters-past. Some of the most moving of that extensive repertoire comes from Johann Sebastian Bach. You’ll be able to sample both the familiar and some lesser-known works when the Bach Society of Houston will perform a concert entitled "Music for Passiontide" at 6 p.m. Sunday at Galveston’s Lyceum, 2401 Winnie St.