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Overcomer’s Outreach will meet at 7 p.m. Fridays at The Salvation Army, 4210 Texas Ave., in Texas City. Call Joseph Davis, 832-820-1203.

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A few years ago we adopted a dog. Well, I guess “I” adopted a dog. My wife finally gave in. But he won her over and now he is “our” dog. He has traveled thousands of miles with us, and introduced us to strangers from around the world.

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The Rev. Nathan Mahand, minister of outreach and education at Galveston’s First Baptist Church, isn’t BOI, or born on the island, but arrived here some three years ago. Even so, he’s learned to turn a weather eye toward the Gulf this time each year. If he needs a reminder, he only needs walk…

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The Church Women United will have its May Friendship Day Celebration at 11 a.m. today at Carter Temple C.M.E. Church, 3901 Sealy St., in Galveston. Lunch will be served afterward. “Kindling New Fires of Love” is the theme. All churches are invited. For information, email lillieandlarry@yahoo…

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Last week we drove my old pickup from Colorado to Texas. After 15 years and 155,000 miles, it is still going strong, or so we thought.

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Compton Memorial Church of God in Christ and The Chosen Ones Outreach Ministries of Galveston Inc. will be giving away senior food boxes from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at 2628 Ball St. in Galveston.

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This week, husbands, sons and daughters will elbow their way to the greeting card displays in search of the perfect card to celebrate Mother’s Day. Florists will put on extra staff to handle the demand. Restaurants brace for business.

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Galveston’s St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church will hold its annual pre-Mother’s Day prayer breakfast program at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at 1301 Ave. L. A voluntary donation of $5 per person is requested.

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The national and international media have run a series of heart-rending images of refugees. They depict people desperately fleeing the multi-sided, violent and seemingly hopeless conflict in Syria. Tragic, but seemingly distant, these pictures have been sent from half a world away. Until the…

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God’s Household of Faith will conclude its spring revival at 7 p.m. today at 2308 22nd St. in Dickinson. The Rev. Russell Hutchison will be the evangelist. For information, call 832-457-9144.

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It’s hard not to have a somewhat staid image of an overseas missionary. Something that might include a pith helmet, white tropical suit or, perhaps, a medical kit, along with the requisite Bible. There was a time most missionaries were preachers and teachers with a sprinkling of linguists an…

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Did Jesus do dishes? The very question sounds sacrilegious. That might be the point. Sometimes our “religion” prism causes us to miss the real miracle about Jesus. The whole idea of “religion” tends to confine our thinking to “church” related activities and theological conversations. To most…

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The second annual Blessed Girls United Women’s Event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at CrossPointe Community Church, 722 3rd Ave. N., in Texas City.

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Chosen Ones Outreach Ministries of Galveston will have a clothing giveaway from noon to 1 p.m. today at Compton Memorial Church of God in Christ, 2628 Ball Ave., in Galveston. A complimentary lunch also will be provided. For information, call the Rev. Edward Lawson, 409-497-2138.

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When it comes to surveys and statistics, there’s no doubt that the females of our species are more likely to believe in God, pray and attend services regularly. Some suggest that for every four men to venture through the doors of a church, six women do. So growing churches tend to cultivate men.

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Last week, Dyen returned from her home in Indonesia where she spent four months as an intern with the United Nations working with refugees. Next month she will graduate with a Master’s degree in social work from Baylor University. She is a remarkable Christian, always bubbling with life, ene…

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Texas City’s St. John Missionary Baptist Church will hold its second annual mission program at 3 p.m. Sunday at 309 Texas St. with Lisa Kelly-Jones, from the Greater House of Love, as the guest speaker.

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I like to watch young people falling in love and getting married. I like to watch them strolling arm and arm, pushing a stroller, spreading a blanket on the beach and listening to the waves. Love is always new. For thousands of years it has remained the fresh and vibrant theme of novels, mov…

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Less than one in 10 Americans will donate blood this year. Of course, blood types are independent of denomination or faith tradition. League City’s OakCreek Bible Church is one of a number of local churches that are seeking to make it easy to give with an on-site blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1…

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Christian contemporary music is a multimillion dollar enterprise. It once sold hundreds of thousands of albums or CDs in stores, but now has become a somewhat smaller industry offering digital music files mostly to a limited demographic. Experts in the music business suggest that it can be h…

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There will be many Passover and Easter events all over our county. Far too many to treat fairly in this space, so please check the listings for details. Since almost all faith events this week will be focused on a holy day, we’ll use this week to address some ongoing topics in the news as we…

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I was 29-years-old when my father died of multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow. He was 53. Only hours before his death, I spoke with him. Our eyes met during that final visit, the same eye contact we had shared from my birth, though his eyes were growing gray. I held his hand as he dr…

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First Christian Church, 2400 21st St. N., in Texas City, will have the following events: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 9 a.m., and an Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., today; Palm Sunday service, 10:45 a.m. Sunday; Maundy Thursday communion service, 6:30 p.m. Thursday; Good Friday (church will be…

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Galveston’s RV parks are part-time home to retirees and mobile workers from as far away as Canada, but many are located on the West End of the island, far from most churches.

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The birds are the first to wake each morning. I have listened in the predawn dark for the first twitter from the trees. Like sentinels they watch for the first faint glow in the east and, long before the sun rises, they start their sunrise celebration. Sometimes I think they are surprised wh…

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Chosen Ones Outreach Ministries of Galveston will have a clothing giveaway from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Compton Memorial Church of God in Christ, 2628 Ball Ave., in Galveston. A complimentary lunch also will be provided. For information, call the Rev. Edward Lawson, 409-497-2138.

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The Santa Fe Family Worship Center will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 13601 FM 1764 in Santa Fe. Barbecue sandwiches also will be sold. For information, call Julie Gregory, 281-433-8541.

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In the old south, farmers knew when to expect the white cotton bolls to erupt into view in their fields each spring. They knew also that after their crops were harvested, another annual event would take place: that tent crusades would pop up in those same fields to inspire and entertain rura…

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Bread has become a delicacy. When my wife sends me to the store for a loaf of bread I stand dumbfounded in front of the shelves. Which bread to buy? There’s white bread, whole wheat bread, gluten free seven grain bread, garlic bread, rye bread, and a dozen others. Then there are bagels: plai…

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The Rev. Kerry W. Tillmon is often cited as the senior pastor on Galveston Island. While that claim may be debated, he is clearly the longest-tenured pastor at his West Point Missionary Baptist Church where he will celebrate 32 years in harness at the 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. services on April 9…

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The Stephanie Davis Women’s Missionary Society of Shiloh A.M.E. Church will have a prayer breakfast honoring Lillie Mae Franklin from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the St. Augustine Episcopal Church hall, 1410 41st St., in Galveston. The Rev. Helen Davis will be the speaker. A $25 donation per p…

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In 1896, a hardy group of immigrants found the (Swedish) Zion Lutheran Church here in Galveston. Sometime later, Clifford Halvorsen picked up some early life lessons there.

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Texas City’s First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has a new senior minister, the Rev. Danielle Cox. She’ll be installed at 3 p.m. Sunday at 2400 21st St. N. with a reception to follow the service, though she’s no stranger here, since she’s been serving at First since last July.

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Once a congregation has bought the land or picked out a ready-made place to buy, its focus will turn from real estate to finance. High finance at that. Most are not prepared for the process, local experts said. But with a little advanced planning they might fare much better.

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Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church’s Senior Mission No. 1 will have a prayer breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at 302 N. Oak St. in Texas City. “The Rewards of Prayer” is the theme. A $7 donation is asked of adults and $3 for children. For information, call 409-938-7460 or 409-771-0276.

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Most of our conversation, it seems, revolves around our bodies and money: how we look, how to stay healthy, how to remain young, how to become wealthy.

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First Baptist Church will be giving away food donations to those in need of assistance from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at 2120 36th St. N. in Texas City. For information and qualification guidelines, call Samantha Hawkins, 409-927-9287, or the Rev. A.L. Bell, 903-780-4798.

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Galveston County boasts a handful of megachurches, these being defined by those with more than 1,000 souls in attendance on any given Sunday. But most churches, here and across America, serve no more than 100 people on that day.

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In the famous Irish play by Beckett, Waiting for Godot, the title character, who represents God, fails to show up to meet the pair of protagonists. More optimistically, Webster Presbyterian Church will now encourage volunteers to capture God in nature — with their cameras.

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Recently, Casey Affleck won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in “Manchester By The Sea.” When the movie received numerous Oscar nominations, we decided to watch it. The movie looked romantic. What could be more romantic than sunrise over the bay, New England houses lining the shore a…

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When thinking about Jewish history, basketball isn’t top of mind, but that might change a bit if you sample the first ever foray of the Houston Jewish Film Festival to reach the island.

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From the outside, it’s just an old house with a few signs touting “furniture resale.” To the visitor, it appears to be but another thrift shop — one that offers home furnishings instead of kids’ clothes or last year’s fashions. But to its clients, this is a beacon of hope. A place where one …

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There was a day when we assumed that our elected officials told the truth. All that changed when Richard Nixon lied about the Watergate break-in and proclaimed, “I’m no crook.” Our confidence took another major hit when Bill Clinton told us, with passion, that he never had sex with that woma…