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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…

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One of the great lessons taught in every sport is the importance of finishing well. An athlete or a team can stumble at the start, but it’s how they finish that makes the difference.

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Folks gathered on a recent Sunday in a rented one-room facility that borders on League Park in the old downtown area of Galveston’s largest city. They constitute what may be one of the youngest and smallest Christian fellowships in the county. The congregation is known as Five Solas Gospel Church.

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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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Master list of faith events; don't touch; run whenever there's space

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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 …