The February Friendswood Community Prayer Breakfast will hear from the Rev. Ralph Hobratschk when it meets from 7:10 a.m. to 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at the church he has led since 1982, Friendswood’s Hope Lutheran Church, 2732 FM 528.
“As followers of Jesus, we live with a constant dichotomy,” Hobratschk said, “It’s the already and not yet. We are at the same time, both saints and sinners. Thank God that the Spirit walks with us even ‘as a road diverged in a yellow wood and be one traveler long I stood.’”
That quote, from poet Robert Frost, reflects the choices believers have, Hobratschk said. It will be part of the pastor’s talk to his early morning audience.
There is a suggested donation of $5 to cover the cost of breakfast.
For details, call 713-408-4785.
League City’s OakCreek Bible Church will hold a legacy celebration as its last service as a church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 144 Park Ave. Church leaders said that high real estate prices had put pressure on the assembly to compete for space in the city.
The church, which will close Sunday, was a member of the Evangelical Free Church movement. OakCreek was founded ten years ago by a small group of local families.
All current and former members are encouraged to attend.
For details, call 281-667-2055.
Galveston’s Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the 15th annual appreciation day of its pastor, the Rev. Dexter Henderson, and his wife, Terrice, at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at 2728 Ave. K with the Rev. Jonathan Steele Sr. and the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church as their guests.
John M. Brown, Jr., who serves as a deacon here explained.
“I’ve known them since they came to Mount Moriah in the early 1990s,” he said. “They have been loyal and faithful to us and they go out of their way to help the children here, plan all the events at the church and even to do all they can to keep our finances together. Pastor Henderson knows the Bible and he knows its truth so he preaches the gospel. He also sings in our men’s singing group.”
The church itself is self-described as “a nondenominational teaching entity called to restore the body of Messiah back to its Hebraic roots” on its webpage and publications.
For details, call 409-763-4559 or 409-771-4190.
Update: We talked about pastors’ salaries around Texas last week. Since we’re looking at couples who pastor in Our Faith, it might be interesting to ask how being female affects a pastor’s compensation.
“According to the 2016-2017 Church Law and Tax Compensation Handbook, full-time male senior pastors receive 27 percent more in compensation and benefits than females — a $15,000 difference,” wrote reporter Ashley Emmert in Christianity Today magazine. “The good news is that the pay gap appears to be shrinking. The 2014-2015 Church Law and Tax Compensation Handbook reported a 40 percent difference between the salaries of male and female senior pastors — a $25,000 difference. That’s a big change in just two years.”
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