Galveston’s Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church will be one of the first congregations to offer a free community Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Theirs will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at 3602 Sealy Ave.

Thanksgiving is a holiday which reaches across almost all practicing faiths with a number of churches and missions providing dinners each year.

If your house of worship has a special Thanksgiving event planned, please email today to let us know.

For details on Mount Olive, call 409-762-0088.


This month’s Friendswood Community Prayer Breakfast will take place from 7:10 a.m. to 9 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Friendswood Church of Christ, 2051 W. Parkwood in Friendswood with Wendy Scott speaking on giving thanks.

Scott is described by organizers in a release as someone who, “moved to the Friendswood area in 1999 when she married her college sweetheart, Daron. She has been a follower of Jesus since she was 8, and has been captivated by Scripture for as long as she can remember. Whether from a podium on stage or a couch in a living room, it is her great love to dig into God’s word with other believers in order to form disciples and train minds to think biblically.”

There’s a suggested $5 donation to cover the cost of breakfast.

For details, call 713-408-4785.


Reader Jay Blackburn emailed about a multi-church gathering which will begin at 5 a.m. Nov. 18 and run into that evening at Christ Chapel, 18th and Market.

“On that Saturday, churches from across the island will gather together for 14 hours of worship and prayer,” Blackburn said. “There will be continuous prayer and worship until 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., we will shift the location to Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand St., where there will be worship and prayer for revival across the island. Our prayer is that this will be a Day and Night of Hope that would be filled with the aroma of Christ. Anyone is welcome to attend at any point during the day. Join us as we worship and pray for chains to be broken, freedom to be had and truly experience ‘in Galveston as it is in heaven.’”

For details, call 713-320-2330.


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Noteworthy: Retired evangelist Billy Graham, one of the most consistently admired men in America, turned 99 this week. Michael S. Hamilton, writing in Christianity Today magazine, noted, “Billy Graham concluded his sermons with more or less the same words for more than sixty years. He invited his listeners to get out of their seats and come forward to show that they had made a decision for Christ.”

He also credited Graham with maintaining an unmatched reputation for aboveboard conduct and deliberately avoiding the money woes and self-aggrandizement that have plagued a number of others conducting group evangelism.

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