The Anglican Communion has 38 provinces each headed by an archbishop. The U.S. province is one of these. It is headed by Archbishop Katherine Jefferts-Schiorri, who visited Galveston after Hurricane Ike.

At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, another archbishop, the Rt. Rev. Jacob Erasto Chimeledya of Tanzania in East Africa, will have an informal presentation at Galveston’s Trinity Episcopal Church, 2216 Ball.

“Part of the money earned from our Phoenix Jewelry went to Tanzanian seminarians and school children,” said the Rev. Susan Kennard, rector of Trinity.

“He is smart, funny, a world leader in the faith and would love to meet people from every tradition here on our beautiful island. Come meet a new friend and begin a relationship with far-reaching possibilities.”


Chabad of the Bay Area will offer the free community course “To Be a Jew in the Free World” at 10:30 a.m. on six Tuesdays beginning Feb. 4 at Galveston’s Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy St. and at 7:30 p.m., at the League City Civic Center, 400 W. Walker.

“A recent Pew study showed that a lot of Jews are not connecting with their Jewishness,” said Rabbi Yitzi Schmukler, who leads Chabad. “During the past half-century, a lot of Jews grew up defined as post-holocaust Jews or pro-Israel Jews, but at this point, people want to know is it relevant, what their stake is or their identity could be lost. How can we make sure our Jewish identity is strong for us, our kids and our grandkids?”

Schmukler said that the course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any background in Jewish learning.

For details, call 713-398-2460.


Galveston’s Jerusalem Baptist Church has begun its run-up to their pastor’s 50th anniversary in March. At 2 p.m. today, the church is inviting all current and former district, convention and Surround Church choirs to a joint rehearsal at 2717 Ball St. in preparation for an anniversary performance.

“Our committee members, along with the Jerusalem church family, are preparing for and anxiously awaiting that service,” said Harold Mason, a deacon. “Plans are being made for a glorious time in the Lord while honoring Pastor Johnson and his wife.”

For details, call 409-599-6129 or 409-986-5008.


Dickinson’s Christian Renewal Center, 1515 Hughes Road, will offer a retreat for a couple’s weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 and ending at noon Feb. 2 with the title “Staying in Love.”

“It will be a great opportunity to rekindle the romance that brought you together and to explore the prayer and communication it takes to stay together for life,” said coordinator Christy Wright. “Come and discover the new life-giving energy that emerges from sharing your love with each other at a deep, honest level.”

The cost of $180 per couple includes one night and three meals.

For details or registration, call 281-337-1312.

Faith Focus

Rick Cousins’ Faith Focus column appears each Saturday. Have a unique or unusual event? Email details to rick.cousins@galvnews.com at least two weeks in advance.

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