The Angels of Prayer Warriors group of Galveston’s Shiloh A.M.E. Church will present an evening of songs of praise at 7 p.m. today at 1310 29th St. Also in the offing, the Sensational Clouds of Zion, will be their featured guests. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.

“This is our fundraiser,” said Kathryn Thompson, president of the 40-year old Angels group. “With it, we can care for those in need. Although we’re mainly composed of senior citizens, we want to continue our ministry to the community as well as hosting this time of praise lifting up Jesus in song.”

For details, call 713-412-9128 or 832-954-8380.


Galveston’s Moody Methodist Church will present its Handel’s Messiah program at 4 p.m. Sunday at 2803 53rd St.

“There is no better way to begin the season of Advent than by being captivated by this inspiring and triumphant oratorio which will feature over 60 performers in our magnificent sanctuary,” said Kim Colombo, who is the coordinator for membership and communications here. “Along with the choirs and soloists under the direction of Tracy Shirk and Joseph Painter, will be strings, trumpets, bassoon, oboe, timpani and harpsichord. These were all were included in Handel’s original orchestration from the baroque era. The live concert will conclude with the Hallelujah Chorus.”

Admission is free.

For details, 409-744-4526.


Jamaica Beach’s Seaside Church will hold its annual Bethlehem Street Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at 16534 Termini-San Luis Pass Road with shopping, homemade soups, brisket, a bake sale and more. The event even has its own Facebook page at

“Our Bethlehem street market is going to be better than ever this year,” said organizer Shawn Porche. “We have more vendors, a cafe, a sweet shop, a bounce house and other activities for children. Come get your shopping done while your children play in a safe environment.”

For details, call 409-737-2605.


Update: The Christian season of Advent begins Sunday. The specific practices vary a bit, but this special run-up to Christmas always includes a series of candles and a wreath. Most often, there are three weekly purple candles, a rose one and a white “Christ” candle. The ritual isn’t found in the Bible, but has been celebrated for hundreds of years in a variety of churches from Catholic to Evangelical.

To track Advent, special calendars are available, some quite elaborate, as well as smartphone apps such as the five-star-rated MyAdvent app.

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