The musical debut of gospel singer Twyla Isaac will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at Texas City’s Willing Workers Baptist Church, 801 29th St. N.

“I enjoy using the gift that God blessed me with,” Isaac said. “Most of all, my heart’s desire is to glorify his name.”

For details, call 409-771-8923.

The monthly Soup and Sermon meeting, sponsored by the Texas City Ministerial Alliance, is at noon Tuesday at Galilee United Methodist, 102 9th St. S. The speaker will be the Rev. Kay Alewine, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church. The public is invited.

Alewine, 74, will speak on “Aging as a state of mind.”

“I will share a personal core belief that I learned as a teenager growing up in Galveston and one I have held in my heart all these years,” she said.

For details, call 409-392-5561.

La Marque’s McKinney Memorial UMC will set up a gender-based contest for a good cause at their Soul Food Cook-off from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at 1607 Nashby as the men and women of the congregation compete to produce the most mouthwatering barbecue.

“The cook-off has developed into a heated rivalry that matches those of La Marque vs. Galveston, Prairie View vs. TSU, Tom and Jerry or Popeye and Bluto,” Jerome Bell said. “With the superior culinary skills of the other men, we should be able to come away with the win.”

Cynthia Thornton disagreed with Bell’s analysis.

“I know the women of McKinney will win because we are excellent cooks, very talented, organized and are able to feed both the physical body and the soul of all who come.”

Tickets are $10 a plate for dine-in and $12 a plate for carryout with proceeds going to McKinney’s upcoming 95th anniversary and homecoming celebrations.

For details, call 409-935-5797.

Texas City’s College View Baptist Church will throw a Back to School Block Party at noon Aug. 16 at 8626 Monticello Drive.

“We’re hosting this event to let the community know that we are here for them, we want to help strengthen and build a strong community and that can only be done through the love of Jesus,” said the Rev. David W. Addison, College View’s pastor. “This event is to bring people together in the love of Christ and give them encouragement and support in the upcoming school year.”

For details, call 409-935-2743.

Update: A Faith Communities Today national survey of 11,000 American congregations found 12 percent have a woman serving as their senior pastor or as their sole, ordained leader. The percentage varied with some Protestant congregations seeing female leaders in double digits, up to 24 percent, while congregations self-classified as evangelical had 9 percent female leadership rate.

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