Texas City’s St. George’s Episcopal Church will have a barbecue dinner fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at 510 13th Ave. N.

“We’ll have a silent auction, baked goods, vendors and entertainment,” said Don Pollock, coordinator. “A tenth of the proceeds will go to the Galveston Food Bank, and the rest will benefit the church. Don Criss will be running the smoker and donating the briskets. We’ll also have sausages and pulled pork. We’re going to share that this is a place of joy and love. It will be a good time with live music and vendors.”

For tickets or details, call 409-945-5949.


The Bell Choir of Nassau Bay’s Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will have a spaghetti supper, bake sale and silent auction from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 17 at 18220 Upper Bay Road in Houston. Tickets are $8. Carryout orders will be available.

“This is a benefit for Abbey Franzen, who has a very rare blood disease,” said organizer Peggy Slay. “This benefit will help defray the costs of her medical treatments. Please help us to carry out our goal of living with Jesus every day, loving as friends and living as servants.”

For tickets or details, call 281-557-7767.


Hurricane season brings its challenges, including paying for the windstorm insurance on houses of worship. As a case in point, Dickinson’s Faith United Methodist Church will sponsor a gospel talent show at 6 p.m. May 24 at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 2920 state Highway 3. The $25 entry fee and $10 admission will go toward paying the church’s storm insurance premium, as well as for the $500, $250 and $100 prizes for the contest winners.

“Hurricane season is coming, and we are so hoping for your help,” said organizer Tim McKensie. “We have people coming from all over. This is the first time we’ve done this, and it is exciting.”

For tickets or details, call 713-553-8021 or 281-337-3194.


Coming soon: Galveston’s St. Vincent’s House will have its annual Gospel by the Sea fundraising concert next month. This year’s event will include a twist when it comes to the choice of onstage talent. Watch for the reveal in an upcoming Our Faith.


Seismic shift? The Pew Research Center’s 2013 National Survey of Latinos and Religion found that 55 percent of the nation’s Latino adults identify as Catholic, about 22 percent self-classify as Protestants and about 18 percent are religiously unaffiliated.

The portion of Catholic Latinos dropped some 12 percentage points during the last four years, with many moving to other churches, as opposed to leaving religion all together. This trend has been observed both in the U.S. and in Latin America, as charismatic and evangelical Protestant movements have absorbed adherents who previously attended parish churches.

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