Which would you pick — a shot at a Super Bowl ring or a doctorate in divinity?

Former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Rickey Bolden will explain his choice for the latter at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. July 13 at Friendswood Community Church, 2821 W. Parkwood.

“We will have the honor and blessing of having this nationally renowned speaker,” said Steve Shelby, executive pastor. “Rickey’s unbridled faith, love of God, energy and passion for living life with God leading is contagious.”

Shelby said that at the peak of Bolden’s career with the Browns, Bolden said that he heard God call him into full time ministry, literally walked off the field, discussed it with his wife, then quit and obtained his doctorate of divinity degree.

For details, call 281-388-3500.



Texas City’s Mount Zion Baptist Church will host its gospel explosion featuring Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs at 5 p.m. July 20 at 324 Fourth Ave. N. The event will also feature the Citywide Gospel Chorale, Voices of the Mainland and the Texas City Joyful Messengers. 

“Mr. Williams is a well-known gospel singer, who was once a truck driver, but who has now been performing for over 20 years,” said organizer Jacqueline Gill. “The concert proceeds will help us with our expansion. We are building a fellowship hall with Sunday school classrooms next to our existing church.”

Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. 

For tickets, call 281-814-1731, 409-770-3103 or the church at 409-948-2832. Pre-sale tickets will also be offered at the church from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 15-19.



The monthly Friendswood Community Prayer Breakfast will feature State Rep. Dr. Greg Bonnen at 7:10 a.m. July 19 at Calvary Chapel, 3700 FM 528.

“I’ll be speaking on the sanctity of human life,” Bonnen said. “This topic is close to my heart and is a principle born of faith. It is faith that is the anchor of our true conviction, which prevents us from being uprooted by the winds and turmoil of expediency and compulsion.”

For details, call 713-408-4785.



It’s not unusual for a congregation to have a summer garage sale, but the one from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, and also on July 13 at Clear Lake’s Congregation Shaar Hashalom, 16020 El Camino Real, will include some extras beyond the usual exercise equipment and recycled clothing.

“I manage the synagogue library, and we’ll be including used books (religious and secular topics) in the big overall garage sale sponsored by The Sisterhood here at the synagogue,” said member Hedy Wolpa.

For details, call 281-488-5861 or 832-725-5028.



Update: Has your congregation ever experienced a break-in or major theft? If you have security lessons to share which might help other houses of worship, please email them soon.

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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