La Marque’s McKinney Memorial United Methodist Church will hold its Back to School Bash from 9 a.m. to noon today at 1607 Nashby.

“Come and get your school supplies on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last,” organizer Cynthia Thornton said. “We’re giving away school supplies to the community school-age children with fun and food for all.

For details, call 409-935-5797.

Seabrook’s Living Word Church of the Bay Area is seeking volunteers, community donations and corporate sponsors for its neighborhood food drive Aug. 31 at 2900 E. NASA Parkway.

“What we’re trying to do is help families that are finding it difficult to get a successful start to school,” said the Rev. Brad Heintz, the church’s pastor. “Won’t it be great for them to have all the good food they need to start the school year?”

The ministry is part of the unique 5th Sunday approach to service that Living Word has long featured. On those Sundays, the congregation gathers to perform service projects instead of traditional worship services.

For details, call 281-532-9000.

The Afters will appear at Friendswood Community Church at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at 2821 Parkwood.

The band, featured on KSBJ-FM and other contemporary Christian outlets, may be best known for tracks like “Every Good Thing” and “Broken Hallelujah.”

The group’s morning worship service appearances are free. Tickets for its 6:30 p.m. concert range from $10-15.

“Music is one of the great joys in life,” said the Rev. Rick Baldwin, FCC’s senior pastor. “It has the capacity to bring together a great number of people from many diverse socio-economic groups and religions. It is our prayer that through events like these our church family and our guests will have an opportunity to encounter God, and that their lives will be altered in a real and everlasting way.”

For tickets or details, call 281-756-8655.

Update: Highlighting the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is not a religious event, but it has included a number of famous pastors, former presidents and a plethora of Hollywood stars.

The ALS Association’s extremely successful campaign has raised more than $30 million in a time period that would have normally netted $1.9 million, according to a news release.

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