Texas City’s Progressive Missionary Baptist Church will commemorate Father’s Day with a father-son luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at 5820 FM 1765.

“We’ve been doing this for five years now,  and our MBC Missionary Society will present at the luncheon,” said member Dorothy Wells. “It’s our annual Father’s Day effort. We’re expecting 40 to 50 people.”

For details, call 409-935-8349.

Faith Lutheran Church of Dickinson will celebrate its 60th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today with a program that will include the placement of a time capsule, food and games.

A reception is set for 9:15 a.m. Sunday. The community and former and current members are invited to attend both events at 800 FM 517 East.

“I have only been involved for seven years of Faith’s 60 years of ministry, but there is something different about church anniversaries in Galveston County,” said the Rev. Deborah Grant, pastor. “They are less about pastors or building programs and more about our storm stories. Faith has weathered hurricanes and also the winds of change that all congregations face today.”

For details, call 281-534-3569.

Galveston’s Live Oak Baptist Church will have its “Men Ministering to Men Fellowship” at 7 p.m. June 27 at 1020 32nd St.

“Our Men to Men ministry is important to me because it gives me responsibility to conduct and be in charge of various ministries that reach out to the community,” said church member Herman Batiste Jr.

The event will feature Dr. Maurice Willis, Eugene Frazier, Willie Patterson and Lawrence Franklin as speakers. Dinner will be served.

For details, call 409-765-9488.

Galveston’s Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church will have a pre-anniversary celebration for its pastor, the Rev. Norman Van Johnson Jr., at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. June 22 at 2127 37th St.

The Rev. Lionel Simpson of Macedonia Baptist Church will be guest minister for the earlier service, and the Rev. Kerry W. Tillmon will speak at the latter one.

“Please plan to be a part of our fellowship as we lift up the name of Jesus,” said Barbara Simpson-Kelly.

For details, call 409 763-2853.

Update: Father’s Day, according to the experts at history.com, had its launch on July 19, 1910, with a proclamation from the governor of Washington state. More than six decades later, in 1972, the observance went national. The latter date put it 58 years after Mother’s Day became the first official, nationwide holiday in the United States.

Why the discrepancy?

History.com suggested: “The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm — perhaps because, as one florist explained, ‘Fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.’”

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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