Dickinson’s Christian Renewal Center will have its Spirit of Christmas Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 1515 Hughes Road.

“Start your day with a breakfast of hot cakes and sausage while you visit with St. Nicholas,” said Christy Wright, ministry coordinator.

“Join the fun by taking a hayride around the retreat center and then visiting our vendor booths to shop for those unique Christmas gifts for family and friends and enjoy live entertainment by local musicians.”

Admission is $2.

Call 281-337-1312.


League City’s St. Christopher will have its Service of Lessons and Carols at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 2508 St. Christopher Ave.

“Please join us for this beautiful Advent service,” music director Lois Howell said.

“Be inspired by the Bible’s most moving and familiar readings while you enjoy the music of the St. Christopher Choir and the Omni Brass Quartet.

“We invite you to listen and find peace in these ancient, yet timely stories. From the Garden of Eden to the village of Bethlehem, we are reminded of God’s greatest gift to mankind, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of his beloved son, Jesus Christ.”

Call 281-332-5553.


Jamaica Beach’s Seaside Church will replicate the ancient street markets of Bethlehem from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at 16534 San Luis Pass Road.

“Crafters from all over the county will man booths and pitch their wares just in time for the celebration of the birth of the one born right in the middle of such hustle and bustle a few thousand years ago,” said the Rev. Kelley Vaughan, Seaside’s pastor.

“Along with the entire community, we are inviting anyone who has attended Seaside Church in the past to join us for a reunion around noon.”

Proceeds from the event will go toward sending teenagers to camp as well as other church ministry projects.

Call 409 737-2605.


Galveston Urban Ministries will have its third annual Christmas toy store on Dec. 13-14. The store offers gifts at 80 percent off list for those in need.

“It is during this time of year that we begin to remember how thankful we are for all that we have been given by our maker,” executive director Josh Dorrell said.

“So our solution allows each family to choose, purchase and provide their gifts for their children. Last year, many families thanked us for allowing them to buy their gifts.

Call 409-497-2460.


Popular Pope: In conversations with parishioners, the pope added a new revelation this week — that he once worked as a nightclub bouncer.

According to a story in the Catholic News Service, the pontiff once swept floors, did chemical tests and even worked as a nightclub bouncer in his native Argentina.

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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