La Marque’s Faith Bible Church will celebrate its first 30 years of ministry immediately after its 10: 45 a.m. service concludes Sunday at 1133 Delany Road.

Charter members, including columnist Cathy Gillentine, will be part of a dinner and slide show.

“All through these years, our church message has been faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and that faith has sustained us,” Gillentine said.

Faith is part of the Evangelical Free Church movement.

“We will also have a collection of pictures collected through the years on display on our large screen,” said Mary Helen Slone, who has been taking pictures of church attendees for many years.

For details, call 409-938-7088.


Galveston’s historic St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church will welcome Bishop Suffragan Jeff Fisher as its main celebrant and preacher at 12: 30 p.m. Sunday at 1410 41st St.

“It is an honor to have Bishop Fisher join us, especially since he sits on the Board of St. Vincent’s House, which was started by St. Augustine’s in the 1950s to provide services to those in need on the island,” said the Rev. Chester Makowski, vicar of St. Augustine’s. “This will be his first visit to the church.”

For details, call 409-763-4254.


Buddhist traveling teacher Eugene Trak will conduct an introductory evening lecture on “Buddhist Refuge” at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and an afternoon lecture on “The Meaning of Sangha” at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Diamond Way Buddhist meditation center in Clear Lake at 417 E. NASA Parkway.

“Everybody has reached a time in their life when they felt overwhelmed,” said Garrett Avery, a local member. “A search for purpose and understanding eventually became overshadowed by responsibilities, bills and the grind of everyday life. It is the teachings of the Buddha that provide the foundation by which this question and many others may be answered. Join us for a fresh perspective on the potential of mind and learn how you can recognize it. Every new journey starts with one new step, and this could be yours.”

The retreat is open to the public and assumes no prior knowledge of Buddhism. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 per lecture.

For details, call 281-309-6262.


Update: This week, Houston Baptist University announced it had signed Christian apologetics expert and philosophy professor William Lane Craig for the fall semester this year.

“He is a formidable proponent of the Christian faith, and his scholarly expertise is surpassed only by his love for Jesus Christ,” said HBU president Robert B. Sloan, Jr. in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled to have him join our already exceptional cadre of nationally and internationally known School of Christian Thought faculty.”

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