Webster’s Praise Chapel will host the March of Remembrance-Houston at 1 p.m. today at 18516 state Highway 3 to honor and remember those who suffered as a result of the Holocaust.

“It’s easy to overlook the individual suffering that occurred because of the vast number of people affected,” said volunteer Cris Franklin. “But when you hear the story firsthand, you begin to connect with the heart of God for each and every one who suffered.”

The 1.8-mile prayer walk will offer contact with survivors and their rescuers.

For details, call 844-843-6674.


Deborah McDaniel with the International Autism Ministry comes here from Austin monthly to help families, pastors and churches learn how to welcome the autistic into their services. This month’s meeting will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the McCullough Room of Galveston’s Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Ave.

“My family was raised Catholic and we are from the Galveston area, but once my special-needs son was born, our choices for attending worship services became much more limited,” McDaniel said. “I understand that the pastors wanted to include my child, but their staff was just not equipped. We became a statistic: 85 percent of families with special needs do not attend faith-based services because they cannot locate one that can accommodate them.”

She set out to change that pattern with IAM. She said that the response to date has been quite favorable.

For details, call 512-876-9418.


Millions of Americans at an estimated 42,000 locations will join in the National Day of Prayer this year.

One local effort will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Gazebo next to Santa Fe’s City Hall, 12002 state Highway 6.

“When we pray to God, it is like opening a window of the soul to receive encouragement, inspiration, direction and refreshment into our very inner beings,” said the Rev. Rick Smith, senior pastor of Arcadia First Baptist Church, who will speak at the service. “Prayer changes things and prayer changes us.”

Santa Fe Mayor Ralph Stenzel will bring a proclamation. The public is invited.

For details, call 409-925-2825.


Good barbecue has helped keep many a local church in good repair. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, some of the best pitmasters available, including ones featured on the “Chopped” TV show, will gather to help Galveston’s historic St. Augustine of Hippo at 1410 41st St. with its annual smoked brisket and turkey fundraiser. Preorders are being accepted now.

“It’s all about good food, good people and hanging out for a good cause,” said Stacy Putman, who characterizes herself as a discerning barbecue fan and certified Kansas City barbecue judge who teaches Sunday school at St. Augs. “The public is invited to come and taste — think gourmet.”

For orders or details, call 490-763-4254.

Events for Faith Focus should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Rick Cousins can be reached at rick.cousins@galvnews.com

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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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