La Marque’s Abundant Life Christian Center will be one of many local churches this month which will help kids get back to school.

Its Back to School service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at 601 Delaney Road.

“We will be giving away several hundred backpacks to children and teens,” said the Rev. Catherine Rudolph, executive pastor. “This is a very exciting service day for us.”

In order for children and teens to receive the free backpacks, they must attend the service and be preregistered. Registration opens at 9:15 a.m. Sunday in the church foyer.

“We will also be praying over the kids that day as well as all month long in our children and teen services,” she said.

For details, call 409-935-1606.

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Hitchcock’s First United Methodist Church will host the southern gospel group Paul’s Journey in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at 7127 Methodist Way.

“You have not heard gospel singing until you have heard this quartet,” said church member Linda Chambers. “They are entertaining, uplifting and soul thirst-quenching.

Lay leader David Peterson said, “I don’t care if others charge $50 a person to hear them, we will pay them what we can and trust the Lord to make up the difference.”

At 7 p.m. Aug. 22, the event will continue with Revivalist Kip Gilts, preceded by a salad and soup dinner from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

For details, call 409-256-6101.

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Texas City’s New Life Fellowship (formerly known as Heights Baptist Church) will be celebrating its 75th church anniversary at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at 2700 Texas Ave with a barbecue luncheon to follow.

“It was Aug. 20, 1939 when this church was birthed out of a meeting of several churches,” said the Rev. Dr. R.L. Calhoun, its current pastor. “They met at the just-then completed Heights Elementary School where 100 people organized the new work.

“There’s no way to measure our spiritual impact since, with several thousand trusting Christ and untold others being touched though our ministries. We are currently in a revitalizing process with our Second Wind ministry.”

For details, call 409-945-5503.

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Update: This week, National Public Radio reported on a newly minted ministry known as Laundry Love.

“Laundry is a daunting chore for many people, but for the working poor, the cost of doing laundry — not to mention the time involved in hauling it to a Laundromat — can be prohibitive,” the radio report read. “It can also mean going without other basic essentials.”

NPR reporter Lisa Napoli wrote that the concept started at an Episcopal congregation in Ventura, Calif., but can now be found at more than 70 churches, mosques and synagogues around the country.

A quick Google search turns up a number of churches participating in such ministries in the Dallas area, but none yet in ours.

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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