Less than one in 10 Americans will donate blood this year. Of course, blood types are independent of denomination or faith tradition. League City’s OakCreek Bible Church is one of a number of local churches that are seeking to make it easy to give with an on-site blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 144 Park Ave.

Joshua Buckley, a manager at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, which will staff this drive, said, “At least 1,000 donations are needed daily in order to meet the needs of our patients at more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region. It’s so important for people to take the time to ‘Commit For Life’ and help save lives in this area. Without donors, patients have no way to receive the transfusions they desperately need.”

For details call 832-425-1012. To sign your congregation up for a drive, call 713-791-6329.


Texas City’s St. George Episcopal Church will have its “Spring Fling Dinner” at 6 p.m. Saturday at 510 13th Ave. N. Tickets are $15 per person and a table is $120. Fran Monroe is helping put this together.

“It’s a fundraiser to help provide for our community ministries like the Garden of Hope, cooking school and so on,” she said. “We’ll have the S.L.E.D. barbershop quartet coming. Each table will be specially themed by a volunteer so they will all be different. The men of the church are making special desserts and cakes.”

For tickets or details, call 409-739-4811.


The mission and usher department of Texas City’s Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will present its inaugural Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. on April 29 at 6414 Highway 1765 on the theme, “Prayer is the Key; Faith Unlocks.”

“At the beginning of the year, the membership decided to focus more intently on prayer in our ministry,” said Tamenna Nichols, for the group. “In this event the many aspects of prayer will be discussed by a group of fantastic and highly spiritual speakers including Edward Teamer, Michael Nichols and our key speaker, minister Leonora Hightower Jones with guest soloist Cha’Mira Kenner.”

Registration is $10.

For details, call 409-256-5494 or 409-526-5105.


Galveston’s Congregation Beth Jacob is selling $20 raffle tickets to win an $800 Carnival Cruise card with tickets are available at Speedy’s Printing or from any Beth Jacob board member. The drawing will be held on April 26.

Barbara White who is heading this fundraising effort said that it’s been a long haul for the synagogue to recover from the devastation brought by Hurricane Ike.

“We’d really like to clear $7,200 on this effort to help to keep our doors open,” she said. “We’re a bit short of funds and this will help us maintain our congregation. The fact of the matter is that we need your help so that we can meet first our daily needs and then go on to repairs. I’m beating the bushes to sell 400 tickets.”

For tickets or details, call 409-739-2268.


Update: PRRI is an independent research organization that specializes in religion, culture and public policy. It surveyed American Jews on their favored religious holy days. Here’s what they found.

“A plurality (43 percent) of said Yom Kippur, the ‘Day of Atonement,’ is the most important Jewish holiday to them personally. In a distant second place by 18 percentage points is Passover (25 percent) — known to the Jewish community as Pesach. Only 10 percent of American Jews said that Hanukkah is the most important holiday; another 10 percent say the same of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish ‘New Year’).”

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