If your faith tradition values good health, Galveston’s First Lutheran Church would like to help you implement your fitness resolutions for 2018 at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday beginning Jan. 2, 2018, at 2415 Winnie St.

"Get Better Together" is First’s new community outreach program which offers participants the opportunity to participate in an eight-week walk for fun group in preparation for a future 5K event.

Certified running coach Erin Grigsby, explained.

"The focus of this new initiative is the opportunity to not only come together, get ourselves outside and moving, as well as to improve self-esteem and form new friendships, but also to have a goal of being able to walk/run and complete a 5K, that’s a 3.2-mile race," she said.

Light snacks and bottled water will be provided. The cost is $20 per person which includes a personalized training plan and for those who make at least six sessions, a special T-shirt.

“Scripture speaks on having this treasure of God’s love in clay jars,” the Rev. Richard Rhoades, First’s pastor, said. “So, part of our stewardship of God’s gifts to us includes care of our bodies. This program is an opportunity to do just that with a supportive group to encourage and inspire each other.”

For details, call 208-659-3763 or email anchorlegcoaching@gmail.com.

"In the Name of God" is an ongoing major island interfaith event co-presented by Congregation B'nai Israel, Galveston Islamic Center, St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church and Westminster Presbyterian.

Its next edition will be "An interfaith evening of learning with Professor Joel Hoffman" at 6 p.m. Jan. 20, 2018, at the Rabbi Henry Cohen Memorial Temple at 3008 Ave. O.

The free lecture is open to the public and ends with light snacks and drinks.

“Dr. Hoffman is a critically acclaimed author and celebrated teacher, presenting: ‘Biblical Outtakes: Finding Ancient Answers to Good and Evil on the Bible's Cutting Room Floor,’” Rabbi Marshal Klaven of B’nai Israel said. “The second half of the Adam and Eve story, Abraham's formative childhood, the mysterious Enoch — all these are missing from the Bible. And, yet, all three extra-Scriptural texts can still speak to us about the nature of our lives within the dynamic forces of good and evil.”

For details, call 409-765-5796.

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