Texas A&M Women’s Chorus will perform at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Galveston’s First Baptist Church, 822 23rd St.

“The chorus strives to promote excellence in the fine arts and to encourage cultural expansion at Texas A&M,” said Mathen Samuel, a deacon at First.

“They travel throughout Texas and internationally performing a varied repertoire of sacred and secular classical selections.

“Not only are they amazing vocalists, but also you will feel their sense of Aggie spirit and pride. You are sure to leave with a heart filled with music as you experience their musical serenade.”

Call 409-763-1840.

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The Shelia B. Ministries STAND conference, which is traditionally held in Dallas, is coming to Galveston County this year beginning at 6 p.m. March 28 at Hitchcock’s Greater St. Matthews Baptist Church, 6333 state Highway 6.

“This conference encourages all women to reflect on the shackles that have plagued them for what seems like an eternity and learn to see those shackles as wounds that can be healed with God’s touch, embracing the strength and determination that we can stand in freedom and loose the shackles,” conference Director Deborah Ellis said.

“This is really not a GSM conference, it is a Galveston County conference housed at GSM,” spokesperson Regenia Randall said. “Our desire is to have every church in the county participate in this conference.

“It is for all women who are seeking inspiration, motivation and a fresh experience with God.”

Registration is $40 at www.sheilab.org.

Call 409-986-5453.

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La Marque’s McKinney Memorial United Methodist Church will hold a prayer rally for women from 10 a.m. to noon March 29 at 1607 Nashby St.

Why women and why prayer? Carol Johnson, a member of the church’s prayer team explained.

“It is no doubt that today, many heads of household are single women,” Johnson said. “I am reminded how my mother prayed daily when raising nine children on a $40 a week salary.

“My mother would sit in a rocking chair with her Bible and pray daily. I could hear her cry out to Jesus so many times and then I would hear her just say ‘thank you, Jesus.’ That taught me at an early age that prayer does work.”

Come join us and break the chains of poverty, broken marriages, generational illness and all generational curses.”

Call 409-935-5797.

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Faith Focus is looking to hear about your bishop of barbecue, your cleric of the cook-off or that special deacon you entrust with the (holy) smoking of brisket and ribs.

A number of local churches have volunteers who barbecue, some even sell their products at church fundraisers. Share your experiences and let me know about your experts by email.

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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