You can add one more bowl to your seasonal lineup. This one will probably be unique in both mode and venue. We’re talking about Texas City’s Galilee United Methodist Church hosting the Third annual Preaching Bowl today at 6 p.m. at 102, 9th St.

Special guests will include the Revs. Edgar Dickey, Vicky Keys, Diedra Walters and William Sowell with the added attraction of The Heavenly Angels, praise dancers, John Rogers, Gospel rapper and Larry Brown, soloist.

The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

“Come out and hear some hip-slapping, toe-tapping music and get your praise on,” said Irene Dillon, church administrator. “All are welcome at this free event.”

For details, call 832-545-8545.


Dickinson’s Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church is inviting the public to its Feast of Christ the King, and the conclusion of the Year of Faith service at 7 p.m. Sunday at 300 FM 517 E. This will be a combined celebration of the faith communities in Galveston, Texas City, La Marque, Hitchcock and Dickinson led by Bishop George Sheltz.

“Pope Benedict called for a Year of Faith last year, urging Catholics to learn more about their faith as well as to find new ways to practice it,” said Tara Mowery, coordinator of youth ministry and pilgrimages. “We are also excited to host a large choir, made up of choirs from different Catholic churches throughout the Mainland.”

For details, call 281-337-4112.


Texas City’s Progressive Missionary Baptist Church will have its 65th church anniversary and homecoming program at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at 5820 FM 1765 with the Rev. Mark Davis and the St. Luke Baptist Church as guests.

“We’ll be celebrating,” said Dorothy Wells, who’s been part of Progressive for over 30 years. “It will be a true homecoming as former members from all over come back.”

For details, call 409-935-8349.


Update: Bible balloons crossing borders. A generation ago, during the Cold War, a few Christian ministries specialized in smuggling scripture past the Iron Curtain.

The spread of the Internet has made this less common except in the few remaining countries that ban or strictly limit Internet access.

A creative South Korean Christian ministry has developed a system of balloons to permit Bibles to breach the border into North Korea where possession of religious texts can be a capital crime. Media reports said that over 50,000 such scriptures and tracts have been delivered by the GPS-equipped balloons over the last 12 months.

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