The United Methodist Women of McKinney Memorial UMC will have a focus study at 6 p.m. Monday reviewing the findings and implications of a denominational report “The Church and People with Disabilities.”

“Our focus is in enhancing the lives of women, children and youth, and with this study we’ll look at disability to see what’s available at various churches when it comes to physical or mental limitations,” said Geraldine Carroll, vice president of the UMC women’s group. “What we’re doing here is reviewing the national study to see what we can do in our church and community to better accommodate the disabled.”

The public is invited. For details, call 409-935-5797.

The Houston Mass Choir will have its annual free summer concert “Pastors & Preachers that Sing the Word” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Genesis Church, 3420 Almeda-Genoa Road, in Houston.

Christopher Bell, Antoine Eakins, Cecil Phillips, Keion Henderson, F.D. Sampson, John Jasper, Chester D.T. Baldwin, Thomas Wallace, Avis Graves, Leroy Thomas, John White and Tyrone Cortez will be the featured singers.

The drive north from Galveston County will be worth it, organizer Ronald Materre said.

“It’s our third year to have singing pastors, and we have quite a lot of them up here,” he said. “We’ll have 12 to 14 pastors, plus a choir of 75. Together they make an awesome sound that just blows me away.”

For details, call 713-434-4059.

The recent immigration crisis has churches talking about ministering to those who are just learning English as a second language.

Santa Fe’s Arcadia First Baptist Church is working to get together a TEX-ESL class on Sept. 12-13 at 14828 state Highway 6, but organizers will have to cancel the effort if 20 people haven’t signed up by next week.

“The classes are open to adults who would like to participate,” said Patricia Bouquet, volunteer-coordinator. “It’s a Christian-based ministry that costs $20 for church members and $35 for nonmembers. Anyone in ministry can use ESL to reach people in their neighborhoods. It works for any language and we want to introduce you to a ministry like that. I enjoyed the class and if you need this training, this is the class to take.”

For details, call 409-739-0006 or email

Update: Are you getting warmer? The Pew Forum’s latest research survey asked thousands of Americans how they felt about followers of various faiths using a zero to 100 scale with the former being freezing and the latter quite hot.

“Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public,” the report said. “All three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). Buddhists, Hindus and Mormons receive neutral ratings on average, ranging from 48 for Mormons to 53 for Buddhists.”

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