The L.O.V.E. Women of Vision and Excellence of New Vision Church will have its Mother and Daughter Tea Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Hometown Heroes Park, 2105 Dickinson Ave., in League City. The cost is $10 per person.

“Our guest speaker for the day will be Mrs. Karen Smith from First Christian Community Church of Luling,” said coordinator Alice Richardson. “Our theme is ‘Reflections of a Lovely Lady.’”

For details, call 281-826-2509 or 409-771-0659.

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Dickinson’s Faith Lutheran Church has launched a new youth movement called Crescendo, which sums up its plan in three sentences, according to its website.

“The youth provide the music,” according to the website. “The congregation makes a small financial gift available. The youth choose a charity of their choice where the funds will be sent.”

Anyone in elementary through high school is invited to play or sing a musical piece during at a worship service.

In response, the people of the church will send $50 to the charity named by the youth, said the Rev. Deb Grant. “The youth do not have to be affiliated with Faith — just willing to perform here,” she said. “Like the musical crescendo, this is a small sound, one that grows in its impact. Faith invites other congregations in Galveston County to join the Crescendo movement.”

For details, visit www.crescendogood.org or call 281-534-3569.

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Faith will be offering advice for local congregations to take when it comes to preparing for and recovering from severe storms. If your church, synagogue or congregation would like to share its hard-earned experience with preparing buildings, working with insurance companies and state agencies, feeding the homeless or other such lessons, please email soon. Hurricane season officially begins Sunday.

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Born in a bar? Each summer, these pages will abound with ads and listings for vacation Bible schools, but how did these popular children’s programs get started?

Steven Gertz, writing in Christianity Today, traced the movement back to the 19th century.

“Unofficially, it’s possible to trace the roots of VBS as far back as the 1870s, when the Methodist Episcopal Church offered summer Sunday school institutes to the general public near Lake Chautauqua, N.Y.,” he wrote. “But VBS as we know it today got its start more than 20 years later on New York City’s East Side with Mrs. Walker Aylette Hawes of the Epiphany Baptist Church.”

Gertz noted that she rented the only space open for her six-week session — a saloon.

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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