Rev. Robert Woodward III, would like to invite those in need to a free assistance and referral event sponsored by Galveston’s Compton Memorial Church of God in Christ as part of its Chosen Ones Ministry from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at 2628 Ball Ave.

“We’re forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,” said the Rev. Edward Lawson, executive director of Chosen Ones. “We are diligently striving to end hunger in Galveston County. Come, enjoy a fantastic lunch, find out about the many services we have to offer and participate in our clothing giveaway.”

The event will offer clothing, lunch and referrals to emergency housing, food aid, employment opportunities and veterans benefits.

Can’t wait for help? There’s a 24-hour hotline available at 409-497-2138.

The same number also serves for routine inquiries.


Speaking of feeding the poor, Galveston’s First Lutheran Church is hosting a FeedGalveston event with a noon sign-in at the Lyceum, 2401 Winnie St. There, volunteers will package tens of thousands of meals. The Rev. Richard Rhoades of First explained:

“Martin Luther has been quoted, ‘God does not need your good works — but your neighbor does,’” Rhoades said. “This will be one of those ways of working together to help provide food for our hungry neighbors. We can use our time and talents to help our neighbors. Everyone is invited to come and help out. Discover how much fun it can be to work together for a great cause.”

Hurricane Harvey forced a rescheduling of this event as well as creating additional local needs. A number of other organizations are involved, including Ball High School.

For details, call 409-762-8477.


Politicians and religion might appear to mix when State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, speaks to the Friendswood Prayer Breakfast early, early in the morning. The meeting will be focused not on Austin, but on honoring local sports. It will begin at 6 a.m. and run until 7:30 a.m. at the Friendswood High School cafeteria, 702 Greenbriar Drive.

“This is the program we had planned before Hurricane Harvey,” spokeswoman Sue Ware-Clarke said. “We’ll honor all sports athletes and their families.”

A $5 donation is requested to cover the cost of breakfast.

For details, call 713-408-4785.


Update: Whom do you trust? For most Americans, according to a recent survey reported in the magazine Christianity Today, it’s not your preacher. Or me. Reporters and pastors didn’t fare well in the research.

Those polled found nurses, military officers, grade school teachers, doctors and pharmacists more credible than the clergy or the press.

The trust ratings went up, as you’d expect for pastors being considered by Christians, as well as a note that those who don’t hold to any faith are somewhat happier with us reporters.

The complete Gallup Poll work can be found online with a simple search.

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