The sanctuary of La Marque’s Greater Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church is filled with plush frogs, and member Myritha J. Cleveland explained that they are symbols for the acronym FROG, for fully relying on God.

St. Paul is inviting the public to its 11 a.m. service Sunday at 1220 state Highway 3, where they will celebrate their pastor, Minister Joyce M. Ford.

“She (Ford) is standing as a bold woman of God in times like these, and she is different by design,” Cleveland said. “Our congregation tries to live by her quote,‘No matter how the situation looks, see God in it.’”

Participants are encouraged to wear green to the service.

For details, call (409) 938-7247.

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Do Jews have their own Halloween? Nurit Mittlefehldt of Clear Lake’s Congregation Shaar Hashalom suggests that there is an overlap.

“Who knew?” he asked. “Purim is the Jewish celebration which some compare to Halloween, while the comparison is not quite correct. Though people do put on costumes, that’s where the similarity ends.”

Purim is the celebration of an ancient deliverance of the Jews from their nemesis, Haman, through the courage of Queen Esther and her cousin, Mordechai. 

Shaar and Temple Beth Tikvah jointly will host their annual Purim Carnival from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. March 23 at 16020 El Camino Real.

For tickets or details, call 281-488-5861.

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The recent debate between creationist Ken Hamm and scientist Bill Nye won’t be followed by a local forum, but Nassau Bay’s Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will weigh in on the same subject with a conference and concert called “Your Origins Matter” beginning at 6 p.m. on March 28 at 18220 Upper Bay Road.

“When is the last time you heard ‘dinosaurs’ in a sermon?” asked Brian Thomas of the Institute for Creation Research, who will speak at the event. 

“Many people have difficulty figuring out where dinosaurs are supposed to fit into the big picture. We expect a good response at Gloria Dei.”

The cost of the conference, including Saturday lunch and the Saturday evening concert, is $25.

For tickets or details, call 281-333-4535.

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League City’s Anchor Point Pregnancy Center will host its third annual 5K run/1K walk benefit at 8 a.m. April 12 beginning at Clear Springs High School, 501 Palomino Lane.

Anchor Point serves the greater Clear Lake area and offers clients educational classes, material assistance and resource referrals, all free of charge.

Registration is $30 per individual or $60 for a family of up to four.

Participants will receive a T-shirt and a chance to win a new iPad. 

“As an avid 5K race goer, I have done more than 30 races in the past year, and this one was the absolute best,” runner Megan Green said of last year’s event.

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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