Texas City’s Hopewell Baptist Church will present “Just as I am,” a gospel stage play at 7 p.m. Saturday at 316 S. Pine Road. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door with tickets for children 5-15 priced $10, only at the door.

Curtis Vonn, who serves as director, writer and producer for the play set the stage for Faith Focus.

“Come out this Saturday and enjoy the hilarious, yet thought-provoking stage play,” he said.“During today’s climate with multiple cities participating in the Women’s March and more women speaking out and coming forward in the #MeToo movement, ‘Just as I am’ joins their courageous voices in solidarity. Be prepared to laugh, cry and most importantly, be empowered.”

For details or tickets, call 512-770-3615.

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Author Mark Mittelberg will speak during both Sunday services at Friendswood’s The Harbor at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Feb. 4. at 2821 West Parkwood Ave.

The Rev. Rick Baldwin, senior pastor of the church, explained.

“Just as Lee Strobel brought a very impactful message to our church two weeks ago on his book, “The Case for Christ,” Baldwin said. “Now, Mark, a best-selling author and sought-after speaker, will continue both equipping Christians and helping those who are seeking by providing answers to challenging questions about our faith.”

Mittelberg will address what philosophers refer to as the theodicy in his talk, “The problem of evil and suffering.”

For details, call 281-388-3500.

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Friendswood’s Good Shepherd Episcopal Church will host the Alpha course from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for 11 weeks beginning Feb. 11 at 1207 W Winding Way. It’s a series that has been taken by over 29 million folks in some 169 countries to date according to the website alpha.usa.

“Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith,” said the Rev. Geoff Gwynne, Shepherd’s pastor. “My wife and I have led 17 courses since the mid 1990s but never in this area. It’s for the unchurched and de-churched but will also reinvigorate and disciple the churched. No judgment. No pressure. No follow up. No charge. And there’s a free dinner and child care.”

Gwynne said that as far as he knows, this will be the only Alpha course in the county this spring.

For details, call 281-482-7630.

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Update: It’s been argued that whatever we pay pastors and first responders, it’s not enough. Still, Salary.com has estimated just what clergy make here and around Texas.

Their confidential surveys put the median base salary of a pastor in Galveston at $89,901 which is a bit below the $94,573 number they have for Houston, which is one of the best paid places on the list. The poorest paid pastors live in Brownsville or McAllen where compensation ran around $80,000 a year.

By comparison a software engineer here is said to pull down $76,565 annually and an executive assistant around $51,311.

Events for Faith Focus should be submitted at least two weeks in advance.

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