Texas City’s Greater Bell Zion Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its new historical marker, which denotes it as a significant part of Texas history at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 at 5917 Carver Ave. Immediately following the service the marker will be unveiled.

Alex Pratt, retired professor emeritus of history at the College of the Mainland and a long-time member of the Galveston County Historical Commission, will be the guest speaker.

“Our church is 128 years old and has stood the test of time,” said the Rev. Jerry B. Lee Jr., pastor. “She still stands strong today. There is a great story and a rich history that lies behind this historical marker one we plan to share with the residents of Galveston County on Sunday.”

For details, call 409-665-5577.


The men of Galveston’s Moriah Missionary Baptist Church will host their 19th annual Men in Black program at 3 p.m. Sunday at 2728 Ave. K with the Rev. W. W. Jackson and Mt. Paran Missionary Baptist Church Family as guests. Also featured will be the Voices of the Mainland, Jerusalem Gospelaires, Rev. Wiley and the L and J Singers and the Saint Singer.

“For a great uplifting singing come out and hear these groups,” coordinator Mary Mitchell said. “And if you think Al Green can sing, you especially should come hear L and J, not to mention the fiery preaching of Pastor Jackson.”

For details, call 409-539-2523 or 409-771-7119.


There have never been more ways to share one’s faith. Beyond papyrus and preaching, there are now countless digital avenues for sermons and song. Among these are dedicated Internet streaming stations such as Radio Pan Am. This particular outlet features national programs like Billy Graham’s, as well as one local church: La Marque’s Word of Faith Christian Life, 325 Westward Ave.

Word of Faith’s program can be heard at 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Mondays at www.radiopanam.com/listen.

“The goal of our broadcast is to enlighten, encourage, inspire and edify the believers in the body of Christ and equip them to face the challenges of life,” said Jackie Lynch, church secretary.

For details, call 409-998-1900.


Update: Like vitamins, mindfulness and meditation have been long been touted as panaceas for the stresses of modern life, but like vitamins, it’s possible that meditation may have been a bit oversold.

The Wall Street Journal this week reported on a study that found that such intentional thought might not be as effective as advertised.

“Certain types of meditation may provide some modest relief from anxiety, depression and pain, a new study found,” The Journal noted. “But the study found little evidence for other reported benefits of meditation, including help in curbing substance abuse, poor eating habits, sleep disorders and weight problems.”

The report was published Monday in the journal, JAMA-Internal Medicine.

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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