Spoken 4, a gospel quartet from out of Branson, Mo., will be with First Christian Church at 7 p.m. Saturday to offer their unique blend of music in concert at 1204 Ross St. in La Marque.

“What you can expect to hear is a healthy blend of favorites and new songs with a variety of styles on display,” said the Rev. Rex Teter, who is the minister here. “They have an appreciation for many genres of music, so be prepared to take an energetic musical journey from beginning to end filled with emotion, excitement, fun and heartfelt truths without compromising the word of God.”

A love offering will be received.

For details, call 409-935-2554.

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You can explore the Old Testament’s three parts: the torah, or the five books of Moses; the Prophets and the collection of unrelated books called the Holy Writings at Clear Lake’s Congregation Shaar Hashalom from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sundays at 16020 El Camino Real.

“Last semester, our own Rabbi Stuart Federow led conversations starting with Ecclesiastes, said spokesperson Wendy Kane. “This semester the rabbi will continue in the third part of the Holy writing, beginning with Psalms, then moving to Proverbs and finishing the look at The Wisdom Literature of the Bible with the Song of Songs. The study is presented during the current semester of 2018. The course discusses entire scripts, ideas and insights, rather than line by line. Each topic’s discussion stands alone, and one does not have to have attended previous classes. Everybody is welcome to attend anytime and enjoy.”

For details, see www.shaarhashalom.org or call 281-488-5861.

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Request: This week’s Our Faith is about the intersection of faith and fabric. Please email if you’d like to share about your congregation’s charitable contributions to such creations.

Update: Many, if not most, of our large and medium-sized churches here are using podcasts to share their sermons. This allows travelers, the sick and others to hear the pastor’s preaching on their smartphones.

But, Read Mercer Schuchardt, a professor at Wheaton College, argues in Christianity Today magazine, “For churchgoers to perceive value, churches have to maintain the scarcity of the once-a-week, in real-life sermon experience.”

We’ve a feeling that this is a minority opinion in this digital age.

Details can be found online with a simple search.

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