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Greater Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church will have the following events at 3506 Ave. N1/2 in Galveston: Fish fry fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday ($8 per plate); and The Seven Sayings of Jesus featuring various preachers at 7 p.m. Friday. For information, call 409-763-5586.

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La Marque’s Abundant Life Christian Center will shower kids with some 15,000 Easter eggs at 11 a.m. Saturday at 601 Delany Road. Some eggs will be earthbound to find and others will be dropped from a hovering helicopter.

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Easter Sunday is regarded as the holiest day on the Christian calendar. Churches, liturgical or not, spend extra effort each year to get the message out to what is often the largest annual attendance. Here are a few previews of some of the 300 or so Sunday sermons in our county that will hig…

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Several years ago I preached the funeral of a woman I had known for 45 years. By the time she ended her long battle with breast cancer she was in her mid-50s.

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The new movie “Unplanned” was not expected to be a success. An array of factors weighed against its gaining an audience: the refusal by all but one of the major networks to accept its advertising, an R rating which few faith-based films have garnered and none would desire. Lastly, its subjec…

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Hitchcock’s Anointed Praise Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor a Community Good Friday service at 5 p.m. on April 19 at 6403 James Drive. A church picnic will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carbide Park, 4102 Main St. The public is invited.

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My cousin calls it “clumping”: those times when demands upon our life converge in a perfect storm. We face demands from employees, employers, clients and supervisors. We face demands from our family: marriages that need nurture; children who struggle with growth issues from the cradle to col…

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The Holy Family’s annual spring rummage sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall of St. Patrick Catholic Church at 1010 35th St. in Galveston. Food concessions also will be sold. For information, call 409-762-9646.

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The Senior Mission No. 1 of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church will have its annual workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday at 302 N. Oak St. in Texas City. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. For information, call 409-938-7460 or 409-771-0276.

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I assisted in the funeral for a close friend. He was older by almost 20 years, and became my mentor more than 30 years ago. He was a take-charge kind of guy, and I always imagined him going out like John Wayne in “The Shootist.” Consistent with his personality, he left specific instructions …

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The new film “Sunrise in Heaven” has something for just about everyone. For believers, it carries a gentle, faith message. For men it offers the age-old battle between a young man in pursuit of his girl and the natural opposition her father feels for such suitors. For women of all ages, the …

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The House of Study will have its third annual Passover event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 13 in the Wings of Heritage Room of the Nessler Civic Center at 2010 Fifth Ave. N. in Texas City.

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Progressive Missionary Baptist Church will have its annual Brotherhood Day program at 11 a.m. Sunday at 909 40th St. in Galveston. For information, call 409-599-1334.

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It’s perhaps the best known quote in American history, Jefferson’s three inalienable rights: “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Not happiness, but the pursuit of happiness. After 243 years, the American “pursuit” of happiness seems to be in question. Are we happy? Are we pursuing …

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There are a number of ancient jokes about misreading ‘dog’ for God, but local Lutheran Carol Lisk will explain this week how she has come to trust both when she’s not sure what to do.

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German philosopher Josef Pieper caught the spirit of our times when he wrote, “Repose, leisure, peace, belong among the elements of happiness. If we have not escaped from harried rush, from mad pursuit, from unrest, from the necessity of care, we are not happy. And what of contemplation? Its…

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As the Rev. Jervie Windom explains to the inaugural audience at the initial service of Resonate Church, it all began a long, long time ago with his grandmother’s prayers.

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I’m a digital immigrant. I was born into a world of rotary dial telephones and slide rules, cash registers that resembled slot machines, schools without air conditioning, encyclopedias that occupied an entire shelf in the book case, and paper maps that unfolded to fill the front seat of the …

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An interesting thing happened at the state competition recently in the Colorado state wrestling tournament. Brendon Johnson, an 18-year-old senior at the Classical Academy in Colorado forfeited in the first round rather than wrestle a girl. He later forfeited again in the third round of the …