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Historians trace the origins of Vacation Bible School either to 1870s Canada or to a beer hall in New York City in 1898. Either way, it remains one of the most successful ways of getting kids into religious instruction. It’s also one of the few proven ways of attracting kids whose families d…

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Mike Foreman will speak to the Friendswood Community Prayer Breakfast at 7:10 a.m. Saturday at The Harbor, 2821 West Parkwood in Friendswood. You may have heard his name. Why? He is the Friendswood mayor, a former astronaut, a graduate of the Naval Academy and the kind of man who can land on…

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A robin built a nest on a low limb of the tree outside our front window. She built her nest alone. Her mate tried to help, but most of what he built she had to redo. Males just get in the way. Only a female can make a nest a home. She built it with sturdy twigs twisted together to form a cup…

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When we were children we had a saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” We usually quoted this little jingle when words had hurt us, and it was usually followed by sticking out our tongue for emphasis. Somehow this ditty has been passed down through the ge…

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Over a quarter century ago, founder Shari Ferguson led her first team of just two volunteers with their dogs into a League City long-term care facility. It was the initial foray of Faithful Friends, a ministry of University Baptist Church in Clear Lake.

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There is Hope Ministry will have its annual prayer conference from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 2803 Fannin St. in La Marque. “Prayer Still Works” is the theme. For information, call 409-655-9760.

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Hopewell Baptist Church will recognize its high school and college graduates at 11 a.m. Sunday at 316 S. Pine Road in Texas City. For information, call 409-938-0173.

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Pregnancy and politics are in the news as rarely before, but few of any stripe would disagree that mothers-to-be should be welcome to help from the faithful. On the island, a primary source for such support is the Pregnancy Help Center of Galveston, 1601 23rd St.

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Monday is Memorial Day, the official start of summer. Families will load up and head to parks, lakes and camp grounds. Spring is here and summer is near. Children will soon be out for summer and new graduates will launch out on new adventures in search of their destiny. But the celebration, …

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Dickinson’s Faith Lutheran Church was largely submerged during Harvey, but that led their then pastor, the Rev. Deb Grant to an idea that is still running and available to you.

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It has been said that God can bring good even out of conflict. That is, in the end, that providence always wins. In the New Testament, the apostles Paul and Barnabas experienced such a “sharp disagreement that they parted company” in their missionary journeys as recorded in the book of Acts.…

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Young men and women will line up this month robed in caps and gowns grinning at their friends. Their eyes scan the audience, peering past dangling tassels in search of family members who search for them. Cameras and cellphones light up stadiums and auditoriums with bursts of light as proud p…

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Grace and Mercy Missionary Baptist Church will have its Seven Up program at 8 a.m. Saturday at 611 11th Ave. N. in Texas City. Registration is $10. For information, call 409-750-3211.

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Just a few generations ago, conversations became muted as the family car drove by a nondescript house, usually on the wrong side of the tracks in many small Texas towns. This was the home of “unwed mothers,” those who had been sent from their own homes to give birth some distance away from t…

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It’s always important to know the rules. We have rules at school, work, and at home. We establish laws to govern traffic: speed limits, stop signs, turn lanes and signals. We pass laws for family, marriage, commerce and civil conduct. We spend billions of dollars to employ law enforcement of…