Dickinson’s Christian Renewal Center will offer a free Lenten preparation session from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 4 in both English and Spanish.

“Lent is a 40-day journey in which we make daily steps to draw closer to Christ,” Center director Kim Brown said to Faith Focus. “Join us before it begins to create a game plan for your Lent. Come learn from two men who have given their life to Jesus and who strive to draw others into a deeper relationship.”

Online registration is available at www.retreatcentercrc.org.

For details, call 281-337-1312.

La Marque’s St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will have its Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Bingo event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 5 at 1601 Lake Road. Pancake tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children, and $12 per family. Bingo cards will be $1 each.

“We invite everyone to come on the day before Ash Wednesday,” said the Rev. Bob Moore, its pastor. “There will be a table full of donated prizes. Our theme will be, ‘God provides abundantly and everyone is a winner.’ It will be holy fun.”

For details, call 409-935-3559 or email frboblamarque@comcast.net.

The Fourth Annual Gulf Coast Catholic Men’s Conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 9 at the Sylvan Beach Pavilion in La Porte.

“The vision of our conference leaders is to provide a spiritual and inspirational experience that brings Catholic men at different levels of their faith journey together to form a brotherhood—across the aisles, across church communities and across different men’s ministries and organizations in order to empower each man to boldly live his Catholic faith and become genuine disciples of Jesus Christ,” said organizer Marcus Michna. “Our featured speaker will be Mark Houck, founder and president of the national ministry, The King’s Men.”

For details, call 832-250-3897 or visit www.gc-cmc.org.

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church will have its third annual women’s conference, titled, “Too Grateful to Grumble,” from 9 a.m. to noon March 16 in the fellowship hall of Moody Methodist Church at 2803 53rd St. in Galveston.

Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and a luncheon will cap the event.

“In this life, trials are sure to come,” said chairperson Darlene Randle. “God has kept me and my family during such times, so I find myself too grateful to grumble. Please come and celebrate with us.”

Tickets are $15.

For tickets or details, call 409-621-6532 or 409-739-6495.

Overview: Mardi Gras may be more popular than ever, but the subsequent season of Lent seems to be somewhat less so. The Statistics View website listed these as the top items to forego for Lent: School, chocolate, Twitter, alcohol, other social networking, swearing and soda.

More? Violet is the traditional color of Lent, based on a number of Bible references.

Events for Faith Focus should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Rick Cousins can be reached at rick.cousins@galvnews.com

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