The island’s Galveston Chinese Church will hold a charity rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 16 at 2207 67th St.

“We’ll have lightly-used clothes, toys, equipment and other items for sale with proceeds going to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for the International Missions Board (of the Southern Baptist Convention),” said coordinator Yuewu Zhou. “It serves to provide support for Christian missionaries and religious charity organizations around the world.”

For details, email or, on Twitter, follow hashtag @GalCCRummageSale.

Volunteer missionary Darlene Shirlen will bring a word of warning to the Friendswood Prayer breakfast at 7:10 a.m. on March 16 at Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Drive.

“In my talk, a ‘Message from the heart,’ I’ll explain that there is a massive ‘army’ invading this country,” Shirlen said. “In a short while, they will completely take over our government, schools, and every major agency. How do you plan to deal with this when it comes to this generation of kids? Let's talk.”

Shirlen has served with her husband Dan for over 20 years as a North American Mission Board volunteer in youth and children’s ministries. She now serves as senior coordinator of a new, fledgling ministry, which is reaching out to kids through apartment houses, daycare centers, parks and after-school Bible clubs.

There’s a suggested donation for breakfast of $5 to cover the cost of food.

For details or reservations, call 713-408-4785.

Update: The Religion News Service recently ran a story titled, “Dementia and religion: Songs and stuffed animals instead of sermons” in which services for those with memory loss and cognitive impairments were held by churches or synagogues.

If you are aware of any such activities here in Galveston County, please email and let us know so that we can report about them in these pages.

The article also quotes the U.S. Centers for Disease Control database citing that “more than 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. Experts predict twice as many Americans 65 and older will have the disease by 2040.”

More? In an online article by Aaron Earls at Christianity Today, he notes that larger churches are the ones still growing. His story, “The church growth gap: The big get bigger while the small get smaller,” he states that research shows, “The U.S. congregations most likely to grow are the 10 percent that already have more than 250 worshipers.”

As Our Faith notes this week, churches with fewer than 100 attendees often have only a part-time staff. This and other factors can make it hard for them to ‘compete’ with the many amenities of a mega-church. And most American churches are small with almost 60 percent having fewer than 100 souls on site on any given Sunday.

“More than half of 18- to 44-year old pastors (55 percent) say their church is growing, while 33 percent of pastors 45 and older say the same,” the story reports. “Evangelical churches are more likely to be growing (42 percent) than their mainline counterparts (34 percent).”

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