Dickinson’s Christian Renewal Center will have its gala, “Let the Good Times Roll,” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 2 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church at 15500 El Camino Real in Houston. Tickets are $100.

“The Center has been a blessing to the thousands of people that use it each year,” said its director, Kim Brown. “We need the community’s support to make much needed repairs to the property. Our gala is the largest fundraiser of the year and our hope is to raise $67,100 which will allow us to remodel 10 rooms with new air conditioning, exterior siding, Sheetrock, flooring and furniture. If you own a business or lead a parish ministry, please consider being a sponsor, donating an auction item or buying a table.”

For details, visit www.retreatcentercrc.org or call 281-337-1312.

Years ago, it seemed that a new church popped up every week or so in a local school, theater or even an abandoned grocery store here. Rising real estate costs and cultural changes seem to have slowed this trend.

That said, Texas City will have a brand new church launched at 3 p.m. on March 3 at 510 13th Ave. N.

“We’re Resonate Church, and we’re excited to launch our ministry,” the Rev. Jervie Windom, its pastor told Faith Focus. “As a new church plant in the Greater Houston area, God has called us to serve this growing community by sharing the gospel, building relationships and tackling projects together through mission and ministry.

For details, call 281-506-4944 or visit www.resonatetexas.org.

Cops and congregations may be coming together if Risa Stein, social action chairperson of Congregation Shaar Hashalom, has her say.

“On Valentine’s Day, we paid visits to Clear Lake—Houston police department and Precinct 8 constable’s office with homemade cookies, brownies and other treats,” she wrote. “Those were a token of the synagogue’s appreciation for all the police have been doing for the Clear Lake Community and for its continuing support.”

Shaar is at 16020 El Camino Real in Houston.

If your congregation has also been reaching out to law enforcement in a special way, please share that with us soon.

Preview: No one needs to tell us how bad floods can be. Look for a report here soon from Paradise, California which will underline how drastic a change a devastating wildfire can wreak on a church and its community. One missionary who has provided rebuilding assistance after both Harvey and the Camp Fire will describe her experience.

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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