Anointed Praise Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor a Community Black History Month Celebration and Soul Food Dinner beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hitchcock’s Greater St. Matthews Baptist Church, 6333 state Highway 6.

The event’s theme will be, “Our Struggle, Our Faith, Our Testimony.”

The public is invited.

“Enjoy an evening of old fashion church with skits, spirituals and hymns, dance, mime, instrumental selections, and a special salute to business owners and leaders in the community,” said Tillie Henson, program chairperson for the event. “We are coming together as a community to celebrate and connect as one in this African-American experience.”

Guest churches for the celebration include The Fellowship Church of Texas City, First Presbyterian Church Youth of Pearland, Greater Barbours Chapel of Texas City, New Directions Baptist Church of Dickinson, Temple Church of God in Christ of Texas City and Trinity Baptist Church of La Marque.

A soul food dinner will be served following the worship service.

For details, call 409-502-7772.

The wisdom of pundit Will Rogers extends to his observation that, “Golf is good for the soul. You get so mad at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.”

That said, Anchor Point ministries will hold a fundraiser for golfers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Webster’s Top Golf facility, 21401 Interstate 45.

“Hopegolfs is a super-fun tourney benefiting the children and families of Anchor Point,” said spokesperson Kelly King. “Your team play offers hope to children from hard places, kiddos struggling with autism and other learning disabilities, families in crisis and fathers trying to be better dads. All players will enjoy shopping with our vendors, a chance to win fabulous door prizes, great food, networking opportunities and awards for the lowest score and top scores.”

For details, visit or call 832-632-1221.

Update: This week saw a major story from the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle reporting on sexual abuse in Southern Baptist Churches. The three-part in-depth series echoed previous media coverage of this topic in Roman Catholic churches.

One of the takeaways from this latest story is that churches, large and small, need to run background checks on both staff and volunteers to help avoid aiding possible serial predators.

Look for advice on such searches in an upcoming Our Faith.

More: In last week’s Our Faith interview, Frank Sherwin, a staffer with the Institute for Creation Research, held forth on the young earth view of biblical interpretation. The age of the earth and nature of creation itself have been under discussion since the earliest days of the Christian church.

In an unrelated story, Christianity Today magazine, related ten statements that most conservative church goers can agree with on the topic.

“There is no final conflict between the Bible rightly understood and the facts of science rightly understood,” writer Todd Wilson wrote. “God’s ‘two books,’ Scripture and nature, ultimately agree. Therefore Christians should approach the claims of contemporary science with both interest and discernment, confident that all truth is God’s truth.”

Events for Faith Focus should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Rick Cousins can be reached at

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