The Christian Girls Rock Ministry of Galveston’s Macedonia Baptist Church will host, “Shine Bright Like A Diamond,” for girls ages 7-17 at 8 a.m. Saturday at 2920 Ave. M1/2.

“It’s our second annual event,” Bobbi Holman, a long-time church member who is helping with the conference said. “We’re super excited. We going to be dealing with the hard stuff, pouring lessons from the word of God into our daughters. We’ll have age-appropriate topics like ‘Words of affirmation.’ Plus a fashion show. We have put our hearts into this. We want to empower and encourage them, equipping them for their journey.”

Registration is free, but also required.

For details or to sign up, call 409-692-4150 or 409-762-9855.


The monthly Friendswood Prayer Breakfast will feature state Representative Greg Bonnen at 7:10 a.m. Saturday at Friendswood’s Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr.

Bonnen and his wife, Kim, live in Friendswood and are active members of The Harbor (formally known as Friendswood Community Church).

“We must experience God’s order in our lives beginning at the heart or soul level in order to develop purposefulness and a pattern of priorities that lead to very satisfying and productive work,” Bonnen said. “This is in contrast to a barren type of busyness resulting from a chaotic way of life in which one is simply responding to the next thing.”

There is a suggested donation of $5 to cover the cost of breakfast.

For details, call 713-408-4785.


Hanukkah is traditionally celebrated in homes and not in the synagogue, but the public will have an opportunity to experience the holiday on the island this year with the free Hanukkah on The Strand event, featuring the Solomon Brothers Band from Israel, at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at 2302 Strand St. in Galveston.

“They are a very popular band and well-known because of their TV appearances,” said Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler, leader of the Chabad of the Bay Area which sponsors this annual holiday party. “They are a folk-rock band and we’re excited about having them. We want everyone to experience real Hanukkah joy, unlike any other concert you’ve been to, dancing for joy in the background of an 8-foot Art Deco Menorah.”

For details, call 281-724-1554.


Update: Fact-checking has become a major American indoor sport whether it is applied to a president, the media or selected sports figures. So why not, Christianity Today asked, list those Christmas songs that depart dramatically from historic reality. Their list includes “I saw three ships,” “The first Nowell,” “We three kings,” “Away in a manger” and “It came upon the midnight clear.”

It even offers cautions on the 190 year-old favorite, “Silent night,” in its article, not because of errors in the song itself, but because of the apocryphal stories which have accreted about pipe-organ eating church mice and the actual creation of the carol.

Those interested in such details can find them by searching for Ted Olsen’s story, “Top eight historically incorrect Christmas songs.”

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