Spread the Word: How Are You Helping Others during the Pandemic?

“The Year of COVID-19” won’t be celebrated by many people, but don’t discount the innovation and creativity that continues to pop up because of the pandemic.  Spirit of Abilene would like to share the innovative and creative ways that congregations, or individuals, are coping with the chaos brought about by the coronavirus. What does your “Everyday Ministry” look like during this

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High Holy Days a Virtual Experience in Abilene

By LORETTA FULTON The Jewish High Holy Days are being observed online in Abilene this year, with in-person services being another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Monica J. O’Desky, cantor at Abilene’s Temple Mizpah, said in an email that she prepared recordings of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for members to watch. They were filmed inside the sanctuary

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HPU Honors Brenda Newbury With Yellow Rose Award

HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITYOffice of Marketing and Communications The Howard Payne University Women’s Club honored Brenda Newbury and Amaya Marshall at the organization’s Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon. Newbury, former HPU first lady who currently resides in Burleson, received the prestigious Yellow Rose Award. Marshall, a junior biology major from McKinney, was the recipient of this year’s Yellow Rose Scholarship. Newbury is

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Front Porch During COVID-19

Editor’s Note: Carolyn Newman is a retired music specialist and frequent writer of poetry. Her scientist husband, George, and her creative writer son, Jason, contributed to this poem. By CAROLYN NEWMAN Morning cup of coffee out on the front porch swing,George on the baritone uke and sometimes I would sing,Joined by Duke, our faithful border collieBeginning late March ’20, what

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Expensive Tastes?

   IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury When someone suggests that life is difficult, there’s the temptation to ask, “Compared to what?” Actors dating back to Shakespeare have cited another comparison concerning the difficulty of making audiences laugh. They’ve said it thusly: “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” Within a specific current context, Fletcher’s Corny Dog Pop-Up Stands are offering “bargains”

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Virtual Worship provides Opportunity for Diversity

By LORETTA FULTON Summit 2020 will open with the first theme or worship session at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, and viewers will immediately hear and see a difference from years past. Summit, an annual event at Abilene Christian University since its founding in 1906–except for 1946–is going virtual this year because of COVID-19. Visitors who normally come to Abilene

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Laura Lacey Johnson

Editor’s Note: Laura Lacey Johnson is a former employee of KTXS-TV, the Community Foundation of Abilene, and Howard Payne University in Brownwood. She now lives in Missouri and is an author and creator of Christian videos. Her latest contribution follows. To see more, go to https://lauralaceyjohnson.com “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither

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PDBC Welcomes ‘New’ Senior Pastor, John Whitten

John Whitten preached his first sermon Sept. 6 as senior pastor of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. He replaces Stan Allcorn, who served as senior pastor since 1998. Allcorn’s last Sunday as senior pastor was Aug. 29. Photos show Whitten preaching, his father, Mark Whitten, presenting him with two Bibles, and the PDBC orchestra, led by Danny Barefield. Whitten, 35, may

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