By Loretta Fulton
The annual convention of two African-American Baptist Church conferences ended June 30 like it began June 26–with thanks to God and plenty of good music.
The 103rd meeting of the Congress of Christian Education and the 114th meeting of the Original West Texas Baptist District Association, Inc., ended with performances of all kinds by youth groups. They sang, they “stepped,” they did drills, they recited scripture, and they prayed.
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How did we become
to make enemies
out of each other?
By Loretta Fulton
“My mom gave me a dime to buy a lime.”
“My mom gave me a quarter to buy water.
And on and on it went–one rhyme after another in a silly little song that everyone was loving. That was the scene June 26 at the Caring in Action (CIA) camp hosted by Connecting Caring Communities and held at Grace Fellowship Church, 910 Cypress St. This is the second week for the camps.
Rebecca “Becca” Kello was ordained as a deacon June 14 in a service at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. The Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, presided. Kello will begin her job as associate rector at Christ Episcopal Church and campus chaplain at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, July 1.
Kello just completed her post-graduate diploma of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. She holds a master of divinity degree from Abilene Christian University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee.