GET AN EARLY START ON FOURTH OF JULY ACTIVITIES
If you just can’t wait until July 4 for Fourth of July events, join in the fun on June 29 in the Alameda neighborhood.
Pioneer Drive Baptist Church is sponsoring an Alameda Patriotic Parade and other family events 6-8 p.m. Friday June 29. The parade set up begins at 5:30. The parade will begin and end at the Alameda Community Center, 650 Corsicana Ave.
CONCERT CELEBRATES NATION’S BIRTHDAY
The Abilene Community Band will perform its annual Fourth of July concert at 7 p.m. July 4 on the east lawn of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic supper if you wish. In case of bad weather, the concert will move inside Gerhart Hall, located on the church grounds. Admission is free and open to the public.
TEMPLE MIZPAH HOLDS SHABBAT SERVICE
Temple Mizpah, 849 Chestnut, will have Shabbat services on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. led by Dr. Marc Orner. The Women’s Auxiliary will host an oneg Shabbat following services. For more information call 325-672-8225.
ST. PAUL UMC INVITES ALL WOMEN TO ‘RISE UP’
Women of all ages and religious affiliations are invited to a faith and community building opportunity called Rise Up at St. Paul United Methodist Church on June 28.
The event, with worship and music, will be held 6-7 p.m. in the church’s activity center, 525 Beech St. Worship will be led by Felicia Hopkins, St. Paul pastor. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the service.
REVIVE TX: BIG COUNTRY COMING TO ABILENE IN SEPTEMBER
ReviveTX: Big Country is coming to town Sept. 7-15, with a goal of 5,000 people spreading out over the city, ministering to people on the streets. The Abilene event is sponsored by ReviveTX, based in Richardson. Local sponsor is 1-Kingdom, an association of pastors and civic leaders. To register for the Abilene event, go to revivetx.org or email Wesley Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two major events in Abilene will be a youth gathering and an Exalt Night of Worship and Prayer. The youth event will be 1-5 p.m. Sept. 8 at FountainGate Fellowship, 909 N. Willis St. That gathering will include lunch, training, organizing into teams, and heading out into the community to pray. The Exalt Night will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at Shotwell Stadium.
Host church for the Abilene event will be New Hope Church, 3122 S. Clack St. The opening worship service, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7, will be at New Hope. Each day, lunch and noontime activities will be held at a different church. Dinner and an evening service will begin at 5 p.m. each day at New Hope Church.
Morris and Wade Aaron recently were in Abilene to contact supporters. The original Revive TX event was held in downtown Dallas, Morris said, with the goal of spreading across Texas.
“Our heart is to train and equip the saints,” Morris said.
They will attempt to do that by engaging people in conversation in businesses, with permission, in open spaces such as parks and bus stops, and by going door to door. How they engage will depend on the response they get.
“We respond to what we sense God is saying,” Morris said, and that usually involves prayer.
People who show an interest will be given a color coded rubber bracelet and matching New Testament. The different colors on the bracelets have a scripture chapter and verse number stamped on them. That color corresponds to a colored tab on the Bible.
Already, 25 churches of various denominations have signed up to participate, Morris said. He hopes that is just the beginning.
“Our true heart,” he said, “is to see the whole body come together.”
RALLY FOR FAMILIES JUNE 30 IN EVERMAN PARK
Rally for Families will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, in Everman Park.
The rally is to focus attention on the families who are being separated at the border. It was organized by Sam Hatton, a Democrat who is running against incumbent State Rep. Stan Lambert in the November election.
A Facebook post says, “Rally with your neighbors for families being detained at the border. The current administration policy of criminal prosecution of border crossings and subsequently family detainment as a deterrent is immoral and unconscionable. Join us June, 30th at 6:30 p.m. at Everman Park for a rally for families. Show your support for families and help us show Washington that this behavior by our government will not be tolerated.