Events And News Of Note

Even a pandemic couldn’t halt the annual Operation Blue Jeans at Christian Service Center. The event provides children with free school clothes and shoes. As of August 27, Christian Service Center had provided clothing and tennis shoes for 163 elementary aged children and 63 middle school students. For an appointment to come in and get clothing for your students, call 325-673-7531.

COVID-19 has affected another Christian Service Center event. The annual fall fundraiser will not take place this year but is scheduled to resume in September 2021.

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) is sponsoring Momentum: The Accompaniment Symposium 1-4:30 p.m. September 1.

Accompaniment is the new buzz word in youth ministry, according to an announcement from the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo, and comes in many forms. The Momentum event is solely focused on models of accompaniment that can be applied in both our current reality and beyond.

National leaders like Dr. Josh Packard from Springtide Research Institute, Dr. Timone Davis from Loyola University Chicago, and Tom East from Center for Ministry Development, have partnered with local practitioners to present ways to walk with youth on their faith journey and provide practical tools to apply these practices to your ministry.

MOMENTUM: The Accompaniment Symposium takes place on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Central Time. Tickets are $35 per person ($25 for NFCYM Members). For more information about workshops, speakers, and registration, go to


“Why God Matters” with Dr. Richard Beck will be presented online at 11:30 a.m. September 15 from the Siburt Institite for Church Ministry at ACU. Beck is a psychology professor at ACU.

Under normal circumstances, Beck would be speaking for the on-campus Lunch and Learn series but COVID-19 has halted that for this year. Instead, Beck will join Randy Harris and Dr. Carson Reed as part of the center’s new Intersection: Where Theology and Practice Meet series to explore the topic, “Why God Matters.” 

Rates of agnosticism and atheism continue to rise in the United States, along with the “Nones,” those unaffiliated with any religious tradition. Churches are also experiencing a correlated demographic decline.

At the same time, rates of depression, addiction, anxiety, and suicide are skyrocketing. These trends are intimately related and illustrate why God matters in an increasingly secular and post-Christian world.
The program is free. Be sure to register to receive a Zoom link. For more information, contact Renee Paul

Graphic credit: “stack of sticky notes” by Rick Payette is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“Sticky Notes” by Rameshng is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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