Community events

Does the church still matter? The world had better hope it does

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ACU professor Randy Harris speaks to a large luncheon crowd at ACU on Aug. 26 about whether the church still matters in today’s culture.

By Loretta Fulton

Does the church still matter?

Despite evidence that it doesn’t–judging from the number of “nones” or those who check “none” on religion surveys–people in need know better. Just ask people along the Texas coast who are looking for Good Samaritans, Randy Harris advised during a program he led Aug. 26 on whether the church stills matters in today’s culture.

“The people who will rebuild those communities will be the church,” Harris said, “because they always are.”

Just try imagining what would happen in the world if all the churches disappeared. It wouldn’t be pretty.

“You would see a collapse that would just be stunning,” Harris said.

Harris, an Abilene Christian University religion professor and spiritual director, addressed a large crowd of ACU faculty and staff, as well as members of the community at a luncheon Aug. 26. (more…)

You’re invited to join the (Cafe) conversation

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The first Cafe Conversation of the 2017/2018 academic year will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Mezamiz Coffee House, 3909 S. Seventh, in the Cloisters shopping center.
Cafe Conversation is a spinoff of the Abilene Interfaith Council. It is geared toward college-age students but is open to anyone interested in participating in the dialogue.
The event will explore questions concerning the nature and purpose of interfaith dialogue.
Most Cafe Conversations are held the fourth Thursday of the month, with the exception of September, November, and December. For more information, contact Sarah Dannemiller, Cafe Conversations facilitator, at snd14a@acu.edu
Sarah, who also is secretary of the Abilene Interfaith Council, is enrolled in the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University, working toward a doctor of ministry degree.

Women at Worship

 

By Loretta Fulton

In her signature high-energy style, Felicia Hopkins captivated an all-woman congregation July 26 in the second of three special mid-week services Hopkins is hosting this summer at the church she pastors, St. Paul United Methodist.

The final installment will begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the church. The services, which include a sermon by Hopkins, special musical presentations and congregational singing, are for all women of the community, regardless of denominational affiliation. Refreshments will be served after the service. (more…)

Service Center Celebrates 50 Years

“Transforming Communities Through Empowerment & Love” will be the theme of a dinner Sept. 12 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Christian Service Center.

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Featured speaker Star Parker

Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), will be guest speaker. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Abilene Convention Center.

Table sponsorships are available. Individual tickets are $50. Call 673-7531 or email Karen Dansby at kdansby@cscabilene.org for ticket availability. (more…)

COUNSELORS, CHILDREN LOVING CCC CAMPS at Grace Fellowship Church

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Counselors and children enjoy a good time–and some learning–at a camp sponsored by Connecting Caring Communities and held at Grace Fellowship Church.

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.

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