Community events



Chad Mitchell, pastor of The Mission, is inviting all citizens of Abilene to the annual Stop the Violence rally to be held Aug. 14 at the Abilene Convention Center. Mayor Anthony Williams will be among the speakers who will help facilitate a conversation about stopping violence in Abilene. Mitchell is extending a special invitation to all pastors, civic leaders, and leaders of nonprofits, as well as all interested citizens. The Stop the Violence movement started in 2008, with a goal of uniting citizens against violence.

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.


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 for ticket availability. (more…)

‘Sam: The Unexpected Prophet,’ Southern Hills’ VBS extravaganza


A dashing, Elvis-like King Saul celebrates in a song and dance mash-up after being anointed Israel’s first king. The scene is from “Sam: The Unexpected Prophet,” a musical Vacation Bible School at Southern Hills Church of Christ. Photo courtesy Southern Hills Church of Christ

By Ryan Maloney
Children & Family Minister
Southern Hills Church of Christ

Political rancor, uncertain times, a leadership crisis, corruption… These themes are woven through the story of the biblical Samuel as well as trusting in the Lord, embracing His anointing and blessing others. 

We celebrate and discover how God works in unexpected ways through the life and times of 1 Samuel 1-16. A mix of song, dance…and flashing lights help all ages connect to stories that are often glossed over in homilies and flannel graph. 

All ages are invited to our free family Vacation Bible School Sunday-Tuesday, July 23-25. There is something for toddlers, teens and grandparents alike. 

 “Sam: The Unexpected Prophet”

July 23-25 

Southern Hills Church of Christ

3364 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene

 6:30 – Family Experiences 

(self-guide tour through the building to experience food, crafts, petting zoo and games that reinforce the central story)

 7:30 – Sam: The Musical 

(one-third of the musical performed each night) 

Children must be accompanied by an adult, and all ages register at the door for safety. We also have a staffed nursery available for children under 2 years old. Children will receive a free DVD of the musical and a visit from our church a few weeks after VBS. 




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.