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Online registration is available now for the annual Global Leadership Summit, which will be held Aug. 9-10 at Hardin-Simmons University.
The conference will be streamed live from Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. The conference is led by Bill Hybels, founder of the summit and senior pastor at Willow Creek.
This will be the eighth year for HSU to serve as one of 600 host sites in North America. The summit’s aim is to “drive transformation with fresh, actionable insight from a diverse faculty who challenge leaders to maximize their influence,” according to a news release.
Faculty members are selected for their expertise, proven success, and innovative approaches in non-profit, government, education and faith-based sectors.
Among the faculty this year are Craig Groeschel, co-founder and senior pastor of Life.Church; T.D. Jakes, founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House; Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of retail, Apple; Carla Harris, vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, and Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman, Econet Group, and a philanthropist. For registration details and prices go to  www.willowcreek.com/summit





The musical Vacation Bible School staged each July at Southern Hills Church of Christ has  become a “must” for Abilene families, where members of the church or not.

“Jesus: Life of Love” is the title of this year’s version, which will be held July 29-31. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., families will choose their own adventure as they tour through two dozen stations that show what lie was like in Jesus’s time.

The three-part musical will be presented 7:30-8:30 p.m. each night, with a different act on each night.

The musical, with Dillon Cobb as Jesus, focuses on some of the teachings and miracles of Jesus. Cobb is a financial planner at Carter Asset Management.

The script was written by the director, Kim Hardin. Music and lyrics are by Chris and April Brannan. Ryan Maloney is executive producer. Register on the church website toward end of June to participate in VBS. If you want to just attend the musical each night, no registration is needed. www.sohillschurch.org/vbs


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.

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All area children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade
are invited to Vacation Bible School July 30-Aug. 2 at First Central Presbyterian Church, 1420 N. Third St. Hours are 6-8:15 p.m.

Theme will be “Oh, the Places God Goes!” There is no cost to attend.  Activities will include singing, crafts, refreshments, and a wide variety of learning activities, all while exploring Bible stories of people of the Bible who traveled with God like Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Jesus, and Paul.
“When we learn that God goes with us, no matter what, we can learn to live more confidently and make better choices,” said Rev. Susan Payne,
minister. “We’ll explore the ways we travel today while studying scriptural
adventures to help children grow in their own faith journeys.”
On-line registration (or a printable registration form) is available at
http://www.fccabilene.com/announcements. Children who register by July 20 will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call (325) 677-2186


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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 wmorris@timetorevive.com

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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.