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CCC DIRECTOR GUEST SPEAKER FOR AAC

Terry Cagle, director of Connecting Caring Communities, will be guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the Abilene Association of Congregations.

The meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at First Baptist Church. A $3 donation is requested for lunch. The public is invited.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

A blessing of the animals will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3150 Vogel Ave.

The service will begin at 10:30 and is in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Everyone is invited to bring a pet. Dogs should be on a leash. Other pets should be in a crate if needed.

HEAVENLY REST MUSIC CENTER OPENING

The grand opening of the Julia Jones Matthews Sacred Music Center will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St. The public is invited to a free concert in the church nave at 5 p.m. A reception will follow in the new music center.

The concert will feature Heavenly Rest musicians Ronald Rathbun, Mark and Lauren Puckett, Susetta Rockett, Elizabeth Goff, Brandon Houghtalen, Kristin Ward and Inger Nordby. Choir director Jeffrey Goolsby and the Heavenly Rest Choral Scholars will give a special performance in the music center.

SHABBAT SERVICES OCT. 5

Temple Mizpah, 849 Chestnut St., will have Shabbat services on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. led by Cantor Monica O’Desky. The Women’s Auxiliary will host an oneg Shabbat following services. For more information call 325-672-8225.

JEWISH HIGH HOLY DAYS BEGIN SEPT. 9

The High Holy Days observance for Jews worldwide, including Abilene’s Temple Mizpah congregation, begins Sunday evening, Sept. 9, with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

The 10-day period ends Sept. 19 with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Sunday evening actually is known as Erev Rosh Hashanah or Eve of Rosh Hashanah. An observance will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at Temple Mizpah, 849 Chestnut St.

Monday’s observances will begin with a service at 9:30 a.m. and lunch at the temple at noon. Reservations are required by calling 672-8225. Services will be presided over by Monica O’Desky, cantor for the temple.

The 10 days of repentance that begin on Rosh Hashanah, O’Desky explained, require prayer and “tzedakah” or performing righteous deeds and giving money to charitable causes. The “tashlich” ceremony that takes place after Rosh Hashanah involves casting sins and is symbolized by turning one’s pockets inside out to have breadcrumbs fall into a flowing body of water.

O’Desky, who lives in Crowley and commutes to Abilene, explained that during the High Holy Days attention is paid to “teshuvah,” which usually is defined as repentance, but is more accurately a “turn around.”  

The High Holy Days will begin to wind down with a cemetery service at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at Elmwood Memorial Park, 5750 Highway 277 South. A Kol Nidre or solemn prayer service will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the temple.

Yom Kippur will begin with a service at the temple at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19 and will be followed by memorial and concluding service at 3:30. A break-the-fast dinner will be held at the temple ta 6 p.m. Sept. 19. Reservations are required.

UPCOMING SERVICES, CLASSES AT ST. LUKE ORTHODOX

St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church, 501 Sunset Drive, will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom at 6 p.m.  Sept. 7.  Visitors are welcome to all services and classes.

A new year of Christian dducation classes for all ages begins at St. Luke Sept. 9.  Classes start after coffee hour, which follows the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom at 10 a.m.

The Feast of the Elevation of the Cross with the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 13.

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for the Sunday After the Elevation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sept. 16. A luncheon follows in the parish hall. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit www.stlukeorthodox.net.

GRACE LUTHERAN TO ORDAIN AND INSTALL PASTOR LESLIE DUNLAP

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Leslie Dunlap will be ordained and installed as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the church, 1202 S. Pioneer Drive.

Bishop Erik K.J. Gronberg of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will preside. The public is invited. All congregations are invited to pray for Dunlap during morning services, Sept. 16.

Lunch will follow the service.

Dunlap has been service the congregation for several years as the Synodically Authorized Worship Leader, performing most functions that an ordained minister does. She has been completing coursework to become a pastor in the ELCA.

GRIEF SHARING PROGRAM OFFERED AT PDBC

Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 S. Pioneer Drive, will begin a series of GriefShare sessions 4-6 p.m. Aug. 21.

GriefShare offers support and benefits for adults 18 and older who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. The sessions will be each Tuesday in Room 114, at the north end of the church building.  Parking is available in that area.  A sign with the name GriefShare will be on a north door.

The sessions are open to anyone in the area who would participate. Both men and women are invited to attend. You will benefit from a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Each session includes a video with both professionals and non-professionals, the opportunity for discussion and the value of the workbook. The only cost is $15 for the workbook. Scholarships can be provided for the workbook. The facilitators are Omer Hancock and Brenda Bredemeyer.

For more information or to register, contact Jill Fleming at jfleming@pioneerdrive.org or 325-692-6776.

ZION LUTHERAN HOSTING ‘ONE HEART, ONE CITY’

An ambitious project requiring lots of volunteers is coming to Zion Lutheran Church, 2801 Antilley Road, on Aug. 26. The church is hosting “One Heart, One City,” a project to pack 4,000 food boxes in conjunction with Children’s Hunger Fund and Global Samaritan Resources. The boxes will be distributed in Abilene by participating churches and in other communities through the Mercy Network.

The food packing will take place 1:30-3 p.m. Aug. 26 at the church. For more information, contact Clyde Kieschnick, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, at 690-0121.

IRC REQUESTS BACK-TO-SCHOOL ITEMS

The International Rescue Committee, which has been resettling refugees in Abilene since January 2004, is asking for help in providing back-to-school items for children in refugee families.

The three most-needed items are backpacks, pens, and pencil cases. Other items needed are drawstring packs, middle school standard dress, three-ring binders, folders wth brads, paper, notebooks (wide ruled and college lined), pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, pens, markers,, and colored pencils.

If you want to help but don’t want to shop, monetary donations are welcomed. Donations can be dropped off at the IRC office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The IRC is located at 3305 North Third St., Suite 320.

LEARN ‘WHY PREACHING MATTERS’ AT LUNCHEON

The Siburt Institute for Church Ministry invites you to bring

“Why Preaching Matters!” will be the topic for a Lunch and

Learn at Abilene Christian University Aug. 30.

Rick Atchley, senior teaching minister at The Hills Church in

North Richland Hills will be guest speaker. The seminar will

take place in ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $15, which includes

lunch. Registration is open through Aug. 23.

Some people think preaching is a dying art, but “Why Preaching Matters!” will examine

why preaching remains at the core of the Christian experience. Atchley, ACU Class of ’78,

will bring his passion for the verbal witness of the kingship and lordship of Christ to the

conversation.

Atchley began his preaching career at the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene

nearly 40 years ago. He is widely known for his ministry to ministers and pouring

himself into the development of preachers for the next generation.

 

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.

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‘OH, THE PLACES GOD GOES!’

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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REVIVE TX: BIG COUNTRY COMING 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 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.”

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.

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.

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.