• CHILI DAY ON A CHILLY DAY

    By LORETTA FULTON The weather was perfect–for a steaming bowl of chili. And there was plenty of that Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Open Door Community Garden sponsored by Aldersgate

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  • ST. ANN PLACE WILL SERVE HOMELESS

    Drive by the old St. Ann Hospital at 1350 Cypress St. and it looks like nothing is happening. Chain link fence surrounds the property and there are signs of some

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  • BAPTIST WOMEN MEET AT HSU

    What: Texas Baptist Women in Ministry Conference When: Friday (Feb. 22) Where: Hardin-Simmons University, Logsdon Seminary Admission: $30 regular admission; $5 student admission (includes all sessions and lunch) Registration: https://www.txbwim.org

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  • SPIRITUAL HONESTY IN THE BIBLE BELT

    By NANCY PATRICK Living in the Bible Belt of America has many advantages. Christian people who live morally upright lives, support their families, participate in their communities, donate to charities,

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  • BE AN ENCOURAGER

    By DANNY MINTON Jerry Kramer was an offensive lineman drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by Green Bay in 1958. In 1959 Vince Lombardi became the head

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  • ‘SOCIAL JUSTICE IN MY VEINS’

    By LORETTA FULTON Even if Stephanie Hamm didn’t want to be a social activist, she would have little choice. “I have social justice in my veins,” she said. Hamm, an

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  • GOD QUALIFIES THE CALLED

    By LORETTA FULTON In case anyone missed the point, Joseph Tobias made sure they got it. The audience in Hardin-Simmons’ Behren’s Chapel had just heard Scripture read in various languages

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  • CHURCH ORGANISTS IN SHORT SUPPLY

    Two of Abilene’s larger churches–First Baptist and the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest–have been looking long and far for an organist. They join a long list of other congregations

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  • ANIMALS ADD MUCH TO OUR LIVES

    By LORETTA FULTON I heard a man once say that the family dog was the best Christian in his household. A sign in my veterinarian’s office says, “Be the Person

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  • HOMETOWN HERO?

    By TERRY CAGLE Back in the fall of 1995, I attended my 20th high school reunion for the Abilene High class of ’75. Since many of us were in town,

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ABILENIANS CELEBRATE REFUGEES

By LORETTA FULTON In the fall of 2003, the International Rescue Committee annouced that it would open a satellite office of the Dallas office in Abilene. By January 2004, the first of many to come had arrived in Abilene. On Jan. 24, Abilenians joined refugees and IRC staff and volunteers to celebrate their 15-year partnership. Abilene has been enriched and

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CHURCHES WELCOME REFUGEES

The International Rescue Committee will celebrate 15 years in Abilene with a gathering from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the IRC office, 3305 North Third St., Suite 320. The public is invited to come for refreshments and to meet some of the refugees. For full details, read Loretta Fulton’s article from the Abilene Reporter-News. https://www.reporternews.com/story/life/faith/2019/01/18/international-rescue-committee-assists-refugees-making-abilene-home/2585425002/   Refugees worship at

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PUBLIC INVITED TO AAC, AIC MEETINGS

Two upcoming meetings, sponsored by the Abilene Interfaith Council and the Abilene Association of Congregations, will feature topics of interest to the general public. Both meetings are free and open to the public. The Abilene Interfaith Councill will meet at noon Jan. 21 at the Abilene Public Library branch in the Mall of Abilene. Mike Kelly will speak on “Baha’i

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