• 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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WEAR A SMILE

By DANNY MINTON His name was Jack Thum. His profession was a professional clown. Few people remember him, especially those outside the Chicago area. You see, Jack died some thirty years ago of cancer. When Jack died, Walter Cronkite mentioned it on his broadcast, and the church bells of Chicago rang in tribute. All of Chicago mourned. So what made

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HOPKINS TAKING TALENT TO AMARILLO

Popular Abilene pastor Felicia Hopkins is headed for the Panhandle in July after being appointed Amarillo District Superintendent of the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. No replacement has been named at St. Paul. In 2013 Hopkins became the first woman first African-American senior pastor at historic St. Paul United Methodist Church. Her appointment was made by Bishop

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MLK, BAHA’I FAITH ON AGENDAS

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

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