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St. Luke Orthodox showing ‘Parallel Love’

How does a free pizza and a movie sound?

That’s the invitation from St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church, 501 Sunset Drive. The party is scheduled 6:30-9 p.m. and begins immediately following Great Vespers, which begins at 5:30.

The video, “Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury,” is a documentary about a struggling ‘90s indie-rock group from the South. They suffered a devastating car accident and three of the members became Orthodox priests.

Father Philip LeMasters, priest at St. Luke, attended the premier in New York a couple of years ago and knows the priests in the band.

Click here for video trailer

Zion Lutheran Schedules VBS

Vacation Bible School will be held June 21-24 at Zion Lutheran Church, 2801 Antilley Road.
Hours June 21-24 are 5:30-8 p.m. A swim party will be held June 25 8-10 p.m.

A light meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. June 21-24 and VBS will begin at 6. All children ages 4 years through fifth grade are invited. All events are free.  

Theme is God’s Wonder Lab from Concordia Publishing. The parents can register their children at zion-abilene.org click on the banner at the top of the screen.

“We at Zion are very excited to get back to ‘normal,'” said Sara Shaw, who is in charge of VBS. “We will be taking proper procedures to ensure everyone has a memorable experience.”

EXALT 2021 Set For Jan. 31

1 Kingdom is hosting the annual EXALT event Sunday, Jan. 31, beginning at 6 p.m.

The city-wide service will be held at New Hope Church, 3122 S. Clack St.

EXALT is billed as a “night of worship and prayer lifting up the name of Jesus.” For more information about 1 Kingdom, go to http://www.1-kingdom.org

PDBC Hosting ‘Race and Racial Identity’ Conference

A winter conference titled, “Race and Racial Identity,” will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6, at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 S. Pioneer Drive.

Hours are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 6. The conference, hosted by the Big Country Counseling Association, also will be presented virtually on Zoom and will be available for viewing through Feb. 28.

The conference will be led by Elizabeth Behrens, an educator and online community manager for Be The Bridge, http://www.bethebridge.com. Behrens specializes in providing resources, vision, and skills for racial unity.

Topics will include:
How to talk about race
Understanding how we got here
Understanding socialization and culture
Mind and body response to race talk
Identity development

More details and registration are available here.

PDBC Collecting Gifts for Christmas Store

Through Dec. 4, gifts may be delivered to Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 S. Pioneer Drive, for a Christmas store to serve the neighborhood, including children at Bonham Elementary School.

New, unwrapped toys will be collected at the church office through noon Friday, Dec. 4. A store will be set up for parents to purchase toys at 10 percent of retail price.

If you prefer shopping online, wish lists are available at AmazonTarget, and Walmart.

Grace Lutheran Rummage Sale

The public is invited to a rummage sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1202 S. Pioneer Drive.

A range of items will be for sale, among them kitchen goods, craft items,electronics, purses, jewelry, clothing, toys, furniture, etc.

FCPC Hosting Abilene Chamber Singers Outdoor Concert

First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange St., is hosting a sacred music concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

The concert, which is free to the public, will be in the meditation garden across from the church. Music will be provided by a quartet from the Abilene Chamber Singers.

Bring a lawn chair and a mask. Or, park in the parking lot adjacent to the garden and roll down your windows to enjoy the music from afar.

Photo credit: “Cube of post-its” by Ruth and Dave is licensed under CC BY 2.0