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‘THE ARMS OF GOD’ BOOK SIGNING MARCH 21
IF YOU GO
Les Hammond, retired financial executive and volunteer prison chaplain, will sign copies of his novel, “The Arms of God,” from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Texas Star Trading Company. Come by and say hello and pick up a copy of his book (Christian Faith Publishing, 295 pages, $19.95 paperback).
Note: Glenn Dromgoole’s “Texas Reads” column no longer appears in the Abilene Reporter-News. However, he will continue to write about new Texas books through this “Book Notes” blog, available to Texas Star Trading e-mail recipients and through the store’s web site, www.texasstartrading.com. The following review is from Dromgoole’s “Book Notes” blog.
Abilene’s Les Hammond gets the reader’s attention right away in the first sentence of his debut novel, “The Arms of God.”
“Mike Wakefield was fourteen years old the year Stella Clement shot Junior Clement dead.”
That was 1956. The Clements’ oldest son, Trace, was 8. Their other two children were sent back to East Texas to live with relatives. Trace was entrusted to the care of Wmearle Franklin, owner of the local machine and tool shop and one of the most respected men in town.
From a distance – always from a distance – Trace’s wealthy grandfather, Fowler Clement, keeps tabs on the youngster without his knowing it.
The story picks up eight years later when Trace is 16 and is part of a secret “gang” of local boys, headed by Mike Wakefield, who go around helping people in need, all done anonymously.
The novel basically revolves around Trace’s life over the next 12 years, including a Mexican jail and Marine combat duty in Vietnam, and his almost non-existent relationship with his grandfather, which Trace finds hard to understand.
The Arms of God is a well-written, upbeat novel filled with characters you can’t help but like, especially Trace Clement and Wmearle. The title refers to the Brazos River, which flows through the West Texas tale.
HILLCREST FELLOWSHIP LUNCH POSTPONED
In an effort to address health concerns and to comply with current safety recommendations regarding gatherings, the Hillcrest Chili Fellowship Lunch that was scheduled for Sunday, March 22, will be postponed to a later date.
The lunch is a fundraiser for Santuary Ministries, which operates a children’s home in Tenali, India. The ministry also helps Indian widows, operates a Christian school in a slum area called Hope Village, drills water wells in poor villages, supports evangelists, feeds hungry children, helps Christians who have leprosy, and participates in other benevolent actions, all with the overriding goal of spreading the love and the word of Christ in India, saving souls, and transforming lives through God.
ROUND TABLE SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON CANCELED
The annual Hardin-Simmons University Round Table Scholarshiop Luncheon has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The luncheon had been scheduled for March 26, with Bob and Kelli Phillips, co-hosts of the popular TV series, Texas Country Reporter, as guest speakers.
The same program is scheduled to be held in spring 2021. In addition to the speaker program, the luncheon also features the Woman of Virtue Award and the announcement of the scholarship winner.
HOLY FAMILY PRAYER GROUP MEETS
Holy Light Prayer Group will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, the Holy Family Chapel.
All are invited for this joyful and healing time of praise, prayer, and Eucharistic Adoration in the Holy Spirit.
The prayer group meets the third Thursday of each month. For more information contact Dee Halbert at 668-6828.
PIONEER DRIVE ANNUAL GARAGE SALE
Pioneer Drive Baptis Church will host its annual “World’s Largest Garage Sale March 26-28 at 2554 Barrow St. next to Drug Emporium.
A $5 Preview Sale will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 26. Weekend hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, March 27; 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 28.
NEW BEGINNINGS BIG COUNTRY GARAGE SALE
The annual garage sale benefitting New Beginnings Big Country isn’t until April, but pick ups are available now.
The sale will begin with a special sneak preview 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 (No fooling!). Admission is free with any kind of donation. The sale continues 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 2-3, and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. April 4.
The sale will be held in the former Crafter’s Gallery, 2630 S. Barrow St.
To schedule a dropoff time or a pick up, call or text 325-665-5538 or email email@example.com
PURIM AND SHABBAT AT TEMPLE MIZPAH
Temple Mizpah, 849 Chestnut St., will celebrate Purim and Shabbat services at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6. Cantor Monica O’Desky will lead the services. The Women’s Auxiliary will host an Oneg Shabbat following services. For more information call 325-672-8225.
‘EYES ON JESUS’ LENTEN SERIES AT ZION LUTHERAN
A Lenten series will begin Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church, 2801 Antilley Road. Title of the series will be “Eyes on Jesus.” On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, two services will be held, at 5 and 7 p.m. A meal will be served at 6. For the remainder of Lent, services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays for five weeks. Meals will be served at 5:45 p.m.
PRAYER, FASTING, ABSTINENCE, ALMSGIVING DURING LENT
A meatless meal will be served at 5 p.m. each Friday during Lent, ending on April 3, at St. Francis of Assisi, 826 Cottonwood St. A Mass will begin at 6:30, followed by Stations of the Cross.
Everyone is invited to the meal as part of the church’s 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter. Prayer, fasting, abstinence, and almsgiving are emphasized during Lent. Giving up meat on Fridays during Lent is a tradation in Roman Catholic and some other churches.
WYLIE CHRISTIAN HOSTING DOVE AWARD WINNER
Mitchell McVicker, a Dove Award winning singer and songwriter, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at Wylie Christian Church, 6250 Buffalo Gap Road. Admission is free. An offering will be taken.
McVicker and Rich Mullins were driving to a benefit concert in 1997 when the Jeep they were in crashed, ejecting both men. McVicker survived but Mullin died at the scene.
GOSPEL MEETING SET FOR MARCH 21-22
North Fifth and Grape Street Church of Christ will host a two-day gospel meeting March 21-22.
Theme is “The Gospel Is for All.” The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. March 21 at the church, 433 Grape St. Kevin Rhodes of Bedford will be the speaker. On Saturday, March 22, sessions will be held at 9 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A potluck luncheon will follow the 10 a.m. session.
‘HEAVENLY MINDED FOR EARTHLY GOOD’
Author Karen Chaffin will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church for the concluding session of a Bible study based on her series, “Heavenly Minded for Earthly Good.” The session will include dinner. The presentation is open to the public. To register, go to http://www.aldersgateabilene.org
SHRIMP BOIL FIRST, THEN LENT BEGINS
The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St., will celebrate Mardi Gras, sometimes called Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, with a shrimp boil and jambalaya beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Gerhart Hall.
The following day, Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, the church will begin observing the season of Lent. On Wednesday, four services will be held: Imposition of Ashes will be at 8 a.m. in the All Saints’ Chapel, and at 12 and 7 p.m. in the nave. There will also be a children’s service at 5:30 p.m. in Gerhart Hall.
MENDENHALL TO SPEAK AT MONTHLY AIC MEETING
Doug Mendenhall, professor of journalism at Abilene Christian University and columnist of note, will be guest speaker Tuesday, Feb. 18, for the monthly meeting of the Abilene Interfaith Council.
The meeting will being at noon at the Abilene Public Library’s South Branch, next to Penney’s in the Mall of Abilene. The program, titled, “Abilene Adventures in Faith, Journalism, and Political Activism,” will focus on the Christians’ perceptions and interaction in the public sphere.
The public is invited to the free meeting. A potluck lunch or pizza will be available by donation. Drinks will be provided.
ABILENE/BIG COUNTRY HUNGER COALTION TO MEET WEDNESDAY
The Abilene/Big Country Hunger Coalition will meet at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at The Food Pantry, 701 Walnut St. The coalition meets the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings end at 2:15 p.m.
Interested people are invited to participate in a discussion on hunger issues and programs such as the Kids Eat Free Summer Meals, Senior hunger, and utilizing community gardens.
For more information, contact Becky Almanza at 325-673-1234 or email:
BIG DADDY WEAVE BRINGS TOUR TO ABILENE
The “When the Light Comes Tour” is coming to the Paramount Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
General admission tickets are $19.95. Also available are early entry tickets ($35) and premium tickets that include a pre-show talk with Mike Weaver ($75). To order tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com
According to the website, allmusic.com, Big Daddy Weave is a contemporary Christian rock band that formed in 1998 in Mobile, Alabama, Led by Mike Weave, who sings and writes songs, the band grew into a successful recording and touring act, and has released several albums, including Neighborhoods (independently released in 2001). The rest were released by Fervent and included One and Only (2002), Every Time I Breathe (2006), and The Ultimate Collection (a compilation of previously released key tracks that appeared in 2011), among others. The band returned in 2015 with Beautiful Offerings, their seventh studio album.
ANTIOCH HOSTS ANNUAL RED & WHITE TEA
The annual Missonary’s Red & White Tea will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Antioch CME Church, 801 Plum St.
The event will feature food, games, and prizes. Tickets are $3. Grand prize tickets are $5. Cll 325-320-0795 for more information.
YUM! BETHEL LUTHERAN CELEBRATES BIENNIAL SMORGASBORD
The tiny Jones County community of Ericksdahl will come alive with visitors Feb. 8 as Bethel Lutheran Church hosts the biennial Swedish Smorgasbord in celebration of its heritage. The evening will be divided into three serving times: 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person for all ages. Tickets will be sold in advance only by calling Annette Wilson at 325-773-2104 or Tena Tankersley at 325-668-2796.
McMURRY SERVES! HELPS COMMUNITY FOR SIXTH YEAR
For the sixth year, McMurry University students, faculty, staff, and alumni will hit the streets on Feb. 8 for the university’s McMurry Serves!
Among the locations for McMurry Serves! volunteers to work are Red Bud Park, Kirby Lake and Park, Nelson Park and Lake, Scarborough Park, The Palm House, Food Bank of West Central Texas, the Texas Ramp Project, St. Paul UMC, and Global Samaritan Resources.
Abilene is just one location for McMurry Serves! Alumni and friends of the university also will be serving in a number of Texas and New Mexico cities.
MLK ANNUAL MARCH AND DINNER
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed Monday, Jan. 20, in Abilene and nationally.
Locally, a march will begin at 2 p.m. at the MLK Bridge on East Highway 80. The gathering will begin at 1 p.m. at the MLK monument nearby. All are invited to participate.
The annual MLK Day dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St. Theme is “Be the Change You Wish To See in the World.” Guest speaker will be Col. Todd A. Bean, with Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Georgia. He previously was stationed at Dyess AFB. For ticket information, call 325-676-0138 or 325-665-1400.