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‘Faiths of the Founding Fathers’ Topic for Sept. 27 Interfaith Meeting
Dr. Dan Stiver, part time professor of theology at Hardin-Simmons University, will speak on “Faiths of the Founding Fathers” for the September meeting of the Abilene Interfaith Council.

The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at noon Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St. Lunch is by donation.

The meeting will be in Gerhart Hall, which faces South Seventh Street. Parking is available in front of Gerhart Hall. A program note from the Interfaith Council describes Stiver’s talk:

“Much controversy has centered around the religion or faith of America’s Founding Fathers. Not all were the same, of course, but understanding their general religious outlook will illuminate the current discussion.”

Dr. Dan Stiver

Association of Congregations to Hear Bob Ellis Sept. 28

Dr. Robert Ellis, retired dean of Logsdon Seminary at Hardin-Simmons University, will be guest speaker for the September meeting of the Abilene Association of Congregations.

He will speak on “Dry Bones and Fresh Winds: Listening to Ezekiel in the Church Today”.

The meeting will begin at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28, at First Central Presbyterian Church, 400 Orange St. Lunch is by donation.

Dr. Robert Ellis

Austan Goolsbee Guest Speaker at Woman’s Club

Dr. Austan Goolsbee, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers and a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, will be guest speaker for a public event Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Abilene Woman’s Club, 3425 S. 14th St.

The event begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited. Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. When he served in the Obama administration, Goosbee also was chief economist and chief of staff for Paul Volcker at the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Goolsbee is the son of the late Art Goolsbee and Linda Goolsbee, who lives in Abilene. She is running for State Representative District 71 in the Nov. 8 election.

Austan Goolsbee

Disciples of Christ Congregations Observe World Communion Sunday

Pastors of the three local Disciples of Christ congregations will preside over a joint service Sunday, Oct. 2, in honor of World Communion Sunday.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Wylie Christian Church, 6250 Buffalo Gap Road. Coffee and fellowship will begin at 10 a.m. Local pastors are Greg Morris, First Christian Church; Doug Royston, Wylie Christian Church, and Penny Biddey, Brook Hollow Christian Church.

World Communion Sunday was started in 1933 by Hugh Thomson Kerr, who ministered in the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches, now the National Council of Churches, endorsed World Communion Sunday and began to promote it worldwide. It is observed annually on the first Sunday in October.

FCPC Speaker: ‘All Things Worship’
Dr. Brian Turnbow, who has had a lifelong interest in Christian worship across time and traditions – from Pentecostal to Presbyterian, from Roman Catholic to Southern Baptist–will be guest speaker at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at First Central Presbyterian Church. The public is invited to the free program, titled, “All Things Worship.”

Brian Turnbow

Turnbow is a graduate of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (DWS), North Park Theological Seminary (MDiv), and the University of Calgary (Career Advising). He has served congregations in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and Quito, Ecuador and has written liturgical resources for Reformed Worship. He currently works with students at Abilene Christian University to discover where Christ is present in their academic and vocational pathways.

Services Scheduled for Former Bishop of San Angelo Diocese

Archbishop Joseph Anthony Fiorenza of Galveston/Houston died September 19, 2022, after a series of health issues. Archbishop Fiorenza served for five years as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo, from 1979 to 1984.

Services follow:
Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
1111 St. Joseph Parkway

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Solemn Reception of the Body
7:00 p.m.
Visitation with Fiorenza Family Present
7:15 – 9:00 p.m.
8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Lying in State
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Solemn Vigil Liturgy
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 29, 2022
Funeral Mass
2:00 p.m.
Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Rite of Committal Following Mass – Forest Park Lawndale, Houston

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Observances at Temple Mizpah

The High Holy Days will be observed at Temple Mizpah, beginning with a Rosh Hashanah service on Sunday, Sept. 25, and ending with Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement services on Oct. 4 and 5. Marc Orner, Temple Mizpah president, will preside. The temple is located at 849 Chestnut St.
Reservations for the Rosh Hashanah lunch on Sept. 25 are required by calling Cherry at 572-3037. Cost is $5. Children under 13 and military personnel are free.

The schedule follows:

7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25
9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26. Lunch follows
10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, cemetery service at Elmwood Memorial Park
7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4
9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, Yizker service
6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, break the fast

‘Faith of Our Founding Fathers’ Topic for September Interfaith Council Meeting

Dan Stiver, former Cook-Derrick Professor of Theology at Logsdon Seminary, will speak on “Faith of Our Founding Fathers” for the Sept. 27 meeting of the Abilene Interfaith Council.

The public is invited to the meeting, which begins at noon Sept. 27 in Gerhart Hall at Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church, 602 Meander St. Gerhart Hall faces S. Seventh St. and has a parking lot in front. Admission to the meeting and lunch is free.

The council requests $10 gift certificates to Walmart or H.E.B. They will be given to refugees and victims of human trafficking.

Dan Stiver

Heavenly Rest Celebrates Africa

The public is invited to share in the Tamasha la wa Africa or Celebration of Africa Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St.

Events, which are free, include concerts by the Alleluia Choir and special guests at 4 and 6 p.m. in the church nave. Between the concerts, at 5 p.m., the courtyard will be filled with dancers, craftwork, and other cultural demonstrations. The festival also will feature dance, art, and food. Theme is “Pamoja,” or “Community Together.”

Heavenly Rest hosts a Swahili language service at 1 p.m. Sundays.

HSU Hosting Hymn Sing

If you miss singing the old hymns like To God Be the Glory, Blessed Assurance, and Praise Him, Praise Him, the Big Country Hymn Sing is the place to be.

The Hymn Sing will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in Logsdon Chapel on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University. The event is free to the public.