COMMUNITY EVENTS

WOMEN’S WORSHIP AT ST. PAUL UMC

Ecumenical women’s worship event 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 525 BeecHEAh St. Women of all ages and religious affiliation invited. Pastor Felicia Hopkins will speak. Music will be provided by women from various churches. Refreshments will be served.

DOES THE  CHURCH MATTER?

RandyHarris

Randy Harris

Randy Harris, Bible instructor and spiritual director at Abilene Christian University, is leading a luncheon discussion Aug. 29 on that important current question. The event will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Hunter Welcome Center on the ACU campus. The public is invited. Tickets, including lunch, are $15. Reservations are due no later than Aug. 22 at www.acu.edu/siburt Click on “events.” Harris will offer insights and perspectives on the ever-shifting attitudes toward the church in a world and at a time when the church does not hold the highest spot on the go-to list for addressing moral and spiritual decisions. When young people and some not-so-young people are parting ways with the church in record numbers, church leaders are challenged to address the question, “Does the church really matter?”

HEAVENLY REST TO OPEN NEW GERHART HALL

A grand opening celebration for the new Gerhart Hall will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St. The hall is named for the late Willis Gerhart or “Parson Gerhart” as he was known during his tenure as rector of the church, 1920-1957.