Pro-Life college students will be walking through Abilene and Sweetwater June 22-24 as part of a nationwide walk. Three simultaneous walks began in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles and will end together in Washington, D.C, on Aug. 11.

Crossroads Pro-Life Walks Across America was started in 1995 in response to Pope St. Pope John Paul II’s words at World Youth Day in 1993, when he challenged the youth of the World to “be not afraid to take the gospel of Life to the streets like the first Apostles.”  For the past 20 plus years, students from colleges and universities across America have been taking the Holy Father’s challenge literally and have been walking on the Crossroads Pro-Life Walks Across America each summer . . . working to help build a Culture of Life. Their mission as they walk is to take the pro-life message to the streets through their prayerful and peaceful pro-life witness.

This summer, volunteer college students are walking thousands of miles with Crossroads Pro-Life Walks Across America on their three simultaneous Summer 2018 Pro-Life walks. The walks started in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles on May 20th and will end together in Washington, D.C., with a Pro-Life rally at the U.S. Capitol Building on Aug. 11.
The Crossroads Pro-Life Walkers will be attending the weekend Masses at the Catholic Churches in Abilene and Sweetwater on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, to share their experiences thus far on the “road for life” (and will also be handing out free Pro-Life bumper stickers and accepting donations!).
In addition, the Crossroads Pro-Life Walkers (and members of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of the Abilene Deanery and other Pro-Life supporters!) will be participating in a Pro-Life Rosary, Rally, and Prayer Vigil noon to 1 p.m. June 23 in front of the Federal Building in downtown Abilene.


Spirit Wind 2018, the Northwest Texas United Methodist Choir, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The choir’s summer tour begins
Wednesday, June 6, in Olton. Concert venues include local United Methodist churches in selected communities across the Northwest Texas conference and in the Dallas
– Fort Worth Metroplex

Spirit Wind 2018 is a select group of 40 United Methodist senior high school youth from West Texas and the Panhandle regions who represent conference congregations of all sizes. The ensemble director is Dr. David Wallis, an associate professor of music, Music Department chair and director of Chanters at McMurry University in Abilene. Spirit Wind 2018 is the 41st year of presenting concerts of sacred music representative of all styles and periods.

True to its name, Spirit Wind refreshes and rejuvenates with a breeze that connects audiences of all ages. Young people from Texas sing inspirational music from across time and throughout the world, offering testaments of their loving and living faith. We invite the public to hear Spirit Wind 2018 in concert, as they minister to the community through their music. There is no admission fee. Donations will be accepted. 


WHAT: “No Room for a Picture on the Blank Wall”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. May 31 and June 1, 2, 8, and 9 and 2 p.m. June 10
TICKETS: $15 general admission, $13 seniors, active military, and students. Tickets will go on sale for current season ticket holders on Monday, May 21, and to the general public on Monday, May 28. Tickets may be reserved online at http://www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org/actabilene-tickets/, or by calling the Box Office at 325-673-6271.
DETAILS: The play was written by McMurry University alumnus David R. Remschel while he was at McMurry. It is directed by ACT board member Mike Stephens
RECEPTION: A reception and talk back with Remschel will follow the Saturday, June 2, performance. The play is being produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company.

Noted photographer Peter Bunther has it all, professional success and the love of his ever-supportive wife, Rosemary. All of this is abruptly interrupted when Peter comes upon the puzzling realization that one of his oldest pictures has become invisible to him, as has any recollection of even taking it. Efforts by Rosemary to get to the bottom of Peter’s strange behavior become thwarted by members of the “Memory Removal Company,” who arrive and proceed to take apart his life until nothing is left.

David Remschel

David Remschel

Written by McMurry alumnus David R. Remschel while a McMurry student, the play won the Texas Educational Theatre Association Play Fest Original Play award in 2014 and was published by Dramatic Publishing Company in 2017.  Remschel also won the TETA Play Fest Original Play award in 2013 with his play, “The Annie Chronicles.”

“No Room” is directed by ACT board member Mike Stephens, who is assisted by Tyler Sparks and Eva Luna-Wheeler. Peter & Rosemary Bunther are played by McMurry theatre professor David Ainsworth and his wife Carolyn Ainsworth, last on the ACT stage in “Moon Over Buffalo” (2013). Also in the cast are Bill Martin, Shea Cheek, Kathy Fisher, Titania McGee, Adam Singleton, and Aaron Schutter.


All children are welcomed to the summer reading, snack, and fun time that will held

each Monday in June in the community garden sponsored by Aldersgate United

Methodist Church. The garden is located at the corner of South Nineteenth and Amarillo

streets. Hours will be 9-10:30 p.m. Mondays June 4, 11, 18, and 25. The event is designed

to encourage summer reading, provide a fun activity for children and parents. For more

information or to assist, call 660-5017.


Temple Mizpah, 849 Chestnut, will have Shabbat services at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8. Cantor Monica O’Desky will lead the service. The Women’s Auxiliary will host an oneg Shabbat following services. For more information call 325-672-8225.


WHAT: Disaster Spiritual Care
WHEN: June 5-7 (reservation deadline May 25)
WHERE: Hendrick Medical Center, Shelton Building, Auxiliary Conference Room B
COST: $100
INSTRUCTOR: Dan Franklin,  an associate in the Office of Chaplaincy Relations for the Baptist General Convention of Texas
DETAILS: Training for spiritual care providers in responding to a crisis.
MORE INFORMATION: Reservations can be made by emailing Kelly Taylor, kdtaylor@hendrickhealth.org or by calling 325-670-2256; registration and information also available at http://texascrisisresiliencyteam.org/crisis-response-training/

Hendrick Medical Center will host a training session for spiritual care providers in how to respond to survivors in the aftermath of a disaster or traumatic event.

Training will be June 5-7 in the Auxiliary Conference Room B on the second floor of the Shelton Building. Cost is $100 and reservations are due by May 25.

Hendrick hosts the training about every four years. This will be the third time for it to be offered at Hendrick, said Bruce Lampert, director of pastoral care at Hendrick Health System. Instructor will be Dan Franklin,  an associate in the Office of Chaplaincy Relations for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Franklin is a retired Air Force chaplain who earned a master of divinity degree at Logsdon Seminary at Hardin-Simmons University. Training topics are varied, such as basics of crisis intervention, understanding traumatic stress, religious diversity, cultural diversity, working with the media, etc.

The event is not designed to be inspirational, Lampert said, but informational with spiritual components. The focus, he said, is on learning to provide spiritual and emotional care to people who have gone through traumatic events. 

african children's choir


WHEN: 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday, May 27
WHERE: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1741 Sayles Blvd.
COST: Free, donations accepted
DETAILS: Public invited to hear and see the children perform African songs and dances

The African Children’s Choir, made up of children ages 7-10, will perform in two morning services May 27 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

The public is invited to both services, at 9 and 11 a.m. Donations will be accepted. The children and staff will live in homes during their short visit to Abilene. They will arrive Saturday afternoon, May 26, and will be entertained at the church before going to their various homes. 

On Sunday morning, May 27, the children will perform children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Performances support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief, and development.

Music for Life, the parent organization for the African Children’s Choir, works in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa. The organization has educated more than 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history, according to its promotional material.

Purpose of Music for Life is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on education.  Many of the children in the choir have lost one or both parents to war, famine, or disease.

The African Children’s Choir has performed before presidents, heads of state and most recently Queen Elizabeth II for her diamond jubilee. The choir also has sung alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith, and other inspirational performers.


The Marian Conference in San Angelo will begin with the May 18 inaugural performance of the musical and ballet, “The Story of the Lady in Blue and the Jumano Indians” at  Murphey Performance Hall.
The conference will be held May 18-20 at McNease Convention Center. The conference begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19. A reception and preview of the documentary film, “The Needle and the Thread” by producer Victor Mancilla, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The conference will conclude Sunday, May 20, with the procession and unveiling of the Vic Payne statues at the Historic Beginnings of San Angelo site. The procession begins at 2 p.m.

Cynthia Jordan composed the musical, which was orchestrated by Fagner Rocha. The musical, which will be performed May 18, features Alexis Diaz and Silvara as Maria. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. May 18 at Murphey Performance Hall, 72 West College Ave. in San Angelo. The musical begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 325-284-3825 for more information.


Randy Harris and other faculty will lead the 2018 Summer Seminar at Abilene Christian University, a focused short course of learning and reflection for adults. Harris, ACU Bible instructor and spiritual director of the College of Biblical Studies and the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry, will lead the weekend of provocative and timely conversations on the challenging topic, “The Gospel and Culture: What’s a Christian to Do?


Randy Harris

The seminar includes a session entitled, “Spiritual Preparation for Some of the Hardest Conversations You’ll Ever Have,” led by Dr. Houston Heflin. Each faculty member will focus on their respective discipline to provide thoughtful ways to approach life and society as a Christ follower in our rapidly changing contemporary context. Harris and colleagues will engage the participants in an interactive exchange through a total of six sessions, slated to deal with a variety of subtopics. In addition to Harris and Heflin, the team includes Dr. Brad East, Dr. Stephanie Toombs Hamm, Dr. Royce Money, and Dr. Carson Reed.

The seminar will take place in ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center from 1:30 p.m., Aug. 3, to noon, Aug.4. The cost of the seminar is $60, which covers meals, snacks and handout materials. Registration is open through July 26.

The seminar will begin with registration from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. Class will meet from 1:30 to 5 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Class will meet 7-8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, breakfast will be available 7:30-8:30 a.m. and the class will meet 8:30-11:45 a.m.


Logsdon Seminary and Hardin-Simmons University have opened a new extension campus in the San Antonio area. With the opening of this new educational
center, HSU will now have the largest location away from the Abilene campus for seminary students to take courses.

Students have the ability to co-attend from multiple Logsdon campuses. A single class meeting, linked via the internet, allows students in remote locations to collaborate and experience their lessons together. This unique approach to seminary studies has been successful in the San Antonio area, where Logsdon has 61 students currently working on Master’s of Divinity, Master’s in Religion, Master’s in Family Ministry and Doctorate of Ministry degrees.

The 3,500 square-foot facility is connected to Trinity Baptist Church’s Mulberry Campus at 319 E. Mulberry Ave. in San Antonio. Logsdon has been working with the church and its preacher, Dr. Les Hollon, since 2011 to offer students
the ability to work on a seminary degree in San Antonio. The facility has five new classrooms, faculty and staff offices, and a student lounge.
Dr. Wally Goodman, Director of Seminary Programs in San Antonio said, “These new facilities will allow students the space necessary for the most important aspect of a seminary education: relationship building.”

The funds for the project were donated by the John and Eula May Baugh Foundation, the
Logsdon Estate and many individual donors to Trinity Baptist Church.
Logsdon Seminary has campuses across the state, including San Antonio, Valley Ranch (Dallas), McAllen, Corpus Christi and Lubbock.