Michael McCown performs ‘Songs I’ve Always Known’ in Aug. 31 Concert

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Michael McCown, a Cooper High School and Hardin-Simmons University graduate will perform hymns from his new CD, “Songs I’ve Always Known,” in a free public concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at First Baptist Church.


Michael McCown Photo by Barbara Aumuller Oper Frankfurt

Michael is visiting his parents, Palmer and Patsy McCown, while on break from his work with the Frankfurt Opera. Michael grew up at First Baptist and his parents are longtime members.

Michael, who earned a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, sings tenor with the German opera. He is entering his 18th year with the company.

Women at Worship


By Loretta Fulton

In her signature high-energy style, Felicia Hopkins captivated an all-woman congregation July 26 in the second of three special mid-week services Hopkins is hosting this summer at the church she pastors, St. Paul United Methodist.

The final installment will begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the church. The services, which include a sermon by Hopkins, special musical presentations and congregational singing, are for all women of the community, regardless of denominational affiliation. Refreshments will be served after the service. (more…)

Service Center Celebrates 50 Years

“Transforming Communities Through Empowerment & Love” will be the theme of a dinner Sept. 12 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Christian Service Center.


Featured speaker Star Parker

Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), will be guest speaker. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Abilene Convention Center.

Table sponsorships are available. Individual tickets are $50. Call 673-7531 or email Karen Dansby at for ticket availability. (more…)

Look Around You

chipmunk at Peyto Lake - cropped

Editor’s Note: Cliff Stewart, pastor of First Central Presbyterian Church, graciously allowed me to share this photo and his comments. Cliff originally sent this to subscribers of his Cliff’s Notes email. He shot the photo while on vacation in Canada. 


Cliff Stewart

From Cliff Stewart:

On our vacation in Canada I took a whole a lot of photos of massive beautiful mountains and lakes.

But I think my favorite photo is of this little chipmunk on a rock.

Reminds me of this wonderful prayer of Mother Teresa:

Lord, give me an open heart to find you everywhere, to glimpse the heavens enfolded in the bud, and experience eternity in the smallest act of love. Amen.