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Palmer takes helm at Sunny Glen

The Palmer family from left, Josiah, Chase, Malachi, Elizabeth, Joy and Ezra.

SAN BENITO — According to Wayne Lowry, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Sunny Glen Children’s Home, Chase Palmer has been selected to serve as the 15th Executive Director effective Feb. 8. Jay Williams, who dedicated 19 years to the Home in that role, will continue providing guidance as Director Emeritus.
Said Palmer, “My goal is that Sunny Glen continues to be a place of hope and refuge for children and families of the Rio Grande Valley. Each child is a gift from God. We desire to meet each one’s physical, emotional, and, most important, spiritual needs, holistically. This approach begins by helping them to grow in their knowledge of God through His Word and by letting them experience the love of Christ in the care that we provide.”

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San Pedro takes Bible bowl first

SAN ANTONIO — “The Church of Christ Citywide Singles Ministry’s First Annual Adult Bible Bowl was a success!” said Coordinator Cheryl Anderson. Teams tested over I Cor. 1, 7, and 13 during the Jan. 27 event.
Said Anderson, “Single and married members came together. Congratulations to San Pedro Church of Christ for winning the trophy!
“Dellcrest and Laurel Street did an excellent job as well. We look forward to Bible Bowl next year, Lord willing, so get your team ready!
“We thank God for allowing us to come together and thanks to the leadership of San Pedro for hosting the event.”

Help! VetNet and Bible give-aways picking up

by Buck Griffith
CORPUS CHRISTI – We rejoice to see increasing responses to our outreach to veterans and the prison Bible distribution. We appreciate your help in getting the word out about New Life Behavior Ministries’ resources to everyone in your circle of influence and your joining us in serving others.
The VetNet program is taking many requests from across the nation for the NLBM curriculum. Military veterans outside of prison and those who serve them ask for our lessons. Most veterans are not incarcerated, but many of those who are inside are requesting materials, too. Many from all branches of our military and their families are suffering. (more…)

Resources, scenarios and food grow leaders

SAN ANTONIO – Saying, “There’s no one answer,” a youth attending a recent leadership workshop revealed one of the biggest reasons to study with others who minister to the church.
About 35 men from eight or so congregations gathered at Bandina Christian Youth Camp to pray, study and fellowship together for the good of the church. Organized by Minister Mark Hammitt and the elders of the Weber Road church in Corpus Christi, the annual Men’s Leadership Workshop was on Jan. 26-27.
According to Hammitt, the objectives are to encourage all who attend to continue serving God and the church, to strengthen men currently serving as elders and in other leadership positions such as deacons and evangelists, and to prepare and equip others to serve in those roles in the future.
Mark Hanstein, academic dean of the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies in Knoxvillee, Tenn., served as the resource speaker. He has preached for churches in California, Colorado and Texas for 42 years. He has taught at the Bear Valley Bible Institute in Denver and was one of the deans. While living there, he served as an elder for the Bear Valley congregation. (more…)

Bible bowl: In honor of His great work for us

These test takers were in the room where it happened at TBB last year.

by Correspondents Daesha Cuttrell and Cathy Spain
LEAGUE CITY — In a few weeks, groups from all over Texas and Oklahoma will gather at Camp Bandina in the Texas hill country for some friendly competition, grounding in the Word and Christian encouragement. Students from third grade to adults (some over the age of 70!) have been diligently studying 1 Samuel for Texas Bible Bowl on the weekend of April 6-8. (more…)

New year, new luncheons for SAC students

SAN ANTONIO — As the San Antonio College spring semester started in January, likewise the Church of Christ Student Center nearby began serving lunch for the those on campus. Fifty-five young people walked in for the first Thursday luncheon after classes began in mid-January.
Many of them already know that the center provides free lunch. However, some had come in for the first time because ministry volunteers had ventured out into the cold and rounded up students from the campus to come in and eat. The students eagerly expressed their appreciation for the hot meal. Mark Forster, center director, led the devotional. (more…)

Come to First Sunday singing!

SAN ANTONIO — For some church members, singing isn’t everything. Echoing UCLA football coach, Red Sanders, they say: It’s the ONLY thing. Others see the singing as a vital and regular part of worship, a time to encourage others and be encouraged. Either way, the organizers for the regional First Sunday Singing hope that all types from area congregations will come sing and consider joining in to host later gatherings.
Said Southwest’s Allen Shields, “Send representatives to get more information at the planning meeting at 2 p.m. on March 4 at the Southwest church of Christ here. Then stay for the music!” (more…)

Angel Encampments

CORPUS CHRISTI — Psalm 34:
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
It’s easy to forget what we cannot perceive through our senses. In one story from 2 Kings 6, an army snuck in at night and surrounded Dothan, the town where Elisha was living. In the morning, the prophet’s servant went out, saw the army with its horses and chariots, and came to Elisha in a panic, crying, “Oh no! What shall we do?!”
I wish Elisha’s first response would be the same gut reaction I would have in times of tension, but he said: “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” If you remember the story, you probably also recall that Elisha then prayed for God to open the servant’s eyes. The man looked and saw that the hills were full of horses and that chariots of fire were posted all around Elisha. (more…)

Follow-up help still needed in Rockport after Harvey

by Brenda Slatton
While South Texas Christians sent prayers to the coast in the middle of Hurricane Harvey, the Church of Christ Disaster Relief was already preparing to help. But long before that, Deb Honeycutt was being prepared by God to make a difference in Rockport. She is still making a difference today but needs other Christians’ help.
Rockport, Aransas Pass and Port A got hammered by Hurricane Harvey and 46 tornadoes.
“If you had seen the debris it was crazy,” Deb said. “The eye sat over us for 2 1/2 hours and there were 46 tornadoes imbedded just in the eye. In the area where we help, that 7-foot surge finished them off. People, understand, lost everything when that surge came and hit their house, everything was ruined.” (more…)

Thanks to the Christian News’ Cheerful Givers!

SOUTH TEXAS — The Apostle Paul may not have known it at the time, but he gave you and other readers who partner in this edification ministry, a name: Cheerful Giver (2 Cor. 9:7). In 2017, many hearts gave out of their abundance.
That year, throughout South Texas, many lips spoke to beseech the Lord on our behalf, asking His blessing on the work of the Christian News of South Texas. We heard the prayers in the assembly and read them in letters, notes, text messages, emails and on the website comments at christiannewsst.wordpress.com.
Each month, the Lord often graciously answered “Yes,” seeing to it that every inch of space in every issue was filled with news that encouraged some, inspired others, edified many and informed all readers in the body of Christ in our region. So some gave prayers, and after each edition was put to bed, we thanked Him for sending you to pray for us. (more…)

Church thanks vets with Quilts of Honor

by Stamo Andrews
PLEASANTON — On Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, Quilts of Honor were presented to six members of the church of Christ here following the conclusion of the morning assembly. Several of our ladies who are involved with the Medina County Quilt Guild decided to use their sewing talents to fashion these beautiful covers for those in our congregation (after approval of their nomination) who honorably and sacrificially served our nation. (more…)

Team given love, prayers and potluck

The Hill Family

The Gibbins Family

The Dye Family

KERRVILLE – With this truth in mind, “A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9), the church here prayed and spent time with three missionary families on Sunday, Dec. 10. The 14 people on the Sao Luis Mission Team visited this sponsoring congregation in preparation for their upcoming mission move to Brazil. (more…)

David S. Vanz’s Book, “Rediscovering the Holy Spirit”

SAN ANTONIO —

Anyone who attempts to write a book on the Holy Spirit is undertaking quite a challenge, considering the complexity of the topic as revealed throughout the Bible and, more specifically, in the New Testament. David S. Vanz’s book, “Rediscovering the Holy Spirit,” (Archway Publishing, 2017) has done just that, although he has focused principally of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. The subtitle of his book makes this emphasis clear: “Proponents, Opponents, Components in His Conquest to Expand the Kingdom.” (more…)