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SwCC Scholarship recipient graduates with honors

Dr. Ervin Seamster, Jr., of SwCC presents Sharnell James with the Associate of Science degree. She will continue her education at Texas A&M in Texarkana.

by Maria Espinosa
TERRELL – Sharnell James, the San Antonio/Austin area 2016-2017 Southwestern Christian College scholarship recipient, graduated with honors at the 67th Commencement Ceremony on May 12. Generous donations given during the yearly “Evening of Spiritual Harmony” songfest at the Northside church of Christ in San Antonio helped fund the scholarship
Originally from Texarkana, Sharnell worshipped with the San Pedro Church of Christ in San Antonio. She plans to pursue a degree in psychology beginning this fall at the Texas A&M campus in Texarkana. (more…)


Texas Bible Bowl: The story of God’s redemption plan

By Chyrece Campbell
CAMP BANDINA – On Saturday morning April 7 the test proctor said, “Time. Pencils down.” The room filled with the sound of pencils hitting the desk like popcorn at theTexas Bible Bowl 2018 competition here.
More than 110 participants passed up their last Scantron test paper and then the once quiet room filled with conversations and laughter, as well as sighs of relief. After almost two hours of answering 250 questions on 1 Samuel, some participants asked each other questions about the test while others grabbed their Bibles looking for answers. (more…)

Glenn and White awarded Lynn McDonald Scholarship

From left, Adrian Glenn and Lang White

SAN ANTONIO — During Teen Sunday, May 20, the Northside Church of Christ here awarded the Lynn McDonald Scholarship to Adrian Glenn and Lang White. The annual scholarship award commemorates the life of Lynn Cash McDonald, a Northside teen who was killed in a tragic auto accident in the 1980’s.
Adrian, the son of Elizabeth Baratta of Georgia, has also won a three-year Army ROTC scholarship and plans to attend U.T.-San Antonio next fall. He lives with his grandparents, Bob and Marilyn Glenn, who are active members of the Northside congregation. (more…)

New friends hear gospel at Laurel Street

These students from the Brown Trail School of Preaching provided support. From left, they are Juan Carlos Jimenez, Leonardo Enriquez, Juan Luna, Americo William Garcia and Spanish Department Director, Willie Alvarenga.

Photos by Skylar Hinson.
SAN ANTONIO – The banner at the front of the auditorium reads: “Welcome. There are no strangers here, only friends who have not met.” Its translation reads, “Bienvenido a la iglesia. Aqui no hay extranos, solo amigos que no se han encontrado.” The words express the spirit of the gospel meeting held in Spanish at West Laurel Street here recently.


Dowell named as Christian News columnist

Our new columnist’s family: From left, daughter, Dawn; Marsha; grandson, Carter; husband, Sid; granddaughter, Presley; son, Chris and daughter-in-law, Stephanie.

SAN ANTONIO – She is married to a Santa, and he has given the Christian News of South Texas permission to quote him: “Marsha Dowell is on my ‘Nice” list and has my unqualified endorsement to serve as a regular columnist for your fine paper!” (more…)

McGuire serves with Kings Crossing

CORPUS CHRISTI — On April 1, Delton McGuire became the first fulltime fundraiser for the prison ministry operating under the eldership of the Kings Crossing Church of Christ.
Said McGuire, “Prison ministry allows me to continue helping those that need help the most. I hope that congregations and individuals will want to know more about this vital ministry and how to be involved in person or help fund this effort.” (more…)

50+ Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Dowell

SAN ANTONIO — The sons and daughters-in-law of Cecil and Joyce Dowell hosted a 60th Wedding Anniversary gathering for the couple on Sunday, May 6. The 2-4 p.m. come-and-go reception at Avalon Memory Care here saw new and long-time friends and brethren from different congregations come in with cards and hugs.
The Army Air Force Veteran and his wife were married on May 8, 1958, and raised five sons: Frank, Sid, Tad, David and Craig. The two share a favorite song that they credit with strengthening the bond between them, “Angry Words.” The lyrics begin: “Angry words, oh, let them never from the tongue unbridled, slip.” Many people remember it best for the chorus, which starts, “Love one another / Thus sayeth the Savior, / Children, obey the Father’s blest command.”

Pray for Kim’s donor liver and kidney?

SAN ANTONIO – The Southwest church of Christ here is asking for prayers for Kim Shields. Christian News readers may recall previous pleas and prayers that a kidney donor might be found.
Kim’s condition now calls for a liver, too. Once a donor is found, both organs would be transplanted together. Once found, they will be a gift of life.
pthe family in these ways. Email:; by telephone: 210-334-0018. Transplant hotline: 1-800-888-0402.

Pride and prayers mark grad send-offs

SOUTH TEXAS – “We are so proud of their academic accomplishments and we can’t wait to see what God has in store for these great Christians!” Spoken by Mark Hammitt, Weber Road minister in Corpus Christi, these words echo the sentiments of many church members as they celebrated the Senior Class of 2018 with receptions, banquets, recognition, gift Bibles and most of all, prayer.
The Pleasanton church honored three high school seniors this year. The 2018 grads include Aliyaa Kindrick (Jourdanton High), Emily Mann (Floresville High) and Sara Stewart (Pleasanton High). (more…)

VBS: planters, growers and diggers

SOUTH TEXAS – Bible learning, songs and much more engage students with the Word during Vacation Bible School throughout this area each summer. This year features programs on basic concepts, but the teams present them as only energetic VBS volunteers can.

Youth Leader Stephen Charlebois took the Weber Road teens filming every Saturday in May in preparation for an activity. Others have gathered the stuffed animals, (more…)

Come sing at Natalia!

SAN ANTONIO — “We had a very successful meeting concerning the First Sunday Singings. We drew some from way down the road,” said Allen Shields of the Southwest church of Christ recently. The organizers of the area-wide music event are inviting you and your friends to come sing along and enjoy refreshments with other South Texans at the Natalia church of Christ.
The next gathering will take place on June 3 at 304 Pearson St. in the 78059 Zip code. The contact man, Charlie Brown, may be reached at 210-355-2243 or by mail at P. O. Box 209, Natalia, TX 78059. (more…)

Sermon Seminar convenes for James, Joshua, Paul and other topics

AUSTIN – In addition to lessons on preaching the books of Joshua and James, the 37th Annual Sermon Seminar at the Austin Graduate School of Theology here will feature a defense of the Apostle Paul this year, plus sessions on engaging Calvinism, on preparing for and managing unavoidable conflict, and on sexuality in scripture and science. The lessons run from May 21 – 24.
The mission of the annual event is to offer lessons on preaching and teaching which draw from responsible biblical interpretation and that are helpful to the church. The $210 fee includes the seminar, lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and all audio files and handouts. A non-refundable $42.00 deposit (applied toward the total cost) and completed registration form will hold the reservation. (more…)

From seed to cup: Coffee For the Cause of Christ

Justin Hopkins’ work of roasting coffee beans backstops a mission in Uganda.

by Justin Hopkins
ITASCA — High in the mountains of Uganda near Kasese, just north of the Equator, lives Muhindo Enosi, one of a few local preachers who raises coffee to support his family and his ministry. In January of 2016 the World Bible Institute and the Manna Project came together with local brethren to open the Rwenzori School of Preaching at Kasese.
Since then, local brethren have gone out into the surrounding communities establishing congregations and sharing the Gospel. Rather than depending on American support, they work with their hands like the apostle Paul did to supply their own needs. Beyond that, they have been operating Christ’s Power orphanage and school, also in Kasese. (more…)