Upcoming Events

Sing out 2018’s last first Sunday

SAN ANTONIO – Save this date for the last First Sunday Singing of the year: Dec. 2. The Rose Hill church of Christ in Devine will host the afternoon fellowship.
Music that rings out in congregational voices carries on a tradition that calls for everyone to participate. Members from the San Pedro and Southwest congregations here, plus from Natalia and now, Devine, have hosted that treasured experience this year.
The Rose Hill church members will provide refreshments to round out the fellowship. The building is located at 206 West Windy Knoll in the 78016 Zip code. For more information, call 830-663-2658.
Allen Shields of the Southwest congregation will be sending out the call to set the schedule for next year


Orphan Sunday serves the fatherless

by Paul McQuien
SAN ANTONIO — This year, Orphan Sunday will be observed on November 11 by churches universally. Some South Texas congregations will actively participate in this event, along with their ongoing service to children, while others will take individual action to look after the fatherless. Either way, I would like to repeat some previous observations I made on this important ministry. (more…)

Enthusiastic ensembles edify everyone

Dr. Ervin Seamster

[Editor’s note: We’re running the whole story this month in case you didn’t get to go online to see it all!]
by Contributors Lynette Kennedy and Chyrece Campbell
SAN ANTONIO — All glory and honor were given to God as spiritual praises thundered throughout the Northside church of Christ auditorium here on Sept. 22, during the 14th Annual “Evening of Spiritual Harmony.” The students of Southwestern Christian College’s Summer Tour and other groups performed rousing gospel melodies before an auditorium full of church members and visitors from all over South Texas. (more…)

Help! Prison work up to prayer-high levels

CORPUS CHRISTI – The countdown-to-Nov.-13 clock is running. Family Upreach, Inc. (New Life Behavior Ministries) has once again been chosen to be among the nonprofits that will benefit during the Coastal Bend Community Foundation’s annual “Day of Giving” here on that Tuesday. According to Family Upreach Director Buck Griffith, the prison ministry will be eligible for $17,500 in matching gifts, and, thus, may surpass last year’s $68,000 total.
Said Griffith: “This is the most exciting time of the year! The funds raised in the fall help us eliminate debt and build up our resources before the start of the New Year.” Some donors make giving a p (more…)

Songfest weekend brings spiritual praise

SAN ANTONIO — Tasty barbecue, uplifting harmonies, a new college president and great fellowship are on tap for the 14th Annual Evening of Spiritual Harmony at the Northside church of Christ on Sept. 22-23 this year. The celebration benefits Southwestern Christian College up in Terrell. Songfest weekend opens on Saturday with a home style meal from 4-5 p.m. Afterward, the school’s exceptional Summer Tour choral group will kick off a rousing music program beginning at 5:30. (more…)

Mac Mental Wellness Ministry offers workshop

by Carol Hollins
SAN ANTONIO — At some point in their lives, one in five adults and one in ten children and young people will encounter some level of mental illness. On Saturday June 9, the MacArthur Park Church of Christ’s Mental Wellness Ministry will host a free workshop on the topic for those interested, those affected and those who love them.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., two guest speakers will teach about some disorders, mental wellness and strategies for dealing with the challenges. Your presence is encouraged and will be welcome. (more…)

Summer series: hear-and-live messages

SOUTH TEXAS — “Guest speakers teach us and challenge us not only to understand Jesus’ words, but to live them every day,” said Mark Hammitt of Corpus Christi’s Weber Road church. With these words, he characterized the annual Summer Preaching Series that many congregations plan for the midweek assembly.
The lessons got underway in Pleasanton recently. Traditionally, the elders have invited each speaker to bring his favorite sermon. Associate Minister Wes Wilson kicked off the series on June 6. (more…)

Summer Youth Series: Lost and Found and Powered Up

SOUTH TEXAS — The church in this region has exciting summer events planned for all. For the young people, youth leaders have planned some fun, fellowship, singing, food, and study together in the Summer Youth Series that begins each Thursday night at 7 p.m. except where noted.
A young online blogger writes, “The Summer Youth Series is not only about meeting new people, not only about getting to see and talk to everybody that I met at camp and not only about building friendships with Christians from different congregations. It is about learning about God. SYS gets better and better each year!”
Students in the Coastal Bend area are in for a faith recharge to get “Powered Up.” The first jolt came as the Christian News went to press. They learned about “The Power of God’s Word” at the Riverside church of Christ in Corpus Christi on June 7.
These are the remaining dates, lessons, and locations. (more…)

Gospel meeting in Spanish set for W. Laurel Street

SAN ANTONIO — The West Laurel Street church of Christ is holding a gospel meeting in Spanish on May 24-27. Spanish speakers and their friends are invited to come and learn about Christ’s saving grace.
Horacio Alvarado currently leads the outreach and assemblies for the Iglesia de Cristo. The church meets at 1747 W. Laurel Street in the 78201 Zip code here. For more information, call the church office at 210-734-7495. Shawn Price is the pulpit minister.

Dellcrest singles host afternoon conference

SAN ANTONIO — A “Singles Ministry Conference: Love and Healthy Relationships” will be held at the Dellcrest Church of Christ Auditorium from 2 – 5 pm. on Saturday, May 6.
Guest Speakers will be Karen Camp of Dellcrest and Vincent McKinney of the 5th Ward Church of Christ in Houston. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the church office at 210-337-2044.

Men training for leadership in Edinburg

EDINBURG – The bilingual Iglesia de Cristo here that meets at 4002 Richardson Street is in the process of developing leaders. This spring, traveling evangelist, Edilfonso (Eddie) Rodriguez, taught a series of men’s classes that will lead to studies on serving as deacons and elders in the summer.
Said Rodriguez, “Our hope is that English- and Spanish-speaking brethren from the Valley will join us for these classes.” He preached for the Norton Street congregation in Corpus Christi in its time. During those 27 years and now, Rodriguez has focused on training those interested in serving local churches.
The spring Bible classes covered the home and stirring up one’s gift. On Saturday, June 9, the lesson from 9-10 a.m. will be “Bringing up Our Children in the Nurture and Admonishment of the Lord – Criando a Nuestros Hijos en Disciplina y Amonestación del Señor.”
For more information, contact Rodriguez at 361-877-7939.

Did you attend East Side in Austin?

AUSTIN — The Church of Christ at East Side is seeking assistance in getting the word to their past members. The church will hold a Family Reunion and Gospel Revival on Oct. 20-24 and would like to send past members a personal invitation.
In many congregations, members move away over the years and worship at new church homes in Texas and around the nation. East Side is hoping to see many of theirs come back again to the homecoming.
Please help East Side tell them about the reunion so they may come and participate if their schedules allow. Ask those you know to contact Erma Evans, family@eastsidecoc.com or call 512-966-4364. Thanks!

Evangelist Tucker: “Finishing Strong” at Dellcrest homecoming

SAN ANTONIO – The Dellcrest church of Christ Homecoming and Gospel Meeting will begin on Saturday, June 16, with an a cappella concert at 5 p.m. here. The evangelism meetings with the theme, “Finishing Strong,” will run through Wednesday.
Guest Evangelist, Randall Tucker, of the South Union Church of Christ in Houston will be the guest speaker. The church commends him: “The Lord has blessed him with the gift of ministering to all people from diverse backgrounds by illuminating the word so that it applies directly to today’s world.” (more…)

Is One Day Enough for Mothers?

By Randall Jennings
Certainly not. That mothers are vitally important to our everyday lives is almost a proverb! That is true whether they are still actually in our lives or, as in my case, not.
If you have ever wondered how important God thinks mothers are in our lives, consider this: as Jesus was rapidly approaching the end of His great sacrifice on the cross, with the weight of the world upon Him, He looked down from the cross and spoke to the issue closest to His heart at that moment – the welfare of His mother after He was gone (John 19:27). As the deity in Jesus suffered for all mankind, the man in Jesus was concerned for His mother. Nothing else could have made Him more human. (more…)