Upcoming Events

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…)

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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…)

High school graduation plans in progress

SOUTH TEXAS – A Mexican food potluck, embarrassing baby photos and videos, lots of love and many prayers will greet graduating seniors at church soon. Two congregations have announced their plans as we go to press.
At Weber Road in Corpus Christi, Minister Mark Hammitt recently announced the Senior Banquet reception for May 20. The church is congratulating Tyler Crowe, Heaven Lee and Desirae Lara.
On the same day and up the road in San Antonio, the San Pedro congregation will observe Senior Sunday. After evening services, the church will celebrate with Robby Ford, Brenna Harris, Ross Sanchez and Mikaela Stintsman. The church members will hold on to each other and join hands as they pray these students through this rite of passage. The Christian News will report on many others next month.

Lads to Leaders – Let the little children come

SOUTH TEXAS — The Minister for the North Jefferson church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant recently shared this photo of

Getting ready for song leading at North Jefferson and at Lads 2 Leaders.

some trainees on social media. Young people throughout the United States prepare annually for the Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes convention. It is scheduled for the weekend of March 30-April 1 in most locations this year as we go to press.

This year’s theme comes from I Corinthians: “In Remembrance of Me (11:24-25). Minister J.J. Hendrix posted the photo, saying: “On Wednesday nights we let our boys lead singing before the opening prayer. We have a pew full! They are always excited and are looking forward to Lads 2 Leaders coming up next week!”
The organization offers both year-round and convention programs to achieve this outlook: “You don’t HAVE to teach them to be leaders in the church. Their experience in L2L makes them WANT to be.” The church, her families and the students focus on the Bible, service, leadership and/or curriculum in the ongoing activities. (more…)

Focal Point uplift coming soon

The sessions fill quickly at Focal Point each year.

SAN MARCOS – Regarding the annual preacher’s workshop here, Minister Wayne Jones says, “God has entrusted us with a great work, and our prayer is that Focal Point will be of service to those who are fulfilling that work.” The University church of Christ event goes from May 5-10 this year and is free of charge.
Dwayne Butler of the Blackwater Macedonia church of Christ in Jasper, Ala., posted this message from home after last year’s session.
“My family and I just pulled into our driveway after the long trip home from San Marcos. I wanted to take a few minutes to praise your wonderful church family. I don’t know that I have ever seen people more hospitable. Also, when it comes to service, the University congregation stands behind no one. (more…)

Youth day offers help to lighten the load

KERRVILLE — The backpack filled with schoolbooks is often not the only hefty burden that a young person bears. Students in the 6-12th grades and their families are invited to come to the Riverside church of Christ’s first youth day on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. to explore resources for adjusting the load to the Lord’s glory.
There is no charge for “The Things We Carry” youth day and lunch will be served. The church meets at 625 Harper Road here.
Said Raoul Ferris, Riverside youth minister, “The theme for this day emerged after my working closely with students and athletes over the years and seeing the burdens they carry behind the game faces they wear. Please join us in the beautiful hill country of Kerrville for a youth day focused on unpacking the burdens of this world and helping the young people work their way toward repacking their bags, carrying a lighter load and being clothed differently.” (more…)