Upcoming Events

Come practice telling Christ’s story

AUSTIN — Dr. James Nored’s “Christ-Centered Church on Mission” workshop is set to go at the Austin Graduate School of Theology from Jan. 14-18. The deep-study outreach seminar will be held at the school’s North Austin location.

The Next Generation approach helps train learners to tell Christ’s story. They may audit the course for $100 or enroll for college credit hours for $1,330. The books run from $20 to $85 total.

For more information, go online to austingrad.edu and click on the Events tab. Register by emailing DBond@AustinGrad.edu. For other information, call 512-476-2772.

Teens click to living for Christ at CYC

CORPUS CHRISTI – Students from the Weber Road congregation here and the Riverside church in Kerrville are among the South Texans getting ready to travel to Dallas for the Jan. 18-20 Challenge Youth Conference. The theme this year is “Unashamed.”

The conference is set for the Dallas Marriott in Irving. The organizers, led by Larry Davenport, have put together a program that seeks to empower teenagers with sound teaching that “challenges and encourages them to live their lives for Christ.”

According to Lonnie Jones of the Maysville church of Christ in Gurley, Ala., the conference aims to “challenge young people to see what Christians stand for in both teaching and example…. It is about positive conservatism. It is not about how to be better than the pagans, denominations or the ‘liberals.’ It is about how to be better people of God. (more…)

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.