Prayer, praise service in honor of Van Zandt County tornado victims among upcoming faith-based events around East Texas

Published on Friday, 4 August 2017 13:02 - Written by


A prayer and praise service in honor and in memory of the Van Zandt County tornado victims is scheduled for 3 p.m. Aug. 13 at Crossroads Church, 1930 S. Trade Days Blvd., in Canton. The Van Zandt County Long-Term Recovery Group’s Spiritual and Emotional Care Initiative is putting on the event. Ministers will offer prayers. Personal prayer and counseling will be available. Help with information and resources also will be provided. All of the offering will go to Van Zandt County victims.



The Salvation Army is in need of donations for its food pantry and shelter kitchen. Donations can be dropped off at 633 N. Broadway Ave. Urgent food pantry needs include: tomato sauce, ramen noodles, canned tuna or chicken, corn, refried beans, peanut butter, Spaghettios, canned pears or peaches, chicken noodle soup, elbow macaroni, cereal, macaroni and cheese, bag of pinto beans, bag of rice, cornmeal and crackers. Visit to make a monetary donation.



Local Christian radio stations 89.5 KVNE and 91.3 KGLY, the St. Paul Children’s Foundation and local businesses have partnered for the Back-to-School Shoe Drive. New shoes in children’s size 4 through adult sizes are needed with a special emphasis on athletic (tennis) shoes for children and teens. The goal is to collect more than 500 pairs of shoes, including online donations. The shoes will be distributed to children in East Texas in time for the start of the 2017-18 school year. Visit or for complete details, including drop-off locations.



Bethany Word of Life Tabernacle, 6808 Paluxy Drive, in Tyler will have its Men’s Ministerial Sunday program at 10 a.m. Sunday followed by a Community-Outreach/Fellowship Dinner on the church campus. Contact the church’s business office at 903-534-0094 for more information.



The Community Concert and Fellowship at First Baptist Church in Center is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature gospel followed by a unique and exciting community party called Show and Tell. The First Baptist gym will have tables displaying a crafts, collections, and hobbies.



Sing and Ring Music Camp is open to all rising first- through fifth-grade students, and offers learning opportunities that include singing, Orff instruments, hand bells and hand chimes. The four-day camp, which will run Monday-Thursday, ends with a special evening performance on Thursday. Registration forms can be found in the church office at Pollard United Methodist Church, 3030 New Copeland Road, Tyler, or you can call 903-597-2571, and a registration form will be emailed to you. Only cost is a $5 T-shirt fee. For more info, email Arnold Sherman or text at 903-372-9683.



The Global Leadership Summit will be Thursday and Friday at First Christian Church, 4202 S. Broadway, Tyler. The annual event will take place through simulcast and is designed to help attendees gather with other leaders to hear advice from world-class speakers. Scheduled teachers include: Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook; Andy Stanley, leadership author, communicator and pastor; Laszlo Bock, a senior advisor at Google and best-selling author; and Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of International Justice Mission. Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, founded the Global Leadership Summit and is also scheduled to teach. While it is Christian-based, the information, teaching and speakers are for the broader world of business, education and more. For more information, or to register for the event, go to www.fcc



Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army and the Long Term Recovery Group can assist with needs from the recent East Texas tornadoes. Disaster case managers are available at St. Therese Parish Hall, 885 First Monday Lane (Edgewood Road), in Canton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday or by appointment. Call 972-246-6011 for more information and leave a message if no answer. You can also email The charities and church will help people of all faiths.



Holly Brook Baptist Church, 3219 S. Farm-to-Market Road 2869, in Hawkins will present “Branson at Holly Brook II” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Family Life Center. The public is invited. There is no admission charge, but an offering will be taken to benefit the Holly Brook Celebration Singers music fund. Dinner will be served. Singers will interpret such entertainers as the Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Elvis and Merle Haggard. Call the church office at 903-769-2091 to reserve a place. Visit for more information.



The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will have an Overstock Sale for the public at its Marketplace furniture building and Old Spence garage sale building from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 19. The buildings are located on the southeast and northeast corners of Spring Street and Bow Street in downtown Tyler. All proceeds will benefit the Tyler Salvation Army.



Holly Brook Baptist Church, 3219 S. Farm-to-Market Road 2869, in Hawkins will have its Ladies’ Wednesday Bible Study from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. starting Sept. 13. The theme for the seven-week study by Priscilla Shirer is “The Armor of God.” Joyce Grisham will lead the sessions and is the source for workbooks. Call the church office at 903-769-2091 for more information.


SIGHT NIGHT will have Sight Night “The Joy of Sight” from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 at Callynth Photography Studio in Tyler. Tickets go for a $5 minimum donation. The event will include local art, live music and food. All proceeds will benefit the work of to restore sight to the blind in Togo, Africa. Those interested in purchasing tickets or sponsoring the event can visit for more information.