Pet blessing, banquet about Bible translation among upcoming faith-based events around East Texas

Published on Friday, 6 October 2017 14:58 - Written by

Saint Francis Episcopal Church, 3232 Jan Ave., will have its annual Blessing of the Animals at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Each year parishioners, along with residents from the surrounding neighborhood, gather on the front lawn of the church with their dogs, cats, birds, hamsters and any other animal they may own. These pets receive a blessing from the Rev. Mitch Tollett and the owners give thanks to God for the companionship they have with their animals.


Greater St. Mary Baptist Church, 1615 Texas College Road, is sponsoring a one-day health and safety fair from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday. The event will provide immunizations, blood pressure/cholesterol screening, glucose monitoring, deaf and hard-of-hearing services, diabetes self-care seminar, home safety and others. This is a free, public event. Call 903-592-3774 for more information.


Dr. Mark Dever will speak about “A Biblical Understanding of Conversion” at 7 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday at the BMA Theological Seminary, 1530 E. Pine St., in Jacksonville. Dever is senior pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and president of 9Marks Ministries. He is speaking as part of the seminary’s Darby/Beal Lectureship.


Reformation 500, a six-week event involving religious leaders from various churches, will continue this week with a presentation about the Protestant Reformation from the Episcopalian perspective. The free program is scheduled for 7-8:15 p.m. Thursday at The Foundry Coffeehouse, 202 S. Broadway Ave., in Tyler.


The International ALERT Academy in Big Sandy invites the public to its Family Camp Community Night on Oct. 17. A barbecue meal is available for purchase ($7.50 for adults and $5 for children) starting at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. Dr. Lew Sterrett will share a biblical message on horseback. The academy is located at 1 Academy Blvd. in Big Sandy. Call 906-636-2000, ext. 2101; visit ; or email for more information.


Educating people about the ways Wycliffe is using modern technology to speed up Bible translation will be the focus of the Wycliffe Associates Banquet in Tyler, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Holiday Inn, 5701 S. Broadway Ave. The banquet meal is complimentary, although everyone will be given a chance to take part in a free-will offering. John and Ethel Ligero, who work with Wycliffe in Thailand, are scheduled to speak. Contact event coordinator Alice Wright at 903-316-3403 by Oct. 13 to confirm your attendance.


Victory Temple Church of God in Christ will celebrate the accomplishments of Pastor Rodney Lamar Atkins during a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Texas College Gus F. Taylor Gymnasium, 2404 N. Grand Ave., in Tyler. Tickets cost $40 each or $240 to reserve a table for six. Contact Teresa Foreman at 903-617-8025 or Erica Rider at 903-504-4052 for more information. Waymon Stewart, CEO of the Andrews Center in Tyler, is scheduled to be the guest speaker.


The King’s Storehouse Food Bank has created an online fundraiser through The group hopes to raise $12,000 by Oct. 27 to purchase an electric pallet jack and compressors for their walk-in coolers. This food bank has been supplying other nonprofit organizations with food items to distribute since 1985. Visit to learn more or make a donation.


The East Texas Bethlehem Bluegrass Band will perform at the annual Saints Alive fish fry and gospel concert at Holly Brook Baptist Church, 3219 S. Farm-to-Market Road 2869, in Hawkins on Oct. 28. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Reservations may be made until Oct. 22. Saints Alive is the church’s senior adult ministry. In concerts the band plays and sings Christian music that span contemporary, blues, spiritual and traditional bluegrass styles. There is no admission charge, but an offering will be accepted. Call the church office at 903-769-2091 or visit for more information.


The Christian Women’s Council of Bethany Word of Life Tabernacle, 6808 Paluxy Drive, in Tyler, will have a Women’s Missionary Sunday program at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 on the church campus. Gloria Washington, executive director of Heart for Hearts Mission ministry, is the scheduled speaker. Call the church office at 903-534-0094.


The Tyler Civic Chorale will perform a concert entitled “Ein Feste Burg: 500 Years of Reformation” at 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., in Tyler. The effects of the Reformation on music were immense and the purpose of the concert is to show that.


LeTourneau University will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a host of events during its “Reformation 500” conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 at the LETU Belcher Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Avenue, in Longview. The event is free and open to the public. The conference will include music, poetry, posters and several TED-talk style presentations covering the context, cause, significance and legacy of the Reformation. Visit for more information.


The Triumphant Quartet is scheduled to perform in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Central Baptist Church, 116 W. Mount Vernon St. in Mabank. Call 903-477-8084 to purchase tickets. They also will be available at the door while supplies last.


The Salvation Army is in need of the following items for its food pantry: canned tuna, canned chicken, cornmeal, refried beans, peanut butter, cereal, canned pears, canned peaches, elbow macaroni and paper grocery bags. Donations can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. from 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 633 N. Broadway Ave. in Tyler. In addition, the nonprofit is seeking a volunteer music teacher and volunteers to help sort donated goods at the family store. Contact Cindy Bell at 903-592-4361 or email for more information or to volunteer.