Banquet highlighting Bible translation among upcoming faith-based events around East Texas

Published on Friday, 13 October 2017 18:33 - Written by

Sharing about the ways Wycliffe is using modern technology to speed up Bible translation will be the focus of the upcoming Wycliffe Associates Banquet in Tyler. The event is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn, 5701 S. Broadway Ave. The banquet meal is complimentary, though 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 to confirm your attendance.



The International ALERT Academy in Big Sandy invites the public to its Family Camp Community Night on Tuesday. 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 location at 1 Academy Blvd. in Big Sandy. Call 906-636-2000, ext. 2101, visit or email for more information.



Decision America Texas Tour with Franklin Graham is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday on the lawn behind the Maude Cobb Convention Center in Longview. Crowder will provide musical entertainment. Fireworks also are planned. No seating is provided. Bring blankets and chairs. Admission is free. Visit for more information.



An Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at Glenwood Church of Christ, 5210 Hollytree Drive, in Tyler. Sponsored by Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas and Glenwood Church of Christ, this workshop will be led by Tom Fine and Richard Anastasi of Contemplative Outreach-Dallas. They will teach the method of Centering Prayer, a contemporary form of silent prayer that traces its origin to ancient Christian tradition. The workshop will serve as an introduction to the concept for those who are unfamiliar with it and a refresher for those who wish to renew the fundamentals of the prayer.

The presentation will include a discussion of the discipline of Centering Prayer as silent communion with God beyond concepts, words and images, and will include the roots of prayer, theological background, guidelines and opportunities to practice the prayer. The public is invited to attend. Reservations are requested and a donation of $30 per person is requested to be paid at the door. Coffee, soft drinks and a box lunch will be provided. Contact Fran Ayres at Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas at or 903-574-6884 for more information or to register.



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 spans 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 titled “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 South 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. Mt. Vernon St. in Mabank. Call 903-477-8084 to purchase tickets. They also will be available at the door while supplies last.



First United Methodist Church, 225 Lovers Lane, in Athens will have its annual Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10 and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 11. The bazaar will feature fall and Christmas decorations, fabric items, jewelry and floral arrangements. Baked goods also will be sold, and there will be a raffle.



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.-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.