Around East Texas: Gospel ensemble to perform

Published on Friday, 21 February 2014 23:29 - Written by From Staff Reports

“Free to Worship” (FTW) is a United Kingdom based Zimbabwean Gospel ensemble. The music ranges from traditional Afro-centric rhythms to lively contemporary Western styles. They will make their American debut in Athens.

The producer of the show is Tawanda Sarireni, who is known in Athens for his previous visits through sculpture exhibitions with” Mystery in Stone.” Some sculptures and paintings will be on exhibition for sale.

The group will donate 10 percent of their proceeds to philanthropic interests in Zimbabwe to include hospitals and orphanages.

FTW will perform at First Baptist Church in Athens at 6:30 p.m. today, Sunday morning for both services and Sunday evening at 4:30 p.m. There will be a free African hand-drumming clinic held at the Recreational Outreach Center of First Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. today.

There will be a welcoming reception for the musicians after the first concert at First Baptist Church.

Tickets may be purchased online at as well as at the door. The cost is $12 online, $10 for adults, $7 for college students and children up to age 17 are free.

First Baptist Church of Athens is at 105 S. Carroll St. in Athens. Call 903-675-5135 for more information.


Anniversary celebration

The Rev. Michael Mast, his wife Sandra Mast and the members of Greater St. Mary Baptist Church will celebrate the pastor’s 33rd anniversary at 3 p.m. on March 2.

The Rev. Windel Pringle, of the New Holland Baptist Church, is the guest preacher. The New Holland Church Choir will provide the music. Refreshments will be served for guests, after the service, in the fellowship hall.

As part of the celebration event, the First Lady’s Night, honoring Mrs. Mast will be held at 4 p.m. on Feb. 27. Ladies in attendance are asked to wear red, but it is not required.

The public is invited to attend both services. For more information, call 903-592-3774.


Worship time

On March 2, Friendly Baptist Church will change their worship time to 8:30 a.m. Call 903-593-1572 for more information.


“Taste and See”

People’s Missionary Baptist Church annual “Taste and See” will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Heritage Building at 1900 Bellwood Road. Food tables include ribs, briskets, soul food, Italian, salads, Mexican and dessert tables. Tickets for adults are $10, children ages 5 to 12 are $5. Marcus Jackson is pastor.


Homecoming concert

Miles Pike’s 7th annual homecoming concert will be at 6 p.m. March 1 at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler. Visit for more information.