Around East Texas, March 8, 2014

Published on Friday, 7 March 2014 23:08 - Written by From Staff Reports


St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Tyler will hold an event with guest speaker, the Rev. Ernest Dews, pastor of New Hope Conglee in Troup, at 3 p.m. Sunday.



A pastor’s appreciation event will be held for the Rev. James Curtis at 4 p.m. on March 16 at New Life Community Church. Curtis was the pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church for 30 years, and has been in ministry a total of 42 years. Call 903-592-9843 with any questions.



First Presbyterian Church of Tyler continues its fine arts series on March 16, when the Tudor Rose Ensemble will sing choral evensong, an evening prayer in the Anglican tradition. The service begins at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church at 230 W. Rusk St. in Tyler. There is no charge for admission.

The ensemble made its debut during the church’s 2013 Lenten series. It is directed by Donald Duncan and comprised of professional and amateur singers from the Tyler Civic Chorale and choirs at Christ Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, Marvin United Methodist Church, Good Shepherd Reformed Episcopal Church and Lanes Chapel United Methodist Church.

Soul Food, the 2014 Lenten series, will continue on March 30 with “Watch and Pray,” featuring soprano Angela Brown and pianist Kelleen Strutz. A complete brochure on the 2013/2014 fine arts series is available for download at /finearts. All programs are open to the community at no charge.



Cowboy poet Derek Duncan, called “The Texas Tumbleweed,” will present a program for the Tuesday meeting of “Saints Alive” of Holly Brook Baptist Church. Duncan paints pictures of the drama and humor of cowboy life with words that rhyme. Foods of the U.S. West will make up the menu for the meeting. Members will contribute foods to a potluck lunch inspired by fare of the Western region of the United States. Games start at 10 a.m. and the program at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at noon. “Saints Alive” is the senior adult ministry of Holly Brook Baptist.

On March 22, members of “Saints Alive,” the senior adult ministry of Holly Brook Baptist Church, will travel into Cajun country to visit historic Natchitoches, La., for the annual “Bloomin’ on the Bricks” flower and art festival. Natchitoches, setting for the movie “Steel Magnolias,” will be popping with azaleas and tulips and budding with the works of local artists. Cost of the trip will be $15, plus lunch and personal spending. Space is limited and may be reserved in the Family Life Center’s Welcome Center.

Holly Brook Baptist Church will host a luncheon for young families on March 23, after the morning service. The church will furnish the main course and drinks and those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Members are encouraged to invite friends to the church service and to the luncheon to follow.

Trinity, the ladies’ choir of Holly Brook Baptist Church, has scheduled several concerts for the spring. On March 23, the choir will sing at the New Member banquet at Holly Tree Chapel, Hawkins.

On March 28, they will sing at prisons in Overton and Henderson. On April 3, the choir will present the program for the Women’s Service Guild at Holly Lake Ranch. On April 13, members will provide music and drama at Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Holly Brook Baptist Church is at 3219 S. Farm-to-Marker Road 2869, Hawkins, 903-769-2091. The website is .