Tyler pastor, elder travel to Pakistan to visit schools

At a time when many people may avoid the Middle East out of fear, some local church leaders believe their denomination’s presence and support in that region can change lives for the better. The Rev. Dr. Stuart Baskin, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Tyler, and Dr. Sally Smith, a church elder, were among nine Americans who recent…

Tyler's Cross Spoke Riders volunteer at rally event

I wanted to let you know about an awesome opportunity that our local Christian Motorcyclist Association chapter had last month. Ten members of Tyler’s Cross Spoke Riders traveled to Galveston and spent three days volunteering/ministering at the Lone Star Rally, which is the largest four-day motorcycle rally in the United States and is also

Virgen de Guadalupe parade celebrates culture, tradition

The streets were lined with onlookers Friday as they waited to get a glimpse of the Virgen De Guadalupe during the annual parade hosted by St. Peter Claver Parish.

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Keep celebrating Christmas all year long

We’ve unwrapped the gifts and eaten all the chocolate. We may have even gone to returning presents, repacking the ornaments and taking down the lights. But I hope you will keep celebrating the miracle that we call “Christmas.” My favorite…

26 December 2014 [08:39 PM]
Diocese of Tyler to host Catholic women's retreat

Staff Reports   Beautiful One: A Retreat for Catholic Women is scheduled for Feb. 13 to 15 at Sky Ranch in Van. Registration is open online at the Diocese of Tyler website or kerygma texas.com/2015-Texas-Wom ens-Retreat.php or call 903-343-3567. The Rev. Michael Scherrey, with the…

19 December 2014 [10:34 PM]
The birth of a baby

Despite a faith heritage that did not celebrate a traditional Christmas, but certainly the birth of Jesus, I love the manger scene. I get it — I’ve been unable to check into a hotel room late at night in a…

19 December 2014 [10:33 PM]
Medical Miracles

Just six years ago, I had one of the best and worst Christmases of my life. It was the worst because the only gift I wanted was a job. And because I had no job, I was not able to…

12 December 2014 [10:39 PM]
Glenwood church to present program

The Glenwood Church of Christ will present Repeat the Sounding Joy: A Christmas Musical Dinner Theater at 6 p.m. today. The five-member a cappella vocal jazz group, Clearly Vocal, is scheduled to make a special appearance and Santa Claus will…

12 December 2014 [10:38 PM]
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Religious nonprofits challenge health law

DENVER (AP) — In the latest religious challenge to the federal health care law, faith-based organizations that object to covering birth control…

08 December 2014 [02:41 PM]
A Different Christmas

Christmas was going to be different this year. In addition to Jenny and her parents, a cousin was spending the holiday with them, and he was bringing his 5-year-old daughter. Annie, Jenny’s mom, had gone overboard with cooking, decorating and…

05 December 2014 [08:34 PM]
Dallas Police Choir to perform today

Highland Presbyterian Church, 3101 Paluxy Drive, Tyler, will host the Dallas Police Choir at 3 p.m. today. Made up entirely of sworn peace officers, the group sings a cappella and performs throughout the year for schools, churches, retirement centers, civic…

05 December 2014 [08:25 PM]
Driver charged with murder in Muslim teen's death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An SUV driver accused of deliberately running down a Muslim teenager in Kansas City was charged Friday with first-degree murder in a case that's being investigated by federal authorities as a possible hate crime. Ahmed…

05 December 2014 [05:53 PM]
Around East Texas

RB RM The Bethlehem First Baptist Church, 1121 W. Lollar St., in Tyler will have its annual Advent and Candlelighting service at 5 p.m. Sunday.   Pollard Theater Center will present “A Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 6. Showtimes are…

28 November 2014 [07:38 PM]
Pain is No Excuse

RB RM Trying to maneuver a hill on a long run one recent Saturday, my left knee throbbed. The new brand of running shoes I had bought to save money was not as roomy, and my toes were hurting, too.…

28 November 2014 [07:18 PM]
Giving Tuesday is about giving back to the community

Black Friday is over, Small Business Saturday is happening and Cyber Monday is on the way, but local nonprofits want to remind people about #GivingTuesday. Founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United…

28 November 2014 [07:04 PM]
Happy Thanksgiving

Isn’t it wonderful that the United States takes a day off to give thanks? We can and should be thankful every day, but focusing on food, football and, yes, all of our blessings is a great idea. But some people…

21 November 2014 [09:58 PM]
Bethel Baptist Church to hold blood drive

Bethel Baptist Church will have a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 13108 Texas Highway 64 East in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus.For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Robin…

21 November 2014 [09:14 PM]
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Family, school spar in court in 'under God' suit

DAVID PORTER, Associated Press FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys offered contrasting interpretations of the Pledge of Allegiance during oral arguments Wednesday in…

19 November 2014 [12:22 PM]