Around the State: ETBU emphasizes global missions

During a chapel service at East Texas Baptist University, Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas Executive Director-Treasurer Tamiko Jones leads students and facultyu in an a cappella hymn, “Father, I stretch my hands to thee; no other help I know; If God withdraw thyself from me, where shall I go?” (ETBU Photo)

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East Texas Baptist University sophomore Minh Vong speaks with an organization representative during Mission Marketplace. More than 40 groups set up information booths at the event on the ETBU campus. (ETBU Photo)

East Texas Baptist University held a series of events as a part of its annual Global Missions Week March 26-28 to highlight international and local missions during Holy Week. ETBU invited more than 40 organizations to set up informational booths at the Mission Marketplace. Tamiko Jones, executive director-treasurer of Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas, and Mickey Lenamon, executive director of Texas Baptist Men, spoke in chapel services.

Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center will host its third annual HPU 5000, a 5K race April 7. The run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Pavilion 5 of New Braunfels’ Landa Park. Proceeds from the event will be used to establish scholarships for HPU New Braunfels Center students in need. Entry fees are $25 for early registration and $30 on the day of the event. A free t-shirt and gift bag are included with registration. To register for the race, click here.

Prizewinning poet Tyehimba Jess will read selections from his work at the Lawrence Clayton Poets and Speakers Series April 6 in the multi-purpose room of the Johnson Building on the Hardin-Simmons University campus. Jess—whose book Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, as well as the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry—will participate in a 3 p.m. question-and-answer session. The poetry reading will be at 7:30 p.m., and a reception and book signing will follow. All events are free and open to the public.

Henry Schaefer (center) is pictured with a group of Dallas Baptist University students and faculty from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. (Photo / Blake Killingsworth)

Henry Schaefer, noted chemist and proponent for the intersection of faith and science, visited Dallas Baptist University as a guest of DBU’s Institute for Global Engagement. During conversation over breakfast, he urged students to seize opportunities to share their faith. Speaking in chapel, Schaefer challenged students to know their faith story and be willing to allow God to guide them on their journey. Schaefer is the Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and director of the Center for Computational Chemistry at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Science and Christianity: Conflict or Coherence?

The annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon, organized by the Howard Payne University Woman’s Club and sponsored by Brownwood-area businesses and individuals, is scheduled for April 12. The ticketed luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Bullion Suites of HPU’s Mabee University Center. Jinny Henson, noted Christian author and humorist who launched the “Maggie Lee for Good” website in memory of her daughter, is the featured speaker. Hinson, a Houston native, is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Luncheon tickets are $25, and a limited number are only available through April 5. For ticket information, click here, e-mail or call (325) 649-8187.

The choirs of Wiley College and East Texas Baptist University will perform “Jubilate Deo” in a community concert at 7 p.m. April 13 in Baker Chapel of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center on the ETBU campus. General admission tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase at the door.


20th for David McQueen as lead pastor of Beltway Park Baptist Church in Abilene.

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