Around the State: 2,600 Thanksgiving meals

The cooking team sported fowl headwear as a part of Serving Irving, a ministry of Oak View Baptist Church in Irving that provided 2,600 Thanksgiving meals this year and has provided more than 32,000 meals in its almost two decades of service.

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Members of Oak View Baptist Church in Irving provided 2,600 Thanksgiving meals to apartment residents and also donated meals to the homeless as a part of Serving Irving, a ministry nearly two decades old. The cooking team, shown above sporting ‘fowl’ headwear, prepared turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls and pie. Along with the meals, volunteers distributed Bibles and gospel tracts and received prayer requests. Members served on a variety of teams including promotion, baking, packaging, cooking and serving.

Two teams of Howard Payne University debaters traveled to hpu oxfordteam400Members of HPU’s student debate team who traveled to Oxford, England, are Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication; Marcos Corley, a junior from Corpus Christi; Catherine Mullaney, a senior from Boylston, Mass.; Dorie Walton, a junior from Lolita; Kaleigh Tankersley, a junior from Iraan; Jared Russell, a junior from Hillsboro; and Julie Welker, chair of the communication department, professor of communication and team coach.Oxford, England, to compete in the Oxford Inter-Varsity International Debate Tournament. Debaters included Jared Russell from Hillsboro, Kaleigh Tankersley from Iraan, Marcos Corley from Corpus Christi and Catherine Mullaney from Boylston, Mass. Dorie Walton from Lolita served as a judge for the competition. Faculty members traveling with the team were Julie Welker and Kim Bryant.

Buckner Children and Family Services will present a free foster care and adoption information meeting Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at 5200 Buckner Boulevard, Dallas. Participants will receive an overview of foster care and adoption options in Texas, including foster-to-adopt, Waiting Texas Children and domestic infant adoption programs. Discussion will include international adoption options through Buckner’s affiliate, Dillon International. For information or a reservation to attend, email sscott@buckner.org.

Ordained

Matt Farmer to the ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Brenham, Dec. 8.

Robert Rodriguez as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Odem, Nov. 24.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  The “Serving Irving” item was edited after it orginally was posted.

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