Around the State: JAIL ministry anniversary set

A baptism at the JAIL ministry of Bell County. The ministry's 25th anniversary will be Oct. 24.

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JAIL—Jesus Acts in Inmates Lives—will commemorate its 25th anniversary with a banquet at the Bell County Expo Center Oct. 24 at 6:15 p.m. Bill Glass, former National Football League player and founder of Champions for Life Ministries, will be the guest speaker. The banquet will honor Chaplain Harold Ellis, founding executive director of the Bell County JAIL ministry who died in 2002. JAIL volunteers provide ministry to Bell County prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims and their families. Steve Cannon is executive director. The banquet is open to the public, but reservations are required. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call (254) 933-7569.

Buckner Child and Family Services will present a free foster care and adoption information meeting Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Buckner’s offices at 5200 Buckner Boulevard in Dallas. A Buckner representative will give an overview of foster care and adoption options in Texas, including foster-to-adopt, Waiting Texas Children and domestic infant adoption programs. International adoption options, through Buckner’s affiliate Dillon International, also will be discussed.  Email for information or a reservation to attend the meeting. 

The East Texas Christian Writers’ Conference will be held at East Texas Baptist University Oct. 25-26. Sponsored by the university’s School of Humanities, the conference will feature more than 20 presenters from a broad range of writing experiences. don piper book200Don Piper, author of 90 Minutes in HeavenDon Piper, author of 90 Minutes in Heaven, is the keynote speaker at the Friday evening banquet. The cost to attend Saturday’s conference sessions is $90 if registered by Oct. 18. Saturday’s sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. Late registration is $100, and the banquet will not be included. Saturday’s noon meal is not provided. Friday’s preconference workshops cost an additional $45 and begin at 3 p.m. Late preconference registration is $50. Student registration prior to Oct. 15 is $60. A juried writing contest for registered conference participants will be held with a $10 entry fee for each submission. Entries must be received by Oct. 15. For more information or to register, click here

Wayland Baptist University will hold Gold Rush, its preview day for high school and transfer students, Nov. 1-2. Activities include information sessions with the financial aid and admissions offices, as well as a volleyball match, pep rally and football game. Cost to attend is $15 per person and includes meals and admission to athletic events. For more information, click here

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s School of Music will present Handel’s Messiah Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Truett Auditorium. For free tickets, click here

A regional senior adult conference will be held Nov. 11 at First Baptist Church in Onalaska from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Baptist General Convention of Texas, Unity Baptist Association and Tryon Evergreen Baptist Association sponsor the event. Phil Lineberger, pastor of First Baptist Church in Sugarland is the guest speaker. Breakout sessions include creative ideas for senior adult ministry, bridging the gap between the needs of homebound adults and the ministry of the church, and end of life and Christian ethics. The cost is $5 and includes lunch.

Six Howard Payne University alumni will be honored during homecoming festivities Oct. 4-6. William Bates and Walter Haynie will be named distinguished alumni; S.L. Harris will serve as grand marshal; Robert Green II and Clifford McGuire will be named outstanding young graduates; and Leona Williams will be crowned Coming Home Queen.

Carol Woodfin, associate professor history at Hardin-Simmons University, has written An Experiment in Christian Internationalism: A History of the European Baptist Seminary.


David Lowe, 30th, as associate minister of music/organist at First Baptist Church in Amarillo.

Mike Bryant, fifth, as youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Beeville, Oct. 16.


Jackey Ferrell as a deacon at Peerless Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, Oct. 6.


The Southern Plainsmen will sing in concert at Waller Baptist Church in Waller Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken. Allen McClure is pastor.

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