More than 280 military personnel, veterans and their families enjoyed free admission and concessions at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football game on Nov. 9 as part of the school’s annual Military Appreciation Day. Personnel from the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade at Ft. Hood participated in a variety of ways. Lt. Col. Jay West, brigade chaplain, delivered the invocation, and PFC Zachery Johnson, religious affairs specialist, performed the national anthem. Col. Patrick Disney, brigade commander, conducted the pre-game coin toss, and at halftime, more than 20 soldiers under his command participated in a mass re-enlistment, renewing their commitments to the Army. They were joined by recruits from the Central Texas area who enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard during the halftime ceremony.
East Texas Baptist University welcomed retirees, endowed scholarship donors and members of the Legacy of 1912 Society to the campus for a Nov. 4 luncheon. The Legacy of 1912 Society—named for the year the charter was signed establishing a Christian college in Marshall—is comprised of alumni and friends of the university who, through estate planning and other forms of planned giving, ensure resources will be available to support ETBU in the future. Donald Alford, retired dean of the College of Education, received the 2019 Legacy Award in recognition of his service and gifts to the university.
Volunteers packed 30,000 meals for Mission of Hope-Haiti at an event sponsored by True Vision Church of San Antonio, in partnership with Numana, a Kansas-based non-profit that provided the materials and equipment to pack the food. The shipment is expected to feed 82 orphans every day for a year. More than 200 volunteers participated in the Nov. 2 packing party at True Vision Church’s northeast campus, including several service organizations and sororities.
First Baptist Church in Riesel marked its 125th anniversary on Sept. 15. Former Pastor Kelly Burkhart, now at Temple Baptist Church in Houston, preached. Other special guests included former pastor Adam Chaney, now development director for Elijah Rising, a Houston-based ministry that fights human sex trafficking; David Hardage, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; and Tim Randolph, director of Waco Regional Baptist Association.
175th for Anderson Baptist Church in Anderson. Kyle Childress is senior pastor.
80th for Vanderbilt Baptist Church in Vanderbilt and 40th for Jack Hutson as pastor there.