Holy Communion ministers to the ‘guttermost’

With the number of homeless in Dallas hitting almost 6,000 in 2008,  Micah Phillips, pastor of Holy Communion Baptist Church in Dallas, felt called to not only meet their spiritually needs but their physical needs, as well.

VBS spans generations in East Texas church

Vacation Bible School for children is the highlight of the summer for many churches, and some even hold an adult Vacation Bible School. Austin Heights Baptist Church in Nacogdoches is one of the few, however, to host an intergenerational VBS.

Baylor search committee develops presidential profile

Baylor University is looking for a mature Christian, a Baptist and a “servant leader” committed to academic excellence to become the school’s next president, according to a profile approved by the university's presidential search committee.

Texas Baptists test-launch statewide Bible distribution plan

Baptists in El Paso distributed nearly 250,000 CDs containing selected Scripture passages and Christian testimonies in a pilot launch of a campaign to share the gospel with every un-churched person in the state by Easter 2010.

Venezuelan Baptists learn about Hands On Ministry

Nearly 200 Venezuelan Baptists in two cities recently completed the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Hands on Ministry course, a resource to help Christians minister in difficult times and crises.

Baylor regents seek to learn ‘best practices’ of governance

A panel of national experts discussed “best practices” for governing boards of universities at the Baylor University’s board of regents annual retreat.

Music & ministry speak volumes about All-State students’ faith

Members of the Texas Baptist All-State Choir and Band shared their faith through song and deed in East Texas.

Around the State

A free information meeting and workshop will be offered Aug. 21 by Dillon International, an affiliate of Buckner International, for families interested in international adoption.

Baylor Alumni Association loses Web, e-mail, phone links to university

Baylor University graduates who want to reach their alumni association no longer can do it through the school’s phone system, e-mail or website.

On the Move

Vernon Andrews has resigned as pastor of Friendship Church in Beeville.

Southeast Texas church damaged for a third time in four years

Hurricane Rita destroyed Old First Baptist Church’s worship center in 2005, a fire destroyed the  parsonage in 2007, and on July 18, lightening caused a fire that damaged the church again.

Laredo Association starting church in Encinal

Laredo Baptist Association is attempting to start a new church in Encinal, a town where the largest congregation meets once a month and serves 10 people.

Texas Tidbits: Baylor heart patients fare best

A new Medicare analysis reveals Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas has the lowest heart failure readmission rate of any hospital in the nation at 15.9 percent.

Sri Lankan young woman aided by CERI bound for college

CERI, the overseas arm of Baptist Child & Family Services, established the foster care system in Sri Lanka at the government’s request after a devastating tsunami swept across the island five years ago, leaving thousands of children orphaned. Since then, CERI caseworkers have found permanent homes for the children in their care.

Church loses everything, gains ministry opportunities

Last fall, Hurricane Ike left Primera Iglesia Bautista in Hitchcock with nothing. Since then, the church has recovered and continues to reach out to its neighbors.
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