Mature couple believes it’s never too late to make room for a child

When Pat and Thad Siweckis married, they never expected to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by adopting a 2-year-old girl, but that’s exactly what happened.

On the Move

Christopher Cook to First Church in North Zulch as pastor.

Baptist agency continues ministry to Sri Lanka’s orphans

Four years after thw tsunami, Baptist Child & Family Services' Children’s Emergency Relief International has been asked by the government of Sri Lanka to establish the country’s first foster care system.

TBM, CBF provide hunger relief for North Korea

North Koreans suffering from a food shortage in their nation have received $30,000 worth of food and grain provided by Texas Baptist Men and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Texas Tidbits: BCFS coffeehouse receives funds for expansion

Guadalupe Street Coffee, part of the Baptist Child & Family Services community ministries program, will receive nearly $200,000 in economic development funding from San Antonio’s Avenida Guadalupe Association to invest in expansion and improvements to the building that houses the west side coffeehouse.

One-time acquaintances are friends for life–literally

A bone marrow transplant saved the life of Bob Hogberg, mechanical maintenance manager at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.

UHMB students ‘Reaching Out’ in service

Students from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor spent a recent Saturday clearing out storage rooms, washing dishes, moving heavy boxes and generally cleaning the facilities of service agencies throughout Bell County as part of the university’s Reaching Out community initiative.

UMHB students help Vidor residents recover from Hurricane Ike

A junior economics student at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor recently rallied support to help clean up areas devastated by Hurricane Ike.

Veteran recalls ‘divine appointments’ in waning days of WWII

BarkerMoody Barker of Mesquite was transferred to the Pacific in the final days of World War II, where he experienced what he considers two “divine appointments.”

Shoe ministry enables Buckner to put its best foot forward for a decade

In January, Buckner International begins a yearlong celebration of 10 years since it took over the “Shoes for Russian Souls,” campaign.

Baylor reports racially related incidents on Election Day

Baylor University police reported three apparently racially related on-campus incidents on Election Day.

Future Focus Committee recommends name change for convention

The Future Focus Committee will bring only one recommendation to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting, but it potentially could reshape the organization’s identity. Co-chairs Stephen Hatfield and Andy Pittman will present the committee’s unanimous recommendation that the 123-year-old BGCT change its name to the Texas Baptist Convention.

Coffee to be nominated for BGCT first vice president

Ken Coffee, retired associate director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas State Missions Commission, will be nominated for first vice president of the state convention at the BGCT annual meeting in Fort Worth.

Around the State

Dallas Baptist University will hold a “Patriot Preview” day for prospective students Nov. 8.

Creativity expert offers preachers a silver bullet for sermon preparation

Sermon preparation is an important part of the pastor’s tradecraft, and for some it’s a stronger part of their ministry than for others. Even pastors who have little trouble preparing a sermon each week find it’s easy to get into a rut over time, said David McCoy, a leader of creative thinking workshops.
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