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Ruth Denison dies at age 80

Ruth Denison, mother of two Baptist General Convention of Texas pastors, died Sept. 28 at age 80. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at Park Cities Baptist Church.
       

BGCT Executive Board recommends reduced budget for 2009

Messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in November will consider a budget about 8 percent less than the one approved at the previous annual meeting and down slightly from the current adjusted budget.
       

Texas volunteers help prepare 14,000 meals in Georgia Republic

As Russian tanks pulled back from a ridge just three miles away, Texas Baptist volunteers moved into Gori, a key city in the Black Sea country of Georgia, to set up a feeding operation for thousands of families displaced from their homes by fighting.
       

HPU Students Gather at the Flagpole to Pray

Forty-three Howard Payne University students gathered Sept. 24 around a flagpole on the HPU campus to pray as part of the nationwide See You at the Pole initiative.
       

Wrap-up: After Ike, slow recovery process begins

Ike cleanupHurricane Ike swept through the eastern one-third of Texas, prompting a massive evacuation, leveling much of Galveston and leaving huge areas of Southeast Texas in the dark.

But glimmers of hope began to emerge as Texas Baptists aided relief and recovery efforts.
       

Strickland to be nominated for BGCT VP

Citing her deep concern for children and passion to promote the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger, Pastor George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas has announced his intention to nominate Carolyn Strickland for first vice president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
       

Texas Tidbits: Fund to help Ike victims

Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio is providing $50,000 to assist victims of Hurricane Ike.
       

Porterfield hired for post-Ike post

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has hired Carolyn Porterfield to help connect Texas Baptists with opportunities to serve people affected by Hurricane Ike.
       

Pastors need to learn how to deal with difficult people

Leading difficult church members is a skill almost every pastor will need at some time during his ministry, veteran pastor Jack Ridlehoover told pastors from the Waco Regional Baptist Network.
       

Relationships vital to happy church fellowship

Relationships are the key to having the happy fellowship every congregation desires, Bob Edd Shotwell told a gathering of a ministers at a Waco Regional Baptist Network seminar.
       

Around the State: Baylor Preaching Convocation

Thomas Long, the Thomas Bandy professor of homiletics at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, will be the featured speaker at the annual fall preaching convocation at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary Sept. 29-30.
       

CERI seeks to move half of Moldova’s institutionalized orphans into family settings

Faced with a quickly declining economy and a drastically increasing poverty rate, the Moldovan government has entered a three-way partnership between Children’s Emergency Relief International. the United Nations Children Fund and Moldova’s Ministry of Social Protection, Family & Child.
       

San Antonio doctor partners with Baptist agency to battle childhood blindness

She may call herself semi-retired, but San Antonio pediatric ophthalmologist Judy Newman is busier than ever working to give sight to children in developing countries.
       

Hurricane Ike damages churches throughout Southeast Texas

As evacuees return to Southeast Texas, early reports indicate a significant number of Texas Baptist churches in the area sustained damage when Hurricane Ike blew through the state.
       

Texas Baptists meet needs as Rio Grande threatens Presidio

When a surge in the Rio Grande forced the evacuation of several hundred homes in Presidio and flooded 350 homes across the border in Ojinaga, Texas Baptists responded.
       
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