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Baptist Briefs

Three Southern Baptist churches were honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the Energy Star Congregation Award. First Baptist Church in Dallas, First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., and Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla., each earned recognition for their efforts at reducing energy consumption.
       

Chaplain aids grief-stricken at Fort Hood following massacre

Nothing prepared Army Chaplain Jason Palmer for his initial tour of the yellow-taped crime scene at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center, where he saw trails of blood still on the floor, bloody handprints on the walls and the telephone pole outside where the alleged shooter collapsed to the ground after being shot four times in the abdomen.
       

Pastor deals with two mass murders that affect same Central Texas town

Randy Wallace, pastor of First Baptist Church in Killeen, Texas, recalls that a man in his church survived the Luby’s cafeteria shooting in 1991, when 23 people were killed and 20 were wounded in Killeen. Coupled with the recent Fort Hood shooting, Wallace noted how mathematically improbable it is for one relatively small town to be directly affected by two mass murders within 20 years.
       

Moldovan orphans give back as expressions of thanks

Eight Moldovan children and youth in the care of Children’s Emergency Relief International recently set out to give back to others in need through partnership with a church that helps people with disabilities.
       

ETBU basketball teams take game on the road, leading clinics for youth

Members of the East Texas Baptist University men’s and women’s basketball teams held simultaneous basketball clinics at four apartment complexes where they helped more than 120 children improve their basketball skills—and presented a low-key Christian witness.
       

Around the State

Howard Payne University will host the 26th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Nov. 25.
       

On the Move

Austin Adams to First Church in Texarkana as middle school minister.
       

Students challenged to look into the eyes of poverty

Photographer/filmmaker David Johnson told about 150 people at Baylor University’s Poverty Summit they need to talk about "how we can make sustainable change."
       

Dallas-area senior adults encourage troops

Buckner Hearts in Action, a group of military supporters from Buckner Retirement Village, spent a recent Sunday morning giving out candy, camouflage skullcaps and hugs to military personnel flying out of Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport.
       

Churches seek unity during the City Reach Houston prayer rally

About 300 Christians representing 120 congregations throughout the Houston area joined together at Discovery Green Park downtown to pray at the City Reach Houston Prayer Rally for Transformation.
       

City Reach extreme sports team makes impact on Pasadena youth

In the midst of the Real Encounter extreme sports team performing skateboard tricks and BMX bike stunts, they told a crowd of 2,000 parents and students at Pasadena Memorial High School about their hope in life—Jesus Christ—during a City Reach Houston youth event.
       
 
 
 
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