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Posted: 12/17/04
Pastor Corey Webb looks on as Everyday Christian Fellowship in Schertz prepares to break ground on a 17,0000-square-foot multipurpose facility. At the end of the ceremony, bags were passed out so that everyone could scoop up a bit of the dirt to take home as a prayer reminder. Since the church's start in 2001, more than 400 people have prayed to receive Christ through its ministry, and 120 have been baptized. The day of the groundbreaking, the church baptized 10 people, including a family of three.

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bluebull Ronnie Kidd has been re-elected president of the the Hardin-Simmons University Alumni Association. Linda Perkins will serve as president-elect. Other leaders include Andrea Howey, Larry Moss, Karen Johnson, Erin Maddox, Karen Gurganus, Debbie Young, Deborah Ashmore, Ann Scargall, Pat Kelley, Billy Bob Neff, Janis Altom, Vance Cooksey, Dean Taggart, Donald Tittle, Dorothy Kiser, Debbie Harruff, Bea Shakleford and Fred Ewing.

bluebull Twelve East Texas Baptist University students participated in a model United Nations conference in Chicago. Representing the Marshall school were Amanda Bishop, Ben Bryan, Clarissa Knabenshue, Ginna Hobbs, Hollie Klumpp, Jay Carriker, Jon Roach, Keith Guthrie, Mark Jackson, Paul Potter, Ryan Abt and Ryan Fason.

South Texas Children's Home and the Baptist General Convention of Texas hosted a day of inspiration and dove shoot for South Texas pastors and staff at the STCH Boothe Campus north of Beeville. More than 50 guests participated in a Bible study and fellowship led by Ed Rogers of Georgetown and Homer Hanna of Beeville followed by a dove hunt and barbeque meal. Enjoying a laugh about the doves that got away are (back row, left to right) Greg Taylor, pastor of First Church in Beeville; David Nabors, CFO and treasurer of the BGCT; Bill Fowler, pastor of First Church in Pleasanton; Mike Flanagan, pastor of First Church in Pharr; Jim Furgerson, BGCT South Texas regional office associate; Michael Murphy, pastor of First Church in Smithville; and Jad Hubbard, deacon at First Church in Smithville. Front row from left, Ross Chandler, pastor of First Church in Hondo; Jerry Haag, president and CEO of STCH; Charles Wade, executive director of the BGCT; Lee Bevly, pastor of First Church in Skidmore; and Ruben Perez, deacon at First Church in Pharr.

bluebull Eleven University of Mary Hardin-Baylor students were accepted into the 25th annual Central Texas Art Competition. Top awards were earned by senior art majors Katherine Salter, Paula Smith and Brian McClure. Other UMHB students accepted into the competition were Tabitha Lovelace, Dean Youngblood, Nancy Holder, Katy Seals, Lea Wulbrecht, Hope Greeley, Melinda Hawkins and Karen Burgess. One hundred sixty artworks were chosen from 400 entries.

bluebull Science students at Wayland Baptist University will be able to add another dimension to their studies, thanks to a grant from the Welch Foundation. The $75,000 grant will cover three summers of an undergraduate research program in the chemistry department. The 10-week program will employ four students as research assistants on two different projects. One project will deal with investigation of the Steroidogenic Acute Regulatory gene, which produces natural steroids. The other will deal with methods for removing nitrogen from compounds placed in water.

bluebull Fifteen students from Houston Baptist University will be listed in the 2005 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges." They are Christine Abraham, Brittney Adams, Kathryn Bowser, Gary Horn, Jamie Kelly, Mina Madani, Anadita Pal, Adrienne Parson, Mary Payton, Leena Samuel, Melanie Stuff, Amber Syphrett, Lisa Underland, Sarah Upton and Rachel Werner.

bluebull Mike Jones, a former coach at Howard Payne University who has been serving as the university's director of student support services, has been named athletics director at HPU.


bluebull James Wilcox, 10th, as pastor of South Prong Church in Waxahachie, Dec. 1.

bluebull Marcus Sheffield, 15th, as pastor of First Church in Mexia, Dec. 3.

bluebull Betty Downey, 20th, as pianist at First Church in Big Spring, Dec. 9.


bluebull Cecil Meadows, 99, Nov. 17 in San Angelo. He was the retired pastor of several rural churches in Missouri and Arkansas, as well as San Saba, Rochester, Earth and Grand Prairie. He had lived at Baptist Memorials in San Angelo the last 29 years. He was preceded in death by his wives, Millicent and Mary Nell. He is survived by his daughters, Margaret Sprinkle and Evelyn McAnelly; sisters, Hazel Coleman, Effie Hawkins and Jaunita Haughey; brother, Howard; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

bluebull Robert Clogston, 82, Nov. 28 in Houston. He was ordained to the ministry in 1954 at First Church in Berclair, his first pastorate. He was pastor of many churches in the Houston area and established churches in Montana and West Virginia with the Home Mission Board. In 1965, he joined the Harris County Sheriff's Department and in 1967 became chaplain under the auspices of the HMB. In 1977, he received the Special Services Award for services above and beyond the call of duty while serving as staff chaplain with Harris County. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; sons, Wes and George; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

bluebull Ted Lucenay, 79, Dec. 2 in Waco. Lucenay grew up in Hollywood, Calif., where one of the members of his household was Pete, the "Our Gang" comedy show dog, owned by his father. He was a former mayor of Robinson. He was a trustee of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor nine years. He was a deacon at Columbus Avenue Church in Waco, serving as chairman two years. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helen; daughters, Dicque Oliver and Adelle Lucenay; sons, Harry and Tom; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

bluebull Eugene Hoover, 72, Dec. 3 in Temple. A pastor 54 years, he served Merriman Church in Ranger, Webb Church in Arlington, Ridglea Church in Fort Worth, Calvary Church in Denison, Memorial Church in Temple and Travis Oaks Church in Lago Vista. After retiring from full-time ministry, he entered the intentional interim ministry program and served at First Church in Rockdale and Keys Valley Church in Belton. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son, John; daughter, A'Lisa Ozment; and six grandchildren.

bluebull Ed Riley, 92, Dec. 12 in Norman, Okla. He was a member at First Church in Wheeler, where he was a deacon 37 years. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Mitchell. He is survived by his wife, Erma; son, Bob; daughters, Nelda Cote and Ann Henderson; brother, Earl; sisters, Minerva Jones, Wilma Barker and Hannah Chapman; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.


bluebull The Southern Congregational Parish Nurse Conference will be held Jan. 21-22 at First Church in Nederland. Sponsored by Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospitals, the theme will be "Jars of Clay." Keynote speakers will be parish nurse program coordinator and Assistant Chaplain Anne Osborne Gifford of North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills; Debbie Seider, congregational nurse coordinator of Methodist Health System; and Linda Garner, Baylor University associate professor of nursing. Special music will be brought by His Song. For more information or to register, call Becky Seymour at (409) 212-5648.

bluebull The Todd Keller Family of Plainview will be in concert at First Church in Devers at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 2. Harry McDaniel is pastor.

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