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Across the Nation: Racial unity celebrated, longtime ministers honored and more quick takes

Across the Nation is our monthly rundown of news briefs, links and quotes from Churches of Christ across the U.S. Got an idea for this column? Email Bobby Ross Jr. at [email protected].

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A ‘slam dunk!’ at old arenaMembers of Fort Worth, Texas-area Churches of Christ praise God during a unity assembly held at a one-time high school basketball arena. The event drew Christians from more than 30 congregations. Read an expanded story.


Minister, wife serve church for 50 yearsThe Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, Texas, celebrated 50 years of service to the congregation by minister Roger McCown and his wife, MaryBeth.

Roger and MaryBeth McCown

The couple first came to the church in 1967 from Harding University in Searcy, Ark. They left a few years later as missionaries to Guatemala supported by the congregation. In the 1980s, they came back to Brentwood Oaks, and Roger McCown has served on the ministry staff since, preaching for many years. MaryBeth, meanwhile, has taught fifth-graders for 30 years.

“This church knows how to bless its servants,” Roger McCown said of the Dec. 3 celebration.

As part of the special day, church members did random acts of kindness in the couple’s honor, children’s minister Jackie Boyd said.

“Everyone documented their act — some included photos — and then, while we sang ‘Let the Beauty of Jesus Be Seen in Me,’ everyone came down to lay those acts of kindnesses in a tray,” Boyd said. “It was a visual pouring out, giving back, paying it forward of the kindnesses the McCowns have shown to so many for so many years. It was a beautiful thing to behold.”

Roger McCown reflects as the Brentwood Oaks church honors him and his wife, MaryBeth.

Quick takes


ROANOKE — In 1957, Gerald Romine moved with his new wife, Louise, to Alabama. He preached for the small Church of Christ in Lafayette.

One week, two guests came from Roanoke and said they were planting a church: Would he drive over on Sunday afternoons and preach until they could find a minister?

Sixty years later, Romine still preaches every Sunday in Roanoke. He and Louise raised four children who love the Lord.

On Dec. 3, the church honored the Romines for their six decades of service. They are deeply loved and respected, members say.

Gerald and Louise Romine are honored for 60 years of service with the Roanoke church.


KINGMAN — About 160 people recently enjoyed a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings prepared at the Desert Church of Christ.

The congregation’s young people handled most of the serving at the recent “Community Feast,” minister Leo Woodman said.

“As a result of last year’s feast, two souls were saved,” Woodman said.


BURLINGTON — The Burlington Church of Christ, originally “Exodus Burlington,” celebrated 50 years in the north suburban Boston community with a recent weekend event. 

Related: Exodus New Jersey: Journey of a lifetime

There was fellowship with singing on Saturday and a time of sharing on Sunday, both viewed on Facebook by many former members across the nation.

“Forty-six former members and visitors from as far as Louisiana, Virginia and Minnesota joined us in person for the weekend,” member Peggy Kinzel said.


HALTOM CITY — As the Birdville Church of Christ celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Bible correspondence program, it received roughly 5,000 requests for courses in 2017.

Requests soon may exceed the number Birdville’s teachers can serve. To join in the work, contact Mike Marcum at (817) 838-9031 or [email protected].

Jacob Wirka delivers a devotional thought on the York College campus in Nebraska.

Quote of the month

“While the overall membership of Churches of Christ is shrinking, the number of church members attending our Christian universities seems to be shrinking at a faster rate.” — Jana Rucker, vice president for communications and enrollment at Harding. Read the full story.

Filed under: National Racial reconciliation and the church Texas

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