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Participants in the Greater Together Walk4Water march through Smyrna, Tenn., on a recent Sunday to raise money for Healing Hands International, which is associated with Churches of Christ.
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Across the Nation: A fundraiser for Healing Hands International, a church destroyed by fire 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 Audrey Jackson at [email protected].

Featured image (above): Participants in the Greater Together Walk4Water march through Smyrna, Tenn., on a recent Sunday to raise money for Healing Hands International, which is associated with Churches of Christ.

Last year’s inaugural fundraiser by Greater Together — a collaborative effort between various Middle Tennessee Churches of Christ — drew the most participants in Walk4Water history, with many participants returning this year. The event raises money and awareness about water needs around the world.


Related: Walk4Water in the rain


CALIFORNIA

HOLTVILLE — An early morning fire recently destroyed about 90 percent of the Holtville Church of Christ’s main building, sparing only the nearby annex. 

The fire had already spread to the attic of the main structure by the time the fire department was called, according to Holtville Fire Chief Alex Silva. The Holtville Fire Department later determined the cause to be an electrical fire.

Yet, despite the devastation, church leaders remain upbeat. 

“The church is going to continue to meet. We have sister congregations that we’ll meet with as well, and we have a little annex here that we’ll meet there if necessary,” minister Alvin Evans told KYMA.

The 20 members met the following Sunday in the annex, but have since begun to travel to neighboring Churches of Christ for worship. Evans and church leaders are working with their insurance company to settle their claim so the congregation can begin to rebuild.


TEXAS

SALADO  The Salado Historical Society wants to transform the former Salado Church of Christ building into a new community space. 

The building, which is more than 100 years old, is the third oldest religious structure in the town of about 2,400 people. The Salado Church of Christ vacated the building in the 1960s but purchased the structure back in 2018 to donate to the historical society. 

The 1908 Salado Church of Christ building.

The 1908 Salado Church of Christ building.

The building has fallen into disrepair since being used for worship and will need major renovations before it will be ready to host community members once more. 

But first the building has to change locations. 

The Salado Historical Society has started a GoFundMe to raise the funds to transport the church down the street to the Salado Historic District, where it will join a couple of historic log cabins and a cemetery.


NEWSMAKERS

APPOINTED: Chris Perkins as athletic director and Jordan Malone as assistant athletic director for Crowley’s Ridge College in Paragould, Ark. Matt Barker as station manager for WFHU 91.5 FM, which is produced by Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. Scott Holmes and Steve Glenn as elders and Donnie Christian as deacon of the Church of Christ at Bluff Springs in Smithville, Tenn. 

HIRED: Collin Rose as the new youth and family minister for the University Church of Christ in Conway, Ark. Aaron Nelson as minister for the Versailles Church of Christ in Indiana. Corey Spivey as pulpit minister for the Smith Springs Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn. Bud Morefield as involvement minister for the Elizabethton Church of Christ in Tennessee. Jerry Neill as preaching and teaching minister for the Cedar Lane Church of Christ in Tullahoma, Tenn. Dominic Benetti as the minister for the Danbury Church of Christ in Connecticut.

BAPTIZED: Kolby Wasserbeck at the Miami Valley Church of Christ in Dayton, Ohio. Sariah Sanders at the Newburg Church of Christ in Louisville, Ky. Martie Davis at the Fairfield Church of Christ in Centerville, Tenn. Johnny and Carly Lynn at the New Hope Church of Christ in Celina, Tenn. Brittany Darnbush at the Church of Christ at Bluff Springs in Smithville, Tenn. 

Filed under: Across the Nation church fire electrical fire Fire Healing Hands International historical Church of Christ National News Newsmakers Salado Historical Society Top Stories Walk4Water

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