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Across the Nation: Hawaii homeless, Montana church move 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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Illinois preacher’s daughter wins state swimming championships: Kira Perry, 7, celebrates her success with the Decatur Gators, a YMCA of the USA swim team in Illinois. She is the daughter of Douglas and Barbara Perry. Her father preaches for the Jasper Street Church of Christ in Decatur.

Kira won state championships in the 25 freestyle and the 50 freestyle. At the district level, she won the 25 freestyle, the 50 freestyle, the 25 butterfly and the 25 backstroke.

Spotlight

Helping the homeless: In Hawaii, about 15 volunteers from the Pearl Harbor Church of Christ in Honolulu and a few from the Wahiawa Church of Christ spent a recent Saturday handing out care packages to the homeless at Kakaako Park.

Children at the Pearl Harbor church helped bag and prepare toiletries for delivery to homeless shelters. The goal was “to show God’s love and spread the Gospel while meeting some of their physical needs,” benevolence ministry leader Perry Molden Jr. said.

Children at the Pearl Harbor church organize items to share with the homeless.

Children at the Pearl Harbor church organize items to share with the homeless.

“The recipients were thankful that someone cared enough to help in a practical way,” Molden said.

In all, 165 individuals were served.

Quick takes

MARYLAND

DISTRICT HEIGHTS — Mid-Atlantic-area congregations helped the District Heights Church of Christ celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Willie Hubbard Jr., who planted the church, remains its minister and was recognized at the recent assembly, which had the theme “We Have Come This Far By Faith.”

Willie Hubbard Jr.

Willie Hubbard Jr.

Guest speakers were Willie Rupert Jr. of the Central Church of Christ in Baltimore; Douglas A. Goodman of the Capital Church of Christ in Annapolis, Md.; Markus Martin of the Beltway Church of Christ in Camp Springs, Md.

“We came together to celebrate the blessings of ministry and serving the Lord’s church,” Hubbard said.

“We came together to celebrate the blessings of ministry and serving the Lord’s church.”

MONTANA

GREAT FALLS — The Great Falls Church of Christ has moved into a new facility after meeting at its previous location since 1951.

Swapping buildings with a local Baptist church gave the Great Falls congregation a larger building with the potential for growth. The first Sunday drew a crowd of more than 300, minister Scott Laird said.

“We have been blessed with growth throughout the years but have consistently been limited by the size of our facility,” Laird said. “Our move after 68 years represents a boundary event in the life of the church. We believe God has provided this new facility so that we may bless our community and see the gospel of Christ spread.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE

MANCHESTER — Churches of Christ in New England are small, typically numbering between 30 and 50.

“Youth rallies like this are critically important for New England teens to be uplifted, enjoy encouraging fellowship and be reminded that they aren’t all by themselves in following Jesus.”

That makes areawide events such as youth rallies all the more important, said Park Linscomb, minister for the Manchester Church of Christ.

The Manchester church’s recent youth rally drew 52 teens and 17 chaperones, plus 30 local volunteers.

“It’s hard to be a teen in a mission area,” Linscomb said. “Youth rallies like this are critically important for New England teens to be uplifted, enjoy encouraging fellowship and be reminded that they aren’t all by themselves in following Jesus.”

Sam Boyd, a student at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., spoke on “Dare to Prepare.”

Sam Boyd spoke at the youth rally.

Sam Boyd spoke at the youth rally.

TEXAS

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — The Legacy Church of Christ has reached a milestone in its missions program.

Last year, members contributed more than $500,000 to missions.

It’s the first time in the congregation’s 59-year history that Legacy has reached the half-a-million dollar mark in one year, church leaders said.

In 2019, the congregation is supporting 20 foreign missionaries and four domestic missions programs.

For more than a decade, Legacy has made missions a focus during February. This year, students in the church’s children’s program raised more than $2,500. And overall, it appears that the congregation is on its way to a second straight year of reaching its $500,000 goal.


Quote of the month

“There are only a few people out there with the mentality of attacking churches, and we’ll get it twisted if we think that everybody has that mindset.” — Jonathan Wilson, member of the North Greece Road Church of Christ in Greece, N.Y., after a vandal sprayed satanic graffiti on the church building. Read the full story.

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