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Across the Nation: Helping neighbors across state lines and church building vandalism


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): Two Tennessee churches recently joined forces to serve their brothers and sisters in a neighboring state.

The Portland Church of Christ sent 22 members with 13 North View Church of Christ members to help the Andrews Church of Christ in North Carolina with children’s ministry — and church construction.

During the day, the mission team built a ramp and 55-foot sidewalk for elderly church members of the Andrews church. In the evenings, the group hosted a community Vacation Bible School.


TEXAS

AMARILLO — After offering a reward of $10,000 through Amarillo Crime Stoppers, police identified a suspect believed to be responsible for vandalizing the Central Church of Christ.

Police reported that a vandal had caused substantial damage to the church’s interior using a knife during the June 27 break-in.


Related: New York church tagged by vandals


The damage included carving Satanic images into the walls, doors and chairs. The vandal also broke several electronic devices and light fixtures.

Police described the suspect as a slim White male wearing a black hood over his face with the eyes cut out at the time of the crime.

Two other Amarillo churches were also targets of vandalism in May and June. The Amarillo Police Department Burglary Unit continues to investigate.


NEWSMAKERS

APPOINTED: Dave Clouse as senior vice president of Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.

AWARDED: Cary McCall with the Jim Brinkerhoff Servant Leader Award, which was established by the Campus for Christ board.

HIRED: Collin Pinkston as minister for the North Suburban Church of Christ in Carrollton, Ohio. Robert Tipps as preaching minister for the Capitol Hill Church of Christ in Winchester, Tenn. Dylan Johns as minister for the Sorrento Hills Church of Christ in Florida.

BAPTIZED: Brandye Terrill at the Capitol Hill Church of Christ in Winchester, Tenn. Raney Stone at the North Highlands Church of Christ in Russellville, Ala. Destini Gibson, Breanna Clark and Lydia Jackson at the University Church of Christ in Montgomery, Ala. Tommy and Stephanie South at the Farley Church of Christ in Huntsville, Ala. Jessica Pendley at the Prattville Church of Christ in Alabama.

Filed under: Across the Nation Children's ministry Church vandalism National News Newsmakers North Carolina Outreach Tennessee Texas VBS

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