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‘HOPE’ for the homeless in Washington, D.C.


Young people from the Saturn Road church in Garland, Texas, serve the homeless in the nation’s capital. Twenty-three eighth-graders and 14 adults made the recent eight-day mission trip to Washington, D.C. The youth group made and distributed 500 “HOPE” bags (standing for “Helping Others Prepare for Eternity”) in parks, shelters and elsewhere. The bags were filled with toiletries, snacks and clothing.
Singing a songwriter’s praise
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Ellis J. Crum, editor, songwriter and compiler of theSacred Selections for the Church hymnal, was honored at the annualtwo-week summer meeting of mutual edification churches.
Crum, 80, first compiled the familiar burgundy hymnal, which has sold 2million copies, when he was 27. A plaque presented to Crum at themeeting voiced appreciation for his “literary and musical efforts tohelp the church praise God.”
Crum has preached for 64 years. He and his wife, Norma, have five children.
FLORIDA
PENSACOLA — About 40 children ages 8 to 13 participated in a free community basketball camp at the Gateway church.
Two church deacons, Scott Watson and Robert Akers, organized the recentweeklong camp and tournament in Gateway’s family life center. A fullhouse of parents and friends attended the Friday night tournament games.
“Basic basketball skills were taught in between devotional periods,”minister Danny Dodd said. “We plan to open the gym three days a weekbeginning in September for after-school basketball as a follow-up.”
INDIANA
INDIANAPOLIS — More than 300 students got new clothes and a backpackwith all the supplies — and also enjoyed a back-to-school carnival —courtesy of the North Central church.
Children’s ministry director Kathy Litzkow told The Indianapolis Starthat all the students had been qualified by social workers as trulyneeding assistance.
“This is our 10th year,” Litzkow said. “When we started this, we had noidea where we would get the finances and all the school supplies andall the new clothes. But everything we need, it seems like Godprovides.”
KENTUCKY
LEXINGTON — For years, the Southside church has rented out its parkinglot on University of Kentucky football Saturdays to raise money forsummer mission trips.
But this fall, the church lost some of its customers when it implemented a “dry lot” policy — meaning alcohol-free.
Not to worry. The empty spaces “were taken very quickly,” ministerBarrett Coffman told the Lexington Herald Leader. “We are already soldout.”
MARYLAND
BALTIMORE — The East Baltimore Bible Institute and College, sponsoredby the East Baltimore church, recently awarded its first associate ofarts degree in Christian counseling and certificate in biblical studiesto Eric A. Lorick.
President Kevin Bethea said the faculty consists of several areaministers, including Edward Maxwell of the Suitland Road church inSuitland, Clinton Miles of the Central church in Baltimore and RichardBrent of the Southside church in Baltimore.
EASTON — The Easton church has purchased, renovated and moved into anew building after previously meeting in a house in Bethlehem. Thechurch seeks help with building costs.
“We are a small group with 25 to 30 usually in attendance with a visionof evangelizing this growing community on the Eastern Shore,” AndyMcDougal said in an e-mail. For more information, [email protected] or [email protected].

NEW MEXICO
RUIDOSO — A shelter was established at the Gateway church, and as manyas 150 people gathered there, after heavy rains wreaked havoc on thearea recently, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
TENNESSEE
CHATTANOOGA — After the Brainerd church recently filled the auditoriumstage with donations for the local food bank, elder Paul Rolandcompared the beauty of a Kellogg’s variety pack of cereal to a bouquetof colorful flowers.
Roland had urged the church to bring food and place it around thepulpit after learning that the food bank was running low on neededitems.
“We should be getting a letter shortly telling us exactly how manypounds we donated, but I would estimate 300,” said Becky Wooley, whosehusband, Bruce, preaches at the Brainerd church.
TEXAS
BIG SPRING — The 33rd “Back to the Bible Campaign,” conducted by amission team from the Northwest church in Lawton, Okla., resulted in 20baptisms and six restorations, minister Monte Ginnings said.
Sixty-three campaigners, along with local members, knocked on every door in Big Spring, setting up 231 Bible studies.
“There is definitely still a need and desire to know the truth,”Ginnings said, praising God for the combined 989 baptisms and 174restorations in the 33 annual campaigns.
CLARENDON — Featuring the theme “The Lost Mission,” the recent 25thannual American Indian Seminar drew about 130 participants, organizerBob Watson said. The Clarendon church hosted the seminar on Indianmission efforts.
Sept. 13-14    Main and Oklahoma church (formerly Second andWashington), McAlester, Okla. 100th anniversary. [email protected] or (918)423-4743.
Sept. 13-14    Lapeer, Mich., church. 50th Anniversary Celebration. Contact lapeercoc @charterinternet.com or (810) 664-1611.
Sept.13-14    Cameron Road church, Austin, Texas. 50th Anniversary. Contact www.crccaustin.org or (512) 452-0639.
Sept.20    Clear Lake church (formerly Sun Valley Church of Christ),Houston. Reunion Celebration — for all former and current members.Contact www.thesunvalley
connection.blogspot.com or (281) 486-9350.
Sept. 20-21    Salina, Kan. church. 70th Anniversary. Contact mail@salinachurch ofchrist.com or (785) 827-2957.
Sept. 27-28     Burleson, Texas, church. 75th Anniversary andHomecoming Celebration. Contact [email protected] or (817) 295-2233.
Sept.28     Owens Cross Roads, Ala., church. 100th Anniversary Homecoming. Contact www.ocrcoc.org or (256) 725-4172.
Sept.28     Wichita Falls, Texas, church. 100th anniversary celebrationfor former and current members and ministers. [email protected] or (940) 723-2731.

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