Bennie Portwood will be retiring as pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church of Whitehouse, 10519 Farm-to-Market Road 344, on Jan. 19.

He and his wife, Gail, have served at Mount Carmel for 30 years. They will be honored with a luncheon at noon Jan. 26 at the church.

Women’s ministry at First Baptist, Whitehouse, to present worship service

The BLOOM Women’s Ministry at First Baptist Church of Whitehouse, 801 E. Main (Farm-to-Market Road 346), is hosting an evening of worship and a table tour of all the events and studies planned for 2020. The event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19 in the 801 Center.

Author BJ Garrett will speak and singer-songwriter Don Pardoe will lead worship music.

Admission is free and registration is requested via Eventbright, or contact the office at 903-839-3333.

Performance based on life of hymnist Fanny Crosby

Shellie O’Neal will present a one-woman show on Fanny Crosby at the Henderson County Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. Jan. 19.

Frances Jane van Alstyne, more commonly known as Fanny Crosby, was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist and composer. She was one of the most prolific hymnists in history, writing more than 8,000 hymns and gospel songs, with more than 100 million copies printed.

She achieved all this despite being blind from shortly after birth.

Reservations are $10 and available at, 903-675-3908, or at the center 400 Gibson Road, Athens.

Six-week Bible study starts Tuesday in Lindale

A free six-week women’s Bible study based on the movie “War Room” begins Tuesday and Wednesday with DVD teacher-hostess, Priscilla Shirer.

On Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., the study will be at the Lindale Library, 200 E. Hubbard St., and the Wednesday sessions will be at 9:30 a.m. at CCF Fellowship Hall, 15704 State Highway 110 N. The optional workbook is $10.

There will be free child care, if participants are preregistered.

One-time registration for six weeks of child care is at by Sunday. Walk-ins for child care will not be accepted.

This study is sponsored by Community Christian Fellowship. All ladies are invited.

For questions, call 903-882-8501 or email

This study will be held at two locations.

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