The Noonday Baptist Church Bazaar is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the church, 16701 County Road 196. Items will include homemade crafts, soaps, jewelry, floral arrangements and baked goods. All proceeds benefit the Noonday Food Pantry. The church is off Texas Highway 155 behind The Blue Store.


Galilee Baptist pastor's first sermon

Randy Ector will preach his first sermon as pastor at the Galilee Baptist Church, 15876 County Road 1113, (Lake Placid Road) in Tyler at 3 p.m. Sunday.


Bethany Word of Life women's program

The Christian Women's Council at Bethany Word of Life Tabernacle will have a Missionary Women's Program from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Tyler church, 6808 Paluxy Drive. Madelyn Kennedy, of Henderson, is the scheduled guest speaker. The auxiliary program promotes spiritual growth and development in women through empowerment, encouragement and inspiration. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Christian Women's Council President Joyce Summers at 903-534-0094.


Bethany Word of Life men's program

The Men's Ministry Auxiliary at Bethany Word of Life Tabernacle, 6808 Paluxy Drive in Tyler, will present a men's program from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 at the church. The free event is open to the public. Pastor Edward Sanders said the mission of the men's ministry is to glorify God, by helping men find their purpose for living, according to a news release. Call 903-534-0094 for more information.


Highland Presbyterian advent concert

Highland Presbyterian Church, 3101 Paluxy Drive in Tyler, will have an advent concert at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the sanctuary. Greg Simmons, organist choirmaster at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church in Lufkin, will perform seasonal music. The event is free, but a love offering will be taken up for the organist. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.


Pollard UMC ‘Little Women' auditions

Auditions for Pollard's spring musical "Little Women" are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 in the Founders' Center on the Pollard campus, 3030 Copeland Road, in Tyler. Based on Louisa Mae Alcott's life, "Little Women," the musical, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. The production is scheduled for April 7 to 9. Call Arnold Sherman at 903-372-9683 for more information.


Marvin UMC holiday grief workshop

The Rev. Gerry Giles, Marvin United Methodist Church's pastor of Congregational Life, will present Surviving the Holidays - a Grief Workshop from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 12. Marvin is at 300 W. Erwin St. in Tyler. The free grief workshop will include a video presentation, group discussion and devotional materials to help people who have lost loved ones to not only survive the holidays but also find strength and healing as they move forward through the deep pain of grief. Contact Brenda Byerly, assistant to the Rev. Giles, at 903-592-7396 or at for more information or to register.


Ivan Parker Christmas Concert

Tickets are available for the Ivan Parker Christmas Concert at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 501 E. U.S. Highway 80 in White Oak. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets can be purchased at Mardel in Longview, The Scroll in Tyler, online at or by mail at Glenda Grant, 513 E. Whelan St., Jefferson, Texas, 75657. For mail orders, send the check and self-addressed stamped envelope if you want tickets returned. Made By Mercy will be the opening act. A love offering will be taken. Call 903-238-7876 or 903-665-2766 for more information.


Fundraiser providing shoes for Ugandans

Dough Rollers, which owns 17 cookie, pretzel and coffee stores in Texas, including the two Great American Cookie Company stores in Broadway Square Mall, has launched a fundraiser called "Give Shoes. Give Joy." The campaign will run through Dec. 31 and will help provide shoes for orphaned and needy children in Southwest Uganda. Many children in Uganda grow up without an opportunity to go to school, access to clean water or a pair of shoes. Without shoes, children's feet are susceptible to diseases and injuries. The goal is to raise enough money to put a new pair of shoes and socks on every child's feet connected to Parental Care Ministries, a nonprofit whose U.S. headquarters is in Tyler. It will cost $25 each to purchase socks and shoes for each child. The goal is to raise $45,000 to purchase them for 1,800 children.

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