The METRO, Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 12573 Texas Highway 31 West, will begin its annual Youth Revival at 4 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

The Rev. Jared Shears, will bring the message on Sunday. On Monday through Tuesday, the Rev. Jerard Mosley, pastor of North Star Baptist Church, will bring the message.

The pastor of METRO, the Rev. Michael K. Mast, said the public is invited to attend and will be very blessed by the word from these great men of God.



Jean Smith will be the featured speaker for Book Talk at noon Tuesday at McMillan Memorial Library, 401 S. Commerce St., in Overton.

“Here, Jesus…Catch!” is the author’s story of faith and hope from the pain and loneliness of trauma and loss.

A light lunch will be served and the public is invited.

Book Talk is a monthly event held at the library and is sponsored by the Friends of McMillan Memorial Library. For information, call 903-834-6318.

Church offers free support groups

Holly Brook Baptist Church, 3219 S. FM 2869, Hawkins, will resume its weekly meetings with two community support groups. They are GriefShare, a grief recovery support group for people who are mourning the loss of a loved one, and Memory Cafe, a support group for those who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, either personally or in a family member. Both groups are free, and the public is invited.

Built around a 13-week video curriculum, GriefShare is designed to help participants face the challenges of grief. A start date will be announced.

Memory Café meets at noon Thursdays in the Family Life Center and is for individuals dealing with all kinds of cognitive impairment. Alzheimer’s is the most common, but Memory Café includes individuals with all forms of dementia, along with those surviving a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

The meetings are free. The programs include a meal, games, light exercise and information on relevant subjects, such as home safety for patients.

Memory Cafés are not a form of respite care; they offer a place where both caregiver and care recipient can socialize together and connect with others in similar situations. Mental exercises also provide memory stimulation. Activities change from week to week.

Call the church office for more information about either group, 903-769-2091 or visit

First Sunday luncheon

Bethany Word of Life Tabernacle, 6808 Paluxy Drive, Tyler, will host an event, called, “Let’s Do Lunch at Bethany,” at noon Sept. 1.

The congregation hosts a monthly lunch event usually on the first Sunday of each month.

The lunch events are part of the church’s outreach ministry, and are free to the public.

Please RSVP to 903-534-0094.

National Back to Church Sunday

Bethany Word of Life Tabernacle, 6808 Paluxy Drive, will host its 2019 National Back to Church Sunday event, Sept. 15. This year’s national theme is “TOGETHER.”

Sunday school is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and praise and worship is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon.

National Back to Church Sunday is one of the church’s fall outreach ministries.

This annual event allows faith-based congregations an opportunity to personally invite people who do not attend church or who may be searching for a church home in the East Texas area.

The event is free to the public.

For transportation arrangements to the event, call the church’s office at 903-534-0094 on or before Sept. 1.

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