Concerts, comedy show among upcoming faith-based events



The Voices of Faith choir will gather over 75 talented vocalists from the East Texas area - including middle school, high school, and college students - in a Christ-centered, community choral program at 7 p.m. March 31 in First Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary, 230 W. Rusk St., in Tyler. The program will be under the direction of Pam Eikner, with accompanist Dana Bertino. It is free to the public. For more information visit



The Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Diocese of Tyler will offer a free training that is necessary to bring the message of Jesus Christ to area prisons. The training will be offered on Saturday, March 18, at the Diocese of Tyler Chancery Office, 1015 East Southeast Loop 323, in the St. Paul Room. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the training will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees should bring a driver’s license and refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, contact Father Gary Rottman at 903-266-2158 or; Deacon Dan Rose at 903-928-2623 or; or Terri Bolton at 903-266-2132 or



Azalea Gardens Church of God, 11770 Texas Highway 64 East in Tyler, will have its Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. Bishop C.W. Goforth is the pastor. Call 903-566-1606 for more information.



The Rev. Dr. Sylvester Lawrence Curry Jr. is scheduled to speak at Jarvis Christian College’s 2017 J.N. Ervin Lecture on March 23. The lecture, part of the College’s Founders/Homecoming festivities, begins at 11 a.m. in the Smith-Howard Chapel. The Rev. Curry, a 1971 graduate of Jarvis Christian College, is pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Winona. Founders/Homecoming runs from March 20-26. Visit for information and a complete schedule of activities.



Emmy-nominated comedian Chonda Pierce is set to bring her “Happily Laughter After” tour to Whitehouse’s Tyler Metro Church, 14196 Highway 110 South, at 7 p.m. March 31. Pierce will deliver an uplifting and encouraging night of joy and laughter, armed with her unpretentious Southern charm and laser sharp wit. The evening will also feature special guest acclaimed singer/songwriter Karyn Williams. Tickets for the “Happily Laughter After” tour can be purchased by calling 1-800-965-9324 or online at VIP tickets cost $45 and include early admission as well as a meet and greet with Ms. Pierce. General admission costs $26 and discounted group tickets are also available.



The 40-voice Tyler Civic Chorale will present their Spring Masterworks concert, “Rich and Romantic: Mass and Motets by Kodaly, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Brahms, and Vaughan Williams” at 7 p.m. April 1 in First Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary, 230 W. Rusk St., in Tyler. The performance includes Kodaly’s “Missa Brevis.” Other works are by Vaughan Williams, Anton Bruckner, as well as a performance of three choral secular poems by Brahms, which will be sung in German. Guest Artistic Conductor is Lee Kohlenberg, with Jonathan Story as guest organ accompanist. Admission is $5 for students and children and $15 for adults. For more information visit



Fairwood United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir will present “Behold the Lamb” by Lloyd Larson at 10:45 a.m. April 9 (Palm Sunday) in the church sanctuary, 1712 Old Omen Road, in Tyler. The public is invited to attend.



Praise Fest 2017 is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 15 on the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza in downtown Tyler. This multicultural, non-denominational event is designed to bring the Body of Christ together for a day of worship and fellowship. Artists are scheduled to perform with family fun activities, vendors and food. Donations are welcome to support the event. The theme is “Together as One: One Lord, One Love, One Body. Call 903-218-1388 for more information or to participate. 



The Christian Women's Council will hold a Women's Missionary Sunday program at 10 a.m. on April 30 at Bethany Word of Life Tabernacle, 6808 Paluxy Drive, in Tyler. Brother Stanley Cofer, executive director of Empowerment, will be the featured speaker. Call 903-534-0094 for more information.



Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the annual mass for families with special needs at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul on the Bishop Gorman Schools campus, 1405 East Southeast Loop 323 in Tyler. A reception will follow in the chancery. All families with children or adults with special needs are welcome. A modified liturgy will be celebrated to accommodate these needs. Contact Linda Porter by April 27, at or 903-266-2146 so the church can prepare for the reception.



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