The Annual Community Closet clothing giveaway will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the St. Louis Baptist Church Family Life Center, 4000 Frankston Highway, Tyler. The giveaway is hosted by the SLBC Usher Ministry. For more information, call 903-520-7533.



Rock Hill Baptist Church of LaRue invites the public to a men’s prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday. The speaker will be Pastor Preston Malone, of Higher Calling Fellowship Church in Dallas. In addition, the annual Men’s Day Program will be at 11 a.m. Sunday with Pastor Bernard Kimble, of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Shreveport, speaking.



Moms of Military, a prayer and support group for the U.S. military and their families and friends, will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday at Holly Brook Baptist Church, 3219 S. Farm-to-Market Road 2869, Hawkins. The meetings are open to women in the community for a time of sharing and prayer. For more information, go to or call the church office, 903-769-2091.



“Saints Alive,” the senior adult ministry of Holly Brook Baptist Church, will host the teachers and staff of Hawkins and Harmony public schools at a luncheon in their honor on Thursday. The luncheon is a thank you to local public school faculty and staff for their service to public education and the area’s schoolchildren. Church members will provide homemade desserts. Call 903-769-2091 for more information.



Christ Church South, 15747 Old Jacksonville Highway will have its Blessing of the Backpacks event from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. The service will begin about 10:15 a.m. The event is open to the entire community. Families are encouraged to come and bring their children’s backpacks. There will be games, refreshments and fellowships. Some backpacks and school supplies will be available for those who are in need.

Pollard United Methodist Church, 3030 New Copeland Road will have its Blessing of the Backpacks at its traditional and contemporary worship services, both held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Guests can bring their school bag for a special prayer of blessing for the upcoming school year.



New Life Baptist Church, 3575 County Road 384, in Tyler, will host their annual homecoming event, “The Southern Plainsman,” at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Brother Dale Wilt will deliver the message, with lunch following. For more information, call 903-592-8755.



Marvin United Methodist Church, 300 W. Erwin St., will host Re|Engage Marriage Ministry from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays starting Aug. 23. The sessions are free, but each book costs $10. To register or ask questions, email or text/call 903-705-5554. Re|Engage focuses on God’s design for marriage using principles to apply daily, through speakers, marriage testimonies and small groups.



Christian Women’s Job Corps of Tyler fall classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 6. The organization provides a free educational program for women in the Tyler community who have a financial need to work. Applicants must have a high school diploma, high school equivalency, a GED or be in the process of obtaining a GED, be at least 18 years old and have transportation. Call 903-592-4693 or visit for more information.



On Saturday, Sept. 24, Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler will host a Family Fun Day at Tyler Indoor Sports from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day includes a bounce house, face painting, free popcorn and games for the kids, and a car show, door prizes, great music and food for the adults. The event is an opportunity to come learn more about Catholic Charities.



The East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet will be held Monday, Oct. 10, in Tyler. Nikolas T. Nikas, president of the Bioethics Defense Fund, a pro-life public-interest legal and educational organization is the featured speaker. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, Sept. 1, at



In light of the recent acts of violence in various cities in the United States, the Baha’i Community of Tyler is calling for people of all faiths and churches to join together in a citywide “Share a Prayer” campaign. They hope that by this action, they will understand each other’s commitment and aspiration for understanding and peace and that all will support each other in working for a just and peaceful world. They suggest that each person choose 10 people, preferably not from their own faith community, with whom to sit quietly and read or say a prayer that expresses their wishes for this city, country and/or world. They can then share their understanding of the prayer, and their hopes for applying it in their lives.


- Compiled by Diana Dill


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