March 8, 2000

Around the State
___bluebull Joe Hewitt, pastor of Princeton Park Church in Rowlett, recently was honored by the North American Mission Board as the interfaith evangelism associate of the year. Hewitt was given a plaque in recognition of his "creative leadership in interfaith evangelism
SOUTHWEST CHURCH IN DESOTO will send a choir of 36 adults on a mission trip to the Extremadura region of Spain. The group will sing in theaters and one prison in the cities of Merida, Caceres, Badajoz and Jerez de los Caballeros. The group will leave March 11 and will be accompanied by the DeSoto's mayor. The group's purpose is to help start evangelical churches in the region, and they will sing for the first service of a church in Caceres and will leave the church a new keyboard. Gordon Moore is minister of music.
for the Baptist General Convention of Texas." Hewitt is the author of the book "I Was Raised a Jehovah's Witness," which recounts the story of his family's three-generation involvement with Jehovah's Witnesses. He also has a free lending library of more than 200 cassette tapes as a part of a ministry of cult awareness, which also includes conference speaking.
___bluebull Senior adults from 12 associations in central Texas will gather March 23 at Latham Springs Encampment in Aquilla to celebrate Sixty+Plus Fellowship. The Singing Seniors of Waco will be the featured morning choir. The Homeward Bound Singers will lead the afternoon singing. B.F. Risinger will preach in the morning and Marcus Sheffield in the afternoon. The noon meal is $6. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. For more information, call (254) 694-3689.

___bluebull Roy Jones of Abilene after 36 years as a writer and editor with the Abilene Reporter-News, to enter full-time volunteer missions. During an 11-year stint as religion editor, Jones won the Baptist General Convention of Texas' Communications Award in 1988. He is a former chairman of deacons at First Church in Abilene and a founding director of City Light Community Ministries, which the Abilene church patterned after Mission Arlington.

___bluebull John Park has celebrated his 20th year at Trinity Church in San Antonio. He serves as minister with married median and senior adults.
___bluebull First Church in Moody will celebrate its 145th anniversary March 12. Guest speakers in the morning will be Steve Hardcastle and Mike Brittain. A 2 p.m. service will feature Jim Kerby and Marion Ford. A catered meal will follow the morning service. Call (254) 853-2166 before noon to make reservations.

___bluebull Kerry Webb, a Dallas Baptist University professor, will lead a "Walk Through the Bible" seminar March 12 at Cedar Heights Church in Cedar Hill. The seminar begins at 9:15 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m. with a lunch break included in the schedule. For more information, call (972) 291-4600.

___bluebull Josephine Hall, 95, Dec. 24, in Carbondale, Ill. She was the wife of Harral Hall who was pastor of First Baptist churches in Schulenburg, Eagle Pass, Katy and Junction. She is survived by three sons, Harral, Richard and Emory; two grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.

___bluebull Darrell Wallace to the ministry at First Church in Coolidge.
___bluebull Charlie Childs, David Hardy Jr. and Ed Hogan as deacons at Forest Cove Church in Kingwood.

___bluebull Parkdale Church, Corpus Christi; March 12; *speaker, Rick Ingle; pastor, Shane Kinnison.
___bluebull First Church, Linden; March 12-15; *speakers, Charles and Beverly Massegee; pastor, D.C. Mangum.
___bluebull First Church, Bloom-burg; March 12-15; *speaker, Joe Thomas; pastor, Steve Bowen.
___bluebull Dodd City Church, Dodd City; March 12-15; *speakers, Jim Walsh Family; pastor, Richard Leathers.
___bluebull East Side Church, Killeen; March 12-17; *speaker, Herman Cramer; *music, Gary Newman; pastor, John Hallum.
___*vocational evangelists

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