Annual musical tells Bible story with twist

It started 13 years ago. An idea for a musical drama telling a Bible story with a contemporary twist. And that idea has turned Richard Cox’s dream into an event the Lampasas community looks forward to with anticipation — The Family Bible School, held each July at the First Street Church of Christ in Lampasas.

Cox attended a workshop at Abilene Christian University, and one of the classes was conducted by the Alta Mesa Church of Christ in Fort Worth.

“They had taken the traditional vacation Bible school format and developed a musical drama with the cast singing contemporary songs and telling a Bible story. A voice inside me said, ‘you can do that in Lampasas,’” said Cox, the director of the annual musical drama at First Street. He brought back the idea to the congregation, and the members embraced the idea from the beginning.

This year’s musical drama is titled “Joshua: Shout To The Lord!” The story begins with an old woman matriarch dubbed Mahlah telling Rahab (played by Lampasas High student Laura Bynum) the story of how Moses sent 12 men into the land of Canaan to spy out the land, only to hear how the spies returned fearful of following God’s instructions. Moses hands the leadership role over to Joshua (played by another LHS student, Topher McGehee), and concludes with the climax of the walls of Jericho crashing down.

“Joshua: Shout To The Lord” will be conducted Monday through Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the First Street Church of Christ, 201 W. First St. in Lampasas.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. each night, followed by singing from 6:30 to 6:50 p.m. then ages 4 through adult are dismissed to classes. The adult class will be taught by Stephen Bynum. Refreshments also will be served. The musical drama begins at 8 p.m. and concludes at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call the First Street Church of Christ office at (512) 556-3716 during regular business hours.

Bible Way COGIC food pantry open

The food pantry at Bible Way COGIC will be open from 9 a.m. to noon today.

Bring legal identification card.

For more information, call Gean Banks at (619) 410-9191 or Lenora Todd at (254) 220-7183

Public invited to church’s Annual Day

The Men of Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate their Annual Day at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Speaker will be Pastor T. W. Hicks of the Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Angleton.

The public is invited to attend. Food will be served after the program.

The church is at 2306 S. Farm-to-Market 116 in Copperas Cove. For more information, call the church at (254) 542-2153.

Clothing offered at East Lake Baptist

Free clothing, school uniforms and miscellaneous items are available at East Lake Baptist Church.

Clothes Closet hours of operation are 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.

The church is at 3213 Lake Road in Killeen. For more information, call (254) 690-4400 or (254) 699-8125.

Artists to perform at Heights church

Michael Harewood, aka Forever, is flying in from Long Island, N.Y., for a one-night event Thursday at Harker Heights United Methodist Church.

Also featured will be Coldfront, singing his hit “I Get Turned Up.”

The public is invited and there is no charge to attend.

The church is at 208 W. Cardinal Lane in Harker Heights. For more information, call Anthony Gatti at (254) 258-4007.

Pastors’ luncheon set for Thursday

Brother S.R. Manohar and Dr. Satish J. Raiborde, both of India, will minister at the Pastors’ Appreciation Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at New Beginnings Church, Harker Heights.

Sponsored by West Division Chaplains and KPLE-TV, the luncheon is open to pastors, chaplains, church leaders and spouses. An extended time will be allowed for ministering and prayer.

The luncheon will honor Korean pastors and missionaries for their dedication to worldwide ministries. Also honored will be Warriors of the Way Christian Bikers, Mark George, president.

New Beginnings Church is at 859 Copperhead Circle, Harker Heights, across U.S. Highway 190 from H-E-B.

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Homes of Temple, Killeen and Copperas Cove will provide lunch.

RSVP by calling (254) 554-3683.

St. Joseph’s school signing up students

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is registering students entering sixth grade for the 2013-2014 school year.

The school is at 2901 E. Rancier Ave., Killeen.

For more information, call the school office at (254) 634-7272.

Church to honor pastor, first lady

The Praise and Deliverance church family is honoring its pastor and first lady, Bishop Robert C. Fletcher and Elect-Lady Dorothy Fletcher, with an appreciation service at 3:30 p.m. July 27.

The public is invited to attend.

Praise and Deliverance House of Prayer is at 315 N. Gray St., Killeen.

For more information, contact Elder Terry Mustapher at (254) 247-4590 or

Pidcoke Baptist to host Tommy Clark

Tommy Clark will be in concert at 6 p.m. July 31 at Pidcoke Baptist Church.

Clark was born in Ashville, N.C., and the only child of Isaac and Harriette Clark. Tommy’s father was in the military, so Tommy was an “Army Brat” for 20 years, graduating high school in Germany.

Clark joined the Army and retired after 20 years of service, having served in Desert Storm. He retired and settled in Copperas Cove, where he met and married his wife, Judy Bowen, in 2004.

Clark started singing in church, when he was about 3 years old. Since then, he has presented the Gospel Message all over Central Texas.

He is a Christian and serves as a Gideon, a deacon at Robertson Avenue Baptist Church and is a member of the South Texas Gospel Music Association.

Pidcoke Baptist Church is on Farm-to-Market 116 halfway between Copperas Cove and Gatesville.

A time of fellowship with light snacks will be shared after the concert.

Boy Scout garage sale set for Aug. 3

The annual Boy Scout Troop 287 garage sale is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church at 2800 W. Trimmier Road in Killeen.

Public invited to musical fundraiser

A musical program, a building fundraiser, begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at New Life Tabernacle Ministries.

The Divine Messengers, The Brother of Killeen, the Heavenly Jubilees of Waco and others are scheduled to perform.

The public is invited to attend the event being held at 1615 N. Eighth St., Killeen.

For more information, call Pastor Randy Francis at (254) 238-6658.

Prayer Station is scheduled for Aug. 3

Ladies In Prayer Station will be at the Faith, Truth and Deliverance Ministries in Copperas Cove at 9 a.m. Aug. 3.

For more information, call (254) 415-2348.

Back to School with God event is Aug. 3

Mt. Zion United Methodist Women will hold its third Back to School with God: Bibles, burgers and blessings.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at 218 Alexander St., Belton.

The youth will be able to tour the fire truck and the emergency response ambulance, receive police safety information and meet a police dog.

The event also will include story-telling by local athletes. hair-cuts, salon services, nail and skin care services by Vista College of Killeen, and a discussion of the roles of the Buffalo soldier by a local motorcycle club.

Children will present spiritual anointments in song, mime ministry and stepping for God.

Belton Mayor Jim Covington and Belton ISD assistant superintendent Dr. Charla Trejo, worshipful master Stan C. Shider from Nolan Creek Lodge #227 and Mt. Zion’s pastor, H.E Jackson Jr., will encourage the youth to have a safe and blessed school year.

The youth will receive backpacks, school supplies and age-appropriate Bibles.

Transportation will be provided at Montrose Apartments’ rental office at 8 a.m., Southwest School at 8:25 a.m., Belle Oaks Apartments’ rental office at 8:45 a.m., or by calling (254) 939-5621.

For more information, contact Estella L. Murray at (254) 939-8536 or

Joshua Men’s Group to hold fundraiser

Joshua Men’s Group is having a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 102 E. Church Ave., Killeen.

Killeen church to host concert Aug. 4

Allison Durham Speer concert begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at Killeen First Church of the Nazarene, 951 Stagecoach Road Killeen.

Speer, a Christian recording artist, is a featured soloist on the Gaither Homecoming videos.

For more information, email; call (254) 634-7676 or go to

Bible study group registering members

Temple-Belton Community Bible Study adult evening class is registering members for a 30-week study of Romans.

This is an interdenominational Bible study for men and women of all backgrounds who are interested in an in-depth weekly study of God’s Word.

Beginning Sept. 9, the class will meet weekly from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays in the small sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Belton, Sixth and Main streets in Belton.

The class is open to all adults. Individuals may choose to participate in core groups for young adults, men, women or married couples.

The class will break for Christmas and spring vacations and finish at the end of April 2014.

To register or to obtain additional information, call the class coordinator at (254)773-1842 in Temple or the class associate teaching director at (254) 526-9128 in Killeen.

Seminar to help establish leaders

Strategies for Regional Transformation is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at Shilo Inn, 3701 S. W.S. Young Drive, Killeen.

Trudy Bangs and Sherrie Holland will be in Central Texas to teach and train intercession and establish leaders to organize and lead prayer teams.

Bangs is an Ephesians 4:11 Pastoral gift to the Body of Christ and a General of Prophetic Intercession, training and mentoring intercessors and leading prayer teams to the nations.

Holland is a seasoned pastor with a “seer” anointing. She is raising up spiritual children through discipleship training, intercession and pastoral counseling.

There is no charge to attend.

For more information, contact Robin Durham at or (254) 681-8305.

Seminar on identity theft set for Aug. 1

  • Identity Theft and Senior Scams is the subject of August’s Senior Adult First Thursday held Aug. 1 at First Baptist Church-Killeen, 3310 S. W.S. Young Drive.

Charles Dinwiddie of the Special Missions Unit of the Killeen Police Department will present the program in the Fellowship Hall at 11 a.m. followed by a potluck luncheon.

For more information, call the church office at (254) 634-6262.

  • The Women’s Enrichment Ministry of First Baptist Church Killeen will host guest speaker Debbie Frazee at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall on Aug. 8.

Frazee is a graduate of Texas A&M in theater arts and combines her dramatic talent and love for the Word of God to present a timely message for today’s woman: The Lord’s Joy is Our Strength.

The cost is $5 and includes a meal. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

For more information, call the church office at (254) 634-6262.

Church’s preschool seeking principal

The preschool at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church is seeking a new principal to begin the position by Aug. 1.

The preschool currently operates three days a week and serves up to 84 children.

Those who are interested in applying for this position are encouraged to get the qualifications and requirements for the position on the church’s website,

Gospel meeting at Youngsport church

Larry Pratt is the guest speaker for an upcoming gospel meeting at Youngsport Church of Christ.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-4.

Pratt is a board member for the Foster’s Home for Children and minister at the Graford Church of Christ. 

His ministry provides insightful lessons from God’s word coupled with witty stories in association with the business world.

The gospel meeting will be at 201 Youngsport Loop, Killeen.

For more information, go to

Building fundraiser scheduled Aug. 3

A building fundraiser, hosted by Pastor Randy and first lady Felicia Francis, for New Life Tabernacle begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at 615 N. Eighth St., Killeen.

Special guests will be The Divine Messengers of Killeen, The Gospel Holy Tones of Temple and The Heavenly Jubilees of Waco.

The public is invited, and there is no charge.

For more information, call (254) 702-4769 or go to

Back to School fun run set for Aug. 3

A Back to School 5K Fun Run is at 9 a.m. Aug. 3 at Ogletree Stage Stop and Post Office on U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove.

Participants will receive a T-shirt, a bag of school supplies and will be entered in a raffle drawing.

The registration fee before July 20 is $25. After July 20, the fee is $30.

Registration will be from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturdays at Hillside Ministries Food Bank, 306 Casa Drive, Copperas Cove.

The fundraiser is sponsored by First Samoan Full Gospel Pentecostal Inc.

For more information, email Andrea Maddox at

Session on Bible study planned

The Temple-Killeen Bible Study Fellowship Women’s Day Class will have a welcome session for women interested in learning more about Bible study fellowship.

Register for next year’s 29-week study on the Book of Matthew beginning at 9:10 a.m. Sept. 11 at First Baptist Church of Killeen, 3310 S. W.S. Young Drive.

For more information, contact Nancy Goodnight at

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