Missionaries restoring a Texas church building are back at work making repairs to a sanctuary destroyed by Tropical Storm Imelda. Repair work stopped last week after a thief stole thousands of dollars’ worth of tools and supplies.
An Orange County, Texas Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told Texas Gospel Canada that volunteers with Mission America Placement Service were restoring the building of the Mauriceville Assembly of God Church. Someone climbed a wall to get inside the damaged structure and left with the volunteer’s property. 12News reports at least $8,000 worth of equipment was taken in the theft.
The criminal act stopped the volunteer’s work for a short while. Reconstruction was able to continue thanks to a Business man in the community. KOGT Radio in Orange, Texas reports Chad Havens, who owns Bridgefield Electric, saw a news report about the theft. He contacted the group and bought new tools and supplies to replace what was taken.
Nashville, TN (January 2, 2020) – With the new year comes a new chapter for Southern Raised. Eldest sibling of the multi-talented family group, Lindsay Reith, expressed her excitement, “2020 is a new year, a new decade and a new chapter for Southern Raised. Sarah, our banjo player and tenor vocalist, has decided to step into a new role off the road. We support her, love her and we are so thankful for every moment, memory and mile traveled and spent together. The last almost 13 years touring as four siblings has been amazing. We look forward to creating new music, seeing new faces and connecting with so many of you this year on the road. It is with great anticipation we step across the threshold into 2020!”
Sarah (Reith) Noland is thankful for her tenure with the band and wishes them well as they enter this new season. She shares, “It’s hard to put into words what nearly 13 years of singing with my siblings has meant to me. They have been so supportive and loving, and I’m forever grateful to them for believing in me. 2019 brought some wonderful changes into my life. I married the man of my dreams, and I’m now ready to begin a new chapter. I will forever look back upon these years with joy and gratefulness to our Lord for allowing me to sing His message of love. Thanks to each of you for putting faith in a southern raised banjo playing girl! May God richly bless you all!”
The band is currently writing new music and gearing up for another busy year. Their three month run of shows at Silver Dollar City was so popular last year, the renowned theme park has invited them back for a four-month artist-in-residence stint in 2020. Their current project, Another World, is distributed exclusively by Sony/Provident and is available at digital and retail outlets worldwide.
A California man police say has a history of yelling obscenities at church members has been arrested after U.S. police say he smeared feces and threw eggs at a church building.
Tulare County sheriff’s deputies arrested Danny Lee Terpin, 48, after they say his actions were caught on video at the Iglesia Christiana Fuente de Vida on Friday. The Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page that the video surveillance and a history of incidents led deputies to a nearby home where they made the arrest.
A sheriff’s office spokesperson on Sunday said Terpin faces felony hate crime vandalism charges.
A half-dozen Southern Gospel artists have already sent their January 2020 songs to Texas Gospel Canada just days before the new year.
The Talley’s “Get me There” is the group’s selection to kick off 2020. It comes from their Finest Hour album. It may be the last single release from the project to be sent to radio as the Talley’s newest CD Hymns of the Faith was released early in December.
The Soul’d Out Quartet’s song “Heaven” is among the new releases this week. It was penned by the group’s founder John Matt Rankin and comes from the album Run To The Light. This song ‘s lyric, ‘Hey everybody, are you going to Heaven with me?’ comes from an encounter in West Virginia. A young man unashamedly asked the question in a crowd loudly displaying no shame in his Christian faith.
Other songs released this week include the Wisecarvers’ “Go Down Again, the McKamey’s “We All Need a Savior,” and Balsam Range’s “Place no Wreath.”
Listen for these along with Southern Gospel classics this week on Texas Gospel Canada!
Officials say nothing else was taken in the burglary.
No arrests have been announced.
The Digby RCMP is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 902-245-2579. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), submit a secure web tip at http://www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.