Classic song from The Greenes remastered and released

Greenes - HallelujahTexas Gospel Canada tonight added a new release from the Greenes to our music rotation. The song is actually a remastered classic from the group.

The Greenes were a highly sought-after, full-time touring group that regularly appeared at NQC and on Gaither Homecoming videos until Tony’s unexpected death in 2010.

“Heaven In The House” is from Hallelujah – the last project the group ever recorded and produced by the late Lari Goss. The song was personally chosen for radio by TaRanda’s husband, StowTown Records co-owner Landon Beene, because of its fun, upbeat nature and its classic “Greene’s sound.”

We hope you enjoy this glimpse from our genre’s heritage. We also hope you are encouraged by its timeless message about what happens when we choose to praise the Lord!

Listen for “Heaven in the House” on Texas Gospel Canada.

Massachusetts man awaits trial for setting two fires inside church building

Prosecutors in Greenfield, Massachusetts are preparing their case for the trial of a man accused of setting two fires inside a Catholic Church building last year.

Trevor J. Defrancesco, 21, was arraigned in Franklin County Superior Court Thursday for an Oct. 19, 2019 fire at Our Lady Immaculate Church in Athol, Mass., according to a report in the Greenfield Recorder. Prosecutors have not said what they believe to be his motive.

A report filed by WHDH television shortly after the fire says the building sustained only moderate damage.

Triumphant Quartet’s first song of 2020

Triumphant - Yes - 2020StowTown Records today released the title track to Triumphant Quartet’s Yes project.

This uptempo song has a great message to start a new year. People are filled with hope and committed to various resolutions. Triumphant sings about Jesus saying “yes” to us when we first ran to Him for forgiveness.

“I am so grateful for that truth. Because the Lord said “yes” to me years ago when I ran to Him, I know I can confidently say “yes” to Him in whatever He asks of me in the year ahead,” said Ernie Haase of StowTown Records.

Listen for Triumphant’s new song on Texas Gospel Canada!

TGC January 2020 Southern Gospel Chart

Here are the top Southern Gospel Songs for January 2020:

  1. Going There – Triumphant Quartet
  2. Alabama Mud – Gold City Quartet
  3. God Says You Can – Hyssongs
  4. You’ve Arrived – Greater Vision
  5. Come Sunday Morning – The Old Paths
  6. Come to the Well – Kingdom Heirs
  7. Resurrection Power – Mylon Hayes Family
  8. What Only God Can Do – Michael Booth
  9. Take Him to That Place – Tim Livingston
  10. The Power of an Empty Tomb – The Erwins
  11. A Lot With a Little – 11th Hour
  12. Go Ask  Moses – mark Trammel Quartet
  13. Love Still Flows – The Taylors
  14. What Kind of Man – Legacy Five
  15. This is The Place – Gaither Vocal Band
  16. A Rugged Old Cross – LeFevre Quartet
  17. You Are Loved – Jeff & Sheri Easter
  18. When the Answer is No – Talleys
  19. This Storm – Brian Free & Assurance
  20. Keep me Close – The Whisnants

Stolen cross returned to Digby church

A 100-year-old cross that was stolen has been returned according to a report published by StAlbertaToda.ca.

The Yarmouth Conty Vanguard reports the brass cross had been taken in a burglary around 10 a.m. Christmas Eve at the Trinity Anglican Church in Digby, N.S.  A press release issued by the RCMP says a woman brought the undamaged cross to the church and gave it to an employee.

PHOTO: Trinity Anglican Church, Digby, N.S.

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.

US agents investigating attacks against church buildings in Texas, reward offered

The FBI is trying to find out if four cases of church vandalism in El Paso, Texas are related. The latest incident happened Dec. 5. A criminal smashed windows at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.  Fire officials told the El Paso Times a small fire at the church that night appears to be intentionally set.

The church pastor posted on social media that no one was hurt.  He said federal agents are investigating the attack against the church as a hate crime.

Fernando Ceniseros, a spokesman for the Diocese of El Paso, encouraged anyone with information on the crime to reach out to the police, FBI, or Crime Stoppers.

“If you see something, if you know something or if you hear something we are asking our people to say something,” he said, according to the KVIA television.

The vandalism at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church includes the burning of a Bible, Satanic symbols left on church property and around $75,000 of non-specified destruction, according to a followup story from KVIA.

The FBI in September announced a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in previous attacks against church buildings in El Paso. Other rewards offered to help find the person or persons responsible bring the reward total to $15,000 for the arrest of those who are responsible.

Church in Ottawa welcomes refugees

A congregation in Ottawa puts love in action as it welcomes 28 people who fled growing violence in Congo.

Here’s the story from the CBC 

The Church’s web site says its Refugee Mission Program started in 2011 in consultation with the church council and the government of Canada. The church applied to the government and became a SAH (sponsorship agreement holder) in July 2012. That year, it worked with other SAH groups and shared the 5 allocated spaces with those groups.

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