Category: Faith

Providence Christian School Debuts Renovated Great Hall


With trumpets, handbells, and hearts full of gratitude, Providence Christian School of Texas opened and dedicated its renovated Great Hall, one of the most significant spaces on the School's campus.

Built in 1957 as Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, this 14,000-square-foot historic building is still being used today for Chapel services and much more. Providence purchased the property in 1999 and proceeded to renovate the campus, but little was done, until now, to update the Great Hall.

Pastors To Swap Pulpits on Sunday


Pastors from Park Cities Baptist Church and Concord Church in southern Oak Cliff will swap pulpits this Sunday as part of their ongoing joint efforts to bring racial reconciliation to the city of Dallas.

Bryan Carter, senior pastor of Concord Church, will preach at 10:45 a.m. at Park Cities Baptist, bringing a message titled "Peace Maker."

HPUMC Expands Reach With The Grove


Hundreds turn out for the first service at the Grove. (Alyssa Grace Photography)

In a city famous for having a house of faith on nearly every street corner, The Grove Church stands out mostly for the number of early adherents.

The first formal service, held Oct. 22, drew about 600 people, campus pastor the Rev. Stephen Lohoefer said.

“We had a lot of people standing,” he said. “It was a great ‘problem.’”

Mercy Street Founder Trey Hill Begins Transition to Park Cities Presbyterian


Trey Hill

During the next nine months, Mercy Street founder Trey Hill will gradually step into a new role: senior director of urban missions at Park Cities Presbyterian Church.

"God has planted a deep burden in me to care for the poor and marginalized in our city," Hill said. "For the last 15 years, I have been seeking to do that by investing in the futures of kids from west Dallas. In this new role, I will be pursuing the calling but taking a broader look at the issues of justice and mercy in the whole city of Dallas."

Carillonneurs to Converge in Dallas


Highland Park United Methodist Church’s bourdon, midrange, and treble bells hang in the belfry. (Photo: Chirag Sainju)

Late one afternoon, John Acker unlocked the back door of Highland Park United Methodist Church, walked through the sanctuary, climbed the stairs to the balcony, then mounted a perilously narrow 38-step spiral staircase to reach the carillon keyboard that controls 48 bronze bells in the belfry.

In 1984, when it was installed, the four-octave Porter Memorial Carillon was the largest in Texas. Its lowest bass bell, the bourdon, weighs 2 1/2 tons and highest treble bell, 28 pounds.

Replacement of the instrument cast in the three-centuries-old foundry Fonderie Paccard would cost an estimated three quarters of a million dollars.

HP Presbyterian Plans Open-Concept Renovation

From left, Rev. Bryan Dunagan and Clay Sell. (Photo: Lorelei Day)

On Sunday mornings at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, traffic inside can seem almost as bad as on the roads used to get there.

While church members can’t do much to solve Dallas thoroughfares and expressways, they have plans for improving the flow inside for those headed to worship and Bible study.

The Campus Vision plan calls for adding 35,000 square feet and renovating the 190,000-square-foot site. On the west block, 1.5 acres of open landscape will sit above a 350-spot underground parking lot.

Additions include an open central gathering area, new children and student areas, and more classrooms, offices, and meeting rooms. Renovations will address overall flow with new lighting, windows, and other updates.

Sharing God and Dog


Rev. William Miller and his dog, Nawiliwili Nelson, visit with their friend, Kevin Thornton, of Fort Worth. (Courtesy William Miller)

On a trip that will take them from the Abita Brewery near New Orleans to Mount View Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas, Rev. Bill Miller and Nawiliwili Nelson are having one last “howlelujah.”

‘Wili,’ Miller’s 12-year-old terrier mix, is hoping to hit all his “barket” list items as his days on Earth are drawing to an end. Almost a year ago, the dog was diagnosed with cancer and has outlived his prognosis several times over.

“I remember the day he got sick,” Miller said. “I broke down and sobbed, because Wili and I have an unbelievable bond.”

Thanksgiving Service at NorthPark Presbyterian


While Thanksgiving is a national holiday, the tradition of giving thanks at the end of the harvest is a religious event celebrated worldwide. The practice of giving thanks in November is in fact quite biblical. Scripture abounds with thanksgiving to God, for thanksgiving is part of the Christian way of life, no matter our circumstances.

We invite you to join us Tuesday Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. for NorthPark Presbyterian’s Service of Thanksgiving and Gratitude – an evening worship service in celebration of the blessings God has provided.

Communion will be served. All are welcome at the Lord’s table as we praise God and give thanks for the gift of grace.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
—Philippians 4:6