Across the Nation: A 50th anniversary, a cult for the immunocompromised and faster takes

Across the Nation is our monthly digest of news stories, links and quotes from Churches of Christ across the United States. Do you have an idea for this column? Email Audrey Jackson at [email protected]

Featured image (above): Members and guests from near and far gather at the Prestoncrest Church of Christ in Dallas on March 27 to celebrate its half century of existence. Founded in 1972 by 33 families from five Churches of Christ – Lake Highlands, Skillman Avenue, Preston Road, Webb Chapel and Waterview congregations – Prestoncrest Church now has 1,500 members.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary with the theme ‘Because of Him’, Prestoncrest Minister John Scott Davis led the congregation singing ‘All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name’. The members also sang this hymn at the first meeting of the Prestoncrest Church. After the worship assembly, participants gathered outside under white tents to share memories and a communion meal.

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FLORENCE— A severe storm recently caused extensive damage to the Cornerstone Church of Christ building.

No one was hurt, but the church expects to be out of the building for at least a year, Cornerstone elder Charles Haddock said. The Christian Chronicle.

The Cornerstone Church of Christ in Florence, Alabama, expects repairs to its building to take at least a year.

Cornerstone had canceled its Wednesday evening Bible study ahead of expected storms, so only three people were in the building – safely hidden in the basement – ​​when it was hit by straight-line winds of 90 mph.

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SEW – Eight cadets from the US Military Academy sang, read scriptures and preached for the Pitman Road Church of Christ.

US Military Academy cadets lead worship at Pitman Road Christ Church.

US Military Academy cadets lead worship at Pitman Road Christ Church.

They were in the southern New Jersey area on their spring retreat. Luke Olley and Brianna Peoples – two of the West Point cadets who visited – are members of the Pitman Road Church.

The congregation hosted a barbecue after the service. In a subsequent devotional, the cadets, church youth group, and members answered the question, “What is my favorite scripture, and why?” »


A private viewing room limits James Cochran's exposure to germs at the church.

A private viewing room limits James
Cochran’s germ exposure at the church.

HAYESVILLE — When James Cochran’s doctor advised him to avoid public places during his chemotherapy, his congregation made sure he could still attend worship.

The Hayesville Church of Christ banded together after hearing about Cochran’s situation.

The congregation built a sealed room inside the auditorium with a large glass window, allowing Cochran and his wife, Nancy, to participate in worship and fellowship safely.

“We miss the hugs, but at least we can see them,” church member Mary Cain said.


MURFREESBORO — The North Boulevard Church of Christ has set out to raise $5 million to make disciples “near, here and far” through its New Day Vision.

The actual amount collected far exceeded that.

“We received $12,134,076.46 in pledges,” said John Magnuson, communications minister for North Boulevard. This news was announced during the church’s recent “celebration Sunday”.

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Oklahoma Christian Academy students celebrate winning the State Academic Bowl title.

High school students at Oklahoma Christian Academy, which is associated with the Churches of Christ, earned 2022 Academic Bowl State Champion honors in their division. The teenagers shared their experiences of the season with Edmond Academy High School during a special chapel.

APPOINTED: Christine Merideth as Director of Advancement at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City.

HIRING: Shane J. Mushonga as Senior Minister of New Braunfels Church of Christ in Texas. Mike Baker as a minister of the Green Hill Church of Christ in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Chris Bobo as a preacher at Wartrace Church of Christ in Tennessee. Matt Jones as minister of Mercedes Drive Church of Christ in Vance, Ala. Derek Drake as Church Relations Manager for World Bible School based in Cedar Park, Texas. Noah Jordan as Youth Minister for Rose Hill Church of Christ in Columbus, Ga. Russell Wyatt as Outreach Minister for Church Street Church of Christ in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

HONORED: CeCe Spencer and John Allen Thomas as Mr. and Mrs. Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, for the 2021-22 academic year.

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