Tom Popelka Ministries hasn’t missed a trip to Russia since 1994 — but it will this year because of COVID-19 and other factors. The ministry is, however, still collecting funds for its annual gift distribution for needy children.

There is a time when we are on opposing sides but at the end of the day, we come together with more in common than differences. We come together as one.

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No matter your political leanings, you should pray for our President and all in the Executive Branch. You should pray for Congress and all in the Legislative Branch. You should pray for our Judges and all in the Judicial Branch.

Alexis Giron, 10, of Belton holds her kitten, Izzy, under her jacket as she waits her turn to have her pet blessed during the annual Blessing of Animals last Saturday in the Garden Chapel at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Temple.

The Rev. David Krause, center, opens with prayer and a reading during the annual Blessing of the Animals event last Saturday in the Garden Chapel at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Temple. The annual Blessing of the Animals event is held each year in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, the pat…

Power Source Music Nashville listed the work of local country music artist Julie Reese at the top of its Christian Country Top 100 list for September.

A Faith Fest featuring multiple musical acts will take place Sunday, Oct. 4, at Yettie Polk Park in Belton. The event is organized by Bill Phillips, who got the idea after the Belton Senior Activity Center closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is a place for reasoning and logic in problem-solving, but there will be times that we must “turn off our brain” and “turn on our heart” and put our trust in the Lord.