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MPACT youth share faith as they made repairs across Forestburg, Saint Jo

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BARBARA GREEN
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Summer fun for teenagers is usually associated with lake activities or family vacations, but for a large group of nearly 300 youth, they spent a week doing community projects in Forestburg and Saint Jo.
MPACT Missions’ goal is to make people aware of “Christ’s truth” by partnering with local churches to provide a safe, but challenging week for students to serve others in community projects and share the gospel. MPACT was founded by Pastor Mark McBride, who came to lead the First Baptist Church of Saint Jo last November. He grew up in Paradise, so he is familiar with the rural communities of North Texas.
McBride and another youth leader brought their teens together in the summer of 1997 to bring the mission team to help in Georgetown. At the time McBride was a youth pastor at First Baptist in Highland Village.
“We wanted to make people aware of Christ’s truth and do a mission project in the summer. First we did it in the other minister’s town one year and my town the next. We started with about 80 kids, but then pushed it to a high of 400 during some years. Since COVID it has been 250-260,” explained McBride.
Youth come from all over the state from as far south as Corpus Christi, west to El Dorado, to Austin and Huntsville. The director says there are people who have attended previously and newcomers creating a unique variety of participants. Contact may come through the website, churches, past guests and other media. The program takes place the second full week of June, and organizers are always looking for towns to host events.

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Trimming bushes, mowing and tree trimming were some of the main projects.
Community members and members of local churches helped prepare meals for the MPACT team.
Each day there was time set aside for worship for the teams. (Courtesy photos)
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UIL maps out the ladies championships

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The top 24 girls #txhshoops teams are headed to the Alamodome this week for the #UILState Girls Basketball Championships!

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The slate of teams include the Nocona High School Lady Indians.

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How to Guide helps you know the facts and choose wisely

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Inside the mid-week Bowie News find the How To Guide offering tips and guidance to make a selection of a service or a professional. Helpful information for your family.

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‘Light Through a Lens’ show reception to open

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The team at Davis & Blevins Gallery in Saint Jo will showcase the new work of eight talented photographers for the first show of 2024, “Light Through A Lens.”
This marks the gallery’s seventh annual photography-centric show and sale. It will hang through March 31 with the celebratory artist’s reception 1-4 p.m. on March 2.
This year’s show features the works of Kelly Yandell, Dave Shafer, Emily McCartney Eiguren, Debra Fox, Tim Newton, Katie Sickles Rust, Craig Nadziejka and Willetta Crowe.
Davis & Blevins is located on the town square in Saint Jo.

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