Local church dedicates flag flown in Afghanistan
A special flag dedication will take place during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at St. Paul Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 11.
The flag to be dedicated was flown on Feb. 11, over the new Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The flag was sent to St. Paul by Captain Brian Stancoven in appreciation for the many Care Packages sent to our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
All local military personnel and families of active duty military personnel, as well as all local veterans are invited at attend this special dedication (veterans are urged to wear their uniforms). A special tribute will also be paid to mothers on this, their day.
St. Paul Episcopal Church is located at 1401 W. Park Ave. in Orange.

Free poetry contest open
A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a religious poetry contest sponsored by Famous Poets. There will be a total of 50 prizes, totaling $5,000. The deadline for entering is May 10, 2008.
To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 1626 N. Wilcox Ave. #126, Hollywood, CA 90028. Applicants can also enter at www.famouspoets.com. There is no cost to enter.
Be sure your name and address appears on the page with your poem. If you wish a winner’s list, enclose a return envelope.
Says Poetry Editor Lavender Aurora, “We are helping poetry, the Cinderella of the Arts, find her glass slipper,”

Another poetry contest
A $1000.00 grand prize is being offered in a special religious poetry contest sponsored by the New Jersey Rainbow Poets, free to everyone. There are 50 prizes in all totaling almost $5,000.00. The deadline for entering is June 14, 2008.
To enter, send one poem only of 21 lines of less: Free Poetry Contest, 103 N. Wood Ave #32, Linden, NJ 07036. Or enter on-line www.rainbowpoets.com
“We think great religious poems can inspire achievement,” says Fred Young, the organization’s Contest Director. “Our desire is to inspire amateur poets and we think this competition will accomplish that. Texas has produced many wonderful poets over the years and we’d like to discover new ones from among the Bridge City-area grassroots poets.”
Be sure your name and address appears on the page with your poem. If you wish a winner’s list please enclose a stamped return envelope.

St. Paul starts new chapter in history
St. Paul United Methodist Church in Bridge City will hold a ground breaking service at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 11, at their future location, 155 W. Roundbunch. The property was dedicated last fall, and construction of the new church is projected to begin May 15.
Members and friends will meet at the new site to celebrate the ground breaking of a new chapter of their church history. St. Paul’s history began in a rented building on the corner of Hwy 87 and Roundbunch in Bridge City where the Shell Sevice Station is presently located.
In 1944, they moved across the street into a tent at 120 Bland. Once there, they purchased a white frame building for worship.
In 1961, they build the A-framed building which stood for 46 years at the corner of E.Roundbunch and Bland.
They presently meet in their Family Life Center at the same location.
St. Paul wishes to thank the community for its support and prayers and invite all to chare the celebration of a new beginning.