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In home church, archbishop dons his symbol of office from Rome

CHICAGO — After a circle of white wool was placed around his shoulders to symbolize his role as shepherd of the local church, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich called the garment a constant reminder that he and his flock should reach out to those who are broken and suffering. Called a pallium, the garment has a rich history in the Catholic Church, and the ceremony took a different turn for Cupich and his congregation because of a decision by Pope Francis earlier this year to bestow the vestment in the archbishop’s home church, not in Rome.

Progressive hosts clothing giveaway

SHERMAN — Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 1101 E. Houston St., Sherman, will be giving away new and slightly used household items and clothing for men, women, and children from 7 a.m. until noon Saturday at the church. The church will also be offering prayers and counseling Saturday.

Mt. Olive celebrate women’s day

DENISON — The women’s department of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 49th women’s day with guest speaker Minister Sarah Goodman of New Hope Christian Fellowship of Denison at the 11 a.m. service and guest speaker Pastor David Moore of St. James Baptist Church of Honey Grove at the 3 p.m. service.

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Payne Chapel has lay day

SHERMAN — Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church will have its annual lay day program at 3 p.m. Sunday with guest preacher the Rev. Alonzo McLean of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The theme is, “You and Your Spiritual Gift,” based on 1 Peter 4:10.

Houser, organizer of an early Freedom Ride, dies at 99

George Houser, a white Methodist minister who helped lead an interracial bus trip across the segregated South in 1947, an act of nonviolent resistance that years later inspired the better known Freedom Rides that stirred the civil rights movement, died Aug. 19 in Santa Rosa, California. He was 99.