Saturday, August 29, 2009

After growing up Amish, couple finds a new life in faith

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The decision to leave wasn't simple, but it was right.
'It meant leaving my family and everything I knew,' said Barbara Keim of Temple. 'But I had found the Lord and wanted to live the life He wanted me to. That meant leaving my Amish community.'
The year was 1995. She was 23 and didn't have a college education. She had some work experience, but it was limited.
'I was a waitress, and I taught for seven years in the Amish school,' Mrs. Keim said. 'That was after I graduated the eighth grade.'
Her faith helped her make the transition from Amish to modern-day American. The only encouragement she needed was from the Bible.
'Jesus died on the cross to take my sins away,' she said. 'That's not something you can earn. It's yours for the taking, it's a gift, it's something greater than you are.'
It didn't take her long to learn that lesson.

Woman ends first year as Baptist pastor

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Sunday will be a special occasion for Meadow Oaks Baptist Church in Temple
The congregation will be celebrating its first anniversary with the Rev. Lillian Hinds as senior pastor.
Her gender is what makes the occasion noteworthy.
'Having a female senior pastor is unique in Baptist life,' said Tom Henderson, mission director at the Bell Baptist Association.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Temple native enjoys the limelight

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The verdict's in.
'The movie stuck close to history,' said Bryan Burrough, author of 'Public Enemies,' the non-fiction book that provided the basis for this summer's blockbuster about John Dillinger. 'I loved it.'
So did his parents, Mary and John 'Mac' Burrough of Temple.
'It was exciting every bit of the way,' Mrs. Burrough said.
They got to accompany their son, his wife and children to the June 24 world premiere of the film at Mann's Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif.
'It was a two-day whirlwind,' Burrough said.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Group wants to help families of inmates

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Prison doesn't just affect the inmates.
'It can be just as bad for their families,' said Dr. Weldon Bowling, a licensed professional counselor from Harker Heights.
When people are incarcerated, their families have got to go on with the rest of their lives.
'They've got to work, get educated and try to maintain a relationship with the person behind bars,' Bowling said. 'And there's medical issues to contend with, for the person in prison and for those outside.'
Bowling, whose son is imprisoned for narcotics use, said these issues can be problematic for families involved with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
That's why he wants to start a Bell County branch of the Texas Inmate Families Association. The goal is to break the cycle of crime by strengthening families through education, support and advocacy.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

On the runway: Temple native designs a way to get on TV

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

She says she has a dark nature.
'I like things that are spooky and creepy,' said Carrie Jackson of Dallas, one of the 16 fashion designers who will appear in the new season of Lifetime's 'Project Runway.' 'I'm also a horror film fanatic, and I am always collecting weird doll parts.'
So for Internet chat rooms and social networking sites, she wanted a screen name that would fit her 'twisted, quirky personality.'
'I went with Louise Black,' Mrs. Jackson said. 'Louise is my middle name, and Black fits me.'
She liked her online identity so well it became her professional pseudonym. The clothes she designs and sells come under the label of Louise Black - and that's the name she'll be competing under on 'Project Runway.'
Her parents, Patricia and Rueben Harrell of Temple, can't wait to see the Thursday's show premiere.
'It'll be a fun day,' Mrs. Harrell said. 'We've been looking forward to it for so long.'

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Revive us again . . .

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The revival is Protestant Christian in nature - but how, when and where it is celebrated depends on who you ask.
Each denomination has its own style of revival, but some elements are the same, no matter what church you attend.
There's always prayer, a speaker, singing and scripture reading.
'It is meant to draw people in the church and revive the ones who are already there,' said the Rev. Roscoe Harrison, pastor of Eighth Street Baptist Church in Temple. 'It renews us as Christians and gives us the strength to continue our work for the Lord.
'A lot of people get burned out on their faith - even pastors. When someone new comes in to speak, there's the same message with a fresh energy and fresh perspective. It lets us recharge our focus.'

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Woman surprised after dinner with award

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The night was nothing she expected.
At first, Lisa Griffin of Nolanville thought she was attending the July meeting of the American Business Women's Association as the guest of a friend - Bonnie Hunt of Temple.
'At least that's what I thought when I agreed to go,' Ms. Griffin said laughing.
But Ms. Hunt had a plot. The club needed a guest speaker for the evening's program, so Ms. Hunt asked Ms. Griffin if she'd mind giving an impromptu presentation.
'There wasn't much notice,' Ms. Griffin said. 'I was invited two weeks beforehand, but it was one or two days before the meeting when that part came up.'
Ms. Griffin hesitated.
'I don't care for public speaking,' she said. 'I don't like being in front of a crowd, but I thought about it. The ABWA is a good group, and Bonnie's my friend. So I agreed to do it.'
Ms. Griffin's surprise program was on organizational storytelling.

Sea shells out lessons

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Debbie Potts of Temple watched Luke, her seizure-prone son, suffer through brain surgery after brain surgery.
He was afraid, but she saw him face the challenge and overcome it. So she wrote a story about hope.
Connie Weeks of Austin is the mother of Elliott, a marine who's served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
She spent more nights than she cares to remember in tears, praying he'd come home safe. Though bullets fired all around him, his only word to his mother was that he was proud to be serving his country. So she painted a sea at battle in a storm and at peace in the sun.
Each mother created a survivor - and together they created 'Ocean Surprises,' a children's book that teaches the merits of courage.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Area revivalists pray for God's presence at meeting

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Revival is here.
'And the speed is picking up,' said Pat Dalrymple, coordinator of the Central Texas Prayer Network. 'It's like someone's putting a foot on the gas petal.'
Her remarks opened the Aug. 4 prayer rally at St. James United Methodist Church in Temple. More than 30 people from 12 churches attended to praise Jesus in anticipation of the upcoming Just Give Me Jesus revival.
More than 11,000 people are registered to attend, and at least 700 of those are from the Temple-Belton area.
Part of the revival's attraction is its keynote speaker - Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of Billy Graham the evangelist. Her last Texas program took place in 2004 near Dallas.
'She's an outstanding speaker and a strong Christian,' said Lynn Ringstaff of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple. 'She has a God-given gift of bringing the spirit of revival wherever she goes. It'll bring more hearts to Jesus, and I want to be a part of it.'

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Girls rock!: Sales help families with sick children

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Earlier this year, they made a 100 on their science test about rocks.
Then the two friends had an idea: 'Why don't we collect them and sell them?'
So this past Easter, Haily Dyer, 8, and Kennedy Cox, 9, went to work. They hunted high and low for cool-looking rocks.
'I looked at our school (Kennedy-Powell), in my back yard and at my grandpa's ranch,' Miss Cox said. 'There's all kinds of rocks in regular dirt.'
And Miss Dyer, she said she's found some.
'But most of the time I help Kennedy polish the ones she found,' Miss Dyer said.
Once the girls collected rock No. 50, they decided it was time to start selling.
Big rocks the size of volleyballs cost $10, medium ones the size of softballs cost $5 and little ones cost $1.
'And the money, we thought could go to the Ronald McDonald House,' Miss Cox said. 'I live really close to it, and I think it's nice that families can stay their while the kids who are injured or ill are in the hospital.'