Saturday, February 23, 2013

Downtown churches in frenzy of renovation

From Texas-

If area churches have anything to say about it, Tyler is getting renovated.

Three churches in downtown Tyler, Christ Episcopal Church, Marvin United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Tyler are coming together to host the Renovation Tyler conference on March 2, in an unusual blend of Christian denominations.

The hope is the ideas and inspiration presented at the conference will spark the “renovation,” leaders said.

“From the beginning, the thing that excited us was different denominations coming together to do something for the body of Christ,” Pike Wisner, pastor of First Baptist, said. “This is for Christians who want to grow in the faith and learn to live like Jesus.”

The event will be at Marvin, and doors open at 8:15 a.m. Award-winning songwriter Kyle Matthews will lead opening worship at 9 a.m.

Richard Foster will speak about “The Nature of God’s Kingdom: A Reign of Grace,” at 9:25 a.m.

Foster is an internationally known writer and speaker, and his book “Celebration of Discipline,” has sold more than 1 million copies and was named by Christianity Today as one of the Top 10 books of the 20th century.

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