The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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July 3, 2014

Our Town: Community prayer event set Friday at courthouse

PALESTINE — A special Fourth of July community prayer event is planned at the Anderson County Courthouse Square.

A gathering at the flagpole will be held at noon Friday for all who wish to pray for the city, county, state and nation, local spokesperson Ann Wilbourn said.

The prayer event is part of a national prayer initiative titled “7 7 7: An Urgent Call to Prayer” from Billy Graham's daughter, evangelist Anne Graham Lotz. According to the “Call to Pray” agenda for the prayer event, people were asked to pray for each of the first seven days in the seventh month (July), then on the seventh day, Monday, July 7, to pray and fast for seven hours.

“This is not about promoting anything or anyone. This is all about calling God's people together to pray, before it's too late, and judgment falls on our nation,” Lotz said in a letter to Christian Broadcasting Network Chairman Pat Robertson, host of “The 700 Club.”

In Palestine, the prayer list includes praying for: elected officials on a local, state and national level, the military and their families; orphans, widows, poor and the sick; missionaries worldwide; public schools, teachers and students; marriages and families; Refuge of Light and all other ministries rescuing children of sex-traffickers; and more.

For more information about the “7 7 7: An Urgent Call to Prayer” initiative or for free prayers for each day, visit


Preserving Old Photos

Genealogist Betsy House Mills will present a lecture “Identifying Old Photographs: Preserving and Sharing” during the East Texas Genealogical Society's monthly meeting on Saturday, July 12. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at Taylor Auditorium at the Tyler Public Library, located at 201 S. College Ave. in Tyler.

Those attending will learn how to solve the puzzle of those old family photographs by analyzing the type of photograph, the people in the photograph, the fashions and styles in the photography and other often-missed clues. They also will learn how to preserve family photos by scanning and sharing them.

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