Waco religion in brief: May 25, 2013

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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:01 am

The following churches are offering Vacation Bible School:

New Road Church of Christ, 3100 S. New Road, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 8, age 4 through grade 5. Call 752-0543.

First Baptist Church-Hewitt, 301 S. First St., 6:15-8:40 p.m. June 9-13, pre-k through grade 6. Register at www.fbc-hewitt.org.

First Baptist Church Woodway, 101 Ritchie Road, 9 a.m.-noon from June 10-14, age 4 through grade 6. Register at www.fbcwoodway.org/vbs.

Cogdell United Methodist Church, 1201 W. State Highway 6 frontage road, 6-9 p.m. July 21-25, age 5 through grade 6. Call 772-9549.

The 2013 District Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be held at the Bell County Expo Center located at 301 W. Loop 121 in Belton through Sunday.

At this year’s event, Bertran Bilton of the Waco Bellmead Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses will direct the play “Prepare Your Heart for the Trials Ahead,” based on the book of Esther from the Bible.

The cast is made up of congregants in the Greater Waco area.

The play is scheduled for 1:40 p.m., Sunday.There is no charge.

For more information, email Vince Ramirez at vxramirez1990@gmail.com.

WASHINGTON — The State Department has appointed a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism as a new report documents a global increase in incidents of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

Ira Forman, former CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council, was chosen as special envoy as the State Department released its annual report on religious freedom around the world. The report said expressions of anti-Semitism by government officials, religious leaders and the media were of great concern, particularly in Venezuela, Egypt and Iran. At times, the report said, such statements led to desecration and violence.

Secretary of State John Kerry called the report a “clear-eyed, objective look at the state of religious freedom around the world” and said that in some cases, the report criticizes U.S. allies and would-be allies.

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