The author of that Spanish biography is Dr. Hugo Magallanes, an Associate Professor of Christianity and Cultures at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Magallanes is this year’s guest lecturer at the 13th annual Faith Alive preaching series, created in honor of the late Henry C. and Novie McGrede, long time members of First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs.
The four sermons, scheduled for Sunday, April 26, and Monday, April 27, will focus on the theme of the Church’s moral responsibility and the Gospel of Luke.”
According to Russell Floyd, FUMC Senior Pastor, Dr. Magallanes is both an informative lecturer and accomplished writer. Dr. Magallanes is co-editor of a publication “Jesus in the Hispanic Community: Christology from a Latin Perspective.”
“We extend an invitation to all the community to come and hear the sermons from Dr. Magallanes. Our Faith Alive preaching series, now in its second decade, provides an opportunity to hear about living out our faith from a variety of cultural perspectives,” Rev. Floyd said.
The series begins Sunday morning at both the 8:30 and 10:45 services with the sermon: “Jesus Calls—How Do We Respond?”
During the 7 p.m. service, Dr. Magallanes will present “A Compassionate Response.”
On Monday, the noon service is highlighted by a presentation “The Good Samaritan: Our Christian Responsibility for the World,” and a free community luncheon will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.
The event concludes Monday evening with Dr. Magallanes’ talk on “An Incomplete Banquet: Who are the Special Guests?”
Dr. Magallanes is an ordained elder in the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was instrumental in establishing the first Hispanic UMC in the state of Georgia. He came to the position at Perkins School of Theology in June 2007.
The annual Faith Alive preaching series is held in honor of Henry C. and Novie McGrede, who were born in Longview in 1891 and 1892, respectively. They were known to be childhood sweethearts and married in 1912. The couple became active in First United Methodist Church in Longview, where Henry McGrede served as superintendent of the Sunday School.
They came to Sulphur Springs in 1926, and they entered the Coca-Cola business. They also joined First United Methodist Church, where both were active in church affairs.
Henry McGrede served as chair of the church board, and in numerous other capacities through the years, including president of the Bishop Ward class when a goal of “100 men in attendance for 100 Sundays” was established.
He was also a member of the board of directors of Methodist Hospital in Dallas for 19 years. Novie McGrede was active in the Woman’s Society and Sunday School programs. Henry McGrede died in 1978, and Novie McGrede in 1989.
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