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Community prayer for rain set Sunday

A community-wide prayer for rain, sponsored by Milam County Cowboy Church, has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, June 28 at Veterans Memorial Park in Rockdale, according to Fawn Simpson, spokesperson.

"People of all faiths and denominations are invited to join in this prayer for rain," she said.

Liberty church to host cemetery meeting July

The annual meeting of the Liberty Cemetery Association will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 5, at Liberty Community Church.

"Bring your picnic lunch and join us for a day of relaxing and renewing friendships," said Judy York, publicist.

Those unable to attend are asked to send their cemetery maintenance dues of $20 per individual plot to: Mrs. Frances Gilliland, 4856 FM 3242, Cameron TX 76520.

Food ministry taking orders for July issue

Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry of The Master's Gateway Church in Milano is taking food orders for July. Menus can be picked up at the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, City Hall or White's Leather Shop in Milano. Call 446-9140 or 446-9130 and leave a message or e-mail loave sandfishes@themastersgateway. com to request a menu and order form. Order deadline is July 10. Food pick-up date is July 25.

Food stamp orders can be placed in person at White's Leather Shop, 10 a.m. to noon weekdays (food stamp orders must be placed in person).

"This ministry does not require income qualification; everyone is welcome to order," said Rebecca Telg, publicist. "You receive $60 worth of food for $30, enough food to feed a family of 4 for one week. The menu includes meats, vegetables, pasta and more. Other optional boxes are available."

Financial Peace Univ. at Milano Church

MILANO—Master's Gateway Church in Milano will sponsor Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. Classes will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Cost is $99 and includes Ramsey's Financial Peace book, workbook, CDs of lessons, envelope system, lifetime membership and more.

To sign up or FMI, call 446- 9130 or e-mail Beverly@thema Deadline to register is July 17.

Allen AME's '135th' celebration Sunday

Allen AME Church, 216 East Third Street in Rockdale, will celebrate its 135th anniversary and homecoming at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28.

Speaker will be Pastor Thomas O'Quinn of Killeen. The public is invited, according to Allen AME Pastor George Morgan.

Barbecue, desserts cookoff to aid church

Rising Star Baptist Church has scheduled a barbecue and desserts cookoff to benefit its building fund.

The cookoff will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 18 on the church grounds, 1022 Texas Street in Rockdale.

Desserts—Entry fee is $5 per category for cakes, pies and cobblers. Turn-in time is noon.

Barbecue—Entry fee is $20 per category for chicken, ribs, brisket and beans. Turn-in times are: beans 1 p.m., chicken 2 p.m., ribs 3 p.m., brisket 4 p.m.

Entry fees must be paid before 9 a.m. on cookoff day. Alcohol is prohibited.

For more information call Lionel Washington at 512-429-0105 or Nathan Roberts at 661-305- 9562.

Monthly men's breakfast

An ecumenical Christian men's fellowship breakfast is held each second Tuesday, 7 to 8 a.m., the site rotating between several churches. All men of the Rockdale area are welcome. Next meeting will be July 14 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall.

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