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'Girls and Guys' conference Oct. 30-31 at First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church in Rockdale will host "The Truth About Guys and Girls Conference" on Oct. 30-31, Rev. Jack Chelf, pastor, has announced.
"This event is for any girls or boys in the sixth grade through 12th grade," he said. "All sessions will be 'girls only' or 'boys only' but will include similar teachings on sexual purity, moral purity, and how to deal with being pure in our world.
"Goal of the conference is to help youth see how God values and loves them, and explain the results of sin in a relationship," he said.
The girls' conference is titled "The Girl in the Mirror," featuring speakers from the Unlocking Femininity Gals of Fort Worth with worship music led by Annie Locke, also of Fort Worth.
The guys' conference is titled "Good Sex—The Way God Intended It To Be" and will be led by FBC Youth Minister Blake Gearhart with worship music led by Omari Head of Waco.
Anyone wishing to audit any of the sessions will be welcome. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, includes a free dinner, and will last until 11 p.m. The conference will resume at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 with a free breakfast and lunch and end at 5 p.m.
Youth must pre-register to attend but the conference is free. Contacts for registration or questions: Girls— Gaye Hawkins, 446-6454, hghawkins@gmail. com or Nancy McKee, 446-2855, email@example.com. Guys— Blake Gearhart, 446-5375, blake_ firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Paul blood drive planned October 25
THORNDALE—St. Paul Lutheran Church w ill host a Scott & White blood drive from 8 a.m. until noon Sunday, Oct. 25, with each donor to receive a pint of Blue Bell ice cream.
Donors will also receive a free bowl of queso from Rico's Restaurant, along with a T-shirt, a water bottle, a chance to win a $200 gift card to any merchant, donated by Advance Chiropractic, and other prizes. To pre-register, call 898-2711 not later than noon Thursday, Oct. 22.
CROP Hunger Walk scheduled Oct. 25th
Many area youth and adults will participate in the annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, starting and finishing at the Meadowbrook Baptist Church parking lot.
Sponsored by the Rockdale Ministerial Alliance, the 5K (3.1- mile) walk has a goal of 50 walkers to raise over $2,500 "to help stop hunger here in our community and around the world," said Gloria Thrasher, organizer. "Twenty-five percent of funds raised will go to the Rockdale Christian Services food pantry."
Rockdale will be among some 2,000 cities and towns in the U.S. joining together in interfaith community CROP Hunger Walks. Theme is "We Walk Because They Walk."
For more information call Thrasher at 446-7072 or go to w w w.cropwalkonline.org for donations.
Meadowbrook plans fall revival Oct. 25-28
Clyde Annadale, dramatist, will be at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Rockdale Sunday through Wednesday, Oct. 25-28, according to Rick Hertless, pastor.
Services for the revival will begin at 6:30 p.m. each night. "There will be lots of drama, music, games, hot dogs with chips and good old-fashioned fun," Hertless said.
St. Paul Lutheran chili supper Oct. 28
THORNDALE—St. Paul Lutheran School PTF will hold its 25th annual chili supper Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Fireman's Hall. Serving will begin at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the Family Activity Center. Special attractions include a silent auction, live auction, cake walk, children's games along with face painting, and a dessert sale of cakes, pies and homemade ice cream. Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening, according to Lori Fisher, publicist.
'Celebrate Recovery' meets each Tuesday
"Celebrate Recovery," a Biblical, balanced and non-denominational program to help people overcome "their hurts, habits and hang-ups," meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church. There is no cost. For more information, call Kenny Kilcrease at 446-6878.
Monthly men's breakfast Tuesday at St. John's
An ecumenical Christian men's fellowship breakfast is held each second Tuesday from 7 to 8 a.m., the site rotating between several local churches.
All men of the Rockdale area are welcome.
Women on Mission
Women on Mission of First Baptist Church met Oct. 7 for their monthly focus program, "Fire in the Desert," presented by Ramona Barlow and detailing work of missionaries Neftali Gomez and he wife and their ministry to the people of Las Vegas.
Sally Brumbelow led the prayer calendar for sub-Seharan Africa and the missionaries who work there. Others attending were Myrtle Love, Elaine Simpson, Faye Simpson and Mary Lois Morgan.