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Community Thanksgiving service attended by 150

Reporter/Bill Cooke

Rising Star Baptist Church choir, directed by Joann Bradford, provided special music at community Thanksiving service. Reporter/Bill Cooke Rising Star Baptist Church choir, directed by Joann Bradford, provided special music at community Thanksiving service. Reporter/Bill Cooke Rockdale's annual Community Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance, drew an attendance of about 150 persons Tuesday, Nov. 24 at St. John's United Methodist Church.

The evening's offering totaled $516, according to Rev. Jan Campbell, treasurer for the Ministerial Alliance. That will be split between the Rockdale Christian Services food pantry, and radio station KRXT to pay for air time for the Alliance's morning "prayer for kids" held before each school day, she said.

Brandon Navarre, Forest Grove Christian Church minister, delivered the Thanksgiving message.

Special music was presented by a Rockdale ISD school choir, directed by Mary Ray, and the Rising Star Baptist Church choir, directed by Joann Bradford.

Earl Presley, minister of First Christian Church, led the congregational singing.

Others on the program were Rev. John Warren, pastor, St. John's UMC, welcome and announcements; Rev. Rick Hertless, pastor, Meadowbrook Baptist Church and Ministerial Alliance president, call to worship, responsive reading and reading of proclamation by Rockdale Mayor John Shoemake; Rev. Harvey Wampler, pastor, First Assembly of God, old testament reading; Rev. Royal Johnson, pastor, Rising Star Baptist Church, prayer for the nation; Rev. Campbell, pastor, Peace Lutheran Church, gospel reading; and Harry Stephenson, minister, Rockdale Christian Church, benediction.

Brandon Navarre, minister of Forest Grove Christian Church, delivered the message at annual community service. Brandon Navarre, minister of Forest Grove Christian Church, delivered the message at annual community service. Following the service, the Ministerial Alliance hosted a social in the church fellowship hall, with cookies, coffee and punch provided.


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