CHURCH NEWSFirst Baptist lists Christmas services
Master’s Music Makers, the children’s choir of First Baptist Church, will present its Christmas musical during morning worship service at 11 a.m. this Sunday, Dec. 6.
Rev. Jack Chelf, pastor, announced other Christmas services and events for First Baptist as follows:
• The Sanctuary Choir will present its Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 13 during the 11 a.m. service.
• The annual All-Church Christmas Party will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 including a visit by Santa Claus. Each child fifth grade and under will receive a gift.
• Birthday Party for Jesus will be Sunday, Dec. 20 during the Sunday School hour starting at 9:45 a.m. The party is for preschoolers through fifth grade.
• FBC’s seventh annual Candlelight Christmas Eve Service will be held at 5:30 p.m. and dismiss by 6:15 “Plan to bring your Christmas guests,” Rev. Chelf said.
Bible College classes now offered locally
Grace Vineyard Ministries is making available to this area Andrew Wommack’s Charis Bible College one-year correspondence classes. Local classes will begin in January and be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (schedule tentative) at the Rockdale Outreach Center.
Signup deadline is Jan. 10. For more information, call Gunar or Shirley Gerthe at 446-3003 or 512-496-7769.
Christmas events set at St. John’s UMC
Christmas events at St. John’s United Methodist Church, all open to the public, have been announced by Rev. John Warren, pastor, as follows:
• Sunday, Dec. 13—Children’s Christmas program in fellowship hall during 11 a.m. worship hour. Children and youth, under the direction of Deborah Bland, will conduct the program including an original drama, “Where was Satan when the Christ Child was born?”
• Sunday, Dec. 13—Caroling at Renaissance Villa, 2:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 17—Adult Christian Fellowship Christmas party at church parsonage, 6:30.
• Sunday, Dec. 20—St. John’s Chancel Choir, Melanie Todd, director, will present its cantata, “Rise Up! A New Light A-Comin’,” during the 11 a.m. service.
• Sunday, Dec. 20, pastor’s open house, parsonage, 2-5 p.m.
• Sunday, Dec. 20, hayride and caroling, 5:30 p.m.
Forest Grove pageant a musical production
Forest Grove Christian Church invites the public to its Christmas pageant, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, said Brandon Navarre, minister.
“We will begin with the children’s portion, followed by the adults,” he said. “The pageant is a musical set in a small-town square as a local church choir gets ready for its Christmas presentation. Several stories emerge,” the minister explained, “all to find out that giving is what Christmas is all about, and God gave the greatest gift of all – His Son, who brings us a gift we didn’t deserve – salvation.”
Forest Grove’s congregation will also be caroling at 6 p.m. Dec. 12, 18 and 23 at Brookshire Bros. and Wal-Mart. Voices from the community are invited to join in, Navarre said.
‘Christmas for Kids’ delivery day Friday
Southern Comfort Ministry for Milam County Cowboy Church is sponsoring a donation drive, “Christmas for Kids,” for children of the Rockdale ISD, according to spokesperson Darlene Applegate. They are accepting items such as coats, hoodies, sweaters, new underwear for elementary-age students, socks for all ages and cash. Delivery date will be Friday, Dec. 11. For more information, call Applegate at 446-2835.
San Gabriel CYF sets Christmas program
Christian Youth Fellowship of San Gabriel Christian Church will present a Christmas program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, said Billy Bob Cox, church evangelist. The program will be held in the church auditorium, 184 CR 421 in the San Gabriel community.
“The program will feature the Christmas story in drama and song presented by children and youth involved in Wednesday night CYF,” Cox said. “There will also be participation by all in attendance in singing some wellknown Christmas songs.”
CYF is a weekly program of San Gabriel Christian during the school year, featuring classes for students K-12th grade as well as music and crafts. Each week’s activities begin with supper at 6 p.m. followed by classes and recreation at 6:30, praise and worship at 7:30. The program ends by 8 p.m. and is open to all children and youth in the area.
Men’s breakfast Jan. 12 at St. John’s UMC
A community men’s Christian fellowship breakfast is held from 7 to 8 a.m. each second Tuesday, rotating between local churches. Next breakfast will be Jan. 12 at St. John’s United Methodist.
‘Dollar Days’ at RCS Continue on Wednesday
Heavenly Treasures Thrif t Store is not having it’s monthly “Bag Sale” during November and December, spokesperson Rachel Lopez said. Instead, there are “Dollar Days” every Wednesday of those months.
On those Wednesdays, Heavenly Treasures will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Dollar Days” means all clothing and other merchandise can be purchased for $1 per item, Lopez said.
The store is located at 233 N. Main Street in Rockdale. Regular store hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. “We gladly accept your donations on any of those days,” Lopez said.
Presbyterian women selling 2nd cookbook
Women of First Presbyterian Church (WOC) are now selling Volume Two of their A Taste of Heaven cookbook.
Anyone interested in purchasing a book for $8 should call Sara Bandy, 446-3332. Proceeds will be placed in the fund-raising account for special needs.
The WOC meet monthly on the third Tuesday for business and Bible study. This year the study is from the Book of Joshua entitled “A Journey of Faith.” Contact Sara Bandy, 446-3332 for time and place of the next meeting. All women are welcome.—Annette Griesbach, publicity
Aglow Lighthouse sets meeting on Thursday
Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at Rockdale General Store, located just west of Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home.
“The meeting will be a time of sharing, finger foods will be provided and everyone is invited to attend and bring a guest,” said Mary and Betty Amerson, spokespersons. For more information call 254-931-1481.
Women on Mission hold monthly study
Women on Mission of First Baptist Church met Dec. 2 for monthly prayer for foreign missions. Ramona Barlow led the program, “Who’s Missing, Who’s Mission” and members had parts on the program.
Faye Simpson read the names of missionaries having birthdays and Margaret Havel led in prayer for missionaries. Others attending were Mary Lois Morgan, Ann Sonntag, Elaine Simpson, Dr. Lucile Estell and Myrtle Love. Dr. Estell will continue the study of the book of Esther on Dec. 17. Everyone is invited to attend this study at the church.—Myrtle Love, reporter