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First Baptist lists Christmas services

CARDS FOR WOUNDED—Members of Lexington First Christian Church adult Sunday school class signed Christmas cards for recovering American soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, during their Sunday class. Class members sent Christmas greetings and thanked them for their service. From left are Jimmy Hooper, Sam Scoggins (foreground), Ricky Hooper, Paul VanDorn and Kay VanDorn. CARDS FOR WOUNDED—Members of Lexington First Christian Church adult Sunday school class signed Christmas cards for recovering American soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, during their Sunday class. Class members sent Christmas greetings and thanked them for their service. From left are Jimmy Hooper, Sam Scoggins (foreground), Ricky Hooper, Paul VanDorn and Kay VanDorn. Rev. Jack Chelf, pastor, has announced Christmas services and events for First Baptist Church as follows:

• Birthday Party for Jesus, Sunday, Dec. 20 during Sunday School hour starting at 9:45 a.m., for pre-schoolers 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.

Milano First Baptist yule bazaar Saturday

‘TIS THE SEASON—Carolers from Forest Grove Christian Church serenaded shoppers Saturday evening at Brookshire Bros. super market in Rockdale. Brandon Navarre, minister, said the carolers will also be at Brookshire Bros. and Wal-Mart Supercenter on Friday and Wednesday. ‘TIS THE SEASON—Carolers from Forest Grove Christian Church serenaded shoppers Saturday evening at Brookshire Bros. super market in Rockdale. Brandon Navarre, minister, said the carolers will also be at Brookshire Bros. and Wal-Mart Supercenter on Friday and Wednesday. MILANO—First Baptist Church of Milano will hold its first annual Christmas bazaar from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, offering baked goods, bird houses, home-made jellies, jewelry and much more.

“Come do your last-minute Christmas shopping with us,” said Sharon Beaty, spokesperson. “We’ll have food, drinks and Christmas music.”

Persons interested in selling home-made crafts should contact Beaty at 455-7869.

Rockdale Christian sets candlelight event

Rockdale Christian Church, corner Sager and Rockdale Road, invites the public to its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, according to Harry Stevenson, minister. For more information call 446-2568.

St. John’s choir sets cantata for Sunday

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. 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.

• Thursday, Dec. 24—Christ- mas Eve candlelight ser vice, 6:30 p.m.

Preacher’s Fishing Hole offers gifts

“Silver and gold we do not have, but what we do have we give you: In the Name of Jesus Christ.” Acts. 3:6

“If anyone cannot afford a Christmas present for someone, even themselves, they are invited to come by The Country Preacher’s Fishing Hole and we will give the gift to you free,” Rev. Leslie Adams has announced.

“Any child who comes by with a parent can pick a gift from under the Christmas Tree,” he said.

The Fishing Hole is located one mile from Rockdale on South FM 487, at Calvary Baptist Church.

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, and several stories emerge,” the minister explained.

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 at Rockdale Outreach Center. Signup deadline is Jan. 10. For more information, call Gunar or Shirley Gerthe at 446-3003 or 512-496-7769.

‘Dollar Days’ at RCS

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 cookbook

Women of First Presbyterian Church (WOC) are now selling Volume II 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.

Men’s breakfast Jan. 12

A community men’s Christian fellowship breakfast is held from 7 to 8 a.m. each second Tuesday, rotating between local churches. Purpose is to bring men of the community together for Christian fellowship. Next breakfast will be Jan. 12 at St. John’s United Methodist. All men are invited.

Bethany SS Class

Bethany Sunday School class of First Baptist Church held its Christmas meeting at the home of Margaret Havel where a meal of soup, cornbread, salads and desserts was served.

A program of poems and readings by Myrtle Love, Margaret Havel and Dorothy Chaddock followed. Members adopted a project of helping a local family in need. Gifts were exchanged.— Sally Brumbelow, secretary


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