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Forest Grove VBS planned June 14-18

Forest Grove Christian Church will hold Vacation Bible School at 8:30 a.m. June 14-18, Brandon Navarre, minister, has announced.

“Early registration is open now by calling the church office at 446- 5627,” he said.

Bible school theme is “Saddle Ridge Ranch” where children will “ride the range and round up questions about God’s plan for them,” Navarre said. VBS will include crafts, music, lessons and food every day.

On Friday there will be a finale that parents are invited to attend, and a lunch will follow.

Primera Iglesia food fund-raiser Saturday

Primera Iglesia Bautista of Rockdale will hold a food sale fund-raiser at Walmart here Saturday, June 5 starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until “sold out.”

Items available for purchase include brisket, tacos and more.

Rising Star sets VBS June 9-11 plus Youth Day

Rising Star Baptist Church, 1022 Texas Street, will hold Vacation Bible School June 9-11 from 6-8 p.m. with the theme, “The Big Sea Adventure! Exploring the Depths of God’s Love.”

VBS coordinators are Kenny Dennis, Lisa Dennis and L.C. Richards.

Annual Youth Day will be Sunday, June 13 with worship at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Guest speaker will be J.B. Martin of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Austin.

The Shack author video presentation

Author of The Shack, William Paul Young, will be featured in a video presentation at the 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 worship in the fellowship hall of St John’s United Methodist Church, according to Rev. John Warren, pastor.

Young was born in Canada and raised among a stone-aged tribe by his missionary parents in the what was New Guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult and now enjoys what he terms the “wastefuness of grace” with his family in the Pacific Northwest.

“Come and hear the story of how a Christmas present to his children became the book Barnes and Noble begged to have in their stores,” Rev. Warren said.

The video presentation is from a speech the author delivered in New Orleans.

“The Shack is the most absorbing work of fiction I’ve read in many years,” said recording artist Michael W. Smith. “My wife and I laughed, cried and repented of our own lack of faith along the way. The Shack will leave you craving for the presence of God.”

“Reading The Shack during a very difficult transition in my life, this story has blown the door wide open to my soul,” testified Wynonna Judd.

The public is invited, Rev. Warren said.

Evans speaker for Mt. Zion homecoming

Bro. Doug Evans will be guest speaker for Mt. Zion Baptist Church homecoming Sunday, June 13, according to Luther Shelander, pastor. Covered dish lunch will follow morning worship.

“For the past nine years, Bro. Evans has served as pastor for First Baptist Church, Laguna Park,” Pastor Shelander said. “Doug graduated RHS in 1979. He is the son of Joy Evans and the late Bro. Dean Evans who served as pastor at Mt. Zion through the 1970s.”

The guest speaker has just completed a four-year stint on the executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He has worked with the African Children’s Choir with a new ministry to young adults who graduate with little employment in Uganda. He and wife Becky have five grown children and three grandchildren.

Homecoming schedule: Sunday school 9:45; worship 11 a.m. Public invited.

Next monthly men’s breakfast set Tuesday

A community men’s fellowship breakfast is held from 7 to 8 a.m. each second Tuesday, rotating between several local churches.

Purpose is to bring men of the community together for Christian fellowship.

Next breakfast will be June 8 at St. John’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Aglow Lighthouse to meet here June 10

Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10 at Rockdale General Store, just west of Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home on US 79.

Speaker will be Shirley Lange, pastor of Trinity Fellowship in Caldwell. She and her husband Kenneth founded Trinity Fellowship Outreach Center Church, Inc. where she has been preaching since being licensed in 1998 and ordained in 1999. She is also involved in her church ladies’ ministry, “Women at the Well” which meets at 7 p.m. each first Tuesday at the church.

The public is invited. For more information call Mary or Betty Amerson, 154-931-1481.

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