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Rising Star to present Gospel Explosion 2010 here Saturday at 7

Rising Star Baptist Church will present “Gospel Explosion 2010” at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 10 at the Institute for Teaching God’s Word, 103 Mulberry Street. Featured will be the Rising Star Workshop Choir, directed by Carol Smith, vocalist/ musician of Longview.

Special guests/performers will be Dr. Vanessa Beaumont, mezzo soprano, Round Rock, accompanied by Pastor Fred Warren, Hutto; Rickey Johnson, musician, Palestine; Vann Johnson, percussion, Palestine; Rising Star Paise Dancers and combined choirs.

Local choir members are invited to participate in the workshop choir and should attend the first rehearsal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 6 at the Institute for Teaching God’s Word.

Tickets ($10) may be purchased in advance from church members and will be available at the door. Proceeds go to the Rising Star Worship/ Ministries Building Fund.

Murray Street Church VBS set July 12-14

Murray Street Church of Christ, 1301 Murray, will hold a “Saddle Ridge Ranch” Vacation Bible School from 9 until 11 a.m. July 12-14, according to Brenda Dean, spokesperson. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. and pre-registration can be done by calling the church office, 446-2179.

Bible school is for children age pre-school through fifth grade. A family program will be held at the conclusion of Bible school at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14.

Pleasant Retreat UMC to hold VBS July 23

THORNDALE—Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church of Thorndale will host “Egypt—Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace” Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 23.

Children age 4 through fifth grade are invited to attend. Fun will continue that evening with a swim party at the Thorndale pool from 6 until 8 p.m. with everyone invited, said Elaine Alexander, publicist.

Barbecue feed to aid Milano church youth

MILANO—First Baptist Church, 211 Church Street in Milano, will hold a BBQ supper fund-raiser on Friday, July 16 from 6:30 until 8 p.m., according to Dave Lucas, pastor.

The fund-raiser is to help the youth to be able to attend church camp, he said. For more information call the church office, 455- 2281.

Next men’s breakfast Tuesday at St. John’s

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 allow men of Christian faith to meet for fellowship, food and a brief devotion.

Next breakfast will be July 13 at St. John’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

Retired minister will fill pulpits as needed

Kent Martin, a new resident of Rockdale and a retired non-denominational minister, would like to fill pulpits when needed.

Martin is a seminary graduate, seminary teacher, former missionary in two countries, and spent 40 years in the ministry.

He can be reached at 512-227- 4283 (cell).

Meadowbrook VBS set for July 19-23

Meadowbrook Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 9 until 11:30 a.m. July 19-23 with “everyone invited,” Rick Hertless, pastor, announced. “Join us as we take a trip back in time to Rome where we will meet the apostle Paul and many who ministered with him,” he said. “There will be games, refreshments and Bible study and we’ll finish the week on Friday at noon with hot dogs and fun.”

New Hope to host FUDA July 12-15

New Hope Baptist Church will host the annual association Fellowship United District Association (FUDA) on July 12-15, according to Deborah Crawford, spokesperson. She listed the following schedule:

July 12 will start with a grand musical and welcome-to-Rockdale program at 7 p.m.

July 13-15 will start at 9:30 a.m. daily with adult classes to be held at New Jerusalem and children’s, youth, and teenagers’ classes to be held at New Hope. There will also be nightly services the July 13-14 beginning at 7 p.m.

Rockdale Aglow sets parenting seminar

Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse will host a free “Parenting With Style” seminar from 8:30 a.m. until noon Saturday, July 10 at First Assembly of God, 310 Childress.

The seminar will feature Vivian Tillotson with Empowering to Improve, a ministry to “establish, equip and encourage the body of Christ by developing today’s and tomorrow’s leaders.”

Aglow publicists Betty and Mary Amerson said Ms. Tillotson’s teachings

Remember “are engaging, witty and facilitate listeners to personally grow.” The seminars are presented in churches and businesses.

Ms. Tillotson is a board-certified Faith-Based Clinical Therapist and holds a Bachelor of Religious Arts in Biblical Studies.

The event is open to men, women and teens. Registration is requested, not required. Each attendee will receive a syllabus study guide. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m. on seminar day. Light refreshments will be served. Provided will be a program with puppets and crafts for children age 4-12 and childcare for ages 0- 3. For more information call Shirley Rogers, 512-429-0000, or visit

Marlow church to host Gospel concert Sunday

CAMERON—The Phillips Family Gospel quartet from Gaffney, South Carolina will be featured in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 11 at Marlow Baptist Church, 1794 County

Road 229, Cameron.

The public is invited, according to Remember this Bro. Wayne Kirk. For more information call him at 512-455-6161.

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