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Pleasant Retreat VBS

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.

San Gabriel Baptist VBS

San Gabriel Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School for children Pre-K through fifth grade from 6 to 8 p.m. July 26- 30, featuring music, crafts, recreation, Bible study and a supper served daily following opening assembly.

Early registration will be July 25. VBS theme is “The Awesomeness of God.” The church is at 263 CR 421A, six miles north of Thorndale off FM 486. Rev. Tim Cheatham is pastor. For information visit sangabrielbaptistchurch. org

St. Paul blood drive

THORNDALE—St. Paul Lutheran Church will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 27 at the St. Paul campus. All donors will receive a T-shirt, a star-shaped magnetic refrigerator clip, a half-dozen donuts and a chance to win two Volenta Beach tickets. A bone program on the national bone marrow registry will be presented. The program types donors to patients in need, particularly leukemia and lymphoma patients. Signup requires only brief paper work and a cheek swab.

Forest Grove revival

Forest Grove Christian Church will hold revival services July 26 through Aug. 1, Minister Brandon Navarre has announced.

“Services will be held at 7 p.m. each night, except for Sunday when services will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.,” he said.

“We have already lined up some wonderful singers for special music, different every night, and our main speaker will be Brandon Shaffer from Edgewood, New Mexico,” Bro. Navarre said.

The public is invited to any and all services.

Men’s breakfast Aug. 9

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 Aug. 9 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall.

Retired minister

Kent Martin, a new resident of Rockdale and a retired nondenominational 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).

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