SPECIAL WORSHIP—Rockdale High School graduates heard a special performance from worship team members (L-R) Sterling Faulkner, Allyson Muston, Denise Arredondo and Andrew Bland during baccalaureate services held Sunday at Meadowbrook Baptist Church. SPECIAL WORSHIP—Rockdale High School graduates heard a special performance from worship team members (L-R) Sterling Faulkner, Allyson Muston, Denise Arredondo and Andrew Bland during baccalaureate services held Sunday at Meadowbrook Baptist Church. The Reporter welcomes news of special events at local area churches. Fax to 446- 5317, email

Church to honor fallen heroes Sunday, Monday

Sunday and Monday, Rockdale Christian Church, 1406 Sager at Rockdale Road, will have a Memorial Day display honoring all those from Milam County who paid the ultimate price serving their country, according to Harry Stevenson, minister.

“The display will be on the front lawn and in the fellowship hall to honor those men and women who gave us this blessing of freedom we often take for granted,” he said.

Those honored will be those military personnel who gave their lives in World War I to the present time. The display can be seen Sunday afternoon and all day Monday, Memorial Day, and the public is invited.

5th Sunday rally—Rockdale Christian will host a 5th Sunday rally at 4 p.m. May 29. “The rally is a gathering of area Christian churches and the public is invited to share in fellowship, special music, worship and refreshments,” Mnister Stevenson said.

‘Books and Balls’ drive

Rising Star Baptist Church continues a “Books and Balls” drive, an initiative in line with the White House summer event for children.

The “Let’s Read, Let’s Move” initiative was launched to get more volunteers working at fighting childhood obesity and summer learning loss, Rev. Royal Johnson said.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said: “The key to stopping summer learning loss is reading. If a child reads a minimum of five books between June and August, they will be on track for success next school year. We need every child to read at least five books this summer and every adult to help.”

Rising Star Baptist Church is requesting donations of inspirational books and balls for children of Rockdale and surrounding area, Rev. Johnson said. “Please drop off donations Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 6 and 8 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.,” he said. Donors who need someone to pick up their donations should call Stephanie Washington, 512- 429- 0519, Kenny Dennis, 512- 968-2271, or any Rising Star member.

Free breakfast offered

The Methodist Men and Women of St. John’s United Methodist Church will serve up a free, community-wide pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 until 9:30 a.m. (or until food runs out) on Sunday, June 5 in the church fellowship hall.

The breakfast is open to all but will not offer take-outs, spokesman Dave Ogee said.

‘Youth Explosion’ plans

Rising Star Baptist Church will hold a “Youth Explosion” on Saturday, June 11 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Rockdale Junior- High Commons.

“Sponsored by the Rising Star youth department, all area youth are invited to come dance, sing and praise with us,” said Kenny Dennis, youth minister. “Everyone is invited. We’re looking for singers, praise dancers, mimes and more.”

For more information or to participate, contact Dennis at 512-968- 2271 or Stephanie Washington at 512-429- 0-519.

Thrift store volunteers

Rockdale Christian Services member churches are responsible for volunteers at the Heavenly Treasures Thrift Shop on the following dates:

May 25-26, Cowboy Church; May 27, Grace Lutheran; May 31, Tuesday Volunteers; June 102, Guadalupanas; June 3, St. John’s Methodist; June 7, Tuesday Volunteers; June 8-9, Peace Lutheran; June 10, First Presby terian; June 14, Tuesday Volunteers; June 15-16, Full Gospel Chapel; June 17, Mt. Zion Baptist; June 21, Tuesday Volunteers; June 22-23, Grace Lutheran; June 24, St. Joseph’s Catholic; June 28, Tuesday Volunteers; June 29 - 30, Murray St. Church of Christ.—Judy Brown, volunteer chair

Pastor earns Masters

Liberty Community Church has a Baptist pastor on the first, third and fifth Sundays each month and a Methodist pastor on the second and fourth Sundays.

Baptist pastor Michael Thomas Smith received his Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary May 13 at First Baptist Church, Waco.

Baylor University President Kenneth Winston Starr conferred the degrees at the evening commencement.

Rev. Smith is from Kingwood and a graduate of Wayland Baptist University. He and wife Emily and their children Bella and Jonathan live in Temple.

Women’s Bible study

Rising Star Baptist Church is continuing its weekly Women’s Bible Study with a new series of lessons starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29 at Citizens National Bank’s Community Room.

“ The ‘Simply Relevant’ series is great for those who have never studied the Bible, and it’s packed with new insights for those who have studied for years,” said JoAnn Bradford, publicist.

“The series will be simple, fun activities to help understand the relevance of Scripture, to make it easy to introduce Jesus to others,” Bradford said.

She said Session I is entitled “Finding Rest in Jesus.” For more information call Bradford, 446-3242, or Lisa Dennis, 512- 657-3972.

Holy Family picnic

LEXINGTON—Holy Family Catholic Church will hold its 2nd annual picnic

Sunday, June 12 on the church grounds, 1027 FM 696 East. The public is invited.

Johnny Speier, spokesperson, said barbecue will be served beginning at 11 a.m. followed by a live auction, kids games, a “Holy Cow Plop” and other activities.

Aglow Lighthouse

Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet Thursday, June 9 for fellowship and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. at Rockdale General Store, 1201 W. Highway 79.

Guest speaker will be Robin Durham, Heart of Texas Area president of Aglow International.

Sabrina Thompson, local Aglow vice-president for public relations, said the speaker is “propheticallygifted as a leader, intercessor and teacher. She imparts a hunger for more of the Lord as well as faith for others to recognize and walk in their destiny.”

“As a military wife,” Thompson said, “Robin has lived in seven states and two nations, allowing opportunities for ministry in many settings, including leading intercessory prayer teams, conference speaking, Bible studies as well as her own Christian TV program.”

The public is invited to attend and bring guests, Thompson said.

Men’s breakfast June 14

Next monthly second-Tuesday ecumenical community men’s fellowship breakfast will be 7 to 8 a.m. June 14 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall. Purpose is Christian fellowship. Breakfasts rotate between several local churches and all men of the area are invited.

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