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Master Peace Quartet at Marlow BC Sunday

CAMERON— Scott Williams and Master Peace Quartet will be in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at Marlow Baptist Church near Cameron.

The church is located at 1794 CR 229, four miles outside of Cameron. “The concert will feature Southern Gospel music at its best and everyone is welcome,” a church spokesman said. The concert is free and a free-will offering will be taken.

Assembly of God holds ‘Cross the Line’ Fridays

Rockdale First Assembly of God Church, 310 Childress Street, is holding an alternative service for all ages called “Cross The Line” at 7 p.m. each Friday, according to Jason Armstrong, spokesperson.

“This service is open for anyone who feels that their life is empty, they are looking for something different or they are needing a change,” Armstrong said. For more information, contact Armstrong at 446-4915, 446-2875 or email

Thrift store volunteers announced for June

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

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

‘Books and Balls’ drive continues here for youth

Rising Star Baptist Church continues a “Books and Balls” drive, an initiative in line with the White House “Let’s Read, Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity and summer learning loss, Rev. Royal Johnson, pastor, said.

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

Pleasant Retreat VBS planned for July 7-8

THORNDALE—Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School July 7-8 where youngsters will enjoy a unique theme.

That theme will be the “Shake It Up Cafe—Where Kids Carry Out God’s Recipe; Let’s Get Cookin’ at VBS.”

Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. on the first day and the VBS will last from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day.

For more information call Linda Grimm @ 512-898-2325.

Women’s Bible study continues each Sunday

Rising Star Baptist Church is continuing its weekly Women’s Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. Sundays at Citizens National Bank’s Communit y Room. For more information call JoAnn Bradford, 446-3242, or Lisa Dennis, 512- 657-3972.

Aglow Lighthouse to meet here July 14

Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet Thursday, July 14 at Rockdale General Store, 1201 W. Highway 79. Fellowship and refreshments will be at 6:30 p.m. with the speaker at 7.

Guest speakers will be Keith and Nancy Norman. Keith was called to evangelism in 1991 while incarcerated in a federal prison. Keith was released from prison, established Unshackled Ministries, International, and has been returning to prisons for 17 years to minister.

Nancy graduated from Kairos Bible Training Center and began to lay down the business she owned and operated to follow a call to ministry.

“Keith and Nancy minister together as a powerful tag-team,” said Sabrina Thompson, Aglow publicist. “Having lived on the streets and been involved with the Louisiana Mafia, Keith understands to ‘catch fish’ the nets must be cast outside the church, and God has anointed him for the great harvest.”

“Asalicensedaudiologist, Nancy understands the value of hearing, and through her teaching she helps lead God’s people to their proper and powerful position in the body of Christ,” Thompson said.

The Normans’ outreach includes youth and adult prisons, churches, rehabilitation/transitional houses, youth groups, as well as Keith’s own carpentry business, Unshackled Ministries, which has ministered and helped build orphanages in India, Africa and Nicaragua.

A ll interested persons are invited to hear their program, Thompson said.

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