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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

Cowboy Church to host Justin Herod on July 10

Milam County Cowboy Church will welcome recording artist Justin Todd Herod on Sunday, July 10. The service will start at 10 a.m. and the public is invited.

“Herod didn’t start his life out singing for Christ, but as time went by he was called to do so,” said Valerie Herod of Gause, his sister-in-law.

“His songs made their way onto his first album and that led into full-time music ministry, taking Justin across the country in what he calls ‘Backroads Ministries.’ He has worked with prison ministries and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,” Mrs. Herod said.

“Justin writes and sings about real-life experiences. Since 1997 he has had over 100 songs published, recorded in Nashville, Louisiana and Texas, appeared on TV and radio, and written and recorded five albums,” she said.

Thrift store volunteers announced for July

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

June 29-30, Murray St. Church of Christ; July 1, Mt. Zion Baptist; July 5, Tuesday Volunteers; July 6-7, Cowboy Church; July 8, First Baptist; July 12, Tues- day Volunteers; July 13-14, Full Gospel; July 15, Grace Lutheran; July 19, Tuesday Volunteers; July 20-21, St. John’s Methodist; July 22, Meadowbrook Baptist; July 26, Tuesday Volunteers; July 27- 28, First Presbyterian; July 29, Guadalupanas.— Judy Brown, volunteer chair

Murray St. Church of Christ VBS July 11-13

Murray Street Church of Christ Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, July 11 through Wednesday July 13 from 9 a.m. until noon each day.

Theme is “Believe It Or Not... It’s In The Bible.” Bible classes will be provided for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade.

“Everyone is invited, bring your family and friends and join us while we learn about God’s amazing power, as God sends fire from the sky, gives heroic victories, makes bones come to life, conquers an enemy camp and makes a donkey speak,” said Deborah Dean, spokesperson.

The church is located at 1302 Murray Avenue in Rockdale. For more information, call the church office, 446-2179.

Springfield Baptist VBS set July 4-8

Springfield Baptist Church, 232 East Third Street in Rockdale, will hold Vacation Bible School here Monday through Friday, July 4-8, according to Rev. S. L. Ross Sr., pastor.

Hours w ill be 9 a. m. until 12-noon with all area children invited, he said. Theme will be the “Big Apple Adventure—Where Faith and Life Connect.”

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

‘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.

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, Thompson said.

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