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CHURCH NEWS


PAINTED CHURCH TOUR– Members of the First Baptist Church-Rockdale senior adults class took a tour of the Painted Churches on July 5. Everyone was impressed with the beautiful churches, spokesperson and photographer Ramona Barlow said. Pictured are (front row, L-R) Dorothy Lawson, Elaine Holliman, Elaine Simpson, (middle) Mary Lois Morgan, Gladys Roberts, Eudie Hembrough, (back row) Raymond Lawson, Henry VonGonten, Jane Robinson, Gerry Offield, Dolores Sonntag, Margaret VonGonten. PAINTED CHURCH TOUR– Members of the First Baptist Church-Rockdale senior adults class took a tour of the Painted Churches on July 5. Everyone was impressed with the beautiful churches, spokesperson and photographer Ramona Barlow said. Pictured are (front row, L-R) Dorothy Lawson, Elaine Holliman, Elaine Simpson, (middle) Mary Lois Morgan, Gladys Roberts, Eudie Hembrough, (back row) Raymond Lawson, Henry VonGonten, Jane Robinson, Gerry Offield, Dolores Sonntag, Margaret VonGonten. The Reporter welcomes news of special events at local area churches. Fax to 446-5317, email bill@rockdalereporter.com.

Forest Grove revival planned for July 25-31

Forest Grove Christian Church will hold revival services Monday through Sunday, July 25-31 with Carl Teel the speaker.

Brandon Navarre, Forest Grove pastor, said services will start at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Thorndale FBC sets VBS for next week

THORNDALE—First Baptist Church of Thorndale will hold Vacation Bible School Monday through Friday, July 18-22, from 5 until 8 p.m.

“Purpose is to teach kids about God,” said Kati Watson, spokesperson. For more details telephone 512-909-3677.

First Christian Church sets VBS July 31-Aug. 4

First Christian Church will hold “Blast Off Adventure” Vacation Bible School, Sunday, July 31 through Thursday, August 4, from 6-8:30 p.m. for children ages 4 years old through Grade 5.

Dinner will be provided each night, according to Cindy Cates, spokesperson. For more information, call the church office at 512-446-5090.

Aglow Lighthouse to meet Thursday

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. He 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.

Thrift store volunteers announced for month

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

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

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.

Burger feast concludes Springfield Baptist VBS

Springfield Baptist Church concluded its Vacation Bible School with a “Grand Grilled Hamburger Feast” on Friday, July 8.

“ V BS star ted at 9 a. m. on July 4 with 45 children excited about their anticipated ‘Big Apple Adventure’,” said Margaret Green, coordinator. “ They learned all about New York City while studying how to connect with faith, love, trust, others and life.”

VBS officers were Lynda Ford, director; Mrs. Green, coordina- tor; and Rev. S.L. Ross, pastor.

Five classes were held: Pre-K, grades 1 and 2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. Teachers were Alexis Everage, Johnnie and James Banks, Vivian Ross, Rachel Anderson, Danny Mitchell, Shawna T’Nae Evans and Lynda Ford.

Helpers included Elias Green, Jessie Johnson, Sammie Ford, Shaniqua Russell, Sarah Everage and Jessica Everage. Several visitors attended regularly.

Henry and Deborah Miller, Irene Johnson and Hazel Santee formed the refreshment committee. Special gifts for drawings came from H&M Company, Henry and Deborah Miller, donation of Big Apples, water, chips and Big Apple cut-outs: Charles Francis.


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