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St. John’s UMC sets VBS August 8-10

“Shake It Up—Where Kids Carry Out God’s Recipes,” is the theme for Vacation Bible School to be held Aug. 8-10 at St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Hours will be 5:30 to 8:30 each evening, according to Rev. Rita Sims, pastor. Youth age 3 through those entering the fifth grades are invited. “Let’s get cookin’ at VBS,” she said.

Rising Star to stage annual musical Aug. 27

Rising Star Baptist Church will present its annual musical production, “Gospel Explosion 2011,” at 6 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Rockdale Junior-High School Commons.

Admission will be $10 per person, pre-sale or at the door, and all proceeds will go to the Rising Star Baptist building fund, according to JoAnn Bradford, spokesperson.

The program will feature the acclaimed Rising Star Baptist Church Choir, soloists, praise dancers, mime dancer and more.

Men’s breakfast set Tuesday at St. John’s

A free, ecumenical Christian men’s fellowship breakfast is held each second Tuesday from 7 until 8 a.m., rotating between several local churches.

The breakfast on Tuesday, Aug. 9 will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

All men of the Rockdale area are invited.

Milam Cowboy Church to hold Ladies Retreat

Milam County Cowboy Church will hold a Ladies Retreat on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Michelle Carson with Bent Bucket Ministries will provide the program, along with Cowgirl Get-Together and Sara Simmons, Nashville recording artist. There is no cost for this retreat and lunch will be provided.

Call for reservations: Pam Nolan 446-0578, Beverly Head 446-2871 or Mindy Catching 446-9130.

Thrift store volunteers announced for month

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

Aug. 3-4, Peace Lutheran; Aug. 5, Mt. Zion Baptist; Aug. 9, Tuesday Volunteers; Aug. 10-11, St. Joseph Catholic; Aug. 12, Meadowbrook Baptist; Aug. 16, Tuesday Volunteers; Aug. 17-18, Full Gospel Chapel; Aug. 19, First Baptist; Aug. 23, Tuesday Volunteers; Aug. 24-25, Grace Lutheran; Aug. 26, Murray St. Church of Christ; Aug. 30, Tuesday Volunteers; Aug. 31, Guadalupanas.—Judy Brown, volunteer chair

Rockdale Aglow to hear Phillips on August 11

Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet Thursday, Aug. 11 at Rockdale General Store, 1201 West US 79 in Rockdale. Fellowship and refreshments will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker will be Crystal Phillips, vice-president of leadership development for the Heart of Texas Area Team of Aglow International.

She holds a master’s degree in clinical Christian counseling and is a retired licensed chemical dependency counselor.

Phillips, through career and ministr y, has been a key note speaker at many events and has facilitated training for businesses and health care agencies. She also leads church women’s ministries and teaches Bible studies.

She is the author of a recently published book, Unchained Heart—Journey to Freedom, a portion of her testimony of emotional healing.

The public is invited.

Benefit garage sale set for Thorndale woman

THORNDALE—A benefit garage sale will be held for Tiersa Ireland on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 100 Sydney Blvd. in Thorndale.

Proceeds will help Ireland, 26, with living and medical expenses.

“She is still recovering from a brain injury at a rehabilitation hospital in Austin” said Daisy Caffey, spokesperson. “Donations will also be accepted at the sale,” Caffey said. For more information, contact Caffey at 898-5568 or the church office, 898-2529.

Back-to-school party planned at Meadowbrook

High School girls going into ninth through 12th grades are invited to a back-to-school party on Friday, Aug. 12 from 6 until 9 p.m. at Meadowbrook Baptist Church, according to Suzanne Turner, organizer.

“A ll girls in grades 9-12 are invited for food, fun and great door prizes such as free manicures, hair cuts, gift certificates and more! Come and bring a friend,” Turner said.

Christ Lutheran Church at Noack sets fund-raiser

NOACK—Christ Lutheran Church in Noack will hold its annual church fund-raiser on Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Thrall Fireman’s Hall. They will sell BBQ brisket and sausage plates for $8 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and they will be available dine-in or drive-through pick up.

Desserts will be available for a free will offering. A live auction will start at 12:30 p.m. Call K&M Manufacturing Co. for tickets at 512-352-2588.

Former pastor pens second poem collection

AUSTIN—A second collection of poems and prayers written by a former Rockdale First Presbyterian Church pastor, Rev. Patricia Gladney “Trish” Holland, is being published and will be available in September.

The collection is titled “Written on Our Hearts—Meeting Christ in our families and congregations.” Price is $12.

Other titles by Rev. Holland are: “God is Not Nice: Growing Up in Christ in the Bible Belt”, “Swimming in Grace: A Pastor’s Response to Suicide,” and “Faith is a Lumbering Lady: Anticipating the Birth of a Child.”

Orders may be placed with Glad2b4u Press, 7004 Wheeler Branch Trail, Austin TX 78749, telephone 512-461-6250, web site

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