‘SHOES FOR SCHOOL’—Rockdale Rotary Club donated $250 to the ‘Shoes for School’ drive, co-sponsored by Meadlowbrook Baptist Church and the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. At the check presentation were Chamber president Deedra Jacobs, Rotary president Gaye Bland and Meadowbrook’s Rev. Rick Hertless. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken ‘SHOES FOR SCHOOL’—Rockdale Rotary Club donated $250 to the ‘Shoes for School’ drive, co-sponsored by Meadlowbrook Baptist Church and the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. At the check presentation were Chamber president Deedra Jacobs, Rotary president Gaye Bland and Meadowbrook’s Rev. Rick Hertless. Reporter/Marie Bakken The Reporter welcomes news of special events at local area churches. Fax to 446-5317, email

Cowboy Church Ladies Retreat ahead Saturday

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.

Southern Plainsmen concert Saturday

The Southern Plainsmen Quartet from Louisisana will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church, pastor Rick Hertless has announced.

The concert is free. A love offering will be taken.

School clothes giveaway

Meadowbrook Baptist Church will host a school clothes giveaway on Saturday, August 20 from 10-12 noon. This is open to the public and there will be clothes for all sizes. If you would like to donate items to this, call Meadowbrook at 446-3367 or bring the clothes by the church.

Tuesday sales at Heavenly Treasures

Heavenly Treasures Thrift Store, located on Main Street in Rockdale, will have $3 bags (clothes only) days each Tuesday during the rest of August and all of September.

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.

Thrift store volunteers

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

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 Thursday

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 ministry, has been a keynote 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.

Back-to-school party Friday 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.

“All 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 BBQ fund-raiser Sunday

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.

Disciple Bible study ahead at St. John’s

St. John’s United Methodist Church invites Christians of any denomination to join in a Disciple Bible Study which will begin the week of Aug. 21 and be taught by Margo Gilless.

The study, she said, will be presented in two semesters. The first semester will be on the Old Testament and will take 17 weeks. The New Testament semester will begin in January, 2012 and will also last 17 weeks.

Cost of the study manual is $37. For more information on Disciple, or to register, call Gilless at 446-4757. She said participants will spend about 30 minutes a day reading the Bible and study manual.

The leader facilitates discussion. Video presentation features pastors, teachers and scholars with deep views of the theme of each lesson. The weekly classes will last approximately two and half hours.

“Disciple leads Christians to become stronger disciples through Bible study,” Gilless said. “This study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God and draws upon the work of scholars to aid understanding the Bible.”

Next men’s breakfast Sept. 13, Meadowbrook

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

Next breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 13 will be held at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall.

All men of the Rockdale area are invited.

Marlin St. Joseph’s sets fall festival Sept. 11

MARLIN–St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marlin, located at 311 Oaks Street will host a fall festival on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Fajita plates will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $7 a plate for dine in or take out.

For more information call Fitz at 254-803-8888.

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