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St. John’s pastor sets ‘Methodist beliefs’ series

St. John’s United Methodist Church will be offering a six-week class on United Methodist beliefs starting on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 9:45 a.m.

The class will cover beliefs that are common to all Christians as well as beliefs that are unique to United Methodists. The church’s history and structure will be studied as well.

To sign up for the class or for more information, call or email the church office at 446- 5853 or Rev. Rita Sims, St. John’s pastor, will be leading the class.

St. John’s youth group sets church music series

“The Rock” Youth Group at St. John’s United Methodist Church is offering a six- week lesson focusing on the history of music in the church.

Students will also have an opportunity to present biographies of their favorite Christian artists and feature the artist’s top four songs. Featured artists will include Skillet, Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, Casting Crowns, Kutless, Pillar, Flyleaf, P.O.D., The Afters, Chris Tomlin, and Jeremy Camp.

“ We will begin with a one- hour jam session and then the featured presentation by a student and follow up with food and a Bible study,” said Sylvia Olson, youth director. “All youth interested are welcome.”

The jam session starts at 4 p.m. and the dinner and Bible study start at 5 p.m. every Sunday at St. John’s.

Transportation is available. For more information call Olson, 469- 585-4964

Rising Star’s 104th anniversary Sept. 18

Rising Star Baptist Church will hold its 104th Church Anniversary and Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 18, according to Pastor Royal Johnson.

Theme will be “Yesterday-Today- Tomorrow” from Joel 2:28; Acts 2:37. Morning worship will begin at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Rev. Debra Greene from Greater St. Luke AME Church in Midland. Rev. Greene formerly resided in Rockdale.

Evening worship will begin at 3 p.m. with guest speaker Pastor Charles Ray Terry, from Greater New Birth Baptist Church in Plano.

The public is invited. For more information go to

New Hope Baptist to celebrate ‘120th’

N ew Hop e Baptist Church in Rockdale will celebrate its 120th anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Theme will be “A Church that is Pressing, Pushing, and Pursuing God’s Will,” said Deborah Crawford, publicist.

Guest speaker will be Rev. Royal Johnson and Rising Star Baptist Church of Rockdale. The public is invited.

Forest Grove church homecoming Sunday

Forest Grove Christian Church has set its annual homecoming celebration for Sunday, Sept. 18, pastor Brandon Navarre announced.

“We will be joined by Joel Khopang, our missionary to Thailand, during Sunday School and then Dennis Smith will be preaching during our morning service,” Navarre said.

Annual chili supper at Pleasant Retreat UMC

THORNDALE— Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church will hold its annual chili supper fund- raiser Saturday, Sept. 24 with serving to begin at 5 p.m., offering chili by the bowl, pint or quart, Frito pie, hot dogs, desserts by the slice or whole, and ice cream.

A live auction will start at 7:30 p.m. with items priced individually, according to Martha Kovar, publicist.

Thrift store volunteers named for September

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

Sept. 14-15, First Presbyterian; Sept. 16, Grace Lutheran; Sept. 20, Tuesday volunteers; Sept. 21-22, Peach Lutheran; Sept. 23, Guadalupanas; Sept. 27, Tuesday Volunteers; Sept. 28-29, St. Joseph’s Catholic; Sept. 30, Murray St. Church of Christ.—Judy Brown, volunteer chair

Heavenly Treasures $3 bag sales Tuesdays

Rockdale Christian Services’ Heavenly Treasures Thrift Store, located on Main Street in Rockdale, will have $3 bags (clothes only) sales each Tuesday during September.

Next men’s breakfast at First Presbyterian

A f ree, 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, Oct. 11 will be held at First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.

All men of the Rockdale area are invited.

Rockdale Aglow to host Bible study sessions

Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse is hosting “ E xperiencing Prayer” on selected Thursday nights from Sept. 15 through early November, with everyone invited.

“Attendees will be blessed by Bible-based teaching and faith building exercises designed to train you to be an effective prayer warrior,” said Sabrina Thompson, spokesperson. Topics are:

• Thursday, Sept. 15, “Purpose of Prayer.”

• Thursday, Sept. 22, “Types of Prayer.”

• Thursday, Oct. 6, “Hearing From God” (Part I).

• Thursday, Oct. 20, “Hearing From God” (Part II).

• Thursday, Oct. 27, “Spiritual Warfare” (Part I).

• Thursday, Nov. 3, “Spiritual Warfare” (Part II).

Aglow Lighthouse to meet here Oct. 13

Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet at Thursday, Oct. 13 for fellowship and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and speaker at 7. The meeting will be in the Rockdale General Store meeting room, 1201 W. Highway 79, according to Sabrina Thompson, publicist.

“Everyone is invited to attend and bring a friend,” she said.

A time of worship will be led by Jamie Lipe, a singer/songwriter who lives in Cross Plans and serves as worship leader and head of intercession at Living Water Ministries.

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