GOSPEL FEST—David and Laura Meeker entertain the crowd with original songs at the annual Milano Baptist Church Gospel Fest held Saturday on the church grounds. Several groups performed, including acts from Rockdale, Cameron, Calvert, Temple and Milano. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken GOSPEL FEST—David and Laura Meeker entertain the crowd with original songs at the annual Milano Baptist Church Gospel Fest held Saturday on the church grounds. Several groups performed, including acts from Rockdale, Cameron, Calvert, Temple and Milano. Reporter/Marie Bakken The Reporter welcomes news of special events from area churches. There is no charge. Fax to 446-5317 or email

Preaching Rally set at Rockdale Christian

Rockdale Christian Church, 1406 Sager Road, will host a Preaching Rally at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 17-21, according to Harry Stevenson, minister.

“Speakers will be area ministers each evening and there will be special praise groups to lead us in worship and song,” he said.

For more information call 446- 2568 or 446-2799.

Springfield to honor Banks here on Sunday

Springfield Missionar y Baptist Church, 232 East Third Avenue in Rockdale, will hold its Family & Friends Day on Sunday, Oct. 16, honoring Brother and Sister James Banks, according to Rev. S.L. Ross Sr., pastor.

Guest speaker will be Pastor J.R. Roberson of New Flower Hill Baptist Church in Smithville.

St. Paul’s 27th annual chili supper set Oct. 27

THORNDALE— St. Paul Lutheran School in Thorndale has scheduled its 27th annual chili super fund-raiser for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Thorndale Fireman’s Hall.

Chili will be sold to eat-in or takeout, along with Frito pies and hot dogs. Desserts will be available for purchase. An auction of donated items will be held.

Proceeds benefit the St. Paul School ministry, according to Brenda Johnson, spokesperson. For more information call 512- 657-7481.

Holy Land featured in St. John’s Bible study

St. John’s United Methodist Church is holding a free Bible Study event Sundays at 12:45 p.m. in the St. John’s fellowship hall.

“This is for anyone interested in learning about the Bible and wanting to see the Holy Land of the Bible,” said Margo Gilless, spokesperson.

For more information call Gilless at 446-4757.

Outreach Center sets fellowship Thursday

Rockdale Outreach Center, 193 N. FM 487, will hold dominoes and fellowship at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, according to spokesperson Shirley Gerthe.

All ages are invited to attend. For more information, call Gerthe at 446-3003.

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

“We 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. each Sunday at St. John’s. Transportation is available. For more information call Olson, 469- 585- 4964

Thrift store volunteers named for October

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

Oct. 12-13, St. Joseph Catholic; Oct. 14, First Baptist; Oct. 18, Tuesday Volunteers; Oct. 19-20, First Christian; Oct. 21, Meadowbrook Baptist; Oct. 25, Tuesday Volunteers; Oct. 26-27, St. John’s Methodist; Oct. 28, Grace Lutheran.—Judy Brown, volunteer chair

St. Monica’s carnival scheduled on Oct. 29

CAMERON—St. Monica’s Catholic Church will present its annual Halloween Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Simon & George Hall and parish grounds, according to Derek Brazeal, publicist.

Homemade spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dessert and tea, $7 a plate, will be served from 5 to 7: 30 p. m., dine - in or take-out.

A horseshoe tournament will be held at 1 p.m., with registration from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Carnival booths and games, from 7:30 until 10 p.m., will include bingo, bounce house, hay ride, homemade tamales, cake wheel, concession stand, ring toss and more.

A silent auction will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the St. Anthony renovation and restoration fund.

Men’s breakfast held each second Tuesday

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, Nov. 8 will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall. All men of the Rockdale area are invited.

Rockdale Aglow hosts Bible study sessions

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

“Attendees hear Bible-based teaching and faith building exercises designed to train you to be an effective prayer warrior,” said Sabrina Thompson, spokesperson.

Aglow Lighthouse to meet here Thursday

Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet 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, said Sabrina Thompson, publicist.

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

A time of worship will be led by Jamie Lipe, singer/songwriter from Cross Plans and worship leader and head of intercession at Living Water Ministries.

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