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Kids’ Trunk or Treat Oct. 31 at St. John’s

St. John’s United Methodist Church will host Trunk or Treat on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 until 7 p.m.

“Children are welcome to come by for treats of every kind in a safe environment,” Rev. Rita Sims, pastor, said.

St. John’s is located at 1700 Hillcrest at the corner of Hillcrest and Summit. For more information call 446-5853.

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.

Rising Star invites all cancer survivors Oct. 30

The public is invited to fellowship with Rising Star Baptist Church, 1022 Texas Street, at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, with a special invitation to all cancer survivors and cancer patients.

As part of the worship, there will be recognition of breast cancer survivors, personal testimony and a special memorial, coordinated by Rosalind Green. Music will be provided by the RSBC Women’s Choir.

All women are requested to wear pink and/or white. Guest speaker will be Kimberly Hanson of Pflugerville.

Inspiration book club to discuss The Shack

Rising Star Baptist Church women invite women of the community to participate in inspirational book club discussions with the featured book to be The Shack, a 2007 No. 1 New York Times best seller.

The book, written by William Paul Young, wrestles the timeless question: Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?

Chapter review dates are Saturdays, Nov. 5 and 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Rockdale Senior Center, 765 Green Street. Final review and a covered dish meal will be Saturday, Dec. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m., also at the senior center.

For more information call Rosalind Green, 760-5457.

St. Paul’s 27th annual chili supper set Oct. 26

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.

Trunk or Treat set Oct. 30 in Thorndale

THORNDALE—First Baptist Church in Thorndale will host a Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat on Sunday Oct. 30, from 5:30 until 8 p.m., according to Millette Fisher, spokesperson.

The evening will open with carnival games, a bounce house, crafts, food and drinks and prizes, and at dusk the church will hold its Trunk-or-Treat event. Trick- or-treaters will pass by decorated car trunks, or backs of vehicles, as participants hand out candy.

“There will be something for everyone so bring the family for a night of fun,” Fisher said.

San Gabriel Baptist ‘Back to Basics’ revival

San Gabriel Baptist Church will hold a “Back to Basics” revival at 6 p.m. nightly Sunday, Oct. 23 through Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Each evening will feature outdoor worship under the stars with old-fashioned gospel singing, prayers and preaching. Evangelist is Dale Wells.

“Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs and join in, and refreshments will be served after each service. Admission is free,” said Tim Cheatham, pastor.

The church is located at 263 CR 421A in San Gabriel. Visit

Family Day Saturday—San Gabriel Baptist Church will host a Family Day of games, food and fellowship on the church lawn on Saturday, Oct. 22. “Everyone is invited to celebrate the family in an afternoon of games beginning at 3 p.m., followed by a chili cookoff supper,” Rev. Cheatham said.

The movie “Fly Wheel” will be shown after sundown. Games will include washers, horseshoes, watermelon seed- spitting, egg or water balloon toss, sack race and more. “Bring lawn chairs. The chili cookoff is open to anyone who wishes to participate,” Rev. Cheatham said.

Refreshments, supper and admission is free.

Gospel singing Oct. 30— San Gabriel Baptist Church will host an old-fashioned gospel singing at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, featuring congregational singing, solos, and instrumental specials of conventional and contemporary gospel music.

Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited, Rev. Cheatham said.

Samaritan’s Purse again at First Baptist

First Baptist Church in Rockdale is again the local relay center for “Operation Christmas Child,” a project of Samaritan’s Purse.

Area residents are invited to fill shoe boxes with gifts items and goodies to be distributed to children around the world.

The First Baptist relay center will be in operation as follows:

• Nov. 14-15—10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.

• Nov. 16—10 a.m. to noon, 5 to 7 p.m.

• Nov. 17—10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Nov. 18— 9:30 to 11 a.m., 2 to 4 p.m.

• Nov. 19—9:30 to 11 a.m.

• Nov. 20—3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call the church office, 446-5375, or Barbara Clark, 446-4207.

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.

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

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.

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. 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

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.

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