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CHURCH NEWS

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Trunk-N-Treat/Fest at First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church, 240 Green Street in Rockdale, will hold its seventh annual “Trunk-N-Treat & Fall Festival” from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 (Halloween), Rev. Jack Chelf, pastor, has announced.

The event will be held in the church parking lot and the Family Life Center with the public invited.

“There will no traffic hassles but there will be plenty of candy for all the children of Rockdale,” Rev. Chelf said.

Fall Festival Monday at First Christian Church

First Christian Church, 231 Burleson in Rockdale, will hold a Fall Festival from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. “There will be a Spook House, games, candy and free hot dogs for kids, 5th grade and under,” according to Marilyn Cates.

St. Paul’s plans ‘Light Up the Night’ Oct. 31

THORNDALE—St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thorndale invites the public to “Light Up the Night for Jesus” on Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31.

Kristi Fischer, publicist, said the church will hand out sweet treats as long as the supply lasts.

“This is just our way of spreading the message of Jesus being the Light of the World by ‘lighting up the night and we hope to see everyone here having a safe and blessed evening,” Fischer said.

Kids’ Trunk or Treat Monday 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.

Rising Star invites all cancer survivors Sunday

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.

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.

Trunk or Treat set Sunday 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 a 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.

St. Monica’s carnival coming up Saturday

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.

San Gabriel Baptist Gospel sing Saturday

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 convention 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.

Next men’s breakfast Nov. 8 at St. John’s UMC

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.

Aglow Lighthouse will hear Brassfield Nov. 10

Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet Thursday, Nov. 10 for fellowship and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and speaker at 7 p.m. at Rockdale General Store, 1201 West US 79.

“Come join us and bring a friend,” said Sabrina Thompson, Aglow publicist.

Guest Speaker will be Nancy Brassfield. She and husband Samuel have been in ministry together for 51 years and are co-founders of Harvest International Ministries, Inc. which involves evangelism, church planting and serving as senior pastors for several churches. They served as missionaries to Indonesia during the 1970s.

Experiencing prayer— Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse is hosting “Experiencing Prayer” from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Rockdale General Store this Thursday and the next.

“Whether you are a long-time intercessor or interested in a more powerful prayer life, you will be receive Bible-based teaching and faith building exercises,” Thompson said.

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

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

Thrift store volunteers listed for November

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

Oct. 26-27, St. John’s Methodist; Oct. 28, Grace Lutheran; Nov. 1, Tuesday Volunteers; Nov. 2-3, First Presbyterian; Nov. 4, Full Gospel Chapel; Nov. 8, Tuesday Volunteers; Nov. 9 -10, Peace Lutheran; Nov. 11, closed Veterans Day; Nov. 15, Tuesday Volunteers; Nov. 16-17, St. Joseph’s Catholic; Nov. 18, Guadalupanas; Nov. 22, 23, 24, 25, closed for Thanksgiving; Nov. 29, Tuesday Volunteers; Nov. 30, St. John’s Methodist.— Judy Brown, volunteer chair

New Beginning sets lock-in overnight Friday

Church of the New Beginning in Christ, 881 US 79 east of Mine Services (look for 3 crosses) will hold a lock-in from 7 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28-29.

“Bring your pillows, sleeping bags or blankets,” said Pastor Joshua Rodriguez. “We will have food and games throughout the lock- in.” For more information, call 512-568-0356.


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