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Christmas Bazaar set at St. Joseph’s Saturday

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Ladies Society’s annual Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 and the society invites everyone in Rockdale and surrounding communities to the event.

The bazaar will be held in the church education building, 234 San Gabriel Street (next to the church) from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The bazaar will feature baked goods, arts and crafts items and homemade tamales for sale. There will also be a silent auction. Door prizes will be offered throughout the day.

A drawing will take place at 1:30 p.m., the close of the bazaar. Tickets for the prizes are $1 each or 6 for $5 (presence not necessary to win). Tickets may be purchased from society members and at the church doors after weekend Masses, as well as at the education building during office hours on the day of the bazaar.

The kitchen will be open and homemade chicken stew, chili and a variety of sandwiches will be available to purchase for lunch. Coffee is free.—Kelley Zapata, publicity

Church nativity display Friday and Saturday

“Help us celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ as we explore the beauty and art of nativities from around the world!”

That’s the message to all of Rockdale from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which will sponsor the annual Rockdale Nativity Display on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church is located at 310 Calhoun Drive in Rockdale.

“If you would like your nativity to be included in the display, you can drop it off at Rockdale Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Steve Daniels on any weekday through Dec. 1,” said Norma Rodriguez, event publicist. “The clinic’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.”

First Baptist choir sets cantata Sunday, Dec. 11

First Baptist Church’s Christmas Choir will perform its Christmas Cantata, “Majesty of Heaven,” at 11 a.m. worship on Sunday, Dec. 11. “We have a strong group of singers and they are working hard to prepare a beautiful Christmas worship presentation,” said Rev. Jack Chelf, pastor. The public is invited.

Landmark to screen Chrislam’ here Sunday

The video “ Chrislam” will be screened at Landmark Baptist Church on South Wilcox Street in Rockdale at 6 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 4 with the public invited, announced Dr. David Gonnella, pastor.

Dr. Gonnella said, “Chrislam is the blending of Islam and Christianity, and it is taking place all over America, with Christian churches having Imams to speak in their services, joint services between mosques and churches, and the Quran being read alongside the Bible in Christian churches.”

“Jack and Rexella Van Impe have produced a powerful video exposing the dangers of Chrislam, and naming the Christian leaders who are promoting it,” Dr. Gonnella said. “The video will answer such questions as these: Who are the global leaders promoting Chrislam? What does the Bible say about it? How does Chrislam fulfill two key final prophecies before the return of Christ? and more.”

Handbell choir yule concert set Dec. 11

THORNDALE— St. John Lutheran Church, 315 N. Sixth Street in Thorndale, will present the Sounds of Grace Handbell Choir in a Christmas concert entitled “Ring in the Season.”

The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the church. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Peace Lutheran choir’s cantata set December 11

Peace Lutheran Church’s choir will present its annual Christmas Cantata at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 with the public invited, in the church sanctuary, 303 Meadow Drive.

“Invite your friends, neighbors and relatives to join us for this wonderful music of the Christmas season,” a church spokesperson said.

Other December events for Peace Lutheran:

• Advent soup dinners at 6 p.m. each Wednesday evening through Dec. 18 in fellowship hall.

• Women of the church are invited to the annual ornament exchange at the home of Iris Hoff at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. For more information call 446-3978.

• The Altar Guild will be decorating for Christmas at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16. All wishing to help are welcome.

• Christmas potluck luncheon in fellowship hall following morning worship on Sunday, Dec. 18.

• Peace Lutheran’s traditional Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24 in the sanctuary. This service includes Holy Communion and ends in candlelight with the singing of “Silent Night” in German and English.

• Morning worship as usual at 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25.

St. Paul to host blood drawing Sunday 8-noon

THORNDALE— St. Paul Lutheran Church will host a Scott & White blood drive from 8 a.m. until noon Sunday, Dec. 4 on the church campus.

During October, 1,434 pints of blood were donated to the Scott & White Blood Center but 1,699 pints were transfused to patients in S&W hospitals. “More blood is being used than is being donated, creating a shortage,” said Teresa Ging, spokesperson. “Please consider donating blood—the gift of life—Sunday.”

Donors will receive a free holiday blood donor T-shirt, a coupon for 2 free games of open bowling, and other prize opportunities, Ging said.

Inspiration book club discusses The Shack

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

Final review and a covered dish meal will be Saturday, Dec. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Rockdale senior center.

For more information call Rosalind Green, 760-5457.

Next men’s breakfast at Meadowbrook Dec. 13

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, Dec. 13 will be held at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall. All men of the Rockdale area are invited.

Thrift store volunteers listed for December

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

Dec. 1, Full Gospel Chapel; Dec 2, Mt. Zion Baptist; Dec. 6, Tuesday Volunteers; Dec. 7-8, First Baptist; Dec. 9, First Christian; Dec. 13, Tuesday Volunteers; Dec. 14-15, Cowboy Church; Dec. 16, Grace Lutheran; Dec. 20-30, closed for Christmas; Jan. 3-6, closed for New Year (re-open Jan. 10).—Judy Brown, volunteer chair

Aglow Lighthouse sets meeting December 8

Rockdale Aglow Community Lighthouse will meet Thursday, Dec. 8 for fellowship and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and guest speaker at 7 p.m. at Rockdale General Store, 1201 W. US 79 in Rockdale.

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

Guest speaker will be Sherra Floyd Thomas who graduated from Rockdale High School in 1970 and from Court Reporting School in 1973.

“A Christian since her youth, Mrs. Thomas in 1979 became aware there is a Covenant of Victory and Glory in the baptism of the Holy Ghost and this radically changed her life,” Thompson said. “The greatest thing to happen to her since then has been a revelation of His Grace and just how profound it is to have our sins forgiven; that God will never leave us or forsake us, and that we have His righteousness. And she wants to share this with others.”

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