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FELLOWSHIP PRESIDENT—Greg Spears, pastor of Milam County Cowboy Church, was recently elected to serve as president of the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches. It is the second time for Spears to hold the position. He began the Milam County church five years ago. Spears and wife Kerry live in Milano and have two children, Cordell, 8, and Riley, 6. FELLOWSHIP PRESIDENT—Greg Spears, pastor of Milam County Cowboy Church, was recently elected to serve as president of the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches. It is the second time for Spears to hold the position. He began the Milam County church five years ago. Spears and wife Kerry live in Milano and have two children, Cordell, 8, and Riley, 6. The Reporter welcomes news of special events from area churches. There is no charge. Fax to 446-5317 or email bill@rockdalereporter.com.

First Baptist church choir’s cantata Sunday

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.

Handbell choir yule concert set Sunday

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 for Sunday

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.

Other December events for Peace Lutheran:

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

• The Altar Guild will decorate 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. This service includes Holy Communion and ends in candlelight with the singing of “Silent Night” in German and English.

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

St. John’s UMC choir to sing cantata Dec. 18

St. John’s United Methodist Church chancel choir will present its annual Christmas cantata during 11 a.m. morning worship on Sunday, Dec. 18, Rev. Rita Sims, pastor, has announced. The public is invited.

The choir, under the direction of Melanie Todd, will perform “Shout the Good News,” by Lloyd Larson.

Other Christmas season events at St. John’s will include:

• Advent study, 4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18, led by Pastor Sims.

• Christmas caroling at Renaissance Villa, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

• Christmas Eve candlelight and communion service, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.

• Dec. 25, Christmas Day, special one-room Sunday school class, 9:45 a.m., children’s Christmas pageant enacting Luke 2, fellowship hall.

• Sunday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day celebration at 11 a.m., sanctuary.

“The public is cordially invited to any and all of these events,” Rev. Sims said.

Christmas musical set Dec. 18 at Forest Grove

Forest Grove Christian Church will present its annual Christmas musical, “Mary Did You Know?” on Sunday, Dec. 18.

“The program will begin at 6 p.m. with the children’s presentation and go straight into the adult performance,” said Trina Edwards, spokesperson.

“Light refreshments will be served immediately following the performances and everyone is welcome to attend,” Edwards said. For more information call 979-542-8493.

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 Tuesday, Meadowbrook

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. 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 here Thursday

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.

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,” Sabrina Thompson, Aglow publicist, 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 forsake us, and that we have His righteousness. And she wants to share this with others.”

‘Celebrating the Gift’ at Rising Star Baptist

Rising Star Baptist Church invites the public to its December “Celebrating the Gift From Our Father,” with services at 11 a.m. each Sunday plus special guests each Wednesday night as follows:

Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., David Matthews, youth minister, Meadowbrook Baptist Church; Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., J. B. Martin, Abundant Life, Pflugerville, and Unity Praise Dancers, Mt. Pleasant, Thrall; Dec. 21 at 6 p.m., Christmas music recital, Matinee Music Club, followed by fellowship and Christmas ornament exchange. (No midweek service Dec. 28.)

“As we struggle as a nation, view the conditions in our community, and in the midst of our many personal issues, we still have a reason to celebrate the Gift that brings light in darkness, hope, peace and everlasting joy,” said JoAnn Bradford, spokesperson.


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