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St. John’s UMC choir to sing cantata Sunday

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 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.

Peace Lutheran lists December events

Peace Lutheran Church December events have been announced as follows:

• 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.

FBC choir to perform musical at Gause BC

“Majesty of Heaven,” a Christmas musical by Tom Fettke, will be presented by the First Baptist Church choir of Rockdale at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Gause Baptist Church, corner of Walnut and Main streets in Gause.

Cody Kaufmann is choir director and narrator will be Charlie McGregor. Soloists are Amanda Kaufman, “Christmas Morning,” and Doc Shuffield, “Mary Did You Know?”

Choir members are Ernestine Betchan, Jack Chelf, LeAnne Chelf, Paul Clark, Lisa Debault, Kaeley Jenkins, Amanda Kaufmann, Pam Kaufmann, Lisa Loewe, Kolette Morgan, Allyson Page, Dana Pendleton, David Pendleton, Doc Shuffield, Michelle Shuffield, Elaine Simpson, Janet Vaughan, Dixie Whitmore, Bob Wilson, Tammie Young and Brad Young. Barbara Clark and Mark Vreeland are sound technicians.

Christmas musical set Sunday 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.

Presbyterians to host next men’s breakfast

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, Jan. 10 will be held at First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. All men of the Rockdale area are invited.

First Assembly sets ‘Cross the Line’ Dec. 23

First Assembly of God Church invites the public to a “Cross the Line Communion—A Personal Time with Our Lord,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, according to Jason Armstrong, pastor.

“Cross the Line is an alternative ministry and open to everyone. We will be serving food afterwards,” Armstrong said.

First Assembly of God Church is located at 310 Childress Drive in Rockdale.

Women on Mission hold study meeting

Women on Mission of First Baptist Church in Rockdale met Dec. 7 for a program on international missions and prayer.

Attending were Ramona Barlow, mission study leader; Faye Simpson, Elaine Simpson, Laura Gary, Jane Robinson, Barbara Clark, Ann Sonntag, Becky Page, Michelle Shuffield, Mary Lois Morgan, Delores Sonntag and David Kaufmann.

Bible study will be at 10 a.m. on Dec. 21 in the FBC Family Life Center.—Elaine Simpson, reporter

Inspiration book club’s study to end Saturday

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.

Thrift store volunteers, holidays announced

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

Dec. 14-15, Cowboy Church; Dec. 16, Grace Lutheran.

Holidays—Heavenly Treasures w ill be closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 5 for the holidays.

The store will reopen Jan. 6 and will hold a “$3 bag day” on that day.—Judy Brown, volunteer chair

‘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.

On Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m., Christmas music recital will be held by the 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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