Prayer vigil set Friday for Dustin Pickel, age 2

St. John’s United Methodist Church will hold a 12-hour prayer vigil for 2-year-old Dustin John Pickel and his family on Friday, Oct. 12, the day he has surgery at Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York City.

Dustin has a malignant neuroblastoma in his abdomen next to his kidney. He has undergone five rounds of chemotherapy and the tumor has been reduced to operable size.

Dustin is the son of Kelly and Jeff Pickel of Round Rock. He has an older brother Braden, 5, a kindergarten student, and a baby brother, Collin Lane, almost one year old.

Grandparents are Sharon and John Shoemake of Rockdale and Sherry and Tim Pickel of Meredith, New Hampshire.

Aunts and uncles are Kirby Shoemake and wife Kristy of Georgetown and Beth and Pierre Doda of Meredith. Great aunt is Wenda Dyer of Rockdale.

The church will be open for “comeas you-are” prayer from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited to join St. John’s members in prayer for Dustin’s surgery, recovery and healing.

‘Angel Night’ set Oct. 31 at Rising Star Baptist

Rising Star Baptist Church will hold “Angel Night” on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., according to JoAnn Bradford, spokesperson.

“Everyone is invited to celebrate with Rising Star on Angel Night,” she said. “Kids can wear their favorite bible character, super hero, prince or princess costume. Please, dress kids in costumes that represent good, not evil.”

Food and activities will include popcorn, candy, hot dogs, chips, bobbing for apples, face painting, coloring station, a movie for the kids and a costume contest. “The event is free, please bring a canned good/non-perishable food items for donation,” Bradford said. Rising Star is located at 1022 Texas Street. FMI: 446-3242.

Preaching Rally ahead at Rockdale Christian

Rockdale Christian Church, at Yokley and Rockdale Road, will host a Preaching Rally at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 22-26, according to Harry Stephenson, minister.

“Come hear God’s word from area Christian preachers and join in praise to God the Father and the Son Jesus Christ,” he said. “Everyone is invited, regardless of church affiliation, and you will be inspired, uplifted and encouraged in your faith.”

FMI: 512-734-9155.

Upcoming events listed for St. John’s UMC

St. John’s United Methodist Church will hold a Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the church parking lot. All children are invited to receive candy and goodies.

The annual Lord’s Acre will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4 from noon until 2 p.m. at St. John’s fellowship hall. Lord’s Acre is an annual fund-raiser that includes crafts, sweets, gift items, silent and live auctions and “meals in a minute.” A barbecue lunch begins at noon.

Members and guests are invited to the Community of Faith Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary, to seek God’s direction for the church. A daily prayer guide is available.

St. John’s is located at 1700 Hillcrest, corner of Hillcrest and Summit. FMI: 446-5853 or

Outdoor campfire revival at San Gabriel

San Gabriel Baptist Church will conduct an outdoor campfire revival at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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

Evangelist will be Rev. Larry Givens. “Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs, join in this country outdoor event and refreshments will follow each service. Admission is free,” said Tim Cheatham, pastor.

The church is at 263 CR 421A in San Gabriel, six miles north of Thorndale just off FM 486 north. FMI: visit

Women of Wisdom retreat set for Oct. 27

Women of Wisdom (WOW) will hold its first annual women’s retreat on Saturday, Oct. 27, sponsored by Gospel of Life Church. Retreat theme will be “Do you know God?”

Speakers will be Pastor Ann Rios, Pastor Shirley Lange and Pastor Adelfa Davis.

Pre-registration will be held through Oct. 18 and there is no fee. Schedule for the Oct. 27 retreat:

8 a.m., registration; 9 a.m., opening prayer, praise and worship; 9:30 a.m., Pastor Rios; 10:15 a.m., break for Q&A; 10:30 a.m., break into discussion groups; 11:15 a.m., Pastor Lange; noon, lunch break;

1 p.m., praise and worship; 1:20, Pastor Davis; 2:05, break into discussion groups; 2:40, final break; 3 p.m., altar call and closing prayer.

For more information, call Co-Pastor Maria Gonzales, 512-663-9963.

Lawrence Chapel UMC chili supper Saturday

THORNDALE—The annual Lawrence Chapel United Methodist chili supper will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 in the Lawrence Chapel fellowship hall.

“Come enjoy hot chili, homemade cakes, pies and ice cream,” said Rebecca Garcia, spokesperson.

The church is eight miles south of Thrall on Williamson CR 473.

Next men’s breakfast Nov. 13 at St. John’s

An ecumenical Christian men’s breakfast fellowship is held from 7 to 8 a.m. each second Tuesday, the location rotating between several local churches.

Next breakfast will be held on Nov. 13 at St. John’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

“All men of the area are invited to attend,” said Bill Avrett, spokesman.

Rockdale Aglow Bible study Oct. 11, 18, 25

Rockdale Aglow Neighborhood Lighthouse will hold a Bible Study on Thursdays, Oct. 11, 18 and 25 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Rockdale General Store, 1201 W. Highway 79, according to Sabrina Thompson, spokesperson. Bible study leader will be Sherra Floyd Thomas.

FBC sets ‘Operation Christmas Child’ drive

It’s that time of year again for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child gift drive.

Get your shoe boxes, fill them and bring them to the Relay center to go out to children in different parts of the world. The relay center is located at First Baptist in Rockdale.

Collections days are Nov. 12-19. Hours will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 Saturday and Sunday, with extra 5 to 7 p.m. hours Wednesday and Sunday.

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

SAOG Church has new service times

Spanish Assembly of God Church, located at 210 Houston Street in Rockdale, has new service times. Spanish services are held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sundays and English services from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pastor Max Rosas Sr. ministers during the Spanish services and Mike Zapata the English services.

Worship service and Bible study are held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. These are in English.

A new Bible study, “Battlefield of the Mind,” is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The public is invited. Youth and children’s services are also held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Please contact Mike Zapata at 512- 429-1689 for more information.

RSBC women’s study held each Sunday

The ladies ministry of Rising Star Baptist Church invites all women to attend Bible study at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday at 1022 Texas Street. For more information, call Lisa Dennis, 512-657-3972, or Jo Ann Bradford, 446-3242.

Post-game ‘5th Quarter’ follows home games

Meadowbrook Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (across from the main entrance of Rockdale High School) hosts “5th Quarter” youth fellowships immediately following varsity football home games this season.

“These events are for students 6th through 12th grades, and everyone is invited,” said Ryan Warner, youth minister at Meadowbrook.

For more information, call Ryan 979- 571-0800 or church office, 446-3367.

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