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‘Angel Night’ set Oct. 31
Rising Star Baptist Church, 1022 Texas Street, will hold “Angel Night” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, according to JoAnn Bradford, spokesperson.
“Everyone is invited,” 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/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 item for donation,” Bradford said.
28th St. Paul chili feed
THORNDALE—St. Paul Lutheran School Parent Teacher Foundation (PTF) will sponsor the 28th annual chili supper/fellowship night fund-raiser on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Serving will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Fireman’s Hall.
Attractions will include silent and live auctions, a cake walk, and games for children. A dessert sale will offer cakes, pies and homemade ice cream.
Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening.— Audrey Gamble, publicist.
The annual Community/City-Wide Hallelujah Festival will be held at New Jerusalem Church on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., according to Rev. Dennis Brooks, pastor.
“This is a free event and everyone in the community is invited,” he said. New Jerusalem Church is located at 103 Mulberry Street in Rockdale.
FMI: Denitra Rideaux, 446-4910, or Adrianna Gutierrez, 446-5152.
St. John’s Trunk or Treat
St. John’s United Methodist Church, Summit at Hillcrest, will hold a Trunk or Treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 in the church parking lot. All children are invited to receive candy and goodies.
Lord’s Acre—St. John’s will hold its annual Lord’s Acre fund-raiser on Sunday, Nov. 4 from noon until 2 p.m. in fellowship hall. The event offers crafts, sweets, gift items, silent and live auctions and “meals in a minute.” Barbecue plates will be served at noon.
Town Hall—Members and guests are invited to a Community of Faith Town Hall Meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 in the sanctuary to seek God’s direction for the church. A daily prayer guide is available.
FMI: 446-5853 or email@example.com.
Outdoor campfire revival
San Gabriel Baptist Church will hold an outdoor campfire revival at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Each evening will feature worship under the stars with gospel singing, prayers and preaching.
Evangelist will be Rev. Larry Givens.
“Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs and join us. 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.
WOW retreat Saturday
Women of Wisdom ( WOW) will hold its first annual women’s retreat on Saturday, Oct. 27, sponsored by Gospel of Life Church. Theme will be “Do you know God?” Speakers will be Pastor Ann Rios, Pastor Shirley Lange and Pastor Adelfa Davis.
Schedule for the 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., discussion groups; 11:15 a.m., Pastor Lange; noon, lunch break; 1 p.m., praise and worship; 1:20, Pastor Davis; 2:05, discussion groups; 2:40, final break; 3 p.m., altar call and closing prayer.
FMI: Co-Pastor Maria Gonzales, 512-663-9963.
Benefit banquet Nov. 3
THORNDALE— Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Rev. L.E. Caldwell Sr., pastor, will sponsor a benefit banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Thorndale Senior Citizens Hall, 200 South Cornelius Street.
Special guest will be comedian “MizT.” Tickets are $15 each. FMI: Patricia Hawthorne, 512-352-5506, or Laverne Caldwell, 512-365-8612.
FBC early Sunday service
On Nov. 4, First Baptist Church of Rockdale will start a new early Sunday morning worship service. “Live Out Loud” (LOL) will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Family Life Center.
“LOL will be praise and worship for all ages and families,” said Leslie Hasselbach, spokesperson. “Please join us as we begin our new service.”
Sunday school will follow at 9:45 a.m. and traditional Sunday morning worship will continue to begin at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Trunk and treat— First Baptist Church will hold a Trunk and Treat event from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 31 in the church parking lot, announced Meghaan Bow, publicist.
New Hope Baptist Church, during October and November, is holding “Worshiping Wednesdays” at 6:30 p.m. “Everyone is invited. The message is brought by a different minister from this area,” said Deborah Crawford, publicist.
Trunk and treat—New Hope will host a Trunk and Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 6:30 in the church parking lot, Crawford said.
‘Christmas Child’ drive
First Baptist Church in Rockdale will again sponsor a Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child gift drive.
“Get your shoe boxes, fill them and bring them to the First Baptist relay center to go out to children in different parts of the world,” said Barbara Clark, spokesperson.
Collections days are Nov. 12-19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 to 11:30 Saturday and Sunday, with extra 5 to 7 p.m. hours Wednesday and Sunday.
FMI: 446-5375 or 446-4207.
Aglow Bible study
Rockdale Aglow Neighborhood Lighthouse is holding a Bible Study on Thursdays through Oct. 25 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Rockdale General Store, 1201 W. Highway 79, according to Sabrina Thompson, publicist. Bible study leader is Sherra Floyd Thomas.
Rising Star BC events
Rising Star Baptist Church Women’s Ministry will present a breast cancer awareness program at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Coordinator is Rosalind Green and speaker is Archillia Smith, breast cancer survivor.
Nutrition—A food, nutrition and fitness awareness family program will be held at Rising Star, 1055 Texas Street, on Monday, Nov. 5. Topics and speakers will be:
6:30 p.m., “Healthy Eating,” Cheryl Walker, county agent; 7:30, “Healthy Snacks,” Walker; 7:45, “Daily Fitness,” Deron Clay, personal trainer.
“Everyone is invited,” said Jo Ann Bradford, spokesperson.
Bible study—RSBC hosts a women’s bible study at 9 a.m. Sundays. Current topic: “Daring to Dance With God.”
Veterans trail ride
MILANO—A veterans trail ride will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at Morning Star Ranch near Milano, ranch owner Andy Isaacs announced.
The ride will start at 9 a.m. and include a certified American Competitive Trail Horse Association trail. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Isaacs said.
Morning Star Ranch is located at 4701 CR 328. FMI: 512-455-2552, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Festival Sunday
THORNDALE—First Baptist Church in Thorndale will host a Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.
Opening events will be carnival games, bounce house, crafts, food and drinks and a drawing for a Nintendo Wii. At dusk the church will hold its Trunk-or-Treat. Trick-or-treaters will pass by decorated car trunks, or backs of vehicles, as participants hand out candy.
“There will be something fun for everyone,” said Heather Herrera, publicist. FMI: 412-429-0473.
Women on Mission
Women on Mission of First Baptist Church met Oct. 11 in the Family Life Center for a study of Hosea led by Jane Robinson.
Others attending were Faye Simpson, Elaine Simpson, Elaine Holliman, Joyce Cryer, Ann Sonntag, Mary Lois Morgan, Margaret Caffey, Gladys Roberts and Jane Darwin.
Members also assembled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
On Nov. 7, Lynette Simpson Fischer will present a program on her recent mission trip to Ukraine with the Singing Men of Texas. Everyone is invited.— Elaine Simpson, reporter