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SIX YEARS RUNNING—For the sixth year in a row, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale was recognized as Outstanding Church Blood Drive by Scott & White Blood Center. The award was announced at the center’s annual appreciation banquet Jan. 31 at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple. In 2012, St. Paul hosted six blood drives and collected 157 pints of blood. The church’s first drive of 2013 will be held Sunday, Feb. 24. Scott & White Bloodmobile will be on the church campus from 8 a.m. to noon. Above are (L-R) Jennifer Roden, donor recruitment manager for Scott & White Blood Center, and Teresa Ging, St. Paul blood drive coordinator. SIX YEARS RUNNING—For the sixth year in a row, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale was recognized as Outstanding Church Blood Drive by Scott & White Blood Center. The award was announced at the center’s annual appreciation banquet Jan. 31 at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple. In 2012, St. Paul hosted six blood drives and collected 157 pints of blood. The church’s first drive of 2013 will be held Sunday, Feb. 24. Scott & White Bloodmobile will be on the church campus from 8 a.m. to noon. Above are (L-R) Jennifer Roden, donor recruitment manager for Scott & White Blood Center, and Teresa Ging, St. Paul blood drive coordinator. 100 Women in Red event set here Feb. 16

“100 Women in Red” will be hosted by the women of Allen AME Church in Rockdale on Saturday, Feb. 16 from noon until 2 p.m.

Theme for the event is “Godly Women on the Move in 2013.” Speaker will be Sharri Allen of Waco. The program will include praise dancers and singers and representative from Manor Oaks will speak on “Heart Health.”

A salad luncheon will be served. All women of Rockdale and surrounding communities are invited, according to Rev. Keith Gavin, pastor. FMI: Elizabeth Johnson, 512-983-1921.

Peace Lutheran sets Ash Wednesday service

Peace Lutheran Church, 303 Meadow Drive, will hold an Ash Wednesday service at 6 p.m. Feb 13 in the church sanctuary.

FBC deacons to serve gourmet dinner Saturday

Deacons of First Baptist Church, 140 Green Street, will serve up a candlelight gourmet dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday to FBC widows, widowers and elderly singles in the church Family Life Center.

“It is a joy for our deacons to provide this annual meal and those served always enjoy the event,” said Rev. Jack Chelf, pastor.

St. John’s UMC lists Lenten/Easter events

St. John’s United Methodist Church, Summit at Hillcrest streets, Rev. Rita Sims, pastor, has announced the following Lenten/ Easter events:

• Feb. 13—Ash Wednesday Service, 6 p.m.

• March 28—Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m.

• March 29—Bake sale.

• March 30—Community Eater Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.

• March 31—Easter Sunrise Service, 7 a.m.

Easter Holy Week luncheons at FBC

Rockdale Ministerial Alliance will sponsor its annual noon-hour Community Holy Week luncheon services March 25-29 in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.

Each meeting features sandwiches and finger foods provided by participating local churches, plus music, scripture and a short Holy Week message brought by various local clergy.

New Hope’s pastor appreciation Feb. 17

New Hope Baptist Church will celebrate Pastor Roderick D. Jackson Sr. and Sis. Tamera Jackson’s 5th anniversary with an appreciation service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Speaker will be Rev. Derron Robinson of New Elam Baptist Church of Hearne.

‘Methodist Christian’ series at St. John’s UMC

Rev. Rita Sims, pastor at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Summit at Hillcrest streets, is presenting a sermon series at 11 a.m Sunday worship entitled, “The Unique Marks of being a Methodist Christian.”

Remaining topics:

• Feb. 10—“Who are Jesus and the Holy Spirit?”

• Feb. 17—“What’s the Common History of Christians?”

• Feb. 24—“What are Methodist Beliefs?”

• March 3—“What’s American Methodists’ Beginnings?”

• March 10—“How is the Methodist Church Organized?”

Rising Star Baptist lists February events

Rising Star Baptist Church, 1022 Texas Street, has scheduled the following events:

• Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.—Girls leadership workshop.

• Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. —Black History observance, sponsored by Youth Department (Black History attire and serving Black History foods after worship).

• Sunday, Feb. 17 at 9:30 a.m.— New member orientation.

• Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—Financial Matters Course for teens and adults.

• Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. —Pastor appreciation program honoring Pastor Royal Johnson and wife Adrienne. Guest Speaker, Pastor Richard Coaxum, St. Mary BC, Pflugerville

• Saturday, March 23—Fourth annual RSBC golf tournament, Blackhawk Golf Club, Pflugerville. Registration 11:30 a.m., shotgun start 1:30.

• Bible study at 7 p.m. each Wednesday.—Jo Ann Bradford, publicist.

Methodists to host next men’s breakfast

An ecumenical monthly men’s Christian fellowship breakfast is held from 7 until 8 a.m. each second Tuesday, the site rotating between several local churches. Next breakfast will be Feb. 12 at St. John’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

Purpose is Christian fellowship and all men of the Rockdale area are invited, according to Bill Avrett, spokesman.

Thrift store volunteers listed through February

Rockdale Christian Services Heavenly Treasures thrift store serving the needy at 233 North Main Street is staffed by volunteers from RCS members churches. Church assignments through February are as follows:

Feb. 7, First Baptist; Feb. 8, Foster Ladies; Feb. 12, Tuesday Volunteers; Feb. 13, First Christian; Feb. 14, St. Joseph Catholic; Feb. 15, Murray St. Church of Christ; Feb. 19, Tuesday Volunteers; Feb. 20, First Presbyterian; Feb. 21, Cowboy Church; Feb. 22, Grace Lutheran; Feb. 26, Tuesday Volunteers; Feb. 27, Meadowbrook Baptist; Feb. 28, Full Gospel Chapel.— Judy Brown, volunteer chair

‘Family Matters’ event March 6 at St. John’s

St. John’s United Methodist Church will host a “Family Matters” program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, geared towards parents, preteens and teenagers with behavior and discipline issues.

The program will begin with a snack supper at 6 p.m. and at 6:30 a panel of speakers will be featured. Location is the St. John’s fellowship hall.

The speakers will include Probation Officer Daniel Wheeler, Counselor Angela White and Justice of the Peace Andy Isaacs.

“Rare indeed is the parent who avoids discipline problems in today’s world,” noted Rev. Rita Sims, St. John’s pastor. She said families will receive help from local resources with helpful ideas to avoid problems and pitfalls.

“Come and receive valuable information from these local speakers. A nursery will be provided,” Rev. Sims said.

FMI: Raymon Puente, 446- 7064, or St. John’s Church, 446- 5853. St. John’s is located at 1700 Hillcrest, corner of Hillcrest and Summit.


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