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Cowboy Church to host Pro-Am team roping Sun.

Milam County Cowboy Church will host a Pro-Amateur Team Roping here Sunday, March 17. Church service will start at 9 a.m. at the fairgrounds arena. Guest speaker will be David Key, a professional team roper who grew up in Caldwell. Roping events will start at 11 with a pro-am team roping where local amateurs get to rope with professionals and compete for a saddle and money.

After the Pro-Am there will be an open roping. “Last year we had several world champions competing,” said Daniel Garrison, publicist. “Following the open we’ll have a #11 slide,” he added.

‘Garden of Hope’ sets work days March 29-30

Rising Star Baptist Church’s “Garden of Hope” has scheduled work days from 9 a.m. until noon on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30 at the church grounds, 1055 Texas Street.

“Please bring garden tools, plants and seeds if you have some to share,” said JoAnn Bradford, RSBC publicist. “You may either request a plot or work in the common garden area,” she said.

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 the following speakers:

Monday, March 25--Rev. Pam Graham, St. Thomas Episcopal Church; Tuesday, March 26, Rev. Jack Chelf, First Baptist Church; Wednesday, March 27, Greg Spears, Milam County Cowboy Church; Thursday, March 28, Rev. Russ Willis, Meadowbrook Baptist Church; Friday, March 29, Lance Walch, Forest Grove Christian Church.

Easter sunrise service set here at Tiger Field

Rockdale’s annual community-wide Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 7 a.m. Sunday, March 31 at Tiger Field, the high school football stadium.

Music will be provided by Holy Peculiar, a Rockdale band.

Preacher for the service will be Rev. David Pussman, pastor of First Presbyterian Church. Other pastors leading in the service will be Rev. Russ Willis, pastor at Meadowbrook Baptist; Rev. Rita Sims, pastor at St. John’s United Methodist; Rev. Jack Chelf, pastor of First Baptist; and Rev. Pam Graham, pastor at St. Thomas Episcopal.

“Attendees are advised to bring a towel to wipe off any dew on the seats, or to bring a stadium seat,” said Rev. Sims, president of the Rockdale Ministerial Alliance which coordinates Rockdale’s Holy Week activities.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1700 Hillcrest, corner of Hillcrest and Summit.

IMAP Church holding Friday fund-raisers

Mundo Apostólico Pentecostés Church, located at 586 Ackerman Street, is selling to-go dinner plates as a fund-raiser on Fridays through the end of March.

Plates are $7 and include an entre, rice, beans and homemade flour tortillas. Serving will begin at 10 a.m.

Tickets are available at the door or call-in orders ahead to 979-450-9280.

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:

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

• March 29— Good Friday bake sale, in front of Walmart.

• March 30—Community Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., on church grounds.

• March 31—Easter Sunrise Service, 7 a.m., Tiger Field (will move to St John’s in case of inclement weather).

First Presbyterian Lenten/Easter events

First Presbyterian Church, 1600 Alcoa Avenue, Lenten and Easter schedule:

• Groundwork continues for Memorial Prayer garden.

• Sunday worship 10:30 a.m.

• Tuesday morning Bible study, 9:30, led by Pastor David Pussman.

• Choir practice 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

• Holy Week: Palm Sunday service, 10:30 a.m. March 24; Maundy Thursday service, 6 p.m. March 28; Good Friday service, 7 p.m. March 29; Easter Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m. March 31.

Family & Friends Day Sunday at Stephen Chapel

GAUSE— Stephen Chapel AME Church, 422 E. US 79, Gause, will hold its annual Family & Friends Day at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 with Rev. Keith Gavin, pastor, Allen AME Church, Rockdale, the speaker. FMI: Delores Fisher, 979-279-570.)

St. Thomas Episcopal Lenten, Easter schedule

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 302 E. Davilla, Lenten and Easter schedule:

• Wednesdays in Lent— 6 p.m. evening prayer followed by soup supper and book study

• Sundays—9:30 a.m. Harvard Lecture Series. 11:00 a.m.—Celebration of Holy Eucharist.

• Maundy Thursday—7 p.m. March 28, celebration of Holy Eucharist.

• Good Friday—7 p.m. March 29, narrative reading of the Passion of Christ with Holy Communion.

• Easter Sunday—11 a.m. March 31, celebration of the Feast of the Resurrection.

FMI: Rev. Pam Graham, vicar, 446- 5932.

‘Grace’ is DVD topic here Thursday for Aglow

Rockdale Aglow Lighthouse on Thursday, March 14 will present a DVD from the 2012 Aglow International Conference by Graham Cooke on “Grace, Marvelous Grace.”

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at Kountry Inn, 1200 West Cameron Avenue (US 79) in Rockdale. “Come join us and bring a friend,” said Dian Jaecks, publicist.

“Cooke is a popular speaker around the world with a passion to empower people of God to walk in their true identity,” Jaecks said.

St. Paul’s announces egg hunt, Easter services

THORNDALE—St. Paul Lutheran Church will host a community Easter egg hunt on the grounds of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 and all children of the community are invited.

In case of rain, the event will be held in the Family Activity Center.

The public is also invited for St. Paul’s Easter services on March 31: Sunrise service at 7 a.m. presented by the church youth; Easter breakfast at 8 a.m., Sunday school at 9:15 a.m., and Easter worship at 10:15 a.m.

RSBC lists events for month of March

March events at Rising Star Baptist Church, Rev. Royal Johnson, pastor:

• Saturday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m.—Women’s breakfast at Lee’s Landing.

• Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m.— Annual Women Day (speakers 11 a.m. Minister Linda Meekins; 3 p.m. Rev. Debra Greene.

• Saturday, March 23—4th annual RSBC Golf Classic (see separate story, this page).

Next men’s breakfast at First Presbyterian

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 April 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 1600 Alcoa Avenue.

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

Thrift store volunteers listed through March

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:

March 14, Peace Lutheran; March 15, First Presbyterian; March 19, Tuesday Volunteers; March 20, St. Joesph’s Catholic; March 21, Mt. Zion Baptist; March 22, Grace Lutheran; March 26, Tuesday Volunteers; March 27, Full Gospel; March 28, Meadowbrook Baptist; March 29, closed (Good Friday).—Judy Brown, volunteer chair

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