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‘Human Trafficking’ Family Matters topic

“Human Trafficking,” a modern-day form of slavery, will be the topic for the next Family Matters program Wednesday, May 1 at St. John’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 1700 Hillcrest in Rockdale.

A snack supper will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:15. Speakers will be Dennis and Bobbie Mark of Redeemed Ministries, a faith-based non-profit formed in 2005 and dedicated to the liberation of victims trapped and exploited within human trafficking for sexual exploitation or forced labor.

A nursery will be provided. All parents interested in learning how to protect their children from human trafficking are encouraged to attend. The meeting is free.

FMI: Raymon Puente, 446-7064, or the church office, 446-5853.

Meadowbrook women’s ‘May Tea’ set for May 4

Meadowbrook Baptist Church believes specialized ministries for and by women are important to the health of a church. “A thriving Women’s Ministry (WM) group can help create a thriving church,” said Kathy Willis, spokesperson.

Biggest WM event at Meadowbrook is the annual May Tea, to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4.

“Meadowbrook’s May Tea is a special gathering created for all women inside and outside of their church—a time to pause our busy lives and get refreshed,” Willis said.

National author and speaker Rebecca Barlow Jordan from Greenville will be the speaker. Theme is “Beautiful Hearts/Beautiful Homes.”

Tickets, $10, are available at the church office. Meadowbrook is located at 1401 Colorado Avenue. FMI: Kathy Willis, 512-446-2359.

St. Joseph’s Mayfest coming up on May 5

St. Joseph’s Parish and the Rockdale Knights of Columbus will sponsor their 26th annual Mayfest on Sunday, May 5 at the KC Hall off US 79 east.

Serving of barbecue brisket and sausage plates with all the trimmings, priced at $8 per plate, will begin at 11 a.m., available to-go or dine-in.

Games and activities for both youth and adults will begin at 12:30 p.m. and a live auction will begin at 1 p.m.

Other activities will include a silent auction, raffles, cake walk, plant walk, crafts and country store, homemade kolaches and baked goods, religious merchandise and book sale.

In addition, there will be antique cars and motorcycles, a “cow train,” Bounce House, clown, pony rides, face painting and more.

Local pastor to speak at seminary graduation

Dr. David E. Gonnella, pastor of Landmark Baptist Church in Rockdale, will be the main speaker at the graduation ceremonies for the West Florida Baptist Institute and Seminary in Pensacola, Florida. The ceremony will take place on May 10.

West Florida Baptist Institute and Seminary is one of 20 seminaries within the American Baptist Association. The school offers theological and ministry degrees on bachelor, master, and doctoral levels.

‘Spring Fling Women’s Conference’ set May 4

A “Spring Fling Women’s Conference” will be held from 9 a.m until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Milam County Cowboy Church.

“Bring your daughters, mothers, aunts, sisters and friends,” said Cindy Jerman, event publicist.

Shannon Perry will present her series, “If the Shoe Fits.”

“Please join us for fellowship, music, ministry, lunch and shopping plus door prizes,” Jerman said.

Tickets are $5 and can be reserved by calling the church, 512-760-6282 or contact Jerman at RSVP by April 28. RSVP by April 28.

Heaven’s Highway event Saturday in Giddings

The Heaven’s Highway Riders Rockdale chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association and the Mayor of Giddings will release a proclamation for Motorcycle Safety Awareness at 10 a.m. Saturday in Giddings.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The reading of the proclamation will be held on the southside lawn of the Lee County Courthouse.

At 10:30 a.m. the Heaven’s Highway Riders will perform bike, police car, fire truck, and any vehicle blessing. “All are welcome and encouraged to attend,” said spokesman Ralph Sifuentes.

Anyone in the Rockdale area interested in making the trip to Giddings will meet at the Rockdale City Hall parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and will be leaving at 9 a.m. FMI: Sifuentes, 512- 229-8684.

Marlow Baptist to host Steel Magnolias Sunday

CAMERON—The Steel Magnolias will be in concert at Marlow Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 28. “This is a group of inspirational women who present a fully choreographed gospel music program,” said Carolyn Tate, spokesperson.

Marlow Baptist is located at 1794 CR 229, Cameron. FMI: 154-697- 2509.

Thrift store volunteers announced for month

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 April are as follows:

April 25, Guadalupanas; April 26, Meadowbrook Baptist; April 30, Tuesday Volunteers. —Judy Brown, volunteer chair

Next men’s breakfast May 21 at St. John’s

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 on the third Tuesday, May 21, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Hillcrest at Summit streets.

“Purpose is Christian fellowship and all men of the Rockdale area are invited,” said Bill Avrett, spokesman.

“The date has changed to the third Tuesday for the month of May only,” Avrett said. “The breakfast will return to the second Tuesday in June and thereafter.”

Christian philosophy Bible study each Sunday

Rockdale Outreach Center, 193 N. FM 487, is offering the Andrew Wommack Bible Study, “Christian Philosophy,” Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m.

Participants are studying 14 different topics such as: “Why I Should Care About Philosophy,” “Is the Bible True,” “How Do We Know The Bible Is Inspired” and “Can I Really Know God.”

FMI or to register: Tom Peoples, pastor/study leader, 512-413-4522. FMI about Andrew Wommack and Charis Bible College:

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