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Tabernacle of Moses open through May 13

CAMERON—The “Tabernacle Experience” is coming to Cameron.

Beginning Friday, May 3 and continuing through May 13, the life-size, interactive Tabernacle of Moses will be open to guests at Primera Baptist Church, 904 East First Street, according to Charles L. Cole, director of Missions for the FIRM Baptist Area, headquartered in Cameron.

“This fully interactive exhibit has seven stations that lead visitors through an Old Testament journey that is formative as well as informative,” Cole said

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:30 until 8 p.m. Sunday.

A $5 contribution per person is requested. Cole said more than 100,000 people have made this approximate 50-minute tour.

“This replica of the portable sanctuary remains true to the precise size and layout of the original Tabernacle constructed by Moses,” Cole said. “Visitors will take a self-guided, narrated tour, learning at each station about the tent that housed the Ark of the Covenant over 3,000 years ago, as described in the book of Exodus.”

FMI: call 254-697-6505 or visit firm.isrv.org.

Cowboy Church offers Kingdom Dog Ministries

Milam County Cowboy Church will present “God’s truths taught through a hunting dog” Saturday, June 1 in a program for men.

Kirk Glasby, publicist, said the event will include a steak dinner, music and a message from Hank Hough of Kingdom Dog Ministries. “Hank shares through his Labrador retriever hunting dogs,” Glasby said. Hough will also bring his message at the 10 a.m. Sunday service June 2.

Saturday’s schedule: a 3-D archery shoot, 3 p.m.; dinner, 5:30; and Hough’s program. Men wishing to attend Saturday should RSVP to 512- 630-1607 or kglasby@gmailcom.

Garage, bake sales to aid parsonage fund

THORNDALE— Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, at 207 N. Main Street in Thorndale.

The church will also hold a bake sale from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 11 in front of Thorndale Meat Market.

Proceeds go to parsonage improvements. FMI: 898-2537 or 898-2196.

Local pastor to speak at seminary graduation

Dr. David E. Gonnella, pastor of Landmark Baptist Church in Rockdale, will be the main speaker Friday at the graduation ceremonies for the West Florida Baptist Institute and Seminary in Pensacola, Florida.

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.

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:

May 9, First Presbyterian; May 10, Foster Ladies; May 14, Tuesday Volunteers; May 15, Peace Lutheran; May 16, Full Gospel; May 17, Meadowbrook Baptist; May 21, Tuesday Volunteers; May 22, Cowboy Church; May 23, Guadalupanas; May 24, Grace Lutheran; May 28, Tuesday Volunteers; May 29, St. Joseph’s Catholic; May 30, First Christian; May 31, Mt. Zion Baptist.—Judy Brown, volunteer chair

‘Summer Explosion’ bike/car show May 18

Meadowbrook Baptist Church will hold its third annual “Summer Explosion” bike and auto show, also fea- turing music, games and food, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

The event will be held in the church parking lot. FMI: Ryan Warner, youth minister, 512-234-0857.

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.”

Women on Mission

Women on Mission of First Baptist Church met May 1 in the FBC Family Life Center. A study on Islam was presented by Jane Robinson.

Others attending were Dr. Lucile Estell, Mary Yates, Gladys Roberts, Faye Simpson, Elaine Simpson, Barbara Clark, Jane Darwin and Mary Lois Morgan.—Elaine Simpson, reporter


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