The Reporter welcomes news of special events from area churches. Email or fax to 512-446-5317.

Rising Star Baptist to hold events on July 13 and 14

Rising Star Baptist Church publicist Jo Ann Bradford has announced the following church activities for July:

• Saturday, July 13, “Getting to Know You” Ladies Salad Dinner, 3 p.m. in fellowship hall. All women and teen girls invited. Bringing a covered dish is not required, but if you would like to bring a favorite salad, call Linda Henderson, 512-430-2322. This fellowship sponsored by Rising Star Women Activities.

• RSBC youth recognition program, 11 a. m. worship on Sunday, July 14. Youth recognition luncheon will follow. This is in observance of July’s “Make a Difference to Children Month.” All youth invited.

Rising Star Baptist is located at 1055 Texas Street. FMI: Jo Ann Bradford, 512-446-3242.

UM Army here this week to serve elderly, needy

St. John’s United Methodist Church is hosting U. M. Army in Rockdale July 7-13. Youth and adult volunteers from churches in the Galveston Bay area will be serving the elderly and needy of Rockdale and Cameron.

“U. M. Army is an opportunity for youth, college students and adults to experience Christian growth through mission, worship and fellowship. Participants combine their strengths to meet home repair and maintenance needs of those unable to help themselves,” said Rev. Adam Straznicky, St. John’s pastor.

Meadowbrook co-sponsor of annual shoe drive

Meadowbrook Baptist Church, Rockdale Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the annual shoe drive for needy school children, according to Denice Doss, spokesperson.

Signup will continue through July with the giveaway being held on Tuesday, Aug. 6. To sign up for shoes call Meadowbrook Baptist Church, 512-446-3367, or the Chamber of Commerce, 512-446-2030.

To donate for the drive call either of the two numbers above. Make checks payable to Meadowbrook Baptist Church as 100 percent of donations will be used to purchase shoes.

This is the third year for the drive. Last year more than 100 children received shoes, Doss said.

Forest Grove Christian one-day VBS Saturday

Forest Grove Christian Church will hold a one-day Vacation Bible School on Saturday, July 13 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Theme will be “ Hay Day— Growing in Friendship With Jesus.” All area youth invited.

FMI: Julie Jenkins, 512-430- 0192.

St. John’s and Peace Lutheran to hold VBS

St. John’s United Methodist Church and Peace Lutheran Church will co-host Vacation Bible School again this year, with the theme: “Everywhere Fun Fair—Where God’s World Comes Together.”

VBS will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 5-7, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. and is open to children age 3 years through 5th grade. All children in the area are invited. A snack supper will be served each evening.

FMI: St. John’s office, 446- 5853, or Jane Katz, VBS coordinator, 512-446-5498.

Murray Street new pastor’s first service here Sunday

Murray Street Church of Christ announces the arrival of their new minister on Sunday, July 14, according to Ricky Cox, spokesperson. “Brother Jason Hollinger and his family are coming to Rockdale from Coleman and he will conduct his first service here Sunday,” Cox said.

Bro. Hollinger’s sermons can be heard during a video sermon at

Murray Street Church of Christ invites the community to visit Sunday morning bible classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

During the summer, there is also a Wednesday night fellowship, devotional and meal.

Rising Star and Place of Hope to hold events

Rising Star Baptist Church will host a special presentation by Place of Hope on Wednesday, July 31 at 6 p.m., according to Jo Ann Bradford, church publicist.

“Place of Hope is a non-profit, non-denominational Pregnancy Resource Center, located at 231 E. Cameron Avenue in Rockdale.” Bradford said. “The Place of Hope mission is to demonstrate and share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ by providing practical help and loving support to those facing an unplanned pregnancy.”

All adults in community are encouraged to attend, Bradford said.

On Saturday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. there will be a Place of Hope presentation for teen girls and their parents. All teen girls and parents of the community are invited. This program will be held at RSBC fellowship hall.

Rising Star is located at 1055 Texas Street. FMI: Bradford, 512- 446-3242.

‘Carrying the Cross’ event set here Aug. 11

“Carrying the Cross—Join in Unison for Christ” will be held Sunday, Aug. 11, beginning in downtown Rockdale at the former Rockdale Ford location (across the Cameron Avenue from The Rockdale Reporter).

The event will assemble at that location at 2 p.m. and walk to Fair Park, according to John Krause, publicist. There will be water provided along the walk.

The walk will be followed by praise and worship at Fair Park, Krause said.

FMI: 512-446-4201.

Next men’s breakfast at St. John’s UMC

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 Tuesday, Aug. 13, at St. John’s United Methodist Church. “Purpose is Christian fellowship and all men of the Rockdale area are invited,” said Bill Avrett, spokesman.

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 member churches. Church volunteer assignments through July are as follows:

July 11, Guadalupanas; July 12, Foster Ladies; July 16, Tuesday Volunteers; July 17, Murray St. Church of Christ; July 18, First Christian; July 19, Mt. Zion Baptist; July 23, Tuesday Volunteers; July 24, Cowboy Church; July 25, St. John’s Methodist; July 26, Grace Lutheran; July 30, Tuesday Volunteers; July 31, Meadowbrook Baptist.—Judy Brown, volunteer chair.

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