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

Grace Lutheran bake, garage sale Saturday

The Ladies of Grace Lutheran Church in Rockdale will hold a bake/ garage sale on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., according to Mickey Meadors, spokesperson.

Grace Lutheran is located at the corner of Wilcox and Bell streets.

St. Paul to offer Financial Peace U.

THORNDALE— St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale will sponsor Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, a 9-week class series which will begin Sunday, Sept. 8.

All classes will start at 7 p.m. in the worship building at St. Paul’s and Pastor James Mann will be the facilitator. Materials will be ordered after the first session for those who register. Also, registration can be done online at

The first full-session class is free. The class teaches individuals and families how to budget, get out of debt and stay out, communicate better about finances, invest with confidence and improve their financial future.

Cowboy Church women set Fall Fling Oct. 12

The Milam County Cowboy Church Women’s Team will hold their Fall Fling from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, according to Cindy Jerman, publicist.

“The Fall Fling will feature 2011 Female Horizon Award Winner Sandie Dickey and our very own local blessing, songstress Janice Cowen,” Jerman said. Lunch and door prizes will be provided.

FMI and to purchase tickets: call Jerman, 254-697-5236.

Rising Star plans 106th anniversary, homecoming

Rising Star Baptist Church will hold its 106th anniversary and homecoming Sunday, Sept. 15 at the church, 1055 Texas Street in Rockdale, with the public invited. Events will be:

• 10:45 a.m.—Guest speaker Rev. Charles Ray Terry, pastor of New Birth Baptist Church in Plano.

• 3 p.m.—Guest speaker Rev. Kevin Nelson, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in San Antonio.

The church’s 106th anniversary focus is “Families.”

“Please join us and invite all your family members,” said JoAnn Bradford, spokesperson. “The family with most members in attendance will be acknowledged with a plaque with their family name.”

Forest Grove church homecoming Sept. 15

Forest Grove Christian Church invites the public to attend its annual homecoming service and fellowship lunch on Sunday, Sept. 15. Speaker will be Brother James Diamond. Praise service will start at 9:30 a.m., Sunday School (for all ages) at 10 a.m., and worship at 11 a.m., with the meal to follow.

FMI: Lance Walch, FGCC minister, 512-446-5627 (office), or 979-716- 8409 (cell).

New Hope Baptist sets 122nd homecoming

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 327 E. 3rd Street, invites the public to help celebrate its 122nd annual church homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

Guest speaker and guests will be Pastor Willie Phillips of the Smith Chapel AME Church. “We hope you will come be a part of this celebration,” said Deborah Crawford, spokesperson.

RSBC ‘Garden of Hope’ offering plots for fall

Rising Star Baptist Church’s community “Garden of Hope” project at 1055 Texas Street, Rockdale, announces that it is time to plan fall gardening.

Anyone who would like an individual or group plot may obtain one by contacting James Bradford at 512-446- 3242. Work days will be announced.

St. Thomas ‘Invitation Sunday’ September 15

Sept. 15 will be “Invitation Sunday” at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 302 E. Davilla, in Rockdale.

“All are welcome to join us for the 11 a.m. service,” said Rev. Pam Graham, St. Thomas vicar.

Guest preacher for the service will be the Rev. Canon John Newton. “John is the Canon for lifelong Christian formation,” Rev. Graham said. “His vocation is to preach, teach, guide, shape, clarify, listen, articulate, and empower so that we can grow up into Christ together and joyfully live into our Baptismal Covenant.”

“Fr. John is a profound, dynamic, witty preacher—one definitely not to miss,” Rev. Graham added.

‘Little blessings’ fund-raiser planned

THORNDALE—A “Little Blessings” fund-raiser benefiting the St. Paul Lutheran School in Thorndale will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at Fireman’s Hall.

Tickets are $100 each and entitle the buyer and a guest to a catered chicken fried steak meal and a chance to win the following:

Camouf lage Kubota RTV 400 ($9,000 value); 5-by-10-foot utility trailer ($1,500 value); $500 Visa gift card.

Only 200 of the $100 tickets will be sold. Also available are $25 “meal and dance only” tickets. Holders of the $25 tickets can bid on auction items.

The Oct. 26 fund-raiser schedule: 5 p.m., registration and social hour; 6 p.m. meal; 7 p.m. drawing, live auction and dance.

FMI: Marty Irwin, 512-760-5056; Denise Melde, 512-269-9620; Jimmy Gilmore, 512-269-6810; Gina Gillmore, 512-269-9309.

Garage sale, BBQ to benefit Shiloh BC

THORNDALE—Two fund-raisers have been scheduled to benefit First Shiloh Baptist Church’s construction of a Family Life Center.

• “Antiques as far as the eye can see” is the theme for a garage sale Oct. 4-5 in downtown Thorndale.

• A night of music and barbecue Oct. 20 at First Shiloh Baptist, 9.5 miles south of Thorndale at the corner of FM 112 and South FM 486. Heaven’s Heirs will perform, as will Sam Dowdy. Faye Eller and Lily Dennis will perform songs from the album, The Path.


Next men’s breakfast at Apostolic Faith Church

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, Sept. 10, at Apostolic Faith Church, 400 West Davilla Street.

“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. Volunteer assignments for churches are:

Sept. 3, Tuesday Volunteers; Sept. 4, First Presbyterian; Sept. 5, Peace Lutheran; Sept. 6, Guadalupanas; Sept. 10, Tuesday Volunteers; Sept. 11, Murray Street Church of Christ; Sept. 12, First Baptist; Sept. 13, Foster Ladies; Sept. 17, Tuesday Volunteers; Sept. 18, First Christian; Sept. 19, St. John’s Methodist; Sept. 20, Cowboy Church; Sept. 24, Tuesday Volunteers; Sept. 25, St. Joseph’s Catholic; Sept. 26, Meadowbrook Baptist; Sept. 27, Grace Lutheran..—Judy Brown, volunteer chair.

Christian Conference Saturday at Thorndale

THORNDALE—A Christian Conference to be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 in Thorndale will feature Los Gran Rayo Delu in live concert, according to Jimmy Hinistroza, spokesperson. Food will be served from 2 to 4 p.m.

The event will be held at the Latin American Christian Church in Thorndale. Also featured live will be Sammy Ochoa.

FMI: 512-809-1897.

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