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

New Hope Baptist’s homecoming Sunday

New Hope Missionar y 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.

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.

Sunday school resumes at Peace Lutheran Church

Sunday school is back at Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale.

Star ting Sunday, Sept. 22 the church will be having Sunday school for all ages, kindergarten to age 18 plus an adult class from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

“Come and bring the kids,” said Pastor Ed Trueson. “We hope to see you at Peace!”

Potluck church luncheons follow morning worship each second Sunday. Saturday night services continue at 6:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, except October when the service will be Oct. 12.

FMI: 512-446-2834.

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.

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.


Holy Family Catholic to hold annual Fall Fest

Holy Family Catholic Church will hold its Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 6, on the parish grounds, 1027 East FM 696 in Lexington.

Celebratatory 23rd Anniversary Mass starts at 10 a.m. Fried Chicken dinner starts serving at 11 a.m. There will be a live auction starting at 12:30 p.m. There will also be a country store, kids’ games, “Holy Cow Plop,” funnel cakes, cake walk, drawings and more.

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. 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.

Pleasant Retreat UMC chili supper, auction

THORNDALE— Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church, 852 County Road 458, will hold its annual chili supper and live auction Saturday, Sept. 28. Serving will start at 5 p.m. and the auction at 7 p.m.

Directions: At the Thorndale traffic light, take FM 486 south 6 miles, turn east on CR 458. The church is the first building on the right.

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 on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 1600 Alcoa Avenue.

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

‘Little blessings’ fund-raiser Oct. 26

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: Camouflage 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 schedule: 5 p.m., registration/ 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.

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