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Springfield Baptist Family & Friends Day

Springfield Baptist Church will host its annual Family & Friends Day at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, according to Henry Miller, church publicist.

Speaker will be Rev. Royal Johnson, pastor of Rising Star Baptist Church in Rockdale.

Honor family for the service will be the Everage family.

The public is invited, Miller said.

Sunday BBQ, music to benefit Shiloh BC

THORNDALE— Barbecue and live music on Sunday will benefit First Shiloh Baptist Church’s construction of a Family Life Center.

“The Path,” a free concert by recording artist Faye Eller and Lily Dennis, will start at 4 p.m. at First Shiloh Baptist, 9.5 miles south of Thorndale at the corner of FM 486 and FM 112. Other local guest artists will perform.

Following the concert barbecue plates will be available at $10 (children $6)and include brisket, beans potato salad and desert. Plates will also be sold to-go.


‘Hallelujah Festival’ set Oct. 27 in Rockdale

New Jerusalem Church will hold a free community wide Hallelujah Festival from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at the church, 103 Mulberry St. in Rockdale, according to spokesperson Denitra Rideaux.

“The festival is a time for everyone to come together and share in fellowship, games and food,” Rideaux said.

FMI: Denitra Rideaux, 512-446- 4910 or Adrianna Guiterrez, 512- 446-5152.

Trunk-n-Treat Night Oct. 31 at First Baptist

First Baptist Church will hold its annual Trunk-n-Treat Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 in the church parking lot.

“This is the easiest yet most effective service event we do for the families of Rockdale each year,” said Rev. Jack Chelf, pastor. “If the weather is good, we’ll have 500 or more children plus parents participate.”

Murray St. sets Oct. 26 Trunk-n-Treat, carnival

Murray Street Church of Christ will host Trunk-n-Treat activities and carnival games starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, according to pastor Jason Hollinger.

Activities will take place at the church annex and parking lot, 1301 Murray Ave.

“This is an event that is open to the children of Rockdale and the surrounding communities,” Hollinger said. “Our desire in doing this is to provide a safe environment for our children and families to have a fun experience.”

FMI: 512-446-2179.

Rockdale Christian gospel meetings Oct. 28-Nov. 1

Rockdale Christian Church will hold gospel meetings at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, Harry Stevenson, minister, has announced.

“The Word of God will be preached each evening by James Diamond of Sulfur Springs, and there will also be gospel hymns and praise each night,” Stevenson said.

“Everyone in Rockdale is invited to share in this worship experience,” he added.

‘Worshiping Wednesdays’ weekly at New Hope Baptist

From this week through Nov. 13 New Hope Baptist Church is holding “Worshiping Wednesdays” at 7 p.m. with the message being brought by local ministers each week, according to Deborah Crawford, church spokesperson.

Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 20-22, New Hope Baptist will hold a mini-revival at 7 p.m. Pastor T.C. Collins of Canaan Baptist Church in Lufkin will bring the message nightly.

St. John’s invites all vets to November 10 service

St. John’s United Methodist Church, located at Hillcrest and Summit streets, will host a worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 “to praise God and honor all area veterans,” Rev. Adam Straznicky, pastor, has announced.

“All veterans are invited to attend this special service to recognize, remember and honor you for all you have given to your country over the years,” Rev. Straznicky said.

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 Tuesday, Nov. 12 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Summit at Hillcrest in Rockdale.

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

St. Paul Lutheran sets annual chili supper

THORNDALE—The Parent-Teacher Federation of St. Paul Lutheran Church will sponsor the 29th annual chili supper and fellowship night on Wednesday, Oct. 30, according to spokesperson Kirk Becker.

Funds raised will go to the St. Paul church and school ministry.

Serving will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Thorndale Fireman’s Hall. Special attractions will include a silent auction, live auction, cake walk and dessert sale with cakes, pies and homemade ice cream.

Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening.

Thrift store volunteers listed through October

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:

Oct. 17, St. John’s Methodist; Oct. 18, closed for Rockdale Fair; Oct. 22, Tuesday Volunteers; Oct. 23, First Christian; Oct. 24, First Baptist; Oct. 25, Meadowbrook Baptist; Oct. 29, Tuesday Volunteers; Oct. 30, Peace Lutheran; Oct. 31, Cowboy Church. —Judy Brown, volunteer chair

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