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Church of LDS set food drive Saturday

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will hold their annual food drive project from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, collecting non-perishable food items for the Rockdale Food Bank. Members will be at Brookshire Bros. and Dollar General to receive donations.

Also, area residents can bring food donations to Rockdale Veterinary Clinic any time during the year for the project. FMI: Colleen King, 512-909-7618, or Rockdale Vet Clinic, 512-446-2822.

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Evangelista: Mike Glover. 26 de Octubre at 4 p.m. 27 de Octubre at 5 p.m. Wolf Park, 103 Main St. in Rockdale. 512-760-0874 or 512-659-8429.

‘Hallelujah Festival’ set Sunday at New Jerusalem

New Jerusalem Church will hold a free community wide Hallelujah Festival from 3 to 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: Rideaux, 512-446-4910 or Adrianna Guiterrez, 512-446-5152.

Cowboy Church sets fall festival for Sunday

Milam County Cowboy Church will host its fall festival from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, according to spokesperson Karen Kelly.

“There will be lots of fun and games. We will have a hayride, train, pumpkin patch, cake walk, face painting and a bonfire to make ‘smores,’ Kelly said

FMI: Kelly, 979-567-4155.

Salty Community Church sets open house Sunday

SALTY—An open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at Salty Community Church to celebrate remodeling recently completed, spokesperson Darleen Tucker said.

The open house will include light refreshments and tours of the building. A short dedication program will be held at 2 p.m. Following the program, a time of visiting will be held in the church annex.

Salty Community Church is located on County Road 446 approximately four miles from US 79. “Come and help us celebrate the refurbishing of this historic community landmark,” Tucker said.

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 a 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.”

Forest Grove church sets Trunk ‘R Treat

Forest Grove Christian Church will host a Trunk ‘R Treat event from 5:30 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. There will also be face-painting, candy and family fun events. Residents of the community are invited to decorate their car trunk, hatch or truck bed with a game, theme or fun activity and take part.

Murray St. sets Saturday 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 Jason Hollinger, minister.

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 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.

Trunk-or-Treat set at Thorndale FBC

First Baptist Church in Thorndale will host a Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat Sunday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 until 8 p.m.

The evening will open with carnival games, bounce houses, crafts, food and drinks and a lucky family will win a prize.

At dusk, the church will hold its fourth Trunk-or-Treat where kids will pass by decorated car trunks, or backs of vehicles, as participants hand out candy.

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,” he added.

‘Worshiping Wednesdays’ weekly at New Hope Baptist

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

Mini-revival—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 veterans to November 10 service

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

“All veterans are invited to attend this special service to recognize, remember and honor veterans for all they have given to our country over the years,” Rev. Straznicky said. “This event is hosted by Family Matters, and we would love to give grandparents, parents, children, and spouses the opportunity to honor the veterans in their families.”

Thrift store volunteers listed through November

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. 24, First Baptist; Oct. 25, Meadowbrook Baptist; Oct. 29, Tuesday Volunteers; Oct. 30, Peace Lutheran; Oct. 31, Cowboy Church; Nov. 1, Grace Lutheran; Nov. 5, Tuesday Volunteers; Nov. 6, St. Joseph’s Catholic; Nov. 7, Mt. Zion Baptist; Nov. 8, Foster Ladies; Nov. 12, Tuesday Volunteers; Nov. 13, Guadalapanas; Nov. 14, Cowboy Church; Nov. 15, Meadowbrook Baptist; Nov. 19, Tuesday Volunteers; Nov. 20, Peace Lutheran; Nov. 21, First Presbyterian;

Nov. 22, Murray Street Church of Christ; Nov. 26, Tuesday Volunteers; Nov. 27-28-29, closed for Thanksgiving.— Judy Brown, volunteer chair

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. The event 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.

Area evangelical leaders set pray event Nov. 3

MILANO—Evangelical leaders from the area will gather to pray at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at Masters Gateway Church in Milano, according to Rick Hertless, spokesperson.

“The vigil at Masters Gateway will be one of more than 400 gatherings and events happening across the country. Evangelical Christians are meeting as part of ‘Pray4Reform: Gathered Together in Jesus’ Name,’ a night of prayer that continues the Evangelical Immigration Table’s ongoing Pray for Reform campaign,” Hertless 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.

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