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SALTY CHURCH OPEN HOUSE—Salty Community Church welcomed members and former members on Sunday at an open house to celebrate the recent remodeling of the Church Annex and refurbishing of the sanctuary. The event included a welcome and a short devotional followed by congregational singing. Refreshments were served in the Annex and tours of the building were conducted. The work on the building was done by Brymer Construction. Gary Jackson (standing) presented the church with a photo of his great-grandparents and their 12 children. The Jackson family was an important part of the community for many years.—Darleen Tucker SALTY CHURCH OPEN HOUSE—Salty Community Church welcomed members and former members on Sunday at an open house to celebrate the recent remodeling of the Church Annex and refurbishing of the sanctuary. The event included a welcome and a short devotional followed by congregational singing. Refreshments were served in the Annex and tours of the building were conducted. The work on the building was done by Brymer Construction. Gary Jackson (standing) presented the church with a photo of his great-grandparents and their 12 children. The Jackson family was an important part of the community for many years.—Darleen Tucker The Reporter welcomes news of special events from area churches. There is no charge. Email to bill@rockdalereporter.com or fax to 512- 446-5317.

FBC Trunk-n-Treat

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.”

Presbyterian Trunk or Treat

First Presbyterian Church will hold a Trunk or Treat event in the church parking lot Thursday, Oct 31 from 4 until 5:30 p.m. “We’ll offer a safe place for community trick-or-treating so come join us,” said Annette Griesbach, publicist.

First Assembly trunk event

First Assembly of God Church, 300 Childress ( just south of the Rockdale High School) will hold a Trunk ‘n Treat from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. “Please bring the kids by for lots of candy. The best boy and girl costume will each receive a $10 gift card to McDonald’s,” said Janice King, publicist.

Gospel meetings at RCC

Rockdale Christian Church is holding gospel meetings at 7 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 1, Harry Stevenson, minister, has announced. “The Word of God is being preached each evening by James Diamond of Sulfur Springs, and there is also gospel hymns and praise each night,” Stevenson said. “Everyone in Rockdale is invited,” he added.

FCC Fall Festival

First Christian Church in Rockdale will hold its annual Fall Festival from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at the church’s fellowship hall. The event is open to kids age fifth grade and under. A free hot dog meal will be offered as well as prizes, candy and a spook house. FMI: 512-446-5090.

‘Worshiping Wednesdays’

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, publicist.

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 veterans 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.”

‘Christmas Child’ drive

First Baptist Church in Rockdale will again sponsor a Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child gift drive.

“A shoe box is filled with small gifts for a child by you and the box will go to an Operation Christmas Child processing center and then sent to children around the world,” said Barbara Clark, publicist. “We have information kits on how to fill the shoe boxes and extra shoe boxes. If an organization, classroom, club, business, church or individual wants to fill one or more boxes, please call the church.”

Collections days are Nov. 18-25 from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, with extra 5 to 7 p.m. hours on Wednesday and 6-7 p.m. Sunday, also 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

FMI: 446-5375 or 446-4207.

Thrift store volunteers

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. 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

Prayer event Sunday

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, publicist.

“The vigil at Masters Gateway will be one of more than 400 events 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

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.

Shiloh Baptist festival

THRALL—First Shiloh Baptist Church, 100 CR 481, Thrall, will hold a Fall Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, offering hot dogs, chili, cookies, candy, games, face-painting, cake walk, prizes and supervised horse rides—all for free.

“Come enjoy free food and fun in a safe environment,” said Diana Casario, publicist. FMI: 512-269-9355.

Women on Mission

Woman on Mission of First Baptist Church met Oct. 16 in the FBC Family Activity Center. Elaine Simpson presented a Bible study from Matthew, the “Sermon on the Mount,” the first service of Jesus’ ministry. A variety of sweets were served and members sang “We’ve a Story to Tell.”

“We invite everyone to join us on the first and third Wednesdays,” said Jane Robinson, reporter.

Attending were Faye Simpson, Jane Darwin, Jane Robinson, Elaine Simpson, Joyce Cryer, Mary Morgan, Gladys Roberts, Dolores Sonntag, Elaine Holliman and Dr. Lucile Estell.


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