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Christmas Bazaar set Saturday, December 7

The Ladies Society of St Joseph’s Catholic Church will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in the church’s educational building on San Gabriel Street in Rockdale.

The Ladies are selling raffle tickets for $1 each after all masses and at The Rockdale Reporter. Prizes include a 50-inch TV, gift cards and a crocheted afghan.

The bazaar will conclude at 1:30 p.m. with the raffle drawing and door prizes. The bazaar will offer baked good, arts and crafts and a silent auction.

The kitchen will have chicken stew, menudo and sandwiches for sale with free coffee for visitors while they are shopping the bazaar.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints will present its sixth annual nativity display on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. until noon and from 2 until 8 p.m. at the church, 310 Calhoun Street in Rockdale.

This display has been a popular Christmas season event in Rockdale and features a wide variety of nativities loaned by local families.

Persons wanting to share their nativity to be displayed may drop them off Monday through Friday at Dr. Steve Daniels’ Rockdale Veterinary Clinic, 618 West US 79.

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, Dec. 10 at Apostolic Faith Church, 400 West Davilla Street in Rockdale.

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

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:

Nov. 27-28-29, closed for Thanksgiving; Dec. 3, Tuesday Volunteers; Dec. 4, First Christian; Dec. 5, St. John’s Methodist; Dec. 6, Full Gospel Chapel; Dec. 10, Tuesday Volunteers; Dec. 11, Guadalapanas; Dec. 12, St. Joseph’s Catholic; Dec. 13, Foster Ladies; Dec. 17, Tuesday Volunteers; Dec. 18, Meadowbrook Baptist; Dec. 19, Mt. Zion Baptist; Dec. 20, Grace Lutheran; Dec. 24 through Jan. 6, closed for holidays (reopen Jan. 7).—Judy Brown, volunteer chair

GAUSE—Zion Hill Baptist Church of Gause, which turned 123 years old in September, has issued a public plea for help in its efforts to strengthen and restore its deteriorating building.

Lillian S. Hill, spokesperson, said the building is one of the few institutions owned by the Gause African American community. She said much funds and labor have been invested in the building since it was damaged in 2010.

“ To demolish it would destroy every possibility of it ever being replaced,” she said. The building is conveniently located between the local food store and the Gause Peaceful Rest Cemetery and “can be a haven or refuge when no other is available.”

Its exceptional seating capacit y makes its uses var ied. “ Its strengthening and beautification can enhance the appearance of the community,” Hill said.

“ We will appreciate attendance, prayer and moral support, ideas and donation of any amount,” she added.

FMI: Hill at 409- 935- 3350 or 409-771-7577 (cell); Mary M. Howard, 281-587-0331; or contact G.T. Snelgro or Rev. Melvin Burleson.

Rising Star Baptist Church, North Texas St reet in Rockdale, has announced special Christmas music events on Dec. 15 and 16.

• Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. worship the RSBC Choir will present a musical, “Go, Tell It.”

• Monday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. the Matinee Musical Club of Rockdale will present a “Christmas Recital.”

Also, dur ing Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7 p. m. Dec. 4 through Dec. 18, the topic will be “The Real Meaning of Christmas.”

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