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Local churches holding Christmas Eve services

• First Presbyterian Church at 1600 Alcoa, Rockdale, is scheduled to hold its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Carols and Lessons at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.24, with Rev David Pussman leading worship. The public is invited.

• Peace Lutheran Church, 303 Meadow Drive in Rockdale, will hold Christmas Eve service with Holy Communion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 with the public invited.

• St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 302 East Davilla in Rockdale, will hold its annual Christmas Eve service with Carols at 6:45 p.m. and Celebration of Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m. On Dec. 25, St. Thomas will hold its Christmas Day Service of Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m.

• St. John’s United Methodist Church, Summit at Hillcrest in Rockdale, will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, with communion, according to Rev. Adam Straznicky, pastor. “The public is cordially invited to attend,” he said.

Allen AME Church sets Watch Night on Jan. 31

Allen AME Church, 216 East Third Street in Rockdale, will host a Watch Night service on Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. until midnight with the public invited, according to Rev. Keith Gavin, pastor.

Black Jack Baptist musical concert Dec. 29

Black Jack Baptist Church will host a musical concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29. Becky Bonham will perform favorite Christmas carols. Black Jack Baptist Church is located on CR 301 off FM 908, south of Rockdale. For more information, contact pastor Jimmy Haile, 979-535-4738.

Guadalupana Society of St. Joseph’s Church

The Guadalupana Society of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church would like to thank all of those who attended and helped celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“A special thanks is offered to the Knights of Columbus for donating the use of the hall for this event,” said, Maria Sentellano, spokesperson.

Thrift store volunteers listed through December

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:

Dec. 19, Mt. Zion Baptist; Dec. 20, Grace Lutheran; Dec. 24 through Jan. 6, closed for holidays (reopen Jan. 7).—Judy Brown, volunteer chair

Presbyterians to host 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, Jan. 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 1600 Alcoa Avenue.

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

‘Ladies Night Out’ at Meadowbrook Jan. 13

A ‘ Ladies Night Out’ event is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church, 1401 Colorado Ave, in Rockdale.

The event will feature speaker Kathy Carlton Willis on the topic “Laughing at the Days to Come.” Tickets are $10 each and available until Jan. 10.

The evening will also include a full meal and prizes.

For more information, contact the church at 512-446-2359.

Women on Mission study Jesus’ birth

Women on Mission of First Baptist Church met Dec. 18 in the Family Life Center.

Bible study discussed the myths of Jesus’ birth by historians versus the truth of Jesus birth as told in Bible.

Jane Darwin presented and served fruit squares as a snack.

Attending were Joyce Cryer, Elaine Holliman, Laura Gary, Barbara Clark, special canine guest Noel, Mary Morgan, Elaine Simpson, Jane Robinson and Lucile Estell.—Jane Robinson, reporter

Family Matters series to focus on gangs

“Gangs” will be the topic for the community-wide Family Mat ters series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the fellowship hall of St. John’s United Methodist Church. The public is invited and the event is free. A snack supper will be provided.

Anita Anderson of Georgetown will present the program. She is a gang specialist with the Williamson County Juvenile Probation Department.

FMI: Raymon Puente, 512-446- 7064, or the church, 512-446-5853.

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