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DECEMBER 24

Earle’s Chapel Methodist plans Christmas service

Earle’s Chapel Methodist Church invites everyone to attend our Christmas Service on December 24, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.  Our church is located on Palestine Highway 79 about 4 miles out of town.  Refreshments will be available after services.

DECEMBER 31

A Brand New Year, A Brand New Me planned

A Brand New Year, A Brand New Me — a positive experience for the people of Cherokee County — is planned for 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1 at Skateland USA on US 69 in Jacksonville. The event is for anyone who would like to leave behind their old way of life and live a new life for the Lord (“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17). There will be live music, free CDs and door prizes. Everyone will be admitted for free. Organizers are currently seeking sponsors for the event as well. For more information or to become a sponsor, call Pablo Lara at 903-721-8450 or Stephen Crow at 903-721-0736.

Jacksonville Fellowship holds Christian concert

Jacksonville Fellowship Church located at 213 Canada street is hosting Michael Miller, a local Christian artist for our New Years Eve Service beginning at 7:00PM 12/31/2010. There will be snacks and fellowship after the concert. Michael is a recording artist and specializes in Christian rhythm and blues music. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy this free to the public event. Contact Jim Pendley for more information at 903-504-5824

ONGOING

Central Baptist offers divorce recovery seminar

DivorceCare divorce recovery seminar and support group:  Meets at Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville each Monday at 7 p.m.  Child care is provided through 6th grade.  The church is located at 1909 East Rusk St. DivorceCare features nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics.  Seminar sessions include “Facing My Anger,” “Facing My Loneliness,” “Depression,” “New Relationships,” “Kid Care,” and “Forgiveness.” The companion group, DivorceCare4Kids, for children of divorce ages K-6th grade will also meet at the same time.  DC4K helps these children deal with similar issues through an age related curriculum that helps them understand that divorce is a grown-up problem that is never their fault. For more information or to register, call Central Baptist Church at 903-586-2215.

Break Free Recovery held

Woodland Heights Baptist Church will host Break Free Recovery, a 12 step Christ-centered program for those who are suffering from hurts, habits or hangups. The program will meet at 6 p.m. every Tuesday evening. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and meetings begin at 6 p.m. The church is located at 273 Hwy. 204 in Jacksonville. For more information, call the church at 903-586-6019 or  call Bernie Hutson at 903-714-9540, or e-mail rebels4christ@netzero.net.

St. John’s UMC seniors hold fellowship time

The St. John’s United Methodist Church seniors hold a fellowship group at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. Games, dominos, etc., and a light meal are included in the activities. All are welcome to come for the free fun and fellowship at Terrific Tuesday.

Eagle’s Nest youth center hours

The Eagle’s Nest Christian youth center is open for Jacksonville youth from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The center is at the corner of Nacogdoches and Ragsdale streets in Jacksonville. Call operator Larry McGlade, 903-539-1996, for more information or to donate to the center.

Healing Room offered

River of Life Christian Church in Rusk has recently opened a Healing Room in which they offer prayer free of charge to anyone in need of healing. If you would like to come for prayer, the Healing Room is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday though Thursday or by appointment. Call 903-683-3132 for details.

Our Lady of Sorrows offers tax preparation help

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church is sponsoring training to help you learn how to prepare EZ tax forms for low income, elderly or the disabled.  IRS will send in trainers and provide access to on-line training, to help you learn to prepare EZ tax forms for others or for yourself.  The training is free.  You can help your neighbors prepare and file their tax.  If you make a mistake, relax, you are not liable for mistakes. This is a great opportunity for college and high school students, retirees and others willing to help our neighbors. Please see or call Fr. Mark  at 903-258-3911 or 903-586-4538, for more information.  Time is essential.  The tax season is not far away and the training is important.

Ministerial Alliance meets

The Ministerial Alliance provides an opportunity for the leaders of local churches to meet for prayer, fellowship and planning. All pastors are welcomed. This is a great chance to meet and hear the concerns and needs people face as well as the many ways God blesses them in the community. If anyone has questions, they can call Jackie Spraggins at 903-625-0924. Please forward your e-mail to: pastor@oloschurch.com.

Eagle Scout wants community support

Dustin Simmons, a Jacksonville boyscout is looking to finish his eagle scout project, a prayer garden on the campus of Jacksonville College. The prayer garden is encompassed with personalized bricks which have a etched and sealed area with personalized text. These bricks are to remember or honor a family member, a child, a friend or yourself. Bricks are $35 and can have 45 characters engraved. While the project is underway the bricks are significantly discounted, after the project is completed brick prices may go as high as $100. Donations are accepted. For more information call 903-586-2850.

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