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First Presbyterian Church

Interim Pastor Melinda Hunt will deliver the sermon at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Nursery is available during the service. Sunday school for adults is at 9 a.m. and children’s Sunday school is dismissed from the sanctuary after the children’s sermon. Refreshments will be available after the service.

Valentines for VISTO is also this Sunday. The Fellowship Committee will furnish the meal and desserts will be auctioned to help VISTO. Dessert donations will be accepted the day of.

On Monday, the Angel Boxes group will meet at 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, the newsletter deadline is noon and the small group Bible study will meet at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, Tai Chi will be at 6 p.m. and the choir will practice at 7 p.m. with organist/music director Jeff Schleff.

On Thursday, committee reports are due by noon, Game Day group meets at 1 p.m. and Reflections Circle will be at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Session Retreat will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Kiowa; and DASH (Delivering and Servicing the Homebound) will be 10 a.m. from Pecan Creek Village.

VISTO (Volunteers In Service To Others) requests 7.5-ounce beef ravioli, individual oatmeal packets, protein bars and Jif to Go/peanut butter. Plastic shopping bags and quart-size zip-close bags are also helpful. All donations are accepted.

Anyone is welcome to visit or join the First Presbyterian Church at 401 S. Denton St. at Church Street. For more information, call the church at 940-665-5153 or email

Faith Lutheran Church

The traditional Sunday communion service at Faith Lutheran Church, 1823 Luther Lane, is at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School for children and youth and the adult Bible study will begin at 9 a.m. For those who wish to arrive at 8:45 a.m., coffee and fellowship will be shared. Communion services take place the first and third Sunday of each month.

At 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Sally Haynie hosts a Bible study in her home. For details, call 940-580-3116.

Ladies’ Bible study meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays in the fellowship hall.

Helping Hands thrift store at 719 Smith St. is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Proceeds from the volunteer-run mission support church outreach and local nonprofits. Donations should be brought during regular store hours; for large items to be picked up, call 940-668-4393.

For more information about any church ministries, call the church at 940-668-7147, visit the church’s website at or find the church on Facebook.

First United Methodist

Sunday services are as follows:

8:30 a.m.: Doors open and coffee ready

9 a.m.: Sunday School for all ages

10 a.m.: Worship in the sanctuary

Wednesday activities include:

6 p.m.: Bible Journey in room 113

6 p.m.: Heritage Ringers

7 p.m.: Chancel choir

7 p.m.: Theology on Tap at the Red Fox Lounge coffee shop and wine bar

The church’s Ash Wednesday service will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 26. The public is welcome.

Second Time Around resale shop, a mission of FUMC, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 105 S. Denton St.

For more information about any church events, visit the church’s Facebook page, call the church office at 940-665-3926 or visit the church website at The church is at 214 S. Denton St.

Valley View Church of Christ

“Because He First Loved Us” will be the sermon at the 10:35 a.m. service this Sunday. Bible classes for all ages will be at 9:45 a.m. The evening service will be at 6 p.m. and will continue the study of the Psalms.

The ladies’ Bible class meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and is studying the kings of Judah.

The Wednesday midweek service is at 7 p.m.

The next areawide singing will be Saturday, Feb. 15, at Commerce Street Church of Christ, 602 N. Commerce St.

“Love One Another” will be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 16, on “In Search of the Lord’s Way.” The program airs Sunday mornings on Sherman and DFW TV stations (KXII 12.3 at 7 a.m., KDFI 27 at 7:30 a.m., KTXA 21 at 8 a.m., or KTEN 10.3 at 9 a.m.), on the program’s Facebook page and on YouTube. Study sheets can be downloaded from the website,, before the program airs. The website also has archived programs.

Visitors are welcome in any of the church’s services or events. For further information or to set up a personal study, call 940-726-7010. The church meets at 202 N. McCubbin on the northeast corner of the square in Valley View.

Era Church of Christ

A sermon titled “Talking with God” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service this week will be the fourth in the series about worship. A Sunday school class is at 9:30 a.m. in the annex and is studying Deuteronomy. There is no Sunday evening service.

The Wednesday evening Bible class will be at 5:30 p.m. in the annex.

Visitors are welcome in any of the services or events. The church meets at 111 Hargrove St. in Era, just west of the school and on the north side of Farm-to-Market Road 922.

Hillcrest Church of Christ

Sunday School classes are at 9 a.m. and the service is at 10 a.m. Sundays. Children’s worship is available for ages 2-6.

On Sunday afternoons and evenings, seven Life Groups meet throughout Cooke County, including one in the chapel at 1712 E. O’Neal St. Life Groups are small, informal study groups. Teens who aren’t attending a group with their parents may gather at 5:30 p.m. in the new Youth Activity Center. For more information about a Life Group, visit the church’s website.

Fit 2 Serve meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the children’s worship room.

The next area singing will be 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Commerce Street Church of Christ.

VISTO’s needs this week are quart-sized zip-close bags. Its next mobile pantry at North Central Texas College will be Saturday, March 1.

Recorded audio of past sermons is at (click on the “Media” tab) or on the church’s Facebook and YouTube pages. A Christian talk radio broadcast is on KAAM, 770 AM at 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. presented by Main Street Church of Christ, Dallas. “Let The Bible Speak” is broadcast at 8:30 a.m. Sundays on KTXA21 by DFW Churches of Christ. Additional Bible study resources are online at

First Baptist Gainesville

Pastor Jeff’s sermon this Sunday is “The Fearless Future” from Luke 21:5-28. Sunday worship services include the Early First contemporary music service at 9 a.m. in the Activities Center, 400 E. Broadway — coffee and donuts served beforehand — and Classic First at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary at 308 E. Broadway with the church choir.

Plans for the spring and summer are being formed, so church staff invite suggestions. For information about children’s programs, email; for AWANA for ages 2 years through sixth grade, email; for the NexGen youth program, email; and for adult programs, email More information is also on the church’s website.

A new ladies’ Bible study led by Shelly Langley will begin in a few weeks, after the current study winds down. For meeting times and other information, email Shelly at

For more information about First Baptist Church, visit the church’s website at or call the church office at 940-665-4347.

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Pastor Darrell McIntyre will continue a new series this Sunday on the book of Joshua. Worship is at 10:45 a.m. Sundays and Sunday School classes are at 9:30 a.m.; the men’s class is studying “Learning to Love the Psalms,” the women’s class is going through R.C. Sproul’s “From Dust to Glory.” A Foundations class also meets and is designed for adults or young people with special learning needs; for help with transportation or other logistical issues, contact the church.

Wednesday prayer meetings are at 7 p.m.

A women’s Bible study meets at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and a men’s study meets at 6 p.m. Mondays. Call the church to find out where those are meeting.

Full sermon audio is posted to the “sermons” page on the church’s website, Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) is at 315 E. Scott St. in Gainesville. The church’s phone is 940-665-5164.