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Era First Baptist Church

The youth of Era First Baptist Church will host a shrimp boil and brisket fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. next Saturday, March 30, to help send youth to camp this summer.

The dinner will take place at the Era High School cafeteria. A live auction will start at 6:30 p.m. and a raffle will also be taking place.

Tickets are $15 per adult or $10 for children ages 8 and under.

The church is hoping to raise enough funds to send 50 youth to camp this year, Associate Pastor Daniel Jones said.

The church is at 100 Bolivar Road in Era.

Seventh-day Adventist

Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3411 N. Weaver St. in Gainesville, will host the weekly Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23. This week will cover Rev. 17-18, the judgment on Babylon. Worship service will begin at 10:45 a.m. with Edward Cetean preaching “Faith Which Was Once For All” from Jude 3.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, a seven-part DVD series “Secrets to Living Stronger and Living Longer” will begin. Handouts and study sheets will be provided. The series is designed to help people improve their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

By popular demand, the church is now hosting another round of its eight-week depression and anxiety class series using “Depression: The Way Out” by Dr. Neil Nedley. The series will run through May 9. This week’s session will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, and a make-up session for last week’s lesson will be provided for anyone attending for the first time this week. The church is making the extra class series available for anyone who will not be able to attend its regularly scheduled fall series. For information or to register for the class, call the church at 940-668-8687.

Transportation is available for both Sabbath School or the church service by calling the church. English and Spanish services are scheduled at the same time each weekend.

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has services at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Adult Bible study meets at 9:30 a.m. Sundays; children’s Bible Study conducted by Becca Stubbs is 10:30 a.m. each Sunday in the Parish Hall. Nursery is provided for the 10:30 a.m. service. Coffee and donuts are available afterward.

The Wednesday Bible Study meets at 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall chapel.

Linda Dickerson hosts a women’s Bible study at her residence in Lake Kiowa at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays.

St. Martha’s Kitchen together with VISTO serves the general public from 5-7 p.m. every Monday in the Parish Hall on Jefferson Street across from Turner Parking Lot. A movie is shown at 3 p.m. before the meal. St. Paul welcomes donations or volunteer assistance for this self-supporting program. For information, contact Angela Williams at 916-737-6358 or

St. Paul’s will host the Cooke County Ministerial Alliance Lenten lunches at noon each Wednesday through April 10. Pastors from various churches will preach and a meal will be served.

The church’s Wednesday night Lenten series will be 6 p.m. each Wednesday through April 10. Stations of the Cross will be first, followed by a soup supper and a diocese speaker presenting a program on the Great Divorce. This week’s speaker is Fr. Andy Powell.

For more information about St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, call church Secretary Norma Leslie at the office at 940-665-4705 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, or leave a message at 940-736-5724 or at The church is at 411-415 E. California St.

First Presbyterian Church

This Sunday, guest minister Melinda Hunt will deliver the sermon “Listen Up!” at the morning service at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Childcare will be provided. Adult Bible study is 9 a.m. Sunday in the parlor. Children’s Sunday school will be dismissed from the sanctuary after the children’s sermon.

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

On Tuesday, the men’s breakfast group will meet at 8 a.m. at Fried Pie on the square.

On Wednesday, a Lenten luncheon will be at noon at St. Paul’s; Town and Country Circle will meet at 1:30 p.m.; and choir practice will be at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Game Day group will meet at 11:30 a.m. and Reflections Circle will meet at 7 p.m.

DASH deliveries will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30 from Pecan Creek Village.

VISTO (Volunteers In Service To Others) requests spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, canned fruit, canned tomatoes and beans (chili, pinto, ranch, black, etc.). Plastic shopping 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, email or visit the church website at

Faith Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran Church, 1823 N. Luther Lane, invites the public to the traditional worship service 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. Nursery will be provided.

Transportation to church or Sunday School is available by calling the church at 940-668-7147  before noon on the day prior to the day the ride is needed.

On Monday, March 25, Sally Haynie will host a Bible study at 11:30 a.m. at her home. For information, call 940-580-3116.

On Wednesday, March 27, the ladies’ Bible study group will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. The Lenten season will continue with a meal at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. service.

Helping Hands of Faith, a mission of Faith Lutheran Church, is at 719 Smith St. in the old Frankie Schmitz Shoe Factory building. Run by volunteers, this thrift store uses its profits for donations to the church and community. Funds are donated to organizations such as Stanford House, ABBA Women’s Center, Cooke County Home Hospice, CASA, Child Welfare Board, Abigail‘s Arms, VISTO, the Boys and Girls Club and several area volunteer fire departments.  Regular store hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Donations should be brought to the store on regular store days. If you have large items that need to be picked up, call 940-668-4393.

For more information about any church ministries, call the church at 940-668-7147.

Valley View Church of Christ

“The Joy of the Lord” will be the sermon this Sunday at 10:35 a.m. Sunday morning Bible classes for all ages begin at 9:45 a.m.; adult classes are studying Mark in the auditorium or Acts in the annex. Evening services are at 6 p.m. and will continue the story of Jacob and Joseph in Genesis.

The Tuesday ladies’ class will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the annex.

Wednesday services are 7-8 p.m.

The “Truth in Love” program airs 7:30 a.m. Sundays on channel 27.

“I Believe in the Bible” is this week’s program on “In Search of the Lord’s Way.” The series airs on the radio Sunday mornings (KXII 12-3 at 7 a.m., KTXD TV 47 at 7:30 a.m., KTXA TV 21 at 8:30 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.

Hillcrest Church of Christ

The sermon this week will be about narrowing the gap between denominations. Services are at 10 a.m. Sunday and one of Hillcrest’s shepherds is available in the church library to meet privately at the closing of the service. 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. For more information about a Life Group, visit the church’s website,

The church’s annual garage sale will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Proceeds benefit Hillcrest’s Open Hearts Ministry to provide shoes and uniforms to local children.

Cooke County Churches of Christ will host a fundraiser for ABBA Women’s Centers from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Hillcrest Church of Christ. More details will be announced later.

VISTO (Volunteers in Service to Others) is working on a new location at 1305 N. Culberson. For the time being operations are still out of its current location at 1401 Southland Drive. VISTO is in need of small bags of chips or Cheez-Its, applesauce cups, peanut butter crackers, small bags of raisins or peanuts, toilet paper, plastic grocery bags, quart-size zip-close bags, monetary donations and volunteers.

Recorded audio of past sermons is at (click on the “Media” tab). A new 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

Commerce St. Church of Christ

The Metropolitan Detroit Youth Chorus will perform a concert at 7 p.m. April 2 at Commerce Street Church of Christ, 602 N. Commerce St. in Gainesville. It’s open to the public. The youth choir is comprised of about 50 members ages 14-18.

First United Methodist

As the Lenten season continues, the sermon this Sunday will focus on the practices that nourish people spiritually. Sunday morning services at First United Methodist Church are as follows:

8:15 a.m.: Word and Table Worship in the Sanctuary (communion weekly)

9 a.m.: Refresh Worship in the Fellowship Center (casual and creative)

9:45 a.m.: Sunday School

10:45 a.m.: Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

The Fifth Sunday Unified Worship will begin at 10 a.m. March 31 in the sanctuary. District Superintendent Rev. R. Marvin Guier will help the church burn the note on its mortgage and rededicate the building. Bring a covered dish for the brunch afterward in the fellowship center. After brunch, a “Service Sunday Missions Speed-Dating” event will take place to introduce attendees to various local service organizations. Participants will be asked for input afterward to help the church determine its future missions focus.

Bible study is at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in room 113.

Second Time Around resale shop is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 105 S. Denton St. For information, contact Rev. Kathy Nations at 940-367-6957 or

New children’s choirs meet 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays with a family meal to follow at 5:30 p.m. To help cook, come at 5 p.m.

For more information about any church events, visit the church’s Facebook page — “First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, Texas” — or call the church office, 940-665-3926. A new website is in the works. The church is at 214 S. Denton St.

First Baptist Gainesville

Sunday services include the Early First service at 9 a.m. in the Activities Center, 400 E. Broadway (come a little early for some coffee and snacks), and the Classic worship service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, 308 E. Broadway. Sunday school classes for all ages, including children’s programs, are 10-11 a.m. in the main building attached to the sanctuary. Evening Bible study is at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall, 308 E. Broadway.

Divorce Care led by Dee Dosher is meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in room 207. For more information about the class, call 940-665-4347 or email

The women’s ministry will have a sign-painting craft night 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 29 in the church basement (directly behind the post office, in the red building). Participants will paint signs with their initial and last name; a custom word needs advance notice. Admission is free and childcare will be available with advance registration. Call the church office to register.

Author and artist Richard Hight will speak at both morning services and the evening service on Sunday, March 31. He’ll bring art alive in sync with music then follow up with a sermon. For more information about Hight, visit

For more information about the church, visit its website at or call 940-665-4347.

St. Peter’s Catholic Church

St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 424 W. Main St. in Lindsay, will host Divine Mercy Sunday at 3 p.m. April 28.

No mass will be performed at the service. A special blessed image of Jesus the Lord of Divine Mercy and First Class relic of St. Faustina will be present for veneration. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction will take place.

Confessions will be heard 2-2:45 p.m.

In Catholic tradition, Jesus is believed to have revealed the secrets of his great mercy to St. Faustina from 1931-1938. The first Sunday after Easter is designated the Feast of the Mercy of God. A Novena starts on Good Friday in preparation for the feast and continues with prayers each of the nine days for a different group of souls.

Novena booklets are available from St. Peter’s. For more information, call Linda at 940-759-2870.

Cooke County Ministerial Association

Member congregations of the Cooke County Ministerial Association will offer lunch and a short devotion on Wednesdays during the Lenten season — the next ones will take place March 27, April 3 and April 10.

The luncheons will be at noon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 411-415 E. California St. A different congregation will present the meal and devotion each week.

Luncheons are open to the public. For more information, call Pastor Phil Larson, president of the CCMA and pastor of Hope C in Gainesville, at 940-580-4887 or email