Marriage Conference ’09 will be held at Rocket Baptist Church on Feb. 6-7. The course is designed to strengthen marriages for couples of all ages.

Cost is $10 and space is limited so RSVP by Feb. 3 at or call 214-69-2151.

Details of the conference are also available on the Web site


to Pray

Reconciled to Pray is moving - to your local church. Visit www.reconciledtopray for a listing of community prayer groups, as well as information on how to start a group at your local church. For additional information, call Laurie Whitlock  at 214-796-9602.

Hidden Miracles Children’s Church

Hidden Miracles offers a special needs class during second service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County.

“This is a great opportunity to come and enjoy service while children have fun in a safe environment,” a spokesman said.

For more information, call 972-937-6255.

A Taste of Grace

Covenant Life Church in Waxahachie will present “A Taste of Grace” from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Sleep Inn located at 1701 N. Hwy 77 in Waxahachie. 

This is an evangelistic meeting designed for people who need a touch from the living, loving, healing God.

Jerry Parsons, the senior pastor said that Ben Chesebro, director of restoration and recovery for Covenant Life Church, will be ministering.

“He has been a minister for more than 25 years. Ben presents the Word of God in a straight-forward manner and people receive healing from God,” a spokesman said.

Everyone is invited to attend this meeting and bring a friend that needs a touch from God.  Child care will not be available.  Call 972-937-5129, or e-mail the church at for more information. 

Game Night

The Cowboy Church of Ellis County has Game Night for the seniors 55 or older from 6:30-9:30 p.m. the second Friday of every month. There is fellowship, a potluck dinner and games including 42, dominoes, chicken foot, Rummikub and others. For more information, call LaFonda Gentry at 972-938-7544 or Barbara Jones at 972-842-8105.

St. Vincent DePaul Society

St. Vincent DePaul Society is a nonprofit organization that serves the less fortunate by providing assistance in the areas of housing, water, electricity and other. The society has a food pantry and clothing store, with services provided for free to those who qualify. A thrift shop helps raise money for the services. The shop is open from 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays-Saturdays and is located on the property of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

For more information, call 972-923-9395.



The Area Agency on Aging of North Central Texas Ombudsman Program has an immediate need for volunteers to help elderly and disabled residents throughout Ellis County. Volunteer ombudsmen advocate for the rights of residents in nursing and assisted living facilities. Volunteers also help identify and resolve complaints for, or on behalf of, residents or their families. 

For more information, call Lisa Walker at 800-272-3921, ext. 1172, or e-mail Pat Borgfeldt at



Ellis County Community Achieving Real-life Empowerment Skills, a nonprofit organization, is gathering items for local women and children in need, such as maternity, baby, children and adult clothing and for office space, including, furniture and office equipment.

For more information, call Dalaine Fletcher at 214-773-7191 or Denise Gibbons at 214-773-2761.



Family First Hospice is calling for volunteers in the areas of Ovilla, Red Oak, DeSoto, Duncanville, South Dallas, Ferris, Ennis, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Venus, Kaufman, Corsicana, Blooming Grove and Cedar Hill.

Volunteers offer a variety of services including sitting with patients while a caregiver is out of the house or running errands for patients or caregivers. First Family Hospice needs men, women and teens who can speak English and Spanish.

For more information, contact Margie Norum at 972-878-2273.

Cowboy Church

of Ennis

The Cowboy Church of Ennis has arena barrel practice at 7 p.m. every Monday, youth group for grades 7-12 and pre-teen group for grades 3-6 at 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Men’s Round Table Bible study and topical discussion at 7 p.m. every Monday, men’s breakfast at the Ranch House Café at 7 a.m. every Thursday, team roping practice at 7 p.m. every Thursday and ladies’ Bible study at 6 p.m. every Sunday.



The Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center is seeking volunteers to serve as family greeters for the center. The family greeter volunteer will assist the center’s forensic interviewer in greeting each family. Each volunteer must complete a required volunteer application and background check. For additional information and questions, contact 972-937-1870.

Food and clothes closet

The food and clothes closet of the Lee Turner Ministries Life of Victory Global Outreach Center Inc. is open from 9-11 a.m. Monday-Thursday and from 3-5 p.m. Friday. The center is located at 1521 E. Main St.; the telephone is 972-937-0323.

For additional information, call 972-938-9013 or 972-937-8345.

Senior Day 2009

The fifth annual Senior Day for older adults will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the state Capitol in Austin.

Senior Day is a project of the Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition. For help in planning a group trip or further information, e-mail or call 214-823-5700, ext. 6113. Visit online at