The Central Baptist Church of Italy is planning a special worship service this Sunday, June 24, at 10:45 a.m. in their newly-acquired and newly-remodeled building, The Cornerstone, located at 205 Main Street.

This casual service will include a building dedication and an appreciation service recognizing Brian Bowden, father of youth pastor Brent Bowden, for his remodeling and construction expertise this past year; Chuck Lawbaugh and Jeff Elliott, HVAC work; Ron Davis, building design; and Caron Bowden and Celeste Bowden, painting and other miscellaneous projects.

“As a gesture of appreciation to these volunteers, Central Baptist Church will present them with gifts of appreciation and recognize the gifts and talents that God has bestowed upon them,” a spokesmand said. A hamburger/hot dog lunch will follow.

The building will be used primarily for youth activities of the church, but will also be available for public use.

Summer classes

Harvest Baptist Church plans to hold several classes throughout the summer months to help young people learn important information and stay busy. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, there will be sewing buttons and repairs 101, taught by Lisa Shearin and Barbara Mabra. For the young men, the class will be on power tool safety and meter reading, taught by Andy Baucom and Jeremy Hatch. Contact the church at (972) 923-1443.

Coalition of Senior Partners

The Coalition of Senior Partners will not meet at 5 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Central Presbyterian Church due to recent flooding in the building. Instead, they will meet at 5 p.m. June 29 at the First Baptist Church. Entertainment will be provided by Serenity. Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend and a dish to share.

For more information, call Leo Schumaker at (972) 923-2623.

Woman’s Ministries

The Joshua Chapel A.M.E. will begin the annual Woman’s Ministries activities at 10:10 a.m. June 24 with a service featuring guest speaker Berna Banks, evangelist and associate minister of the New Zion Baptist Church in Dallas, accompanied by the Joshua Woman’s Day Choir. Afternoon services will follow at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. Janetta Britton, pastor of the St. John A.M.E. Church in Dallas, accompanied by the St. John A.M.E. church choir. A feature from Woman’s Day will be a souvenir booklet.

Bible school

Ferris Heights United Methodist Church will have vacation Bible school beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner followed by activities from 6:15-8:30 p.m. June 24-29. Theme for the week will be “Lift off.” Activities will include making necklaces (Monday), beads from a hot air balloon (Tuesday), magnetic picture frames and a quilt (Wednesday), wind chimes (Thursday) and a swim party at the YMCA complete with hotdogs (Friday). Lot’s of games will be played throughout the week.

Bible school

Southlake Baptist Church will have vacation Bible school at the church, 2378 South Highway 77, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 24-27 for children in kindergarten through the sixth grade. There will be Bible stories, games, songs, crafts and refreshments. The theme will be “Take the Plunge.”

Bible school

Ferris Avenue Baptist Church’s vacation Bible school, “Time Stone Travelers on a Quest for God’s Ten Commandments,” will be from 6-9 p.m. June 25-29 for children age 4 through the sixth grade. Call the church office at (972) 937-5301 to register.

The Heart Gallery of North Texas

The Texas Baptist Home for Children will present The Heart Gallery of North Texas from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the TBHC King Center, 629 Farley St., Waxahachie. There will also be a CPS, local private child placing agencies, foster care and adoption information meeting at 2 p.m.

Afternoons in Hollywood

The Texas Baptist Home will host Afternoons in Hollywood throughout the summer, during which time children in third through seventh grades will watch movies that present positive qualities which will be discussed and emphasized after each movie. Free water and snacks will be provided during each showing. Show times will be 2-4 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, June 26 - “Cars” Tuesday, July 3 - “Charlotte’s Web” Tuesday, July 10 - “Herbie: Fully Loaded” Tuesday, July 17 - “Happy Feet” Tuesday, July 24 - “Freaky Friday” Tuesday, July 31 - Academy Awards

Reserve a spot by calling (972) 937-1321 by June 25. Movies are provided at no cost through funds from the TDFPS.

First Sunday singing

The First Sunday Singing at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 1. Included in the lineup is The Herrin Family Bluegrass Band, The Walker Ladies, Curtis McConnell, Leslie Sagraves and a host of others. There will be snacks and desserts during intermission. There is no charge. For information, call Fletcher Jowers at (214) 317-0835 or visit .

Friends by Grace

The Rockett Christian Church will host gospel singers Friends by Grace at 7 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the church,located on Farm-to-Market 813, near Rockett Cafe.

The trio that forms Friends by Grace, which includes Randy and Judy Melton and Lonnie Royal, have been singing together since 1998. The trio performs songs including “Four Days Late” and “I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary.”

The church will have finger foods for those planning to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Connie Tilden at (972) 576-8190 or e-mail


Christ’s Mighty Men of First United Methodist Church, 505 West Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, will host “Rewired: from Performance to Passion” led by Jim Neal, from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, July 6, with dinner beginning at 5, and from 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 7, with lunch from noon-1 p.m. The Saturday seminar will be followed by a golf clinic from 1:15-2 p.m. and a golf scrambler beginning at 2 at the Waxahachie Country Club. Fee for the golf and cart is $30. For more information, call (972) 937-4400 or e-mail

Bible school

Harvest Hill Church will have vacation Bible school from 6:30-8:45 p.m. July 9-13 for all children age 4 through the sixth grade. Pre-registration Rally is from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Harvest Hill Church, 1250 Walter Stephenson Road. There will be a giant inflatable water slide, Slip-n-Slide and free hot dogs to the first 100 children that register.

“This year’s theme is ‘Water Works Park,’ where kids learn to ride the wave of God’s love,” a spokesman said. For more information, visit or call (972) 723-6443.

Day camp

Spring Creek Baptist Church offers summer day camp, for ages 4-11, at the cost of $105 per week with discounts available for families with multiple children. For more information, call (972) 938-7729.