Biblical solutions

for life’s problems

Times are tough! Harvest Hill Church is offering free pastoral counseling to those dealing with life’s problems.

The service is being offered to the community by the church body and staff and no fees or donations will be accepted.

“Our team is here to help and all we ask is you call the church at 972-723-6443 for an appointment,” said a church spokesman.  Harvest Hill Church is located at 1250 Walter Stephenson Road in Midlothian. For more information, visit

Wesleyan theology

A study of Methodist heritage with Jon Bailey will begin Wednesday, March 31, and will take six weeks.

The class will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in meeting room 122 of First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave.

‘You Too Can Soar’ at DeSoto Library

March is Women’s History Month.  Phyllis J. Bedford, author of “A Personal Journey ‘Finding Wings with Shattered Pieces,’” will offer a free five-week “You Too Can Soar” series to help women become managers of their lives, giving them tools to connect with their inner power to manage change and loss.

The series will be held from noon-12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 2-30, at the DeSoto Public Library, 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd., in the DeSoto Town Center Complex.

To register, call the DeSoto Public Library information desk at 972-230-9661.

Habitat for Humanity seeks local volunteers to help with upcoming projects

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian-based organization that has completed several homes in the Ellis County community for people who otherwise would not be able to afford a home of their own.

Habitat for Humanity works every Saturday throughout the year (lunch is provided), and new volunteers are always welcome. For more information on contributing to Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County, call the local office at 972-937-2797.

CFF seeks churches to pray to cure cancer

Imagine a day when cancer is a thing of the past. Imagine a day when cancer is one of those diseases such as polio that has essentially been eliminated. That is what members of Christ Family Fellowship Church of Midlothian have been praying for.

Christ Family Fellowship is now taking this request to God and praying for a cure for cancer. CFF’s slogan for this effort is “Remember to pray at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day, pray for a cure.” The slogan is just a trigger to jog the memory and the number 7 was used as a biblical symbol of perfection.

CFF has created a brochure to send to congregations where there is a connection in hope that they can do likewise. As it states in Matthew 18:19 “…I tell you that if two of you on Earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven.”

Copies of the “Pray for a Cure” brochures may be obtained by calling  Steve Oliver, at 214-729-2757.

Donations needed

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.

St. Vincent DePaul Society serving area

St. Vincent DePaul Society is a nonprofit organization that provides 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 and Fridays and is located on the property of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Call 972-923-9395 for details.

Reconciled to Pray

Reconciled to Pray is seeking to move into a 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 or call Laurie Whitlock  at 214-796-9602.

Game Night at Cowboy Church

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. Call LaFonda Gentry at 972-938-7544.

Heaven’s Attic thrift 

serving community

Heaven’s Attic is the community’s thrift store with all proceeds from items sold benefitting Manna House. Heaven’s Attic offers men’s and women’s clothes as well as a limited variety of kids and baby clothes.

The store also has nick-nacks for your home and kitchen. Heaven’s Attic is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Heaven’s Attic also accepts clean donated items from the community. Items to be donated should be dropped off during regular business hours. Heaven’s Attic is staffed by volunteers and can be reached by calling 972-775-1992. Heaven’s Attic is located at 212 West Avenue F.

Free pregnancy

testing at WRC

The Women’s Resource Center of Waxahachie offers free pregnancy tests on a regular basis. No appointment is necessary.

Operating hours for the center are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.

The center is located at 1204 Ferris Ave., No. E, Waxahachie. Call 972-938-7900 for details.

Ellis County singers

Ellis County Singers meet at 10 a.m. Thursdays in the choir room at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie. 

“Come join this energetic and encouraging group who enjoy music and have a heart to minister to the community,” a spokesman said. For information, call Terry Bensmiller at 972-938-1940.

Practice at Ranchhouse Cowboy Church

Team roping practice is held from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Ranchhouse Cowboy Church.

Mutton bustin’ and peewee  bronc ridin’ practice is held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

The church is gathering Shetland-size ponies. To loan a pony or sell one e-mail or call Doug at 817-243-1318. For questions concerning the Fall Blowout, e-mail Justine Edrington.

New worship service at Christ the King

Christ the King Lutheran Church, 301 W. U.S. Highway 287 Bypass in Waxahachie, has a new contemporary worship service at 7:15 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call the church at 972-938-1633.

Celebrate Recovery meets at First Assembly

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step program for anyone struggling with any hurt, habit or hang-up.

“We are believers in Christ who recognize the struggle with the chaos in our lives. Through Celebrate Recovery we are accessing Christ’s power in our lives to overcome such issues as alcoholism, drug abuse, and more,” a spokesman said.

The group meets at 7 p.m. Fridays at First Assembly of God in Waxahachie, 701 W. 287 bypass.

For more information, call James Earl at 214-399-7153.

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.

Ombudsmen needed

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

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