Men’s Breakfast for the Italy Community


This Sunday, March 29, Central Baptist Church will have a free breakfast for the men and boys of the Italy community. The hearty breakfast will be served in the CBC’s Fellowship Center beginning at 8:00am. There will be a guest speaker as well.

Free Book Fair at Central Baptist Church


Central Baptist Church is having a free book fair and is inviting everyone! Come by the church fellowship center Monday, February 23 thru Wednesday, March 4th and take as many books as you want. It’s all free!

Special Invitation for a Christmas Concert at First United Methodist, Hillsboro

Image: Healing Hearts Chorus

You are invited to a Christmas Concert hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Hillsboro, Texas. We are welcoming the Healing Heart Chorus on December 5th at 7:30. We are very excited for this special event and would like to share this evening with our neighbor communities. Please help us spread the word. For more Information please contact the church office at 254-582-2342.

Special Bible Study set at Central Baptist Church


Do you feel like your prayers aren’t getting past the ceiling? Do you desire to have a more powerful prayer life? Learn to pray God’s way from the pattern Jesus gave to his disciples, with intensive, practical insights to revolutionize the way you pray (and live) today!

The Baptist Won!

Image: Chase Hyles gets a base hit while Brett Kirton defends 1st base.

Everyone knew the outcome of the game before it started. They knew the Baptist would win because they were the only ones playing. On Sunday evening, the members of First Baptist Church and Central Baptist Church met at the Johnny Jones Field to fellowship with each other and play a little softball. Members of all ages took the field to challenge each other on the field.

Vacation Bible School: Agency D3 at Central Baptist Church


Looking for something for your children to do next week? Central Baptist Church is hosting a community-wide Vacation Bible School every day next week, from Monday, June 16 to Friday June 20. The sessions will be from 9 am to noon each day and include a Biblical message, fun, games, and a snack. We invite your child from Kindergarten to 6th grade to participate each day.

Summer Revival in Italy

Union Missionary Baptist Church has scheduled their Annual Summer Revival for June 2-4, 2014. The church is located at 484 Derrs Chapel Road in Italy. Reverend Elton Roy Brackins of Grace Tavernacle Baptist Church is the Guest Evangelist.

Prayer time continues for City of Italy

Italy resident and Pastor James Johnson is urging all residents to join him Sunday evening, April 6, as he “Prays for the City of Italy.” Johnson said the city needs to find unity, not diversity.

Prayer time for city rescheduled

Italy resident and Pastor James Johnson has reschedule a prayer time to pray for the city and its leaders. The meeting was originally planned for March 23 but due to the weather conditions, he rescheduled the prayer time to Sunday, March 30.

Prayer meeting for the city Sunday

Italy resident and Pastor James Johnson is urging all residents to join him Sunday evening, March 23, as he “Prays for the City of Italy.” Johnson said the city needs to find unity, not diversity.

Free concert scheduled at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church


Erskin Anavitarte will perform free on Saturday, March 1st, 5:00pm at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 106 Harris Street, Italy. Erskin’s sound blends soulful tunes with a little rap, a dash of hip-hop and whole lot of worship of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Come and enjoy his rich tone and thoughtful lyrics.

Christmas service cancelled

The Ministerial Alliance Christmas service that was scheduled for Sunday night, December 8, at Mt. Gilead has been cancelled due to icy roads and bad weather.

Annual Community Christmas Service planned this Sunday


The Italy Ministerial Alliance invites everyone to the annual Community Christmas service this coming Sunday night, December 8th. The service begins at 6:30 pm at Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church. There will be a Festival of Choirs from six of the area churches and Pastor Preston Dixon will bring the Christmas message.

I am here to serve—not to be served

Image: Pastor Jones is very happy to be the pastor for Mt. Zion AME church.

Pastor Lamar Jones has been the Youth Minister for the last five years at St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church in Waco. While under his leadership the youth group grew to about 60 kids, all active in singing in the choir and participating in the Junior Stewards program.

Public invited to join Celebrate Recovery


Are you trying to overcome hurts, hang-ups, habits or addictions? If so, you are invited to participate in Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based recovery program sponsored by Central Baptist Church in Italy. Celebrate Recovery meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at The Cornerstone on Main Street.

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church to celebrate 100th year anniversary


The Mt. Gilead Baptist Church invites you to celebrate their 100 years of praising the Lord on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Our guest church will be the Rhema Life Fellowship Church (Pastor James W. Thomas) of Plano, Texas. You DO NOT want to miss out on this great celebration! We have a PRAISE to RAISE!! Please come out and share with us a great time in the Lord through fellowship, reflections, and praise. Dinner will be served from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Italy Food Pantry will be open Wednesday, October 16th


Because of the unusual way the weeks fall this month, the Italy Food Pantry will be open next Wednesday morning, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Food Pantry is located on Hwy 77 between the barber shop and the Mexican food restaurant.

110 year anniversary celebration planned at Central Baptist Church, Italy


Central Baptist Church of Italy, Texas, will celebrate 110 years of existence on Sunday, August 18, 2013. If you have ever had an association with the church in any way, they would be excited to have you come and help celebrate this special occasion. The celebration will be especially exciting since former pastors, worship leaders and youth leaders are invited to join as well during the morning worship time which starts at 10:45 a.m.

Central Baptist members take trip of a lifetime

Image: Ancient ruins in Corinth, Greece, where the Apostle Paul preached about in Acts.

It was the trip of a lifetime for many of the 10 member team from Central Baptist Church in Italy. They spent 10 days in Athens, Greece, a mission endeavor that Pastor Joseph Barrett and his wife had taken several years earlier.

Music camps planned at Central Baptist Church, Italy


The Music Minister of Central Baptist Church has planned a Children’s and Youth Music Camp. Camps will last three days and will conclude with a presentation of what they learned. The camps are free! Register by calling (254) 723- 0840.

Teaching our youth to “Do Something”

Image: First Baptist Youth and sponsor, Jenna Chambers, mowed and cleaned Altha McNeely’s yard.

The youth of First Baptist Church of Italy were given the opportunity for “hands on” missions last week during their annual camp. For the first time, instead of going to another location out of town, the camp was held at the church here in Italy. This year’s theme was “Do Something.”

Easter people come together in Worship

Image: Happy smiles and great cooks are located in the kitchen of the new Mt. Gilead Church.  (L-R) Back row: Deborah Robertson, Ervin Green, Sr, Bryant Cochran, Dennis Perkins, Sr. Front Row:  David Dixon, Theresa Cockran and Shannon Davis.

“We are Easter people!” said Pastor Bill Morgan from Family Fellowship Church. Committed people of Italy representing different churches came together Sunday to celebrate the Easter morning at sunrise—beautiful, moving and quite untraditional.