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.

Just take me to church

Image: Pastor Preston E. and First Lady Kechia Dixon with son, Quinston, during the Entrance Ceremony at Mt. Gilead.

On Saturday, March 2, Mt. Gilead Baptist Church hosted its Entrance Ceremony. The church has opened its new doors and sanctuary and is ready for the business at hand. In the Bible, Mt. Gilead was the region east of the Jordan River and took a prominent place in the history of the Bible. (Gen. 31:25) It was considered a rugged mountain.

Italy Ministerial Alliance hosts community feast

Image: Kathryn Dabney, age 5, enjoys climbing a nearby tree during the Thanksgiving feast.

The holidays have arrived in Italy. The kick off was a community wide Thanksgiving feast held at the Italy High School dome. The whole city was invited to participate in a non-denominational church service, BBQ and all the fixins, activities for the children and fellowship.

Formal winter banquet planned; will feature gospel entertainment


Fellowship 5 sends out a community wide invitation to all for their First Annual Formal Winter Banquet. The elegant evening of dining and entertainment will be held Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm at the Red Oak Civic Center, 200 Lakeview Parkway in Red Oak.

Milford Titus Women

Image: “Giving our all for our town, Milford Titus Women rely on community support to help us achieve our goals and wish to take this opportunity to thank the warm hearts that surround us.”

The mission of Milford Titus Women is to unite the Women of Milford and to be Jesus to our community by meeting one another’s needs and encouraging each other to be all we can be in christ.

Community Easter Sunrise Service


The Italy Ministerial Alliance would like to invite everyone to the Community Easter Sunrise Service. This year it will be held at the Italy Downtown Plaza on April 8th at 7:00 a.m.

Youth Benefit Concert – Saturday, February 18


The youth department of the Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring a benefit concert at the Waxahachie Civic Center on Saturday, February 18 at 6:00pm. The event, titled “Transformed,” will feature DFW gospel recording artist, Kirisma Evans.  

Community-wide men’s fellowship chili dinner

Image: Murray Wainscott greeting everyone.

The second annual Men and Boys Community Chili Dinner took place at the Cornerstone on Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. Several churches throughout the town were represented. Family Fellowship Church, First Baptist Church of Italy, and Central Baptist Church all had church members attend the dinner. Murray Wainscott was in charge of putting it together and he did a great job.

Central Baptist Church Prime timers meal schedule change

The Central Baptist Prime Timers meal will not be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at noon. The entree will be fried chicken. Everyone that is attending is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. For more information, please contact Jo Ivy at (972) 483-6482.

Men’s Community Chili Supper

Tonight, December 28, 2011, Central Baptist Church of Italy will sponsor a Chili Supper. All men and boys of the community are invited to attend. The menu will feature Murray Wainscott’s famous chili along with Curtis Riddle’s delicious beans. There will be a guest speaker along with music and fellowship. Come join in on the fun tonight at 6:30pm at the Cornerstone Building of Central Baptist Church (205 E. Main Street, Italy).

Love in Action

Image: Sierra Brown (Camisha’s cousin), Dylan Monk (Camisha’s son) and Teresa Brown (Camisha’s sister) were ready for the program to get started.

Saturday December 10th a benefit gospel concert was held in the cafeteria of Stafford Elementary to raise money for Camisha Monk and her son. Many friends and family members and church members from surrounding churches came out in support. 

Welcome the faithful under one roof

Image: “Still the greatest story ever told” invited the congregation to the annual Italy Ministerial Alliance Christmas service on Sunday night.

Christmas hymns and beautiful faces graced Central Baptist Church on Sunday evening as Italy Ministerial Alliance hosted the annual Christmas Service. The weather was a little sloppy and cold but that did not stop the faithful from coming.

Musical benefit planned for Camisha Monk and her son, Dylan


On Saturday, December 10 Purified Records will present “Love In Action,” a benefit concert for Camisha Monk and her son Dylan who were recently involved in a serious automobile accident.  The benefit will be held at the Stafford Elementary Cafeteria in Italy and will begin at 7:00pm.  

Community comes together for Thanksgiving Feast

Image: Eric Madra, Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, and Chee Claus, CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Association) join together serving food during the Community Thanksgiving Feast on Sunday.

On Sunday, area churches hosted a community Thanksgiving feast at Stafford Elementary that made even the best cooking grandma’s meal pale in comparison. BBQ chicken, sausage and brisket, prepared by Mt. Gilead, Union and Mt. Zion, were just a few of the delights offered at the Thanksgiving Feast.

Pancake breakfast planned to honor Italy city employees


On Saturday, November 19 at 8:00am the Italy Church of Christ will have a pancake breakfast in honor all of the Italy City employees.  The church is located at 601 S College Street in Italy.  Everyone is invited to come and thank our city employees and enjoy a great breakfast.

Senior Saints honored at Mt. Zion

Image: Lets all praise the Lord!

Thursday at noon things were hopping at Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church. There was all kinds of singing and praising the Lord in honor of the “senior saints”. Special guest speakers Pastor Dixon from Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Todd Gray from Tabernacle Baptist Church were there to make it a real celebration.