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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

CBC Cookbooks are here

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Central Baptist Church in Italy is excited to announce that their new cookbook, Fruit of the Spirit, has arrived. In addition to wonderful recipes from current members and staff and former members and staff, it also includes the church history.

Community Thanksgiving Barbecue planned

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The Italy Ministerial Alliance in partnership with the Italy ISD has planned a community Thanksgiving Barbecue for Sunday, November 20th.  This event will be held at the Stafford Elementary sports field from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. It will be complete with bounce houses, fun children’s activities and of course, lots of food!

Lord’s Acre Dinner and Live Auction, October 22

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The First United Methodist Church will have its annual Lord’s Acre Dinner and Live Auction on Saturday, October 22 at the church at 129 Harpold St.  A barbecue brisket lunch with home cooked beans, slaw, bread, and a variety of desserts will be served at 11:00 a.m.

National Date Commemorated; Local Firemen Honored

Image: First Baptist Church honored our local firefighters and remembered the ones who lost their lives 10 years ago.

September 11, 2001 was a day remembered all over the nation. People of all walks of life lost their lives in a tragedy that surrounded our country in turmoil. However, in the midst of this remembrance, celebrations occurred all over the nation—celebrations of life.

Local Pastor Predicts Winter Coming Soon

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A local pastor shocked her congregation recently by predicting that “Winter is coming, and not a moment too soon, on August 27th and 28th!”  There was a collective sigh of relief when she went on to explain that renowned Biblical Dramatist Mark Winter, of One Man Show Ministries (www.onemanshow.org) will be traveling to our neck of the woods this coming weekend, to kick off the “Back to School/Back to Church” weekend of celebrations at both Italy and Frost United Methodist Churches.