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.

Central Baptist Church Cookbook Fundraiser

Central Baptist Church in Italy is producing a cookbook to raise money to purchase a new people mover. The cookbook will be a three-ring binder and feature recipes from some of the church’s best cooks, past and present.

New kid in town, Pastor Leah Hidde-Gregory

Image: Pastor Leah Hidde-Gregory, minister at Frost United Methodist Church and new minister at First United Methodist of Italy.

The First United Methodist Church excels in seeking the best pastor for the area and this time there is no exception. Pastor Leah Hidde-Gregory, sixth generation pastor from Oklahoma, is the new kid on the block and is loving every minute of her new appointment.

The compassion of strangers comes to Italy

Image: Kenneth Copeland and Bryant Cockran of Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church are blessed from others’ charity.

If you drive to the corner of Clark and Harris Streets, you might be pleasantly surprised. There is a building being erected that appeared out of nowhere. One day it was an empty slab and the next day it was the beginning of a new church. On Monday morning, strangers moved into town to give Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church an awesome present.

Embroidered Italy Gladiator flip flops for sale

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The jr high and high school youth groups of First Baptist Church are selling Gladiator Flip Flops. The flip flops have black fabric straps, gold text with white outline and the Italy Gladiator logo embroidered onto the strap. They are very comfortable with thick foam rubber soles and contoured arch supports.

Youth on a Mission

Image: Fifteen youth and 5 adults traveled from Italy, Frost and Bynum to Oakdale, Louisana to work hard on a mission of love.  Pictured here are Carl and Volley Jaynes and they are ready to work.

First United Methodist Churches of Italy and Frost sent their junior high and senior high youth to Oakdale, Louisiana June 12-18th for an organized labor of love.

Vacation Bible School at Central Baptist Church June 6-10

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June 6th through 10th Central Baptist Church will host a NYC themed Vacation Bible School event. Titled “NYC Big Apple Adventure,” this week long VBS program will begin at 9:45am and end at noon each day. In this adventure kids will connect faith and life through Bible stories, motivating music, and games.

Catholic Foundation awards Epiphany Mission a $37,500 grant

Image: Floyd Elfrink, grant chairman of Epiphany Mission thanks The Catholic Foundation for the $37,500 grant for church building renovations during the 2011 Spring Grant Ceremony held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Vietnamese Church. Epiphany Mission was among 17 religious, educational and charitable organizations within the Diocese of Dallas that received grants totaling more than $897,000.

Epiphany Mission in Italy, Texas recently received a $37,500 grant from The Catholic Foundation during the 2011 Spring Grant Ceremony. Epiphany Mission was among 17 religious, educational and charitable organizations within the Diocese of Dallas that received more than $897,000 in grants from the Foundation this spring. The grant they received will fund renovations to their church building.

Bake Sale!

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Central Baptist youth will be having a bake sale at the Uptown Cafe this Saturday, May 7th from 11am-2pm. Please come support them as they are raising money for camp this summer, and enjoy some delicious baked goods in the process.

“What You Haven’t Been Told About Dinosaurs”

Brian Thomas of the Institute for Creation Research will show five facts about dinosaurs, most of which are not widely known and could change popular conceptions of earth history. One of the most effective teraching tools that contrasts the evoluntionary versus Bible-based views uses a discussion of dinosaurs.

Easter Sunrise Service

Image: Dripping Springs — A beautiful place to gather for worship.

The sun was rising and the sound of glorious singing filled the air. The Italy Ministerial Alliance hosted the Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday at Dripping Springs, a local ranch. Many of the churches in town came together as one heart, one voice to celebrate the holy day.

Smithey receives scholarship

Image: Mr. Ronnie Clanton and Melissa Smithey

Melissa Smithey, an Italy High School senior, was presented the Kayrene Uehlinger Memorial Scholarship on April 17, 2011 at Central Baptist Church. Smithey is the daughter of Michael and Rita Smithey of Italy.

Sunrise Service

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The Italy Ministerial Alliance is pleased to invite you to the Annual Sunrise Service this Easter Sunday (April 24) at 7am. The anointed event will be held at Dripping Springs on Hamrock Road. It is a beautiful time to be together and to be one voice on Easter. If you haven’t been to a sunrise service before, this is the year for you to come. Bring a friend and enjoy the fellowship.

Central Baptist Youth fundraiser underway

Image: All Sizes — E-mail Jessica Beggs at Mrs.Beggs@hotmail.com to place an order.

The of Central Baptist Church youth group will be traveling to Glorieta, New Mexico for their youth camp at Centrifuge this summer. With fundraising efforts ongoing the youth have began a new money making campaign. They are selling adorable hair bows!

Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church to hold dinner concert

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The Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church is hosting its first annual Dinner Concert on February 26th, 2011 at 6:00 pm. The event will be held at the Stafford Elementary Cafeteria (301 Harris Street, Italy) and tickets are $10. The entertainment will feature the Anointed Temple Mime Ministry.

Wednesday Services Cancelled at Central Baptist

Central Baptist Church has cancelled all services for Wednesday, February 9th. There will be no RAs, GAs or Mission Friends also. Jeremy Beggs, Youth Minister, will open the Cornerstone for the youth that want to come tonight.

Central Baptist Church chili dinner scheduled

The men of Central Baptist Church would like to invite fellow men and boys of Italy and surrounding community to join us for a chili dinner on Wednesday, December 29th at 6:30 PM at the Cornerstone on Main Street in Italy.

Senior saints high noon worship service invitation

Mt. Zion AME Church is inviting all senior citizens to join them for their “Senior Saints High Noon Worship Service” on Thursday, November 11 at noon. The church will be honoring the Senior Saints of the community with fellowship and food.

Round’em up, Cowboy!

Image: And we’re off — The lil’ buckaroos scrambled down the corral to see which horse was faster.

Old western clothes, spurs, cowboy boots and bandannas were the costume for the day at Central Baptist Church in Italy, Saturday, October 24-in other words your “Sunday-go-to-meetin’” clothes. The church hosted a city-wide Annual Round Up for the youth and adults. They all had a rip-roaring time at the Rodeo.

5th Quarter this friday!

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Friday, November 5th Central Baptist Church is hosting the last 5th Quarter of the season! This will also be the biggest as it will be sponsored by Citizens National Bank, Chick-fil-a, IHOP, Chilis, Dairy Queen, McDonalds and Magic Mirror Salon.

Central Baptist Church Youth Group aluminum recycling campaign

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The youth at Central Baptist Church are doing an on-going fundraiser. We will be collecting aluminum cans (vegetable or soda) to turn in for cash to use for youth events, fifth quarters, camps, and whatever else the youth may need. We have a trailer on the side of the Cornerstone that you can put your cans in.

Fields of Faith hosted by local FCA chapter

Image: Circle of Faith — Students, 7th-12th, came together for one night, one heart at Willis Field.

One man’s story is another man’s dream. With the help of Coach Heather Richters, Italy High School Head Volleyball and Track Coach, Willis Field was transposed from a frightful playing field on Friday nights to a gentle meeting place for over 180 Christian students, hailing from Hubbard, Frost, Milford, Blooming Grove and Italy.

Fall Festival planned at First Baptist Church

Saturday, October 30, 2010 the First Baptist Church of Italy will have their annual Fall Festival. This free, fun event for the entire family will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be a bounce house and games along with treats and eats. The entire community is invited!

“Fields of Faith” FCA event tonight

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The Italy chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is sponsoring an event on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, 7:00 p.m. at the Italy HS football field. Students from Italy HS will be joining thousands of other youth on athletic fields all across America to share their Christian faith with fellow students during the 7th Annual National Fields of Faith event. This rapidly growing, interdenominational outreach, event will be held at more than 400 locations throughout the nation on this same date.

Mt. Gilead hosts revival

Godly men and women, brothers and sisters in Christ and soul searchin’ preaching is what you can find at Mt. Gilead Church in Italy. Located at 117 Harris St in Italy, Pastor Preston Dixon invites everyone to the Fall Harvest Revival.

Bethel UMC to host 59th Annual Lord’s Acre Sale

Image: Bethel Community Center under construction

The congregation of Bethel United Methodist Church in conjunction with the Bethel Cemetery Association invites everyone to attend it’s 59th Annual Lord’s Acre Sale on Saturday, October 16th. Festivities will kick off at noon with a free barbecue lunch, followed by the auction that will raise funds for the church, cemetery and the completion of the new Bethel Community Center.

Prime Timers Luncheon with guest speaker Commissioner Heath Sims

Image: Let’s eat! — Precint 3 crew member Brian Mathiowetz joins CBC church members in the lunch line.

The monthly Prime Timers Luncheon held at the Central Baptist Church (CBC) in Italy, not only served up a great meal to guests, it also gave the community a chance to meet and enjoy a discussion with Ellis County Commissioner of Precinct 3, Heath Sims, who highlighted the current status of the county and gave insight into the everyday business of the Commissioners’ Court.

Something fun happening here for the whole community!

The First United Methodist Church of Italy, Texas, would like to invite everyone out for the 2010 Lord’s Acre on Saturday, October 9! Festivities begin at 2pm with a Children’s Carnival and bounce house at the Methodist Church at 124 Harpold. The fun continues with a FREE concert on the lawn provided by JRIDE (www.jrideministries.com) and The Followthrough (www.thefollowthrough.com), from 2-5pm. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit under the trees and enjoy the music.

Back to School Blast

Image: Big Yellow Welcome Sign — All were welcome.

Even though it was raining cats and dogs it did not dampen the spirits at the Family Fellowship Church where they were hosting an outdoor Back to School Blast Saturday afternoon.

Free-4-All this Sunday!

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This Sunday, September 12, the First Baptist Church of Milford will have a Free-4-All. This high energy event will have something for everyone. Bring your family, bring your friends and enjoy the day.

5th Quarter steps it up

Image: Temporal youth rapper — Jeremy raps about things not of this world but of things eternal.

One hundred thirty two Italy Junior High and High School students of all faiths feasted on hot dogs, nachos and homemade desserts Friday night after the Gladiator football game. The members of Central Baptist Church were happy to host the group and have them come to the Cornerstone and enjoy themselves in a safe, Christian atmosphere.

Vacation Bible School on the High Seas!

Image: Vacation Bible School @ First Baptist Church-Italy

First Baptist Church of Italy is setting sail for Vacation Bible School fun on the HIGH SEAS! Kids will feel the sea spray on their face as sails snap overhead. They’ll experience the deep rolling waters of God’s love. It’s easily the best time they will have all summer. It’s five solid evenings of activities for the children of Italy. All kids are invited—so, pack up and head to First Baptist Church!!! We are serving supper and fun all week!

Vacation Bible School at Mt Gilead Missionary Baptist Church

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The Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to join them in what will be the start of an explosive worship service through Vacation Bible School. All ages are welcome to a Praise Party in Worshiping God with Head, Heart, Hands, Feet, and Soul!! There will be games, stories, crafts, and music. Be ready to move! It’s a Praise Party!

FBC Youth Invite Supporters to “Youth Sunday”

Image: FBC Crossroads Retreat Youth Camp 2010

The youth of First Baptist Church invite you to join us for “Youth Sunday” on July 11th at 11:00 am. Summer Camp 2010 was so much fun that we want to take this special day to share our photos, videos, and skits with you—our families, friends, and community!

Christmas Shoeboxes Make Everlasting Smiles

Image: Shoebox Gifts — Shoebox gifts make children smile…and bring with them the possibility of creating an “everlasting” smile by opening a door to share the love of Jesus Christ.

The First Baptist Church Women’s Missionary Auxiliary (WMA) is collecting items for Christmas Shoebox Gifts, a project of Children Helping Children, a division of Baptist Medical Missions International (BMMI).

Central Baptist Youth bake sale

The youth of Central Baptist Church will be holding a bake sale on Friday, July 2nd and Saturday, July 3rd from 10:30am-1:00pm each day at the Uptown Cafe. All the money raised will go toward youth camp for the summer.