Saddle Ridge Ranch coming to town

Image: Roundin’ up questions, drivin’ home answers!

A new ranch is coming to Italy and it is exclusively for kindergarten through 6th grade age children. Central Baptist Church is hosting Saddle Ridge Ranch, this year’s Vacation Bible School. Saddle Ridge Ranch will be held June 14 – 18, 2010 from 9:45 a.m. to noon at Central Baptist Church, 113 S. Ward Street in Italy.

Changing lives one youth at a time

Image: Eric and Cristie Enriquez — Eric and Cristie enjoy working with the 6th through 12th grade youth that attend First Baptist Church in Avalon.

Eric Enriquez is the Youth Director at First Baptist Church in Avalon. Over the last year, the youth department has grown by leaps and bounds. They meet every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the church on S. Giles in Avalon.

Local youth enjoy friendly competition

Image: Rules Explained — Murrie Wainscott explains the rules to the Royal Ambassadors while Brian Mathiowetz checks the weight of each car.

The Royal Ambassadors of Central Baptist Church enjoyed a night of fellowship, fun and friendly competition at the annual R.A. Racers event on April 14, 2010. A total of 18 cars were entered in the race and there were approximately 75 people in attendance to cheer for their favorite car.

Carrie McDonnall to speak at Central Baptist Church

Image: Author, Carrie McDonnall

Carrie McDonnall, modern-day, persecuted Christian missionary, has been invited to speak at Central Baptist Church on Sunday, April 11, at the 10:45 a.m. service. Carrie is also the nationally recognized author of Facing Terror, the true story of how love for the Muslim people cost an American couple the ultimate price for their faith. Carrie will speak about her missionary experiences in Iraq and the personal tragic and devastating results to her, her husband, and to 3 coworkers.

Central Baptist Church to perform a dramatic play for Easter service

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This Easter, Central Baptist invites you to experience all the passion, all the drama and all the wonder of the Cross on Sunday, April 4th at 10:45 a.m. Join them as Pastor Todd presents a dramatic presentation of how the greatest love man has ever known came through the greatest instrument of suffering man has ever devised.

Union Missionary Baptist Church Hosts Groundbreaking Service

Image: The Lord’s work will be done here — “An edifice will rise on this ground.  Souls will be saved, service will be done and their hearts will unite to expand the kingdom, to glorify and edify God,” Pastor Davis preached.

Pastor Algua R. Isaac, church family and friends gathered at the Union Missionary Baptist Church on Williams Street on Saturday morning to hold a dedication service for their new church. The new site is located on Derrs Chapel Road across from the Trinity Mission Health and Rehab.

Easter Sunrise Service

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The Italy Ministerial Alliance invites all of the Italy Community to the Easter Sunrise Service Sunday, April 4, 2010, 7:00 a.m. The service will take place at the Reeves’ property south of town known as ‘Dripping Springs’.

Buckets of Hope for Haiti

Image: Central Baptist Church aids Haiti relief — Pastor Todd Gray of Central Baptist Church in Italy with the 21 buckets his members donated to the Haiti relief effort.

The Royal Ambassadors and their leaders from Central Baptist Church in Italy, Texas, are getting ready to pack another “Bucket of Hope” for Haiti earthquake victims. After filling the buckets, the RAs prayed for the people who would receive the food as well as for the safety of those responsible for transporting and delivering them.

Ministerial Alliance names food pantry

Image: Bill Youngblood — The Italy Ministerial Alliance has named the local food pantry after Bill, everyone’s friend.

Earlier in the year, the Italy Ministerial Alliance voted unanimously that the local food pantry be called the William Youngblood Food Pantry. The plaque was ordered and delivered. Officially, the sign hangs above the pantry door for all to see.

Central Baptist Church to perform a Christmas Cantata

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Central Baptist Church invites everyone to their Christmas Cantata on Saturday, December 19th at 7:00pm. Titled God Speaking: Throughout the ages…and still today, this dramatic Christmas musical will be performed by the combined choirs of Central Baptist Church of Italy and Ferris Baptist Fellowship of Ferris.

Tree Lighting Ceremony brightens the holiday spirit

Image: The Christmas tree lights up Main Street in Italy — After the Christmas tree lights were turned on next to the marquee in downtown Italy, the congregation joined in the singing of Silent Night.

The City of Italy’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 6 at the Cornerstone in downtown Italy included the singing of Christmas carols, hot chocolate and prayers as the Italy Ministerial Alliance and the City of Italy pray that you and your family have a most joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mt. Zion AME Church is “Calling All Senior Citizens!”

Image: Your invited to our Senior Saints High Noon Worship Service — Everyone is welcome to join Mt. Zion AME Church on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 12:00 noon for their “Senior Saints High Noon Worship Service” followed by a wonderful lunch.

Mt. Zion AME Church, located at 733 Hardeman Street in Italy, is Calling All Senior Citizens to join them for their “Senior Saints High Noon Worship Service.” Each year, Mt. Zion AME Church honors the Senior Saints of our community. Please come and join the fellowship with one another.

Central Baptist Church Annual Roundup

On Sunday, October 25, 2009, Central Baptist Church, 113 South Ward in Italy, will kick off their Annual Roundup at 10:45 a.m. The activities wll begin with morning worship at 10:45. Immediately following the service, everyone is invited to stay and enjoy a brisket lunch with all the trimmings.

Revival Coming To Italy

Image: Italy Church of Christ — Located at the corner of College and Couch (601 South College), the Italy Church of Christ invites everyone to their revival on Sunday, July 26 through Wednesday, July 29.  Brother Don Deffenbaugh from Neosho, Missouri will lead the gospel meeting.

Brother Walter Buchanan, pastor of the Italy Church of Christ, announced they will host a revival beginning Sunday, July 26 through Wednesday, July 29, and everyone is invited. “There will be old fashioned singing and fellowship,” Buchanan commented. Visiting author and evangelist, Don Deffenbaugh, will be preaching.

Central Baptist Church is on a mission to Navajo country

Friday morning at 8:00 a.m., fifteen adults and youth from the Central Baptist Church in Italy (CBC), led by Pastor Todd Gray, left mission to the Waterfall Bible Church on the Navajo Indian Reservation located in the “Four Corners” area of Arizona (northeastern corner of AZ).

Camp E.D.G.E. Starts Friday

Image: Camp E.D.G.E. — Vacation Bible School is starting on Friday, June 26 at 6:00 pm at the Italy Methodist Church.  Pre-K through 6th grade students are invited.

Hiking, fishing, camping under the stars and telling stories around the campfire. You get the feeling of being outside when you travel to Camp E.D.G.E. (Experience & Discover God Everywhere). The First United Methodist Church of Italy is hosting vacation bible school Friday-Sunday and invites all Pre-K to 6th grade students to participate.

Boot Camp members rise and shine

Image: B.O.O.T. Camp Began At The Central Baptist Church — Central Baptist Church in Italy started its annual summer camp with the theme being, B.O.O.T. Camp, Biblical Outlook & Outreach Training.

The Central Baptist Church in Italy began its Vacation Bible School Boot Camp Tuesday. There was singing under the cross, marching in the hallways and soldiers everywhere were coloring, decorating canteens and playing games.

Boot Camp at Central Baptist Church

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Boot Camp is coming! Central Baptist Church, 113 S. Ward in Italy, is sponsoring Vacation Bible School and the theme is boot camp this year. Train to be in God’s Army June 22-26, 2009 from 9:00 to noon.

Rev. Isaac Says, “Press Forward”

Image: Rev. Issac speaks — The graduates listened intently as Rev. Issac told them to “press forward” on Wednesday night at the Union Baptist cookout.

The Italy High School seniors and Principal Scott Herald spent a pleasurable evening at Union Baptist Church of Italy on Wednesday night. The church hosted a hot dog supper in their beautiful fellowship hall and the students appreciated a message from the pastor.

It’s All In the Balance

Image: Balanced nails — Can you balance ten 16 penny nails on the head of another?  Brother Walter Buchanan of Italy Church of Christ can.

The Italy Church of Christ hosted a luncheon on Wednesday for the graduating seniors of IHS. Brother Walter Buchanan of Italy Church of Christ and his congregation invited the students for hot dogs and melt-in-your mouth homemade cookies. The seniors obliged their hosts and enjoyed their meal.

Party-Hawaiian Style

Image: Hello or Goodbye? — What is your name in Hawaiian?

The sounds of the Beach Boys and Elvis singing Blue Hawaii trickled through the halls of First Baptist Church of Italy on Tuesday night. The seniors were eating chicken, wearing their beach clothes and bowling Hawaiian style.

We All Scream For Ice Cream

Image: Bubbles for Clay — Clay Major was one of the trivia game winners at the Methodist Ice Cream Social on Monday.

OK, it’s time for some ice cream! That’s what the IHS seniors said on Monday as they gathered at the First United Methodist Church. This is the first of many parties held for the graduates this week.

Epiphany Catholic Church Fiesta

Image: Dancers from Itasca — Cinco Di Mayo Folkloric dancers came from Itasca to entertain all.

As you drove up to the Epiphany Catholic Church in Italy, Texas your ears were delighted by lively music, just as your eyes were mesmerized by beautifully costumed dancers.

Musical Workshop at Mt Zion A.M.E. Church

Image: Mt. Zion Church — This is the place to be to have a lot of fun praising God this weekend.

Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church will be hosting a Youth Choir Musical on Saturday, April 25th at 6:00 PM. This is the place to be to sing praises to the Lord. Mittie Muse is the new Pastor of Mt. Zion and is very excited about this program.

Tyler Boyd receives $3,000 scholarship

Image: Scholarship Recipient-Tyler Boyd

On Sunday, April 19, 2009, the Kayrene Uehlinger Scholarship was presented to Tyler Boyd during the morning worship at Central Baptist Church in Italy. This is the second year that the Class of 1968 has made the presentation.

“All Heaven and Earth” Easter Production

Image: Entering Bethlehem — The guide is asking the master of ceremonies, “which way do we go?”

Saturday evening at 7:00 PM as you walked through the Italy First Baptist Church and into the courtyard it was as if you were transported back in time. The time that Jesus was walking the earth. The story of Easter unfolded in four different scenes.

Easter Sunrise Service

Image: Easter Sunrise Service — Mt. Gilead hosted the Italy Ministerial Alliance Sunrise Service this Easter.

“This is the day the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Rev. Preston Dixon of Mt. Gilead Church opened the service with that scripture. Yes, it was raining cats and dogs outside but the joy that came from within those walls made the weather move to the back burner.

Easter Sunrise Service

The Italy Ministerial Alliance is hosting an Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Gilead Church, 117 Harris Street in Italy at 7:00 am on Easter morning (April 12). Everyone is invited to participate in this event. Pastor Todd Gray from Central Baptist Church will provide the message. Mt. Gilead will provide special music and a breakfast brunch afterwards.

Adventures of the “Discipleship Now” youth group

Image: Scavenger Hunt Begins — Looks like they found something on their list.

The youth group of Central Baptist Church of Italy and the youth group of First Baptist Church of Milford joined together and participated in the “Discipleship Now” program (this program teaches youth how to grow in Christ) and had quite an adventure over this past weekend.

Easter Celebration at Italy First Baptist Church

Image: Pastor Ronnie Dabney — Pastor Dabney hopes the community will come get involved in their Easter program.

Saturday April 11th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Italy First Baptist Church is presenting their Easter program, All Heaven and Earth. “You will walk the streets of Bethlehem, visit a family in Nazareth and witness the greatest gift of love ever bestowed on Mankind.”

Local Youth Help With Food Pantry

Image: Central Baptist Youth Pitching In — Jazmine Salcido, Misty Salcido, Dhylan Jackson, Zach Latimer, Aaron Israel, Zachary Hernandez, William Youngblood, Heather Hilliard and Holli Love with youth director, Chris Talleri help the Italy Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry.

Just because it’s Spring Break, that doesn’t mean certain people are slacking. Some youth of Central Baptist Church and youth director, Chris Talleri, volunteered their time to help with food distribution at the local food pantry on Monday.

Living and sharing Christ’s love

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Living and sharing Christ’s love is the message that the members and staff of Central Baptist Church in Italy would like to share with those in the community. Pastor Todd Gray and the Central family would also like to extend a special invitation to the community to visit, worship and fellowship with them.

A new pastor and a bowl of chili

Image: New pastor at Methodist Church — Jane Reeves welcomes Rev. Eric and Donna Smith to Italy.

First United Methodist Church of Italy hosted a chili supper fundraiser on Saturday night and also took the opportunity to introduce the interim pastor for the church to the community. Rev. Eric and Donna Smith, recently moved to Italy from San Antonio, also enjoyed a bowl of homemade red.

Valentine’s Chili Supper

Romance is in the air. It’s not too long before Valentine’s Day is here and you’ll want to do something fun with your sweetheart. Hearts, flowers, poetry and sweet nothings in your ear and, of course, a steaming bowl of “red.”

Poinsettias for Sale

Image: Poinsettias for Sale — The sale of these Poinsettias will send a youth to camp.

The First Baptist Church youth group is taking orders for Poinsettias. This fundraiser will be raising money for the youth to go to camp. The camp is held at Three Mountains Retreat in Clifton, TX.