From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun
Blooming Grove United Methodist Church will celebrate 100 years of worship in its present church building on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Although the local church began in 1873 and has held services in two other church buildings, construction of the present edifice was started, completed and dedicated in 1913. The church will welcome family, friends and guests with coffee, juice and donuts at 10 a.m. in its Heritage Hall followed by a worship service at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Bishop Mike Lowry and special music by the Douglas Family. Following the service, lunch will be served in Heritage Hall.
The Church began as a Methodist mission church in 1869 in a building constructed on land on Rush Creek donated by Richard and Susan Gowan. The small white building served in the dual capacity of a school and church where Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians and others gathered for services. The Gowans also established a family cemetery on the land. The church was known as “White Church,” the cemetery “White Church Cemetery,” and the small community was called Blooming Grove. In 1873, the Methodist congregation became a part of the Northwest Texas Conference of the Methodist Church. In the mid 1880’s, the community moved about one mile North due to the Cotton Belt Railroad Company’s construction of a rail line that would connect Corsicana and Hillsboro. Around 1887, the White Church building was relocated by the Methodists to the new Blooming Grove, where the Baptists had already established themselves. In 1893, land was purchased on the corner of Kerr and Third Street for the purpose of erecting a new building for the purpose of erecting a new building for the Blooming Grove Methodist Church. The Church flourished and became overcrowded, thereby causing the second building in its history to be dismantled and a third and more spacious one being built on the same site.
That third building is now celebrating its 100th anniversary. The most beautiful features of the current church building are its stained glass windows and multiple wood trimmings. Three art windows are visible from its porch. The center one of the Guardian Angel guiding a small girl across a narrow bridge was presented by Capt. James Valpeau Hodges and his wife, Terri Edith Gowan Hodges in memory of their 2 1/2 year old daughter, Hattie Dimple Hodges. The art window of the Sower was presented in memory of Mr. J.M. Grant by his wife, Mrs. Ida Grant, and the art window of the Angel writing in the Book of Life was given in memory of Mr. J.M. Grant by the Men’s Bible Class. Mr. Grant was a respected, dedicated and tireless layman of the Church. A fourth art window of an open Bible located in the choir loft was given in memory of Dr. J.A. Greene. The remainder of the 47 church windows are made of beautiful stained glass.
Many pastors filling the pulpit as well as congregations, past and present, have commented on the inspiration and blessings they have received from worshiping in a building adorned with such beauty.
The Blooming Grove United Methodist Church is a church of open hearts, open minds and open doors with an ongoing mission to serve its congregation and community for many years to come and would love for all to join them if not with their presence but at least their prayers as they celebrate this momentous occasion on Oct. 13, 2013.
The City Wide Women Convention Quarterly Revival will convene at 7 p.m. nightly Oct. 7-8, 2013 at God's Holy Temple where Elder Eric Grant, Sr., serves as Pastor. The speaker will be Minister Wanda Dixon Williams of Dallas. She is a member of Christ The Kingdom Church and is a graduate of Dallas Baptist and Reedemer Church. She has been married for 48 years and is the mother of five children and 10 grandchildren. Everyone is cordially invited to come and hear this woman of God. Evangelist Mary Jo Dixon serves as president of the City Wide Women Convention.
Trinity Bibleway COGIC, 102 Lawrence St., Trinidad, welcomes New pastor and wife Pastor Walter Dixson and First Lady Betty Dixson. Come worship with us at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. Overseer Bishop Billy Joe Kelly. For more information or directions call (903) 875-9655 or (903) 467-9490. God Loves You!
Eureka United Methodist Church located at 8644 S. Hwy 287 will hold its 51st Annual Lord’s Acre Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. A barbecue dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. The BBQ plate will consist of brisket, pinto beans, potato salad, bread, pickles, onions, homemade pies, coffee/tea. Adults will be $8, children 3 years old and under free. The Country Store will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon then 4 to 7 p.m. Auction will be at 7:30 p.m., and a drawing for a quilt will be held during the auction. For more information call (903) 874-4842.
Frost United Methodist Church will hold its Lord’s Acre on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at the Frost School Cafeteria, 208 N. Wyrick, Frost. There will be a Sale, Dinner and Country Store. Brisket, chicken, sausage, beans, potato salad, coleslaw, cake and tea are on the menu, and take out meals begin at 11 a.m., with Dine-In meals being served 11:30 a.m. to 1 P.m. Adult meals are $7, children 10 and under are $4. The Country Store will open at 10:30 a.m., and the auction begins at 1 p.m.
Barry and Emhouse Lord’s Acre Festival will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at the Fannie Mae Vernon Room of the Navarro County Exposition Center with a country store and sweet shop. Lunch will be held at 11 a.m. with turkey and dressing and homemade pies. Adults meals will be $8 and children’s $4. Take out meals will be available, and there will be an auction held at 12 noon.
Unity Baptist Church, 101 S. 30th St., where Chad Owens is Pastor, invites you to services: Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday: worship and children’s church at 11 a.m., worship at 6 p.m., and Wednesday: Prayer meeting at 7 p.m., Kings Kids class meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. We now have Kings Kids for Teens also. Tuesday, a group from Unity visits shut-ins at 10 a.m. Thursday, there is a Bible study at Northwest Apartments Community Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, a group teaches and sings at Twilight Nursing Home at 9 a.m. For transportation to services, call (903) 872-2861. A nursery is open for church services.
Petty’s Chapel Baptist Church, 1300 FM 3041, where Elvin Sikes serves as Pastor would like to invite everyone to our worship services. Petty’s Chapel Baptist Church is located on Old Roane Road a half mile east of I-45. Sunday worship begins at 8:30 a.m. There is a short time of fellowship and Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday night services begin at 6:30 p.m. We would also like to invite all women to a special time of fellowship and Bible study. It is held every second and fourth Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall. (Light lunch and childcare will be provided.)
Lone Star Cowboy Church of Navarro County, located at 4495 W. State Hwy. 22, invites all to join us for our Sunday Church Service starting at 10 a.m. We have nursery for babies through age 2 years and activities for 3 and 4 year olds. Children ages 5 through 12 are invited to meet in the children's building for Children's Church. We also have the following activities; Monday Nights at 7 p.m. Mounted shooting and Celebrate Recovery at 6 p.m. Tuesday Night Women's Fellowship at 6 p.m. and Team Ropin' at 7 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study at 7 p.m., Youth Dinner 6:30 to 7 p.m. and Youth Service 7 p.m. Thursday Practice is at 7 p.m. For more information call the church at (903) 872-1670. Oct. 2 a children's Bible study began on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Children from Toddlers to the fifth grade are all welcome. A Lone Star Stampede will take place on Oct. 18, and Truck or Treat will be Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Missionary Baptist Church, 405 S. 15th Street, Corsicana. Great things are happening at MBC. Four persons came forward this past Sunday making profession of faith in Jesus Christ asking to be candidates for baptism and membership at MBC. Baptism for these four will be this Sunday during the Evening Worship service. May their lives be richly blessed. Tonight, Friday, Oct. 4, the long awaited Friday Night Fun Night resumes at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall/gymnasium. The summer is finally slightly cooling. The Morning Worship at 10:50 a.m. this Sunday will be a Youth Led service. Young people will be in charge of the entire service. A guest speaker from another ABA church will present the morning message. Also, lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall Sunday with the Afternoon Worship immediately following that will consist of “Songs by Request” and the aforementioned baptismal service. Many things at happening at MBC including the regular Wednesday evening youth fellowship and Adult Bible Study at 7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend any and all of these opportunities. You will be blessed.
Lighthouse of Praise Ministry, 200 E. Collin St., Corsicana invites you to join them at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. Where love is not a feeling, He is a person, His Name is Jesus.
Brown Chapel AME Church in Pelham invites the public to join them for a service at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 to recognize Deborah Douglas for her work in and for the church. There will be a First Heritage Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. All original settler families of the communities of Antioch, Brusher (Brushie Prairie), Irene, and Pelham will be recognized. For more information contact Ted Brackens at (254) 678-3157 or (469) 583-2520.
Pelham Community Homecoming will take place Oct. 11-13. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 a Worship Service by Rev. Charles Kelly will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church. Rev. Dennis Weaver will be the speaker. On Saturday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 6 p.m. will be Pelham “Fun and Frolic.” Family and friends activities at the Pelham Community History Museum, bring your lawn chairs, and the museum will be open for tours. Beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 will be Sunday School, followed by 10:45 a.m. Homecoming Worship Services held at the Wesley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Willie Green of Bethel AME Church, Corsicana as the speaker. Dinner will be served following the service at the Pelham Community Center. If you can’t be present but would like to donate, please send donations to Mrs. Alva J. Porter, 22425 FM 744, Hubbard, Texas 76648.
Saint Luke United Methodist Church is a wonderful caring congregation who would like to welcome anyone looking for a church home to give us a try. We are located at 2308 N. Bowie Drive just beyond Collins Middle School. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and our Sunday worship service begins at 10:45 a.m. Pastor John Nader preaches encouraging messages that will stir your heart and enliven your relationship with God through Jesus Christ. St. Luke United Methodist Church is also a church that loves children of all ages. Children's sermons are energetic and well thought out. Your children will feel loved and inspired by the congregation. So, come visit us on Sunday morning and find the Spirit-filled worship for your thirsty soul.
Beulah Baptist Church, 814 Martin Luther King Ave., Wortham, invites you to join for “Fill My Cup” at 12 noon Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Pink is the color. Pastor Arthur Minnit of Nazareth Baptist Church of Perry, overseer. Guests will be 7-UP Women’s of God Assembly of Waco. Pastor of Beulah Baptist Church is John L. Delancey.
Love Chapel Baptist Church located at 400 North Benton Street where David E. Wilson serves as Pastor and Sharron D. Wilson serves as Minister will observe its Sunday School Annual at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Theme: “Obeying God Above All* from the Scripture Text: Acts 5:25-32. Pastor Donne' Watson who serves as Pastor of the New Corner Stone Baptist Church will be the messenger.
First Baptist Church of Eureka would like to invite anyone searching for a home church to visit with us for Sunday morning service beginning at 11 a.m. We are a growing, relaxed, comfortable, casual dress, family oriented church, with a loving and caring congregation. If you haven't yet found 'your' church, we invite you to give us a try.
Life in the Word Bible Church at 1408 N. Beaton, Emma Jessie, pastor, invites you to join them in their Annual Reaping The Harvest on Saturday, Oct. 19 beginning at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Further information will be given later concerning this event.
God’s Holy Temple COGIC located downtown in the Home Center will be worshiping God in a special service celebration Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 at 4 p.m. with Greater Love Outreach Fellowship Church and Greater Cross Way COGIC, Pastor David Houston and Pastor Dennis Albert and congregation and other guests and friends. Spoken word by Bishop William Lewis Jr. Everyone is invited to come and worship with us. Pastor Eric Grant and Lady Jackie Grant.
Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church, 400 S. 15th St., Corsicana, invites you to worship with them at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 when the mistress of ceremony is Evangelist F. Kitchen. Music will be provided by Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church, and the spoken word brought by Pastor N. Carter. Other musical selections will be by Macedonia Baptist Church, Streetman and Liberty Tabernacle.
Bethel AME Church, invites you to elevate your faith, hope and love. The church and its members were so blessed this past Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. with Sunday School where the lesson was “The Proud Brought Low” taught by Sis. Dolores Carter, followed by the 11 a.m. service where the Women’s Missionary Society message was brought by Rev. Willie L. Greene Sr., saying the congregation must have “church on the outside.” That was folowed by the Youth Department at 3 p.m. taking everyone a little higher in the spirit with a dynamic message from Minister Kamar Chambers urging the young people to use their potential to do great things in life because we all belong to the Body of Christ. All youth and visitors did an excellent job. Plans are underway for the 141st Church Anniversary to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 with the annual speaker being Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters of Joy Tabernacle AME Church of Dallas. Sis. Denise Freeman is chairperson for that event. Rev. Willie L. Greene Sr., pastor.
Intercessors for Navarro County Men’s Prayer Breakfast will meet at Navarro College, in the Lone Star Room at the cafeteria at 6:45 a.m on Wednesday mornings. Men who are interested in praying for all those in authority are welcome to join (1 Timothy 2:1-3) For more information, please call (903) 874-5561.
Open Bible Study is held every Thursday morning at the Senior Activity Center, with singing beginning at 10 a.m. Bible Study is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Fred Biltz at (903) 654-4980.
Grief Share, sponsored by Northside Baptist Church, meets from 5 to 7 p.m. each Sunday at the Fellowship Center on Forest Lane (across the street from Northside). This is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Each Grief Share session includes a video seminar and group discussion. Grief Share is a non-denominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time. You are welcome to begin attending the Grief Share group at any session. Each is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. For more information, call Thelma Harvey at (903) 874-3277.
First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin, Corsicana Kidz Day Out Preschool Program is now enrolling children ages 6 weeks old through Pre-K for the Fall. The program operates Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., September through May. More information can be found at www.fbccorsicana.org or by contacting the church office at (903) 872-7473.
Bethlehem Baptist Church Brotherhood will sponsor a Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Fellowship Hall. Speaker for the occasion will be Bro. Cornelius Hawkins, secretary of the Brotherhood. Come and be blessed Senior Pastor Dairy G. Johnson, Sr. Information call (903) 874-7834.