Church in the Park

The congregation of Church in the Park has announced its new pastor and wife, James and Angie Shugart. They have assumed the ministry that Dr. David and Beverly Hale started years ago after Dr. Hale’s retirement from Northside Baptist.

Shugart recently retired from First Baptist Church in Mount Calm after pastoring that church 11 years. Prior to this, he pastored churches in Pleasant Hill, Boyd, LaGrange, Manchaca, Austin and Gatesville. The Shugarts have three children and six grandchildren.

Church in the Park would like for you to come and welcome the Shugarts at the regular church meetings at 9 a.m. Sundays at Fullerton-Garitty Park in the pavilion. Children’s church, under the direction of Beverly Hale, is also available each Sunday morning.

Dress is casual and you are encouraged to bring your lawn chair and join in for this non-denominational gathering.

Love Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

The youth ministry of Love Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 400 N. Benton St., where David Wilson is pastor, will present Sister Shirron Gray as the speaker in the Oct. 8 worship service. Shirron is the daughter of Pam Gray and granddaughter of Erma Gray. She is a faithful member of Love Chapel Church where she serves as a member of the Voices of Inspiration, praise dancer and is active in church. She is 10 years old and is a fifth grade student at Navarro Elementary School. She will speak on “What Serving God Means to Me.” Sunday school will begin at 9:45 a.m. and worship will be at 11 a.m. Every second Sunday of the month is set aside as youth Sunday and all the youth of Love Chapel are active in Sunday school and worship services. Youth are important and members are thankful to God to have them in the church and are proud of them for their participation and dedication to God and the church. Sister LaKisha Jackson serves as youth director.

At 3 p.m. Oct. 8, the church will observe its Sunday school annual. Guest church will be New Cornerstone Baptist Church with the spoken word brought by its pastor, Donné Watson. The theme will be “Do You Listen When God Speaks?” Sister Patricia Sanders will serve as mistress of ceremony, greetings by Sister Oleta Fay Jones, exhortation on the theme by Mother Robbie Bailey, and Inspiration of Family Love will present a praise dance.

An invitation is extended to the public to come and worship and praise the Lord in these services. Love Chapel Missionary Baptist Church’s statement is you are welcome at the church where the door is always open and love is given.

First United Methodist Church of Hubbard

First United Methodist Church, 208 N.W. Second St., Hubbard, will host its 28th annual Lord’s Acre fall festival on Oct. 21. Activities will begin in fellowship hall at 9 a.m. with many handmade items and baked goods for sale until noon. Visitors will also have an opportunity to preview the beautiful handmade quilts made by the Quilters for Christ and other items that will be in the auction which will begin at 2 p.m.

At the conclusion of the auction, a turkey and dressing meal will be served in the Haralson Center, adjacent to the church. Cost of the meal will be $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Take-out meals will also be available. For more information, call (254) 576-2313.

Unity Baptist Church

Unity Baptist Church, 406 S. 34th St., where Brother Chad Owens is pastor, invites you to services: Sunday — Sunday school for all ages at 9:45 a.m., worship and children’s church at 11 a.m., Bible study classes at 5 p.m., and worship at 6 p.m.; Tuesday — visitation to shut-ins; and Wednesday — prayer meeting at 7 p.m. King’s Kids Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 14, the church will have its second Saturday singing with His Call as featured guest and special guest will be Krista Scifers. There will be no admission fee. There will be many local singers and an open microphone for CD and tape tracks and instruments. Everyone is welcome to join in for an evening of good old-fashioned gospel music and fellowship. A light meal will be held after the music. A nursery is open for all services. For transportation, call (903) 872-2861 and leave your address and how many will be riding.

Greater Harvest Fellowship

Greater Harvest Fellowship, 805 S. 15th St., will have a fish fry fund-raiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7. Meal will be fish, coleslaw, fries and cakes. Dinners will be $6 each. Take-out meals will be available. Free delivery is available by calling (903) 875-1280. Proceeds will go towards the building fund. Pastor D.L. Barton also invites you to attend Sunday services at 9:45 a.m. for Sunday school and worship at 11:30 a.m.

Blooming Grove United Methodist Church

Suzanne Plyer is the chairman of the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church Lord’s Acre scheduled for Oct. 14. Marilyn Smith is in charge of publicity.

The day’s events will begin with the country store at 9 a.m. with white elephant items, canned goods, baked goodies and many other items a person shouldn’t be without.

The barbecue lunch will start at 11:30 a.m. You may call (903) 695-2334 for take-out meals starting at 11 a.m. Menu will include brisket, potato salad, coleslaw, pinto beans, dessert and tea. Cost will be $8 for adults and $5 for children under 8 years. Donations to pay for the brisket can be made to Terry Golden. Each church member is asked to bring a cake for dessert.

Auctioneer Joe Graves will start the auction at 1 p.m. MYF youth and sponsors will provide childcare activities during the auction for children 4 and under. For more information or to volunteer, call Plyer at (903) 695-4344.

Bethel AME Church

At 10:45 a.m. Oct. 8, the Bethel AME Church family will be special guests of the Pelham community homecoming at Wesley United Methodist Church in Pelham. The Rev. Ray Charles Emanuel will bring the message.

Second Avenue Baptist Church

Second Avenue Baptist Church, 3045 W. Second Ave., will celebrate its 50th anniversary Oct. 14. An invitation is extended to one and all to come and share in this special occasion.

Looking back over the years, it is easy to see how the Lord has blessed this church. Second Avenue has seen many come through its doors that have been a help to the advancement of the Lord’s work. The church has been faithful in supporting all phases of the associated work.

The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. and end with the noon meal. Join in as members reflect and reminisce over the days that have gone by.

Lifeline Fellowship Family Church

Lifeline Fellowship Family Church will celebrate its seventh anniversary at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6-7 and at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at the main location, 5301 W. State Highway 31, Corsicana. Speaker for the Oct. 6 service will be A.E. Smith, pastor of Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church. Oct. 7 will be a citywide musical featuring various artists. The 8:30 a.m. Oct. 8 service will have the Rev. Curtis Johnson as guest speaker. Bishop Curtis Baker will close out the celebration at the 4 p.m. Oct. 8 service. Friends, neighbors and family are invited to join in this joyous occasion in celebrating church growth under the direction of leaders Ricky and Dorothy Walter.

The Word Church

The Word Church, 329 S. 37th St., will have its Angel Food order date from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the church. Distribution date will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the church. For more information, call (903) 872-5673, e-mail or visit the Web site at

New Beginnings Family Fellowship

From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, New Beginnings Family Fellowship, 11816 W. State Highway 22, Blooming Grove, where Bryan Connally is pastor, will host the “When are we Going Home” benefit concert. Performing will be New Life, Spirit Sent, and Cheryl Dunn. Dunn will conclude the concert with Christian country bluegrass music.

Dunn released her first CD project “Anybody Else,” produced by Carmen Barry, in September 2002. Her album received four nominations and won the Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year at the 2003 VIBE (SHAI) Awards.

Dunn grew up in a musical family and at the age of 8 was playing and singing with her brother. She is married and together she and husband Jim have four children. Dunn has a special place in her heart for children. She is a “big sister” with Big Sisters/Big Brothers of Northumberland and has been for many years. She shares her success with World Vision Canada as a “musical ambassador” and is a foster parent herself.

Dunn’s second CD “Let Go,” again produced by Juno Award winner Barry, was released in February 2005. It was nominated for a VIBE Award in the Country/Bluegrass of the Year category and also received four nominations from the Covenant Awards (Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year; Country/Bluegrass Song of the Year — “Let Go” and “There’s A Storm Rollin’ In”; Inspirational Song of the Year — “Who So Ever Will”; and the producer Barry was nominated in the Producer of the Year category). Dunn was also nominated in the Artist of the Year category. “Let Go” won the Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year.

Dunn is careful in choosing her songs and simply sings what she believes in. “Music can be very powerful and people remember how the lyrics of a song touched,” she said. For more information, visit

New Bethel Baptist Church

You are invited to come and be blessed with songs of praises as the Spiritual Disciples of Dallas celebrates their fourth anniversary at New Bethel Baptist Church, 700 Elm Flat Road, Goodlow, at 6 p.m. Oct. 14. Other groups and choirs will also perform. Join in on this joyous occasion. The Rev. Earnest Betts is host pastor.

Believers Bible Church

AWANA for children 3 years old through sixth grade is held from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Believers Bible Church, 2400 Bowie Drive. For more information, call (903) 872-7481.

Friends Inc. Ministries

Friends Inc. Ministries will have a day of refreshing as a conference and concert will be presented Oct. 7 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 1114 E. Sixth Ave., Corsicana. Admission will be free. The conference will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a free lunch. The theme will be “The Power of God’s Love,” from 1 Corinthians 13:8. Speakers will be the Rev. William Reese, Elder Omega Kelly, Evangelist Doris Scott, Evangelist Mary Wesley, Prophetess Frances Crittendon, and the Rev. Ivery Wafer-Bradley. The concert will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring Corsicana’s own Good News Gospel Singers. There will be anointed local singers as well as anointed out-of-town singers participating plus anointed dancers. For more information, call Robert Wafer at (903) 874-7769.

Haynes Memorial Church

A pre-anniversary concert will be held at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 7 at Haynes Memorial Church, 601 N. Denton, Mexia, where Elder Charles Washington is pastor. Featured will be Communications from Palestine. The concert will be sponsored by Pastor and Mrs. Carlos Daniels. Other singers will be GHM Brothers, Evangelist Richardson, The Gospel Five, Pastors High and Rischer, Roane Full Gospel Choir, Carter Family, Crystal Taylor, Evangelist Brenda White, Renfro Memorial Choir, Minister Demetrius Beachum, Pastor Horn and First Baptist and other great voices. Don’t miss out on this unlimited praise.

The 18th pastoral appreciation services for Pastor and Mrs. C.D. Washington for their 19 years of service will be held at 3:15 p.m. Oct. 8. The theme will be “Lives of Commitment” from Jeremiah 3:15 and 1 Timothy 5:17. There will be several guests. Everyone is invited. For more information, call (254) 562-0177 or (903) 874-1970.

Greater Renfro Memorial COGIC

Greater Renfro Memorial Church of God in Christ Women of Excellence will sponsor a seminar at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 with guest speaker Sister Ethel Baptist, first lady of Griffin Chapel COGIC. The theme will be “Priorities First.” All ladies are asked to be present. President is Sister Barbara Kelly. Supervisor of women is Sister Mary Jo Dixon. Pastor is Elder William Lewis Jr.

Roane Chapel Full Gospel Church

Roane Chapel Full Gospel Church, 100 S. Parham, where Elder Harold L. Evans Sr. is pastor, will have its 106 church anniversary at 3 p.m. Oct. 8. Message will be given by the Rev. Robert Lee, pastor of Chatfield Baptist Church.

Roane Chapel Missionary Baptist Church originated in the community of Roane in October 1900. An old school building was used for service at that time. In 1903 the first building was erected. During this time, the Rev. Julius J. Johnson was pastor. His leadership carried until 1971. In 1963, Johnson and members relocated the church to the city of Corsicana. This was approved and sponsored by the deacon staff: John Champs, Nathaniel Perkins, Perry Reese, John Sandford, Oliver Smith, Dock Stewart, Calvin Williams, Charlie Williams Sr. and Lewis Smith.

There was a five-year gap before the calling of another pastor. The church continued its worship services.

In 1976, the Rev. Louis Collins was called and served until 1981. The Rev. Henry Davis was called and served until 1989. The Rev. M.R. Parson was called in September 1989 and served until Oct. 14, 2000. There was a gap again before the members called the present pastor. In May 2001, God led the members to call Elder Harold L. Evans Sr. to pastor. This pastor came with a vision for a new church to be built in the future and at God’s command.

Sixth Avenue Baptist Church

Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 125 S. Fifth St., where K.D. Davis Sr. is overseer/bishop and the Rev. H.P. Williams is associate pastor, invites you to ushers annual day at 3 p.m. Oct. 8. Special guest will be Dr. J.H. King III of Greater New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Dallas. Come, bring somebody and be blessed. For more information, call (903) 874-4873.

Single Believers Ministries

Single Believers Ministries invites you to listen to its radio broadcast from 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. each Sunday on KAND 1340 AM. For more information about SBM, call (903) 872-7500 or (903) 874-2921.

Eureka United Methodist Church

Eureka United Methodist Church will have its annual Lord’s Acre Oct. 14 at the church. A barbecue supper will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with take-out plates available. Brisket, prepared by Barney and Randy Thomas, potato salad, beans, homemade pies and tea will be served. Cost will be $6 for adults, $3 for children 4 to 10, and free for 3 years and under. The country store and book sale will be open from 10 a.m. to noon and from 4 to 7 p.m. The auction will begin at 7 p.m. with Kirby Hill as auctioneer.

Morning Star Baptist Church

Morning Star Baptist Church, 1020 E. 12th Ave., where B.R. Whitehead is pastor, will present “Men and Women in Black” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14. The theme will be “The Time is Near!” from Matthew 24:36-44. Guests will be Brother Roy L. Williams from Roane Chapel Full Gospel, where Elder Harold Evans is pastor; Brother Vernon Harris from Freedom Fellowship, where Jesse Williams is pastor; Elder Omega Kelly and Minister David Kelly from Greater Renfro Church of God in Christ, where Elder William Lewis Jr. is pastor; Minister Carol Burgess, Brother Freddie L. Watson and soloist Sister Myra Thomas from Mount Olive Baptist Church, where Alfred Cox is pastor; Sister Frances Kitchen from Straight Way Baptist Church, where A.E. Smith is pastor; soloist Minister Machleann Grant from Macedonia Baptist Church in Streetman, where Joe Hubbard is pastor; soloist Elder Charles Washington, pastor of Greater Haynes COGIC in Mexia; and Good News Gospel Singers. Everyone is invited to this great event. For more information, call (903) 872-5039 or (903) 875-1346.

First United Methodist Church of Dawson

Lord’s Acre at First United Methodist Church of Dawson, 208 N. Main St., will be held Oct. 28. The live auction will begin at 1 p.m. The country store will open at 9:30 a.m. The barbecue lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with tickets at $3 for children up to 10 years of age and $6 for adults. The lunch will consist of barbecue brisket and sausage, beans, potato salad, slaw, pickles, onions, bread, dessert, tea and coffee. Take-out meals will be available. Proceeds from the Lord’s Acre will go to special community and church projects.

Barry and Emhouse United Methodist Churches

Barry and Emhouse United Methodist Churches will have Lord’s Acre Oct. 28 at the Fannie Mae Vernon Room of the Navarro County Exposition Center, State Highway 22, Corsicana. The country store and sweet shop will open at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. at $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Menu will be turkey and dressing with all the trimmings, homemade pie, coffee and tea. Carry-out meals will be available. An auction will follow at 1 p.m.

Missionary Baptist Church

At 2 p.m. Oct. 8, Missionary Baptist Church, 405 S. 15th St., will host Rose City Quartet from Tyler. The community is invited to come and enjoy this gospel group praise the Lord in song.

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 2105 E. Jones Ave., where the Rev. Alfred Cox is pastor, will give away clothes to the needy from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 7 on the church grounds. All size clothing from children to adults will be given away.

The church will also have its pre-homecoming banquet at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Cancun Restaurant at the Corsicana Inn. The speaker will be Dr. C.W. Wallace of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Dallas. Admission will be $15 each. Tickets are available at Charles Hair Gallery and from members of Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Frost United Methodist Church

Frost United Methodist Church will have its annual Lord’s Acre sale and dinner Oct. 7 at the Frost school cafeteria. Dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take-out plates will be available at 11 a.m. Brisket, sausage, chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, beans, cake and tea will be served. Cost will be $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The auction will start at 1 p.m. with David Hodge as auctioneer.

Men’s Community Prayer Breakfast

Men’s Community Prayer Breakfast will meet at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Lone Star Room of the Walker Dining Hall on the Navarro College campus. This meeting is open to all men in the community. The main emphasis is prayer for the community with interceding for leaders, schools, institutions, government and churches in the community. For more information, call (903) 872-7299.

Petty’s Chapel Baptist Church

Brother Sonny Buie, pastor, and members of Petty’s Chapel Baptist Church, 1300 Farm-to-Market 3041, Corsicana, would like to invite everyone to come and visit during the fall homecoming and revival. Homecoming day will feature the Historical Marker dedication ceremony beginning at 1 p.m.

Joe Schmidt, minister of Encour-Edifi-Tainment, will be at PCBC, at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 15 for the fall homecoming. He will also be at PCBC from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16-18 for Petty’s Chapel revival. You are invited to come and spend the day with PCBC. Schmidt was the speaker this year at Latham Springs Baptist Camp.

Schmidt will present an entertainingly informative, sometimes baffling, yet humorously challenging program dealing with key principles of tremendous importance in daily lives. For more information, view

First United Methodist Church of Kerens

First United Methodist Church of Kerens will have Lord’s Acre Oct. 7 at the Kerens Alumni Center in downtown Kerens. A turkey and dressing lunch with all the trimmings will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost will be $3 for children and $6 for adults. A bake sale will begin at 10:30 a.m. An auction will be held at 1 p.m. Call (903) 396-2937 or take-out lunches.

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