08/04/2014 1:17 PM

08/04/2014 1:18 PM

Church holds backpack blessing

Get the school year started off right! Join us for a Blessing of the Backpacks during the 10:50 a.m. worship service Aug. 24. It’s about celebrating and blessing the school year, giving thanks for our kids, and blessing their journey of learning. Every child will take home a reminder of this blessing to attach to his/her backpack. All students welcome, preschool through college. Bring your backpack.

Attention administrators and teachers, this is for you, too. Please join us so that we can shower you with blessings for your school year as well. St. John Church is at 1218 E. Debbie Ln. Mansfield. For more information, call 817-473-4889 or go to

New church meets at Kountry Klub

A new church called Country Meadows Fellowship has begun meeting at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the Western Kountry Klub, 5728 Lakeview Road, between Mansfield and Midlothian. The simple message is Jesus Christ along with great country gospel music. We are simple come-as-you-are, church jeans and boots, or shorts and flip flops. Fresh hot coffee and doughnuts will be served. For more information, contact Pastor Bill Allen at 469-337-6189 or

St. Jude plans annual festival

St. Jude Catholic Church is planning a great festival is from 1-10 p.m. Sept. 20 on the church grounds at 500 E. Dallas St. The public is invited to share tortas, gorditos, turkey legs, sausage on a stick, burgers, corn and much more, plus enjoy rides, bounce houses, games, cake walk, disc jockey and a petting zoo. Vendors and crafters will line the center inside and outside as well.

A special feature during the evening hours will be Spanish dancing and a live band from 7-10 p.m. There will also be a special tribute for Mexican Independence Day. Free admission and parking.

Crafters and vendors may reserve space by picking up an application at the office, 500 E. Dallas St., or calling 817-473-6709 and have one mailed to you.

Walnut Ridge offers DivorceCare

Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce at DivorceCare, a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. DivorceCare is led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help.

The program will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays from Aug. 24- Nov. 16 at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, 1201 Texas 360. Joyce Hall will be the facilitator. For more information, call 817 473-1461.

First Methodist seeks ESL teachers, students

Would you like to help share the gift of language? First Methodist Mansfield is seeking teachers and assistants for the fall semester of English as a Second Language (ESL). Classes are from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Thursday from Aug. 26-Nov. 13, or Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 26-Dec.16. Teacher training is provided from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 23. For more information, contact Teresa Eckersley at Student registration will be from 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 19 for morning classes and 6:30-8:30 p.m. for evening classes. First Methodist Mansfield is located at 777 N. Walnut Creek Drive, 817-477-2287,

Walnut Ridge begins handyman mission

A Carpenter’s Touch (ACT) is a new Walnut Ridge Baptist Church mission aimed at providing basic handyman services for church members who are widows, single moms, elderly or infirm. Many hands will make this light service, so we are seeking numerous volunteers experienced in home repairs of all sorts. If you'd like to become an ACT volunteer, or if you'd like more information, call Jerry Ritchie at 817-475-8358 or email

Church forming disaster relief team

In order to provide disaster relief preparation, disaster relief training, and disaster relief response, Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in cooperation with Southern Baptist of Texas Convention (SBTC) is forming a disaster relief team. This team will prepare, equip, and train to meet real needs of those whose lives have been or will be affected by disasters.

The initial training will be from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in the WRBC South Building Sanctuary. Cost of the session is $20 per person and can be paid online at

Contact Jerry Ritchie for additional information at or 817-475-8358.

First Methodist offers Celebrate Recovery

A new Women’s Celebrate Recovery Step Study is now meeting at First Methodist Mansfield from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. A key ingredient to Celebrate Recovery, these gender-specific Step Studies utilize the 12 steps and eight principles based on the teachings of Jesus in the Beatitudes, helping participants deal with their own hurts, habits and hang-ups. The set of four participant guides are $18, or they can be purchased separately for $6. For details, contact Debbie Black, Care Ministry Director, at First Methodist Mansfield is located at 777 N. Walnut Creek Drive. For more information, call 817-477-2287 or go to

AIM plans fall music classes

Fall classes for the Arts Institute of Mansfield (AIM), a ministry of First Methodist Mansfield, begin soon. AIM offers group classes in piano and guitar, and private instruction in piano, guitar, voice, violin and organ. A list of upcoming fall classes and information about prices can be found on the church website at First Methodist Mansfield is at 777 N. Walnut Creek Drive. For more information, call 817-477-2287.

Bisbee Baptist starts Super Sunday Nights

Bisbee Baptist Church is planning Super Sunday Nights in August at 6 p.m. The church, located at 3001 Gertie Barrett Road, will offer refreshments after each service.

Guest ministers will be:

Aug. 10: Dr. Paige Patterson President Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Aug. 17: Dr. David Hardage, Ex,ecutive Director Baptist General Convention of Texas

Aug. 24: Dr. Al Meredith Pastor, Wedgewood Baptist Church

Aug. 31: Gary Stidham, Baptist Student Union Director for University of Texas at Arlington

For more information, call 817-478-9478 or go to

FUMC begins Journey Through Grief

First Methodist Mansfield will offer Journey Through Grief, beginning Sept. 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. This six-week class provides a Christian environment to help grieving persons understand and integrate loss into their lives. For more information, contact Debbie Black, Care Ministry Director, at First Methodist Mansfield is located at 777 N. Walnut Creek Drive. For more information, call 817-477-2287 or go to

Walnut Ridge offers Ridge Sports

Ridge Sports at Walnut Ridge will start soccer and t-ball this fall. Co-ed soccer for ages 3-8 and girls 9-10 will have a six-game schedule, from Sept. 6-Oct. 18. Cost is $50 through Aug. 18, $65 from Aug. 19-25. Includes jersey and socks. Register at

Co-ed t-ball for ages 4-7 (age on Sept. 1) will have a four-game schedule from Oct. 25-Nov. 22. Cost is $50 through Sept. 22, $65 from Sept. 23-Oct. 13. Includes jersey and hat. Register at

Mothers of Preschoolers start meeting Sept. 8

Mothers of Preschoolers will meet the second and fourth Mondays of the month, starting Sept. 8, at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, 1201 Texas 260. Register at

MOPS is a place that encourages and equips women to celebrate the joys of motherhood and learn from each other. This is a safe place where we treasure you for who you are. We connect moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying along side one another.

St. John Lutheran plans ice cream social, concert

St. John Lutheran church, 1218 E. Debbie Lane, will hold a gospel concert along with ice cream from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 10. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

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