Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church annual picnic

The congregation of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Marak will hold its annual homecoming picnic Sunday, Sept. 12, at the church located at 6633 FM 2269 in Buckholts.

A mass will take place at 10:15 a.m. and a meal will start at 11 a.m. The meal will include fried chicken and sausage plates with all the trimmings and plates cost $12 each. Patrons may chose to dine in or get their meals to go with a drive-through line. Games will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the Praha Bros. will provide entertainment from noon to 3 p.m. A live auction will start at 2:30 p.m. The event will conclude with a prize drawing.

The event is open to the public. For information call 254-985-2280.

J.A.I.L. ministry banquet

The Jesus Acts in Inmates Lives ministry will hold its annual banquet virtually this year at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21.

The banquet serves as a primary fundraiser for the J.A.I.L. ministry. J.A.I.L. is a non-profit, non-denominational ministry that provides services to Bell County inmates, former inmates, victims and their families, and law enforcement processionals.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Eddie Sanders. For information call 254-933-8506, email or visit

Community Bible Study

The Temple-Belton Community Bible Study adult class is registering members for a 30-week in-depth interdenominational Bible study of Joshua, 1st and 2nd Peter, and Christian living (Philemon, 1st-3rd John, and Jude).

Beginning the week of Sept. 13, the class will meet weekly. There are three options to participate: in person on Monday night (open to all groups); Wednesday mornings in person (open only to the Women’s Day Remote Core Group); and live online via the Zoom meeting platform. All in-person sessions will take place at Immanuel Prince of Peace, 1215 S. Wall St. in Belton

Individuals may choose to participate in core groups for men, women or married couples.

Each week participants will receive a reading commentary on the previous week’s topic and a set of questions to work on each day covering next week’s reading. The questions are discussed in small groups of about 15 participants. Following the small group sessions, there is a short teaching over the same section of scripture.

The class will break for Christmas and spring break vacations and finishes the week of April 25, 2022.

For more information or to register, visit or call the class coordinator at 254-718-6104 after 5:30 p.m. For information during work hours, call 254-231-2393.

Operation Christmas Child leadership event

Operation Christmas Child is seeking area project leaders to learn how to mobilize others to pack shoebox gifts for children in need around the world.

A leadership workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in the fellowship hall of Immanuel Baptist Church, 1401 W. Central Ave. in Temple.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn up-to-date information about Operation Christmas Child through group activities and demonstrations.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

For more information contact Catherine Scribner at 254-624-0926.

‘Catholic 101’ at St. Luke Catholic Church

St. Luke Catholic Church, 2807 Oakdale Drive in Temple, is offering a “Catholic 101” Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults class.

The class is for those who have questions about the intersection of faith and life and are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and becoming a member of the church. Classes will begin on Thursday, Sept. 9. Anyone interested in attending the class may email or call Tom Olsen, RCIA team leader, at 254-773-1561.

Holy Trinity Church of Corn Hill annual bazaar

Holy Trinity Church of Corn Hill will hold its annual bazaar Sunday, Sept. 19, at the parish activity center, 8626 FM 1105 in Jarrell.

A mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. and a meal will be served starting at 11 a.m.

Other activities will include polka music, children’s games, live and silent auctions, a cake walk, a prize drawing and bingo.

Submission guidelines: Church news and fellowship items may be submitted by emailing or by mailing or bringing items in person to 10 S. Third St. All items are due by noon Monday.