Shabbat service set for Aug. 25

Temple Simcha Sinai is a growing Reform Jewish congregation, from all walks of life in Bell County.

Led by Para-Rabbinic Larry Cohen and Cantorial soloist Sylvia Turner, the congregation includes military, single adults, young families and senior adults with diverse backgrounds.

A Shabbat service is conducted on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Service starts at 7 p.m., followed by an Oneg.

The next service is scheduled for Aug. 25.

Temple Simcha Sinai meets at 102 Cattail Circle in Harker Heights. For more information, contact George Wankmueller at (254) 702-2648 or or call Para-Rabbinic Larry Cohen at (254) 231-4930.

Cookbook author to present class

Tina Wasserman, the author of the highly successful cookbook “Entree to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora,” will present a hands-on cooking class Aug. 25 with a lecture and demonstration Aug. 26 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

Wasserman also will speak about the origins of Jewish recipes and share samples.

Tickets are limited for the hands-on event and are $35.

Tickets for Aug. 26 may be purchased in advance for $10 or $12 at the door.

Copies of her cookbook will be available for $40 at the door, or pre-order for $36.

The events are in support of Congregation Simcha Sinai in Harker Heights.

For more information, call (254) 231-4930.

Pastor from Kenya visiting churches

Pastor Moses Achola, pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Nakuru, Kenya, East Africa, will conclude his visit with Anderson Chapel and Greater Vision Community Church in Killeen with testimonies on Sunday and attend Bible studies on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Additional information concerning his visit may be obtained from Anderson Chapel, (254) 690-5030, at 1002 Jefferies Ave., where the Rev. (Dr.) William Campbell Jr. is senior pastor; and Greater Vision Community Church, (254) 200-4382, at 2000 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, where the Rev. (Dr.) David G. Reynolds is pastor.

Anderson Chapel and Greater Vision Community Church are hosted by Bethel A.M.E. Church during their mission trip to Nakuru, Kenya, each year.

Back to School with God event today

The United Methodist Women of Mount Zion United Methodist Church hosts the second annual Back to School with God event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the fellowship hall at 218 Alexander St., Belton.

This event will provide youth with free age-appropriate Bibles and story books, burgers, free haircuts provided by Yahweh Beauty Academy and Phase 1 Beauty and Barber Salon, free school supplies provided by Nolan Creek Lodge 227.

Blessing performances will include Wayman Chapel’s God’s angels, Bell Family Generation IV, Belton COGIC Youth choir, God’s Creation Steppers and JAH’s Angels.

Belton’s Fire Department and Police Department will provide school safety and demonstrations.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first door prize at 9:15 a.m..

Local city and school officials, area youth groups will provide blessing at 11 a.m.

Burgers and lunch will be at served about 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Estella Murray at or (254) 939-8536.

Back to School Outreach today

The annual Back to School Outreach, hosted by Open Arms Outreach, begins at 9 a.m. today in conjunction with its free monthly food pantry and clothes closet.

Basic school supplies will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free breakfast foods will be served at the event, which will be held at the ministry’s outreach center at 409 N. Eighth St. in Killeen.

This ministry serves the community by providing emergency food, clothing, toiletry items, and financial assistance and counseling.

It also operates an adult literacy program and offers free educational tutoring for school-age children.

The regular monthly food pantry and clothes closet is at 9 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month.

For more information about the ministry and its programs or to volunteer or make donations, go to or call (254) 291-7387.

The ministry also may be contacted by email at or by mail at P.O. Box 10654, Killeen, TX 76547.

New Life to give away school supplies

A free school supplies give-away (first-come, first-served) begins at 9 a.m. today at New Life Apostolic Church.

Free hot dogs and free drinks to kick off the new school year will be offered.

The church is at 702 N. Eighth St., Killeen.

Cowboy church plans potluck

The 5 Hills Cowboy Church will have a potluck lunch after Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. service, followed by a mounted shooting exhibition in the arena.

The church is at 139 County Road 4630, Kempner.

First Baptist-Killeen offers grief recovery

Grief recovery is a proven method for working through loss and devastating changes.

First Baptist Church in Killeen offers an overview of the program at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26.

For more information about enrollment, contact FBC’s certified grief recovery specialist at

First Baptist Church-Killeen Mother’s Day Out begins Sept. 4 and Mothers of Preschoolers begins Sept. 10.

For information about registration, go to (Ministries/Preschool/Mothers of Preschoolers or Ministries/Mother’s Day Out.)

The Ugandan Orphans Choir will perform at First Baptist Killeen at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at 3310 S. W.S. Young Drive.

A free-will offering will be taken.

First Baptist Church Killeen is sponsoring a Women’s Retreat on Sept. 28-29 in Salado.

Carol Sallee is the featured speaker, and Amy Hill will lead in worship.

Interested parties should contact the church office at (254) 634-6262 for information regarding registration and costs.

Master Singers schedule auditions

Central Texas Master Singers will be auditioning new singers for the fall and Christmas season at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Auditions will be held in the choir room behind the worship center choir loft at First Baptist Church of Belton.

Prospective singers should arrive at 6:15 p.m. and expect to stay and participate in the open rehearsal from 7 to 9 p.m. The church is at 506 N. Main St.

For more information about the Central Texas Master Singers, go to or call Steven Kirkpatrick at (254) 258-6844.

First COGIC hosting annual Men’s Day

The annual Men’s Day at First COGIC begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 25.

Guest speaker is Superintendent Hall.

The church is at 5201 Westcliff Road in Killeen. Pastor and founder is Superintendent John C. Robinson.

For more information, call (254) 953-3100.

Church planning Men’s Day program

The second annual Men’s Day program, Be Set Free!, begins at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Praise and Deliverance House of Prayer. All men’s departments are asked to send a representative.

The public is invited. 

The church is at 315 N. Gray St., Killeen. Bishop Robert Fletcher is pastor.

For more information, contact Elder Terry Mustapher at (254) 247-4590 or

Ugandan choir to visit Pershing Park

The Ugandan Orphans Choir will be at Pershing Park Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Aug. 26.

The public is invited.

The church is at 1200 Old Farm-to-Market Road 440, Killeen. For more information, call (254) 634-1013.

Greater Peace program Aug. 26

The Mission & Brotherhood Auxiliaries at Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church will have their annual program at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the church, 4201 Zephyr Road in Killeen.

This year’s theme is Living As Children of God, 1 John 2:28-29, with guest speaker Dr. Henry McGee from First Baptist Church in Austin.

All are invited.

For more information, call the church at (254) 680-4378.

‘Here Comes The Bride’ back Sept. 1

Karar International Worship Academy presents an encore production of “Here Comes The Bride.”

The live production of the return of the Bridegroom (Jesus Christ) for His Bride (The Body of Christ) begins at 3 p.m. Sept. 1.

For tickets, $8 per person, call (254) 290-5271 or (254) 616-9111.

Killeen Arts and Activity Center is at 802 N. Second St. in downtown Killeen.

Sign-up for Bible study continues

The Temple-Belton Community Bible Study adult evening class is registering members for a 30-week in-depth interdenominational Bible study.

“The Divided Kingdom and the Minor Prophets,” will focus on 1 and 2 Kings this fall and thereafter the Minor Prophets.

Beginning Sept. 10, the class will meet weekly from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday in the small sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Belton, Sixth and Main streets.

The class is open to all adults. Individuals may choose to participate in core groups for men, women, married couples or young adults.

Each week, participants receive a reading commentary on the previous week’s topic and a set of questions to work on each day covering the next week’s reading. These questions are discussed in small groups of about 15.

To register or for more information, contact class coordinator Kathie Kimes of Temple at (254) 773-1842 or the class associate teaching director Curtis Gibson of Killeen at (254) 526-9128.

Hope Pregnancy offers options training

Hope Pregnancy Centers, Inc. is offering Options Counselor Training from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 28-31.

Learn to offer positive options that empower men, women and youth who are facing crisis pregnancies to make informed, life-affirming decisions through practical, caring and Christ-centered communication skills.

Training manual is $25. Limited scholarships are available.

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For more information call (254) 519-3343, (254) 554-6822 or (254) 773-2453.

Church news is published every Saturday. Send church news items to Dave Miller, P.O. Box 1300, Killeen, TX 76540; fax them to (254) 200-7640 or email them to by 5 p.m. Wednesday the week of publication.

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