Communities invited to free Thanksgiving meals


Thanksgiving meal begins at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 23 at Open Arms Outreach ministry’s outreach center.

Location: 413 Eighth St., downtown between Modern TV & Appliance and the Armed Services YMCA.

Contact:, 254-291-7387, or, or at P.O. Box 10654, Killeen, TX 76547.

The fourth annual Community Thanksgiving meal hosted by Jesus Hope & Love Mission is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28.

Donations of cooked turkeys, ham pie, drinks are appreciated.

To volunteer for either of the two shifts (9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or (12:30 to 3 p.m.) email

Location: 818 N. Fourth St. (behind H-E-B in downtown Killeen).

Contact: 254-304-2170 or 254-291-2314.

Thanksgiving dinner, hosted by True Deliverance Ministries International, is from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 28.

Location: 508 Hall Ave., behind the post office on 10th Street.

Contact: Jonetta Davis at 254-213-1294.


A traditional Thanksgiving dinner starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at Grace United Methodist Church.

Location: 101 W. Avenue F, near the public library and main fire station.

Contact: 254-547-3729 or

Mt. Zion to celebrate 169th anniversary

The Rev. H.E. Jackson Jr. and members of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will celebrate 169 years in the Belton community this weekend.

Pastor R. W. Gilchrist and Liberty Christian Center of Killeen will be the guest preacher and church at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The theme is “Anchored in the Lord for 169 Years” Hebrews 6:19.

The musical, in memory of Connie Sweeney Demerson for her years of service to Mt. Zion and the Bell County community, begins at 6 p.m. today.

The public is invited to attend one or both events at 218 Alexander St., Belton. Call Elbert Demerson at 254-939-3195 or 254-913-4913.

Brenda Ellis in concert tonight in Temple

Grammy and Stellar Award winning singer Brenda Ellis will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. today at The Spot, 14 E. Central Ave., downtown Temple.

Ellis is the psalmist for Bishop T. D. Jakes and has been featured many times on TBN. She travels nationally and internationally singing the gospel.

Admission is $10 per person and includes appetizer platter and drink.

Call 254-624-7111.

Violinist to perform at First Presbyterian

Concert violinist Tammy Linn will perform during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at First Presbyterian Church, 704 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Copperas Cove. Map is at

Open Arms Outreach offers weekly activities

Open Arms Outreach ministry’s outreach center serves the community by providing emergency food, toiletry items, and financial assistance and counseling. It also operates an adult literacy program and offers free educational tutoring for school-age children.

The ministry’s Sunday activities are at the main church building at 409 Eighth St., next door to the church’s outreach center. Bible study is offered at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the outreach center at 413 Eighth St.

For more information, go to, call 254-291-7387, email or mail P.O. Box 10654, Killeen, TX 76547.

Open Arms Outreach is at 413 Eighth St., downtown Killeen.

Free clothes giveaway Wednesdays at church

Free clothing, school uniforms and miscellaneous items are available from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at East Lake Baptist Church at 3213 Lake Road in Killeen. Contact: 690-4400 or 699-8125.

Fish fry Friday at People’s Choice Worship Center

A fish fry will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at The People’s Choice Worship Center.

Plates are $10 each. Menu will be fish, choice of two sides (green beans, potato salad or coleslaw), bread, drink and a dessert.

To order in advance, call 254-690-2066. For delivery, customers must order at least five plates.

Dumplin Valley Singers in concert Friday night

A free Southern Gospel Concert featuring the Dumplin Valley Singers begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Belton First Church of the Nazarene, 1701 Sparta Road.

The public is invited.

For more information, call 254-939-3404.

Concert Friday night at Grace Baptist Church

Cedar Valley Music Ministry presents The Erwins of Edgewood and The Rochesters of Blackburg, S.C., in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Grace Baptist Church, 5798 Farm-to-Market 2484, Salado. A love offering is requested for the groups.

The Erwins were nominated for “Mixed Group of the Year” award. They won their Featured Artist Showcase at the National Quartet Convention and were invited to sing on the Main Stage on Sept. 14.

The Rochesters are a family who sing bluegrass gospel music.

Directions: From Interstate 35, Exit 286 at Salado. Take Farm-to-Market 2484, (west only). Go three miles to the church on right.

Call Donnie or Linda Jackson at 254-947-5100, 254-913-2851 or 254-760-0601.

Pastors’ fellowship plans Nov. 23 breakfast

The Greater Killeen Pastors’ Fellowship will host its monthly meeting in a special Pastor’s Fellowship Breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 23.

The meeting, which is usually on Tuesday, will be held at the Anderson Chapel A.M.E. Church, 1002 Jefferies Ave. in Killeen. The Rev. Dr. William M. Campbell Jr. is the senior pastor.

The fellowship of pastors began meeting in November 2009 for the purpose of strengthening the bonds of fellowship through ministry to one another.

The convener and host is Dr. William M. Campbell Jr.

The growing fellowship of pastors includes: Bishop G.L. Grace of New Zion; Dr. David G. Reynolds of Greater Vision Community Church; Bishop Darryl Shaw of Rivers of Living Water; Bishop A. L. Thomas Jr. of Deliverance & Praise Temple COGIC; Apostle J. Edward Fisher of Saints Center; and others.

All area senior pastors are invited to attend.

The breakfast is complimentary but space is limited. To reserve a space, call 254-690-5030.

Prayer breakfast Nov. 23 at Adams Chapel AME

Adams Chapel AME Lay Organization is having a Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. Nov. 23 at 125 E. Arlo, Harker Heights. The Rev. Benita Hill is pastor.

Theme is: Joy, When you do what you do with a smile, everything that you do will be twice as worthwhile. Speakers are Gwendolyn Philmon of Adams Chapel AMEC, Elder Mary Brown of Liberty Christian Center in Killeen, and Sylvia Gavin of Allen AMEC in Rockdale.

Requested donation is $10.

For tickets and more information, call Donnie Davis at 254-535-1158 or Sheryl Banner at 254-251-9948.

Thanksgiving service Nov. 24 in Harker Heights

The annual Harker Heights community Thanksgiving service is at 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at Trinity Baptist Church.

Churches participating are First Assembly of God, First Baptist Church, Harker Heights Community Church, Harker Heights United Methodist Church, Korean Baptist Church, Saint Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church and Trinity Baptist Church.

The Rev. Brown of the Harker Heights Community Church will bring the message. Other churches that want to participate in the service should call Bob Dunlap at 254-698-2170.

Pre-Thanksgiving Revival Nov. 24 in Killeen

Pre-Thanksgiving Revival starts at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 24 at Agape COGIC, 3716-C E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Killeen.

Revival continues at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26. Prophetess Mary Lou Cole of Troy, Mich., is the guest speaker.

The public is invited.

Pastor Michael and First Lady Ella Johnson are preparing the revival.

Call 254-680-7729.

You Can Dream Again Movement in Killeen

Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant will be the keynote speaker at the launch of the You Can Dream Again Movement at 7 p.m. Friday.

The movement is presented by Flaming Fire Ministries, founded by Dr. William M. Campbell Jr., senior pastor of Anderson Chapel AME Church in Killeen.

The event will be at the Rivers of Living Waters Church, 508 N. Gray St. in Killeen. Bishop Darryl Shaw is the host pastor.

Bryant is the pastor of Empowerment Temple Church in Baltimore, Md., and is the former National Youth and College Director of the NAACP.

He has written four books and has won the African-American Publishers Award.

Craft fair Nov. 23

Truth and Deliverance Ministries in Copperas Cove will host a Craft Fair on Nov. 23. All are invited. Call 254-458-9770.

Simmonsville church plans pastor’s aide day

The congregation of Simmonsville Missionary Baptist Church will hold their Annual Pastor’s Aide Annual Day at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at 509 S. 42nd St., Killeen.

Dr. H.E. Debose Sr. is the pastor. Guest speaker will be Dr. Henry L. McGee, pastor of First Baptist Church in Austin.

The public is invited. Call 254-699-1956.

Howard speaks Sunday at St. Luke men’s service

The Rev. Clifton Howard is the guest speaker for the St. Luke English Men’s Devotional service at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Howard is the United Methodist, South District Superintendent.

The church is at 102 E. Church Ave., Killeen. Call 254-289-3996.

Second Street Baptist to celebrate pastor

The public is invited to celebrate Second Street Baptist Church’s 22nd Pastor and Family Anniversary Service that will be held at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Guest speaker is Pastor W. A. Forbes of Roberson Chapel AME Church, McGregor.

The church is at 1602 N. Second St., Killeen. Call 254-338-3259 or 254-338-6179.

Gospel concert Dec. 1 at Killeen civic center

Praise and Gospel concert featuring Le Andria Johnson, Joshua Rogers, and Alexis Spight starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W,S, Young Drive.

General admission tickets are $30 each. VIP tickets are $45 each. Tickets may be purchased in Killeen at Gay’s House of Beauty, Crown and Glory Beauty Salon, Salon Upscale and at Marilyn’s Hair Exclusives in Harker Heights.

Contact Teresa Tankersley at or (254)501-7542​

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