Free monthly food pantry open today

Open Arms Outreach’s free monthly food pantry begins at 9 a.m. today at the ministry’s outreach center, 413 Eighth St. in Killeen.

Breakfast burritos will be served at no charge.

The food pantry will remain open only as long as the food lasts. The free food pantry is part of a community outreach program on the third Saturday of each month.

This ministry 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.

To volunteer or make donations, go to, call 254-291-7387 or email

Ensemble hosting Soul Food Fest today

Soul Food Fest, hosted by the A.J. Reed Gospel Ensemble, begins at 11 a.m. today.

Dinners are $8 a plate. Pick dinners up at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center, 348 S. 40th St., Killeen.

Call 254-338-5139.

Marriage enrichment sessions scheduled

Three Cord Marriage Ministry marriage enrichment sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

Registration is $10 for 10 sessions. To register, go to

Knowledge Is Power Ministries is at 815 Florence Road in Killeen. Call 254-634-3463 or 254-245-2075.

District budget meeting set for Feb. 25-28

The C.H. Mason Memorial District Budget Conference will convene at Garden of Gethsemane COGIC in Harker Heights at 7 p.m. Feb. 25-28.

The theme for the conference is “Recapturing Holiness” Isaiah 35:8-9.

A musical evening is Feb. 25 with guest speaker Pastor Lloyd Halliburton of Fort Worth. Special musical guest is Albert J. Reed.

Bishop A.L. Thomas Jr., Texas Southeast Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, will speak Feb. 26.

District Missionary Florence Grove, C.H. Mason District, will host a women’s day program Feb. 27. Guest speaker is Dr. Joyce Thomas Campbell.

Guest speaker for the Official Night on Feb. 28 is Pastor Robert Curtis, New Life Church in Temple.

Willie D. Grove is superintendent of the C.H. Mason District.

The public is invited.

The church is at 111 Cox Drive in Harker Heights. Call 254-690-5733 or Lois Wyche at 254-681-2975.

Praise and Deliverance COGIC to honor bishop

An appreciation service for Bishop LaDell and Tihara Thomas Jr. begins at 4 p.m. Sunday at Praise and Deliverance Temple COGIC.

Call 254-702-8207 or 254-699-4346.

Immanuel Lutheran to host hymn writer

Guitarist and hymn writer Bryan Perdue will participate in Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. service at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 922 Lutheran Church Road, Copperas Cove.

The public is invited. Call 254-547-3498 or go to

Bible study group plans introductory session

The Temple-Belton Community Bible Study adult co-ed evening class will conduct an introductory session for its current study of Romans at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the small sanctuary of First Baptist Church at Sixth and Main streets in Belton.

The class is open to all adults.

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

The class breaks for spring vacation and ends April 28. To register, call 254-773-1842 or 254-526-9128.

Group supports troops, veterans, families

Warrior Shield supports soldiers, veterans and families. The group meets at the Harker Heights Methodist Church.

A free meal is served and participants break up into groups.

The men’s group is led by Sam Askins and John Beckling.

Sue Beckling leads the group of families and veterans who have not seen combat.

For dates and times, email Casey Craig at or call 254-393-0752 after 10 a.m.

Caregivers For Christ meets Tuesdays

Caregivers For Christ meets from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Spiritual Fitness Center Chapel on Fort Hood.

The meeting is open to caregivers and spouses (female or male) of active-duty soldiers or veterans from any conflict.

Who Is Your Soldier or Veteran Today? is led by retired Chaplain William “Bill” Shelnutt.

Call Casey Craig at 254-393-0752 after 10 a.m.

PTSD, trauma support groups offer assistance

Chaplain Stephanie Handy, with the Department of Ministry at Fort Hood’s Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, leads two support groups open to men and women, active duty, retirees or anyone who has served in the armed forces.

Post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma support groups are for active duty, retirees or anyone who has served in the armed forces, caregivers and spouses.

Those with PTSD or people who might think they have the condition meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays.

Survivors of any kind of trauma meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays.

Call 254-288-8849 or 254-288-8850.

New Sunset Community to ordain deacons

Jason Lewis and Ray Archie will be ordained deacons with the Rev. Ed Talley presiding at the 10:50 a.m. service Feb. 23 at New Sunset Community Church.

Brother Jimmie Auten, minister of education for New Sunset, will give the ordination sermon.

The public is invited.

The church is at the intersection of Gilmer Street and West Avenue C in Killeen. Call 254-634-5055.

Bible study is Thursdays at Hilton Garden Inn

Going Deeper Life Empowerment Bible study is Thursdays at Hilton Garden Inn.

The Spiritual Woman Life Mastery Bootcamp with coach Mikaela Cade, “Don’t Just Check the Box,” is from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2704 O.W. Curry Drive, Killeen. To register, go to or call 512-487-7667.

Public invited to ‘Who Touched Me?’

New Life Apostolic Church invites the public to “Who Touched Me?” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at 702 N. Eighth St., Killeen.

The event is free, family appropriate and open to the public.

Continuing at 10 a.m. March 1 is an inspiring message for ladies only, “How to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight without gadgets or gimmicks.” Afterward, lunch will be served.

Call Abby White at 254-290-1138.

Gospel music concert set for March 15

The second annual Central Texas Gospel Quartet Explosion kicks off at 4 p.m. March 15 at Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church, 2306 S. Farm-to-Market 116, Copperas Cove.

The explosion features The Divine Messengers of Killeen, The Gospel Holy Tones of Temple, Marylyn Taylor and Co. of Waco, The Gospel Crew of Waco and The Gospel Stars of Austin.

The event is free to the public.

Call 254-702-4769.

FUMC-Killeen plans Family Movie Night

The public is invited to Family Movie Night beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at First United Methodist Church-Killeen.

Movie night kicks off Winshape Camp registration. Proceeds from the box dinner sales go to Winshape Scholarships.

The church is at 3501 E. Elms Road in Killen. For more information, contact Mandy Tirella at or 254-634-6363.

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