Food, Fundraisers and retreats at local churches

Closing ceremonies for Upward Basketball set for March 8

Thursday, March 8, at 6 p.m., closing ceremonies for Upward Basketball will be held at First Baptist Church of Orange. Tony Wolf, a comedian and musician, will provide entertainment at the ceremony. Upward Basketball participants will be recognized, along with the coaches and helpers for this season. Jason Fuller, student minister at First Baptist, has been the basketball commissioner for the league. The church is located at 602. W. Green Avenue

Solid Rock Baptist to host Women & Men in Red service

The members of Solid Rock Baptist Church are inviting the community to attending their Women & Men in Red service on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. Speakers for this event include God Apostle Marie Carrier of Eternity Full Gospel Fellowship and Deacon Charles Gant. Those attending are encouraged to wear red. Solid Rock Baptist Church is located at 1207 Link Ave. in Orange.

Faith UMC to host Lenton Lunch Speaker series

The United Methodist Women of Faith United Methodist Church will host a Lenton Lunch speaker series and devotional time each Wednesday during Lent. A light lunch will be served.

The community is invited to join in from noon to 1:00 pm as they fellowship with the following guest speakers:

March 14 – Benny Smith, principal of WOS Elementary; March 21 – Dick White, UM Southeast District Superintendent; March 28 – Pauline Hargrave, LCMCISD Superintendent; and April 4 – Kevin Trinkle. Memorial Herman Hospital Chaplain.

Faith UMC is located at 8608 MLK Jr. Dr. in Orange.

For more information, call the church office at 409-746-9188 Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

St. Francis KCs holding fish fry

St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Columbus Council 13825 will be selling fish dinners from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 9, March 16, March 23 and March 30 in the San Damiano Center located at 4300 Meeks Drive from during Lent on the following Fridays:

The dinners include two fish filets, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, dessert and tea for $8. Dine or carry out.

St. Mary’s K of C Fish Fry

St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Orange Council 1680 will sell delicious fried and baked fish dinners, dine in or take out, on all Fridays in Lent, except Good Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the parish hall. Meals consist of fish, french fries, coleslaw, tarter sauce, ketchup, tea, water and dessert. Cost is $8 for 3-pc. fried or baked fish filet; $7 for 2-pc. fried fish All are invited to experience Council 1680’s renowned fish taste.

Wesley UMC selling pecans, walnuts

Wesley United Methodist Church is selling pecans and walnuts. This year’s crop of pecans halves and pieces sell for $10 per pound. Walnuts sell for $8 per pound. To place orders call Billy at 409-883-3210 or 670-6350, Frankie at 409-988-4215 or Connie at 409-883-4995. We will deliver five pounds or more to individuals or businesses.

FBC Orangefield to host DVD marriage seminar

Beginning Wednesday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Orangefield will be hosting a six week DVD marriage seminar, Balanced and Blessed, presented by Charles Lowery.

Charles Lowery is a talented psychologist who gives practical, humorous , and down to earth insights into marriage relationships and life.

The community is invited to each each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for a light supper and the seminar will begin at 6:30. The church will host youth and children activites during that time, a nursery will also be provided.

For more information, please call 409-735-3113 or email office@fbcof.com

FBC-O to host Wild Game Dinner March 24

The First Baptist Church of Orange is inviting the community to its third annual Wild Game Dinner, Saturday, March 24. The event begins with a pre-dinner fellowship and activity time from 3 to 5 p.m. During that time, guest speakers will be sharing tips. Other activities will also be presented.

The dinner begins at 5 p.m. and will feature a variety of wild game and fish on the menu. Special guest speaker is Steve James, an avid outdoorsman and big game hunter. James is also the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles, La. Give-a-ways include gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, $150 gift certificate from Viator’s Smokehouse & Cajun Specialties, and a variety of other prizes. The event will be held at the FBC-O property on MLK Drive in Orange, located 3 miles north of IH 10. Tickets are available for $5 each and tickets are limited. For more information or ticket purchase, please contact the church office at 409-886-7461 or email info@fbco.org.

Starlight COGIC to host Women’s Retreat

The Women’s Department of Starlight COGIC invite women in the community to join them for Women’s Retreat 2012. The retreat will be held April 13-15 at the Omni Houston Westside Hotel. The Theme of the retreat is “Woman at The Well,” St. John 4:15.

Their Guest Speakers are Evangelist Yvonne DeVaughn of Phoenix, Arizona and Supervisor Lena McClain of Houston, Texas. There will be dynamic powershops such as, “Empowered to Serve,” “Will the Real Men Please Stand Up,” “Soloing with a Song,” “Till Death Do We Part…So Help Me,” and more. For double occupancy, the cost is $225 per person, a triple is $195 per person, a quad is $180 per person, and teens $99. Pay your $75 deposit by March 12 at 2800 Bob Hall Rd to guarantee your space or go to www.starlightcogic.net and pay by using paypal. Rev. E.B. Lindsey is Pastor of Starlight and First Lady Josie Lindsey is the Director of the Women’s Dept. For more information call 409-8864366.