The Cowboy Church of Orange County will celebrate its fourth anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 23. The activities will kick off with a band concert beginning at 10 a.m. with the service to follow at 10:30.

After the service, the church will provide a lunch of brisket, chicken, sausage, and hot dogs to those who attend. After lunch, the action will shift to the Cowboy Church Rodeo Arena for lots of different and fun activities. Some of these will include mutton bustin’, calf ridin’, steer ridin’, junior bulls ridin’, and calf dressing.

Other activities will include a boot race and a stick horse race; a timed obstacle course; a barrel race where team members will carry a rider, holding a chicken, on a drum around the barrel pattern; a hay wall where team members carry a goat over the wall; a goat tunnel where the team members and a goat move through a tunnel; a saddle-up race where each team must blanket and saddle a horse and then have one person ride the horse around a barrel and back and then remove the saddle and blanket; a ski race where one person on each team carries a chicken; a three-legged race; and, believe it or not, even a poop throw (only at Cowboy Church!)

All of these games will be fun for the participants and maybe even more fun for those folks watching! The public is invited to attend the worship service and all of the activities to follow.

For its first two years, the church met in a horse barn on Lane of the Oaks, just north of Bridge City. The barn had no heat or air conditioning, so it got very cold in winter and very hot in summer. Still the people came faithfully. By the end of those first two years, the church was running close to 200 people in average attendance.

Then the church moved into its present facilities on twenty-five acres at 673 FM 1078 in Orange where they have seen their attendance more than double. The church intentionally focuses on people of the western heritage or cowboy culture, yet everyone is welcomed to attend its laid back, come-as-you-are services. The church meets in worship each Sunday at 10:30 AM with coffee, juice, and donuts available at 10 a.m.

Services include music led by their own country western band, the Cowboy Cross Band, personal testimonies, and simple, easy-to-understand preaching. There are no offering plates past at the church. Those who want to contribute financially may place their offerings in designated boots, barrels, or milk cans.

At the close of each service, during the invitation time, folks may make their spiritual decisions where they’re seated without going to the front.

The pastor and the lay pastors are available to talk with them privately after the service. Folks who want to be baptized may either do so in the horse trough inside or in the pond outside.
A children’s church for birth through fifth grade takes place at the same time as the worship service.

The adults have their small group meetings, called Round Pens, on Monday evenings, and the youth have their meetings on Wednesday evenings in their own brand new building.
Pastor Dale Lee explains that God has done many great things through this church and that they are excited to see what He will do in the years ahead. For more information, the pastor may be contacted at 409-718-0269.