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Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. For more information, call Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 887-6549.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more info, call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For info, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email,  or (800) 422-2260 or visit
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more info, call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. For more info, call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email  for more information.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For info, call (903) 498-2140.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. Call (903) 675-6222 for info.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. For more info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.



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Reaching out to neighbors in need
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CHEROKEE SHORES–A movement is a foot in the largest subdivision in the Payne Springs area – an area often associated in the newspaper with drug arrests and police activity.
But this movement is one aimed at building community and fostering good will.
It’s called Love’s Outreach, and like many other Easter Eve activities, those involved sponsored an egg hunt, which drew about 200 people to Cherokee Shores main park.
What’s different about this gathering is it reoccurs every month, minus the egg hunt.
“We’ve been doing this every third Saturday for about a year and a half,” John Van Horn of First United Methodist Church in Mabank said.
“I just felt God was calling me to this. We wanted to reach out locally,” he said.

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Allison Partridge (front) Larry DeLong, Chris Schoolcraft and John Van Horn stand in front of The Foundry House, a donated property for use by the First United Methodist Church of Mabank in its outreach to the residents of Cherokee Shores.

On the third Saturday, between 11 a.m and 1 p.m., about 40 people from the church and a few from Sinner’s Hope Baptist and Payne Springs United Methodist Church put on a hamburger/hot dog barbecue luncheon with beans and potato salad, cold drinks and dessert for 200 to 250 people.
They also invite helping agency representatives from the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Friends of the Animals spay and neutering program, God’s Helping Hand program, among others to join them in passing out information and talking to the residents there, that often need help of some kind.
Some of the hosts, like Allison Partridge, organize games for the young people, such as flag football.
Others man a booth giving away free Bibles and devotional materials, or school supplies, clothing and food baskets, depending on the season.
“We come rain or shine,” Van Horn said.
“We picked this area because of the great opportunity and facility here on the park grounds,” he added. The fellowship is open to anyone who wants to join in building a community.
“Our main goal is to show God’s love and forgiveness and share with our neighbors God’s love and praise,” he said.
Mabank pastor Chris Schoolcraft said it’s all about forging trusting relationships and helping one another.
“They’ve come to know us and trust us. We can both just be ourselves,” he said.
Recently, the church has been able to open a house in the neighborhood for use by the community.
After school, it serves as a place where school kids can be supervised and helped with their homework. In the evenings, it will be used to house a Celebrate Recovery program, overseen by Larry DeLong.
“It’s a 12-step program to help motivated individuals to sustain freedom from drug or alcohol abuse,” he described.
“On Sunday mornings, we hope to use the house as a house church, too,” Schoolcraft said.
The house and its property was donated to the church and members have donated their time and money renovating it, he added.
“We want others to know what’s going on out here so they can join us in reaching out, or join in the benefits offered,” he added.
Though the members of the Mabank church have made and continue to make a significant commitment to the people of Cherokee Shores, it didn’t start with them.
It started on two fronts with two women of vision.
Two years ago, Jean Small of Payne Springs First United Methodist Church sent out 50 letters to area churches inviting them to join in an effort to establish a mission of sorts to help the needy in the area. The Methodist church in Mabank was one of the few responding to the call.
At first, the gatherings were held at the Lord’s Acre, but was later moved to be closer to those it hoped to reach.
Payne Springs church members Sharon and Mike McCraw have faithfully provided take home snack packages for all the children attending the Saturday picnics each month.
“I’m 92, and I go out there and just visit with the people who come and see how they’re doing and bring out clothes and different things they might need,” Small said.
She had become acquainted with the pastor of Sinner’s Hope, Tommy Merchant, and learned about the mission he was operating in the Dallas area early Sunday mornings and asked.
“Why can’t we do something like that here,” she said
On another front, Dorothea Guinn, then hired by the Cherokee Shores POA, had started an organization called AOK Fellowship, (AOK stands for Acts of Kindness).
Through her work, Lowe’s and Walmart and churches slowly made improvements to the park, building picnic tables and benches and erecting playground equipment.
“We picked this area for the great opportunity and the facility the park offers,” Van Horn said.
Anyone interested in learning more about Love’s Outreach should call the church at (903) 887-3691.



































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