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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) 498-4351.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Tuesday 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 and Friday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405. Saturday is a 10 p.m. candlelight meeting.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday and fourth Saturday 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 information please 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 information, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943 or Malisa Bilberry at (903) 340-7451, or email
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 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more information, please call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
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 Tuesday at the Nutrition Center in Kemp. For more information, please 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 Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Everyone is welcome. Email  for more information.
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 2:45 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.
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. The public is welcome to attend.
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 more info, call (903) 498-2140.
SUICIDE SURVIVORS GROUP for those grieving the loss of someone by suicide, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
TAMARACK LADIES CLUB meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meet at 6 p.m. each Monday at the First Baptist Church of Mabank. Contact Gaye Ward at (903) 887-5913 for more info.
TVCC Singles meet at 7 p.m. each Monday in the Nutrition Center at TVCC, located off Park Street near the Athens Country Club. This is a support group for singles of all ages and is supported by TVCC. For more info, call Hilda Anding at (903) 489-2259.


Styling Modestly
Young ladies sport fashions in good taste
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–A very special style show held at a north Mabank residence may have marked a first for Texas.
Debra and Dennis Thomas, owners of Clay Structures, invited members from their church to attend a Modesty Style Show at their home May 2.
“According to my research, this is the first style show of its kind in Texas,” Debra Thomas announced to the intimate co-ed crowd in attendance.

Pictured are (from back to front) models Macey Thomas, Brittany Sanders, Chloe Osborne, Macy Anderson and Autumn Osborne lining up for a view of their modest and stylish fashions, suitable for any dressy occasion.

With a dozen young ladies, age 7 to 19, participating as models, the show culminated a quarter’s Bible study for the girls at the Mabank Church of Christ.
During the study, Debra Thomas and Jana Grimes taught the girls about modesty, style, purity, inner beauty, character and true value.
Even very young girls are starting to form ideas about what is stylish, so it was important to influence their choices toward modest apparel and not just what they see on television and in teen magazines, Thomas said.
“The youngest girls were not too young for the subject, and really understood the lessons taught,” she explained.

Models (from front to back) Jill Grimes, Alyssa Drummond, Maggie Groom, Charity Lowry, Meghan Schneider, Chesney Lowry and Aubrey Anderson show how the modest young lady dresses for a tea party, a special school assembly or a church service.

“Perhaps they didn’t completely understand how to shop wisely, but they did understand that choosing where you shop can greatly help others, especially those like my son Tyler,” she added.
(Tyler Thomas was injured in a motocross accident and is now confined to a wheelchair.)
All the fashions sported by the girls during the style show were purchased from area Goodwill stores.
“They may not have grasped the spending part of the lesson, but they know my son and want to help,” Thomas explained.
The show was divided into two groups, comprising the more mature young ladies and the youngest ones.

Style show organizers and Bible school teachers Debra Thomas (left) and Jana Grimes. They are also wearing clothes purchased from Goodwill.

The first group presented each girl in either casual dress, suited for school, a midweek Bible study, or a picnic; or in dressier wear, suitable for Sunday morning church services, school award assemblies, or formal family dining out.
“Unspoken,” a light rock band composed of young men in their teens, provided live music for the models.
Debra Thomas introduced each girl, telling who their parents were and where they attended school, and then described their ensemble and why it was especially suited to the model.

“Unspoken” band members Cameron O'Reill on electric guitar, drummer Clark Watters (all from Martins Mill) and John Keech of Athens on acoustic guitar (bass player Sam Bass is not shown) provide live music for the style show May 2.

Each young lady exited the back door of Thomas’ house and walked down a stepped garden path to a pavilion where eager parents, grandparents and friends heartily applauded each one for her poise and stylish outfits. The model then returned to the house through another door.
When each girl in the group had “walked the runway,” they all reappeared together for a final display of their outfits.
Thomas made a point of telling where the model was planning to wear the particular clothing. Many of the dressier outfits were ones chosen to wear to church.
Sunday, this reporter attended their church and indeed saw the girls wearing their lovely dresses. It was obvious that each one truly liked the clothing they had helped pick, and were proud to wear them.
“My hardest case was my daughter Macey,” Debra Thomas said.
But Macey overcame her objections somewhere along the way, because she chose to write a speech for a college class assignment on shopping at and donating to Goodwill.
“She even called to tell me found five Goodwill stores within 16 miles of her campus in Nacogdoches,” Debra Thomas said.
“I helped with the shopping and I found this scarf shirt. I was drawn to its bright colors,” Macey Thomas added.. “Even the pink sunglasses came from Goodwill.”
Jana Grimes was instrumental to pulling off the well-organized and beautiful show. “We’ve been friends for 30 years. I was glad to be an important part of putting this together,” Grimes said.
Her own daughter Jill was one of the enthusiastic models.
The idea for the modesty style show came from a 13-week study four older girls wrote last summer for young people called “This Little Light of Mine.”
The project was a result of another Bible study. (Authors were Samantha Beck, Ashley Wood, Macey Thomas and Chloe Osborne.) Two of the girls who wrote it participated in the class as students.
“As a teacher, I didn’t think I could love this book more than I did before, when I acted as a consultant to the girls writing it, but I have to say I really did come to appreciate it more teaching it,” Debra Thomas said.
Debra used it to teach the girls during the winter quarter and when they got to the lesson on the importance of purity and dressing modestly, she showed the girls a 2007 issue of Christian Woman magazine, which had an article about a modesty style show that grew over time to have a large impact on a community in Tennessee.
“When I showed them the article, they were all over it and wanted to do one, too,” she said.
Finding fashions at Goodwill was Debra Thomas’ own twist on it. She didn’t announce where the fashions were gleaned from until the very close of the show and included little known facts about the organization.
“Goodwill has been in business for 107 years,” she said. “Its mission is to help the disabled, as well as those who lack support mentally, physically, educationally and monetarily to obtain job skills and job placement.
“In fact, Goodwill places someone in a good job every 53 seconds of every business day,” Debra Thomas added.
“By donating to and purchasing from Goodwill, we are reaching out to people with circumstances much like Tyler’s – the only difference being he is fortunate to have overwhelming support in every aspect,” she said.
Will she do another one?
“Probably so, Lord willing,” she said. “I hope to invite girls the same ages as the models. I want to reach out to the community to support families with young ladies.”

Young models

The young models are:
Aubrey Anderson, 9, who is in the third grade at Central Elementary School, and her sister Macy Anderson, 16, a high school sophomore. Both are the daughters of Mary and Coy Anderson.
Chloe Osborne, 17, a junior at Mabank High School and Autumn Osborne, 13, a seventh-grader at Mabank Junior High. Both are the daughters of Marie and Robert Osborne.
Brittany Sanders, 17, a MHS junior, is the daughter of Sarah and James Sanders.
Macey Thomas, 19, a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, is the daughter of Debra and Dennis Thomas.
Maggie Groom, 7, a first-grade student at Eustace Primary, is the daughter of Shelby and Doug Adams and Jason Groom.
Charity Lowry, 7, attending Central Elementary School, and Chesney Lowry, 9, are the daughters of Robin and Chris Lowry.
Meghan Schneider, 7, attending the first grade at Southside Elementary, is the daughter of Pat and Robert Morris.
Alyssa Drummond, 7, attending Central Elementary, is the daughter of Janet and Alan Drummond.
Jill Grimes, 7, also a Central Elementary first-grader, is the daughter of Jana and Blake Grimes.

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