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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) 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 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.
Celebrate Recovery meets each Friday at Rope, Catch & Ride Church in Mabank, located at 570 VZ CR 2807. For more info, call (903) 603-8051.
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.
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 information, please 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 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 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 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.
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. 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 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) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600 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) 675-7270.


Eustace church: serving the community for a century
By Gregori Starrett
Monitor Contributing Writer

EUSTACE–The First Baptist Church of Eustace is celebrating a century of service this year.
Organized in 1910 by Bro. P.J. Vermillian, the church was begun when charter members J.W. Moore, Lina Abbott, Mae Oliver, W.E. McKinney, Mollie McKinney Lena Moore, E.B. Turner and A.L. Moseley adopted the Articles of Faith, according to the Pendleton Manual.
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The First Baptist Church of Eustace is celebrating its 100th year of service.

Without a presiding pastor, meetings were not held until August,1911. At this first meeting, in the home of W.E. Ryan, the church set regular services to be held on every third Sunday of the month with the observance of the Lord’s Supper in September.
Guest speakers and sermons delivered through letters provided the spiritual education.
The congregation selected H. Lewis, Lee Moseley and J.W. Moore to lead the project of purchasing land and constructing a building to serve as a sanctuary.
The committee oversaw the purchase of land on the corner of Meredith Street and U.S. Highway 175, where a sanctuary was constructed and used from 1913 to 1949.
The growing congregation caused the need for a larger building. A building fund was set up with the purchase of two $100 War Bonds in 1943.
A new building was financed with a total of $1,768.89 in War Bonds, $62.64 from interest. That plus donated labor allowed the church to construct a new building in 1949. Within a year, the new building was again expanded, adding Sunday school rooms to each side of the building.
Bonnie Seabourne, who will celebrate her 90th birthday in November, moved to Eustace in 1954.
“We moved in without knowing a soul, saw the church and said,’ That’s where we are going to worship,’” she said.
She has continuously taught Sunday School for 70 years.
Commenting on the various pastors that have served at the church she says, “I have seen many pastors come through and loved them all. I enjoyed the younger preachers because of their zeal, the older pastors because of their maturity in the Lord.”
In 1973, another expansion project added the Bethel Building, used for educational needs and food preparation.
V.C. and Ruby Smith donated the land across Meredith Street for the construction of the modern sanctuary. Game courts and youth group building composed the last major addition to the church.
Cotton Walker moved to Eustace in 1972 and quickly joined the church. He was ordained as a deacon and served on the Building Committee for 12 years.
“This church has been the highlight of my life. I am still driven to be loyal to the church and church family. I hope people see me and say, ‘That’s Cotton Walker, he’s with First Baptist Church.’ It’s an honor to be a part of the 100 year celebration,” he said.
Along with growing their own church, the First Baptist Church of Eustace has been responsible for starting other churches in the lake area and across the globe.
These include the Harbor Baptist Church, established under the leadership of Bro. Rod Earls in October, 1984, Purtis Creek Baptist Church, Caney Creek Baptist Church and seven churches in Kingaboani, Tanzania.
To participate in the celebrations, contact (903) 425-2261, and also look for the church on Facebook.

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