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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.


Just a closer walk with Thee
Special to The Monitor
ALEY–Aley United Methodist Church seems to be the fertile ground where long-held dreams become reality.
That has been true for some of its members, including Pat Monroe and her daughter Cathy Williams, wife of church pastor Eston Williams.
While visiting a friend in East Texas, the women experienced a wonderful labyrinth in the woods around her house.
Courtesy Photo
Cathy and Rev. Eston Williams sit at the center of a labyrinth surrounded by the Aley United Methodist Church congregation during a dedication of this ancient spiritual tool, formed as an aid to a closer walk with God.

Their hearts were so deeply moved that they dreamed of bringing it to Aley. They found a design that fit their dream and began planning a labyrinth for Aley.
As they shared their vision with fellow members, more hands and hearts were offered to the project.
The labyrinth became a reality at a recent dedication ceremony.
Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is meant to help people find their way to its peaceful center, not frustrate them or trap them in dead ends.
Archaeologists have found labyrinth forms in a great variety of ancient cultures, and used in the expression of many different faith traditions throughout the world. They have been depicted on pottery, cave walls and mosaics.
Christian churches used the labyrinth for prayer and reflection as early as 350 ad. The earliest example of a Christian labyrinth is found in Algeria, North Africa. A Farhi Bible from the 14th century depicts Jericho’s walls in a labyrinth pattern, which the ancient Israelites marched around once per day for six days.
The famous Notre Dame de Chatres Cathedral in France has a labyrinth pattern inlaid into the floor of the sanctuary. It was historically used as a way of symbolically participating in the great pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
The center of the labyrinth probably represented for many Christians the Holy City itself and thus became the substitute goal of the journey.
It also came to symbolize the journey into death and the triumphant return.
However, by the 17th and 18th centuries, the practice became regarded as mystical, and its spiritual meaning was lost on most Christians.
However, in the latter part of the 20th century, a revival of its use moved into the mainstream.
Today, labyrinths are found in a variety of settings, including churches of all denominations. Hospitals, treatment centers, parks and private homes use the ancient spiritual tool to help people find healing, peace and hope in their situations.
Many United Methodist churches in the North Texas Conference now have labyrinths, as does Baylor Hospital in downtown Dallas.
The labyrinth at the Aley church replicates the seven-circuit classical form.
After laying down landscaping paper, the space was covered with pine needles and then paths were traced in white stones.
The whole congregation brought rocks to form the path, many donating special rocks collected from memorable journeys.
Others volunteered to do the work.
Small plots of flowers and vegetables are situated around the labyrinth, as well as a stone bench at its center and corner.
The community is invited to walk the labyrinth for personal prayer and meditation.
“As you walk these paths, we hope you will find this ancient spiritual tool one that can help lead you to a closer walk with God,” Williams said.

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