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Church opening food bank to local residents February 9.

Faith Temple Precious Faith Ministries located at 383 GA 87 in Cochran will open their food bank to local residents February 9 from 3:30-4:30 pm.  Call Sheri Ligon for more information, (478)298-2844.

"We love you and we're praying for you."

"We love you and we're praying for you."

For the second straight year, Salem Baptist Church fed firemen, law enforcement, and EMS workers with "Serving the Servants" Saturday nights. Firefighters came first, with law enforcement and EMS personnel coming later. Before blessing the meal, Salem Pastor Tony Harmon spoke of how the Bible calls for Christians to serve others. He said the church wanted to do this in appreciation for the service they provided, adding "we love you and we're praying for you." Between meals ate at the church and delivered, organizers said between 115-120 people were served.

Local students get the tools for their trade.

Local students get the tools for their trade.

Oconee Fall Line Technical College students Mason Foskey and Caleb Meadows were among 16 students to receive tools needed for their occupation in OFTC's Tools for Outstanding Occupational Leadership Students program. The program provides tools needed for their career, allowing students to begin work upon graduation. Students chosen were selected by their instructors and were selected by a panel of judges following an application and interview process. Foskey is majoring in Diesel Technology, Meadows, Automotive Technology.

TV raffle, corn hole tournament will benefit student ministry trip to conference.

House of Grace Church's Impact Student Ministry has a pair of fundraisers ongoing.   Both will benefit costs of attending a worship/teaching conference in March.  They are selling raffle tickets for a 49' LG 4K Ultra HD Smart TV for $1 each. There will also be a corn hole tournament February 3 from 10 am-1 pm at the church,  133 Jac Arts Road in Cochran.   Cost is $20 per two-person team with the winning team receiving $100. Registration can be done in advance by going here  or that day from 9-9:45 am.  Drawing for the TV will take place at the tournament, concessions will be available. To purchase raffle tickets or for more information on the tournament, call Scott Allen, (478)919-4792.

Bleckley band members selected to perform at area, state events.

Bleckley band members selected to perform at area, state events.

Four members of the BCHS Concert Band will be traveling to Athens for the University of Georgia's annual high school band festival known as JanFest. They are Allyson Burke, Logan Fillion, Adam Little, and Rachel Harbin. Harbin was also selected to perform at the Southeast Concert Band Clinic and Honor Band held at Troy University February 1-3. She will be in the showcase concert held on the final day. Fillion was chosen to represent BCHS in the District 11 Georgia Music Educators Association Honor Band. Rehearsals and concerts will take place February 9-10 at Baldwin High School.

Church missionary society celebrating 52nd anniversary January 14

The Daisy P. Jones Missionary Society of Turner Chapel AME Church will celebrate their 52nd anniversary January 14 at 2 pm. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Stephanie Slocumb, Pastor St. James AME Church. The theme will be "Make God's mission your mission." Dinner to follow service. Turner Chapel is located at 163 N Seventh St in Cochran.

Christmas Eve evening services at local churches.

To read a partial listing of Christmas Eve candelight and other services at Bleckley churches, click here.  Your church's information can be added by emailing BleckleyProgress@aol.com