The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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June 19, 2014

Montalba Christian Church to celebrate 100th anniversary


The Montalba Christian Church congregation is inviting the public to join in the celebration for the church's 100th anniversary with events kicking off Saturday.

An outside community party will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the church's parking lot featuring the Cherokee Cloggers as well as numerous gospel singers and groups.

Those planning to perform include Christ 1st Band from Katy, singer/songwriter Rick Bond of Hitchcock, Texas; Power, Praise and Worship Gospel Choir from Montalba; Evangelist Ricky Johnson; as well as the Reeves Brother’s Band from Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Palestine.

Food concessions will be available on Saturday and those attending are encouraged to dress comfortably and to bring a lawn chair to enjoy the festivities.

“We have been ministering in this community for 100 years now and we look forward to the next 100,” said the Rev. Eric Higginbotham, pastor of Montalba Christian Church. “This is just one of the many ways we can give something back to the community.”

A traditional homecoming service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with a potluck dinner beginning at noon. The Sunday homecoming will remember the past while setting up a goal for the church’s 2020 Vision for Mission.

According to Higginbotham, Montalba Christian Church was established sometime around 1914. Other outreaches of the church include community shepherding, quarterly work projects and Bible classes taught both on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. Financial outreach also is provided to the First Resource Center in Palestine, Anderson/Cherokee County Crisis Center as well as various individual community based supports.

Many people at the church also are active in the Montalba Community Improvement Association.The church has their next community work project planned for June 28. Learn more about the church work projects at

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