Cowboy flair on the square

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GLEN ROSE – This fall, there was a cowboy flair on the square, thanks to Happy Trails Cowboy Church.

The church brought its cowboy hats, western wear and hand-operated bucking bull to the square for a recent fall festival that brought together all the city’s churches to minister to the roughly 2,500 people who came to the event.

The congregation participated in the event as part of its involvement in Texas Hope 2010, an initiative of Texas Baptists to share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010. Church members gave away about 70 cowboy Bibles and had the opportunity to share their faith with many people.

“There were 11 salvations right there on the square,” said Pastor J.J. Jennings.

The fall festival is the latest expression of the congregation’s evangelistic spirit. In the past year, the congregation has baptized 27 people, the oldest of whom is 69. The church is seeking to accomplish two tasks – connect people with Christ and help believers grow in their relationship with the Lord. One of the ways the church does this is through weekly events at its roping arena.

“Every Sunday after church, we’ll have a sorting or roping,” he said. “But everything we do in our arena, we start with prayer, and we have a 5 minute sermon in the middle of it. The people that come, they hear the word of God.”

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