May News from the Village of Goldonna

As you cross the railroad tracks when you arrive downtown Goldonna, you may notice a new sign when you stop at the stop sign and turn your gaze to the left. The River of Life Family Worship Center erected a new sign commemorating the church and the year it was founded. The church members were ecstatic for this new look. The prior sign was weathered and worn but it has greeted guests for the past fifteen years. 

“Mr. Houston Etheridge from Winnfield, Louisiana so kindly lent his time, craftsmanship and talented vision to the creation of this sign. Without his generosity this would not have been possible,” shared Pastor George Procell. 

River of Life Family Worship Center is also hosting the “Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Prayer Breakfast” this Saturday morning. Breakfast will be served Saturday, May 20 at 7 am. Worship will begin at 8 am with Brother Wade Smith will be the special speaker. 

Goldonna Assembly of God is hosting a Community Cookout on Saturday, May 27. The church will be providing free food, drinks and good fellowship at the L&A Trails Pavillion. The event will be held from 10 am – 3 pm. For more information please contact Pastor Timmy Harris at 318-481-7191 or Pam Harris at 318-229-8766. The church is overjoyed to share this community event and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Goldonna Elementary Junior High School announced Kindergarten Graduation will be held on Monday, May 22 at 9 am and the 8th grade Graduation will be held at 6 pm. Pre-K Registration is still going on. Friday, May, 19 from 8 am – 3 pm. The last day to register is Thursday, June 1. This is an amazing opportunity for your child to learn, grow and excel. The last day of school is approaching fast. Tuesday, May 23 will be the last day for students. 

The Natchitoches Area Fire District 2 will be holding a fundraiser on Saturday, June 10. They will be hosting their First Annual Poker Run. The poker run will cover miles and miles of scenic terrain with several check points along the way where participants will draw playing cards, to build their poker hand. Prizes will be awarded for the top three hands and there will be door prizes as well as a “Split the Pot”. Complimentary water will be available at every checkpoint. There will be a Fried Fish Lunch available for the low cost of $10 per plate. Non-participants will be allowed to purchase meals too. The ride begins at 8 am and concludes at 5:00pm at the final drawing spot in Goldonna. You must be 21 years or older to participate in the Poker Game. 

All proceeds will benefit the Volunteer Fire Department and their tireless efforts in keeping the community safe. You can pre-register for $20 from now until June 3rd. After that the fee will be $30. For more information you can contact Candace Smith (318-471-0704), Mason Rachal (318-471-8636), or Rachel Chesser (318-663-2964)

Goldonna Baptist Church Youth Group is hosting an Evening Bass Tournament in hopes of raising money for their Summer trip. The tournament will be held on Friday, June 2 at the Mill Creek Reservoir, which is located just a few miles down the road in Saline, Louisiana. Boats will leave at 6 pm and weigh in will be held at 9 pm. It should be noted that this is a three fish tournament. There is a $100 per boat fee with 50% payback. Options include Big Bass $10 and trash fish $5. There will be a .25lb penalty for dead fish. No minimum length rule. For more information you may call or text 318-413-7528

GBS is also laying the groundwork to have the biggest year of Operation Christmas Child that the Goldonna community has ever seen. Pastor Dupree recently announced the following donation schedule:

May                       Hard plastic cups, bowls, utensils

June                      Sewing kits and multi tools

July                        School supplies, pencil cases, notebooks, crayons, coloring books

August                   Hats/caps, tshirts, undies, socks

September            wipes, makeup, hair clips, maxi-pads, solid deodorant 

October                 Christmas Stockings, Christmas Cards

November             Packing Party 

The Village of Goldonna is a beautiful town with the most thoughtful, loving and kind residents. If you would like to highlight a community member please reach out to me. I know there are many gems just waiting to shine.  

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