Melissa Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will celebrate its 135th anniversary with a Homecoming service and Heavenly BBQ Cook-Off at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday at the church and surrounding the church.

The festivities will begin with a worship celebration in the sanctuary at 10:45 a.m. followed by a meal. Judging of the BBQ Cook-Off will begin at 2 p.m. All are welcome and invited to join in for the grand event.

The worship celebration will feature a message titled, "Zeal" from guest minister, Dr. Larry Ross, Area Minister of the North Texas Area Christian Church (Disciples of Christ.) The DixieSwing Players, part of the Dallas New Horizons Band, will provide special music for the worship celebration and accompany the congregation on a few of the hymns. The worship celebration will begin at 10:45 a.m. and seating is expected to be tight so plan on arriving early. There will be no Sunday School on this Sunday.

Following the worship celebration, the DixieSwing Players will assemble on the steps at on the North side of the church where they will play music for about half an hour. As the contestants in the Heavenly BBQ Cook-Off finish their cooking, a free meal of BBQ Brisket, Beans, Potato Salad and Cole Slaw will be served to our guests. Ye Ole Butcher Shop of Plano is providing the brisket, potato salad and cole slaw. The meal is complimentary.

Bill Farmer of Melissa Christian Church, the Shiloh Church of God, Boy Scout Troop 413, the Melissa Fire Department and the Anna Fire Department, plus perhaps some other teams, will be competing for the coveted Golden Skillet Award for Best BBQ. Judges for event will be Tom Bean mayor Sherri Howard, Collin County Commissioner Chris Hill and The Anna-Melissa Tribune editor Rodney Williams. Stay and see who will win the Golden Skillet!

Organizers look forward to seeing everyone as Melissa Christian Church celebrates 135 years of service and ministry to God in the community of Melissa. Melissa Christian Church is located at the intersection of Harrison and Central Streets in Melissa, about two blocks east of Hwy. 5. The church’s phone number is 972-837-4410 and can also be contacted at melissachristianchurch@yahoo,com.