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Covered Facility Ground Breaking

Several hundred members of the Cowboy Fellowship congregation stepped outside the church to witness a groundbreaking ceremony for a covered rodeo arena estimated to cost $2.2 million and covering 82,364 sq. ft. The arena was just a vision as planning started in 2003. Sr. Pastor Pete Pawelek said “Prayerfully, Phase I will be completed in the late fall.” Plans include Phase I: the metal building with open walls, electrical work and cover. Bleachers, concession area and restrooms will come later. With smiling faces and full shovels, those participating in the ceremony are (l-r) Clifton Shearrer (Lay Pastor), Wilson Winn (Lay Pastor), Scotty Smith (Associate Pastor), Adam Shelburne (Children’s Pastor), Pete Pawelek (Senior Pastor), Tanner Butkay (Youth Pastor), Bob Hogan (Elder) and Mark Weatherston (Elder).————————————————————————————- It started with a vision over 10 years ago of reaching out to men and women with a western heritage and lifestyle. They wanted to reach them for the sake of the Gospel of Christ. He died for the sins of people to set them free from death. With that goal in mind, wanting to reach their friends and family with the great news, with God’s help Cowboy Fellowship was started here in Atascosa County. From that humble begining of 13 men and their families with that vision God has grown Cowboy Fellowship into what it is today. With that being said, Sunday June 19, 2011 God has allowed the people of Cowboy Fellowship to continue the vision of reaching out to their community by prayerfully starting a 3 phase project of building a covered facility. Cowboy Fellowship is a debt free church. They believe that if God wants them to build it then they would be able to save up […]

The few people who pass through La Gloria, Texas on Hwy 755, nearly 50 miles South of Hebbronville seeing only the community post office, a closed gas station, several houses, a sign pointing the way to the local church, and the requisite small town sampling of horses, dogs, and roosters probably have no idea of the excitement generated in the Santa Maria Bullring three weekends early each Spring. The small dusty South Texas town hidden away in the mesquite and prickly pear comes alive with shouts of “El Toro!”, and “Ole!” when the Matadors come to town! The bullring sits behind the Post Office and is owned and operated by La Gloria resident Fred Renk. Renk, the father of David “El Texano” Renk, the only American bullfighter to confirm his status as a matador at the Plaza Mexico in Mexico City, raises the fighting bulls and secures some of the most successful and famous matadors from across Mexico to perform at Santa Maria Bullring. The Mexican fighting bulls are selected primarily for strength, vigor, intelligence and their aggressive behavior with little or no provocation. Fighting cattle are recognized for their elegant stature. The Toro has a long curved neck and holds its head very high. The breed it noted for its superb agility, and the long slender legs allow it to generate remarkable speed (faster than a quarter horse at 100 yards). Fully mature bulls weigh about 1100 to 1600 lbs. Renk has successfully taken this spectacle on the road pitting man against beast in venues such as the Houston Astrodome. Saturday, May 7th, at 6:30PM the contest will be played out at the Poteet Strawberry Festival Arena. Sponsored by Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County […]

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