Services and activities in local churches announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
The “Women’s Spirituality” group of Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, will hold a breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday. A program, “How does God call you?,” reflections on the Feast of the Annunciation, will be presented. Call the church at 804-693-3035 for reservations.
Bellamy United Methodist
Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, continues the journey “To the Cross,” with a reading from John 9:1-41, at its Sunday services.
The Connect Youth Group continues to receive orders for chocolate Easter eggs. Call the church office at 804-694-5142 to place orders. Wednesday Lenten soup suppers continue at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Bethany United Methodist
Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, will celebrate “One Great Hour of Sharing” at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services. Community organizations and others who serve and help to make a better life for all will be recognized. The United Methodist Women will hold a joint circle meeting at 12:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
United Methodist Men will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester, will hold “Youth/Dress Down Day” at 11 a.m. Sunday. The youth will take an active part in the service.
Bethel United Methodist
Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, will celebrate “One Great Hour of Sharing” at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services. An offering will be taken for the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
An inside yard sale will be held from 7 a.m.-noon on April 8. Donations of items are welcomed.
Central United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. John Choi, pastor of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “Jesus, the Light of the World.” Grace Mortimer and Singers will offer an anthem during the 8:30 service.
Church of Abraham
Assistant Pastor Robert E. Thompkins Jr. of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, will preach at the 8 a.m. Sunday Hour of Power service. The Seed of Faith praise team will lead the praise and worship.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Minister Gary Minerve Sr. of Church of the Living Word, Hayes, at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “Jesus.”
The book of 1 Peter will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, will hold a men’s breakfast at 7 a.m. Saturday.
The sermon title of Pastor Chris Morgan at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “Your Faith in God.”
On Wednesday, Pastor Debbie Morgan will teach “Spirit, Soul, and Body” at 10 a.m. and Mr. Morgan will teach “Vision Values” at 7 p.m.
First Baptist, Mathews
The Men’s Ministry of First Baptist Church, Mathews, will sponsor a fish fry from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The menu will include: fried fish, green beans, potato salad, cornbread, dessert and beverage. Donation will be $10. To place orders, call 804-725-7395.
First Baptist, Ordinary
Minister Katrina Brown will teach the 9:30 a.m. Sunday church school, “Restoring Love,” in First Baptist Church, Ordinary. The sermon title of Pastor Ward Warren at the 11 o’clock service will be “More than a Momentary Experience.” The Senior Choir will sing.
First Morning Star Baptist
Deacon Charles Roy Wright will be the instructor for the 9:45 a.m. Sunday Church School, “Restoring Love,” at First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena. The Fellowship Choir will sing at the 11 o’clock service directed by Leander Myers.
Devotions will be given at 10 a.m. Friday at the Riverside Convalescent Center-Saluda.
The sermon title of Dr. Douglas Nagel of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Praying Like a Beggar.”
Pastor Stevens A. Burrell of Gleaning Baptist Church, Gloucester, will celebrate nine years as pastor at 5 p.m. Saturday with a sing-out featuring various local musical groups.
Minister Jeffrey Burrell will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m. The festivities will conclude at 4 o’clock, with Pastor Charles Cofield and the congregation of Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., as the special guests.
Gloucester Point Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bud Goude of Gloucester Point Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Keeping Erasers Handy.“ The C.A.R.E. Ministry will meet at 2 p.m.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
“The Conjuring” will be the sermon title of Dr. Larry Toney of Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass, at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Ed Jordan, pastor of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Who Do You Believe Jesus Is?” The church choir will provide special music.
The women of Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will join in the “Women’s Spirituality Breakfast” at Abingdon Episcopal Parish, White Marsh, at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The Monday Bible class topic of “Scripture and Experience: Mystery, Faith and Courage” will continue at 1 p.m. in the parish house.
On Wednesday, Lenten Soup with Love begins at noon. The Rev. Dede Parrish of St. Paul/ Beulah United Methodist churches will deliver the homily. All donations will benefit Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad. There will be no noonday Holy Eucharist and Healing service at the parish house that day.
Lighthouse Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastor Ken Cramer of Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday will be “Jesus Is.”
Pastor Brian Kramer of Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, will continue his seven-week series of the “Seven Sayings of our Savior on the Cross” at the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services.
Wednesday night meals continue followed by Bible study/Women’s Book Club, youth and children’s activities. The meal is served at 5:50 p.m. Call 804-725-3707 for more information or to make a reservation.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, will hold a Lenten Bible study at 10 o’clock this morning at the church.
Sunday will be “Food Pantry Sunday.”
The Missions Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday followed by the Church Council meeting at 7 o’clock. Prayer sessions continue at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the church; participants are also encouraged to set aside this time at home.
New Creation Ministries
New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, will have an event, “It’s All About the Relationship,” at 10 a.m. Saturday. This will be for single, engaged, married or divorced individuals. It will be a time of candid conversation about the challenges we face and discover what God has to say about them, a release said. This free event will be hosted by Elder Benny Burrell and Prophet Valerie Burrell of The Empowerment Place.
The sermon title of Pastor Cheryl Forrest at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Have Faith.” Deacon William Smith will teach the Principles of Life Class at 10 o’clock.
The Wednesday “Word and Power” service at 7:30 p.m. will be taught by Assistant Pastor Vernon Monroe.
New Hope Independent Baptist
New Hope Independent Baptist Church, Ark, will host an evening of musical ministry at 6 o’clock Saturday, performed by the gospel bluegrass group Solid Rock. A free-will offering will be accepted; all money collected will help pay for travel, equipment and recordings.
New Mount Zion Baptist
The 9:45 a.m. Sunday school topic in New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will be “God’s Merciful Love.” The sermon title of the Rev. Vincent Pryor, pastor, at the 11 o’clock service will be “Raising the Roof.”
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor Tom Bunting of New Point Friends Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Light of All Men.” A combined worship service with Peniel Friends at New Point will begin at 6 p.m. Pastor Tom Steel of Peniel will speak.
Olive Branch United Methodist
Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold a Lenten Bible study with soup dinner at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.
The sermon title of Pastor Chris McMillan of Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday will be “I Am the Light of the World.”
Youth Wing Night will be at Quaker Steak and Lube at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
The sermon title of Pastor Meghan Roth Clayton, pastor of Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, at 10:50 a.m. Sunday will be “The Great Physician.”
Salem United Methodist, Gloucester
Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold a Lenten Bible study at 7 o’clock tonight.
AWANA Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for children ages 3 years old to sixth grade.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry will have Morning Glory prayer meeting at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Pastor Lady Denson will speak on “Christ the Lord” during the noon Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study.
Severn Church, Naxera, will have an elder ordination service for Faye Kellum and Harold Beddingfield during the 11 a.m. Sunday service. The ordination service will be led by Pastor Bill West and Pastor Art Wolz.
There will be a blood drive in memory of William West from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Achilles Elementary School. Sign-ups can be made by going to http://www.redcrossblood.org or by contacting Shirley Hogge at 804-642-4479 to make an appointment.
The sermon title of the Rev. Frederick Carter, pastor of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Price of Jealousy.” For the next several weeks “Bible heroes the Children should know” will be studied. The children’s lesson will be “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” Deacon Donald Driver will teach the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school.
Kathleen Driver will teach the Tuesday Bible study class, “Joshua 8,” at 7 p.m.
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Calvin Griffin of Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Light.”
Monday Bible study at 9:30 a.m. at the church will continue discussion on chapter 4, “Lost Souls” from the book, “Soul Keeping.”
Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m. at the church will discuss chapter 7, “Is Anything beyond Forgiveness?,” from the book “Exploring Christianity’s Ten Toughest Questions”
Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will celebrate its 137th anniversary during its 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. Guest preacher will be Pastor Sheron Green of the Church of Abraham, with the Seed of Faith choir, and the mime ministry.
Spring Hill Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Tree of Fellowship.” Gary Painter will present the special music.
Ladies’ Bible Class, a study in the book of II Timothy, “Entrusted,” will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
St. Paul Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bradley A. Holmes of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “What are the Men of this Generation Like?”
The First United Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Randolph Graham of the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “The Blessings of a Follower.” The Male Chorus will sing.
The sermon title of Dr. Rodney Autry, senior pastor of Union Baptist Church, Hayes, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Step Up to Praise.”
The youth will participate in a paint ball event at 1 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $20, plus money for snacks. Insurance forms and a waiver form are required to participate in this event.
Sunday is the deadline for collecting items for the hikers’ supplies for Trail Days through the SBCV, a Gospel outreach effort to those hiking the Appalachian Trail. Items needed include nail clippers, small notepads, cotton balls, lip balm, travel tissue packs, bandanas, and small New Testament Bibles.
The Women on a Mission Team will meet at 7 p.m. Monday.
The Feast of the Annunciation will be observed at 7 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Ware Episcopal Church, Gloucester. The monthly Bible study is being combined with this special feast; it will be an instructed Holy Eucharist with Bible study.
The sermon title of the Rev. Tim Dice of Westville Christian Church, Mathews, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Love, Grace and Boundaries.” The Bible Café will serve a light breakfast at 9:45, followed by a discussion of Restoring Love from the book of Joel.
Zion Baptist Church, Cardinal, will celebrate its 152nd church anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Pastor Jonathan Waldon of First Baptist Church Mathews, will be the guest speaker. Minister Ardelia Evans will minister through music. Dinner will be served after the morning service.
Zion Hill Baptist
The Rev. Eric Elam, associate minister of Mount Olivet Church, Richmond, will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Zion Hill Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Male Chorus will sing.
Zion Poplars Baptist Church
Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will have “Old Time Gospel” congregational singing at its 11 a.m. Sunday service.