Services and activities in local churches are announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Abundant Harvest Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastors Wil Early and Gloria Savage-Early of Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester Point, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday will be “Growth in Christ.”
Beech Grove Baptist
Beech Grove Baptist Church, Hayes, will host a special music program presented by the Mullins Sisters at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Bethany United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Debbie Marion of Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services Sunday will be “Grit, Grace and Gratitude.” Organist Rudy Shackelford will perform a concert as part of the George Nelson Memorial Concert Series at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary. The concert will benefit the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society; it is free and open to the public, a release said.
A Trunk-or-Treat event will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday.
On Tuesday, the Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. and the JOY Circle will meet at 7 o’clock.
Bethel United Methodist
Bethel Kids Alive of Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, will hold Family Fun Night at 6:45 Friday. Representatives will come from the fire department, rescue squad and sheriff’s department. The children will sing and have pizza.
A combined Sunday school will be held at 9 a.m. Children will meet in their regular classes. A combined worship service will begin at 10:30 at St. Matthew UMC at Peary.
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 “A Genuine Reconciliation with God.”
Church of Abraham
Assistant Pastor Robert E. Thompkins Jr. will preach at the 8 a.m. Sunday service in Church of Abraham, Ordinary. There will be no 1 p.m. fellowship service.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Bishop Gregory Woodard of the Church of the Living Word, Hayes, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “Hindrances to Spiritual Progress.”
The book of Galatians will be the topic at the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
The sermon title of Pastor Chris Morgan of Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “Vote for Jesus.”
On Wednesday, Mr. Morgan will teach on “Healing” at 10 a.m. Pastor Debbie Morgan will continue the prayer series, “The Prayer of the Saints” at 7 p.m.
Pastor Werlie Hendrix of Faith Baptist Church, Mathews, will preach from Ephesians chapter six during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. The adult choir, “Voices of Faith” will present special music.
The church will collect shoeboxes for the Samaritan Purse Ministry for the next two weeks.
First Baptist Church, Mathews
First Baptist Church, Mathews, will celebrate the first anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Jonathan D. Waldon, on Sunday.
The anniversary celebration will begin with services honoring the pastor. The Rev. Ricky Burton of Christian United Baptist Church, Waldorf, Maryland, will be the guest at the 11 a.m. service. Dinner will follow the service. The guest for the 3:30 p.m. service will be the Rev. Dr. Dwight Riddick Sr. of Gethsemane Baptist Church, Newport News.
The sermon title of Dr. Douglas Nagel of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “Learning to Be Content.”
A Trunk-or-Treat party will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday.
Gloucester Union Relief Association
Gloucester Union Relief Association will sponsor an appreciation brunch at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Piankatank Ruritan Club, Hudgins. It will cost $10 per person.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
Dr. Ed Jordan, pastor of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, continues his “Questions from God” sermon series at 11 a.m. Sunday with the topic “What Are You Seeking?” The church choir will provide special music.
A Harvest Party for Kids will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday featuring a snack dinner, games, fun, and lots of candy. Children may dress in costume, but nothing scary or ghoulish, a release said.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will resume its two-service schedule on Sunday. At 2 p.m., the Kingston Parish Preschool will observe its 40th anniversary at the parish house.
On Monday, the last pilgrimage Bible class for this cycle will begin at 1 p.m.
Lighthouse Worship Center
Stefanie Chappell will be the guest speaker at the 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday services in Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary. She is the National Field Director for Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, which is a Christian campus ministry on universities throughout the United States and around the world.
A fall festival, “Star Wars, May the Lord be with You,” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday. There will be free admission, parking, candy and carnival games. Cost will be $5 wristbands for unlimited play on the bounce house, pony rides, cake walk and cotton candy. The event will benefit Gloucester’s “Bread for Life” Food Pantry. Business sponsors are needed. Contact Becky Richmond at email@example.com for more details.
Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, will hold a Trunk-or-Treat event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of the church.
Family meals continue at 5:50 p.m. on Wednesdays. For reservations, call the church office at 804-725-3707.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Building Fund at the church from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children; children under 6 are free.
A Trunk-or-Treat event will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday in the church parking lot with a hayride afterwards from the Hallieford P.O. to the “Enchanted Forest” at the home of Pat and Herbert Hudgins. Call Martha Frame at 804-725-3037 to sign up for the hayride, as it is limited to 25 people. Donations of bagged candy are needed prior to the event.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of the Rev. Thomas Bunting, pastor of New Point Friends Church, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Tips for Gracious Living.” A joint service will be held at 6 p.m. with Peniel Friends Church. The Rev. Tom Steel of Peniel will speak.
Olive Branch United Methodist
Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold a Trunk-or-Treat event from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday. Come in costume and enjoy games, treats, hot dogs, a cake walk and more.
The Finance Committee of Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will meet at 6 o’clock tonight.
Other activities include: Friday, 7:30 p.m., AWANA Grand Prix Pit Party; Sunday, 3 p.m., Grand Prix Pit Painting and Prep and 5 o’clock, AWANA meets; Monday, 5:30 p.m., Hallow-lujah at the Court House; Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., deacons meeting, and Wednesday, 2-7 p.m., annual blood drive in honor of the Keen family.
Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, will hold a fall festival from 3-7 p.m. Saturday. There will be fun for all ages: hayrides, pie contests, barbecue, clam chowder, treats, games, “Trunk or Treat” for ages birth-fifth grade and more, a release said.
The Joy Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The sermon title at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will be “Self-Control,” from the “Fruits of the Spirit” series.
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, will hold Thursday’s Kitchen, homemade barbecue provided by Nelda Gibbs and Diane Bing. The adult Bible study, “Multiply,” led by Adam and Tyler Murphy, will follow at 6:30 p.m.
Glenn Mantell will lead the worship at 8 a.m. Sunday at Haven Beach, Diggs. This will be the last beach service of the season. The sermon title of the Rev. Max Blalock at the 10:50 service will be “Jesus, What an Embarrassment.” He is the Wesley Foundation campus minister of the College of William and Mary. “Disciple Fast Track” Bible study, also led by Mr. Mantell, will be held at 6:30.
The Administrative Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Salem United Methodist, Gloucester
Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold its annual Brunswick Stew Sale on Saturday. Order pickups can be made between 3:30-4:30 p.m. and will cost $9 per quart. Pre-order by calling Robin at 757-509-1718.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, Wicomico, will hold a free clothes and food jamboree give-away from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. The church is accepting clothing donations for men, women, boys, girls and infants. For more information, call 804-642-5132 or 804-642-0222.
On Tuesday, the Morning Glory prayer meeting will begin at 5 a.m. Pastor Lady Denson will speak on “We Plead the Blood, Part 2” during the noon Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study.
The youth of Severn Church, Naxera, will have a party from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the home of Susan Sharp. The church van will leave Severn at 4:30 p.m.
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title for Pastor Calvin Griffin of Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Always Standing on Faith.”
Monday Bible study will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church and will resume with Rule 7 and Rule 8 from the book, “The Red Sea Rules.” Wednesday Bible study will be at 7 p.m. at the church on chapter 6 of the book “The Trouble with the Truth.”
Lady Trin’ea Joyner will speak on “Be an Example” during the 9 a.m. Sunday service in Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Unity Choir will sing. Live streaming of the service will be at 9:30 on http://watch.teamsbc.com.
Spring Hill Baptist
Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, will hold a memorial service during the 11 a.m. Sunday service for those members who died during the church year 2015-2016. The lives of Mary Hadden and Paul Gibson Sr. will be celebrated. The sermon title of Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor, will be “The New Body.” Special music will be offered by Deacon Gary Painter and the Spring Hill choir. A Harvest Fest covered-dish luncheon will follow the service.
St. Matthew United Methodist
A combined worship service with Bethel United Methodist Church will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Matthew UMC at Peary.
Union Baptist Church, Achilles, will hold a free clothing distribution from 9-10 a.m. today.
The church youth will leave the church at 6:15 p.m. Friday to attend the Gloucester High School football game.
Other activities include: Monday, 10 a.m., “Get Fit for Christ,” and 6-8 p.m., free Fall Festival with activities including moonwalk, pumpkin-painting, hayrides, games, face-painting, food, and lots of fun, and Wednesday, 7 p.m., “Bird’s Eye View of the Bible.”
Westville Christian Church, Mathews, will celebrate “Blanket Sunday” at its 11 a.m. service. A Fifth Sunday offering for home missions will be taken, and a luncheon will follow the service.
Zion Baptist Church, Cardinal, will hold a fall festival at 2 p.m. Sunday.