Services and activities in local churches announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, will have a service of “Evensong,” in celebration of its birthday at 4 p.m. Saturday. The service will include music from Abingdon’s and Kingston’s choirs. A reception will follow in the parish house.
The celebration continues at 9:15 a.m. Sunday with a coffee hour and presentation on the dedication of the parish house.
Mardi Gras will be held on Tuesday. There will be food, music, and a silent auction. Costumes/masks are encouraged, a release said, and tickets at $10 each are available from any vestry member or by calling the office.
The church will be open for prayer from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesdays.
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 “How God Makes a Way Out of No Way.”
Bethany United Methodist
The sermon title of Lay Speaker Dolores Breen at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services of Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, will be “The Body of Christ.” Bible Buddies will meet following the 11 o’clock service. The George Nelson Memorial Concert Series will be held at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary. The American Youth Harp Ensemble will be in concert. The performance is free and open to the public, a release said.
The sermon title of the Rev. Michael W. Jackson, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “My Cup Runneth Over.” It will be “Youth/Dress Down” Sunday and the youth will take an active part in the service.
Bethel United Methodist
Bethel Kids Alive will meet from 6:45-8:30 p.m. Friday in Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo.
The Outreach Committee will sponsor a community gathering, “Hot Fun in the Wintertime,” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. The menu will include fried chicken, a hot dog bar, coleslaw, baked beans, dessert and a beverage. There will be a sing-a-long and a freewill offering will be taken.
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 “Who Should We Listen to Today?”
The topic of the weekly Christian living presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday will be “How and Why Should I Tell Others?” An identical presentation follows at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the parsonage.
Church of Abraham
The Rev. Drené Keyes, associate minister of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, will preach at the 8 a.m. “Youth Sunday” service. The youth will be in charge of the service.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Bishop Gregory Woodard of Church of the Living Word, Hayes, at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “Why Church?”
The book of 1 Peter will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
The sermon title of Pastor Chris Morgan of Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “Reaching the Next Generation: Destroying our Fears.”
On Wednesday, Pastor Debbie Morgan will speak at 10 a.m. on “The Believer’s Authority.” Pastor John Nuzzo from Victory Life Church in Pennsylvania will be the guest speaker for the 7 p.m. service.
Pastor Werlie Hendrix of Faith Baptist Church, Mathews, will preach from II Samuel chapter two during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. The adult choir, “The Voices of Faith,” will sing.
The church will collect funds for a “Thin Blue Line” ministry during March to benefit State Police officers.
First Baptist, Ordinary
Minister Katrina Brown will teach the 9:30 a.m. Church school, “Christ Creates Holy Living” in First Baptist Church, Ordinary. The sermon title of Minister Brown at 11 o’clock will be “Suffering for the Dream.” A Black History Month presentation will be given by Katherine Louis of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Richmond. The Senior Choir will sing. A Soul Food Feast will be held after the service.
“Woodville” Black History program will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday.
First Morning Star Baptist
Deacon Vernon W. Ellis will teach the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, “Christ Creates Holy Living” in First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena. The sermon title of the Rev. Larry J. Arrington, pastor, at the 11 o’clock service will be “Winning the War Within.” The Fellowship Choir will sing under the direction of Leander Myers.
Devotions will be given at 10 a.m. Friday in Riverside Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center, Saluda.
The sermon title of Dr. Douglas Nagel of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, at 8:30 and 11 a.m. services for “Transfiguration” Sunday will be “The Family Prayer of the Family of God.”
Gloucester Point Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bud Goude of Gloucester Point Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “7-1=0.” The C.A.R.E. ministry will meet at 2 p.m.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
“Asking More Than Once” will be the sermon title of Pastor Barry Phillip at 10 a.m. Sunday in Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass. The adult Sunday school class will view the video lesson on “Jesus and the Gospel” at 9 o’clock; children’s Sunday school will be at 10 o’clock.
An Ash Wednesday service will be held at 6 p.m.
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 “God’s Vision for Paul.” The church choir will provide special music.
A business meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The vestry of Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will meet in retreat at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington to organize for the year. The congregation will join Ware and Abingdon parishes at Abingdon for Evensong at 4 p.m. that day.
On Sunday, the youth will provide a Shrove Tuesday pancake breakfast between the two services and after the 10:30 a.m. service. The Monday afternoon Bible class starts at 1 o’clock in the parish house. On Tuesday, the vestry will meet at 4:30 p.m. On Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist Rite I and Imposition of Ashes will be held at Christ Church and at 7 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II and Imposition of Ashes will be held at Kingston Chapel at the parish house. There will be no noonday service at the parish house.
Lighthouse Worship Center
Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, will hold Small Groups study on Rick Warren’s book, “Daring Faith,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
A men’s breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4 in the Family Life Center.
Pastor Brian Kramer of Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, will continue in his seven-week series, “Seven Sayings of the Cross,” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
The Communications Team of Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, will meet after the 11 a.m. service on Sunday.
Other activities include: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., district training event on “Conflict Transformation Skills” at Lower United Methodist Church, Hartfield; Wednesday, 8 a.m., prayer gathering; Thursday, Mar. 2, 10 a.m., new Lenten Bible study, and Sunday, Mar. 5, “Chat and Chew” session with Bishop Sharon D. Lewis at Warwick Memorial UMC, Newport News; contact the Rev. Lisa Blackmonson by Monday to reserve a spot and for further details.
Morning Glory Baptist
“Youth Day” and baptism will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in Morning Glory Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads. Special guests will be Apostle Dr. Russell B. Smith and Macedonia Youth Ministry of Center Cross. This will be the first baptism for 2017. Dinner will be served at 2:30.
New Creation Ministries
The sermon title of Pastor Cheryl Forrest of New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Say Yes.”
Assistant Pastor Vernon Monroe will speak at the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Word and Power service.
New Mount Zion Baptist
The 9:45 a.m. Sunday school topic in New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will be “Holy Living in the Spirit.” The sermon title of the Rev. Vincent Pryor at the 11 o’clock service will be “God is Good All the Time.”
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 Word is Trustworthy.”
Olive Branch United Methodist
Kristie Askew will speak at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gloucester.
A joint service will be held with New Point Friends at 6 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Thomas Bunting, pastor of New Point Friends, will speak.
The youth of Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will “Hang with the Classics” at 6 p.m. Friday. A men’s corn hole fellowship will be held at 7 o’clock.
Acts Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. Monday.
Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, will have Higher Grounds Coffee House style worship night at 6:30 Friday. It will also be open mic.
The Youth Council will meet at 11:45 a.m. Sunday.
Relevant Church, Mathews, will hold Bible study at 7 o’clock tonight; doors open at 6:30, all are welcome, a release said.
A free movie night, “Hoovey,” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday.
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
The sermon title of Pastor Meghan Roth Clayton of Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, at 10:50 a.m. Sunday will be “A Transformed Life.”
Salem United Methodist, Gloucester
Kristie Askew will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday in Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, 2692 Carmine Island Road, Hayes, will hold a free clothes and food jamboree give-away from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. A release noted that they are accepting donations for men’s, women’s, boys’, girls’ and infants’ clothing. For more information, call 804-642-5132 or 804-642-0222.
The Morning Glory prayer meeting will be held at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Pastor Lady Denson will speak during the noon Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study.
Pastor Bill West of Severn Church, Naxera, will continue the series, “The Seven Signs of Christ” at 11 a.m. Sunday. The youth will go to lunch after the service.
The men will meet at the church at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and provide food for the G.U.E.S.T program dinner.
The sermon title of the Rev. Frederick Carter, pastor of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Looking Back.” Deacon Donald Driver will teach the 10 o’clock Sunday school, “Christ Creates Holy Living.”
Kathleen Driver will teach the 7 p.m. Tuesday Bible study, “Joshua 3-4.”
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 “Transforming Ourselves.”
There will be no Bible Studies this week.
An Ash Wednesday service will be held at 7 p.m. at the church.
Everyone is asked to bring non-perishable food items the first Sunday or anytime to help the food pantry, a release said.
Pastor Ju Joyner of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will close out the sermon series, “New Edition,” during the 9 a.m. Sunday service. The Unity Choir will sing.
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 “If Trees Could Talk!” Special music will be by Gary Painter.
St. Matthew United Methodist
St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Peary, will hold an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.
St. Paul Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bradley A. Holmes of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Someone Special!” The church will celebrate its 116th church anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Guests will include Pastor Kevin Smith and the Wayland Baptist Church, Beaverlett and the MGM Tri-County Choir.
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 “Navigating the Storm.” The Male Chorus will sing.
The sermon title of Dr. Rodney Autry, senior pastor of Union Baptist Church, Hayes, at the 11 a.m. service will be “Reset Our Passion.”
Other activities include: tonight, 7 o’clock, deacons meet; Friday, 6:15 p.m., youth go ice skating, insurance forms are required; Saturday, 1-3 p.m., family game day in the Homebuilders Classroom; Monday, 7 p.m., Women on a Mission; Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., ladies Bible study, “Entrusted.”
The Bible Cafe will open at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Westville Christian Church, Mathews with a light breakfast followed by a discussion on the topic, “Christ Creates Holy Living.”
CWF will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Zion Hill Baptist
The Rev. Dr. John Wright Jr. of Williamsburg will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Zion Hill Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Male Chorus will sing. There will be a Black History Month program at 3:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 2 o’clock.
Zion Poplars Baptist Church
Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will have “Old Time Gospel” congregational singing at its 11 a.m. Sunday service.