Services and activities in local churches are announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
The Adult Forum of Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday will discuss Abingdon’s outreach to the “Backpack Lunch” program at Abingdon Elementary School. The presentation will feature the new principal, Anna Millen, Community Education coordinator Caroline Burton, and Abingdon’s backpack lunch chairperson, Michelle Pollack. Children’s Chapel will be held at 10:30 every Sunday. Children aged four through second grade gather in the Parish House playroom and go to the Chapel Room for a child-friendly Liturgy of the Word.
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 “We Can’t Afford Not to be in Church.”
Bellamy United Methodist
Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will celebrate United Methodist Women’s Sunday at its 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. The guest speaker will be Colleen Jenkins, Marketing Director for the Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic. The service will highlight the work of the United Methodist Women in mission to the local community. A service of “Prayer and Sacrament” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Worship Center.
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. “Consecration” Sunday services will be “Making Many Rich.” Dandy Don, “Cowboy entertainer,” will give a concert to kick off the 2016-2017 George Nelson Memorial Concert Series at 4 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. The concert is free and open to the public.
Homebound Ministries will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday to prepare and deliver meals to shut-ins. United Methodist Men will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Deaconess Paula Washington will be the speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester. Her sermon title will be “It’s Tough, But It’s Worth It.” It will be “Youth/Dress Down” Sunday and the youth will take an active part in the program.
Bethel United Methodist
Bethel Kids Alive of Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, will meet from 6:45-8:30 p.m. Friday. All children are invited for singing, Bible stories, crafts and refreshments.
Central United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor John Choi of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “Are You Pursuing Godliness? (Its Worth Cannot Be Measured).” There will be an order of blessing for children and students at the 11 o’clock service, who are invited to bring their backpacks.
Church of Abraham
The Rev. Janice Burse, associate minister of the Church of Abraham, Ordinary, will preach at the 8 a.m. Sunday service. The Seed of Faith praise team will lead the praise and worship service.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Bishop Gregory Woodard of Church of the Living Word, Hayes, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “You Choose.”
The book of Galatians will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, will hold a women’s conference, “For His Glory,” on Friday and Saturday. Barbara Arbo will be the guest speaker. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the meeting will follow at 7 o’clock.
A light breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with the meeting at 10 o’clock. Cost to attend will be $20; all women 16 years and up are invited to register by calling the church office at 804-725-9145 or register online at gocfc.com.
Arbo will be the guest speaker at the 10 a.m. Sunday service. Known as the “Walking Amplified Bible,” she is an author and teacher, who delivers a breath of fresh air through lively prophetic exhortation and her engaging ability to move with the Holy Spirit, a release said.
On Wednesday, Pastor Debbie Morgan will teach on the “Believers’ Authority” at 10 a.m. and Pastor Chris Morgan will teach on “Questions People Ask” at 7 p.m.
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, will hold revival services at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Sept. 30. The Rev. Anthony Artis, pastor of Divine Guidance Ministry of Hampton, will be the guest minister. Choirs from guest churches will include: Monday, Antioch Baptist, Susan; Tuesday, First Baptist, Mathews; Wednesday, Zion Poplars Baptist, Gloucester; Thursday, Sept. 29, Emmaus Baptist, North, and Friday, Sept. 30, Rising Valley Baptist, James Store.
Pastor Werlie Hendrix of Faith Baptist Church, Mathews, will preach from Ephesians chapter two during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. The adult choir, “Voices of Faith,” will sing. There will be a special open house from 4-6 p.m. Sunday. The community is invited to tour the new facilities, meet the Faith family, and enjoy refreshments, a release said.
First Baptist, Mathews
The Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Church, Mathews, will celebrate “Women in Hats” at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Deedra Chambers of Gethsemane Baptist Church, Newport News, will be the special guest. The Voices of Praise of New Hope Fellowship Church, Hartfield, will provide the music.
First Baptist, Ordinary
Minister Katrina Brown of First Baptist Church, Ordinary, will teach the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Church School, “Everlasting Covenant.” The sermon title of Pastor Ward Warren Jr. at the 11 o’clock service will be “Facing the Word of God.” The Senior Choir will sing under the direction of Minister Kenton Jolliff.
First Morning Star Baptist
Deacon Edward B. Washington of First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena, will teach the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, “Everlasting Covenant,” in First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena. The 70th anniversary of the ushers will be celebrated at the 11 o’clock service. The Rev. Dr. John Wright Jr. of Williamsburg, will preach. The Fellowship Choir will sing under the direction of Leander Myers.
Gloucester Point Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bud Goude of Gloucester Point Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “What We Give Away.”
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
“One or Two Faces” will be the sermon title of the Rev. Barry Phillips, guest preacher at the 10 a.m. Sunday service in Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
The sermon topic of Dr. Ed Jordan of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Can These Bones Live?” Island Praise will provide special music. Weekly Bible study, taught by the pastor, has resumed at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, continues Monday Bible studies with the theme of “Pilgrimage.” The classes meet at 1 p.m. in the Great Room of parish house.
Lighthouse Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastor Ken Cramer of Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, at the 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday services will be “Bold.”
Wednesday night Small Groups will have a fall kick-off at 7 p.m. at the church. It will be a six-week study of “Life Is.”
Locust Grove United Methodist
Locust Grove United Methodist Church, Dutton, will hold a cornhole tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday. All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund. Cost is $40 per team double elimination, guaranteed five games. Signups can be made by calling 804-384-7526, 804-815-6452 or 757-509-0160.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
Pastor Lisa Blackmonson of Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, will have a service of Holy Communion at Riverside Convalescent Center-Mathews at 3 p.m. today. If you would like to join in the service and visitation, be at the center by 2:45, a release said.
A dinner and movie, “Because of Winn Dixie,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, free and open to the public. Pastor Blackmonson will lead a short discussion with a spiritual tie-in to the movie.
The children and youth will conduct the 11 a.m. “Children’s Sabbath” program on Sunday. A sub sandwich lunch will follow. After lunch, there will be a meeting of persons interested in planning Chapel’s participation in the Mathews County “Friday Nights in Spirit” program. It is a time of fellowship and fun for children in grades K-12 and meets the third Friday night of each month from 6:30-9 o’clock at various churches around Mathews.
Kingsway Prison and Family Outreach Donations, a nonprofit organization, spreads the word of Jesus Christ to inmates, ex-offenders and their families. It offers service and programs throughout the state of Virginia, but is centrally located in the Shenandoah Valley. Chap Stick, #2 unsharpened pencils; regular size toothpaste; yellow or white 5”x8” notepad with a wide strip at the top, will be collected on Sunday.
The Church Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Morning Glory Baptist
Morning Glory Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will celebrate the first anniversary of the Rev. James Walker as pastor at 3 p.m. Sunday. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Elton Pryor of Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester. Dinner will be served at 1:30.
New Mount Zion Baptist
The topic at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school in New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will be “The Everlasting Covenant.” The sermon title of the Rev. Vincent Pryor at 11 o’clock will be “Dwelling Together in Unity.” The Men’s Choir will celebrate its anniversary at 3 p.m.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of the Rev. Thomas Bunting, pastor of New Point Friends Church at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “The Great Inheritance.” There will be no evening service.
The sermon title of Pastor Mike Gray of Newington Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 10:15 a.m. Sunday will be “Good News for and from Senior Saints.”
The Weekday Learning Center of Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, from 5-7 p.m. today.
Other activities include: Saturday, 9 a.m., Providence Road cleanup; Monday, 10 a.m., WMU Leadership Team meeting; Tuesday, 1-7 p.m., American Red Cross blood drive at the church, and Wednesday, 10 a.m., Young at Heart trip to Norfolk Zoo and 7 p.m., “See You at the Pole Rally” youth groups from five local churches.
The sermon title of Pastor Patrick Billups of Relevant Church, Mathews, at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “A Relevant Message.” RelKids (ages 2-6) will learn the lesson “Trinity 3n1” during the service.
A free movie night, “War Room,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday.
Rising Valley Baptist
Rising Valley Baptist Church, James Store, began revival services at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Services will continue through Friday. Guest churches and pastors will include: Wednesday, Pastor James Walker and Morning Glory Baptist; today, Pastor Eric Robinson and Ebenezer Baptist, and Friday, Pastor Bradley Holmes and St. Paul Baptist.
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, will hold Thursday’s Kitchen at 5:45 tonight. The church choir will serve fried chicken. Adult Bible study, “Multiply,” will be led by Adam and Tyler Murphy at 6:30.
A beach service will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday at Haven Beach, Diggs, led by Rachel Mitchem and Madalyn White. Jerry Ligon will lead the 10:50 morning service. Canned goods and non-perishables will be collected for Hands Across Mathews. “Disciple” Bible study will be led by Glenn Mantell at 6:30 p.m. in the Boyd Gunn Classroom.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Pastor Lady Denson of Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry will speak on “Christ the Soon Coming King” during the noon Tuesday Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study. The Morning Glory prayer meeting will begin at 5 o’clock.
Pastor Bill West of Severn Church, Naxera, will continue his series, “The Questions that Jesus Asked,” at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. The youth group will leave after the service for a “back to school” lunch at Anna’s Pizza.
The sermon title of the Rev. Frederick Carter, pastor of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Hurt in the Church.”
Deacon Donald Driver will teach the 10 o’clock Sunday school, “Everlasting Covenant.”
Kathleen Driver will teach the 7 p.m. Tuesday Bible study, “Numbers 26.”
Singleton United Methodist
The United Methodist Women of Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, will present the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
Other activities include: Monday, 9:30 a.m., Bible study, “This I Know for Sure,” at the church will continue with week six, days 4 and 5 and a video, and Wednesday, 7 p.m., Bible study, “The Trouble with the Truth,” at the church, the second half of chapter 2, “Why Grace is Essential and Truth Matters.”
Pastor Ju Joyner of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach from the sermon series, “The Benefits of God: Fruit of the Spirit (Faithfulness),” during the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service. The Unity Choir will sing. The service can be viewed by live streaming on website http://watch.teamsbc.com.
Wednesday Bible study will begin at 6:30 p.m. online and via conference call with discussion of “Faithfulness.”
Celebration of Pastor Joyner’s first anniversary at the church will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center at 3 p.m. Oct. 22. Information on the event and purchase of tickets can be obtained on http://www.sbc-the field.org. Deadline for purchase is Oct. 2.
Spring Hill Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Trial by Fire!”
St. Paul Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bradley A. Holmes of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Sleepless Nights!”
The First United Baptist
The sermon title of the Rev. E. Randolph Graham of the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh, at the 11 a.m. The Sunday service will be “How to Prevent Falling into Spiritual Ruin.” The Male Chorus will sing.
A fish fry will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
The sermon title of the Rev. Richard Whiteheart, associate pastor of Union Baptist Church, Achilles, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “The Sower.” His title at the 6 p.m. service will be “The Wheat and the Tares.” The Youth Council Elections will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday.
On Wednesday, the youth will participate in the nationwide “See you at the Pole” event at 7:15 a.m. The annual observance will provide the youth an opportunity for prayer, scripture reading and hymn singing. The youth also participate in a daily prayer at the pole at 7:25. The “TeamKID” program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the church for three-year-old through fifth grade children.
Church members will attend the Franklin Graham Decision America Tour in Richmond on Oct. 12. Members who need transportation should contact the church office at 804-642-2332.
The Rev. Bob Lawrence, former pastor of Westville Christian Church, Mathews, will be the guest minister at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. At 9:45, there will be light breakfast fare at Bible Café, followed by a discussion on the “Everlasting Covenant” from the writings of Isaiah.
The Usher Ministry of Zion Baptist Church, Cardinal, will celebrate their annual anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Special guests will be Pastor Randolph Graham and the First United Baptist Church family of White Marsh. All church Usher Ministries are invited and asked to select at least two representatives to attend.
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. The Trustees will celebrate their anniversary during the service.
Zion Poplars Baptist
Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will have “Old Time Gospel Congregational” singing during its 11 a.m. Sunday service.