Services and activities in local churches are announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, will hold services at 8 a.m. Sunday followed by the 9:30 service for Rite II until Sept. 11 when the Sunday services resume at both 8 and 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Torrence Harman presides until the Rev. Sven vanBaars returns from sabbatical.
Abingdon will host an ice cream social for residents of the Cary Avenue Adult Home at 2 p.m. Sunday. Help is requested for supplies and serving.
Abundant Harvest Worship Center
Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester Point, will not have Sunday services this week. The pastors and congregation will travel to Roxobel, North Carolina, to worship at Sandy Branch Baptist Church with family and friends. Regular services will continue on Aug. 28.
Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, will celebrate its 70th homecoming this weekend. A gospel program will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the church. A cookout will be held on the lawn of the L.W. Wales Center across from the church from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
The Rev. Dr. William J. Smith Jr. will be the guest preacher at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Dr. Smith is a native of Mathews and a graduate of Mathews High School. He earned a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and recently published his first book, “Under One Roof: Building an Intergenerational Church.” He and his wife, Dennine, reside in Kokomo, Indiana, where he is pastor of the Second Missionary Baptist Church.
Bellamy United Methodist
Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will have an “Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing” at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services. Special music will be a hand bell solo performed by Janette Crowder.
Bethany United Methodist
The sermon title of Lay Speaker Marsha Germek at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday in Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, will be “Who is This Man?” Bible Buddies (rising third through fifth graders) will depart Bethany after the 11 o’clock service and travel by church van to the AMC Lanes in Grafton for an afternoon of bowling fun.
The Naomi Circle will meet at 10:30 this morning and Liturgist Training will be held at 7 p.m. in the Lacey Martin Room.
The sermon title of the Rev. Michael W. Jackson of Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Did You Lose Your Keys?” It is Benevolence Sunday and the New Life Gospel Choir will sing under the direction of the Rev. Bernard Chaney.
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 “Breakthrough: How a Personal Meeting with Jesus Shines Light on Who We Truly Are.”
Church of Abraham
Rory Stapleton of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, will speak at the 8 a.m. Youth Sunday service. The youth will be in charge of the Hour of Power service.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Evangelist Wallease Burnell of Church of the Living Word, Hayes, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “Trust God.” The church’s 23rd pre-anniversary “Making a Difference” service will be held at 3 p.m. Pastor Dwight Riddick of Gethsemane Baptist Church, Newport News, will be the guest speaker. He will be accompanied by his congregation, ushers and choir.
“Hour of Power Experience” will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
The Men’s Ministry, MAN UP, of Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, will meet at 6 p.m. Friday for “Man, Meat and Fire.” Men are encouraged to bring something to cook on the grills; the church will provide the baked potatoes and fixings. Pastor Doug Johnson will speak at 7 o’clock.
First Baptist, Ordinary
The sermon title of Pastor Ward Warren Jr. of First Baptist Church, Ordinary, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Giants Keep Coming.” The Youth Choir will sing. Church school lesson, “Grafted In,” will be taught by Deacon Albert Ali Jr. at 9:30.
First Morning Star Baptist
Deacon Floyd Fleshman will teach the 9:45 Sunday school, “Grafted In,” in First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena. Pastor Larry J. Arrington will speak on “The Power of Positive Faith” at the 11 o’clock communion service. The Senior Choir will sing under the direction of Linda Burrell.
The Deacon’s Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday.
“The ‘How’ of Sabbath” will be the sermon title at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services in First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester.
Gloucester Point Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bud Goude of Gloucester Point Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Who has the Final Word?“ The C.A.R.E. ministry will meet at 2 p.m.
Vacation Bible School for the youth will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 25 and from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.
Gloucester Seventh-Day Adventist
The Gloucester Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold an inspirational gospel music service at 2 p.m. Saturday. Rick Labate, an accomplished pianist and musical arranger, will perform. He has recorded three CDs and is the recipient of four gospel music awards.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Ed Jordan, pastor of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “There’s More to Love than You Know!” Joan Foster will provide special music.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, continues adult Sunday school during the summer at the regular time.
Kingston Preschool Parent Orientation will take place at 7 p.m. Monday in the preschool classroom. Lay Visitors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Lighthouse Worship Center
Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, will collect school supplies and funds for “Backpack Sunday.” If you are donating supplies, drop them off at the church office by Monday. The supplies will be distributed on “Backpack Sunday,” Aug. 28, following the morning service in the Kids’ Building.
Locust Grove United Methodist
Locust Grove United Methodist Church, Dutton, will offer free clothes and school supplies from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 27 at its church pavilion.
Guests Kathy Merithew and Janet Bowman will present a keyboard duet medley of “All Hail the Power” at 11 a.m. Sunday in Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
A collection for the “Pennies from Heaven Ministry” will be taken during the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek.
The ongoing Bible study on “Living the Covenant” will continue at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Morning Glory Baptist
Morning Glory Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, continues revival services at 7:30 tonight through Friday. Music will be provided by the Gloucester-Mathews Men’s Chorus tonight and by the choir of First Baptist Church of Williamsburg on Friday. The Rev. Dr. Reginald Davis, pastor of First Baptist, is the guest speaker.
The sermon title of the Pastor James Walker at the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service will be “What a Wonderful Homecoming.” The church will celebrate its annual homecoming at 3 p.m. Pastor Willard Maxwell of New Beech Grove Baptist, Newport News, Va., will be the guest speaker. He will be accompanied by his choir, ushers, musicians and church family. Dinner will be served at 1:30.
Members of the community are asked to bring Back to School supplies to the church as they prepare to return to school. Call Mr. Walker at 757-880-5076 for more information.
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 “Let God and Trust God.” Minister Lovie Brown will speak at the 10 o’clock Principles of Life class.
Free clothing and shoes will be given away at the church to those in need from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
Assistant Pastor Vernon Monroe will speak at the 730 p.m. Wednesday “Word and Power” service.
New Mount Zion Baptist
Brian Pryor will teach the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, “Grafted into the Promise,” in New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads. The sermon title of the Rev. Vincent Pryor at 11 o’clock will be “Thou Shall Not.”
The Food Ministry will be open from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of the Rev. Thomas Bunting, pastor of New Point Friends Church, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Gifts from God.”
The sermon title of Pastor Mike Gray of Newington Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 10:15 a.m. Sunday will be “Thomas: No Doubts about his Faith.”
Other activities include: Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, Clothes Closet, and Tuesday, noon-6 p.m., Red Cross blood drive starts at noon.
Olive Branch United Methodist
The United Methodist Men of Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will meet at 8 a.m. Sunday for breakfast and their monthly meeting.
Petsworth Baptist Church will hold a “Ready to Launch Parent Series” at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
“Getting Started AWANA” conference will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday.
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 “Spiritual Training.”
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Pastor Lady Denson of Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, Guinea, will speak on “Jehovah—Raphah—My Healer” during the noon Tuesday Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study. The Morning Glory prayer meeting will begin at 5 o’clock.
The sermon title of the Rev. Frederick Carter, pastor of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Why Were We Saved?” Deacon Clarence Holmes will teach the 10 o’clock Sunday school, “Grafted In.”
The Tuesday Bible study taught by Kathleen Driver will resume in September.
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title for Pastor Calvin Griffin of Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Who Are We?”
Monday Bible study will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the church and discuss week 5, day 4 and 5 of the book “This
I Know for Sure.”
Pastor Ju Joyner of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach from the sermon series, “The Benefits of God: Fruit of the Spirit (Peace),” 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 the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “He Went Away Grieved!”
St. Paul Baptist
St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, began revival services at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor E. Randolph Graham of the First United Baptist Church was the speaker. The Rev. Dr. John Wright will speak tonight and Friday, with Union Zion Baptist providing music tonight and New Mount Zion Baptist providing music on Friday.
The sermon title of Pastor Bradley A. Holmes at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “An Eye-Opening Event/Experience.”
The First United Baptist
The sermon title of the Rev. E. Randolph Graham, pastor of the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Where is Jesus During your Storm?” The Mass Choir will sing.
The Rev. Richard Whiteheart, associate pastor of Union Baptist Church, Achilles, will lead the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday services. His sermon title for the 11 o’clock service will be “What the Church Owes Me” and at 6 o’clock, “What the Government Owes Me.” A called deacon’s meeting will be held after the morning service.
Other activities include: today, 11 a.m., today, Senior Adult Ministry meets for food, fellowship, and Bible study in Edwards Union Hall; Saturday, 8 a.m., men’s prayer breakfast in Edwards Union Hall; Monday, 7 p.m., Women on a Mission meets; Tuesday, 10 a.m., “Get Fit for Christ” meets, and Wednesday, 7 p.m., special called business meeting.
The Fidelis Sunday School Class will host a school supply drive through Aug. 28 to assist students of Achilles Elementary School. School supplies may be dropped off at the Fidelis Classroom at the church.
Union Zion Baptist
Union Zion Baptist Church, Ware Neck, will celebrate its annual homecoming at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Linwood Blizzard of Macedonia Baptist Church, Heathsville, will be the guest speaker. Worship leader will be Marlene C. Jackson of Macedonia Baptist.
The Rev. John Smith of Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, Chesapeake, will teach the adult Sunday school at 10 a.m. The Rev. Willie Dickerson, Union Zion pastor, will speak at the 11 o’clock service. Music will be by the church’s Gospel Chorus, Kasey Watkins and Charles McKeller Jr. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m.
The sermon title of the Rev. Tim Dice of Westville Christian Church, Mathews, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Looking Up.” The 9:45 Bible Café will feature a light breakfast and the lesson of “Grafting In” from Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome. On the last two Sundays of August, a video of “The Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls” will be shown to the Café class.
Zion Baptist Church, Cardinal, continues its revival services through Friday. Prayer and praise begins at 7 p.m., followed by worship at 7:30. Guests will include: tonight; Pastor Sheron Green and Church of Abraham, Gloucester, and Friday, Apostle Donn Hall and Zion Baptist Church, Kinsale.
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 Inspirational Voices will sing.
The church will celebrate its 63rd annual homecoming at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Ventson Robinson Sr., pastor of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Williamsburg, will be the guest speaker. He will be accompanied by his choir, ushers and congregation. Dinner will be served at 2 o’clock.
The annual revival services will be held Monday through Friday, Aug. 26, with a “Prayer and Praise” service beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Rodney Waller, pastor of First African Baptist Church, Richmond, will be the guest speaker. The church choirs and ushers that will serve during the week will include: Monday, Zion Poplars Baptist; Tuesday, First United Baptist; Wednesday, Zion Hill Youth; Thursday, Aug. 25, New Mount Zion Baptist, and Friday, Aug. 26, First African Baptist.
Zion Poplars Baptist
The Male Chorus of Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will sing at the 11 a.m. Sunday service.