Services and programs announced by local churches
Activities in area churches this week include the following:
Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, will hold “Second Helping Sunday,” on Sunday for collection of non-perishable food items. These donations will be used to help restock the shelves at the Bread For Life Food Pantry.
Bellamy United Methodist
Sunday’s sermon title of Pastor Ken Waclo at Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will be “Preparations.” Kidpraise will meet at 4 p.m. and the Connect Group will meet at 6 p.m.
Other activities include: Tuesday, 7 p.m., the Virginia Robins Circle will meet; Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Gloucester Community Bible Study will meet, 6:30 p.m., new College Age Ministry will meet and a new Singles Ministry will meet, 6:45 Young Adults meet for dinner followed by Bible study at 7:15; Thursday, Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m., Fannie Robinson Circle will meet. Health and Welfare will collect for the Food Pantry during December.
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. Sunday services will be “Wouldn’t it be Nice—Peace.” Bible Buddies will meet at 5:30 p.m.
Other activities include: Monday, 10 a.m., Advent Bible study, 12:30 p.m., Knitting Group, 6 and 7 p.m., Boy Scouts and 7 o’clock, Bible study; Tuesday, 6 p.m., Boy Scouts and JOY Circle; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Boy Scouts and 7 o’clock, Chancel Choir; Thursday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m., Main Event prayer time, 6 p.m., Boy Scouts, and 7 o’clock, Handbell Choir practice.
Bethel United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Rob Ulmer of Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “The Root, The Fruit, The Glory.”
Advent Bible study, “God’s Gift of Love,” will be held at 7 p.m. on the Dec. 10 and 17.
Men’s Life Group will go to Riverside Convalescent Center-Mathews at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Beulah Baptist Church, Lively, will hold its winter revival services at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 through Friday, Dec. 13. Speakers will include Minister David Brown, Pastor Travis Copeland and Pastor Peyton Waller.
Central United Methodist
Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, will celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent with a service of the “Hanging of the Greens” at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. The annual Christmas sing-along will be held at 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Central Village Homemakers; refreshments will follow.
Church of Abraham
Church of Abraham, Ordinary, continues its revival services, “Walking in the Spirit—Walking in Power,” at 7 p.m. through Friday. The guest preacher for tonight will be Pastor Bradley Holmes and the St. Paul Baptist Church family. Pastor Kevin Smith and the Wayland Baptist Church family will be the guests on Friday.
The Rev. Dora M. Smith, associate minister, will preach at 8 a.m. Sunday. The Seed of Faith praise team will lead praise and worship.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Minister Gary W. Minerve Sr. of Church of the Living Word, Hayes, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “You Are Able to Stand.”
The topic at the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study will be “Firstfruits 2014.”
Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, will present “Journey to Bethlehem,” from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14. This unforgettable outdoor walking adventure will go back in time to the Nativity. Guided tours depart every 10 minutes, lasting approximately 45 minutes. Everyone attending will receive an offer for a free chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A in Gloucester. For more information visit the website at http://www.gocfc.com.
Pastor Werlie Hendrix of Faith Baptist Church, Bohannon, will preach from the book of Acts during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. Special music will be provided by the adult choir “Voices of Faith.” Evening Bible studies for youth and adults will be held at 7 o’clock.
Choir practice will be at 7:30 tonight and Masterlife will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
First Baptist Church, Ordinary, will hold an Executive Committee meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The second Sunday of Advent will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sunday with communion and a theme of “Peace.”
A community meal will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday.
The play, “The Trial of Mary—Mother of Jesus,” will be presented at 5 p.m. Dec. 21.
First Morning Star Baptist
The Rev. Ward Warren Jr., associate minister of First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena, will conduct the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Music will be rendered by the Men’s Choir under the direction of the Rev. Richard Jackson.
Other activities include: Friday, 10 a.m., devotions at the Gardens at Warwick Forest Convalescent Center, Newport News; Saturday, 9 a.m., Officials Ministry meeting, and Wednesday, 6 p.m., Bible study.
First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, will hold an ordination and installation of officers at its 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday services. The sermon title will be “Turn Around, Look at Me.” The title at the 9:30 The Gathering will be “Stay the Course!”
The combined choirs will present a special service of Lessons and Carols, “Come Ye Faithful,” at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The choirs, numbering over 30 voices, will be accompanied by a string quintet, harp, flute, organ and percussion. Christmas scripture will be read, familiar Christmas music will be sung by the choirs, and carols will be sung by the congregation.
Gloucester Deacons Union and Ladies Auxiliary
The Gloucester Deacons Union and Ladies Auxiliary, Inc., annual scholarship banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Godwin Fellowship Hall at First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Larry J. Arrington, pastor of First Morning Star. Call Deacon Floyd Fleshman at 693-2066 to purchase tickets.
Gloucester Point Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bud Goude of Gloucester Point Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Inside Story.” The C.A.R.E. Ministry will meet at 2 p.m. and a Lottie Moon tea will be held at 4 o’clock.
Wednesday activities include: 9:30 a.m., Seniors’ Morning Out, 6 p.m., Teens Living for Christ, 6:30, Children’s Advent Bible School and adults meet for Bible study and prayer meeting, and 7:30, choir practice.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
The sermon title of Pastor Bill McCullough of Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Coke, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “Looking for Peace.”
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
The sermon title of Interim Pastor Jimmy Maroney of Gwynn’s lsland Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Mystery of Christmas.” The second Advent candle will be lit and the church choir will provide special music. The Christmas church supper will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Lighthouse Worship Center
Little Lights Childcare Center of Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, will present its Christmas program at 7 p.m. Monday and In His Steps Worship dance ministry will perform “Crave,” based on the Prodigal Son story, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Prayer is held at 7 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.
Classes for adults, Royal Rangers (boys K-12th grade), Girls Ministries (girls K-eighth grade), and Verge Youth Ministry (teenagers sixth-12th grades) will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The XTRA 99.1-FM ‘s third annual “Most Funniest Christmas Concert Ever” will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Donations of non-perishable and canned food items will be accepted at the concert for the Bread for Life food drive.
Living Waters Church, Dutton, will hold intercessory prayer at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Activities today will include: 10 a.m., prayer meeting; 7-9 p.m., Christmas choir practice, and 7 o’clock, “Messengers of Hope” Missions Committee meeting. The Ladies’ Life Group will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Starr Nicholas; call the church office at 725-1119 for directions.
Locust Grove United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Don Warrick of Locust Grove United Methodist Church, Dutton, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Enemies of Promise.” Light refreshments will be served between the 9:45 Sunday school and worship service. A Christmas carol sing-along with a bonfire will be held at 6 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for an open meeting. Choir practice will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, will celebrate the second Sunday in Advent. Missionaries Clint and Harriet Bowman of Waycross, Ga., will be the guests. Mr. Bowman will speak at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. He has served with the International Mission Board since 1991 in Nigeria and Ghana and as a Network Strategies Coach for Sub-Saharan Africa Affinity; he currently serves in Richmond, as the Stateside Strategy Liaison for this same group.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. Les Goode at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, will be “What is your Gift?” The children’s Christmas pageant, “An Out-of-the-Box Christmas,” will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The True Helpers class party will be held on Monday and the Relay for Life team party will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the home of the Duttons. The Fiber Arts Ministry will not meet in December.
Mount Zion United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Don Warrick of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Gloucester, at 9 a.m. Sunday will be “Enemies of Promise.” Light refreshments will follow the service.
New Creation Ministries
New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, will hold Principles of Life class at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by worship at 11.
Mid-week service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Every second and fourth Wednesday the Food Bank will be open from 1-3 p.m. and “Renew” for teens is held at 7 p.m.
New Hope Independent Baptist
Pastor David Seabolt of New Hope Independent Baptist Church, Ark, will conduct the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday services. Children ages 4-9 are welcome to attend Junior Church during the morning service.
The Wednesday evening worship service conducted by Deacon Dean Wheeler will be held at 7 o’clock.
New Mt. Zion Baptist
The Rev. Vincent Pryor of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will preach at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Senior Choir will provide the music.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor Bill Lawson of New Point Friends Church, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Advent: We Interrupt this Christmas.”
The sermon title of Pastor Mike Gray of Newington Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service will be “Do You See What I See?” Adult Bible study will be held at 6 p.m.
Other activities include: today, Lottie Moon week of prayer continues to Sunday; Saturday, TeamKid will participate in the Christmas Parade; Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., Heart and Mind, and Man Up Ministry, and Wednesday, 6 p.m., prayer meeting, 6:30-8 p.m., choir, and youth meet.
Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will celebrate AWANA Sunday on Sunday and collect for the Lottie Moon Christmas offering; all undesignated offerings will go to the cause. Growth Groups will leave at 1:45 p.m. to go to “Walk Thru Bethlehem,” at Salem Baptist Church, Crozier. Bring a non-perishable food to donate.
Other activities include: Saturday, 8 a.m., Senior Adult Ministry trip to see “The Sanders Family Christmas” musical and comedy at Liberty University in Lynchburg; 8:30 a.m., ladies meet for “A Second Cup” at Starbucks.
Providence Baptist Church, Ordinary, will present the Christmas musical, “Splendor of Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
Fit for Life! Fit for Christ! Bootcamp will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
The sermon title at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will be “Zechariah’s Song.”
Other activities include: today, 10 a.m., ladies’ Bible study meets; Monday, 7 p.m., Hearts and Hands catered Christmas dinner in Fellowship Hall; Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., board meeting; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., fellowship meal, followed youth Christmas musical practice and adult Bible study.
Samuel’s Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Samuel’s Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, Hayes, will have Tuesday morning Glory Prayer at 5 o’clock and Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study will take place at noon. Come and experience a miracle from God as Pastor Lady Denson brings forth the Word of God, with signs, wonders and miracles, a release said.
The youth of Severn Church, Naxera, will attend a youth retreat at Cross Roads Church in Grafton, on Friday and Saturday.
The youth will leave church after the 11 a.m. Sunday service for lunch and shopping for the Angel Tree.
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. Calvin Griffin, pastor of Singleton United Methodist Church, Schley, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Hope and Peace.”
Dr. Steven J. Daniels Sr. of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach at the 10 a.m. Sunday service. The Unity Choir will sing.
Soul Food Wednesday begins at 6:30 p.m. with discussion of Isaiah 16-20.
Spring Hill Baptist
The sermon title of the Rev. Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Ancestry of The King!” The Lottie Moon mission offering will be taken at the Christmas luncheon following the service.
St. James Anglican
St. James Anglican Church, Gloucester, will hold Sunday worship at 9 a.m. in the Anglican Tradition: “What is Advent?” Holy Eucharist will be held at 10.
Evening prayer will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information call Fr. Kevin Sweeney at 804-832-9552.
St. Matthew United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Rob Ulmer of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Peary, at 9:45 a.m. Sunday will be “The Root, The Fruit, The Glory.”
St. Paul Baptist
The sermon title of the Rev. Bradley A. Holmes, pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “In Times Like These.”
Susanna Wesley United Methodist
The Education Committee of Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Ordinary, will meet at 6 o’clock tonight and Pastor Parish Relations Committee will meet at 7.
Other activities include: Sunday, 8:45-9:20 a.m., Kidz Kwire/Christmas program rehearsal; Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Gathering with a simple supper served at 5:30 ($3 each, but no more than $12 per family) followed by Christmas program rehearsal, SWAT Youth Group meeting, and adult Advent Bible study.
The First United Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor E. Randolph Graham, pastor of the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh, at the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service will be “Repent—A Poetic Proclamation of John the Baptist.” The Sanctuary Choir will sing.
Union Baptist Church, Achilles, will hold an ingathering for the Lottie Moon Christmas offering for international missions at 11 a.m. Sunday. David Clifford, from the International Mission Board, will be the guest speaker. Members of Severn Church will present a special music program at 6 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock
Key members of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock, White Stone, will lead a discussion about the Fellowship, its purpose and whether various needs are being met at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Westville Christian Church, Mathews, will hold a choir rehearsal at 7:30 tonight to go over the music and readings for the Dec. 20 “Evening of Carols” and Christmas music.
The Rev. Tim Dice will continue his Lenten message at the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
The Tuesday Bible study continues at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Prior to the Wednesday potluck dinner at 6 p.m., members will gather at the church at 5 o’clock to go caroling.
White Marsh Baptist
White Marsh Baptist Church will hold Sunday school for ages at 9:30 a.m. The sermon title of the Rev. Kevin Thompson at the 10:30 service will be “There’s Something About Mary.” Activities from 5:30-7 p.m. will include AWANA for two year olds up to eighth graders (Puggles-Trek programs).
Prayer meeting and Bible study will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Zion Poplars Baptist
The Rev. Dr. Elton Pryor, pastor of Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Combined Choir will sing.