Special church activities and services are announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, will discuss what went well and what was learned from hosting the GUEST program at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Those unable to attend but wishing to comment should e-mail Suzanne Hood at email@example.com. At 2 p.m., the church will visit the Cary House to share treats and help residents color eggs. Donations are needed to make the event successful; call June James at 642-4109.
Abundant Harvest Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastors Wil Early and Gloria Savage-Early of Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday will be “Can Jesus Count On You?”
Palm Sunday worship will be held at 10 a.m. in Antioch Baptist Church, Susan. The guest minister will be Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago. Special musical guest will include MSgt. Ezra M. Hill, USAF-ret., of Hampton, an original Tuskegee Airman.
Bethany United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Debbie Marion of Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Palm Sunday services will be “What Wondrous Love is This.” A potato bar and cupcake sale, benefitting adult and youth missions, will follow the 11 o’clock service.
The United Methodist Youth Fellowship will host “Cupcake Wars” in the fellowship hall from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
On Tuesday, the United Methodist Men will host “Ladies Night” at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Bethel United Methodist
Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, will hold its last Lenten Bible study, “Listen: Praying in a Noisy World,” at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, led by Pastor Ralph Satter.
The church will hold a combined worship service with St. Matthew UMC at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Bethel. Sunday school will be held at 9 o’clock.
A Maundy Thursday service will begin at 7 p.m. April 2.
The Master’s Hand Quartet will perform at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Beulah Baptist Church, Gloucester. A covered-dish lunch will follow the service.
Central United Methodist
Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, will hold one service at 10 a.m. for Palm-Passion Sunday. Sunday school will be at 9 o’clock.
A Good Friday service will begin at 7 p.m. April 3.
Church of Abraham
Pastor Woodland Holmes and the First Baptist Church family of Harmony Village, Middlesex, will be the guests at the 1:30 p.m. Fellowship Sunday service in Church of Abraham, Ordinary. There will be no 8 a.m. service.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Minister Gary W. Minerve Sr. of Church of the Living Word, Hayes, at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “He Did It for Us.”
The book of Job will be the topic at the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
Dr. Mary K. Baxter, an evangelist, will be the guest speaker at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, for four meetings. She will speak at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Baxter is the best-selling author of “A Divine Revelation of Heaven and A Divine Revelation of Hell.”
There will be no Wednesday evening service.
Emmaus Baptist Church, North, will hold a Palm Sunday service at 11 a.m. The Combined Choir will sing.
First Baptist, Ordinary
The Pastor’s Selection Committee of First Baptist Church, Ordinary, will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The sermon title of Pastor Doug Nagel of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “Suffered Under Pontius Pilate.”
Gloucester Union Relief Association of Missionary Baptist
The Gloucester Union Relief Association of Missionary Baptist will hold its regular session on Saturday and Sunday at First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena. The Executive Board will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday. Institute Session will begin at 11 o’clock. The Rev. Fred Carter, pastor of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, will be the instructor. Sunday school will begin at 9:45 a.m., followed by “Youth Period” and worship. Vice President, the Rev. Stevens Burrell, pastor of Gleaning Baptist Church, Dutton, will bring the message and the choir of First Morning Star will sing.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
The sermon title of Pastor Bill McCullough of Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass, at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “Prophecies.”
A Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m. April 2, with the Lord’s Supper served.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
Dr. Ed Jordan, pastor of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, continues his series of sermons on the stained-glass windows of the church at 11 a.m. Palm Sunday. His sermon title will be “The Decision that Changed the World.” Special music will be provided by Tyrone Hudgins.
Gwynn’s Island Church of the Nazarene
Gwynn’s Island Church of the Nazarene, Hudgins, will hold a Benefit Night of Praise at 7 p.m. Saturday. The musical celebration will feature Judy Leverett, Hope and Chelsea Lowe, Wayne Metheny Gospel Band, Robert Sparrow, Michele Thacker, Kristen Walden, Grace Walker, Tracey Wood and others. A love offering will be received to benefit the building expansion project. DVDs will be available for order.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will hold its Palm Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Those of the congregation wishing to walk in the processional behind the cross to the Parish House will meet in the Food Lion parking lot. On Wednesday, Healing/Holy Eucharist will be held at 11 a.m. in the Meditation Chapel.
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 “The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible.” Evening worship will be held from 6-7:30 an energizing time of praise and worship that will include multi-generational music.
Locust Grove United Methodist
Locust Grove United Methodist Church, Dutton, will hold a children’s Easter party from noon-3 p.m. Saturday.
The sermon title of Pastor Jay Butcher of Macedonia Baptist Church, Foster, at the 11 a.m. Palm Sunday communion service will be “New Power.”
Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, will host a pre-game event for grades 6-8 from 6-9 p.m. and a fifth quarter for grades 9-12 from 9:30-midnight on Friday.
A community-wide Easter egg hunt for ages preschool to fifth grade will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. Les Goode of Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Palm Sunday service will be “What Do You Really Want?”
The youth will hold a pancake supper on Friday at the church. Take-outs will be available at 4:30 p.m. and sit-down dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m.
A Good Friday service will be held at the church at 7 p.m. April 3.
New Creation Ministries
New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, will minister, “A Time to Heal and Deliver,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zion Branch Baptist Church, Saluda.
Evangelist Rose Mason will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
Pastor Cheryl Forrest will teach the series, “Living Free from Strongholds for Word and Power” Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
New Hope Independent Baptist
New Hope Independent Baptist Church, Ark, will hold a singspiration at the 6 p.m. Sunday service. This will be followed by the monthly birthday bash.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor Bill Lawson of New Point Friends Church, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Following Directions.”
The sermon title of Pastor Mike Gray of Newington Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service will be “Triumphs and Trials.”
Olive Branch United Methodist
Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold a “Celebration of Palms” during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship. An Easter egg hunt will be held during the 10:45 Sunday school.
Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will hold “Youth Guys and Girls Night” at 6 p.m. Friday. Ladies craft night will be held from 6-11 p.m.
A men’s breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Pastor Charles Anderson will speak at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services.
Isaiah Bible Study will be held at 7 p.m. Monday.
Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, will hold a youth spaghetti luncheon fundraiser to raise money for its summer mission trip at 11:45 a.m. Sunday.
The youth will also hold an Origami Owl jewelry fundraiser until April 19.
The sermon title at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will be “Erasing Easter.”
Lead Pastor Patrick Billups will speak on “Relentless Pursuit” at 10 a.m. Sunday in Relevant Church, Mathews. RelKids (ages 2-6) will learn the lesson, “All About Palm Sunday,” during the service.
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
The sermon title of Pastor Brian Johnson of Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, at the 10:50 a.m. Sunday service will be “God Promises to Give Everything for Us.” A children’s Easter egg hunt will be held during Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
Thursday’s Kitchen will be held from 5:45-6:30 p.m., with the meal pre-ordered from Chick-fil-A.
Salem United Methodist, Gloucester
Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“A Celebration of Palms” will begin the 11 a.m. Sunday worship.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
The message title of Pastor Lady Denson of Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, Guinea, during the noon Tuesday “Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study” will be “Walking in the Light—Find Life.” The Morning Glory prayer meeting will begin at 5 a.m.
The sermon title of Pastor Bill West of Severn Church, Naxera, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Old Rugged Cross.” The church choir will sing. An Easter egg hunt and Bible stories about Jesus will be held during Children’s Church.
Kathleen Driver will teach the 7 p.m. Tuesday Bible study, “Genesis 46,” at Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester.
Supply Pastor Julian Joyner will preach at 9 a.m. Sunday in Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Unity Choir will sing. Pastor Terron Rodgers and Ebenezer Baptist Church will be the guests for the 135th church anniversary at 4 p.m.
Soul Food Wednesday will begin at 6:30 p.m., with continued discussion on the Gospels.
Spring Hill Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Palm Sunday service will be “Behold Your King!” At 6 p.m., the study “Following God, Worship from the Tabernacle,” will begin.
The choir will present the cantata, “His Majesty,” at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 3.
St. Therese Roman Catholic
St. Therese Roman Catholic Church, Gloucester, will hold a Soup with Love lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. A Stations of the Cross devotional will be given at 7 o’clock.
Susanna Wesley United Methodist
Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Ordinary, will hold its annual Fred Meyer Scholarship dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
On Sunday, a fifth Sunday fellowship luncheon will be held after the 10:30 a.m. service. After the luncheon there will be an activity for the children.
The deacons of Union Baptist Church, Hayes, will meet at 7 o’clock tonight.
A free community Easter egg hunt, for children ages preschool through fifth grade, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Edwards Union Hall. The children will enjoy refreshments, inspirational messages, and crafts, as well as a search for over 1,000 candy-filled eggs. It may be cancelled if it is raining.
Communion will be held during the 11 a.m. Palm Sunday service. The Easter musical, “The Risen Christ, Celebration of the Resurrection,” will be held at 6 p.m. service.
“Four Views of the Tomb,” a dramatic presentation by Dr. Rodney F. Autry, in character as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, will be held from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, April 2. A complimentary luncheon will be served each day. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 642-2332.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock
Norm Mosher will present “A History of the Philosophy of Happiness” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock, White Stone.
The sermon title of the Rev. Tim Dice, pastor of Westville Christian Church, Mathews, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Seeing the Bigger Picture.”
The Great Courses Bible study of the Old Testament continues at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to the second session covering Noah and the great flood, a release said.
White Marsh Baptist
White Marsh Baptist Church will hold a Maundy Thursday (with communion) service at
7 p.m. April 2.
A Tenebrae service and lighting of candles will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3.
Zion Baptist Church, Cardinal, continues its revival services at 7 p.m. through Friday. Dr. MarQuita Carmichael-Burton of Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, spoke on Wednesday. Pastor Eric Robinson of Ebenezer Baptist, Cobbs Creek, will speak tonight. Pastor John Redmond of Emmaus Baptist, will speak on Friday. They will be accompanied by their choir, deacons, trustees, ushers and church families.
Zion Baptist will celebrate its 150th anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs Sr., pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Petersburg, will be the special speaker, accompanied by his church family.
Diggs is a native of Mathews County and is the son of Frances V. Diggs and the late Robert E. Diggs of Cardinal. He received his bachelor’s degree and was commissioned an infantry officer in the U.S. Army in 1975. He received a master’s degree from the University of Iowa; the Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University School of Divinity in 1986. Having completed the Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a concentration in Ethics (May 1993), he was Ethics Instructor and Chaplain to the U.S. Army Logistics Management College in Fort Lee, Va. He attained the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Howard University in May 1994.
Diggs retired after 23 years of service from the U.S. Army in 1998 receiving the Legion of Merit, the highest peacetime award one can receive.