Services and programs announced by local churches
Activities in area churches this week include the following:
The Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Virginia, the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, will be at Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, to confirm members at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. A reception will follow.
Abundant Harvest Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastors Wil Early and Gloria Savage-Early of Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester, at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service will be "Men of God."
The sermon title of Pastor Jim Larsen of Apostles Lutheran Church, Gloucester, for both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday communion services will be "The New You." Adult Discussion Group will meet at 9:15 and Faith Education for youth will resume in the fall.
Bellamy United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Ken Waclo of Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services, will be "A Father’s Love."
The XYZs will meet at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Courthouse Restaurant. Health and Welfare will collect for Mattaponi Healing Eagle Clinic during June.
Bethany United Methodist
An evening with artists Art Wolz and Kay Hofler will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the Warren Belvin Fellowship Hall of Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point.
The artwork of Wolz in three mediums, wood, pencil drawings and photography, will be shown. He is a retired zoologist and avid fisherman, a member of the Chesapeake Art Association, and a charter member of the Gloucester Arts on Main. He competes in carving shows and recently won first and placed second in Bench Division of the Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild. Guest artist Hofler offers paintings of flowers and other subjects. She has been a professional artist and a member of The Artists’ Gallery, in Virginia Beach, since 1997. Her work is currently on display at The Artist Gallery and it is also found in many private and public collections in the eastern U.S. This will be a benefit for the Bethany Mission Fund.
The sermon title of Pastor Wolz for both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be "Caught in the Act." The Praise Band will lead the Soul Café, an outdoor worship service, on the lawn adjacent to the church at 6 p.m.
The Men’s and Women’s Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. Monday.
Central United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. Suzanne Gibson, pastor of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be "Measuring Love."
Central and Salem UM churches will hold a joint Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday, June 21, at Salem UMC, Diggs. The theme will be "God’s Backyard Bible Camp." A VBS celebration will take place at Salem at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 23. Central will join Salem for that special service.
The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet at Central at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone who is caring for a loved one with dementia is welcome, a release noted.
Church of Abraham
Pastor Sheron P. Green of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, will preach at the 8 a.m. "Youth Sunday" service. The Heirs of Promise (young adult praise team) will minister during praise and worship.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Minister Gary W. Minerve Sr. at the 10 a.m. Sunday service in Church of the Living Word, Hayes, will be "Jesus Will Help You."
The 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study topic will be "Kingdom Goal Setting."
Pastor Werlie Hendrix of Faith Baptist Church, Bohannon, will preach from the book of Judges during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. Evening Bible studies for youth and adults will be held at 7 o’clock.
Masterlife will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the church office.
First Baptist, Ordinary
First Baptist Church, Ordinary, will honor fathers at 9 a.m. Sunday with a Father’s Day breakfast. The celebration will continue during Sunday school. The Rev. Eric Carl Jerome Elam of Richmond, will speak at the 11 o’clock service. The Youth Choir will sing. At 2 p.m., the church will sing at Riverside Walter Reed Convalescent Center.
First Morning Star Baptist
The Rev. Larry J. Arrington, pastor of First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena, will conduct the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service; fathers will be recognized. Music will be provided by the Senior Choir under the direction of the Rev. Richard Jackson.
A quarterly business meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The sermon title of the Rev. Dr. Bob Gustafson at the 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday services in First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, will be "Bridging the Gap: The Interim Journey." The Gathering will be at 9:30.
Gloucester Point Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bud Goude of Gloucester Point Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be "Settle Out of Court!"
The church’s softball team will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday. One Harvest food delivery will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Vacation Bible School will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 21.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
The sermon title of Pastor Bill McCullough of Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "How Things Have Changed!" A Father’s Day coffee time will follow the service.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
Interim pastor Jimmy Maroney will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday in Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church. The church choir will provide special music.
Lighthouse Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastor Ken Cramer of Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "Mission Impossible: F.A.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D."
Prayer is held at 7 a.m. every Saturday. Classes for adults, Royal Rangers (boys K-12th grade), Girls’ Ministries (girls K-8th grade), and Verge Youth Ministry (teenagers 6-12th grades) will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Eddie James Ministries, live music and dance, praise and intercession will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in Living Waters Church, Dutton.
Locust Grove United Methodist
Locust Grove United Methodist Church, Dutton, will celebrate Father’s Day during its 11 a.m. Sunday service. Light refreshments will be served between the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school and the worship service.
Other activities include: today, 11 a.m., Bible study at Mount Zion UMC; Monday, 7 p.m., Laughing Ladies (UMW), and Tuesday, 7 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous meets for open meeting.
The sermon title of Jay Butcher, interim pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, Foster, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be "The Breakfast of Champions." Fathers will be honored.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Harry Lloyd of Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be "Justified by Faith."
The Fiber Arts Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
"Rocky Point Lighthouse," Vacation Bible School will be held on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at the church with Locust Grove UMC. A cookout and celebration will be held at the home of Alda Barnett on Saturday, June 29. Call Barnett at 694-6139 for more information.
Morning Glory Baptist
The Rev. Dr. Ronnie Sidney, assistant pastor of Good Hope Baptist Church, Dunnsville, will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service in Morning Glory Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads. His sermon title will be "Life is More Than What You’ve Got." Music will be provided by the Combined Choir under the direction of Della Brooks.
Mount Zion United Methodist
Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will celebrate Father’s Day at its 9 a.m. Sunday service. Light refreshments will follow the service.
Bible study will be held at 11 a.m. today.
New Creation Ministries
The Principles of Life class of New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by worship at 11 o’clock. Child care will be provided.
Assistant Pastor Vernon Monroe will teach at the 7 p.m. Wednesday service.
New Freedom Worship
New Freedom Worship Center, Gloucester, will meet at 10 a.m. every Sunday in Hampton Inn, Gloucester.
The House of Prayer will continue at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in members’ homes on a rotating basis. Call Pastor Walt McKibbon at 804-832-2836 for the location.
New Hope Independent Baptist
New Hope Independent Baptist Church, Ark, will show the film, "Not a Fan," at 7 p.m. Friday. Refreshments will be available and the public is welcome, a release noted.
On Saturday, an open food and clothing pantry will be held from 9-11 a.m. Breakfast will be offered to those who visit the church. Outreach Ministries will be conducted at the Cary House Adult Home at 6:30 p.m. Pastor David Seabolt will conduct the 11 a.m. Sunday "Father’s Day" service and the 6 p.m. service.
Wednesday evening worship service conducted by Mr. Seabolt and Bible Truth Kids will begin at 7 o’clock.
New Hope Fellowship
The Men’s Ministry of New Hope Fellowship Church, Hartfield, will start their Father’s Day celebration weekend with a "Men Talking to Young Men" conversation at 6 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, there will be a cookout for fathers and their sons and daughters at 1 p.m.; uncles and grandfathers are also welcome. The weekend will culminate with a worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday.
New Mt. Zion Baptist
The Food Ministry of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will be open from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
The Rev. Vincent Pryor will preach at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Men’s Choir will provide the music.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of the Rev. Bill Lawson, pastor of New Point Friends Church, who will speak at the 11 a.m. Sunday service, will be "Better than We Deserve."
The sermon title of Pastor Mike Gray of Newington Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service will be "Spirit Led: Sealed for a Mission."
Other activities include: Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, Vacation Bible School pre-registration for the community; 6:30 p.m., softball game; Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, Clothes Closet open; Monday-Friday, June 21, 9 a.m.-noon, VBS, "Kingdom Rock—Where Kids Stand Strong for God," 6:30 p.m., WMU Lighthouse Ladies meet at church; Tuesday, 8-10 a.m., WMU Hull-Lamberth group meets; Wednesday, 5:45 p.m., prayer meeting, 6:30, choir practice and youth meet.
Olive Branch United Methodist
The United Methodist Men of Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold its monthly breakfast meeting at 8 o’clock Sunday. Worship begins at 9:30 with special recognition of fathers on Father’s Day.
A parent and baby dedication will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday in Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester.
A father/son camping trip is planned for Friday-Sunday at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center in Toano. They will leave after breakfast on Sunday to reach worship at 11 a.m.
Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will hold a "Father and Child Breakfast" at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
The study, "Fathers Who are Intentional" from "The Faithful Families" series, will be held at 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
Other activities include: Monday, 7 p.m., "Resolution for Women" meet in the Fellowship Hall and Wednesday, 7 p.m., adult and youth classes.
Salem United Methodist
The Wickel Food Pantry of Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will be open from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday.
A Father’s Day breakfast will be held from 8-10 a.m. Sunday. Worship begins at 11 o’clock with a special recognition of fathers.
Samuel’s Word of Freedom Ministry
On Tuesday, Samuel’s Word of Freedom Ministry, Wicomico, will hold weekly morning prayer at 5 o’clock. At noon, "Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study" will be held. Pastor Lady Denson will preach and teach the word of God, a release noted.
Severn Church, Naxera, will have a special Father’s Day service at 11 a.m. Sunday with music and preaching.
Shepherdsville Baptist Church
The Rev. Kevin Thompson of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach at the 8 a.m. Sunday service. Music will be by the Rev. Richard Jackson, the Rev. Vivian Holmes and Robert Brown. The sermon title of Pastor Frederick Carter at the 11 o’clock service will be "Father’s Gift." Minister of Music Irving Driver will conduct the Senior Choir. The 10 o’clock Sunday school teachers will be Clarence Holmes, adult class, and Monette Osborne, youth class. The lesson will be "Worship with Meaning."
The Senior Choir will not rehearse tonight. Bible study will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. Calvin Griffith, pastor of Singleton United Methodist Church, Schley, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be "Trusting God."
Vacation Bible School will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday for ages preschool to sixth grade. Closing ceremony will be held on Wednesday with cookies and punch afterwards.
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 will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the discussion of Psalms 7-11.
Spring Hill Baptist
Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, will celebrate "Father’s Day" at 11 a.m. Sunday by recognizing and honoring past and present loved ones. The sermon title of the Rev. Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor, will be "Faith that Cancels Fear."
On Wednesday, a senior exercise classes will be held from 10-11 a.m.
St. Paul Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bradley A. Holmes of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be "Inconsistent."
A joint Vacation Bible School will be held at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 21. Churches that will participate with St. Paul include Bethel, New Mount Zion, Rising Valley, Shepherdsville, Union Zion and Zion Poplars Baptist.
St. Paul United Methodist
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Susan, will not hold Fourth Sunday lunch this month.
Fifth Sunday services will be held at Beulah UMC, New Point. Both Sunday school and worship will be at Beulah with a covered-dish lunch to follow.
Susanna Wesley United Methodist
Saturday will be the deadline for Scholarship/Grant for Helping Hands Mission Camp at Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Ordinary. Details are available at www.susannawesleyumc.org, click on announcements for more details.
Knit Pickers will meet at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Registration for Vacation Bible School, "Kingdom Rock—Where Kids Stand for God is Open" will be held from 6:15-8:15 p.m. June 24-28 or register online.
The First United Baptist
The Rev. William Ruffin of Zion Baptist Church, Newport News, will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh. The Sanctuary Choir will sing.
Union Baptist Church, Achilles, will hold a Vacation Bible School meeting 10 a.m. Friday, in preparation for upcoming VBS, June 24-28.
Fathers will be recognized during the 11 a.m. Sunday service. There will be no evening service.
On Monday, the Judson Circle will meet at 2 p.m. at the home of Jo Shook. Sports Camp will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday for children K-Grade 6.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock
Paula Greenwood will speak on "The Zen of Kayaking" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock, White Stone.
Wayland Baptist Church, Beaverlett, will hold a dinner sale beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. The menu will include pigs’ feet, fried or baked chicken, potato salad, green beans, rolls, cake and a beverage, all for $10 per dinner. Order pigs’ feet dinners in advance, by calling Lois Smith at 804-505-1055 or Alice Jarvis at 725-2224. On Saturday, call the church at 725-2195 to place orders.
The Rev. Tim Dice of Westville Christian, Mathews, will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
White Marsh Baptist
The sermon title of the Rev. Mike Thomas of White Marsh Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday will be "Exposing the Lies and Embracing the Legacy of Fatherhood." Sunday school will precede the service at 9:30.
Zion Poplars Baptist
The Rev. Dr. Elton Pryor, pastor of Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. The Male Chorus will sing.