Special church activities and services are announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Email your church information here. Or, call (804) 693-3101.
Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, will hold a “come-as-you-are” Celtic worship service with Celtic music and Christian healing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The Arts at Abingdon Concert will follow at 7:30 featuring Duo-Jalal, violin and percussion. Concerts are free.
Homecoming Sunday will be celebrated at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services. Anyone who has had a connection with Abingdon in the past is invited to attend. The annual Men’s Club Oyster Roast will begin at 1 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 per person with a maximum of $45 per family and may be purchased from a vestry member or at the church office in the parish hall. Tickets at the door will be $20, with a family maximum of $60. Proceeds benefit the Men’s Club Scholarship Fund.
Abundant Harvest Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastors Wil Early and Gloria Savage-Early at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester, will be “Kingdom Principles.”
Bethany United Methodist
Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, will celebrate Children’s Sabbath at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services Sunday. The children of Bethany will lead the service and Children’s Ministry Director Kris Kent will deliver the sermon. A Sunday school breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall at 9:30.
Church and Society Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday and the Finance Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The sermon title of Trustee Harold Howard at the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service in Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester, will be “Prepare for Your Storm.” The New Life Gospel Choir will sing.
Bethel United Methodist
Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, has rescheduled its barbecue supper for Oct. 30. Costs will be adults $12 and children $6.
Central United Methodist
Donald and Carol Paige will share their stories in both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services in Central United Methodist Church, Mathews. The Paiges have been serving in Paraguay since 2008 through the Mission Society as pastors, school teacher and unofficial chaplain to silversmiths. Some of Mr. Paige’s own craftwork will be on display.
Church of Abraham
The sermon title of Pastor Sheron P. Green of the Church of Abraham, Ordinary, at the 8 a.m. Sunday service will be “Crazy Days.” The Seed of Faith praise team will lead the praise and worship.
Church of St. Therese
St. Therese Roman Catholic Church, Gloucester, will hold a Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.
The bazaar has more than 35 exhibitors showcasing woodwork, historical prints, quilts, holiday goods, handcrafted jewelry, NFL wares, homemade soaps, children’s apparel and hair bows, vintage collections and more.
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 “Our Breaking Point.”
“Hour of Power Experience” will be the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study topic.
The Men’s Ministry of Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, will have “Man Up” at 6 p.m. Friday. All men are invited to bring a piece of meat to cook on the grill; the church will provide the potatoes and fixings. Pastor Jerry Jutras from Faith Fellowship, Williamsburg, will be the guest speaker at 7 o’clock.
Pastor Chris Morgan will be “receiving new members” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service.
On Wednesday, Pastor Debbie Morgan will continue the series “Love the Way to Victory” at 10 a.m. Mr. Morgan will speak on “The Door to the Miraculous” at 7 p.m.
The Usher Ministry of Emmaus Baptist Church, North, will celebrate its anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday. Special guests will be the Rev. John W. Pretlow of Hampton, and Vision of Hope and the Wayland Baptist Church Men’s Chorus will minister in music.
Pastor Werlie Hendrix of Faith Baptist Church, Bohannon, will preach from the book of John during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. Special music will be by the Adult Choir. A luncheon and monthly business meeting will follow the service.
First Baptist, Mathews
The Woman’s Ministry of First Baptist Church, Mathews, will celebrate Woman’s Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. The theme will be “Mold Me, Make Me.” The guest speaker will be the Rev. Shermaine Sutton of Gethsemane Baptist Church, Newport News, and the special guest will be Psalmist, the Rev. Jessica Freeman of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Newport News.
First Baptist, Ordinary
First Baptist Church, Ordinary, will hold an executive board meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by the quarterly board meeting at noon. The Pastors Selection Committee will make a recommendation at the meeting. Members in good standing who wish to vote must be present.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
Wednesday Community Meal will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The missionaries will sponsor a one-day trip to Graves Mountain Apple Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17; the cost will be $50. For more information, call Marion Randall at 642-2547.
First Morning Star Baptist
Deacon Vernon W. Ellis will teach the Sunday school lesson “Saul Begins to Preach” at 9:45 a.m. in First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena. Pastor Larry Arrington will speak on “Be Real” at the 11 o’clock service. The Men’s Choir will sing under the direction of Linda B. Burrell.
The sermon title of the Rev. Dr. Douglas Nagel, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “Who’s On First?”
Gloucester Point Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bud Goude of Gloucester Point Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “A Restless Night’s Sleep.” A Sunday school breakfast will be served at 9:40. The C.A.R.E. Ministry will meet at 2 p.m.
A free community fall festival will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the church. There will be hayrides, a cake walk, obstacle course, moonwalk, pony rides, popcorn, sno-cones, cotton candy, children’s games and crafts.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
“The Voyage of Youth” will be the second sermon in the series “The Voyage of Life” of guest preacher Dr. Bob Gustafson at Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass, at the 10 a.m. Sunday communion service.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
Dr. Ed Jordan, pastor of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, continues his “Faith” series at 11 a.m. Sunday with the sermon title “Faith Changes our World.” Island Praise will provide special music.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will have its Monday Bible class, “Looking at the Ways the People of God are Described in the Scriptures,” at 1 p.m. at the parish house.
Lighthouse Worship Center
The American Red Cross will be at Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday in the Family Life Center. Reserve a spot online at http://www.redcrossblood.org, Sponsor Code LWC.
The church will hold a weekly seminar, “Harvest Connection,” for anyone interested in going on missions trips at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. It will go through Nov. 18. For more information, contact Missions Director Denise Ouellette at email@example.com.
Macedonia Baptist Church, Foster, will hold its “Second Sunday Social,” with coffee, breakfast goodies and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. The sermon title of Pastor Jay Butcher at 11 o’clock will be “Head Up the Line for Generosity.”
New Creation Ministries
New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, will hold a fish fry from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Call 725-2683 to place advance orders.
A family conference, “Praise, Power and Victory—Regaining Territory,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 17. For vendor information, call 725-2683.
New Hope Independent Baptist
New Hope Independent Baptist, Ark, will begin its fall revival at the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday services and will continue at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 16. Guest speaker will be David Sneade from Union Mission Ministries of Charleston, W.Va. He studied at Liberty University and resides in Charleston. For more information about the revival, call the church at 693-4753.
New Mt. Zion Baptist
The Usher Ministry of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will celebrate its annual anniversary at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Soldiers of Hope of Richmond will be the special guests.
The sermon title of the Rev. Vincent Pryor at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “How I Got Over.” The Senior Choir will sing.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor Bill Lawson of New Point Friends Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Protective Heart.”
Pastor Jeremiah Verdin will speak at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services in Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester. AWANA and youth growth group will meet at 5 p.m.
Other activities include: today, 6 p.m., Men’s Ministry, and 7 o’clock, Church Council meets; Saturday, 5 p.m., Parent Ministry Conference; Monday, 6:30 p.m., Pastor Search Committee, and 7 o’clock, Revelation Bible study.
The Commission Keepers of Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, will meet at 6 o’clock tonight.
Other activities include: Friday, 6:30 p.m., “Painting to Grow His Kingdom”;
Saturday, 7:30 a.m., Young at Heart group leaves for a trip to Graves Mountain; Sunday, Operation Christmas Child boxes to be picked up and filled, and Monday, 6:30 p.m., Church Council meets.
The sermon title at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will be “Rediscovering Romance,” from the series, “New Love and Marriage series, ‘Awaken Love.’”
Spaghetti meal will be held at 6 p.m. every Wednesday, followed by adult Bible study and children’s Christmas play practice.
The sermon title of Pastor Patrick Billups of Relevant Church, Mathews, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “Heaven in Earth.” RelKids (ages 2-6) will learn the lesson “The Talents.”
ROAR women’s small group will meet at 6:30 tonight. This is open to all women ages 13 and up.
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, will have Thursday’s Kitchen at 5:45 tonight. Fried chicken and macaroni and cheese will be on the menu. Bible study will follow.
The Rev. Meghan Clayton will be welcomed as Salem’s new pastor on Sunday. She will speak at the 10:50 a.m. service. A covered-dish luncheon will follow the service.
The Administrative Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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 “Don’t Leave Home Without It.” The Morning Glory prayer meeting will begin at 5 a.m.
Severn Church, Naxera, will hold a new member luncheon after the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish, a release said. The youth will also hold a bake sale to raise money for the Gloucester Bread for Life.
The youth will go shopping for the Bread for Life on Monday; they will meet at the church at 11 a.m. The Joyful Hands Circle will meet at 6:15 p.m. at the church on Tuesday.
Shackelfords United Methodist
Shackelfords United Methodist Church, Adner, will hold a fall festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine. It will include a yard sale, bake sale, hot dogs, beverages, Brunswick stew and afternoon activities for children. For more information, call 785-6097 or 757-903-8176.
The sermon title of the Rev. Fred Carter, pastor of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Fear of Death.” Deacon Donald Driver will teach the 10 o’clock Sunday school, “Saul Begins to Preach.”
Kathleen Driver will teach the 7 p.m. Tuesday Bible study, “Exodus 18.”
Singleton United Methodist
Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, will have a guest speaker at its 11 a.m. Sunday service.
Monday morning Bible Study, week 5, days 5-7 from the book, “Finding Balance,” will be held at 9:30 at the home of Susie Welker. The United Methodist Women will meet at the church at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Wednesday Bible study will continue with the discussion on “Do We Really Have to Believe in Hell?” at 7 p.m. at the church.
The fish fry has been rescheduled for Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. at the church. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Supply Pastor Julian Joyner will speak on “Prayer” during the 9 a.m. Sunday service in Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Unity Choir will sing. Unity Day will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Pastor Steven Lewis, church and congregation of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, Norfolk, will be the guests.
Wednesday Soul Food Bible study will begin at 6:30 p.m. with discussion on “Prayer.”
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 “Daniel’s Abomination!” The “Following God” classes will continue at 6 p.m. with the study “Worship from the Tabernacle.”
St. James Anglican
St. James Anglican Church, Gloucester, has rescheduled the Blessing of the Animals for 10 a.m. Saturday. Animals for adoption from the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society will be available. Bring a donation of canned or dry dog or cat food, kitten milk replacer, paper towels, bleach, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent or liquid hand soap for the Humane Society, a release said. All animals are welcome to be blessed as this is an outside event. There is plenty of parking and room for horse trailers.
St. Paul Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bradley A. Holmes of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. service Sunday will be “The Only Thing in Heaven Made by Man!”
The Building Fund Committee will sponsor their annual fish fry starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. All proceeds will benefit the Building Fund.
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 communion service will be “When Heaven is Silent.” The Mass Choir will sing.
Tammy Presnall of Operation Christmas Child will be the guest speaker at 11 a.m. Sunday in Union Baptist Church, Achilles. Senior Pastor Rodney Autry will continue the “Teach Me to Pray” series. A youth social will follow the service at 12:30 p.m. at the Calder home. “Lessons on Leadership Crete Revisited” will be the title at the 6 o’clock evening service.
Ladies’ Night Out will be held at 6 p.m. Monday. The church youth will have a fun-filled night at the corn maze at 7 o’clock Saturday, Oct. 17. Cost will be $12.50 and participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight. For more information, call the church office at 642-2332. A free fall festival is planned for Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m.
Union Zion Baptist
The Youth Ministry of Union Zion Baptist Church, Gloucester, will hold a dinner sale from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Orders may be placed prior to picking up dinners. Dinners are $12 each and consist of chicken, pigs feet, fish with cornbread, homemade ice cream and crabcake sandwiches. All full meals come with vegetables. Call 693-6495 for more information or to place an order. Orders may also be made on Saturday by calling Union Zion at 693-6565 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ware Episcopal Church, Gloucester, will hold “wareARTS: Where Art Meets Faith” from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Minister of Music Michael Monaco will explore the intersection of faith and music. Call 693-3821 for more information.
The sermon title of the Rev. Tim Dice of Westville Christian Church, Mathews, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Relevance or Not?”
Disciple Men will host their monthly breakfast at 8:30 Saturday morning.
The video series on the New Testament continues each Thursday morning at 10 o’clock. The next potluck supper is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.
The Anointed Sisters of Purpose of Zion Baptist Church, Cardinal, will celebrate “Women’s Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday. The theme will be “Women are More Than a Conqueror: How Many Hats Do You Wear?” On Saturday, a fellowship breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. The speaker of the hour will be Zion’s Elder Velvet Boyd. There will also be door prizes and a silent auction. A “Women’s Day Service” will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Prophetess Valerie Hall of Perfecting Saints Ministries, Hampton, will be the guest speaker. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are asked to wear any shade of pink and their finest church hat. Dinner will be served before service.
Zion Hill Baptist
The Youth Choir will sing during the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Zion Hill Baptist Church, Gloucester.
The church will host a free conference for all women ages 12 and over, “Women of Increase,” on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. Speakers will include the Rev. Jennell Riddick, First Baptist Church, Franklin; the Rev. Dr. Veronica Coleman, New Jerusalem Ministries, Virginia Beach, and the Rev. Matisha Dentu, Living Faith Christian Center, Newport News. Praise and worship will be led by the Rev. Deedra Chambers, Gethsemane Baptist Church. To pre-register, call 693-4342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in the day of the conference begins at 8:15 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
Zion Poplars Baptist
Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will observe its “Youth Service” at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Youth Choir will sing. The 51st “Men’s Day Service” will be held at 3 p.m. The Rev. Darry Echols of Rising Valley Baptist Church, James Store, will speak and the Gloucester-Mathews “Male Chorus” will sing, directed by Lee Rice. Donald Larrimore of New Bethel Baptist Church, Portsmouth, will be the worship leader.