Local churches announce programs and services
Activities in area churches this week include the following:
Buck Blanchard, Director of Mission and Outreach for the Diocese of Virginia, will be the guest speaker at Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, for both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 services, as well as the adult class at 9:15 a.m.
Abundant Harvest Worship Center
Pastors Wil Early and Gloria Savage-Early of Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester, will speak on “Make Every Effort to Live Holy” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Agape Vision, Mobjack, will have its first meeting of the new Christian Singles Ministry from 7-9 p.m. Friday. The meeting will be held in the social hall of the church. Ages 18 and up are invited to attend. For more information, call 804-384-2733.
Bethel Baptist Church
Pastor Michael W. Jackson of Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service. He will continue his series on “Virtues That Lead to The Kingdom: John 1:14,” with the sermon topic being on “The Virtues of Patience.” The New Life Gospel Choir will sing, directed by guest organist, the Rev. Bernard Chaney, former pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Gloucester.
Bethel United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. Rob Ulmer, pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “The Awakening.” A note-burning ceremony for the renovation work done on the sanctuary will be held at 3 p.m., followed by refreshments.
Other activities include: today, 6:45 p.m., prayer meeting; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Men’s Life Group meets at Riverside Convalescent Center-Mathews, and Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m., Lenten Bible study on “Forgiveness.”
Central United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. Suzanne Gibson, pastor of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “Oops! Your Fig Leaf’s Showing!”
A six-week Lenten Study on Forgiveness will be offered at the church at 10 a.m. each Tuesday through April 15. Adam Hamilton’s book, “Forgiveness: Finding Peace through Letting Go,” will inform the discussion. To order a book and reserve a place in the study, call the church office at 725-2832.
Church of Abraham
The sermon title of Pastor Sheron P. Green of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, at the 8 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Price of Sacrifice.”
A writers’ workshop will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Bishop Gregory Woodard of Church of the Living Word, Hayes, at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “In God We Trust.”
“H.O.P.E.—Hour of Power Experience” will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
The ushers of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, will hold a musical program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Participants will include: Ebenezer Male Chorus, Emmaus Male Chorus, Phil Johnson, William Earl Sadler, Locust Grove Men’s Chorus, Buddy Waymack, Deon Thompson, and Travon Waters, Calvary Youth and Young Adult Choir, Women’s Choir of Calvary, and Make Away Gospel Choir.
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 by the adult choir, “Voices of Faith.” A luncheon and monthly business meeting will follow the service. Bible studies for adults and youth will be held at 6 p.m.
The adult choir will practice at 7:30 tonight.
First Baptist, Mathews
First Baptist Church, Mathews, will hold a dinner/bake sale from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Dinners will include dessert and beverage for $10. To place orders call 725-7395.
First Baptist, Ordinary
First Baptist Church, Ordinary, will celebrate an “old-fashioned” Holy Communion with time reserved for personal testimonies at the 11 a.m. Sunday service, led by the Rev. James L. Harris, pastor.
Tuesday Bible study will be held at 6:30 p.m. and a community meal will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday.
First Morning Star Baptist
The Rev. Donald Neely, associate pastor of Colossian Baptist Church, Newport News, will be the guest minister at the 11 a.m. Sunday annual Deacon, Deaconess, and Trustee Ministries service. The Men’s Choir will sing.
The Officials Ministry will have a quarterly meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Wednesday Bible study will be held at 7 p.m.
The sermon title of Pastor Doug Nagel of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, at the 8:15 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “The First Word—Forgive.” The topic at the 9:30 The Gathering service will be “Forgive.”
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 “Forgiveness.” Cans of food for the March Food Drive will be collected.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
Dr. Ed Jordan will speak at 11 a.m. in Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church. His topic will be “A Picnic with Jesus.” The church choir will provide special music.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will have book study at 7 p.m. Monday at the parish house. On Tuesday, Parish Eucharist will be held at noon, also at the Parish House.
Soup with Love, a five-week community-wide Lenten event, begins Wednesday at noon at the Parish House.
Lighthouse Worship Center
Dr. Lyn Westman from Mercy Ships will be the guest speaker at 10 a.m. Sunday in Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary. Westman is an ordained minister, a licensed psychologist, and an advanced practice psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. She has served full-time with Mercy Ships for 18 years, and is currently the Mental Health Program Administrator. She has also been a member of Lighthouse Worship Center since 1992, and is one of the church’s global missionaries.
Other activities include: Saturday, 7 a.m., prayer, 8-9 a.m., missions trip training, and 10 a.m., the premiere of the new VeggieTales movie, “Veggies in Space: the Fennel Frontier”; Sunday, 9 a.m., prayer, and Wednesday, 7 p.m., classes for adults, Royal Rangers (boys K-12th grade), Girls’ Ministries (girls K-eighth grade), and Verge Youth Ministry (teenagers sixth-12th grades).
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 “Prayer 101: Relationship.” Light refreshments will be served between the 9:45 Sunday school and worship. A “Stained Glass” decision meeting will be held at noon.
Other activities include: Saturday, 7 a.m., community men’s breakfast; Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous meets; Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., prayer bead workshop, 10:45, prayer service, and 7 o’clock, choir practice.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
The Solid Rock Band of Hampton Roads will present a “Bluegrass Night” from 5-6:15 p.m. Saturday at Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek. There is no charge to attend. A dinner will be offered after the performance for $5 that will include hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, dessert and a beverage.
The Evangelism Team will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the home of the Edwards family.
Wednesday Bible Study will be held at the church from 10:30-11:30 a.m. In addition, the Relay for Life Team will meet that day at 6:30 p.m. at the church.
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 “Prayer 101: Relationship.” A light snack fellowship will be held between the worship service and the 10:15 Sunday school.
A community men’s breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. Saturday at Locust Grove UMC.
New Creation Ministries
New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, will hold Principles of Life class at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by worship at 11.
A 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.
New Hope Independent Baptist
New Hope Independent Baptist Church, Ark, will hold a men’s prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Pastor David Seabolt will conduct the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday services. Children ages 4-9 are welcome to attend Junior Church scheduled during the morning service.
Mr. Seabolt will also conduct the 7 p.m. Wednesday service.
New Mt. Zion Baptist
The Rev. Vincent Pryor of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. The Senior Choir will sing.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor William Lawson of New Point Friends Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Hospitality Rewarded.”
The sermon title of Pastor Mike Gray at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service will be “A Love Story for the Ages.”
Other activities include: Monday, 10 a.m., WMU Harner Group, and 7 p.m., Mid-Tidewater Baptist Association “Call to Prayer”; Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., Heart and Mind and Man Up Ministry; Wednesday, 6 p.m., mid-week prayer meeting, and 6:30-8 p.m., choir, TeamKid, youth meeting.
Olive Branch United Methodist
Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m.
The United Methodist Men will sponsor a “Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner” from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, with musical entertainment by Toby Calloway and Gordon Smith.
Men from Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will leave at 11 a.m. Friday to attend the Men’s Wildfire Weekend in Lynchburg.
AWANA will have Sparks-A-Rama at Denbigh Baptist Church at 9 a.m. Saturday.
On Sunday, the Chocolate Kiss contest will end. T&T game practice will be held from 3-4:40 p.m., with snacks provided. The Annie Armstrong offering will be taken; all undesignated offerings will go to this cause. The Easter drama cast will meet at 4 p.m. to have their costumes fitted.
A youth ice-skating event will be held from 7-10 p.m. March 14. Cost will be $9 plus food money; sign up for transportation and a medical release form must be on file.
Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, will hold “Fit for Life! Fit for Christ! Bootcamp” at 9 a.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Monday.
On Sunday, Children in Action/RAs and youth small groups will meet at 5 p.m.
The sermon title at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will be “The Unnoticed.”
Other activities include: today, 10 a.m., ladies’ Bible study; Saturday, 7 a.m., men’s Bible study; Monday, 6:30 p.m., Hearts and Hands Ladies’ Ministry; Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., board meeting, and Wednesday, 7 p.m., youth and adult Bible study.
Rising Valley Baptist
Rising Valley Baptist Church, James Store, will celebrate its 134th anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Willie Dickerson, pastor of Union Baptist Church, Ware Neck, will be the guest speaker, accompanied by his congregation. The combined choirs of Union Zion, St. Paul and Zion Poplars Baptist churches will sing. The Rev. Darry O. Echols, pastor, will preach at the 11 a.m. worship. The Mass Choir will sing.
Salem United Methodist
Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold Sunday worship at 11 a.m.
The United Methodist Men and Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, Wicomico, will hold Tuesday Glory prayer meeting at 5 a.m. and Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study at noon.
Severn Church, Naxera, will have a Homecoming Committee meeting at 6:30 tonight at the church.
The men of the church will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the church for a time of food, fellowship and Bible study.
The Rev. Rose Jackson will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester. Her sermon title will be “You Didn’t Choose Me, I Chose You.” Irving Driver will conduct the Senior Choir. Donald Driver will teach the 10 o’clock Sunday school class. The lesson title will be “Son of David.”
The Senior Choir will rehearse at 6:30 tonight. Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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 “Tempted and Tested.”
Dr. Steven J. Daniels Sr. of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will speak at the 10 a.m. Sunday service. The Unity Choir will sing. The church will celebrate its 134th anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Guest preacher and church will be Pastor Reginald Woodhouse and First Baptist Church of Jefferson Park, Newport News,
Soul Food Wednesday will begin at 6:30 p.m., with discussion of Jeremiah 11-15.
Spring Hill Baptist
The sermon title of the Rev. Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Beatitudes of The King!” A covered-dish dinner will follow the service celebrating a week of prayer for Home (North American) Missions and Annie Armstrong Offering. The church’s goal is $1,000.
Senior exercise class is held at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the church, led by Colanne Bunting.
St. James Anglican Church
St. James Anglican Church, Gloucester, will worship in the Anglican Tradition at 9 a.m. Sunday. The topic will be “How to Pray the Lenten Daily Office.” Holy Communion will follow at 10; afterwards, Coffee Hour will be served in the Glebe House, followed by Vestry meeting.
On Wednesday, the ladies will have a Guild meeting at 10 a.m. Evening prayer will be held at 6 o’clock and Bible study on the Gospel of Mark will be at 7. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class will be held in the chapel classroom, also at 7.
St. Matthew United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. Rob Ulmer, pastor of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Peary, at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Awakening.”
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 “A Husband, Wife, Girl and Boy?”
St. Therese Roman Catholic
Stations of the Cross devotionals will be celebrated at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church, Gloucester, at 7 p.m. each Friday throughout the Lenten season (with the exception of Good Friday).
On Friday, March 14 and Friday, April 11, prior to Stations (from 5:30-6:45), there will be a fish fry in the Social Hall for a donation of $8 per plate.
Susanna Wesley United Methodist
The Kidz Kwire of Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Ordinary, will practice from 8:45-9:20 a.m. Sunday. Randy and Terry Stacey will share a presentation about their recent mission trip to Haiti with the “Bridges for Haiti—Physical and Spiritual” Ministry, from 9:30-10:15 a.m.
The Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday’s Gathering will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
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 “It’s Lent … So Examine Yourself.” The Sanctuary Choir will sing.
Union Baptist Church, Hayes, will hold a youth girls’ Bible study for seventh-12th graders from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the home of Macy Calder. The study will be on the book “Girl Talk: The Power of Your Words.” The study guide is $5 and snacks and beverages will be provided.
The Brotherhood/Men’s Ministry Bible study on the book “Risk” will continue at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Homebuilders’ class. Women’s Bible study on the book “Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break,” will begin at 4:45 p.m. Sunday and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
On Monday, Ladies’ Night Out will be held. The van will leave the church at 6 p.m. for Red Lobster Restaurant. Youth Committee meeting will be held at 7 o’clock in the Conference Room.
On Wednesday, AWANA will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Achilles Elementary School, and Cubbies at the church’s preschool department. Joy Explosion will meet at 7 p.m. in the Youth Room.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock
Donna Sequeira, M. Div., will speak on “Welcoming Springtime: A Lenten Observance for UUs” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock, White Stone.
The sermon title of Pastor Dean Meyer of Yorktown Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “A Loving God.”
On Wednesday, there will be a potluck supper at 6 p.m., followed by Bible study at 6:30 and choir practice at 7:30.
Zion Poplars Baptist
The Rev. Dr. Elton Pryor, pastor Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach during the 11 a.m. Sunday service. The Combined Choir will sing.
Prayer meeting and Bible study will be held on Wednesday with Dr. Pryor as instructor.