Services and activities in local churches are announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
The Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic will hold a volunteer appreciation dinner from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh. Contact Thom Byrne through the church office at 804-693-3035 to volunteer for the event.
Arts at Abingdon will host the Virginia Chorale in the final concert of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the church. A reception will follow the concert. Admission is free, with a free-will offering accepted.
Bethany United Methodist
A planning meeting will be held at 7o’clock tonight in Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, for those interested in volunteering for this year’s Vacation Bible School.
York River District of the United Methodist Church will hold Lay Servant Training at Bethany from 6-9 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
The sermon title of Pastor Debbie Marion at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday communion services will be “Living in the Mystery.” The United Methodist Youth Fellowship will meet at 12:15 p.m. and the Confirmation Class will meet at 12:30.
The JOY Circle will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday; Bessie Conner will be the guest speaker.
The sermon title of the Rev. Michael W. Jackson of Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. “Tithing” Sunday service will be “Some Assembly Required.” The Men’s Chorus will sing.
Central United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor John Choi of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “A Friend Request from Jesus?”
Church of Abraham
The sermon title of Pastor Sheron P. Green of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, at the 8 a.m. Sunday communion service will be “Mirror, Mirror.” The Seed of Faith Praise Team will lead the worship service.
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 “Call it Blessed.” A 23rd anniversary celebration for Mr. Woodard and Pastor Eunice Woodard will be held at 3 p.m. Bishop John Gray of Bethel Restoration Center, Williamsburg, will speak, accompanied by his congregation, ushers, praise dancers and choir.
The book of Malachi will be the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study topic.
The sermon title of Pastor Chris Morgan of Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “Growing Together: Friends.”
On Wednesday, Pastor Debbie Morgan will speak on “God of Miracles” at 10 a.m.
National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday, May 5. The main sanctuary will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for the community to stop in and pray. A prayer and praise service will be held from noon-1 p.m.
Pastor Werlie Hendrix of Faith Baptist Church, Mathews, will preach from I Samuel chapter 3 during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. Special music will be by the adult choir, “Voices of Faith.”
The church continues to collect dry goods for Hands Across Mathews.
First Baptist, Ordinary
The sermon title of the Rev. Ward Warren, pastor-elect of First Baptist Church, Ordinary, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “No Answer.” The Men’s Choir will sing.
On Monday, devotions will be given at Walter Reed Convalescent Center, Gloucester, at 10:30 a.m. The NAACP chapter will meet at 7 p.m.
First Morning Star Baptist
Deacon Vernon W. Ellis will speak on “Increased Faith” at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school in First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena. The annual “Women’s Day” service will be held during the 11 o’clock service. The Rev. Dr. Toni Shackleford-Williams, associate minister of First Baptist Church-Hockley, King and Queen, will be the guest minister. The most senior ladies of the church will be honored. A Women’s Day Choir, composed of ladies from community churches, will sing under the direction of Leander Myers. Following the service, the church family will dine at the Goodfellas Restaurant, White Marsh.
Gleaning Baptist Church, Gloucester, will have communion at its 8 a.m. Sunday service; there will be no 11 o’clock service. Church members will travel to High Rock Baptist Church in Maryland at 9 o’clock. If you would like to attend call the church at 804-694-8225; seats are limited.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Ed Jordan, pastor of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, at the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service will be “Who is Jesus, and What Does He Do?” The church choir will provide special music.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will hold “Easter Quiet Day Retreat” from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the parish house. The day will be centered on “grace” with time for rest, prayer, challenge and rejuvenation. A light lunch will be served. Call the office at 804-725-2175 for information.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, photos will be taken for the pictorial directory. Call 804-725-3862 for an appointment time. The regularly-scheduled Wednesday noontime Holy Eucharist will be held on Thursday, Ascension Day.
Lighthouse Worship Center
Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, will hold its fourth annual Leadercast Live special event from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, May 6. Leadercast will be a one-day leadership event broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga., to over 100,000 leaders in hundreds of locations around the globe. This year’s theme will be Architects of Tomorrow. Go to http://event.leadercast.com/location/middlepeninsula/to order tickets. For more information, contact Becky Richmond at email@example.com or 757-719-5615.
The Girls Ministries will host the sixth annual “Mother/Daughter Tea” at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7. There is limited seating; tickets are $5/person and must be purchased now to reserve a seat. Tickets will not be available at the door.
Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, will hold family movie night, showing “Courageous,” at 7 p.m. Friday and a free car wash will be held on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. Donations will be accepted for both movie and car wash to benefit summer youth mission trip to Nashville, Tenn.
The church will celebrate its senior adults on Sunday.
The church will have a family meal on Wednesday at 5:50 p.m., followed by adult Bible study and children and youth activities. Call the church office at 804-725-3707 to make a reservation.
Morning Glory Baptist
Morning Glory Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will observe its annual “Men’s Day and Bike Blessing” service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The sermon title of Pastor James Walker will be “Motorcycles and Life 2016.” Music will be provided by the combined choirs under the direction of Minister of Music/Choir Director Roy Parson. A cookout on the church grounds will follow the service.
New Creation Ministries
Evangelist Rose Mason of First Baptist Church, Ordinary, will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek. Deacon Marty Carter will speak at the First Principles Class at 10 o’clock.
Pastor Cheryl Forrest will speak at the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday “Word and Power” Bible study.
A Mother’s Day luncheon will be served at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7.
New Mount Zion Baptist
Brian Pryor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will teach the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school topic, “Increasing Faith.” The sermon title of the Rev. Vincent Pryor at the 11 o’clock service will be “The Prayers of the Righteous.”
The Usher Ministry will sponsor a Mother’s Day luncheon and fashion show at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7. Cost will be $10, if paid in advance by calling 804-758-5654, or $12 at the door.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor Bill Lawson of New Point Friends Church at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “The Incomparable Christ: Who is Jesus Christ?”
Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will go prayer walking at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Deacons will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The sermon title of Pastor Tag Kilgore of Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services will be “Good to Great!”
The Joy Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The sermon title at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will be “How Do I Forgive Those Who Hurt Me?”
A mother-daughter tea will be held on Saturday, May 7.
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
The sermon title of Pastor Meghan Roth Clayton of Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, at the 10:50 a.m. communion Sunday service will be “Breathing Peace.” Salem’s Preschool will be celebrated during the service and a covered-dish lunch will follow worship.
The Administrative Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, Wicomico, will hold a free clothes and food jamboree give-away from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Clothing donations for men, women, boys, girls and infants are being accepted. For more information, call 804-642-5132 or 804-642-0222.
The message title of Pastor Lady Denson during the noon Tuesday Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study will be “Paths of Righteous for Us.” The Morning Glory prayer meeting will begin at 5 a.m.
The youth group of Severn Church, Naxera, will go grocery shopping at Walmart to buy food for the Gloucester Bread for Life program on Saturday. The van will pick up youth at Peebles parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and at Severn Church at 11 o’clock. Youth are to bring money for lunch at Chick-fil-A.
Pastor Art Wolz will start a young adult ministry for ages 20-40. There will be a meeting with this group after worship on Sunday. Lunch and a nursery will be provided.
The sermon title of the Rev. Frederick Carter, pastor of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “We are Still Looking for a Perfect Church.” Deacon Clarence Holmes will teach the 10 o’clock Sunday school, “Increased Faith.”
Kathleen Driver will teach the 7 p.m. Tuesday Bible study, “Numbers 13-14.”
Shiloh Baptist Church, Yorktown, will hold “Women’s Day” weekend services. The theme will be “Women Pressing Forward and Pursuing the Things of God.” Co-Pastor Matisha Dentu and Minister Markita Smith will speak at the 9 a.m. Saturday service. Pastor Cynthia McCants of New Gethsemane Baptist Church, Brooklyn, New York, will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday. There is a donation of $10. Call the church at 757-898-4191 to register.
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Calvin Griffin of Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “The Great City.” Sunday school at 9:45 will discuss week four, “What Great Things the Lord has Done for You,” from the book “Experiencing the Miracles of Jesus.”
Monday Bible study meets at the church at 9:30 a.m. and will view the video and discuss “Enjoying Your Identity” from the book, “This I Know For Sure.” Wednesday Bible study will meet at the church, 7 p.m. Mr. Griffin will pick a topic for discussion.
Pastor Ju Joyner of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach from the sermon series “Overcoming Adversity” during the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service. The Unity Choir will sing.
Wednesday Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. with discussion also on “Overcoming Adversity.”
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 “At Calvary!” Special music will be by Chrystal Stump.
St. James Anglican
St. James Anglican Church, Gloucester, will have a spring barbecue and yard sale on Saturday. The yard sale will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and the barbecue will be sold from 11-2. A barbecue plate with cole slaw, bun and baked beans will cost $10. Barbecue will also be sold by the pound. St. James is located on Route 17 behind Ken Houtz Chevrolet-Buick.
St. Paul Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bradley Holmes of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “It’s all about Jesus.”
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 service will be “Church Controversy—Often the Result of a Misunderstanding.” The Young Adult Choir will sing.
A children’s paint party, for kindergarten through fifth graders only, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday in Edwards Union Hall at Union Baptist Church, Achilles. There will be a fee of $5.
Other activities include: Monday, 6 p.m., Nursing Home Ministry leaves church to visit patients in local health care facilities; Tuesday, 10 a.m., “Get Fit for Christ,” a faith-based support group for individuals who desire to lose weight and get their health under control, continues in Edwards Union Hall; Wednesday, 7 p.m., “Bird’s-Eye View of the Bible,” taught by Senior Pastor Rodney Autry in the chapel.
A special parent commitment service will be held in conjunction with the Mother’s Day service at 11 a.m. May 8. Anyone interested in participating should call the church office at 804-642-2332, no later than Monday.
Zion Hill Baptist
The Rev. Wilmer Thomas Jr., associate minister of Canaan Baptist Church, Hampton, will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Zion Hill Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Senior Choir will sing. The Inspirational Voices will celebrate its 39th choir anniversary during the service.
Zion Poplars Baptist
The Senior Choir of Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will sing at the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service. The 51st woman’s day service, “Women Walking in Your Destiny,” will be held at 3 p.m. Shelia Pleasants of Calvary Baptist Church, Saluda, will be the guest speaker and the Seeds of Faith of the Church of Abraham, Ordinary, will sing. Deaconess Pam Pryor of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will be the worship leader. Pastel colors are to be worn, a release said.