Special services and activities are announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
The Adult Formation class, ‘Episco 101,’ of Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, meets at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. This will be an important series for anyone who is considering being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, a release said.
The Mardi Gras Celebration is on Tuesday from 6-8p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, maximum of $45 per family. Tickets will be available on Sunday from Patti Procopi or call the church office at 693-3035.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Services will be held at noon and 7 p.m. Nursery care will be available for the evening service.
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 “Our Decisions are Critical to Our Destiny.”
The Youth Ministry of Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, will sponsor a Valentine’s dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The menu will include tossed salad, homemade spaghetti, garlic bread, dessert and a beverage for a donation of $10. Tickets are available by calling 804-384-7355.
Bellamy United Methodist
Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday during the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday communion services.
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. Sunday communion and Transfiguration services will be “The Face of the Pilot.” The U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary as part of the George Nelson Memorial Concert series.
Other activities include: Monday, 7 p.m., Program Ministries meet; Tuesday, 7 p.m., Finance Committee meets, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Homebound Ministries will meet to prepare and deliver meals to shut-ins, 6 p.m., soup supper, followed by an informal Ash Wednesday worship service in the sanctuary at 7.
The sermon title of the Rev. Michael W. Jackson of Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Returning to our Roots.” It will be the first Sunday of Black History Month and will also be tithing Sunday. The Male Chorus will sing.
Bethel United Methodist
Barbara Ball and Jill Bailey will have a table set up in the Fellowship Hall of Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, on Sunday to take orders for Valentine Candy Grams. Cost will be $1 each and the messages will be delivered on Sunday, Feb. 14. Money collected will help fund the children’s ministers.
A Lenten Bible study, “The God We Can Know: Exploring the ‘I Am’ Sayings of Jesus,” will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Matthew UM Church, Peary, led by Pastor Ralph Satter. Cost of books will be $10.
An Ash Wednesday service will be held at 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, March 16, from 2-7 p.m., Olan Mills will come to take photographs for a new church directory. Contact Lisa Conway to schedule an appointment.
Central United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor John Choi of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “Let Jesus Open Your Eyes.”
An Ash Wednesday service will be held at 7 p.m.
Church of Abraham
The sermon title of Pastor Sheron Green of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, at the 8 a.m. Sunday communion service will be “Workers in the Kingdom.” The Seed of Faith Praise team will lead the praise and worship.
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 “A New Year and a Fresh Start.”
“Talk Back Gospel” will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study. Angel Woodard, Darrian Marshall, Larry Walker Jr., Aaliyah Page and Takiera Morris will be the speakers.
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 “In God’s Image.” The Men’s Choir will sing.
The Executive Board will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday and the community meal will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday.
A few seats are available for the Spring Break bus trip to Lancaster, Pa. to see a production of “Samson” on April 6. Adult tickets are $235. Call Sharon Washington, 804-832-3200 for information.
First Morning Star Baptist
A Women’s Prayer Group session will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena.
The 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, “Passover,” will be taught by Deacon Edward B. Washington. The sermon title of Pastor Larry J. Arrington at 11 o’clock will be “Love Language.“ The Combined Choirs will sing under the direction of Leander Myers.
Pastor Sheron Green and the congregation of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, will be the guests at 3 p.m. Sunday in Gleaning Baptist Church, Gloucester, as Black History month is celebrated. Dinner will be served at 1:30.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Ed Jordan, pastor of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Is Money the Root of all Evil?” Island Praise will provide special music.
Highway to Heaven Biker
The sermon title of Allen Dogherty of Highway to Heaven Biker Church, Gloucester, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday will be “The Marriage Covenant.”
The youth of Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will sponsor a “Shrove Sunday” pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. between services and after 10:30 worship.
Other activities include: Monday, 1 p.m., Bible class on “Imagination in Scripture; Ash Wednesday, noon, Holy Eucharist Rite I and Imposition of Ashes at Christ Church, 7 p.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II and Imposition of Ashes at Kingston Chapel at the parish house. There will be no noon healing service on Wednesday, but the preschool board will meet at 3:30 p.m.
Lighthouse Worship Center
Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, will hold a Super Bowl Team Rally on Sunday. Tailgate food will be cooked for breakfast at the 9 a.m. rally. After the 10 o’clock service, there will be a kid friendly flag football game and pizza for lunch. There is a fee of $5/person or $15/family (for food). Wear your favorite team jersey, and bring a friend.
Morning Glory Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor James Walker of Morning Glory Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “I’m Still Standing.” Music will be provided by the combined choir under the direction of Roy Parsons.
New Hope Independent Baptist
Pastor David Seabolt of New Hope Independent Baptist Church, Ark, will preach the second in a series of three sermons from Ephesians entitled “Redeemed” at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Communion will be observed following the service.
A special prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday.
New Mount Zion Baptist
Brian Pryor will teach the 9:45 Sunday school, “Death and Resurrection” at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads. The sermon title of the Rev. Vincent Pryor, pastor, at the 11 o’clock service will be “It’s Praying Time.”
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor Bill Lawson of New Point Friends Church at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Give Us Today our Daily Bread.”
The sermon title of Pastor Mike Gray of Newington Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the10:15 a.m. Sunday service will be “Great Power.”
The Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference will be held Feb. 19-20. Call the church office at 693-2349 for more information.
A new M.O.P.S. (Mothers of PreSchoolers) ministry is forming. Contact Kim Cortes for more information at 757-374-4040.
Olive Branch United Methodist
Communion will be observed during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service in Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gloucester.
The United Methodist Women will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Senior Adult Ministry of Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will meet at 10 o’clock this morning. Drama practice will be held at 6:30 p.m. and the Church Council will meet at 7 o’clock.
The sermon title of Eddie Heath at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services in Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, will be “Five Characteristics of a Healthy Growing Church.” 11:45 a.m. The youth workers will meet at 11:45.
On Tuesday, RSW/Alice Fields Group will meet at 10 a.m. and Young at Heart will meet at Olivia’s on Main at 11:30.
The sermon title at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will be “We Are Together.” Ladies Hearts and Hands meet at 7 p.m. Monday.
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, will hold a pancake supper at 5:45 tonight for Thursday’s Kitchen served by Pastor Meghan Clayton and husband Josh. Bible study for all ages will follow. Rhonda Ramsey will lead hand bell rehearsal for children 4 and up.
The sermon title of Pastor Clayton at 10:50 a.m. Sunday will be “Sent.”
An Ash Wednesday worship service will be held at 6:15 p.m. for children and families. A traditional worship service, “Rend Your Hearts” and imposition of ashes will follow at 7 o’clock in the sanctuary.
Salem United Methodist
The youth of Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will attend a District Youth Bowling Lockin at 11:30 p.m. Friday at Village Lanes, Gloucester.
Communion will be observed during the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
The annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be held from 5-7 p.m. and an Ash Wednesday service will be held at 7 p.m.
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 “Yes, He Did Say.” The Morning Glory prayer meeting will begin at 5 a.m.
Pastor Bill West of Severn Church, Naxera, will preach the third sermon on the “Seven Great I Ams Spoken by Christ” at the 11 a.m. service. A special offering will be taken to help pay for the black topping of the parking lot at the service.
The Senior Adult Ministry Club will meet at 11 a.m. Sunday. The DVD, “The Potter, Reflections of a Master Artisan,” will be shown with lunch following at. Good Life Restaurant in Gloucester for lunch.
The sermon title of Pastor Fred Carter of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Why Was I Born?” Deacon Clarence Holmes will teach the 10 o’clock Sunday school, “Passover.”
Kathleen Driver will teach the 7 p.m. Tuesday Bible study, “Exodus 36-40.”
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Calvin Griffin of Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Being Transformed.” The 9:45 Sunday school will discuss “I Am the Bread of Life,” knowing God’s satisfaction from the book, “The God We Can Know.”
Other activities include: Monday, 9:30 a.m., Bible study will discuss “Revolutionary Lifestyle” from the book “Renegade Gospel”; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Women will meet at the church; Wednesday, 6:15 p.m., snack packs will be packed at the church and 7 o’clock, Ash Wednesday service.
Pastor Julian Joyner of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach from the sermon series on “The Family” during the 9 a.m. Sunday worship and communion service. The Unity Choir will sing.
Spring Hill Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service will be “Table of Discipline.” Chrystal Stump and the Spring Hill Choir will present the special music.
St. Matthew United Methodist
St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Peary, will begin a 7 p.m. Lenten Bible study, “The God We Can Know: Exploring the ‘I Am’ Sayings of Jesus” at 7 p.m. Tuesday led by Pastor Ralph Satter. The DVD study was filmed in the Holy Land in the places where Jesus spoke the sayings. Cost of books is $10.
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 “What is Your Philosophy of Life?”
St. Paul United Methodist
The United Methodist Women of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Susan, will meet at 7:30 tonight at the home of Annie Goin.
Start your Valentine weekend with a Valentine box lunch on Friday, Feb. 12. The $8 lunch will include a chicken salad sandwich, potato salad, chips, chocolates and a slice of pound cake. Call Goin at 725-5151 to place an order. The lunch will be available for pickup at 11 a.m. on Feb. 12.
The First United Baptist
The sermon title of the Rev. E. Randolph Graham, pastor of the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “A Purpose for Life.” The Young Adult Choir will sing.
The youth of Union Baptist Church, Achilles, will prepare and serve a meal to the homeless from 4-8 p.m. Friday.
Other activities include: Monday, 6 p.m., Ladies Night Out; Tuesday, 4:45-6 p.m., youth will have visitation; Wednesday, 7 p.m., “Bird’s-Eye View of the Bible.”
“True Love Waits,” a special night for youth, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Guest speakers Justin and Sarah Buchanan will discuss sexual purity. He is the pastor at Refuge Church in Raleigh, N.C.
The sermon title of the Rev. Tim Dice of Westville Christian Church, Mathews, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Who is This Christ?” Sunday will be the final opportunity to contribute cans of soup for Souper Bowl Sunday. CWF hopes to be able to deliver 200 cans to Social Services from the church.
Disciples Men will host their annual Sweetheart breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The men will prepare a “sumptuous” meal to honor the ladies of the church and all ladies of the neighborhood are invited to come, a release said.
Zion Poplars Baptist
The Senior Choir of Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will sing at the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service.