Special church activities are announced
Special programs and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, will hold a “blessing of the backpacks for school” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Kathy Price will preside. In addition, she will describe some of her missions outside the U.S.
Signup sheets have been posted on the easel in the Parish Hall for the Meals on Wheels delivery for Labor Day. Abingdon furnishes and delivers the meals on holidays when normal service is not available. Volunteers are needed to provide the food, pack the trays and drive the delivery routes.
Sunday school starts on Sept. 7 and teachers will be commissioned on that date. Adult volunteers are needed; call the church office at 693-3035 if you can help.
Abundant Harvest Worship Center
Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester, will experience a time of outreach on Sunday. There will be no services at Ware Academy. Regular services will resume on Sunday, Sept. 7.
Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, will hold 10 a.m. Sunday worship and no Sunday school this week.
Beech Grove Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bob Robbins of Beech Grove Baptist Church, Coke, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Patience of God.” Lionel Hogg and his group from Severn Church will perform at 7 p.m.
Deacons will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. All standing committees will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 to elect new chairmen for the coming year.
It was also announced that the A.C.T.S. ministry has delivered school supplies to teachers and students.
Bellamy United Methodist
Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold worship Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 followed by a time of fellowship at 10:30. The Connect Youth Group will meet at 6 p.m.
Wednesday activities include: 6:30 p.m., College Age Ministry meets, 7 o’clock, Young Adults meet for dinner followed by Bible study at 7:30.
The Health and Welfare ministry will collect items for the Laurel Shelter during September.
Bethany United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Debbie Marion of Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, for both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “The Sacrificial Cost.”
Other activities include: Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., River Country Quilters; Tuesday, 10 a.m., bazaar workshop, 1 p.m., Church and Society Committee, and 7 p.m., JOY Circle and trustees meet, and Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Chancel Choir rehearsal.
Bethel Baptist Church will host Gloucester Union Relief Association for the fifth Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. The Combined Choir of Bethel will sing, and the Rev. Cora Harvey Armstrong will accompany the choir. The Bethel ushers will serve.
Bethel will celebrate the sixth anniversary of Pastor Michael W. Jackson beginning with a concert on Saturday, Sept. 6, featuring the Pryor Family, The Men of Shabach, the Rev. Stevens Burrell, the Rev. Cora Armstrong, and Lee Rice and the Mass Choir of Gloucester. On Sunday, Sept. 7, at the 11 a.m. worship service, the Rev. Jonathan K. Stubbs will speak, and the Male Chorus will sing. A luncheon will follow the service.
Bethel United Methodist
Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, will have a combined Sunday school with St. Matthew UMC at 9 a.m. Sunday at Bethel. Combined worship will be held at 10:30 at Bethel and a covered-dish lunch will be held at noon to welcome the Rev. Mr. Ralph and Mrs. Satter.
Prayer meeting will be held at 6:45 tonight. The Men’s Life Group will go to Riverside Convalescent Center-Mathews, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Central United Methodist
Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, will hold a single joint service at 10 a.m. Sunday. The sermon title of the Rev. Suzanne Gibson will be “What Sets the Church Apart?” The United Methodist Women will conduct its annual candle burning during the service as a means of supporting mission programs around the world. Every second the candle burns represents 60 cents given in memory or honor of someone by the congregation. This year, the UMW unit will honor children of the church by giving to candle burning for one minute. “The children are the future of our congregation and our mission outreach to our community, our country and our world,” UMW President Judy Moughon said. Sunday school will begin at 9 o’clock.
Next week, on Friday and Saturday during Mathews Market Days, the Mission and Evangelism Team will sponsor its annual “Early Bird Breakfast” from 8-10 a.m. each day. Ham and egg muffins, Danishes, juice and coffee will be available for a donation to the church’s mission projects.
Christian Fellowship Ministries
Christian Fellowship Ministries, King William, will have a “Spoken Word” service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Guests from the Richmond area will speak.
Church of Abraham
Pastor Sheron P. Green of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, will preach at the 8 a.m. Sunday service. The Seed of Faith praise team will lead the praise and worship. There will be no 1 p.m. fellowship service.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Minister Norbert Reid of New First Baptist Church, Petersburg, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service in Church of the Living Word, Hayes, will be “Jesus IS.”
“Revelation of Jesus Christ” will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
Pastor Chris Morgan of Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday. On Wednesday, Pastor Debbie Morgan will speak at Healing Center from 10-11 a.m.; Mr. Morgan will preach at 7 p.m.
Pastor Werlie Hendrix of Faith Baptist Church, Bohannon, will preach from the book of Revelation during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. Special music will be presented by the Praise Team. Bible studies for youth and adults will begin at 6 p.m.
First Baptist, Ordinary
First Baptist Church, Ordinary, had a Fellowship Hall Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
A youth retreat will be held on Friday through Sunday at Fort Eustis.
The church will meet with the Gloucester Union Relief Association at Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester, on Sunday.
Monday Bible study will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Walter Reed Convalescent Center.
Gloucester Point Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor Bud Goude of Gloucester Point Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Turning Our World Upside Down.” The C.A.R.E. ministry will meet at 2 p.m.
Wednesday activities include: 9:30 a.m., Seniors’ Morning Out, 5:30 p.m., Teens Living for Christ, 6:30, children’s Bible study, Children’s Choir and adults meet for Bible study and prayer meeting, and 7:30, adult choir practice.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
Pastor Bill McCullough of Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass, will proclaim the Word at 10 a.m. Sunday. Visit http://www.grovesmemchurchva.org for the sermon title and church events.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Ed Jordan, pastor of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Spiritual Problem Solving 101.” Tyrone Hudgins and Richard Callis will provide special music.
A business meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will hold one service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to dedicate the newly-renovated Kingston Chapel and refurbished kitchen in the parish house.
The Scouts will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday and a Holy Eucharist/Healing service will take place in the Meditation Chapel at noon Wednesday, both at the parish house.
Lighthouse Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastor Ken Cramer of Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “Summer in the Word.” A baby dedication will also be held. This will also be a “Kid Kingdom” water baptism and end of the summer Water Day. Early worship will begin at 8 o’clock.
Prayer is held at 7 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.
In His Steps Dance Ministry will begin classes for the fall semester on Tuesday, Sept. 9. A parent’s meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Kid Kingdom Building.
Wednesday classes at 7 p.m. include: adults, Royal Rangers (boys K-12th grade), Girls’ Ministries (girls K-eighth grade), and Verge Youth Ministry (teenagers sixth-12th grades).
The American Red Cross will be at the church for a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7 in the Verge Building. Sign up to reserve your spot online at http://www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code LWC.
Living Waters Church, Dutton, will hold a bake sale 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at the Gloucester Walmart to benefit a Honduran orphanage.
Food Ministry distribution will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Intercessory prayer will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Messengers of Hope missionary team will have items for sale at the Brambles during their open house in Mathews from noon-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept 6 during Mathews Market Days. Proceeds will benefit an orphanage and feed people at a Honduran hospital.
The Rev. Eddie Heath, Field Strategist for the Tidewater Region, will be the guest speaker at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services in Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Les Goode of Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “How do you Handle the Giants in your Life?”
The United Methodist Women will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
On Wednesday, the church will host Family Fellowship Night at 6 o’clock. Dinner will include a baked potato bar with all the fixings. A suggested donation will be $5 per meal with no donation needed for children.
New Creation Ministries
New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, will hold a “Back to School Bash” from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. There will be free school supplies, food, games and much more. Clothing vouchers will be given to children in need of back to school clothing.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor Bill Lawson of New Point Friends Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “A Test Case.”
Newington Baptist Church, Gloucester, will not hold a sermon at the10:15 a.m. Sunday service, but will instead hear testimonies from church members. The church will gather after worship at the home of Judy and Phil Johnson for baptism and a covered-dish meal on the river.
The Senior Adult Ministry of Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will sponsor a fellowship and covered-dish lunch at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. Deirdre Lund, the guest speaker, will give information on Medicare. Plans will also be finalized for the fall trip on Oct. 20-23. A day trip is planned for Sept. 30 to the Rocky Hock Playhouse in Edenton, N.C., to see the play, “Blessed Assurance, The Fanny Crosby Story.”
Sunday school promotion will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7.
Providence Baptist Church, Ordinary, will hold a “Christian T-Shirt Day” worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday. The service will include prayer and support for teachers and children returning to school. An “End of Summer Pig Pickin’” will begin at noon, with food, fun and fellowship for all ages, including inflatables for the kids. The church will provide the pork and the chicken. Wear your favorite Christian T-shirt and bring a side dish to share.
On Saturday, Fit for Life! Fit for Christ! will be held at 9:30 a.m.
The sermon title at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will be “The End of My Rope,” from the series “Trending.”
Ladies’ Bible study meets at 10 a.m. today at the church. Youth and adult Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
Relevant Church will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday at Lee-Jackson Elementary School.
Wednesday Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. at Mathews Women’s Fitness on Buckley Hall Road, Hudgins.
The church will have its official launch at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at 10514 Buckley Hall Road, next to MetroCast. Communion will be served.
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, will hold beach worship at 8 a.m. Sunday at Haven Beach. Joy Drummond will present the message. The sermon title of the Rev. Brian Johnson, pastor, at the 10:50 a.m. service will be “Outdoing One Another in Love.” All children and teachers are invited to bring their backpacks/school bags to worship; there will be prayer over the backpacks (and the people who own them) and the “Snack Pack” program, which provides nutritious food for at-risk children at Lee-Jackson Elementary School each week. Money will also be collected for the program.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, Wicomico, will hold a free clothes and food jamboree from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. A release noted that they are accepting donations for men’s, women’s, boys’, girls’ and infant clothing. Call 642-0222 or 642-5132 for more details.
Tuesday Glory Morning prayer meeting will be held at 5 o’clock and the Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study will be held at noon, led by Pastor Lady Denson.
Severn Church, Naxera, will enjoy an “all-ladies choir” performance at 11 a.m. Sunday under the direction of Shirley Hogge. There will be a “Back-to-School Party” for the children during the children’s church hour.
Wednesday Bible study will resume at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a study of the book of Daniel. The choir will meet in the sanctuary for choir practice at 7:45.
Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will have a family movie night on Friday on the lawn of the church. Everyone is encouraged to bring neighbors and lawn chairs.
Dr. Steven J. Daniels Sr. will preach at the 9 a.m. Sunday service. The Unity Choir will sing.
Spring Hill Baptist
A speaker from the Gideon Association will speak at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek.
St. James Anglican
St. James Anglican Church, Gloucester, will celebrate Holy Communion at 10 a.m. Sunday. A potluck lunch for August birthdays will be held in the historic Glebe House after the service.
Wednesday evening prayer will be at 6 o’clock.
St. Matthew United Methodist
St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Peary, will hold a combined worship service with Bethel UMC at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Bethel. A covered-dish lunch to welcome the Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Satter will be held at noon.
Susanna Wesley United Methodist
Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Ordinary, will hold a “Back to School Bash” with Sunday school promotions and “Blessing of the Backpacks” at the 10:30 a.m. service. A picnic-style fellowship luncheon will follow the service with outdoor activities for the whole family.
On Tuesday, the women’s Bible study will meet from 9:30 a.m.-noon and the Intentional Faith Development Committee will meet at 6 p.m.
The First United Baptist
Revival services continue at the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh, through Friday with the Rev. Alvin Armstead of Richmond, as guest speaker. Music was presented by the choir of First Morning Star Baptist on Wednesday. The choir from First Baptist, Ordinary, will sing tonight and the choir from Zion Hill Baptist will sing on Friday. Praise and worship begins at 7 o’clock each evening.
The 53rd homecoming celebration will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday with Bishop John N. Gray, senior pastor of Bethel Restoration Center Ministries, Williamsburg. He will be accompanied by his Praise and Worship Team, choir, officers, ushers, greeters and congregants. The Praise and Worship Team will perform during the service. Dinner will be served at 1:30.
The Deacons of Union Baptist Church, Achilles, will meet at 7 o’clock tonight.
On Wednesday, AWANA will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Achilles Elementary School, and Cubbies in the church’s preschool department. Joy Explosion will meet at 7 o’clock in the Youth Room.
Prayer will be held at 7:40 a.m. at the poles at Gloucester High School daily when school is open.
On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., there will be a cornhole tournament, craft show, yard sale, and much more on the church premises. All money collected will benefit the church playground. The tournament begins at 10 a.m. with teams of two for a fee of only $20. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places. Vendor booths will be available for $20; yard sale spaces are $10. Forms and fees must be received by Saturday. For more information, call 642-2332 or visit http://www.unionmeanshope.org.
Urbanna Baptist Church will host “Living Proof Live Simulcast Time with Beth Moore” on Saturday, Sept. 13. She will speak live from Fort Wayne, Ind. Travis Cottrell will be the worship leader.
The cost will be $5 for registration and includes admission, continental breakfast and lunch. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m., with the event starting at 9:30 and ending at 4:15 p.m. Make checks payable to Urbanna Baptist Church (memo: Simulcast), P.O. Box 416, Urbanna, Va. 23175. Proceeds will benefit Samaritan’s Purse.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock
Shirley Kinney will present “We Got a Dream” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock, White Stone.