Services and activities in local churches are announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, will hold its annual “Mass on the Grass” at 11 a.m. Sunday. A fellowship picnic will follow the service. The church will provide chicken, beverages and paper goods; members bring side dishes and desserts. Kingston and Ware churches have been invited to join in this event. Bring a blanket or folding chair.
Bellamy United Methodist
Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will hold Holy Communion at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services.
On Monday, church members will meet at 8 a.m. to place American flags on the graves of the veterans in the Bellamy cemetery.
Bethany United Methodist
Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, will only have one service on Sunday. A family-friendly Vacation Bible School wrap-up service will be held at 10 a.m. It will be followed with an ice cream social in the Warren Belvin Fellowship Hall.
Trustees will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The sermon title of the Rev. Michael W. Jackson of Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Telling It Like It Is.” It will be Tithing Sunday and the Men’s Chorus will sing.
Central United Methodist
The sermon title the Rev. John Choi, pastor of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “One Thing That Was Lacking in His Life: Questions for which There is no Other Answer.”
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 “One Moment More.” The Seed of Faith praise team will lead the praise and worship.
Vacation Bible School will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, July 7.
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 “Enduring Hardship.”
“Talk Back on the Book of Malachi” will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
Emmaus Baptist Church, North, will hold its annual Family and Friends Day service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Melvin Lee of Baltimore, Maryland, will be the guest speaker. Elouise Morgan will be the worship leader.
First Baptist, Ordinary
The sermon title of Pastor Ward Warren Jr. of First Baptist Church, Ordinary, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Salvation as Plain as Day.” The Men’s
Choir will sing under the direction of Deacon Albert Ali Jr. Deacon Keith Osborne will teach the 9:30 Church School, “Needing More Than Law.”
Devotions will be given at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Walter Reed Convalescent Center, Gloucester.
First Morning Star Baptist
Deacon Vernon W. Ellis will teach the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, “Needing More than Law,” in First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena. Pastor Larry J. Arrington will speak on “Soldiers of the Cross” at the 11 o’clock service. The combined choirs will provide the music under the direction of Leander Myers.
The sermon title of Dr. Douglas Nagel of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “What Does God Want from Me?”
The fourth annual Independence Day celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Monday. The service will include a reading of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, ringing of the church bell to honor the 56 signers, patriotic music and singing.
The Deacon, Deaconesses and Trustee Ministry will celebrate its annual day at 3 p.m. Sunday in Gleaning Baptist Church, Gloucester. The special guests for the day will be Pastor Randolph Graham and the congregation of the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh. Dinner will be served at 1:30.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
“I Can’t Control Myself” will be the sermon title of the Rev. Larry Toney, guest preacher, at 10 a.m. Sunday in Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass. The Adult Sunday School Class will study the Old Testament at 9 o’clock.
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 “Real Freedom Requires Personal Responsibility.” The church choir will sing.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will alter its Sunday schedule. Holy Eucharist Rite I will be held at 8 a.m. as usual, but the 10:30 service is cancelled in order to join Abingdon and Ware parishes for a service and picnic at 11 o’clock at Abingdon Episcopal, White Marsh.
On Tuesday, the parish will sponsor the Red Cross Blood Drive with Ebenezer Baptist Church, at the Piankatank Ruritan Club, Hudgins.
Lighthouse Worship Center
Little Lights Childcare Center of Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, will host a Mega Sports Camp July 18-22. Kids will learn fundamental skills in basketball, soccer and cheerleading in a faith-based program. Cost for the entire week will be $55 if paid by July 2; $60 from July 3-17, and $65 at the door. Register or volunteer at http://www.megasportsglo.com.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
The Book Club of Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, will hold its annual supper at the home of the Alexanders at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Call Lynda Alexander at 804-725-0842 for more information.
A service will be held at the Callis home at Roanes Point at 11 a.m. on July 10, with a church picnic to follow. On July 13, Esther Gitobu, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries, will give a presentation at 7 p.m.
Morning Glory Baptist
The sermon title of the Pastor James Walker of Morning Glory Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Body of Christ.” Music will be provided by the choir under the direction of Roy Parsons.
New Creation Ministries
The sermon title of Pastor Cheryl Forrest of New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Hand Picked.” Deacon Marty Carter will teach the 10 o’clock Principles of Life Class.
Pastor Forrest will teach the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday “Word and Power” Bible study.
New Mt. Zion Baptist
Brian Pryor will teach the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school class, “Ignoring the Law’s Requirements,” in Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Wood Cross Roads. The sermon title of the Rev. Vincent Pryor at 11 o’clock will be “I Got One More River to Cross.” The youth will sing.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor William Lawson of New Point Friends Church at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Dealing with Sin.”
Vacation Bible School, “Cave Quest,” continues at Newington Baptist Church, Gloucester, from 9 a.m.-noon through Friday.
Olive Branch United Methodist
Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will have a service of communion at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
The United Methodist Women will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Donna Fary for a summer dinner fellowship.
The sermon title of Pastor Tad Kilgore of Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday will be “The Triangle of Prayer.” A new building dedication and luncheon will follow at 11:45.
Mr. Kilgore will begin a summer series, “How to Help People,” at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Mark Quick will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester. His sermon title will be “The Armor of God.”
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
The sermon title of Pastor Meghan Roth Clayton of Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, at the 10:50 a.m. Sunday communion service will be “God’s Shalom.”
Salem United Methodist, Gloucester
Salem United Methodist, Gloucester, will have a service of communion at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. John Young will bring the message.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, Guinea, will hold an Evening of Healing and Empowerment Service at 6 p.m. Saturday. Apostle Al Blumenberg and Apostle Patricia Williams of Atlanta, Georgia, will be the guests.
Pastor Lady Denson will speak on “Live in His Presence, Now” during the noon Tuesday Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study. The Morning Glory prayer meeting will begin at 5 o’clock.
The sermon title of the Rev. Frederick Carter, pastor of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Handwriting on the Wall.” Deacon Clarence Holmes will teach the 10 o’clock Sunday school, “Needing More than Law.”
Kathleen Driver will teach the 7 p.m. Tuesday Bible study, “Numbers 23.”
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title for Pastor Calvin Griffin of Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “What are We Doing?” Sunday school at 9:45 will discuss week 12, “Despair” from the book “Experiencing the Miracles of Jesus.”
Monday Bible study will not meet on the 4th of July. Bring non-perishable goods the first Sunday of the month (July 3) for the Food Pantry.
Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will observe communion at its 9 a.m. Sunday service. The Unity Choir will sing.
Spring Hill Baptist
Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, will celebrate America’s freedom at 11 a.m. Sunday with the salute of colors, pledge of allegiance, and special music from the choir. The sermon title of Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor, will be “One Spirit, One Mind, One Faith.”
The church will begin a Community Fellowship Night at 6 o’clock Sunday, July 10. A covered-dish dinner will follow the program. Each Sunday night in July and August at 6 o’clock there will be special vacation Bible school program for the kids and special programs for adults followed by dinner. All are invited to attend; there will be no cost or offering taken, a release said.
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 “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 11 a.m. Sunday will be “The Gift of Giving.” The Young Adult Choir will sing.
Union Baptist Church, Achilles, will have a special patriotic service at 11 a.m. Sunday.
A “Bird’s Eye View of the Bible,” taught by Senior Pastor Rodney Autry, will continue at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel.
Ware Episcopal Church, Gloucester, will have its usual 8:30 a.m. Sunday service. The 10:30 service will not be held at Ware. A joint service will begin at Abingdon Episcopal Church with Kingston Parish at 11 o’clock. A picnic will follow the service.
An Independence Day service will be held at 10 a.m. in the church on Monday.
Ware will host a Festival of Patriotic Music with readings, prayers and thanksgivings at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9.
Zion Hill Baptist
The Rev. Dr. John Wright Jr. of Williamsburg, will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Zion Hill Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Senior Choir will sing.
Zion Poplars Baptist
Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will observe its “Communion Service” at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Senior Choir will sing.