Services and activities in local churches announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, will have part two of “The Jesus of History and the Jesus of Faith” with Dr. John Herbst at 9:15 a.m. Sunday.
Advent fellowship and formation will be held on Tuesdays. A soup supper will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a brief worship service and then a presentation.
Silent prayer will be held from noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays in the church. Abingdon cookbooks are on sale for $20 with the proceeds supporting Parish Life.
The annual Christmas pageant will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.
Abundant Harvest Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastors Wil Early and Gloria Savage-Early of Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester Point, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday will be “Christmas 2016: Desire Christ!”
Apostles Lutheran Church, Gloucester, will have a Cookie Walk from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Shoppers may fill a box with holiday favorites for $10 per pound. Funds raised will support local outreach ministries.
Bellamy United Methodist
Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent with the Handbell Choir at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. The sermon title will be “Love from the Heart.” Sunday is the final day to donate new mittens, hats, and socks for the Henry Fork Center.
Bethany United Methodist
Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, will have one service only, at 11 a.m. Sunday. The service will feature the children’s choir presentation of “New Star,” a family-friendly retelling of the classic Christmas story. All are invited to the annual “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” party in the Warren Belvin Fellowship Hall after the service.
Finance Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The sermon title of the Rev. Michael W. Jackson, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 11 a.m. Sunday communion service will be “The Joy that We Have.” The New Life Gospel Choir will sing.
Bethel United Methodist
Bethel Kids Alive of Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, will meet at 6:45 p.m. Friday for its Christmas program. There will be a practice and a special time of fellowship and refreshments.
A men’s prayer breakfast will be held at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18.
Central United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. John Choi, pastor of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “Finding God in the Desert.” The children’s and youth choirs will sing at the 11 o’clock service.
Church of Abraham
Church of Abraham, Ordinary, continues its revival services at 7 p.m. through Friday. The guest pastor and churches include: today, Pastor Ju Joyner and the Smithfield Baptist Church family, and Friday, Pastor Johnny Wallace and the Zion Baptist Church family.
The sermon title of Pastor Sheron P. Green at the 8 a.m. Sunday service will be “A Hopeful Christmas.” The Seed of Faith praise team will lead the praise and 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 “The Christ in Christmas.”
The book of 1 Peter will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
The sermon title of Pastor Chris Morgan of Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, at 10 a.m. Sunday will be “The Biggest Loser.”
On Wednesday, Mr. Morgan will teach “Don’t Limit God” at 10 a.m., and Pastor Debbie Morgan will continue the series “The Prayers of the Saints” at 7 p.m.
First Baptist, Ordinary
The sermon title of Pastor Ward Warren Jr. of First Baptist Church, Ordinary, at the 11 a.m. Sunday communion service will be “The Manger Maker?” The Senior Choir will sing. Church school, “The Affirmation of the Promise,” will be taught at 9:30 by Minister Katrina Brown.
The executive board will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Wednesday community meal will be served from 11a.m.-1p.m., and the “Christ”mas card exchange will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18.
First Morning Star Baptist
Deacon Edward B. Washington will teach the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, “The Affirmation of the Promise,” in First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena. The sermon title of the Rev. Larry J. Arrington, pastor, at 11 o’clock will be “Gift of Grace.” The Men’s Choir will sing under the direction of Linda Burrell. Christmas cards will be exchanged within the congregation.
Other activities include: Friday, 10 a.m., devotions at the Walter Reed Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center and at 11:15, devotions at the Gloucester House; Saturday, 9 a.m., Officials Ministry meeting at the church.
The sermon title of Dr. Douglas Nagel of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “The Carol of the Small.” The Advent worship series will use Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” as the background for the message of the Incarnation.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
“We’re Talking 500 Elephants Per Second” will be the sermon title of Dr. Larry Toney at Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass, at 10 a.m. Sunday. Adult Sunday School Class is studying “Jesus and the Gospel” via video lessons at 9 o’clock. The Senior Adult Group Christmas Gathering will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Deadline to sign up will be Sunday. The program will be a mystery spaghetti dinner; everyone is to bring an appetizer or dessert. For more information, call 804-642-4965.
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 “Unusual Christmas Gifts to Give.” Special music will be provided by Island Praise and Donna Alexander.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will observe the third Sunday in Advent at regular services this week.
Lay Visitors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Kingston Parish House library.
Lighthouse Worship Center
The children of Little Lights Childcare Center and Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, have joined together for the Christmas play, “The Great Christmas Giveaway!” at 6 p.m. Sunday. The cost of admission is one canned food item per person, which will be donated to the Bread for Life food pantry.
The sermon title of the Rev. Brian Kramer of Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, at the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “Shepherds in the Field Abiding.”
Children will participate in a birthday party for Jesus from 10-11a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. A living nativity will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, will hold a free dinner and a movie, “Polar Express,” on Saturday at the church. A discussion of spiritual implications will follow the movie.
Advent Bible Study is held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the church through Dec. 20.
A living nativity will be performed on church grounds from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 16-18. The church will also be open during that time for refreshments and fellowship.
New Creation Ministries
The sermon title of Pastor Cheryl Forrest of New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Trust God.” A Christmas program, “The Joys of Christmas,” will be held at 4 p.m., featuring the Mighty Echoes, the Soul Consolers, the Men of Shabach and the youth choir of Antioch Baptist Church.
A men’s fellowship breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Minister Lovie Brown will teach the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible study, “Word and Power.”
New Mt. Zion Baptist
The topic at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school in New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will be “The Forerunner of the Saviour.” The sermon title of the Rev. Vincent Pryor at the 11 o’clock service will be “The Gift.”
The Food Ministry will be available from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of the Rev. Thomas Bunting, pastor of New Point Friends Church, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Mighty God.”
The sermon title of Pastor Mike Gray of Newington Baptist Church, Gloucser, at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service will be “I See Mercy.” The Christmas cantata, “God Coming Down,” will be held at 6 p.m. A cookie and punch reception will follow.
The church will host the GUEST program from Monday to Monday, Dec. 19.
The Senior Adults of Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will hold a Christmas party at 10 a.m. today.
Other activities include: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., youth will have a nursing home free gift shop; Sunday, 4:30 p.m., AWANA Sparks will visit the nursing home; Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Youth Council meets, and Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., prayer gathering.
The Weekday Learning Center of Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, will hold a Christmas program at noon today. Commission Keepers Group will meet at 6:30 tonight.
Other activities include: Friday, 6 p.m., youth Christmas party; Saturday, 6 p.m., Christ Cultivator’s Christmas Party; Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Young at Heart Christmas luncheon, and Church Council meets at 6:30 p.m.
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, will hold adult Bible study and children’s activities at 6:30 tonight. A meal will not be provided; Thursday’s Kitchen will resume on March 2, 2017.
A men’s prayer breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday; ladies are invited. Jim Drummond will lead the breakfast.
The children’s Christmas musical program, “Fact or Fiction: The Christmas Edition,” will be presented at 10:50 a.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. Titled “Disciple Fast Track”, a Bible study led by Glenn Mantell will begin at 6 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring a snack to share.
The Agape Circle will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the dining room of Riverside Convalescent Center-Mathews, to sing Christmas carols to the residents.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
On Tuesday, Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, Guinea, will hold the Morning Glory prayer meeting at 5 a.m. Pastor Lady Denson will speak on “Breathe On Us Again,” during the noon Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study.
A free clothes and food jamboree give-away will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. A release noted that donations of clothing for men, women, boys, girls and infants are being accepted. Call 804-642-5132 or 804-642-0222 for more information.
The choir of Severn Church, Naxera, will sing one of its Christmas cantata songs, “Bethlehem Morning” at the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
The young adults date night scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled.
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title for Pastor Calvin Griffin of Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Faith and Patience.” Sunday school, “Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break,” will be held at 9:45.
The United Methodist Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Brownie Bartley.
Monday Bible study, chapter 4, “Bathsheba,” from the book, “Underdogs and Outsiders” will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Wednesday Bible study, chapter 3, “God is with Us” from the book, “Sent,” will be held at 7 p.m. at the church.
The sermon series, “Love Came Down,” the blessings from the mouth of Jesus, taken from the Beatitudes, will be given by partners of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, during the 9 a.m. Sunday service. The Unity Choir will sing. Live stream of the service will be on http://watch.teamsbc.com at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday Bible study will focus on the Beatitudes.
Spring Hill Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Chuck McDaniel of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “All in a Name!” Earl Robins and the church choir will have special music. A covered-dish dinner will follow the service to kick off Lottie Moon International Missions.
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 “Unclaimed and Unwanted.”
Susanna Wesley United Methodist
Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Ordinary, will hold a free “Blessings Dinner” from 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The First United Baptist
The sermon title of Pastor E. Randolph Graham of the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Experiencing Joy while Enduring.” The Mass Choir will sing.
The youth of Union Baptist Church, Achilles, will hold a Christmas party and visit the Outlet Mall at 5 p.m. Friday. A Christmas banquet is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday; reservations are required.
The Team Kids Store is requesting donations of flashlights, wallets, tools, LED closet lights, manicure kits, watches and jewelry by Sunday. Call the church office at 804-642-2332 for more information. “Bird’s Eye View of the Bible,” taught by Senior Pastor Rodney Autry, will conclude at 6 p.m. Sunday with a special view of Revelation.
Angel Tree gifts for students at Achilles Elementary School are due by Wednesday.
The community is invited to a musical presentation by the Music Ministry, “Glory Divine, The Splendor of Christmas,” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, in the sanctuary.
Donations are being accepted to support the Weekend Warriors Snack Pack Program for Achilles Elementary School students. For more information, call the church office.
The sermon title of Pastor Tim Dice of Westville Christian Church, Mathews, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Prepare for a Surprise.” At the 9:45 Bible Café, after a light breakfast, attendees will discuss the affirmation of The Promise.
Disciples Men will host a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall.
Zion Hill Baptist
The Rev. André McCloud, associate minister of Third Baptist Church, Hampton, will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Zion Hill Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Youth Choir will sing.
Zion Poplars Baptist
Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will present its Christmas service and dinner at 2 p.m. Saturday. The service will feature the choirs from Rising Valley Baptist, James Store, Union Zion Baptist, Ware Neck and Zion Poplars Baptist churches. Youth presentations will be made from First Baptist, Ordinary, Praise Team of New Mt. Zion Baptist, Woods Cross Road and Zion Poplars. Minister Maxine Paige of Hampton, will be the worship leader.