Services and activities in local churches are announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Bishop Susan Goff will be at Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, for the annual visitation on Sunday, Aug. 7. A reception in honor of the bishop and the new confirmations will follow the service.
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 “Faith that Strengthens during Life’s Struggles.”
Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, will not have Sunday school this week. Morning worship will be at 10 o’clock.
Bellamy United Methodist
Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will wrap up its Vacation Bible School week with music from the children at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. A potluck will follow in the Fellowship Hall. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a service of Prayer and Sacrament at the outdoor worship center, weather permitting. The service will be held in the sanctuary, if necessary.
Bethany United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Debbie Marion of Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “This Very Day Our Lives are Being Demanded of Us.”
“Soul Café,” an evening of casual worship, great music, and fellowship, will begin at 6 o’clock Friday in the Warren Belvin Fellowship Hall.
Bethel United Methodist
Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, will hold Vacation Bible School Family Fun Night at 6:30 Friday.
A combined Sunday school will begin at 9 a.m. and children will meet in their regular classes. A combined worship service will follow at 10:30 with St. Matthew UMC at Bethel. There will not be any early worship service at 8:30.
Central United Methodist
Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, will hold a Fifth Sunday joint service at 10 a.m. The sermon title of Pastor John Choi will be “New Meaning of Riches for a Life-Transplant Patient.” A presentation, “Dare to Prepare: An Hour of Disaster Preparation Learning,” will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. Guest speaker will be Virginia Conference Case Manager Stephanie Hunt. It will also include door prizes, a craft project for youth and conclude with a hot dog lunch. Sunday school will begin at 9 o’clock.
The church’s annual picnic will be held from 2-9 p.m. Monday at the Mathews Yacht Club, with dinner at 6 o’clock.
Church of Abraham
Church of Abraham, Ordinary, will present its first Family Connection Day on Saturday. Families will be “Connected in Christ” at noon at the Abingdon Ruritan Club, Hayes; this is a community event that will include fellowship, food, and fun for the family, a release said.
There will be a rehearsal for all who wish to be a part of the “Family Connection Day Community Praise Team” at 7 p.m. Friday at the church and at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ruritan Club. If you are interested in joining the team call the church at 804-642-4700 and leave a message.
The sermon title of Pastor Sheron P. Green at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “All in the Family.” The Seed of Faith praise team will lead the praise and worship. There will be no 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. 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 “Walking with God.”
The book of Galatians will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
First Baptist, Mathews
First Baptist Church of Mathews, will celebrate its annual homecoming with services at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.
First Baptist, Ordinary
First Baptist Church, Ordinary, will hold a Family and Friends Committee meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
On Monday, devotions will be given at 10:30 a.m. at Walter Reed Convalescent Center; the NAACP will meet at 7 p.m.
The sermon title of Dr. Douglas Nagel, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “What’s in a Name?”
Gloucester Point Baptist
Gloucester Point Baptist Church continues its sports camp, teaching skills in soccer, flag football, golf and more, for children ages 4-12 from 6-8:30 p.m. through Friday.
Gloucester Union Relief of Missionary Baptist
The Gloucester Union Relief of Missionary Baptist will celebrate its 150th anniversary this weekend. A banquet will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Abingdon Ruritan Club, Bena. The Rev. Dr. Robert Diggs of Petersburg will be the guest speaker.
There will be no Saturday sessions.
Church school will be held at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester. A worship service will follow with the Rev. Stevens Burrell, president of Union Relief, as speaker.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
“The Placebo Effect” will be the sermon title of the Rev. Larry Toney, guest preacher, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service in Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass. Adult Sunday school class will study “Jesus and the Gospels” through a series of video lectures at 9 o’clock.
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 “Introducing the Unknown God.” The church choir will provide special music.
A church business meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will continue adult Sunday school during the summer at the regular time. Sunday’s service will be held in Kingston Chapel at 10:30 a.m. at the parish house. The Rev. Doug Geddes will conduct the service.
Many in the parish family will join Abingdon and Ware parishes for Shrine Mont Parish Weekend in Orkney Springs, from Friday through Sunday.
Lighthouse Worship Center
An American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday in the Family Life Center. Reserve a spot online at http://www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code LWC.
The women’s trio, Grace Mortimer, Helen Lee, and Janet Bowman, will perform “O Sinner Man” during the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
The congregation and visitors of Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, are invited to bring school supplies that will be donated to Mathews Social Services for the coming school year at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Starting Monday, a Bereavement Support Group will meet for five Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. Joel Calhoun, Bereavement Coordinator for Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, will be the facilitator. All are welcome who have experienced a loss and the grief associated with it, a release said. Call Phyllis Buchanan at 804-725-5114 for more information.
New Creation Ministries
The sermon title of Pastor Cheryl Forrest of New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Born to be a Blessing.” Minister Lovie Brown will teach the 10 o’clock Principles of Life Class. The 20th church and pastor anniversary service will begin at 5 p.m. Guest speaker will be Pastor Annette Johnson of Ambassadors for Jesus Christ Church in Hampton. She will be accompanied by her praise team.
Assistant Pastor Vernon Monroe will speak at the 7 p.m. Wednesday Word and Power Bible study.
New Point Friends
The Rev. Frank Carter of Chesapeake, will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in New Point Friends Church. The church will meet at 6 p.m. at Peniel Friends Church, Onemo, for a joint service.
Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, continues its Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through Friday.
The Nominating Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday and the deacons 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 “Convicted and Compassionate.”
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, will hold “beach worship” at 8 a.m. Sunday at Haven Beach, Diggs. John Michael Clark will speak. The sermon title of Pastor Meghan Roth Clayton, pastor, at 10:50 will be “God’s Wealth.” A sub and homemade ice cream social will begin at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a Gaither Gospel music video. Donations are welcome for the Mortgage Fund.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry
Pastor Lady Denson of Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship Ministry, Guinea, will speak during the noon Tuesday Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study. The Morning Glory prayer meeting will begin at 5 o’clock.
Pastor Bill West of Severn Church, Naxera, will preach about the stories behind the hymns at 11 a.m. Sunday. He will be accompanied by the church choir.
The youth will leave the church at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday to go to Water Country USA.
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title for Pastor Calvin Griffin of Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Seeing the Love of God.” A covered-dish meal will follow the service.
Monday Bible study will resume at 9:30 a.m. at the church to discuss week four, days four and five from the book, “This I Know for Sure.”
Pastor Ju Joyner of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will preach from the sermon series, “Spiritual Intent,” during the 9 a.m. Sunday service. First Lady Trin’ea Joyner will be celebrated. The Unity Choir will sing.
Spring Hill Baptist
Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, will celebrate “Christmas in July” at 11 a.m. Sunday. The sermon title of Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor, will be “The Other Birth.” Team Ruth will share about the partnership mission in Tanzania, Africa. Community Fellowship Night will continue at 6 p.m. with the music of Faith Kemp and friends. A special dinner will follow the program. The Vacation Bible School program, “Submerged,” will also be available for children.
St. Matthew United Methodist
St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Peary, will hold a combined worship service with Bethel UMC, Onemo, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Bethel.
St. Paul Baptist
St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, will host the Gloucester Union Relief Association service at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The youth of Union Baptist Church, Achilles, will depart the church at 6:30 tonight for an evening of roller skating.
Other activities include: Monday, 6 p.m., the Nursing Home Ministry will visit patients in local health care facilities; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., “Summer Nights” for children finishing kindergarten through fifth grade meets in Edwards Union Hall and Carla Hook teaches the series, “The Persecuted Church,” for the youth and 7 o’clock, “Bird’s Eye View of the Bible.”
The Women’s Ministry of Wayland Baptist Church, Beaverlett, will hold a women’s weekend celebration Saturday and Sunday. A prayer breakfast, “The Heart of a Woman,” will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Sharon Lawrence, from the Heart Church Ministry of Temple Hills, Maryland, will be the guest speaker. A “Women of the Bible, Women in Color” program will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday. Various women of the community will speak.
The Bible Café of Westville Christian Church, Mathews, which meets at 9:45 each Sunday morning, will feature a study of the book of Philemon led by the Rev. Tim Dice. Light refreshments will be available prior to the start of the study. The sermon title of the Rev. Mr. Dice at the 11 o’clock service will be “Written on the Heart.” A special Fifth Sunday offering will be received dedicated to Home Missions.
Zion Poplars Baptist
Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will hold revival services at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 5. Guests will include: Monday, the Rev. Paul Pleasants and Calvary Baptist Church, Saluda; Tuesday, the Rev. David Spratley and Rising Sun Baptist Church, Lackey; Wednesday, the Rev. Larry Arrington and First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena; Thursday, Aug. 4, the Rev. Bradley Holmes and St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, and Friday, Aug. 5, the Rev. John Wright of Williamsburg. Music will be provided by John Smith and Anointed Vessels of Praise.
The 52nd annual homecoming service will be held at 3 pm. Sunday, Aug. 7.