Special church activities and services are announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
The annual community Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today in Abingdon Episcopal Church, Gloucester. The dinner is free and open to the public, a release said.
The Blessing of the Crèches will be held on Sunday. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree will be displayed on Sunday. The church has committed to provide for 75 Angel tags. Stop by the office to adopt an angel.
Abundant Harvest Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastors Wil Early and Gloria Savage-Early of Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester, at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service will be “Giving Thanks.”
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 services will be “Signs of the Times.”
A light breakfast will be served at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Warren Belvin Fellowship Hall, followed by the annual Chrismon tree and sanctuary decorating.
On Tuesday, JOY Circle will have a dinner fellowship in lieu of its regular meeting. All ladies are invited to meet in the front parking lot of the church at 6 p.m. to carpool to Olive Garden in Williamsburg.
Bethel United Methodist
Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, will hold a combined Sunday school with St. Matthew UMC at 9 a.m. Sunday at Bethel. Children will meet in their regular classes. A combined worship service will be held at 10:30.
An Advent Bible study, “Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas,” will be held at St. Matthew UMC at 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Dec. 1.
Central United Methodist
The sermon title of the Rev. John Choi, pastor of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, at 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “How to Prepare for the End Time.” Since it’s the fifth Sunday, Sunday school will be at 9 o’clock. Members will worship at 2:15 p.m. at the Mathews Convalescent Center with a song service.
Church of Abraham
The sermon title of Pastor Sheron P. Green of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, at the 8 a.m. Sunday service will be “Partners in Faith, Part 3.” The Seed of Faith praise team will lead the praise and worship. There will be no 1 p.m. fellowship service.
Revival services will be held at 7 p.m. next Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 4. Guests will be: Wednesday, Pastor-elect Ward Warren and First Baptist, Ordinary; Thursday, Dec. 3, Pastor Kevin Smith and Wayland Baptist, Beaverlett, and Friday, Dec. 4, Pastor Johnny Wallace and Zion Baptist, Cardinal.
Church of the Living Word
The sermon title of Bishop Gregory Woodard of the Church of the Living Word, Hayes, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “Unto Him.”
The book of Job will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, will serve a community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-2 pm. today. All are invited. For more information, or to RSVP, call the church office. It is the church’s goal that no one has Thanksgiving alone, a release said.
Pastor Chris Morgan will give a “Special Communion Message” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service.
On Wednesday, Pastor Debbie Morgan will continue the series “Love the Way to Victory” at 10 a.m. Mr. Morgan will continue the series “Give No Place to the Devil” at 7 p.m.
Pastor Werlie Hendrix of Faith Baptist Church, Bohannon, will preach from I Timothy chapter 4 during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. Special music will be by the Praise Team.
First Baptist, Mathews
First Baptist Church, Mathews, will hold a Christmas bazaar from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. All interested vendors are to notify Cathy Dixon at 804-221-8054 or Connie Willis at 725-9308. There is a $25 fee for vendor tables, and payment is due by Nov. 27. Nurses will be on site to check blood pressures.
First Baptist, Ordinary
First Baptist Church, Ordinary, will hold a “Hanging of the Greens” service and fellowship at 6 p.m. Monday. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish.
The Rev. Ward Warren, pastor-elect, will be the guest speaker at 7 p.m. Wednesday for revival services at Church of Abraham, Ordinary.
First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, will hold a “Unity” service at 10 a .m. Sunday. There will also be a “Hanging of the Greens” service.
The Gospel Group Singers for Christ will sing at 5 p.m. Sunday in Glebe Landing Church, Middlesex. For more information, call Gene Zumbia at 757-875-3535.
Gloucester Union Relief Association
The Gloucester Union Relief Association will hold its annual Thanksgiving Day service at 10 a.m. at Union Zion Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Rev. Jon Wright of Williamsburg, will deliver the message and the Combined Male Community Choir will sing, directed by Lee Rice.
On Saturday and Sunday the Association will meet at Morning Glory Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads. The Executive Board will meet at 10 a.m.; all members are encouraged to attend. The Institute Session will follow at 11 o’clock. The Rev. Fred Carter, pastor of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, will be the Institute instructor. Church school will be held at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, followed by “Youth Worship” service, directed by Tracey Turner Ellis. The Rev. Willie Dickerson, pastor of Union Zion Baptist Church, Ware Neck, will render the message.
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
The sermon title of the Rev. Larry Toney, guest preacher, at 10 a.m. Sunday service in Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass, will be “Agrippa the Awful.” The Nickel-a-Meal Offering will be taken at the service.
The Women’s Morning Circle will meet at the church at 10 o’clock Wednesday.
Gwynn’s Island Baptist
The sermon title of Dr. Ed Jordan of Gwynn’s Island Baptist at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “The Gift of a Wonderful Counselor.” The first Advent candle will be lit and Joan Foster will provide special music.
Highway to Heaven Biker
The sermon title of Allen Dougherty at 9 a.m. Sunday in Highway to Heaven Biker Church, 6265 Professional Drive, Gloucester, will be “Grace.” Music will be by the Nunns.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, will hold a Thanksgiving Day Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. in Kingston Chapel at the parish house. The community Thanksgiving dinner will follow, beginning at 11:30 and lasting until 1:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Advent wreath-making will take place at the parish house following the worship service. On Monday, the Finance Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. and the Vestry will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the library. The Endowment Committee will meet Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Lighthouse Worship Center
Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, will hold open auditions from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5 and from 3-6 p.m. Dec. 6 for the upcoming Easter production of “The Living Passover.” For more information, go to http://www.thelivingpassover.com/auditions.html.
Macedonia Baptist Church, Foster, will begin the Advent season at 11 a.m. Sunday with the message “The Voice of the Prophets: The Fuller’s Soap.”
Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, will observe the first Sunday of Advent at its 8:30 and 11 a.m. services.
The church will observe the “Week of Prayer for International Missions” Sunday through Sunday, Dec. 6.
Mathews Chapel United Methodist
Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, will hold a “Hanging of the Greens” service, including lighting the Advent wreath and special readings at 11 a.m. Sunday.
A special Advent Bible study will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, led by Pastor Lisa Blackmonson at the church.
New Hope Independent Baptist
New Hope Independent Baptist Church, Ark, will hold a special Thanksgiving worship service beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday followed by a covered-dish luncheon at 12:30 p.m. An early afternoon worship service will begin at 2 o’clock and will include a SIngspiration and Birthday Bash to celebrate November birthdays and anniversaries. There will be no evening service.
A special prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor Bill Lawson of New Point Friends Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “In the Meantime: Between the First and Second Coming.” A joint service will be held at 6 p.m. at Peniel Friends Church, Onemo. Mr. Lawson will speak.
David Wilson will speak at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services in Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester. There will no evening services.
Other activities include: Friday, 3 p.m., youth will serve at Peninsula Rescue Mission; Monday, 7 p.m., Revelation Bible study, and Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., deacons will meet.
Providence Baptist Church, Ordinary, will celebrate “Youth Sunday/Lottie Moon Christmas Offering emphasis week of prayer” at its 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services. The sermon title of Pastor Tag Kilgore will be “Walk with God.” A “Hanging of the Greens” service will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Other activities include: Monday, 11:30 a.m., Children’s Council meeting and 6:30 p.m., Church Council meeting, and Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., called business meeting.
The sermon title at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will be “God Provides” from the series, “Hello My Name Is.”
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
The sermon title of Pastor Meghan Clayton at the 10:50 a.m. Sunday service in Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, will be “The Songs of Faith: Psalms and Prophecies.”
The Administrative Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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 “There Is Something About That Name—JESUS.” The Morning Glory prayer meeting will begin at 5 a.m.
Severn Church, Naxera, will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent during its 11 a.m. service. The youth will meet at the church at 6 p.m. for food, fun and fellowship.
The Joyful Hands Women’s Circle will collect gently used coats to donate to the clothes closet to help those in need, through Sunday, Dec. 6. All sizes are needed. The coats can be dropped off at the church.
The sermon title of Pastor Fred Carter of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Walking Together.” The Rev. Rose Jackson will teach “Thessalonica, Berea, Athens” at the 10 o’clock Sunday school. The missionaries will celebrate their 34th anniversary at 3 p.m. Ethel Durden of New Beech Grove Baptist Church, Newport News, will be the guest speaker. Light refreshments will be served.
Kathleen Driver will teach the 7 p.m. Tuesday Bible study, “Exodus 25.”
Singleton United Methodist
Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, will hold a Thanksgiving breakfast and service at 8 a.m. today.
The sermon title of Pastor Calvin Griffin at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Be Ready.”
Monday Bible study will meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. to view and discuss “Not a Silent Night,” chapter 4, “Mary, Full of Grace.”
Wednesday Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. at the church to discuss chapter 5, “Give More” from the “Advent Conspiracy.”
The sermon title of Pastor Julian Joyner of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 9 a.m. Sunday will be “Giving, Part 5.” The Unity Choir will sing.
St. Matthew United Methodist
St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Peary, will hold a combined worship service with Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Bethel UMC.
An Advent Bible study, “Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas,” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Dec. 1.
Susanna Wesley United Methodist
The Fish and Loaves Ministry of Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Ordinary, will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday. At 6 o’clock, the Kids Kwir will meet and the SENT study will meet.
On Tuesday, the T2W ladies will meet at 7 p.m. and the Carol’s Crafters will meet at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The youth of Union Baptist Church, Achilles, are sponsoring a luminary fundraiser to raise money to fund the youth mission trip and other activities. A Grand Illumination will be held outside the church at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. The luminaries are $5 each and must be ordered by Sunday. Contributions are tax deductible with checks payable to Union Baptist Church. Call the church office at 642-2332 for more information.
A Lottie Moon Mission Study will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The ingathering for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions will be held during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 13.