Special church activities and services are announced
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Dr. John W. Herbst of Regent University will discuss Islam at 9:30 a.m. Sunday for the Adult Formation class of Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh. He is an ordained Baptist minister with Jewish maternal grandparents and is married to an Episcopal priest.
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 “Faith the Gauge of a Christian.”
Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, will take a motorcycle fellowship ride on Saturday. Riders will depart from Port Fun (next to Mathews High School) at 11 a.m. and Gloucester Walmart at 11:40 and continue to York County, up Interstate 64 to West Point to Tappahannock via routes 30 and 360, westbound to Route 3, back to Route198 in Mathews.
Annual revival services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 30. Guest preacher is a Mathews native, the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs Sr., pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Petersburg. Music will be rendered by First Baptist Choir (Tuesday), Antioch Singers (Wednesday), and Emmaus Baptist Choir (Thursday).
Beech Grove Baptist
Beech Grove Baptist Church, Coke, will begin revival services at 11 a.m. Sunday followed by lunch. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Eddie Heath who is the Mission Resource Consultant with Virginia Baptists. Evening services will be at 7 o’clock Sunday through Wednesday.
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 services will be “Important Hinges.”
The George Nelson Concert Series will present Michael Crabill in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. Crabill, an accomplished pianist, music director and opera coach, will play works by Clementi, Liszt and Schumann. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Rev. Jonathan Stubbs will preach at the 11 a.m. “Youth Sunday,” a casual dress service at Bethel Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Youth Choir will sing and youth will participate with readings and prayers.
Bethel United Methodist
Dr. Brandon Walker, who served for several years as missionary to Mozambique with Iris Ministries, will be the guest speaker at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services in Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo.
The second annual Smokin’ Chili Cookoff will be held Saturday, Nov. 1. Contact Nancy Rowe for entry forms. Arrive at 4 p.m. with your best chili for judging. Bring your appetite at 5 o’clock for fellowship and food.
Bethlehem United Methodist
Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Bena, will celebrate its 225th anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday. Speaker will be retired New England Conference Bishop Peter Weaver. His sermon title will be “Living Downstream.” There will be choir and handbell anthems. Music will be accompanied by a brass ensemble. Lunch will follow the service of celebration. An afternoon Gospel concert will be presented by Paul and Bessie Guthrie of Shacklefords.
Central United Methodist
The Rev. C. Edward Pruitt will preach at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services in Central United Methodist Church, Mathews. He served as pastor of Central and Salem United Methodist churches (the Mathews charge) for nine years (1969-1978). He went on to serve several other churches in the Virginia Conference, both as a pastor and District Superintendent, and is now retired.
Church of Abraham
The sermon title of Pastor Sheron Green of the Church of Abraham, Ordinary, at the 8 a.m. Sunday service will be “A Word to the Wise,” part 3. The Seed of Faith Praise team will lead praise and worship.
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 “Choose Life.”
The book of Revelation will be the 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study topic.
Pastor Chris Morgan of Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, will preach the series “Follow the Leader” at 10 a.m. Sunday.
On Wednesday, Pastor Debbie Morgan will continue the series “The Four Step Victory Plan” in the Healing Center from 10-11 a.m. and Pastor Chris Morgan will continue the series “The True Grace of God” at 7 p.m.
Pastor Werlie Hendrix of Faith Baptist Church, Bohannon, will preach from Revelation chapter 18 during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. Special music will be presented by the adult choir. Collections for Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes and dry goods for Hands Across Mathews will continue to be taken.
First Baptist Church, Ordinary, will host a “Women of Colors” prayer breakfast 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Baptist Church. For tickets call Shirley Grant, 804-815-8905; no tickets will be sold at the door.
“Woman’s Day” will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Helen Randall of Ephesus Baptist Church, West Point, will be the speaker.
First Morning Star Baptist
First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena, will hold a music celebration service at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Gospel Tones of Williamsburg will be special guests. A repast will follow the service.
Deacon Edward B. Washington will be the instructor at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school. The topic will be “Things Too Wonderful for Me.” The sermon title of the Rev. Larry J. Arrington, pastor, at the 11 o’clock service will be “Caution: This is a Godless Age.” Music will be rendered by the Fellowship Choir under the direction of Leander Myers.
Devotions will be given at 10 a.m. Friday at Riverside Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center, Saluda.
The sermon title of Pastor Doug Nagel of First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “The Content of Your Contentment.”
Gloucester Point Baptist
The sermon title of Gus Saunders at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Gloucester Point Baptist Church will be “Center Stage.”
Groves Memorial Presbyterian
The sermon title of Pastor Bill McCullough of Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “Questions and More Questions.”
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 “Overcoming Five Human Fears.” Special music will be provided by Tyrone Hudgins.
Kingston Episcopal Parish
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, announces Monday meetings and classes: 1 p.m., “The Creative God and the creative creature” class continues, Finance Committee meets at 3:30 p.m., vestry at 4:30 p.m. and book study at 7 p.m., all at the parish house on Main Street.
Lighthouse Worship Center
The sermon title of Pastor Ken Cramer of Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, at the 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday services will be “Transformed: How God Changes Us.”
Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, will hold “Fifth Quarter Youth Party” for grades 9-12 from 9:30 p.m.-midnight on Friday.
Wednesday night family meals continue at 5:50, followed by children/youth activities and adult Bible study.
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 “Have You Found It? If so, What are You Going to Do With It?” Food Pantry will also be Sunday and Confirmation Class will start with lunch at 12:30 p.m., followed by class from 1-2:30.
The Church Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
New Hope Independent Baptist
New Hope Independent Baptist Church, Ark, will hold fall revival services Sunday through Friday, Oct. 31. Guest evangelist will be Richard Harper. He received his Master of Theology degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary and awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Calvary Baptist Bible College in King, N.C., in 2012. He is the Independent Baptist evangelist with Determined Ministries in King.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call the church at 693-4753.
New Hope United Methodist
New Hope United Methodist Church, Glenns, will hold its annual Fall Festival on Saturday. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m., with activities beginning at 7 o’clock. Events include costume contest, trunk-or-treat, games, snacks and prizes. Children, come in your costumes, and adults, bring a decorated vehicle for the trunk-or-treat. The event is free, but donations will be accepted for “Imagine No Malaria,” where each $10 donation buys a life-saving bed net for malaria-prone areas of the world.
New Mt. Zion Baptist
New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will hold its church retreat on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Cheatham Annex Naval Base.
New Point Friends
The sermon title of Pastor Bill Lawson of New Point Friends Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Press On.”
Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will hold revival services Friday through Sunday. Services on Friday and Saturday will begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday services will be at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. David Daus of Georgia. A former pastor, he is a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force.
Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, will hold “Love for Ethan Benefit Concert” at 6 o’clock tonight.
On Sunday, Operation Child Shoebox donations will be collected. A Children’s Council meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m.
Trunk or Treat for AWANA children will be held at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.
The sermon title at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will be “Honor of the Church.”
A Harvest Party will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Lead Pastor Patrick Billups of Relevant Church, Mathews, will preach “Let Go” at 10 a.m. Sunday. RelKids (ages 2-10) will meet during the service with the lesson, “Do Not be Afraid.” Rel Group will meet at 7 p.m.; Pastor Carmaleta Billups will begin her series, “Life Happens.”
Rising Valley Baptist
Pastor Darry O. Echols of Rising Valley Baptist Church, James Store, will celebrate his 14th anniversary as pastor of Rising Valley, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The service will include a “sing-out,” featuring singers from Gloucester, Mathews and Newport News. The Rev. Stevens Burrell will be the worship leader.
The celebration will continue at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Calvin Rideau and the Immanuel Baptist Church, Saluda, will be the guests.
Salem United Methodist, Diggs
The sermon title of Pastor Brian Johnson of Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, at 10:50 a.m. Sunday service will be “God’s Story: (New) Creation.” Tracy Gaskins will speak at the 8 a.m. worship service at Haven Beach. Youth Group will meet from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the parsonage and Glenn Mantell will lead the 6:30 Bible study, “I am a Church Member.”
Thursday’s Kitchen menu will include lasagna at 5:45 p.m., followed by Bible studies.
Women’s Bible study on book of Ruth will begin at 9 a.m. Monday and men’s prayer breakfast will be 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship
Prophet Melvin Holmes will be the guest speaker at Samuel Word of Freedom Fellowship for the Supernatural Harvest Month Celebration service at 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 642-0222 or 642 5132.
Severn Church, Naxera, will hold a “Trunk or Treat” harvest celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Green Hand Farm Park for children fifth grade and under. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
A youth fellowship will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Donald Driver will teach the 10 a.m. Sunday school class in Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester. The lesson topic will be “Hope Satisfies.”
Kathleen Driver will teach the 7 p.m. Tuesday Bible study from the book of Genesis.
Singleton United Methodist
The sermon title of Pastor Calvin Griffin of Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Guide to Serving.” The 9:30 Sunday school topic will be “The Best is Yet to Come.”
On Monday, Bible study will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Peggy Crittenden with the study of the new book, “Travel the Highways of Advent.”
The Andy Griffith study episode, “The Great Filling Station Robbery,” will be about “Discernment” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Dr. Stephen J. Daniels Sr. of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, continues his sermon series, “Right Relationship with God,” at 9 a.m. Sunday. The Unity Choir will sing.
Soul Food Wednesday begins at 6:30 p.m., with discussion of the books of Joel through Obadiah and “The World and the Word.”
Spring Hill Baptist
Spring Hill Baptist Church will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. Sunday for those who died during the church year 2013-2014. Deacons John Mckone, Ben Seawell, and Raymond Sykes; and Marion Trusch, Scott Campbell, Eddie O’Berry and Wayne Gibson will be remembered. The sermon title of Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor, will be “Shadow of Your Wings!” A harvest-fest covered-dish luncheon will follow.
St. Matthew United Methodist
Dr. Brandon Walker, who served for several years as missionary to Mozambique with Iris Ministries, will be the guest speaker at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday service in St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Peary.
St. Paul Baptist
The Ushers’ Ministry of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, will celebrate their anniversary during the 11 a.m. Sunday. The Ushers’ Ministry of Union Zion Baptist Church, Ware Neck, will be the guests. The sermon title of Pastor Bradley Holmes will be “Come Alive, You Are in the Pepsi Generation!”
Susanna Wesley United Methodist
The Fish and Loaves Ministry of Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Ordinary, will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday.
There will be a mandatory meeting for ushers and greeters after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.
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 Joy in Serving God.” The Male Chorus will sing.
Union Baptist Church, Achilles, will hold “Chili and Jeans” night at 6:30 tonight in Edwards Union Hall. Youth girls’ Bible study pizza party will also be held at 6:30 p.m. at Sal’s Pizza, Hayes.
A free fall festival will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Activities will include pumpkin-painting, moonwalk, balloon animals, hayrides, cake and cookie walks, games and food.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock
Claire Guthrie Gastañaga will present “Journey to Marriage Equality in Virginia” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock, White Stone.
Westville Baptist Church, Mathews, will hold a deacon ordination and baptism of new members at 11 a.m. Sunday. Light refreshments will be served at 10:45.
The sermon title of the Rev. Tim Dice of Westville Christian Church, Mathews, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “Be All That You Can Be.”
“Music a la Mode,” a hymn sing, will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by a reception with pie and ice cream.
Zion Poplars Baptist
Minister Andy Veney of New Visions Church will preach at 11 a.m. Sunday in Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester. There will be “Old Time Gospel” congregational singing. A fall rally service will be held at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Bradley Holmes, and congregation of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, rendering the service.