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Church activities: Aug. 24, 2013

Anniversaries/homecomingsProvidence Baptist Church, Rocky Step Road, Scott Depot, will have its homecoming Sunday at the church. Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. followed by a worship service at 11 a.m. Dinner will be served at noon. Bring a covered dish. Singing begins at 1:30 p.m. and Born of the Spirit will sing. There will be no Sunday evening service.Maranatha Bible Missionary Baptist Church, 504 King Ave., Madison, will have first lady appreciation day for Cassandra Woods at 3 p.m. today at the church as part of the Second Pastoral anniversary for the Rev. Shawn P. Woods. Guest speaker will be Minister Tamika Henry of Central Community Tabernacle Church, Charleston. The service culminates Sunday with the Rev. Richard Sparks speaking at 11 a.m. and the Rev. James Jackson Sr., choir and congregation of Levi First Missionary Baptist Church, Rand, as speaker at the 3:30 p.m. service. Dinner will be served immediately following the morning worship service.Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate pre-anniversary activities leading up to the 93rd church anniversary. Marshall Arts Enterprise Photography will be taking photo shots from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31. Family and individual pictures are available for a fee, along with other photo packages offered. Upcoming events will be West Virginia Mountaineer Game Day activities; a movie night at the church, and a cake walk and hot dog sale. For information, contact Krissy Booker at 304-513-6036 or Iris Coleman at 304-444-3101.The Mount Olivet Ministers' Wives and Widows Council will celebrate its anniversary at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Smithers located in Smithers. The Rev. Larry Smith will be guest speaker. The Rev. Freddie Davenport is the church pastor.MiscellaneousCross Lanes United Methodist Church will have a Back to School Bash from 6 to 8 pm. today at the church, located at 5320 Frontier Drive. Everything will be free including live music, hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, Huskey's Ice Cream, and a bounce house for the kids. For information, call 304-776-3081.The Achievers' Class of the Fifth Avenue Church of God in South Charleston will open its Clothes Closet from 10 a.m. to noon today at the church. Clothes are free to families and individuals in need. Visitors should enter the church from the E Street side of the building. Free parking is available in the rear of the church. For information, call Ruth Hunt at 304-744-5062.The Loudendale Church of the Nazarene's Ladies Lift will have a hot dog and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at the church.Paradise Island of Christian WV will have a free clothing giveaway at 1 p.m. today at the gospel shed, located on W.Va. 80 in Logan County, between Man and Gilbert. For information, call 304-583-2825 or visit www.paradiseislandwv.Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 2150 Mount Vernon Road, Hurricane, is accepting pre-registration at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday for the AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) children's club program. The first session will be held at 645 p.m. Sept. 4 and is for ages 2 through sixth grade. Parents should enter with their children at the west entrance of the church to the Fellowship Hall and follow signs. Parents are invited to remain for Bible study and prayer. The Rev. David White is associate pastor of Outreach and Discipleship. Sandi Payne is AWANA director. For information, call the church at 304-757-9119, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays.Trinity United Methodist Women are now taking reservations for tables for the public to sell their crafts, etc., at their fall festival. The rental cost is $10. To reserve a space, call 304-345-3980. Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, 5320 Frontier Drive, Cross Lanes, will sponsor a six-week course exploring basic caregiving, resources available to the patient and caregiver, financial issues regarding care, grief and loss, palliative care and hospice care. "Care for the Caregiver: A Basic Workshop" will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 8, 15 and 22. For information, call 304-776-3081. For reservations, call 304-941-1950.Mount Tabor Church in Pinch will have an indoor rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 at the church. Breakfast items, baked goods and sodas will be for sale.The Root and Branch Inc. is sponsoring "An Evening of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Dialogue," from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Columbia Gas Transmission Cafeteria. Topics for discussion: "Eschatology: A Look at Both Monotheistic and Polytheistic Traditions" and "End of Days." Guest panelist will be Dr. Robert Newman, professor emeritus, University of Charleston, and director of the Lay Academy of First Presbyterian Church of Charleston. Regular panelists: Rabbi Victor Urecki, B'nai Jacob Synagogue; Monsignor P. Edward Sadie, The Basilica of Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral; and Dr. Imam Hague, WV Islamic Association, all of Charleston. Hazel Crowley is moderator. Refreshments will be featured. There is no charge and the public is welcome. Call 304-768-5571 or 304-415-2604 or email
Music The 63rd Annual West Virginia Mountain State Gospel Singers Convention will be held 7 p.m. nightly, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Labor Day weekend. All singers are welcome. Free camping is available. Donations will be accepted for the sing, which includes soloists, duets, trios and quartets. Special invitation only singing for trios and quartets will be held from 2 to 11 p.m. Sept. 7. There are 12 singing groups selected by Convention Board of Directors and each has 30-minute singing rounds. The convention grounds are located 5 miles south of Summersville, Nicholas County, off U.S. 19. Follow W.Va. 129 East for 1 mile. Camping is available. Visit the website at or call Faye or Carl Bostic at 304-872-2074, 304-619-1922 or 304-872-1977 for information.The Second West Virginia Accordion Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Life United Methodist Church, 1564 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont. Along with fellow accordionists from Canada and the United States, will be Five-time National Accordion Champion, William H. (Bill) Cosby. A freewill offering will be taken. Contact Mike Takash at 304-366-1456 for information.The 51st Southern Gospel Sing will be held at 6 p.m. today at Paradise Island of Christian WV, located on W.Va. 80, Logan County, between Man and Gilbert. The Passion Trail will be featured at 10 p.m. A sing will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday and will be followed by a homecoming dinner at 1:30 p.m. For information, call 304-583-2825 or visit www.paradiseislandwv.
Heartcry will sing at 7 p.m. Sunday at Sharon Church of God, Cabin Creek Road, Dry Branch.Parsons Chapel Church, 1449 6th Ave., will have a service at 6 p.m. Sunday, featuring the group Praising Hymn.
The Believers will sing at 2:30 p.m. today during an outdoor gospel sing at Holly Memorial Baptist Church on Spring Hill Mountain, South Charleston; at 7 p.m. today at Red Oak Community Church on Red Oak Drive, Nitro; at 11 a.m. Sunday during homecoming services at Georges Creek Independent Baptist Church on Georges Creek Road at Rand; at 7 p.m. Sunday at Thorofare Community Church on Thorofare Road near Clendenin; and at 7 p.m. Monday at Lucy Wilson Baptist Church on Wills Creek Road, Elkview.The Believers will sing at 7 p.m. today at Red Oak Christian Community Church, Red Oak Drive, Nitro. Pastor is Victor Keathley.The Heritage Quartet will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Community Church, 2902 Piedmont Road. Pastor is David Allen. Refreshments will follow the sing.Lucy Wilson Baptist Church, Wills Creek, Elkview, will feature the Believers at 7 p.m. Monday.The BrighterSide Quartet will sing at 6 p.m. today at Blue Bell Park, Spangler, and at 6 p.m. Sunday at Cross Road Baptist Church, Huntington.The Jay Humphreys Trio will be singing at 6 p.m. today at an outdoor sing at Holly Memorial Church, South Charleston. They will sing at noon Sunday at Lizemores Methodist Church, Lizemores; and at 6 p.m. Sunday at Union Valley Baptist Church, Sissonville.Paid in Full will sing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Holly Memorial Baptist Church Gospel Sing in South Charleston.The Doug Humphries Family from Ripley will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Charleston Mountain Mission Church, Seventh Avenue and Stockton Street. The church pastor is the Rev. Fairley McCormick. Assistant pastor is the Rev. Adam Null.Song evangelist Jim Edens is scheduled to sing at 3 pm. today at Holly Memorial Baptist Church, South Charleston.Rallies/revivalsAllens Fork Community Church, Allens Fork Road, Sissonville, will have campmeeting services at 7 p.m. nightly, Wednesday through Friday at the church. The Rev. Al Mendez of Ripley will speak Wednesday; the Rev. Ray Humphrey from Nitro will speak Thursday; and Evangelist Calvin Ray Evens of Pedro, Ohio, will speak Friday. The Allens Fork Church Choir will sing nightly and the Builders Quartet will sing Friday. Pastor is Jerry Bonnett. For information, call 304-988-3156.Special servicesGood Shepherd Free Will Baptist Church will have a praise and worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. D.J. Scarberry as speaker. Pastor Jason Black will preach at the 6 p.m. Sunday service and the Waugh Family will sing. The prayer meeting and youth group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The church is located at 5470 West Pea Ridge Road, Huntington.First Baptist Church of Montgomery will have its annual Family and Friends Day program at 3 p.m. Sunday. The special guest speaker will be Dr. Braxton Broady, Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Charleston, along with his choir and congregation. Refreshments will be served following the service.Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 442 McDonald St., South Charleston, will have the Rev. Mahlon Dungey as guest speaker for the 11 a.m. Sunday service.The Upper Kanawha Valley Ministers and Deacons Fellowship will have the Fourth Sunday Fellowship program at 7 p.m. Sunday at Eagle Central Baptist Church, Eagle. Speaker will be Minister Lawrence Washington, associate minister at Eagle Central Baptist Church.Unitarian Universalist Congregation will have a Hawaiian luau at 6 p.m. today at the church, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W. Authentic Hawaiian food and music, a tiki bar with "island drinks" will be for sale. Guests are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts and stay following the dinner for a game of Tri Peak Solitaire with prizes to be awarded. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door.

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