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Church activities: April 19, 2014


n First Baptist Church of Montgomery will be have a pre-anniversary musical for its pastor, Bishop Thomas R. Murray Jr., at 5 p.m. April 26 at the church. Featured groups will be Reunion, Spiritual Harmonizers and the Smith Family.

Easter programs/services

n Rensford Baptist Church’s choir and performing cast will present the Easter Cantata 2014, “From Calgary With Love ...,” written by Margie Pittman, at 7 p.m. today at the church. The pastor is Ed Jarrett.

n Paradise Island of Christian WV, located on W.Va. Route 80, between Man and Gilbert, near Verner, Logan County, will present “The Passion Trail, The Footsteps of Jesus,” featuring 175 scenes of the life of Christ on a half-mile walking trail at 7:30 p.m. today. A sing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and there will be food and refreshments. For information, call 304-583-2825 or 304-951-4126; Facebook: Priscella Cline Smith or visit

n Good Shepherd Free Will Baptist Church will have a sunrise service at 6 a.m. Sunday at the church with Pastor Jason C. Black speaking. A praise and worship service will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jason C. Black. An Easter egg hunt will be held at noon. The Rev. George Leese will speak at the 6 p.m. Easter Sunday service and the church choir will perform. A prayer meeting and youth group meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The church is at 5470 W. Pea Ridge Road, Huntington.

n United Disciples of Christ Church will have an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. today at the church, 100 United Disciples Drive, South Charleston. Bring your own basket. Age divisions include itty-bitty to 4 years, preschool to second grade, and third to fifth grades. There will be storytelling, a craft station, food and more. Call 304-925-7771 for information.

n Goldtown Community Church will have sunrise service at 6 a.m. Easter Sunday, followed by a special Easter service at 11 a.m. at the church, on W.Va. Route 21, a half-mile south of the Goldtown exit of Interstate 77. For information, contact Pam Gandee at 304-372-7831.

n Abundant Life Ministries will host a free Easter celebration and youth rally in memory of Damion Blaney at noon Sunday at the Clay Center. Musical guest will be the 2013 Female Gospel Artist of the Year, Stellar Award Winner, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard. The Easter service will also be a youth rally in memory of Damion Blaney, a 14-year-old who became a Christian during the April 4, 2010, Easter service. Blaney passed away eight days later. Emphasis will be placed on reaching out to the youth in the city. For information, contact Pastor Wayne Crozier at 304-342-0058 or

n The Easter cantata “Jesus Messiah,” created by Dennis and Nan Allen, will be presented by the choir at 6 p.m. Sunday at Spring Hill Baptist Church, 4707 Ohio St., South Charleston. Tim Whitener will direct with Gretchen Simpson accompanying the choir on the piano.

n Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church will have a “Jesus is Alive!” celebration of the resurrection of the Lord with the annual Flowering of the Cross Service and morning worship at 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday. The church is on the corner of Greenbrier and Quarrier streets. Use the chapel entrance on Greenbrier Street. Parking is available on the street or the parking lot behind the church.

n Living Water Worship Centre, 513 Patrick St., will have a Resurrection Sunday Celebration at noon Sunday at the church. A “Friday Night Live” event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Guest speaker will be Pastor B.J. Roberts along with the congregation of Kingdom Life Fellowship Church of Nitro. For more information, call 304-989-0655.

n King of Glory International Ministries will present their Resurrection Sunday Service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 302 Delaware Ave. Senior pastor is Apostle Tina M. Beatty. For information, call 304-720-5994.


n The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd., has a nonreligious discussion group that meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. It is an open forum, inviting all to participate. This Sunday, the book “Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care,” by Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon, will be discussed.

n A hot dog and bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 26 at Garrison Avenue Freewill Baptist Church, 597 Garrison Ave.

n Pastor Randy Carter will be preaching the message titled “The Cup” at 8 a.m. Sunday morning on WQCW.

n The Mount Olivet Women’s Missionary and Educational Convention Fourth Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held at 10 a.m. April 26 at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, contact Nawana Cole at 304-345-8694.

n Kanawha Valley Interfaith Council’s 64th annual luncheon with morning program will be held at 10 a.m. April 29 at the John XXIII Pastoral Center, 100 Hodges Road, off Corridor G, just south of Ashton Place. The theme will be “Understanding Our Neighbors: The Varieties of Jewish Experience.” Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The luncheon starts at noon. Guest speaker will be Rabbi James Cohn. The project will be West Virginia Rivers Coalition — Conserving and Restoring West Virginia Rivers. Tickets are $15, check or cash, and are available through Wednesday at PostNet, Ashton Place; 1111 Fledderjohn Road; or send check made out to KVIC Luncheon with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to PostNet. For information, call Sue Eisinger at 304-346-9767.

n The Root and the Branch Inc. has scheduled an evening of Jewish and Christian dialogue from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Columbia Gas Transmission cafeteria. The topic will be “Ask the Experts: What You Have Always Wanted to Ask a Rabbi, Priest/Pastor or Imam and Didn’t Have the Opportunity to Do So.” Panelists will be Monsignor P. Edward Sadie, Basilica of Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral; Rabbi Victor Urecki, Congregation B’nai Jacob; Imam Dr. Hamul Haque, West Virginia Islamic Association; and the Rev. Dr. Dennis Johnson, Baptist Temple, all of Charleston. Hazel Crowley will moderate. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 304-768-5571 or email The dialogue is sponsored by Imam Dr. Hamul Haque and the West Virginia Islamic Association.


n The Believers will be singing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Crossroads Community Church on Martins Branch Road, Sissonville.

n Triumphant Quartet will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Simpson Creek Baptist Church, 231 W. Philadelphia Ave., Bridgeport. They are the No. 1 Southern gospel quartet, voted by fans. Master’s Blend will sing at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. An offering will be taken. Call 304-842-3589 for more information.

n Mark Holmes will perform at 5 p.m. April 27 at Grace Bible Church, 600 Kanawha Blvd. W. Holmes will be retiring on the evening of his 43rd birthday and release of his new CD, “Finally, Favor Found Me.” Special guests include Dr. Ethel Caffie-Austin, Greater Emmanuel Mime and Dance Team, minister of music Timothy Courts, vocalist Cynthia Jordan-Taylor and Melody Jordan.

n A benefit gospel sing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 26 at Sissonville High School. A love offering will be taken. Refreshments are available. Proceeds will benefit medulloblastoma brain cancer patient Brandon Joseph, 4-year-old grandson of Barbara Vance. Proceeds will be used to help with travel expenses to Columbus, Ohio, and household needs for the family to care for Brandon’s illness. Performing will be the Tignors of Sissonville, Simply Bluegrass of Parkersburg and The Handyman Quartet from Browns Creek. For more information, contact Pastor Tim Warden and Sherri Warden of Chandler Drive First Baptist Church, 1420 Chandler Drive, or call 303-377-3911.

n The Men’s Choir of the Union Mission will be singing and giving personal testimonies at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mary Virginia Gospel Tabernacle, 830 Georges Creek Drive, Malden.

n The New Calvary Echoes will be ministering in song at 7 p.m. Sunday at Pocatalico Church, 7138 Sissonville Drive, across from the Top Spot Restaurant.

n The Singing Cookes perform at 7 p.m. May 3 at Sissonville High School. For information, call Orville McFarland at 304-549-7101.

n The BrighterSide Quartet will sing at 7 p.m. today at Little Kanawha Independent Church, Burnsville.

n David and Shelia Bowen will sing at 7 p.m. Monday at Lucy Wilson Baptist Church, Wills Creek, Elkview.

n The 2013-2014 Pipesounds Concert Series on the Harrah Symphonic Organ presents David F. Donathan performing Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” with a brass quintet and percussionist at 3 p.m. May 11 at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for students; and free for children under age 5. Tickets are available at the church office or Hurricane Floral, 2747 Main St., Hurricane. For more information, call 304-562-5903 or visit

n The Ward Cemetery Benefit Gospel Sing will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at the cemetery, 20 miles east of Charleston and 1 mile up Kellys Creek from Cedar Grove at the Ward Church of God. The sing will be held outdoors under a canopy. Featured singers will be Harbor Master’s Quartet, Eyes of Faith, the Rev. Jimmy McKnight, Zamar Gospel Ministry, Laborer’s Quartet, St. Paul’s All Male Chorus, BrighterSide Quartet and special guests. Hot dogs and baked goods will be for sale. Bring a lawn chair. Donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to mowing the Ward Cemetery. For more information, call 304-727-5695.


n Revival services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday and at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at Goldtown Community Church. Evangelist will be the Rev. Allen Stewart. The church is on W.Va. Route 21, a half-mile south of the Goldtown exit off Interstate 77. For information, contact Pastor Al Mendez at 304-372-1543.

n Revival services will begin May 4 at 6 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. weekdays at Good Shepherd Free Will Baptist Church, 5470 W. Pea Ridge Road, Huntington. Evangelists will be the Rev. David Heavner and the Rev. Don Davis. On May 4, singing by Laborer’s Quartet (southern gospel) with preaching by the Rev. Jason C. Black; May 5, Theresa Jeffries (southern gospel solo); May 6, Tignor Family (southern gospel trio); May 7, Langdons (southern gospel duet); May 8, Chadwick’s Creek Boys (bluegrass gospel quartet); May 9, Bluegrass Gospel Boys (bluegrass gospel quartet); May 10, Forgiven (southern gospel quartet) and May 11, Blessed (southern/bluegrass gospel quartet) with preaching by the Rev. Jason C. Black.

n Riverview Gospel Tabernacle will be having a revival nightly April 28-May 2 with Pastor Doyle Young. There will be singers every night.

n Maranatha Bible Missionary Baptist Church, 504 King Ave., Madison, will have spring revival services at 7 p.m. nightly, beginning April 30. The Rev. Shawn P. Woods is pastor. Guest speaker nightly will be the Rev. Dr. Vincent W. Coleman from Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Chesapeake.

Special services

n The Breath of Freshness Apostolic Ministries will have their Women’s Day program at 4 p.m. May 18 at Switzer Community Center, to the right as you enter Orchard Manor. The theme will be “Healing.” Women are asked to wear white. Music will be provided by Angie Richardson.

n Greater Jerusalem Worship Center, 4819 Washington Ave. SE., Kanawha City, will have a night of fellowship, praise, worship and word at 7 p.m. May 2 at the church. Guest speaker will be Pastor Terrance Hamm, along with his congregation from Living Waters Family Christian Center, Montgomery.

n Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the annual Women’s Day at 3 p.m. April 27 with the Rev. Carolyn Walker from Central Community Tabernacle. Dinner will be served following the morning service.

n King of Glory International Ministries welcomes Apostle Kirk McCoy of A Place of Deliverance Church and Training Center in Henderson, N.C., at the 11 a.m. April 27 morning service at King of Glory, 302 Delaware Ave. Apostle Tina M. Beatty is senior pastor. For information, call 304-720-5994 or email

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