Church Activities: May 3, 2014


Pastor Debbie Thomas will celebrate her 10th anniversary at 7 p.m. nightly May 13-16 at Faith and Truth Apostolic Church, Second and Florida streets. The churches participating consecutively are: First Baptist Church, Charleston Bibleway Church, Greater Emanuel and Universal Church of Christ of Cincinnati. Festivities will end May 17 with a banquet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Shrewsbury and Lewis streets. For tickets, call 304-590-2626.


Nitro United Baptist Church, Elm and Washington streets, will sponsor a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the church annex building. To get to the church, turn at Elm Street, off Main Street, and follow signs. For information, call 304-755-4440.

A hot dog and bake sale will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Meadowbrook Freewill Baptist Church.

Canaan United Methodist Church will host the Back Pack Variety Show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the church. Free musical entertainment will feature several local talents. The show will benefit the Canaan Back Pack Ministry, which helps provide food packages on the weekend for local schoolchildren in need. Donations will be accepted for the Back Pack Ministry.

Humphreys Memorial United Methodist Church will have a rummage sale Saturday. Along with rummage sale items, there will be hot dogs, salads, baked beans, desserts and drinks for sale. Food can be eaten in or carried out.

St. Paul United Methodist Church of Spring Hill will have its annual Mothers-Daughters dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the church Parish House. Multitalented Marshall University student Nick Wright will provide musical entertainment. The men of the church will serve the dinner.

Craft for Charity, a fundraiser to help pay the Jeffery George Comfort House mortgage and save the house will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 at the United Methodist Church, 1007 Church St., Milton. The cost per ticket is $50. Throughout the day you will make 10 different items from treat holders, inexpensive gifts, cards and a pin from recycled pop cans. All materials are provided and help for each one if needed. Door prizes will be featured. Bring a bag lunch. Drinks and desserts will be furnished. The event is sponsored by the Stamp for Charity Group at the Milton Library and Joyce Pacer, an Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator. This is a nonprofit group that houses people from seven different hospitals in the tri-state area that is located in Huntington. For more information and tickets, contact “Jo” at the Jeffery George House, Joyce (daytime) at 304-733-3851, or Georgina (evenings) at 304-743-6420.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd., has a nonreligious discussion group that meets for one hour every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. It is an open forum, inviting all to participate. The presenter this Sunday will talk about the Eleven Nations of North America. He will bring a book written about the people of North America divided along cultural lines. The historical dimensions that illuminate and divide us will be discussed, such as Yankeedom vs. Appalachia vs. the Old Dominion, for example.

Canaan United Methodist Church will host a “Blessing of the Animals” service at 11:16 a.m. Sunday at the church, rain or shine. Come worship and celebrate the gift of all creatures. Pets should be leashed or in a carrier.

Timothy Smith will present a five-part lecture series titled “Why the King James Bible is the Word of God” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dunbar Library, 301 12th St., Dunbar. Each session lasts an hour. For information, call 304-989-3452 or email

The Achiever’s Class of the Fifth Avenue Church of God will open the Clothes Closet on May 17. Clothes are free to those in need with no questions asked. Enter the building from the E Street, next to the parking lot. For more information, contact Ruth Hunt 304-744-5062 or Anna Sisson at 304-768-6132.

The St. Paul A.M.E. Church usher board will sponsor their annual spring bazaar, car wash and fish fry beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday on the church parking lot, 1108 Second Ave. For more information, call Gerva Coleman at 304-342-8896 or Ruth Nowling at 304-343-2998.

The Lay Academy of Religion at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, continues to study religion and science at 4 p.m. Sunday in room 201 of the church activities building. The topic will be “Does science support the view of a superior race among human beings?” All Lay Academy classes are free and open to all. For questions, call Bob Newman at 304-345-0225 or

Bethel Baptist Church will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 5028 Kentucky St., South Charleston. The church is across the street from the onramp to the Dunbar Bridge. For an appointment, call Donna Estep at 304-766-7678 or 800-RED CROSS or visit and enter bethelbc.


Mark Trammell Quartet will perform at the 11 a.m. Sunday service at North Hills Baptist Church.

Brother Jimmy McKnight will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Rumble Community Baptist Church.

Paid in Full will sing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hickory Grove Church, just off Interstate 77, Kenna exit.

The Singing Cookes, from Kingsport, Tennessee, will return for a sing at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sissonvillle High School. Admission is free.

There will be a hand bell concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1600 Kanawha Blvd. The church is one block west of the state Capitol. The concert is free; however, donations will be accepted. A spaghetti dinner will follow the concert and the cost is $5 for adults and free to children 4 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door.

The Homeland Southern Gospel Sing will take place at 7 p.m. May 9 at Union Baptist Church, James River Turnpike, Milton. Food and Southern music will be featured.

A benefit gospel sing will take place at 10 a.m. May 10 at Ward Church of God outdoors under the large tent. Proceeds will benefit a grass mowing fund for Ward Cemetery. Performers 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, The BrighterSide Quartet and other special guests. There will be hot dogs and baked goods for sale. Bring a lawn chair. The church is 1 mile up Kelleys Creek from Cedar Grove, 20 miles east of Charleston. For more information, call 304-727-5695.

Allison Tate will sing Sunday at Parsons Chapel, Sixth Avenue.

Laborer’s Quartet will sing at 6 p.m. May 24 at Alta Church of God. Pastor is Paul E. Young.

Juanita Phillips will sing at 7 p.m. Monday at Lucy Wilson Baptist Church, Wills Creek, Elkview.

The BrighterSide Quartet will sing at the “birthday party” at noon Saturday at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Hurricane. They will also sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Sand Run Gospel Tabernacle, Elkview.

Grace Church of the Nazarene, 499 Second Ave., South Charleston, will present a special musical tribute to mothers at the 10:45 a.m. service on May 11. Featured will be Grace Children’s Choir, Karen Pettit singing “Mary Did You Know?”, Terri Taylor with a piano medley, Theda Workman and Lori Hastings providing music and drama, and Pettit and Angie Williams singing “More than Wonderful.” A special gift will be presented to the mother who has the most present in her honor.


Revival services will take place at 7 p.m. nightly Wednesday through Friday at Shrewsbury Baptist Church, Ferry Street, Shrewsbury. Evangelist will be Ralph Short from Ohio. Special singing will be provided by Three Pieces of Clay, Wednesday; The Harvest Trio, Thursday; and The BrighterSide Quartet, Friday.

Pleasant View United Methodist Church, 3338 Fisher Ridge Road, Kenna, will have its spring revival services at 7 p.m. nightly, beginning Sunday and continuing through Wednesday. On Sunday, preaching will be provided by Jimmy Casdorph and singing by the Casdorph Family. Monday, preaching by Michael Bradley and singing by Louie Combs and Bob Fox. Tuesday, preaching will be by Adam Lowe and singing by Adam Lowe and Jeff Lowe. Wednesday, preaching by Luke Nunley with singing by Jennifer Nunley.

Fisher Memorial Church will have revival services at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday through May 10. Ministers and singers scheduled are: Sunday, Pastor Aaron Finney and Fisher Memorial Choir; Monday, the Rev. Mike Long and Springfork MB Choir; Tuesday, the Rev. Adam Null and Charleston Mountain Mission Choir; Wednesday, Pastor Aaron and FMC Choir; Thursday, the Rev. Kevin Jennings and United in Christ Choir; Friday, the Rev. Junior Purdue and Followers Quartet; May 10, the Rev. Joe Scarberry and West Virginia Home Mission Choir. The church is a half-mile on Dudden Fork Road, off the Goldtown exit of Interstate 77.

Belle Church of the Nazarene will have a “Revival of the Spirit” camp meeting at 10:45 and 6 p.m. on Sunday; and 7 p.m. nightly Monday through Wednesday at the church, 306 Ninth St., Belle. Speaker will be the Rev. Mike Adams.

The Open Bible Temple Independent Baptist Church, Powellton, will have revival services at 7 p.m. Saturday. Randy Sunderland of Page will speak.

Independent Missionary Baptist Church of Alum Creek will hold their revival services at 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday at the church. Evangelist Justin Cooper will be the guest speaker. For information, call 304-756-3890.

Revival services will take place at 6 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. weekdays beginning Sunday 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. The schedule is: Sunday, Laborer’s Quartet (Southern gospel) with preaching by the Rev. Jason C. Black; Monday, Theresa Jeffries (Southern gospel solo); Tuesday, Tignor Family (Southern gospel trio); Wednesday, Langdons (Southern gospel duet); Thursday, Chadwick’s Creek Boys (bluegrass gospel quartet); Friday, 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.

Spirit Life Fellowship Church, 137 Sixth St., Dunbar, will host a Fresh Oil camp meeting May 19-30 at the church. The theme for this year is “Uniting the body as ONE!” (Psalms 133:1). Guest speakers are: May 18, pre-camp meeting service, speaker Pastor Paul Smith, Spirit Life, Dunbar; May 19, Pastor B.J. Roberts, Kingdom Life Fellowship Church, Nitro; May 20, Pastor Marvin Prevost, Extreme Ministries, Mount Hope; May 21, Pastor Scott R. White, Living Water Worship Centre, Charleston; May 22, Pastor Gary Riley, City of Hope, Belle; May 23, Pastor Ken Pauley, Riverview Resurrection Worship Center, St. Albans; May 24, Prophet Dennis Booker of Charleston; May 25, Prophet B.K. Thompson, Living Water Worship Centre, Charleston; May 26, Pastor Brent Hudnall, Living Water Family Fellowship, Nitro; May 27, Pastor Trevor Sands, Overflow Family Worship Center, Charleston; May 28, Pastor Joe Hubbard, Smithers Church of God, Smithers, May 29, Pastor Jerry Reed, Spurlock Creek Apostolic Church, Glenwood; and May 30, the Rev. Dr. Wanda Shelton, Greater New Jerusalem Worship Center, Kanawha City. Special music will be rendered by Elevate Mime Ministry, JAK, The Fresh Oil Campmeeting Choir, LWWC Praise Team, Kingdom Life Praise Team and more. For more information, call 304-404-3473.

Special services

A Veterans Tribute to show appreciation to veterans will take place at 5 p.m. June 7 at Liberty Christian Church, activity building. A gospel sing and food will be featured. Singers include the Waugh Family of Ashland, Kentucky, and The Evans Family. Veterans are encouraged to attend.

Catholic Church of Mary Immaculate, near Williamsburg, will be the site for the first Saturday devotions beginning Saturday. The church is the oldest Catholic Church in Greenbrier County. The first Saturday devotions include the Rosary recitation at 10:30 a.m. and daily Mass at 11 a.m. The church is on Catholic Church Road, just off the Frankford-Williamsburg Road. For more information, call the Catholic Churches of the Greenbrier Valley at 304-536-1813.

Spirit Life Fellowship Church, 137 Sixth St., Dunbar, will have a special service Sunday at the church. School will begins at 10 a.m. with Prophetess Debbie Whittington as the teacher. The morning worship will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Virgie Phillips of Virginia as the guest speaker. For transportation, call 304-881-1513.

A pastor appreciation service will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday beginning with Sunday school, followed by the morning worship service with Jeff Floyd. Lunch will follow the morning worship service. There will be no night service.

The Metropolitan Baptist Church, 205 Donnally St., will have a Holy Communion service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church. Pastor Letari Thompson, of Metropolitan Baptist Church, will speak.

Good Shepherd Free Will Baptist Church, 5470 W. Pea Ridge Road, Husntington, will have Sunday school at 10 a.m. Sunday with the morning worship service at 11 a.m. The evening worship service will take place 6 p.m. Sunday. The church revival will begin Saturday and continue through May 11, with the Laborer’s Quartet singing and Pastor Jason C. Black preaching.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Tewell will speak for the Benfield/Vick Preaching Weekend, held from 9 to noon Saturday in the church dining room at First Presbyterian Church, Leon Sullivan Way and Virginia Street East (16 Leon Sullivan Way). He will also be at the church at 9:15 a.m. Sunday and will preach at the 10:30 Sunday worship service. For more information, call the church office at 304-343-8961.

Items for Church Activities may be submitted by mail to The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301, faxed to 304-348-1233 or e-mail: Notices will be run one time free. Please include a contact person’s name and a daytime telephone number. Information will not be taken by phone. The deadline is noon Thursday.

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