Church activities: July 12, 2014


First Missionary Baptist Church of Kimberly will celebrate its pastor, Larry R. Smith’s Pastoral Anniversary on Sunday, July 13. Guest speaker for the 3 p.m. service will be the Rev. William Chapman, pastor of First Baptist Church of Harvey. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.

Levi First Missionary Baptist Church, 5125 Church Drive, will celebrate the Sixth Anniversary of its Pastor, the Rev. James C. and first lady Roseline Jackson on the following dates: Wednesday, July 16, 7 p.m., the theme is “An Explosion of Love through Scripture and Teaching”; Thursday, July 17, 7 p.m., the theme is “An Express of Love through Music”; Friday, July 18, First Lady’s Night, the theme is “A Celebration of Agape (unconditional) Love” with guest the Rev. Tina Beatty and congregation; and July 20, 3 p.m., Sixth Pastoral Anniversary Service, the theme is “A Celebration of Agape (unconditional) Love, with the Rev. Walter Leach and congregation as guests.

Metropolitan Baptist Church, 205 Donnally St., will celebrate its 99th Church Anniversary on July 20 at the church. Morning speaker will be Pastor Letari Thompson. The afternoon guest preacher will be Pastor Donte Jackson of First Baptist Church of Huntington, along with his choir and congregation. A cookout will be held on July 19. The church also has Bible study at 7 p.m. each Wednesday.

Charleston Boulevard Seventh-day Adventist Church will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration Friday, July 18, through July 19 at the church, 622 Kanawha Blvd. W. The opening homecoming service will be 7 p.m. Friday, July 18, with Elder Lonnie Melashenko as speaker. Elder Melashenko is a Columbia Union Representative. Tom Bailey and the 50th Anniversary Orchestra will perform. Sabbath school will be held at 9:30 a.m. July 19 with Professor Jim Daddysman of Alderson Broaddus University as speaker. Lunch will be held at 12:45 p.m. July 19 in the fellowship hall. The afternoon revival service will begin at 2:30 p.m. July 19 with Elder Melashenko as speaker. Following a break, the Adventist Concert Series will feature The Jay Humphreys Trio at 4 p.m. For more information, call Tom Bailey at 304-552-4440.


New Hope Baptist Church, 9414 Coal River Road, St Albans, will have a yard and hot dog sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the church.

The Achiever’s Class of the Fifth Avenue Church of God in South Charleston will open its Clothes Closet on July 19. Clothes are free to those in need with no questions asked. Enter the building at the E Street door next to the parking lot. For questions, contact Ruth Hunt at 304-744-5062.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 520 Kanawha Blvd. has a discussion group that meets for one hour every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is an open forum, inviting all to participate. The Sunday, July 13, speaker is responsible for the only school in the state that teaches dyslexic children and adults to read. For information, contact Hedda Haning at 304-344-0472.

Dunbar First Church of God will host a Back to School Bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 26 at the church, 1234 Payne Ave., Dunbar. Activities for kids include games, pony rides and a dunking booth. Lunch will be provided. The event is free of charge.

The annual all-area Catholic picnic for Catholics and their families from throughout the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia and the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia will be held at 2 p.m. July 20 at the Greenbrier State Forest, Shelter No. 1., located just south of the Interstate 64 Caldwell/White Sulphur Springs (Exit 175). Hosted by the Alleghany Highlands Council 8689, Knights of Columbus, hamburgers, hot dogs, all the fixings, paper products and soft drinks will be provided. Bring a covered dish. Swimming is available at the nearby Greenbrier State Forest pool and a limited number of tickets will be available from the Knights at Shelter No. 1 beginning at noon. Bring games if you wish. A vesper service, lead by Knight’s Chaplain Father James Conyers of Lewisburg, will conclude the afternoon’s events. For additional information or directions, call the office of the Catholic Churches of the Greenbrier Valley, 304-536-1813 or the Knights at 304-645-1373.

Gift of Hope Food Pantry will be open from 9 a.m. to noon July 26 at Fraziers Bottom Church of God, 19064 Winfield Road, Fraziers Bottom. Proof of Putnam County residence is the only requirement.


The Believers will be singing at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Grandview Baptist Church on Grandview Ridge near Red House. They will sing at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 14, at Lucy Wilson Baptist Church, located on Wills Creek Road at Elkview.

Spiritual Harmonizers will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Parsons Chapel, Sixth Avenue.


Spirit Life Fellowship Church, 137 6th St., Dunbar will have a three-day revival weekend from Friday through July 20 at the church. Service times are 7 p.m. Friday, July 18, and July 19 and at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 20. Speaker will be Bishop Craig A. Cook. For more information or transportation, call 304-768-2573.

The Vandalia Baptist Church Male Chorus will be in concert at 3 p.m. July 20 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 1108 Second Ave. A pre-Men’s Day program will be held.

The BrighterSide Quartet will sing at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Goshen Baptist Church, Kenna. They will also sing at noon Sunday, July 13, at Coonskin Park in Charleston and at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Jordan Gospel Tabernacle, Elkview.

Lucy Wilson Baptist Church, Wills Creek Road, Elkview, will feature the Believers at 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, at the church.

A More Excellent Way Ministries Worldwide Inc. will hold a Pre-Convention Musical at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at First Baptist Church, 432 Shrewsbury St. This musical is a kick-off event for the A More Excellent Way Ministries Worldwide 4th Annual Global Convention and will feature local churches performing song, mime and dance. The event is free to the public. The convention begins Wednesday, July 16. A concert will be held Thursday, July 17, featuring Anita Wilson. Concert tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Barbara H. Mosley at 304-549-2908.

Special services

Good Shepherd Free Will Baptist Church will offer Sunday school at 10 a.m. on Sunday. A Sunday service will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 13, with Pastor Jason C. Black preaching. The Sunday evening, July 13, service will begin at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Herb Nida preaching and Wings of Peace singing. The prayer meeting and youth group meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. The church is located at 5470 West Pea Ridge Road, Huntington.

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 442 McDonald St., South Charleston, will feature the Rev. Jeff Woods as guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday morning, July 13, worship service.

Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church will have its Sunday worship services beginning at 5 p.m. instead of the regular time of 11 a.m. during the month of July. The church is located at the corner of Greenbrier and Quarrier streets, across from the Capitol Complex. Meet in the chapel on ground floor level and use the Greenbrier Street entrance.

Pilgrim Home Missionary Baptist Church located at 7015 Kanawha St. in St. Albans will celebrate their annual Family and Friends Day during the 11 a.m. morning worship service on July 20. Guest speaker is the Rev. Philemon Dillard, associate minister of St. Paul Baptist Church.

Vacation Bible school

Highlawn Presbyterian Church, 2501 Washington Ave., St. Albans, will be holding their vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. nightly, Monday, July 14, through Friday at the church. Classes will be available for all ages and the theme is “Workshop of Wonders!” The church will be supporting Habitat for Humanity as its mission project by collecting used workable tools to be donated to the Restore in Charleston.

Good Shepherd Free Will Baptist Church, 5470 West Pea Ridge Road, Huntington, will sponsor a vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. nightly, Monday, July 14, through Friday at the church. The theme is “The Wild West: You are Wanted By God.” Lessons, music, crafts, snacks, games and classes will be available for all ages. The adult class will be taught by Pastor Jason C. Black. A program will be held Friday, July 18, and a cookout will follow.

Abundant Life Ministries, 1534 Washington St, E., is having vacation Bible school for kids, ages 5-12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, through Friday at the church. The theme is “Blast OFF!” For more information, call the church at 304-342-0058 or visit

The Child Evangelism Fellowship will be conducting a vacation Bible school at the Campbell Memorial Baptist Church in Smithers. The kick-off event will be at 2 p.m. July 27. Games, hot dogs and face painting will be featured. Vacation Bible school will continue through Aug. 1. For transportation, call 304-442-2056.

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1401 Washington St. W., will have its vacation Bible school registration picnic from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the church. Games will be featured. Vacation Bible school will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. nightly, July 21-25.

St. Paul United Methodist Church of Spring Hill is planning a “WOW — Workshop of Wonders” time for its vacation Bible school to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, through Thursday at the church. Interactive Bible fun, crafts, super science, games and snacks will be featured in building a relationship with God. The church is located at 4606 Kanawha Turnpike. For information, call Karen at 304-768-7123.

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