Church activities: July 26, 2014


The Father’s House Missionary Baptist Church, 500 29th Street, will celebrate the Fifth Pastoral Anniversary for the Rev. Dr. Lloyd Hill on July 30-Aug. 3. Service times at 7 p.m. July 30-Aug. 1; 1 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 3. Speakers include the Rev. Jerry Staples, the Rev. John Sylvia, the Rev. Lenorris Dixon, Evangelist Lameesha McNeil, the Rev. Charles Blackmon and the Rev. Dr. Michael Poke.

The First Missionary Baptist Church of London will be celebrating its 109th Church Anniversary on Sunday, July 27. Minister Paul Spillman from First Baptist Church of Montgomery will speak at the morning service. The Rev. Walter Leach from St. Paul Baptist Temple, Beckley, will speak at the 3:30 p.m. service.

Faith Cathedral of Praise, 4901 Raven Drive, will have a pre-anniversary service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, for Bishop Gordon and co-pastor/first lady Mary Ford at the church. The guest speaker will be Pastor Elder Ron Ellis of Greater Pentecostal Bible Way, along with his congregation.

The Sixth Pastoral Anniversary for Apostle Tina M. Beatty will be held Aug. 14, 15 and 17 at King of Glory International Ministries, 302 Delaware Ave. Speakers will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Pastor Sherry Broomfield of Columbus, Ohio; 7 p.m. Friday, Pastor Joyce Wilkerson of Spring City, Pennsylvania; and at 11 a.m. Aug. 17, Prophet Carlotta Lynch of Morgantown. For more information, call 304-720-5994.


A rummage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1504 Grosscup Ave., Dunbar.

A play “In the Shadow of the Steeple” will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Witcher Baptist Church by members of Shrewsbury Baptist Church.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd., has a discussion group that meets at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday at the church. The meeting is an open forum. The speaker this Sunday, July 27, will show a video, Part 2 of “American Freethought.” The first part was principally devoted to Thomas Paine. The second part reveals that abolition, women’s rights, Darwin, and freethought are intertwined in the mid- and late-19th century, as are its enemies such as Anthony Comstock. The film will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and is more than 50 minutes in length.

Institute Church of the Nazarene Pastor’s Anniversary Committee will be selling chicken dinners from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at the church. The menu includes: barbecue chicken, fried chicken, corn, green beans, greens, macaroni and cheese, roll, homemade desserts, soda and water. The cost is $8. To place orders, call 304-768-6889, starting at 1 p.m.

West Alban Church of God is having a huge clothing giveaway free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the church, located on Austin Drive, just below St. Albans, West off U.S. 60. All sizes and good-as-new clothing for men, women and children will be available.

Dunbar United Methodist Women will sponsor an indoor rummage/hotdog sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at the church, 1401 Myers Ave., Dunbar. The rummage sale includes: household items, toys, clothing, and much more. The kitchen will open at 10 a.m. serving hotdogs, chips, beverages and baked goods. All proceeds from concessions and purchases will benefit local mission projects.

The annual West Virginia State Camp Meeting of the Church of God will begin at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 at Rippling Waters Campground. A kick-off meeting will feature the award-winning Southern gospel group, the Gospel Harmony Boys, in the large air-conditioned main camp auditorium. There is no charge to attend. All meetings will be held in the air-conditioned auditorium with individual chair seating. Dr. Gregg Hall will speak at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and will be preaching each night of the week. Hall is a nationally known preacher who uses Bible-centered preaching. Music will be provided by Dr. Steven Darr, national and internationally known music director, who lives in Lake Wales, Florida. Modern restrooms, snack bar, dining hall and full meals will be available for a small cost each day. There will be daily activities, classes and conferences for every family age group. The closing event of the Camp Meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8. Rippling Waters is approximately 20 miles north of Charleston. Directions: take the Haines Branch Exit off Interstate 77. Go right and then turn left at the T. Go 3/4 mile and turn right, following the winding road and signs for approximately 3 miles to Rippling Waters. For the complete list of events and times of the six-day program, go to


Ken Turner with Valor III and the Faith Harmony Boys will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday,July 27, at West Virginia Home Mission, 1109 Benamati Ave., Nitro.

The 18th Annual West Virginia School of Gospel Music will be held Monday, July 28, through Friday at Fisher Memorial Church. The day session is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the night session is from 7 to 9 p.m. Classes will be offered for children through adults, beginners through advanced. The school provides classes in music theory, shape-note singing, voice techniques, ear training and conducting. Private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, conducting, songwriting are available for $10 per 30-minute session. The cost is $35 for the day or day/night session and includes lunch and songbook. The night session is $10. Choir directors are encouraged to bring their choir to learn 15 new songs. Teachers are Charles Towler, Seth Gregory, Joyce Good-Pitchford, Katie Leaptrot, Andrew Leaptrot and Sue Boggess. A student recital is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday. The church is located 1/2 mile on Dudden Fork Road off Goldtown Exit of Interstate 77. Call 304-993-2777 for more information.

The Closing Program of the West Virginia School of Gospel Music will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Fisher Memorial Church, located 1/2 mile on Dudden Fork Road off Goldtown Exit of Interstate 77. Singers are the Music School Mass Choir, Children and Youth/Young Adult Ensembles and specials from the Music School.

The Gibsons will sing at 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Lucy Wilson Baptist Church, Wills Creek, Elkview.

The Jubilees will sing at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Red Oak Christian Church, Red Oak Drive, Nitro. Pastor is Victor Keathley.

One Accord will sing at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Sunlight Baptist Church, Island Branch, Sissonville. Bobby Jones will preach. Barbara Tignor will sing on Aug. 2 and Bobby Jones will preach.

The Taylor Brothers will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Parsons Chapel, Sixth Avenue.

Special services

Good Shepherd Free Will Baptist Church will have Sunday school at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 27, and the praise and worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church with Pastor Jason C. Black preaching. Pastor Jason C. Black will preach at the 6 p.m. Sunday service and Cornerstone will sing. The prayer meeting and youth group meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The church is located at 5470 West Pea Ridge Road, Huntington.

The Rev. Walter E. Clay, along with his congregations from First Baptist Church of Lester and Mercy Seat Baptist Church of Kyle will be guests at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at Nondenominational Fellowship, 1441 Third Ave. Thomas Keene will preach his initial at 11 a.m. on Aug. 9 at Nondenominational Fellowship.

Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 442 McDonald St., South Charleston, will feature the Rev. Mahlon Dungey as guest speaker for the 11 a.m. Sunday, July 27, worship service.

Upper Kanawha Valley Minister and Deacon Fellowship will hold their Fourth Sunday Fellowship service at 7 p.m. Sunday,July 27, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Montgomery. Speaker will be Minister Charles Mullins. Minister Mullins is an associate minister of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

The Men’s Day Committee of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 1108 Second Ave., will sponsor a pre-men’s day worship service at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27. Special guest will be Minister Lisa Gray, first lady of Zion Baptist Church of Parkersburg.

Vacation Bible school

Simpson Methodist Church, 607 Shrewsbury St, will have vacation Bible school from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, through Friday at the church. The theme will be “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a Kind.” Classes will be held for all ages and dinner will be provided each evening.

Spring Hill Baptist Church will have vacation Bible school titled “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-kind” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, through Thursday at the church, 4707 Ohio St., South Charleston. Children in kindergarten through 8th grade are invited. There will be Bible lessons, puppets, contests, crafts, games and snacks.

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