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Church activities: June 8, 2019


Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church, 124 Marshall Ave., Dunbar, will celebrate Pastor Emanuel A. Heyliger’s 39th anniversary at 10:45 a.m. Sunday with Pastor David M. Fryson. For information, call 304-768-8351 or 304-768-4232.

Rev. James Ealy, pastor at New Life Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker in a pre-anniversary program, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday for the 21st anniversary of Bishop Gordon D. Ford, Sr., and co-pastor first lady Mary R. Ford. His church and choir will accompany him.


A More Excellent Way Life Center Church will have a Wounded Womb Conference at 7 p.m. nightly, Saturday and Sunday, at 504 Virginia St. W. Host will be Lady Danita Haley, Apostle Tina M. Beatty, Pastor Wanda Shelton, Evangelist Tonya Mangin-Waller, Minister Tara Comer and Elder Denise White. Pastor is Bishop Robert L. Haley. Cost is a $10 donation. If interested in sponsorship, call 304-400-4111.

The Interdenominational Ministers Wives and Ministers Widows will have a yard sale and hot dog sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the parking lot at the corner of Florida St. and 1st Ave., across from Mary C. Snow Elementary.

The Charleston Friends Meeting (Quakers) will have a special speaker during its second hour, starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Attorney Kitty Dooley will speak on “Implicit Bias,” as part of her work for the YWCA Racial Justice Program. The Friends meet at the RCCR Building, 1516 Washington St. East.

Fairlawn Baptist Church at 501 20th St. and Fletcher Avenue, in Dunbar, will host Vacation Bible School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The theme will be “The Wild.” Children ages kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to come nightly for Bible study, singing, crafts, refreshments and fun. Parents are invited to stay for adult bible study each night. For directions or information, call 304-768-6240.

Bethel Baptist Church, in South Charleston, will have Vacation Bible School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 13-15 for youth from first grade through 12th grade. The theme is “Giddy Up Junction.”

The West Virginia Council of Churches and the Kanawha County Reentry Council will host a program for people to learn how to have misdemeanor or nonviolent felony convictions expunged at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Goodwill Prosperity Center, 209 Virginia St.


The Believers will sing at 6 p.m. Saturday at Community Tabernacle at Liberty.

Sunlight Baptist Church, Sissonville, will have service at 7 p.m. Saturday. Pastor Daniel Davis will be preaching. Church singers will sing.

The West Virginia Mountain State Gospel Singers Corporation will have their first gospel sing at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 11 a.m. Sunday at their convention grounds in Mount Nebo, Nicholas County. All singers are welcome. Free camping with hookups is available during the sing. Donations are accepted. The convention grounds are located off U.S. 19, a half-mile south of Summersville. For detailed directions and additional info, visit or call 304-872-1977.

David and Sheila Bowen will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Parsons Chapel Church, 6th Avenue on West side of Charleston.

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

The Homeland Southern Gospel Choir will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Highlawn Baptist Church, 2304 Jefferson Ave. in St. Albans.

Hurricane First Church of God Gospel Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, 3225 East Putnam Ave., Hurricane, one block north of the former Rite-Aid. Featured will be the Chestnut Grove Trio, of Milton; Rose Fisher; Arling Barnes, of Eleanor; Eddie and Bonnie Rushbrooke, of Scott Depot; along with Dorsey Johnson and Peggy Cooper, of Hurricane First Church of God. A choir of volunteers from the audience will be assembled.

The Charles Wesley Singers On Tour will perform at 7 p.m. June 22 at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, 5320 Frontier Drive, Cross Lanes. This youth choir of Damaascus United Methodist Church, Damascus, Maryland, is comprised of 60-plus singers ages sixth to 12th grade. The group is directed by Polly Baldridge, Damascus UMC’s minister of music and worship arts, with organist Stephen Kalnoske.

Fisher Memorial Church will have a gospel sing at 7 p.m. June 22 at the church. The Humphreys, Choraliers, Freeman Newhouse and choir will sing. Refreshments will be served in the family center after the sing. Aaron Finney is the pastor. The church is located a half-mile on Dudden Fork Road off Goldtown Exit I-77. For information, call 304-993-2777.

The First Baptist Church Male Chorus of Vandalia will honor choir director Leroy Robinson in a special service at 3:30 p.m. June 23 in the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1530 3rd Ave. Featured will be the St. Paul Baptist Church Male Chorus, Levi First Baptist Church Male Chorus, Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus, St. Paul Baptist Church King Jr. Male Chorus, St. Paul Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir, and African Methodist Church Episcopal “Worship.” For information, call 304-545-6898.

The Brighter Side Quartet will sing Sunday at Rumble Community Church, in Rumble.

Special services

Elder Thomas Keene, Assistant Pastor of Restoration Praise Temple, will be guest speaker during service at noon Sunday at Nondenominational Fellowship Pentecostal Ministries, 1001 Hendrix Ave. Debbie Thomas is Pastor.

Pastor Jason C. Black will preach at 11 a.m. Sunday at Rock of Ages Baptist Church, 6311 Buffington St., in Huntington. Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. Pastor Jason C. Black will be preaching at 6 p.m., and the New Jerusalem will be singing. Wednesday night prayer meeting and youth group will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, in Beardsfork, will have appreciation service for their Pastor Herman L. James at 3 p.m. Sunday. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Ronald Sherrod of Mount Tabor Baptist Church, Lewisburg, along with the congregation and choir, will be guests. Pastor Ronald Sherrod will preach.

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Funerals for Today June 18, 2019

Anderson, Jewell - Noon, Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Barker, Lorena - 11 a.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Barnette, Alice - 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Field, Nancy - 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Fields, Norma - 6 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Garnes, James - 2 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Johnson, Roy - 6 p.m., Ward Church of God, Cedar Grove.

Karnes, Sherri - 5 p.m., St. Timothy in the Valley Episcopal Church, Hurricane.

Nichols, Ethel Pauline - 1 p.m., Wilson-Smith Funeral Home.

Rayburn, Sandra - 11 a.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane. 

Thomas, Tony - noon, 305 B McDonald Ave, South Charleston.

Weaver, Charles - Noon, Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.