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Church News: July 6, 2019


Levi First Missionary Baptist Church, 5125 Church Drive, Rand, will be celebrating the 11th Pastoral Anniversary of the Rev. James C. and first lady Roseline Jackson on July 14 at the church. The Rev. Donte’ L. Jackson of Richmond, Virginia will be preaching at the 11 a.m. worship service and the Rev. Dr. Michael A. Poke Sr., pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and moderator of the Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Association, will preach at the 3 p.m. anniversary service. Dinner will be served following the morning worship service. The anniversary celebration will begin with a three-day revival beginning July 10 and continuing through July 12 with the Rev. Donte’ L. Jackson as guest revivalist. The Inspirational Choir will host a tea celebrating first lady Roseline Jackson on July 13.


The Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance will present the 7th Annual City-Wide Jessie Royster Youth Crusade at 7 p.m. nightly, Wednesday through Friday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 306 Washington Street E. The theme is “Level Up” Growing Higher With Jesus. Crusade speakers will be Christopher Blackmon of Abundant Life Ministries on Wednesday, Pastor Shannon Robinson on Thursday and the Rev. Lloyd Hill of The Fathers House on Friday. Special music will be provided by the Youth Crusade Choir and Youth Crusade Praise Dancers, along with other special guests.

Unity of Kanawha Valley will be hosting a hot dog sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 13. New Hope Animal Rescue will be on the other side of the parking lot with dogs that need loving, caring families. There will be photos of cats that need adoption and foster families. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and desserts will be for sale at the hot dog sale. Ask about our coupon special of two hot dogs, drink and dessert for just $5. Unity of Kanawha Valley is located at 804 Myrtle Road, corner of Bridge and Myrtle roads.

Teays Valley Church of God will host a free spaghetti dinner and Human Trafficking Prevention seminar on July 13 at the church, 185 Connection Point, just east of Rocky Step off Teays Valley Road. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. and a one-hour seminar on the human trafficking crisis will follow. Featured speaker will be Angie Conn, who serves as the program coordinator for the Rebecca Bender Initiative, a national nonprofit organization that focuses on awareness, education, and direct services with victims and survivors of trafficking and exploitation. Conn also sits on the WV Human Trafficking Task Force and National Survivor Network. Church pastor is the Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt. To register for the free dinner and seminar, call the church office at 304-757-9222.

Twice Blessed, a ministry of Christ Church United Methodist, is accepting registration for its Twice Blessed Consignment Sale to be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 17. Quality children’s items will be available at affordable prices. The sale also assists families in selling their gently used items and helps generate funds that support local children’s charities and children’s areas of the church. To sign up to be a consignor, visit Consignors keep 70 percent and the rest benefits charity. The church is accepting good quality fall/winter infant through junior clothing, pajamas, shoes, Halloween costumes, maternity clothing, approved cribs, strollers, high chairs, bouncy seats, swings, toys, books, bikes and other items. You can also volunteer to work the sale and shop early on Aug. 16.


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

BrighterSide Quartet will sing at 7 p.m. Sunday at Fola Baptist Church, Bickmore. They will also sing at 7 p.m. Friday at Hurricane Church of God in Hurricane.

Multiple Grammy Award-winning recording artist David Phelps, will bring the “Family Band: Stories & Songs Tour” at 7 p.m. July 13 at Maranatha Fellowship, 2910 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans. Phelps will perform many of his hymnal recordings. For event information, visit or

The Believers will sing at 11 a.m. Sunday at Cathedral Of Prayer on Pennsylvania Avenue in Charleston. They will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Spradling Gospel Tabernacle on Bakers Fork Road.

Karen Peck and New River will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Hurricane, 2150 Mount Vernon Road, Hurricane. A pre-concert will be performed by local artist Corey Clark. Karen Peck will start at 7 p.m. The concert is free, however, a love offering will be taken. The Rev. Monty Foster is associate pastor for youth and music. Senior pastor is Ron McClung. For more information, call the church at 304-757-9110.

The Homeland Southern Gospel Choir will be in concert at 7 p.m. on July 12 at Union Baptist Church, 1295 James River Turnpike, Milton.

Special services

A gospel meeting will be held Aug. 2 and 3 at Washington Street Church of God, 601 Washington St., St. Albans. The theme is “The Church: Challenged & Ashamed.” The schedule is: Aug. 2, 7 p.m., speaker, Dan Kessinger; Aug. 3, speakers will be 10 a.m., Steve Fuchs and 11 a.m., Zach Guiler. Lunch will be provided at noon. Speakers at 1 p.m. will be Andy Robison and 2 p.m. will be John Brown.

Sunlight Baptist Church, Sissonville, will have a service at 7 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Daniel Davis preaching. The church choir will sing.

Pastor Jason C. Black will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service at Rock of Ages Baptist Church, 633 Buffington (Guyandotte) in Huntington. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. Pastor Black will also preach at 6 p.m. Sunday and the Fellowship Trip will sing. The Wednesday night prayer service and Youth Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Vacation Bible school

Cross Lanes United Methodist Church is accepting registration for their “Everest” Vacation Bible School 2019, held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily July 21-25. Classes are available for kids in preschool through the 5th grade. Kids will embark on an icy expedition to overcome obstacles. To register, visit or call 304-776-3081 to register. Register early for a chance to win a prize.

The First Missionary Baptist Church of Vandalia, located at 1500 Mountain Road, will have Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. daily, this Monday through Friday at the church.

Thorofare Community Church in Clendenin will have their Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. daily July 22-26.

Poca United Methodist Church will sponsor its Children to Roar Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 15-19 at the church. Kids from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade are eligible. Bible adventures, songs, games, treats and more will be featured. Kids will join a mission to provide nutrition packets and health checkups for moms and babies in need in Zambia, Africa. A Safari Celebration is held daily at 8:30 p.m. and families are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 755-4788.

Bethany Baptist Church, 2504 Grant Ave., St. Albans, will be having Vacation Bible School, “God’s Living Water,” from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. each Wednesday in July.

Items for Church Activities may be submitted by mail to Charleston Gazette-Mail, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301, faxed to 304-348-1233 or email: 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.

Funerals For Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Balser, Katheryn - Noon, Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca.

Craig, Lorene - 11 a.m., Levi First Missionary Baptist Church, Rand.

Dr. Crane, Vivian Frances - 1 p.m. Rainelle United Methodist Church, Rainelle.

Hall, Jesse - 2 p.m., Perrow Presbyterian Church, Cross Lanes.

Harrah, Sylvia - 5 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Krepps, Edna - Noon, Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Musick, Joann - Noon, O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Popp, Elizabeth - 11 a.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Albans.

Rogers, Pansy - 1 p.m., Wilson-Smith Funeral Home, Clay.

Sanders, Matthew - 2 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Willet, Linda Lou - 2 p.m., Willet Family Cemetery, Gallipolis Ferry.