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Religion news, April 28


Saturday, April 28, 2018


■ Anderson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, will host women's weekend beginning with a brunch from 10 a.m.-noon May 5. The event will conclude with a worship service at 11 a.m. May 6. Minister Juliet Palmer will speak.

■ Come As You Are Christian Center, 4158 N.C. 33 West, will host a rainbow tea at 4 p.m. today. Light refreshments will be served. The church will host a worship service at 7:30 p.m. May 4. Elder Lorrie M. Savage of Philippi Church of God will be guest speaker at 4 p.m. May 6. A Mother's Day service will be held at 4 p.m. May 13.

■ Falkland Church of God, 5925 S. Main St., Falkland, will host a homecoming service at 10:30 a.m. today.

■ Haddock Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 1548 Ivy Road, Winterville, will host the Bishop Stephen Jones Fellowship Union meeting at 11 a.m. Sunday. New Salem Free Will Baptist Church, Pink Hill, will be guests. Paul Foxworth of Zion Hill Free Will Baptist Church will be guest speaker. Lunch will be served.

■ Hollywood Church E.P.A. - Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 5103 N.C. 43 South, will host its 75th anniversary with a service at 10:30 a.m. May 6. A homecoming meal will follow.

■ Kingdom Empowerment International Fellowship will host its semi-annual convocation today-Sunday at 27441 N.C. 125, Scotland Neck. Worship services will be held at 6:45 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Sunday. Workshop sessions will begin at 5 p.m. today. For more information, call 826-5029, option 9.

■ Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 4284 West Ave., Ayden, will host Women's Month in May beginning with its annual agape breakfast at 10 a.m. May 5 with speaker Porsha Wilson. A Mother's Day service will be held at 11 a.m. May 13 with guest speaker the Rev. Shontell Lane of Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church A mission anniversary service will be held at 3 p.m. May 20. The annual women's day service will be held at 11 a.m. May 27 with guest speaker the Rev. Faye B. Spruell, associate pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Farmville. Lunch will follow the service.

■ Mount Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 230 Boyd St., Winterville, will host the Middle District Union meeting today-Sunday. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

■ Mount Zion Holy Church, 3325 Ayden Golf Club Road, Winterville, will celebrate holy union with services at 7:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Sunday.

■ New Beginnings Deliverance Center will host a hat fashion show from 3-6 p.m. May 5 at the Ebron-Taft Community Center, 120 Park Access Road. The church, at 217 Queen Drive, will host Apostle Thomas Smith and Devout Holy Church, Grimesland, at 7:30 p.m. May 8.

■ New Vision Faith Ministries, 102 Eastbrook Drive, will have a pack-a-pew service at 10 a.m. Sunday. Music will be by the fellowship choir. Lavell Barrett will be guest speaker.

■ Next Generation Church, 2605 N. Railroad St., Winterville, will have a fifth Sunday worship and praise service at 11 a.m. Sunday. A Communion service will be held at 11 a.m. May 6.

■ St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, 1251 Fleming School Road, will host a men’s fellowship ministry meeting at 9 a.m. today. The guest speaker will be Deacon Leroy Telfaire of Triumph Missionary Baptist Church, Washington, N.C. The church will host its annual women's day service at 11 a.m. May 6. The theme is: “Women United in Christ - Working Toward a Common Goal.” The guest speaker will be Evangelist Loretta House of St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church. The church will host its seniors fellowship at 11 a.m. May 9. Helen Pase of Disability Advocates and Resource Center will be guest speaker.

■ Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 Hooker Road, will have youth Sunday at 10:40 a.m. May 6.

■ Warren Chapel United American Free Will Baptist Church, 2864 Speight Seed Farm Road, Winterville, will host homecoming and quarterly meeting services at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. May 6. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. Bishop Willie T. Thomas will be guest speaker for the afternoon service.

■ Waterside Free Will Baptist Church, 4631 Moye Turnage Road, Farmville, will host Eldress Latasha Finee King Blue for a service at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

■ Wesley United Methodist Church, 2979 Wesley Church Road, Farmville, will have revival services at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. The Rev. Dennis Levin will be guest speaker. A covered-dish dinner will follow the Sunday service.

■ White Oak Church, 4525 Mobley's Bridge Road, Grimesland, will have a worship service at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. Sunday.


■ First Presbyterian Church, 1400 S. Elm St., will host Mayfest for Missions from 7 a.m.-noon May 5. This annual event includes a yard sale, bake sale and plant sale. Barbecue chicken dinner plates will be available for $8. All proceeds will go to benefit local community nonprofit organizations. Call the church at 758-1901 for more information.

■ GriefShare, a support ministry for those grieving the death of someone close, will begin sessions Wednesday at Unity Free Will Baptist Church, 4301 Charles Blvd. Weekly sessions are available from 10 a.m.-noon or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. To register or for more information, call 756-6485.

■ An interfaith Holocaust commemoration will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Bayt Shalom, 4351 E. 10th St. The event will feature “Remembering Through the Generations: Stories of Auschwitz Survivor Alice Kern,” told by her daughter, Geri Crain. There will be a display of Holocaust traveling exhibits, a musical presentation, candle lighting and prayer readings, followed by a reception. The event is presented by the Holocaust Education Network of Easter North Carolina. Email rabbi_harley@baytshalom.org or klaichkaren@gmail.com.

■ Koinonia Christian Center, 1405 S.W. Greenville Blvd., will host a welcome back event for Bishop Rosie S. O'neal at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. O'neal is returning from speaking at the International Pastors and Leadership Conference hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes. The church will host an over-the-counter medication giveaway event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 5. The event will include free medications, health screenings and a chance for qualified participants to enroll in NC MedAssist's free pharmacy program. Participants must be 18 or older. Visit www.medassist.org.

■ The Pentecostals of Greenville and Iglesia El Faro will host a community day at 5 p.m. today at 2950 S. Memorial Drive. The event will include music, games and giveaways. A community blessing service will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 520-730-1488.

■ St. Peter Catholic Church, 2700 E. Fourth St., will host its Creative Fellowship Spring Craft Fair from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12. The event will include a bake sale and plant sale, along with vendors including jewelry makers, crafters, potters and other artists. Visit facebook.com/stpetercreativefellowship.

■ Salem United Methodist Church, 785 McDonald St., Simpson, will host Music on the Grounds from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 6. The event will include music by the Jackson Heights Band, Tim Sutton Trio and Ernest Silver. The event also will feature food vendors and children's activities.

■ Unity Free Will Baptist Church, 4301 Charles Blvd., will host Family Legacy Weekend sessions at 9 and 10:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The church will host a Priscilla Shirer simulcast from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 5. Cost is $30, including lunch. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Registration required. Visit unityfwb.org or call 756-6485.

■ World of Truth Ministries, 7227 Stantonsburg Road, Farmville, has canceled this weekend's domestic violence prevention training. It will be rescheduled for the fall. Call 327-4508 or 341-9949.


■ Arthur Christian Church, 2616 Firehouse Road, Bell Arthur, will host a gospel music concert featuring Generation III at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge. An offering will be accepted. Call 289-6304.

■ Reimage Church, 3950 Victory Lane, Winterville, will host Melodies of Praise from 6-9 p.m. today. The event, hosted by Christian Comedian Les Long, will feature John P. Kee and New Life, recording artists Gabby Smith and Yael Hilton and praise and worship leader Michael Cooper. General admission is $30, $40 for VIP. For more information, call 717-4074 or visit eventbrite.com.


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