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Religion news, July 14


Saturday, July 14, 2018


■ Browns Chapel Holiness Church, 2260 N.C. 33 West, will host a youth service at 6 p.m. today. Evangelist Talitha Stallings will speak.

■ Burney’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 2628 VOA Site B Road, will host its annual men’s day service at 11 a.m. July 22.

■ Burning Bush United Holy Church, 610 N.C. 43 North, Vanceboro, will have women’s day at 11 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Debra Hill and Chapman Chapel Free Will Baptist Church will be guests.

■ English Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 101 E. Arthur St., will have women’s day at 11 a.m. Sunday. Prophetess Annie Barrow will speak. Queen and princess will be crowned. The church will host the North Carolina/​South Carolina Holy Convocation Convention from Sunday through July 22. The theme is “Following God’s Direction.” Pastor Charles A. Murrill of Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church, Durham, will speak at the opening session at 4 p.m. Sunday. Services will continue at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Guests include Apostle George S. Barrow of City of Refuge Church, Aurora; Bishop Jessie W. Jones and Rouse’s Abundant Life Ministries, Ayden, and Dilda’s Chapel Church, Fountain; Bishop Henry Brown and Mount Calvary Free Will Baptist Church; Apostle Aaron McNair and Mount Moriah Free Will Baptist Church, Farmville; and Apostle Jacki London and The Pillar of Fire International Church, Warsaw. Bishop Gregory Blow of English Chapel will speak at 11 a.m. July 20, and Bishop V.B. Phillips, presiding prelate, will speak at the closing service at 11 a.m. July 22.

■ Holly Hill Original Free Will Baptist Church, 755 Porter Road, will host a men’s fellowship meeting at 8 a.m. today. Larry Walston will be guest speaker. A men’s day service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday. The male chorus will sing.

■ House of Judah Church of God Ministries, 3867 W. Wilson St., Farmville, will conclude its annual women’s conference this weekend. A workshop with Pastor Shelia Driver and Greater New Birth will be held at 10 a.m. today. Lunch will be served. The conference will conclude at 3 p.m. Sunday with Co-Pastor Brenda Edwards and Salvation and Praise. The theme is “Down Is Not Your Destiny.”

■ House of Pentecost Ministries, 3970 N.C. 118, Vanceboro, will host Pastor Marcus Miller and New Birth Christian Center at 3 p.m. today. The church will host its first motorcycle riders’ worship service at noon today.

■ Mount Zion Holy Church, will host a rainbow tea at 4 p.m. today at 528 Third St., Ayden. Call 320-4547. The church, at 3325 Ayden Golf Club Road, Winterville, will host vacation Bible school from 6-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. A youth convention will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 21 and 11 a.m. July 22. Guests include Minister Dontrelle Jones and Macedonia Holy Church and Minister Joyce Jones-Ebron and Love Outreach Ministries. Holy union services will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 28 and 11 a.m. July 29. Pastor Joel Stokes and True Hearts Holy Church, Parmele, will be guests on July 28.

■ St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, 1251 Fleming School Road, will host a senior usher board anniversary celebration at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The Reunion Choir of Baltimore will be in concert at 3 p.m. July 21. The men’s fellowship will be held at 9 a.m. July 28. The guest speaker will be Deacon Brian Pitt of Reach Church of God in Christ, Rocky Mount.

■ Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 Hooker Road, will host men’s day at 10:40 a.m. Sunday. The church will host a Communion service at 10:40 a.m. July 22. Dorthea L. Taylor will be guest soloist.

■ White Oak Church, 4525 Mobley’s Bridge Road, Grimesland, will host an ushers’ program at 3 p.m. July 22.


■ Crusade for Souls Outreach Ministries will host a tent crusade Monday-Friday at 1099 Hampton Court, Hampton Inn, Williamston. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Featured speakers include Ministers William Smith, Kenneth Hyman, Emmanuel Hyman, Steve Lawrence, Ryan Keyes, Clifton Staton, Roy Moody, Richard Crandell and Albert Browning. Call 661-6284.

■ Elm Grove Baptist Church, 5403 Weyerhaeuser Road, Ayden, will host vacation Bible school from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 30-Aug. 3 for all ages. The theme is “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.” Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., with a cost of $3 per person or $10 per family. Call 746-3534 to pre-register.

■ Emmanuel Community Unison Baptist Church, 3501 Speight Seed Farm Road, Winterville, will have vacation Bible school from 6-8 p.m. July 23-27. The theme is “24/​7: Jesus Makes A Way Every Day.”A VBS outing/​cookout and family and friends celebration will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 28, followed by a family and friends service at 8 a.m. July 29.

■ Koinonia Christian Center Church, 1405 S.W. Greenville Blvd., will host Summer Splash 2018 community outreach to Cobblestone, Landover and Meadow Woods apartments at 7 p.m. today. The free event will include food, games and activities. The church will host Convocation 2018 from Thursday through July 21 with Bishop T.L. Penny of Shubach Ministries and Marvin Sapp of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church.. The conference, hosted by Bishop Rosie O’neal, will focus on creating a climate for church growth. Cost is $59 for general admission and $99 for pastors. Register online at rosieoneal.com.

■ Mount Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, 411 Watuaga Ave., will host vacation Bible school at 6 p.m. July 23-27.

■ St. Paul Church of Christ, 4406 East Ave., Ayden, will host a Bible Bowl study trivia event at 2 p.m. July 21. The topic will be the Book of John. Members of Grifton Chapel Church of Christ will be guests.

■ Salem United Methodist Church, 785 McDonald St., Simpson, will host vacation Bible school from 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday for ages 4 years to fifth grade. The theme is “Rolling River Rampage.” Dinner will be served.

■ Wesley Methodist Church, 2979 Wesley Church Road, Farmville, will host a pancake supper in memory of Tom Watson from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Cost is $7 for eat-in or takeout. Proceeds will benefit the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.


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