Church Briefs for Friday, August 24, 2012

8:12 am | August 24, 2012

Caldwell Springs

Revival services will begin Sunday, Sept. 2, at Caldwell Springs Baptist Church, located at 1509 Blue Springs Road. Services will be held at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, with evening services at 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. The prayer room will be open at 6 p.m.

The evangelist will be Rev. Jamie Ferguson, Pastor of Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church

For more information call 474-6456.

South Side FWB

Homecoming will be celebrated Sunday, Aug. 26, at Southside Free Will Baptist Church, Jack Bradley Road, at the 11 a.m. worship service, which will feature special singing. There will be no evening worship service.

Everyone is invited. The Rev. Steve Burleson is pastor.

Blevins Chapel

Homecoming and Old-Fashioned Day will be celebrated Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Blevins Chapel Baptist Church, Roan Mountain.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will feature special singing by the Phillips Family of Gaffney, S.C. Messages will be presented by David Finney and Cody Montgomery.

Lunch will be served following the service.

The Rev. David Montgomery is pastor. For more information, call 725-2639.

Zion Baptist

Homecoming will be observed at Zion Baptist Church, 1982 Gap Creek Road, Elizabethton, on Sunday, Aug. 26. Former pastors and members are invited to attend.

A covered dish meal will be served immediately following the worship service. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. No Sunday School, children’s church or evening services will be conducted.

Dr. D. Alan King is pastor.

For more information, call the church office at 547-0180 or visit

East Side FWB

The Melody Trio will sing at East Side Freewill Baptist on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m.

Pastor is Justin Deaton. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call 772-4415 or 772-3686.

First Christian

Minister Brent Nidiffer will bring the last sermon in the series “Useful” at the Sunday morning worship service at First Christian Church. The sermon series has been from the New Testament book of Philemon. This Sunday’s sermon title is “Useful Knowledge.”

Morning worship begins at 9:45 a.m.

Also, Sunday is Pantry Sunday and everyone is encouraged to bring food items for the church pantry.

Sunday afternoon the youth will participate in a Redneck Water Slide event at the Broyles home. Josh Ringley, youth minister, is in charge of the event.

Sunday at 6 p.m. the worship service will be held in the sanctuary. Children’s classes will meet in the education wing.

The Ladies Bible Study will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the Fidelis Classroom.

Tuesday at 10 a.m., everyone is encouraged to attend Tuesday Prayer in the sanctuary. Following the morning prayer session a group, who have prepurchased tickets, will leave for lunch and Barter Theater to see “David: A Man After God’s Own Heart.”

Bible study classes will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. there will be a reception for Denny and Sue Dyvig in the church fellowship hall. The Dyvigs are missionaries from Moody Aviation who worshipped at First Christian when they were in school at Moody Aviation in Elizabethton 30 years ago. Currently, they are serving in missions in Kenya.

Valley Forge FWB

Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church will celebrate its 82nd birthday with a Heritage Day Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the 10:45 a.m. service. The Bentons from Kingsport will be singing.

Pastor Randy Johnson invites the public to attend.

God’s Blessings

The New Life Singers will perform in concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at God’s Blessings Church in Hampton.

Pastor Bob Holtsclaw invites everyone to attend.

The church is located on First Avenue in Hampton.

Fairview Baptist

A benefit bake sale will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, at Fairview Baptist Church in Watauga.

The sale will benefit Connie Oliver, who is at Vanderbilt awaiting a bone-marrow transplant. The benefit will offer for purchase baked goods and other items. Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

Proceeds will help meet some of Oliver’s expenses as she awaits her treatment. Monetary donations can also be sent to: Connie Oliver, 801 Ensor Ave., Apartment A9, Nashville, TN 37204.

Watauga First

The Glory Way Singers will be at Watauga First Baptist Church on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 10:30 a.m. for a song service. The church is located at 111 East 3rd St. The public is invited.

St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth Church will offer an evening of information on the Catholic Christian faith at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the church, located at 510 West C St. Any adult who would like a better understanding of what the Catholic church teaches is invited. An opportunity for continued study in what is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RICA) will be discussed.

For more information, please call Deacon Michael Frazier at 735-1163 or the church at 543-3413.

Freedom Fellowship

A benefit singing for Chris Putman will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. at Freedom Fellowship Church. Featured will be the Glory Band, Gospel Two, and the Brotherhood Quartet. A love offering will be received.

Rev. John Hammett is pastor.

Bethlehem Lutheran

“The Choice to Love” will be the topic of the Sunday morning sermon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Johnson City. The sermon text is Ephesians 5: 22-23. Morning worship will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Holy Communion will be served at both services.

Sunday School and Bible study will be held at 9:15 a.m.

Interpreted services for the deaf are available on the second and fourth Sundays at the 10:45 a.m. service.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 201 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City. Rev. Steven Harmon is pastor.

Upper Shell Creek

Revival will be held Sept. 2-5 at Upper Shell Creek Christian Church, with services beginning Sunday at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The evangelist will be Bud Gentry. Special music will also be presented.

For more information, call the church minister, Darrell Birchfield.

Memorial Presbyterian

“The Dream of the Kingdom” will be the theme for the message at the 10:45 a.m. worship service Sunday at Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCA). The scripture text is Daniel 2: 24-34, 44-46.

A nursery, Children’s Small Talk and Kidz Praize Time are provided for children during the morning service.

Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m.

Memorial Presbyterian Church is located at 100 East F St., Elizabethton. Rev. Dwight Basham serves as pastor.

For more information, call the church office at 543-2711 or visit

First United Methodist

Dan Boner and the ETSU Faculty Bluegrass Band will be featured in an Old Time Gospel Hymn Sing at First United Methodist Church during Sunday’s 10 a.m. worship service. The sermong will be titled “A Reason to Come Home.” Scripture text is Luke 15: 1-3, 11-24.

Sunday School for all ages will be held following the worship service at 11:20 a.m.

The Men’s Prayer Group will meet Sunday at 9 a.m. in Room 108. The Sunday evening Bible Study will meet at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

The Abiding Love Bible Study will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the fellowship hall.

First United Methodist is located at 325 East E St. Rev. Raymond Amos is pastor. For more information, call 543-3505.

Morgan Branch FWB

Morgan Branch Freewill Baptist Church in Roan Mountain will host the Southern Accents for a special singing during the morning service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Dinner will be served after the service.

For more information, call 772-3210.

Bethel Christian

Bethel Christian Church located in Jonesborough is gearing up for one of the church’s largest events of the year.

Bethel Fest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot behind the downtown courthouse located on Main Street in Jonesborough. The communitywide event will showcase a variety of musical entertainment throughout the evening, as well as children’s games, face-painting and free food. The event has been going on for nearly 10 years, as the church will celebrate its 146th anniversary in the fall.

For more information on Bethel Fest, call 753-9880 or visit

Eastern Gate FWB

Brian Burchfield will sing at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, for Homecoming at Eastern Gate Freewill Baptist Church, Veterans Way, at Mountain Home in Johnson City. Burchfield will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Long Hollow Primitive Baptist Church, Stanley Valley Road, Surgoinsville.

The Rev. David Morgan, pastor, invites everyone to attend. For more information, call 753-7462.

Mountain View FWB

Mountain View Freewill Baptist Church in Greeneville will host Kingsport’s Russell Bennett for a song service of gospel music on Saturday, Aug. 25.

The service and gospel concert will start at 6 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. The church is located at 2610 Warrensburg Road in Greeneville.

Pastor is Bo Ragon.

First Presbyterian

“In the Moment” will be the theme of the Sunday morning sermon at First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethton. Scripture reading will be from the Gospel of Thomas 113. The worship service will begin at 11 a.m.

Adult Forum and Sunday School will be at 9:45 a.m.

Dances of Universal Peace will be held at 7 p.m. in the Martin Hall (Lower Level, E Street entrance). The theme for this month will be “The Flow of Life,” using sacred phrases from the world’s religious traditions honored and celebrated in our inclusion in the flow of life.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 119 West F St. Rev. John Shuck is pastor.

East River Park

Harvest of Talents Week is being celebrated at East River Park Christian Church. The week of activities will conclude Saturday with an arts and crafts sale. All proceeds from the sale as well as the week’s activities have been designated for missions, with part going to world hunger through IDES, and the remaining funds being used for emergency mission needs both locally and abroad.

The sale will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. Breakfast will be available from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Church members have been working throughout the year creating items to sell. Among these items will be stitchery, woodworking, plastic canvas items, vinegar, olive oil, crochet, kitchen towels, paintings and crafts. In addition, there will be apple butter, jelly, canned pickles and homemade fudge for sale.

For children, there will be face-painting, cotton candy and popcorn.

This evening, 7 Day Design will present a concert and youth will present their talents in the church sanctuary. A free will offering will be received for this concert.

Evergreen FWB

Homecoming will be celebrated at Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church in Roan Mountain on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Special speaker during the 10 a.m. morning worship service will be Jeremiah Dehaney from Jamaica.

Special singing will be provided by The Dugger Family.

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