Church Briefs for Friday, October 5, 2012

8:57 am | October 5, 2012

Lynn Valley Baptist

Lynn Valley Baptist Church will open its monthly clothes closet Saturday, Oct. 6.

The clothes closet will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. Clothing will be available to all ages for men, women and children.


Hampton Christian

Hampton Christian Church, located behind Hampton High School, will host a Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities include games, a bake sale, canned goods, crafts, handmade sewn items, etc. There will also be hot dogs with all the fixings. This is a fundraiser for the church’s recreation building kitchen.


Range Community

Range Community Christian Church, located at 175 Hart Road, will have a revival Oct. 14-17.

Ken Overdorf will be the evangelist. He has preached for 54 years in Illinois, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky.

The theme of the revival will be “Questions that Quicken the Conscience.”

For more information, call Minister Randy Overdorf at 542-2127.


Union Hill FWB

Union Hill Free Will Baptist Church will host a Fall Bible Conference Oct. 12-14 featuring guest speakers, Paul and Kathy Martin.

Services Friday, Oct. 12, will begin at 9 a.m. with a Men’s Bible Study and an evening worship service at 7 p.m.

Breakfast will be served Saturday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m. followed by Bible study and an evening worship service at 7 p.m.

Sunday services will include Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The church is located at 125 Lane Hill Road.

The Rev. Roger Hayley is pastor.


Keenburg FWB

Keenburg Free Will Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming Sunday, Oct. 7, beginning at 10 a.m.

David Finney will bring the message at the 11 a.m. worship service. Special singing will be provided by present and former members of the church.

Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall following morning worship.

For more information, or if you need a ride to church, call 542-6147.

The church is located at 135 Keenburg Road.


First United Methodist

The sermon “Feasting In A Famine” will be the theme of the morning message Sunday, Oct. 7, at First United Methodist Church. The sermon text is I Kings 17: 9-16.

Morning worship will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a brief fellowship time. Sunday School will begin at 11:20 a.m.

The Men’s Prayer Group will meet at 9 a.m. Sunday in Room 108. The Sunday evening Bible study will not meet this week.

Other activities during the week include the UMY meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the youth house; G2’s on Tuesday from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in the youth house; and the Coolagers on Wednesday from 3:14 to 4:45 p.m.

The Wednesday evening prayer and worship service will not meet Oct. 10.

The Rev. Raymond Amos is pastor, and Debbie Fields is minister to children and youth.

First United Methodist Church is located at 325 E. E St.

For more information, call 543-3505.


Moore’s Chapel

Moore’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church will have Old Fashioned Day at the picnic shed Sunday, Oct. 7.

Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. with lunch to follow.

The Rev. Greg Largent is pastor.

For more information, call 474-2079.


Evergreen FWB

The Old Mountain Inn Bluegrass Gospel Band will present special singing Sunday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church.

The church is located at Morgan Branch Road, Roan Mountain.

The Rev. John McCurry is pastor.

Piney Grove FWB

Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church, Hampton, will have its annual pig roast Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 725-2079 or 725-2907.

The Rev. Ted Lewis is pastor.

Lower Shell Creek Christian

Revival will be held Oct. 7-11 at the Lower Shell Creek Christian Church, Roan Mountain.

Services will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m.

The evangelist will be Jack Harris. Special music will be presented each evening.

Gerald Holly is minister.

Watauga Point U-M

Homecoming will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. at Watauga Point United Methodist Church.

The morning message will be delivered by the Rev. Mack Houston.

Lunch will follow in the church fellowship hall.

After lunch, there will be fun and games for everyone.

New Liberty FWB

The Rev. Sam Ferguson will be preaching Sunday, Oct. 7, during both the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship services at New Liberty Free Will Baptist Church.

The church is located at 113 Peters Hollow Road near the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

The Rev. Ray Colbaugh, pastor, invites the public to attend.

First FWB

Russell Bennett will present special singing Sunday, Oct. 7, at the morning worship service at First Free Will Baptist Church.

The service will begin at 11 a.m.

Homecoming will be observed Sunday, Oct. 14. Barry Rowland and Deliverance will present a concert of music at the 10 a.m. service, and the pastor, the Rev. Nathan Jennings, will preach at the 11 a.m. service.

Lunch will be served in the Christian Life Center following the service.

There will be no evening service.

The public is invited to attend.

First Christian

World Communion Service will be observed Sunday, Oct. 7, at First Christian Church. At the morning worship service at 9:45 a.m. Minister Brent Nidiffer, through his message, will emphasize the importance of worship.

Sunday School will follow at 10:45 a.m. At 4 p.m. the finance committee will meet in the conference room, and at 5:45 p.m., the Ladies Weight Bible Study Group will meet.

The youth at 6 p.m. will go the Madgetts for Bible study while the children will meet in the KFC room and the adults in the sanctuary.

The church offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 8, for Columbus Day.

Morning prayer will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary.

Thursday, the Sunrise Circle will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Marion Campbell’s home; the Volunteer Circle will meet at 2 p.m. in the Winsome Classroom; the Ann Jett Circle at 2 p.m. at Sequa Shields’ home; and the Esther Circle at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

The Men’s Breakfast will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

For more information about First Christian Church and its services, call the church office at 542-5651.

First Presbyterian

Adult Forum and Sunday School will meet at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at First Presbyterian Church. The topic of discussion for the Adult Forum will be Part II of The Lost Gospels. A film will be shown examining the gospels of Phillip and Mary, both of which indicate a prominent role for women in the leadership of the early Christian church.

“Becoming Wholehearted” will be the theme of the 11 a.m. worship service. Also, World Communion Sunday will be observed and a Peacemaking Offering will be received.

The Religion for Life radio broadcast at noon and 2 p.m. will be a re-broadcast of Pastor John Shuck’s interview with Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel Primack, speaking about New Cosmology. The broadcast can be heard on WEHC 90.7 and WETS 89.5

Doe River Baptist

Doe River Baptist Church, 113 Avon St., will have homecoming Sunday, Oct. 7.

Sunday School will begin at 10 a.m., followed by morning worship at 11. Evangelist Sherrel Nave will preach the first service of a revival that will continue Monday through Wednesday at 7 each evening.

Following the morning service, lunch will be served in the fellowship hall.

Special singing will be featured at each service of the revival, and a nursery will be provided.

The Rev. Jim Hawk is pastor.

Memorial Presbyterian

“The Incarnate Son of Man” will be the theme of the message at morning worship Sunday, Oct. 7, at Memorial Presbyterian Church. Selected scripture texts are Dan. 7: 13-17, Matt. 4: 1-11; 16: 13-18.

The service, which will begin at 10:45 a.m., will also feature the Lord’s Supper.

The chancel choir and worship team will lead the congregational singing.

A nursery and Small Talk are provided for the younger children.

The church is located at 100 E. F St. The Rev. Dwight Basham is pastor.

For more information, call 543-2711 or visit online at

Rich Acres FWB

Revival will begin Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Rich Acres Free Will Baptist Church, 1245 King Springs Road, Johnson City.

Services will be held Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

The evangelist will be the Rev. Charles Sherfey.

There will be special singing each night, and a nursery will be provided.

For more information, call 929-9444.

Harvest Baptist

Harvest Baptist Church will have Homecoming Sunday, Oct. 7.

Activities for the day include Sunday School at 10 a.m., when all classes from teenagers and up will meet in the auditorium to view the film “America’s Forgotten Heritage.” Children will meet in their regular Sunday School classes.

At 11 a.m., there will be special singing by the young girls trio, the Harvest Church Choir and Bryan Shell. The message “The Godly Heritage of the Church” will be given by the pastor, Dale Greenwell.

Following the morning worship service, the ladies of the church will be serving a home-cooked meal.

At 1:30 p.m., the congregation will meet back in the auditorium for the second message “Why Good People Suffer.”

For more information or if you need a ride, call 543-3303.

St. Thomas Episcopal

In recognition of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Episcopal Church will offer a service for Blessing of the Animals at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

St. Francis, who was born in the 12th century, is well known for his love of all living things and is recognized as the patron saint of animals.

This service is open to all members of the community and will be conducted on the grounds of St. Thomas, located at 815 N. Second St., behind Food City in Elizabethton.

Each pet will receive a blessing by Fr. Harry Shaefer and a St. Francis medal. The service and medal are free of charge, however, donations for the Elizabethton Animal Shelter will be accepted.

Current needs of the animal shelter are canned food, rawhide products, cat litter, bleach and monetary donations which will remain 100 percent at the Elizabethton shelter.

For more information, call the church office at 543-3081.

Valley Forge FWB

Mark Potter, associate pastor, will be preaching at the 8:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. worship services Sunday, Oct. 7, at Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church.

Jennifer Martin will sing at the early service, and the Adult Choir will sing at the 11:45 a.m. service.

The Praise Choir will sing at the evening service at 6. Preaching will be Dave Martin Jr.

The churchwide Harvest Celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at the church picnic grounds and the fellowship hall.

There will be lots of food, including apple fritters, corndogs, French fries, fried pickles, fried Oreos and much more.

Activities will include inflatable games, pumpkin carving, a bonfire, hayrides, a cornhole tournament and the UT-Mississippi State football game on a giant screen.

The event is for the entire family.

The Rev. Randy Johnson is pastor.

Watauga Valley FWB

Watauga Valley Freewill Baptist Church Youth, Highway 91, Stoney Creek, will hold a spaghetti supper Saturday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church fellowship hall. Tickets are $6 each.

The Rev. Bill Greer, pastor, invites everyone to attend.

Southside FWB

Revival will start at Southside Freewill Baptist Church Monday, Oct. 8. Services will be held at 7 p.m. each day.

The Rev. Allen Laws will serve as evangelist.

Special singing will be provided each evening.

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