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NR Church Notices for Dec. 5, 2013

SoVaNow.com / December 04, 2013
SOUTH BOSTON CHURCH OF CHRIST
Sunday Bible study at 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.; private Bible study and free Bible correspondence available, call 575-7138.

ST. PASCHAL BAYLON CATHOLIC CHURCH
Regular weekend Masses Saturday 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m.; weekday Mass Wednesday 9:30 a.m. followed by Adoration of the Holy Eucharist; Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturday 5:30 p.m.; scripture study Sunday 4:00 p.m. followed by the Rosary; Peaceful Dove prayer group meets each Monday at 10:00 a.m. For more information, call 572-2285.

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Regular weekend Masses Saturday 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Spanish; weekday Mass Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m.; Holy Hour Friday following Mass. Call 434-374-8408 for more information.

DAN RIVER BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., praise 10:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Gospellettes rehearsal December 7 at 10:00 a.m.; mass choir rehearsal December 12 at 6:00 p.m.; CWA sponsors their Annual Christmas Banquet December 15 at the Homestead, Roxboro, NC, contact Patricia Dunn or Gladys Frierson for information.
Pastor, Rev. Dwight L. Wilkerson

UNION GROVE CME CHURCH
December 7, male chorus rehearsal 11:00 a.m.; December 8, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., praise 10:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday 6:00 p.m.; prayer Thursday 10:00 a.m.
Pastor, Rev. Alfred S. Parker, Jr.

MT. VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH
December 6, 5:00 p.m. 3:6 Teen youth group meeting; December 7, 5:00 p.m. South Boston Christmas parade; December 8, 9:00 a.m. deacons and deaconess meeting, Mulberry Plantation Home Christmas Tour, Clover, leave church 2:00 p.m.; December 10, 11:30 a.m. unload food truck at Good Shepherd; December 14, deacon/deaconess ballot for 2014-17; December 17, process Operation Christmas shoe boxes in Charlotte, leave church 9:00 a.m.
Pastor, Rev. Bill Wilkins

HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH APOSTOLIC CHURCH
Sunday school 10:15 a.m., worship 11:30 a.m.; prayer and Bible study Wednesday 7:00 p.m.; first and third Saturday prayer 8:00 a.m.
Pastor Eld. William Howerton, Sr.

WYLLIESBURG PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Children’s Christmas Cantata December 8, 11:00 a.m. and Adult Christmas Cantata December 22 at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome at 506 Jackson Vaughan Road, Wylliesburg.

MT. OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Smith bringing the message; noonday prayer Wednesday; December 8, Family and Friends Day, casual dress, dinner served. All are welcome to attend.

NEW BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday at noon and 6:30 p.m.; December 22, Senior Day. Merry Christmas.
Pastor, Rev. M. DeWayne Mack

COUNTY LINE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Prayer and praise Saturday 7:00 a.m.; altar prayer Sunday 9:30 a.m., Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; junior ushers meet at the Mayflower Sunday at 2:30 p.m.; Sisterhood of Faith meeting December 14, 12:30 p.m. at the church.
Pastor, Rev. Dr. Otis Dillard

VICTORY COWBOY CHURCH
Tuesday night services December 10, 7:00 p.m. with special music by Fear One band.

GREATER BRANDON CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH
DeAndre S. Barksdale Memorial Scholarship Committee’s Annual Pre-Holiday Banquet Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Matthew Brown as banquet speaker and Mr. McCoy Jeffress as musical guest. Contact any committee member for ticket information.

ASH AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH
December 8: 9:45 a.m. prayer, 10:00 a.m. Sunday school, 10:50 a.m. welcome, 11:00 a.m. worship, 6:30 p.m. children’s play rehearsal and evening celebration, 7:15 p.m. worship choir rehearsal; December 11: 6:30 p.m. children’s Bible drill and prayer and Bible study; a nursery is provided up to age 3.

PLEASANT GROVE CHURCH
December 8, church school 8:00 a.m., worship 9:00 a.m. with Pastor Frederick Eily, Christmas fellowship luncheon 1:00 p.m. at the Homestead, must pre-register with fellowship luncheon committee.

OWENS GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., testimony 10:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday 6:00 p.m.; Christmas program and fellowship dinner December 21 at 4:00 p.m.
Pastor John M. Leigh

HALIFAX UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Children and adult Sunday school 10:00 a.m., traditional service 11:00 a.m. with nursery and children’s church offered.
Pastor, Rev. Randy Williams

BETH CAR BAPTIST CHURCH
Prayer, announcements and refreshments Sunday 9:45 a.m., Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with nursery provided for both.
Pastor Dr. Michael Parnell

BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 10:55 a.m. with Pastor Greg Smith, nursery provided; Wednesday prayer/Bible study 7:00 p.m.

MAIN STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with nursery provided; children’s choir each Wednesday 4:30 p.m. for PreK to 5th grade; Fall Bake Sale and Casserole Sale Saturday, December 7, 8:00 a.m.-noon in the education building.
Pastor Ed Rigg

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Worship service Sunday 10:00 a.m.; youth ministry and church family attends the Black Nativity drama at A&T University, Greensboro, following worship; Bible study Wednesday at noon and 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor, Rev. Frank E. Coleman, Jr.

ST. MICHAEL AME CHURCH
Pastor Gloria Skinner-Pettiford and church family invite you to Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday at noon.

SAINT JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
December 8, 10:00 a.m. the Interim Rector, The Rev. Cleon Ross, will lead the congregation in a Service of Holy Eucharist followed by coffee time in the undercroft and at 11:15 a.m. Sunday school will be held for all; Tuesday, December 10, bring a bag supper and join us in a book study at 6:00 p.m. in the undercroft; Wednesday, December 11 healing service at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel. For further information, call the church office at 476-6696.
Interim Rector Rev. Cleon Ross

NEW ARBOR BAPTIST CHURCH
Baptism 9:00 a.m., Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:15 a.m. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor, Rev. Nelson C. Stamps

CRYSTAL HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday at noon and 7:00 p.m.
Pastor Dr. Louis S. Leigh, Sr.

CHERRY HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Worship 10:00 a.m., Sunday school 11:00 a.m. with nursery available.
Pastor Patricia Neilsen

SHADY GROVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with nursery available for both; December 10, UMW Christmas dinner at Ernie’s at 6:00 p.m.; December 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. minister and his family will host an Open House Buffet at the parsonage. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor Charles Townsend

NEW EPHESUS BAPTIST CHURCH
December-February, no 8:00 a.m. worship, all worship services on first-fourth Sunday at 11:00 a.m.; December 8, Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m., Christmas program 2:30 p.m. with light refreshments.

GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
December 8: 9:00 a.m. contemporary service, 10:30 a.m. Christmas musical “Unplugged”, 6:00 p.m. children’s play “The Best Christmas Present Ever”; December 11: 6:30 p.m. Awana Clubs, 7:00 p.m. Bible study.

BETHEL GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
December 6, church meeting 7:00 p.m.; December 8, Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship/communion 11:30 a.m. with guest speaker Rev. Jacqueline Smith; December 15, Christmas service 3:00 p.m. with Voices of Hope in concert; December 19, Bible study 7:00 p.m.

WESLEY CHAPEL CME CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., followed by worship; December 8, 2:00 p.m. Saints Beyond the River program with Blue Wing Grove male chorus in concert; December 22, 2:30 p.m. Christmas program, please remember to bring your gifts.
Pastor, Rev. Keith Mitchell

NEW VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; prayer and Bible study each Tuesday 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor, Rev. John A. Elliott

ELKHORN BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. “I Hear Echoes of Joy”; official ministry team meets Saturday 9:00 a.m.
Pastor Dr. C. Lewis Motley


MILLSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; pastor renders service at New Zion Baptist December 8 at 3:00 p.m.; Bible study each Wednesday 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Paul O. Crews

NEW ZION BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; prayer and Bible study Wednesday at noon; missionaries seek canned food for Harvest House; senior choir rehearsal December 7 at noon; scholarship ministry program December 8 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Crews, lunch will be served.
Pastor Willie Yancey

ZION GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship first and third Sunday 11:15 a.m.; Christmas program third Sunday after worship; retirement dinner for our pastor December 28 at the National Guard Armory with special music. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor, Rev. Jefferson Goode

BAPTIST GENERAL CONVENTION OF VIRGINIA
District E-2 Men’s and Women’s Ministry meeting and Christmas and fellowship hour December 14, 9:00 a.m. at Banister Staunton River and Sunnyside Association. Bring your gifts and canned goods.

CLOVER CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY
Stew and bake sale December 7, 10:00 a.m. Call 579-5941 to place an order.

NEW SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Sylvester Crawley and church family invite you to Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; prayer and Bible study each Tuesday 6:30 p.m.

NEW LIFE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Paul W. Bruce and church family invite you to Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; prayer and Bible study each Wednesday 7:00 p.m.; evening service 6:00 p.m. December 8.

THE WORSHIP CENTER
Local production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” December 14, 7:00 p.m. and December 15 at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.


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