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NR Church Notices for Feb. 27, 2014

SoVaNow.com / February 27, 2014
NEW VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; prayer and Bible study Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday 7:00 p.m.; Holy Communion observed this week.
Pastor, Rev. John A. Elliott

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.; Scholarship day March 9 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Ronnie Womack; March 16, 3:00 p.m. pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church.
Pastor, Rev. M. DeWayne Mack

BERRY HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; March 8, 5:00 p.m. usher ministry musical program with many invited guests. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor, Rev. Ronnie Haynes

ZION GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship first and third Sunday 11:15 a.m., minister for March is Rev. Morris Mitchell, Holy Communion observed.

ELKHORN BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 10:45 a.m. with Rev. Matthew Brown and at 3:00 p.m., deacons, deaconess, trustee’s day with Rev. Rodney Dillard, dinner served at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

DAN RIVER BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., praise 10:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Dwight L. Wilkerson. All are welcome to attend.

TRAYNHAM GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:30 a.m.; Bible study and prayer Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.; March 9, male chorus anniversary at 3:00 p.m.; March 22, 5:00 p.m. Genesis anniversary. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor, Rev. Dr. William A. Keen

COUNTY LINE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Prayer 7:00 a.m. Saturday, constitution committee meets at 8:00 a.m., Baptism Sunday at 9:00 a.m., altar prayer 9:30 a.m., Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with Holy Communion observed, invitation is to St. John’s Baptist at 3:00 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Dr. Otis Dillard

GREATER MAYFIELD APOSTOLIC CHURCH
Pastor Street will be here at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28; Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:30 a.m.

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 Tuesday 6:30 p.m.

BLUE WING GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; executive board meeting March 5 at 5:00 p.m., church conference 6:00 p.m.; prayer/Bible study resumes March 12 at 6:00 p.m.; pastor in revival March 18, 7:00 p.m.. at First Baptist Church; annual youth revival March 31-April 2 at 7:00 p.m. with guest speakers and music nightly.
Pastor Hayward Jennings, Sr.

AARON’S CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday coffee 9:30 a.m., Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor, Rev. Joe McDowell

BETHLEHEM BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship first and third Sunday 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Moses N. Dixon, Jr.; youth pancake supper March 7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER MAY 1
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”-James 5:16. When we come to the end of all human devices, there is a great untapped reservoir of power available to us. It is the power of prayer.
The wonders that have been wrought by God through the intercession of His saints would fill so many volumes that the libraries of the world would scarcely be able to contain them all. Individuals and organizations, who accomplish much for God, are frequently found on their knees. The Word of God charges us to “always pray and faint not.” Our county and towns has a great opportunity to come together and pray.
On May 1, The National Day of Prayer will be held at Halifax County Senior High School. We can come together as a body of believers uniting our hearts and Spirits to pray for our nation. Let’s all come that night with our hearts and cry out to our God that He would heal our land.Rev. Jack Stewart, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church

HALIFAX UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Children and adult Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; nursery and children’s church provided.
Pastor, Rev. Randy Williams

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

REPUBLICAN GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Annual choir day March 2 at 2:00 p.m. with guest speaker Pastor Brandon Smith. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor Rev. Dr. L.S. Otey

GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
March 2: 9:00 a.m. contemporary service, 10:00 a.m. Sunday school, 11:00 a.m. traditional service, 6:00 p.m. evening service; March 5: 6:30 p.m. Awana clubs, 7:00 p.m. Bible study.

SAINT JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
On Sunday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m. the Interim Rector, Father Cleon Ross, will lead the congregation in a Service of Holy Eucharist followed by coffee, Sunday school 11:15 a.m.; Tuesday night book study cancelled until further notice; Shrove Tuesday pancake supper 5:00-8:00 p.m. on March 4; March 5, Ash Avenue service 10:00 a.m. in the chapel and 6:00 p.m. in the church.

SCOTTSBURG BAPTIST CHURCH
March 2-5, Spring Missions Revival with Dave Johnson, a North American missionary from Chicago, Illinois, and Jay Smoot, an International missionary from India, will be sharing with us. All are welcome to attend.

OUR LADY OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Traditional Latin Mass March 2, 3:00 p.m. at the corner of Oakleigh Avenue and River Ridge Road, Appomattox.

ST. PASCHAL BAYLON CATHOLIC CHURCH
Regular weekend Mass Saturday 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m.; Wednesday Mass 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 Monday 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA ROMAN
CATHOLIC CHURCH
Regular weekend Mass Saturday 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Spanish; Thursday and Friday Mass 9:30 a.m.; Holy Hour Friday following Mass.

SOUTH BOSTON CHURCH OF CHRIST
Sunday morning Bible study 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; midweek Bible study Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.; private Bible study is available by request.

HICKORY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship second and fourth Sunday 11:00 a.m.; Pastor Betts preaching March 11, following by lunch at 1:15 p.m., afternoon service 2:30 p.m. by Pastor Thurman Ellis. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor T.E. Betts

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. and 149th church anniversary at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Peyton Waller; prayer and Bible study Wednesday at noon and 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor, Rev. Frank E. Coleman, Jr.

MAIN STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with nursery provided; children’s choir Wednesday 4:30 p.m., men’s Bible study Saturday 7:30 a.m. at Bojangles near Lowes; pancake supper March 4 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with charge per person; A Service of Ashes March 5 at 7:00 p.m.; Ash Wednesday is first day of Lent.
Pastor Ed Rigg

BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 10:55 a.m., with Pastor Greg Smith, nursery provided; Wednesday prayer and Bible study 7:00 p.m., choir practice 8:00 p.m.

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. with Holy Communion this week; Bible study Wednesday at noon.

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.
Pastor John M. Leigh

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.

BANISTER HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., praise 10:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with Bro. Trevon Ragsdale; prayer and Bible study Wednesday 6:00 p.m.; church conference March 3 at 7:00 p.m.; community workshop Crime Prevention March 7 at 10:00 a.m.; youth choir anniversary March 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Pastor Dr. William Carr

ASH AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH
February 28: 6:30-10:30 p.m. youth Winter Big Event with Steve Freeman; March 1: 5:30 p.m.-until chili fundraiser for our prayer garden fund; March 2: 9:45 a.m. prayer, 10:00 a.m. Sunday school, 10:50 a.m. welcome, 11:00 a.m. worship, 5:45 p.m. handbell choir rehearsal, 6:30 p.m. worship,. 7:15 p.m. worship choir rehearsal; March 5: 5:30 p.m. supper, 6:30 p.m. children’s Bible drill and prayer and men and women’s studies.

WESLEY CHAPEL CME CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; annual State Rally March 9 at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor, Rev. Keith Mitchell

MILLSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday 6:00 p.m.; scholarship fund service March 9 at 3:00 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 each Wednesday at noon; missionaries seek canned items for Harvest House; senior choir rehearsal March 1 at 10:00 a.m.; missionaries annual Pew Rally March 2 at 3:00 p.m.
Pastor Willie Yancey

SHADY GROVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with nursery available for both; March 4, UMW annual Pancake Supper from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall; Ash Wednesday service March 5 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor Charles Townsend

PLEASANT GROVE CHURCH
March 2, church school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; midweek service Wednesday 6:45 p.m.; 4th Annual Family, Friends and Bikers Day May 18, 11:00 a.m. with guest speaker Rev. Ronnie Gilliam, music and refreshments. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor Frederick Eily

ST. MATTHEW BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship second and fourth Sunday 11:30 a.m.; March 7, church meeting 6:00 p.m.; March 9, cemetery rally.
Pastor, Rev. Alfred L. Chandler

MURPHY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Family and Friends Day second Sunday in March at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Leona Palmer, lunch will be served; regular service at 11:30 a.m.
Pastor Herman Robertson

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

MT. VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH
February 28, 6:30 p.m. Dan River Baptist Association youth Big Winter Event at Ash Avenue Baptist, “Son of God” movie at World of Sports; March 1, 10:00-4:00, 3:6 Teen youth yard cleanup; March 4, 9:30 a.m. women’s Bible study; March 2, 1:30 p.m. “Son of God” movie at World of Sports; March 5, 10:00 a.m. Wilson Memorial Ruritan Club Halifax Sheriff’s Dept. Crime Prevention Program, call 476-3343 to register for lunch; March 15, 9:00 a.m. Longwood Civil War seminar, leave church 7:00 a.m.
Pastor, Rev. Bill Wilkins

UNION GROVE CME CHURCH
March 1, prayer 7:00 a.m., church conference 9:00 a.m., gospel ensemble rehearsal 10:00 a.m.; March 2, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., praise 10:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Ash Wednesday service March 5 at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. George Brown; prayer Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Pastor, Rev. Alfred S. Parker, Jr.

BAPTIST GENERAL CONVENTION OF VIRGINIA
District E-2 men, women and youth ministry meets March 8, 10:00 a.m. at Banister, Staunton River and Sunnyside Association. Bring a non-perishable food item.

MT. OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Smith bringing the message; Men and Women’s Day March 23 at 3:00 p.m. with guest speaker Rev. Otis Dillard. All are welcome to attend.

PINEY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship first and third Sunday 11:30 a.m.; church conference March 1 at noon; Communion March 2.
Pastor, Rev. Dr. Whitfield Scott

WILLOW OAK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Sunday Bible classes for all 9:45 a.m., fellowship 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m., youth service 4:30 p.m.; choir practice Wednesday 6:30 p.m.; Andrew Keeney and Dr. Michael Haskett ministers.

HACKBERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Wednesday prayer 7:00 p.m. with Bible study 7:30 p.m.; third Sunday intercessory prayer 9:45 a.m.; March 2, 3:00 p.m. Deaconess Speak Out.
Pastor Rev. Dr. Hubert Pannell

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; Ash Wednesday service March 5 at 7:00 p.m.; devotions at The Woodview March 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Dr. Michael Parnell


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., evening service 6:00 p.m.; prayer and Bible study Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

BETHEL GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship second and fourth Sunday 11:30 a.m.; March 7, church meeting 7:00 p.m.

NEW ST. LUKE APOSTLE CHURCH
Christian education hour 10:30 a.m., worship 11:30 a.m.; Monday night corporate prayer 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday Bible study 7:30 p.m.; first lady appreciation day March 2 at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor Bettie Parrish; 2nd Annual Women’s Conference April 4-5, call 572-8880 for more information.
Pastor D.E. H. Jerome Betts


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