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NR Church Notices for Jan. 17, 2013

SoVaNow.com / January 17, 2013
CHERRY HILL UMC
Sunday worship 10:00 a.m., Sunday school 11:00 a.m.; choir practice Tuesday 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor Barbara Parker

BLUE WING GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jennings and male chorus in charge; prayer/Bible study each Wednesday 6:00 p.m.; musical service January 27 at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

BANISTER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION MEN’S MINISTRY
Banister Baptist Association Men’s Ministry meets Saturday, January 19, 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church.

BANISTER MISSIONARY BAPTIST
ASSOCIATION WOMEN’S MINISTRY
Women’s ministry meets January 24, 5:00 p.m. at Peaceful Tabernacle Baptist Church.

BANISTER BAPTIST WOMEN’S MISSIONARY
The convention will meet January 26, 10:00 a.m. at Peaceful Tabernacle Baptist Church.

MT. VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH
January 18-19, 8:45 a.m. distribute food at Good Shepherd Food Ministries; January 20, 10:00 a.m. Sunday school, 11:00 a.m. worship, 12:01 p.m. quarterly church business meeting; January 22, 8:00 a.m. women’s Bible study, leave at 6:00 a.m. for Richmond; January 23, Billy Graham Library visit, leave at 8:00 a.m.; January 25, 7:00 p.m. Liberty hockey game, leave 4:30 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Bill Wilkins

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

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

NEW EPHESUS BAPTIST CHURCH
Early morning worship first and third Sunday for January and February at 11:00 a.m.

ST. MATTHEW BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship second and fourth Sunday 11:30 a.m.; January 27, installation of new officers.
Pastor, Rev. Alfred L. Chandler

ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Worship 9:30 a.m. with nursery available, Sunday school 10:45 a.m.
Pastor Patricia Neilsen

NEW ZION BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.; missionaries seek items for Harvest House; male chorus rehearsal January 19 at 11:00 a.m.; gospel chorus rehearsal January 26 at 11:00 a.m.
Pastor Willie Yancey

MCKENDREE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with nursery available.
Pastor Patricia Neilsen

BERRY HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; church conference January 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Ronnie Haynes

SOUTH BOSTON CHURCH OF CHRIST
Bible study Sunday 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; midweek Bible study Wednesday 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 Holy Eucharist; Rev. John Kazibwe, pastor, or Rev. Jaime Guardado, parochial vicar, will be celebrant; Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturday 5:30 p.m.; scripture study Sunday 5:00 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 Masses Saturday 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. and in Spanish at 1:00 p.m.; weekday Mass Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m.; Holy Hour Friday following Mass.

STAUNTON BAPTIST CHURCH
The deacons will be in service January 20 at 4:00 p.m. with guest preacher Pastor Major Gilbert. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor Dr. P.A. Medley

PINEY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship first and third Sunday 11:30 a.m.; third Sunday, Pastor Scott, youth and senior ushers in charge.

BETHLEHEM BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship first and third Sunday with pastor-elect, Rev. Moses Dixon. All are welcome to attend.

GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
January 20: 9:00 a.m. contemporary service, 10:00 a.m. Sunday school classes, 11:00 a.m. traditional service, 6:00 p.m. evening service; January 23: 6:30 p.m. Awana clubs for kids ages 2-8th grade and teen Bible study, 7:00 p.m. adult Bible study, 7:45 p.m. choir practice.

SAINT JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
On Sunday, Jan. 20 at 9:00 a.m. choir practice will be held. At 10:00 a.m. Father Ross will lead the congregation in the celebration of Holy Eucharist. Coffee time will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the undercroft followed by Sunday school at 11:15 a.m. On Wednesday, Jan. 23, there will be a healing service at 10:00 a.m. and the book study/bag supper will be at 6:00 p.m. in the Rector’s study.

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.; January 20, Elder Bernard Wilkerson will be guest speaker at 3:00 p.m.
Pastor Eld. William Howerton, Sr.

MAIN STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with nursery provided; Bible study Tuesday 10:30 a.m.; study on Methodist Beliefs Sunday 6:00 p.m. and Monday 10:00 a.m.; children’s choir Wednesday 4:30 p.m.
Pastor Ed Rigg

HICKORY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m.; January 26, conference meeting 11:00 a.m.; January 27, 11:00 a.m. worship with Republican Grove Baptist, lunch 1:15 p.m., afternoon service 2:30 p.m. by Pastor Paul Crews. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor T.E. Betts

VICTORY COWBOY CHURCH
Tuesday services at 7:00 p.m. at 12014 Mountain Road, Vernon Hill. Please join us for special preaching.

WESLEY CHAPEL CME CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Keith Mitchell bringing the message.

COUNTY LINE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Altar prayer 9:30 a.m., Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; prayer and Bible study Wednesday 7:00 p.m.; prayer Saturday at 7:00 a.m.; trustees and missionaries workshop January 19 at 9:30 a.m. with Rev. Marcellus Mack and passion week committee meets at 3:00 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Otis Dillard

ZION GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship first and third Sunday 11:15 a.m.; officers installed first Sunday in February; church conference February 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Jefferson Goode

ST. MICHAEL AME CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dr. George W. Ford, Sr.

FERRY STREET FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.; Dr. Martin Luther King youth celebration January 21 at noon.
Pastor, Rev. Frank E. Coleman, Jr.

WILLOW OAK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Bible study Sunday 9:30 a.m., fellowship 10:15 a.m., adult and children’s worship at 11:00 a.m.; Wednesday choir practice 6:30 p.m. and praise team practice 7:15 p.m. Andrew Keeney and Mike Haskett, ministers

ASH AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH
January 20: 10:00 a.m. Sunday school, 10:50 a.m. praise, 11:00 a.m. worship, 6:30 p.m. evening worship and Bible study and GAs and RAs meet; January 23: 7:00 p.m. discipleship and prayer, children’s Bible study. A nursery is provided up to age 3. February 2, chili supper and gospel sing.

DAN RIVER BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Rev. Dwight L. Wilkerson and church family invite you to Sunday school at 10:00 a.m., praise 10:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with Sons of Glory singing this Sunday; January 19, 10:00 a.m. Sons of Glory rehearsal.

BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 10:55 a.m., nursery provided, luncheon to follow for Bill and Nancy LaWall; prayer and Bible study Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Bill LaWall

ELKHORN BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m., combined choir singing and preached word “The Pastor.” All are welcome to attend.
Pastor Dr. C. Lewis Motley

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 at 7:00 p.m.; January 20, music by the gospel chorus.
Pastor, Rev. John Anthony Elliott

PLEASANT GROVE CHURCH
Church school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with Holy Communion observed; Bible study Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Pastor Frederick Eily

CODY CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY
Open Mic Gospel Sing each Friday at 7:00 p.m. All singers and musicians are invited. The women’s ministry will have a potato bar, snacks, desserts, drinks and coffee with proceeds to benefit their ministry. Join us on Highway 40 two miles west of Cody intersection about midway between Gretna and Brookneal.
Pastor Darren Massey

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.; January 10, Rev. Mack at County Line Baptist Church at 9:30 a.m.
Pastor, Rev. M. DeWayne Mack

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.

ZION HILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Rodney Dillard

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 Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

UNION GROVE CME CHURCH
Bible study Wednesday 6:00 p.m.; prayer Thursday 10:00 a.m.; January 19, usher board meeting 9:30 a.m., mass choir rehearsal 10:00 a.m.; January 20, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 10:45 a.m.; January 25, women’s ministry meeting 6:00 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Alfred S. Parker, Jr.


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