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NR Church Notices for May 23, 2013

SoVaNow.com / May 23, 2013
COUNTY LINE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Altar prayer 9:30 a.m., Sunday school 9:45 a.m., praise 11:00 a.m.; praise dancers rehearsal May 24 at 6:00 p.m.; scholarship applications are available; prayer and Bible study Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Dr. Otis Dillard

BLUE WING GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; prayer/Bible study each Wednesday 6:00 p.m.; male chorus musical service May 26 at 3:00 p.m.; Divine Daughters second anniversary June 2 at 3:00 p.m.; executive board meeting June 3 at 6:00 p.m.; church conference June 5 at 6:00 p.m.; Vacation Bible School June 10-13.
Pastor Hayward Jennings, Sr.

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.; May 26, guest speaker Eld. Donald Johnson at 3:00 p.m.
Pastor Eld. William Howerton, Sr.

EBENEZER CME CHURCH
Come Get on Board The Ole Ship of Zion featuring Negro spirituals and hymns May 26 at 6:00 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Andre’ Williamson

UNION GROVE CME CHURCH
Bible study Wednesday 6:00 p.m.; prayer Thursday 10:00 a.m.; May 24, 6:00 p.m. women’s ministry; May 25, commission on evangelism meeting 10:00 a.m., youth praise ensemble rehearsal at noon; May 26, Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 10:45 a.m.; mass choir anniversary June 9 at 2:30 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Alfred S. Parker, Jr.

SOUTH BOSTON SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Worship Saturday 9:15 a.m., Sabbath school 10:15 a.m. at 1617 Jeffress Blvd., South Boston. Private Bible study available, call 920-285-2287.
Pastor Darry Campbell

WILLOW OAK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Bible classes for all ages 9:30 a.m., fellowship 10:15 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m., children’s programs 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday choir practice 6:30 p.m., praise team practice 7:15 p.m. Andrew Keeney and Dr. Michael Haskett ministers.

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.

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; 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 each Monday at 10:00 a.m. For more information, call 572-2285.

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

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH NEWS FERRY
Women’s Conference June 19, 12:00-3:00 p.m., there is a charge with guest minister Rev. Brennetta C. Williams and Elder Donna Jones. For more information, call 434-471-0527.

FIRST CROSS ROADS BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; prayer and Bible study Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Children’s church and children’s music class provided.
Pastor R. Dan Ward

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.

BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 10:55 a.m. with Rev. Bill LaWall, a nursery is provided; Wednesday 7:00 p.m. prayer, choir practice 8:00 p.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH FERRY STREET
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday noon and 6:30 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Frank E. Coleman, Jr.

NEW ZION BAPTIST CHURCH
Worship 11:00 a.m. first, second, fourth and fifth Sunday, 8:00 a.m. service third Sunday; Bible study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.; gospel chorus rehearsal May 25 at 11:00 a.m.; Family and Friends Day May 26 at 11:00 a.m., lunch will be served; deacons meet May 29 at 5:00 p.m.
Pastor Willie Yancey

ST. MATTHEW BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m. worship second and fourth Sunday 11:30 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday 7:00 p.m.; June 2, 3:00 p.m. pastor’s anniversary with guest speaker Rev. Bruce Featherston.
Pastor, Rev. Alfred L. Chandler

HACKBERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Wednesday prayer 7:00 p.m., Bible study 7:30 p.m..; third Sunday intercessory prayer 9:45 a.m.; May 24, 7:00 p.m. pastor at New Arbor Baptist; May 26, 3:00 p.m. pastor at Right Touch Church.
Pastor, Rev. Dr. Hubert Pannell

NEW ARBOR BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:15 a.m. with senior choir singing.
Pastor, Rev. Nelson C. Stamps

MAIN STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with nursery provided; graduation Sunday May 26; fish fry dinner May 31.
Pastor Ed Rigg

CHERRY HILL UMC
Worship 10:00 a.m., Sunday school 11:00 a.m.; choir practice Tuesday 7:00 p.m.; yard and bake sale June 1 at 7:30 a.m.
Pastor Barbara Parker

ASH AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH
May 26: 10:00 a.m. Sunday school, 10:50 a.m. praise, 11:00 a.m. worship no evening activities for Memorial Day Sunday; May 22, 7:00 p.m. prayer and Bible study; June 9-14 children’s VBS.

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

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

BANISTER HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., praise 10:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday 6:00 p.m.; Sunday school convention June 1 at 8:30 a.m.; Women’s Day June 9 at 11:00 a.m.
Pastor Dr. William Carr

NEW HOPE CME CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship with Pastor William Ray Mosley at 11:00 a.m., lunch will be served.
Pastor, Rev. Darryl Dennis

SHADY GROVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with nursery available for both; May 26, 8:30 a.m. breakfast in the fellowship hall, graduates will be honored during worship. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor George Gorman

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

GREATER BRANDON CHAPEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Annual Men’s Day May 26 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Voight Hairston. All are welcome to attend.

GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH
May 26: 9:00 a.m. contemporary service, youth leading, 10:00 a.m. Sunday school, 11:00 a.m. traditional service, 6:00 p.m. no evening service; May 29: 6:45 p.m. Summer children’s program, 7:00 p.m. adult Bible study and choir practice.

SAINT JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
On Sunday, May 26th at 10:00 a.m. the congregation will be led in Morning Prayers. Following the service Coffee Time will be held in the undercroft at 11:00 a.m. At 11:15a.m. Sunday School will be held for children and adults. On Wednesday, May 29th, there will be a Healing Service at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel. The 6:00 p.m. book study is canceled until further notice. St. John’s Church is starting a preschool program with extended daycare for three and four year old children. For further information, call the church office at 476-6696. Interim Rector Rev. Cleon Ross

SOUTH BOSTON SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Worship Saturday 9:15 a.m., sabbath school 10:15 a.m. at 1617 Jeffress Blvd., South Boston. For more information, call 920-285-2287.

DAN RIVER BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., praise 10:45 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with Willing Gospel Singers; May 27-31, pastor in revival at Bluestone Baptist Church; missionary society fellowship day June 2 at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Thurman Betts.
Pastor, Rev. Dwight L. Wilkerson

MILLSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor and Sister Paul O. Crews’ third pastoral anniversary May 26 at 3:00 p.m. with guest speaker Rev. Willie N. Yancey; Rev. John Jones preaching at 11:00 a.m.; lunch will be served; Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; Bible study Wednesday 6:00 p.m.; June 2, annual deacon/deaconess/trustee day with Rev. Dr. William A. Keen, lunch will be served.

NEW MINE CREEK PROGRESSIVE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Fellowship musical program June 1, 4:00 p.m. with The Silver Stars. For more information, call 434-792-2458 or 434-579-5252.
Pastor Elder Bernard Boulton

ZION GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., first and third Sunday worship 11:15 a.m.; pastor’s 21st anniversary June 2 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Melvin Fuller; church conference June 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Pastor, Rev. Jefferson Goode

WESLEY CHAPEL CME CHURCH
Sunday school 10:00 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m.; third quarterly conference May 31 at 6:00 p.m.; pastor’s anniversary second Sunday in June at 3:00 p.m.

PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
May 26, church school 8:45 a.m., worship with Frederick Eily and male chorus at 9:00 a.m., Holy Communion observed; Bible study Wednesday 6:45 p.m.; June 1, Baptist General Convention of VA Annual Area E Men’s Ministry service Dan River View Baptist at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Samuel W. Burton and special music, please appear in uniform.

ELKHORN BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship 11:00 a.m. with guest speaker Elder Thomas Caldwell and Mrs. Tresa Dunn will be worship leader; Bible study Tuesday 7:00 p.m.; Bible training instruction Thursday 7:00 p.m.
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 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday 7:00 p.m.; revival services May 27-31 at 7:00 p.m. nightly with Dr. Rufus Fuller, III. All are welcome to attend.
Pastor, Rev. John Anthony

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.

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 at 6:30 p.m.

BANISTER BAPTIST WOMEN’S MISSIONARY CONVENTION
The convention will have a program May 25, registration at 9:00 a.m. at Mountain Grove Baptist. Preacher Rev. Thomas Diven and church choir.

MT. VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH
May 26, 10:00 a.m. Sunday school, 11:00 a.m. worship; May 29, 6:30 p.m. choir practice; June 1, 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. local Mission in Action yard sale and bake sale; June 7, 3:00-7:00 p.m. car wash and bake sale.
Pastor, Rev. Bill Wilkins

BETHEL GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
May 25, male chorus rehearsal/meeting at noon; May 26, Sunday school 9:45 a.m., worship 11:30 a.m. with Minister Jacqueline Smith; revival service June 3-5 at 7:00 p.m. nightly with guest speakers and music.


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