Church Briefs for Friday, August 3, 201210:38 am | August 3, 2012
The Gloryway Singers will be in concert Sunday at the 11 a.m. worship service at First Free Will Baptist Church, 706 First St., Elizabethton.
The group is composed of Monty Brown, lead singer; Larey Simerly, tenor; Larey Pippin, baritone; Mike Peters, bass; and Chris Pippin, soloist.
Rev. Nathan Jennings, pastor, invites the public to attend.
“Grumbling in the Wilderness” will be the theme of the message Sunday at morning worship at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Johnson City. The sermon text is Exodus 16: 2-15. Morning worship will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Holy Communion will be held at both services.
Sunday School and Bible study will be held at 9:15 a.m.
Interpreted services for the deaf are available on the second and fourth Sundays at the 10:45 a.m. service.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 201 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City.
Rev. Steven Harmon is pastor.
The Ladies Auxiliary of Milligan Free Will Baptist Church will have a barbecue dinner on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will include a barbecue pork sandwich, baked beans, cole slaw, chips, a dessert and drink. Carryouts will be available. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under eight.
Milligan Free Will is located at 1471 Milligan Highway.
Valley Forge Christian
Valley Forge Christian Church will have a back-to-school block party on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be inflatables, a dunking booth, lots of games and free food. Also, there will be free school supplies.
For more information, call the church at 542-4856 or 957-9181.
Sims Hill Christian
Homecoming will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Sims Hill Christian Church. There will be no Sunday School. Gerald Holly, minister at Lower Shell Creek Christian Church, will bring the message. Special music will be presented by Jeremy Holly.
Following the service, lunch will be served in the church fellowship hall.
There will be no evening service.
Rev. John Shuck will continue with his theme of “Happiness” on Sunday at the morning worship service at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church. The theme of the Sunday service is “Finding Yourself and Loving What You Find,” based on readings from Bhagavad Gita 18: 61-62: “The Lord lives in the heart of every creature. He turns them around and round upon the wheel of his Maya. Take refuge utterly in him. By his grace you will find supreme peace, and the state which is beyond all change.”
In expounding on his sermon, Rev. Shuck wrote: “Do you know who you are? You are a royal priesthood. You are the Beloved. You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. You are the image of God. You are the Buddha. Christ is in you. Get it? “Oh,” we blush. “Not really. Not me. You wouldn’t say that if you really knew me. Maybe if I lost a little weight or learned how to control my temper, but no, not me, not now.
“But, of course. that is the point. God is the one saying all of that about you. And God knows you. As you are, now. In fact, God knows you more than you know yourself and God says that about you. There is no getting away from it. God adores you. Now look in the mirror and love what you see as God loves.”
Adult forum will be held at 9:45 a.m.
Sunday morning worship at First Christian Church will begin at 9:45 a.m. Brent Nidiffer, minister, will continue with the message series, “Useless to Useful,” based on the New Testament book of Philemon. This Sunday’s message will be titled “Useful Motives.”
Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. the church will have a carry-in picnic at the pavilion by the river near the Elizabethton Twins baseball field. First Christian will sponsor the Twins game at 7 p.m. Julia Stuart Moody will sing the National Anthem and the first pitch of the game will be thrown out by the winner of a drawing.
The Ladies Bible Study will resume at 10 a.m. Monday in the Fidelis Classroom.
Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., morning prayer will be held in the sanctuary. Congregation members as well as the public are invited to come together for meditation, scripture, singing and prayer as the needs of the congregation, community, nation and the world are lifted up.
Wednesday at 7 p.m., Emilee Nidiffer will give a report on her summer mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya, with Christian Missionary Fellowship to the Adult Bible Study Class in the men’s classroom. All other age groups will meet in their respective classrooms.
The elders will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the conference room.
For more information regarding First Christian and its services and activities, call the church office at 542-5651.
Friendship Freewill Baptist Church in Hampton will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 5.
The Sounds of Victory will sing. Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall following the service. There will be no evening service.
For more information, call Pastor Danny Osborne at 725-4171.
Riverside Community Church of Jesus
The congregation at Riverside Community Church of Jesus, 121 Paterson Lane, Elizabethton, will hold an evening celebration for the birthday of Pastor Ben Johnson on Friday, Aug. 3.
For more information, call 957-9052.
Hampton Church of God
Mike Presnell will sing at the 6 p.m. worship service Sunday at Hampton Church of God.
The public is invited to attend. Rev. Hobart Bradshaw is pastor.
Lynn Valley Baptist
Lynn Valley Baptist Church will have its monthly clothes closet on Saturday, Aug. 4. The clothes closet will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. Clothing will be available in all sizes for men, women and children.
The Terrific Thursday Children’s Summer Program at Grace Baptist Church will be performing Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the morning worship service. They will sing “God’s Got An Army.”
Rev. Dean Smith is serving as interim pastor.