Church Briefs for Friday, July 27, 201210:47 am | July 27, 2012
East River Park
Minister Barry Pettit will continue the sermon series “Kaleo” during the morning worship service Sunday at East River Park Christian Church. His topic Sunday will be “Called to Generosity.” The service will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Upcoming sixth graders in the Children’s Ministry will present “God Is Not Dead” in sign language.
Sunday School will begin at 9:45 a.m. The Men’s Class will meet in the Little Lambs Day Care Center.
Following the worship service, the youth workers will have lunch and a meeting.
Wednesday night services will begin at 7 o’clock with three adult Bible study classes and classes for children in the nursery through the fifth grade. Classes are also available for youth groups.
The Spanish Ministry will have their services at the same times on Sunday and Wednesday.
For additional information about East River Park and its services, call the church office at 542-8783 or visit the church website at www.erpcc.org
East River Park Christian Church is located at 1207 Broad St.
The theme for the sermon at Sunday morning worship at Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCA) will be “The Word of God Increases.” The scripture text is Acts 12: 1-25.
A nursery, Children’s Small Talk and Kidz Praize Time are provided during the morning service. A monthly fellowship lunch will follow the morning worship service at 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m.
Memorial Presbyterian Church is located at 100 East F St. Rev. Dwight Basham is pastor. For more information about the church and its services, call the church office at 543-2711 or visit www.memorialpresbyterianpca.org
Hunter First Baptist
Hunter First Baptist Church is hosting the annual “Reach 2012” community missions-outreach evening August 2-5. The event involves several churches, including both youth and adults, who go out to do community service projects and evangelism outreach.
Activities will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday and continue through noon on Sunday. Youth will be under the supervision of adult leaders. They will perform free community service projects at homes, schools and churches, building relationships within the community and with each other. Evangelism, Bible discipleship and worship will be an important focus each day.
Registration will be held Thursday between 8 and 9 p.m. in the Christian Life Center. Interested students and adults are invited to attend. A registration fee of $45 per person is due at registration and includes all meals, study materials and a REACH T-shirt. Worship and praise will be held each evening featuring youth guest speaker, Brian Jennings, and worship leaders, The Justin Tenseniar Band.
Hunter First Baptist Church is located at 693 Highway 91, three miles north of Elizabethton. Rev. Grant Wattenbarger is the pastor.
More information may be obtained by calling Hunter First Baptist Church at 543-1381.
Sacred Harmony will be in concert Sunday, July 29, at 6 p.m. at the Timberlake Church at 1770 Gray Station Road, Johnson City.
For more information, call Janet Weaver at 213-8478 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charity Hill FWB
Homecoming will be held at Charity Hill Free Will Baptist Church on Sunday, July 29.
The Evangelaires will sing at 10 a.m.
Rev. Roger Massey from Weaverville, N.C., will preach for the 11 a.m. service.
Lunch will be served following the service.
Pastor Jerry Emmert welcomes everyone to attend.
The church is located at 1353 Charity Hill Road, Elizabethton. For more information, call 543-4988.
Upper Gap Creek FWB
Youth Sunday will be observed Sunday, July 29, at Upper Gap Creek Free Will Baptist Church. The youth will preside over the Sunday School at 10 a.m. and teach the classes.
Russell Bennett of Kingsport will be special guest singer at the 11 a.m. worship service. Following the conclusion of the morning service, lunch will be served in the fellowship hall.
There will be no evening service.
The church is located at 1380 Dry Creek Road. Rev. Dale Blevins is pastor.
Sunday morning worship at First Christian Church begins at 9:45 a.m. This Sunday, Minister Brent Nidiffer will continue with his message series, “Useless to Useful,” based on the New Testament book of Philemon. Sunday’s message will be titled “Useful Prayers.” Ardith Sheffield will present special music.
It is also Pantry Sunday at First Christian, and contributions to the church pantry are welcome.
At noon the youth committee will meet in the fellowship hall for lunch and a planning meeting.
There will be no evening service or classes. The congregation is invited to participate in the Carter County Christian Church’s Singspiration, which will be held at Lower Shell Creek Christian Church in Roan Mountain at 6 p.m.
Tuesday morning prayer will be held at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The prayer time consists of meditation, scripture, singing and prayer as the needs of the congregation, community, nation and the world are lifted in prayer.
Wednesday at 7 p.m., Paul Knapp will lead the Adult Bible Study in the Men’s Classroom. All other age groups will meet in their respective classrooms. The Grace Circle will meet in the Winsome Classroom for their monthly meeting.
Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., the Sunrise Circle will meet at the home of Virginia Laws with Virginia Wakeford as hostess. At 2 p.m. the Volunteer Circle will meet in the Fidelis Classroom at the church. The Ann Jett Circle will meet at 7 p.m. in the church parlor while the Esther Circle will meet in the fellowship hall.
The Men’s Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall with a donation of $3 each.
First Christian Church is located at 513 Hattie Ave. For more information about the church and its activities and services, call the church office at 542-5651.
Watauga Valley FWB
Watauga Valley Freewill Baptist Church will hold a Mexican Fiesta, starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 29. A meal will be served at 6 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their favorite dish to share.
The event is an annual back-to-school celebration for the youth of the church and will be held in the fellowship hall.
The church will also host Youth Sunday on July 29.
Rev. Bill Greer, pastor, invites everyone to attend these events.
The church is located on Highway 91 in Stoney Creek, just above Unaka High School.
Valley Forge Christian
Vacation Bible School will be held at Valley Forge Christian Church July 29 through Aug. 3 with classes daily from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
The VBS theme is “Praise: Where Kids Get Down and Lift God High.” Classes will be offered for all children, age three through high school.
For more information, call 542-4856 or 542-8437.
David Siebenaler is minister.
Union Baptist Church, 1411 Highway 321, Hampton, will have its Fifth Sunday Night Song Service on July 29. The song service will begin at 7 p.m. with “The Gospel Two” in charge of the service.
Pastor Danny Bright invites all to attend and hear the Word of God through music.
The church will hold a youth rally, “Jesus Walks Our Hallways,” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This back-to-school rally will be open to all area youth. Organizers are hoping the rally can provide the most important back-to-school tool — Jesus!
The event will feature a variety of skits, songs and other performances. The message will be brought by David Finney, who is a student and athlete from Hampton High School. Everyone attending will be given a free hotdog supper.
Organizers explain that the reason behind the rally is simple. They feel that as long as teens bring Jesus to school, the government cannot keep Him out.
Rally organizers note that the event would be ideal for all youth groups, small, medium or large, to get together, worship and shout the name of Jesus from the hills.The church is located at 1411 Highway 321, Hampton.
Elk River Baptist
Homecoming will be held Sunday, July 29, at Elk River Baptist Church, with services beginning at 10 a.m. Special music will be presented by Fredia Wagner and Greta Odom.
Rev. Steve Dugger will bring the message at 11 a.m.
Lunch will be served at noon.
Rev. Charles Cable is the pastor. For more information, call 768-2121.
Homecoming will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, at the McGill Memorial Presbyterian Church in Roan Mountain.
Sunday School will be held at 10 a.m. followed by morning worship at 11 a.m., after which dinner will be served.
Rev. Martin Christian is pastor. For more information, call 772-4296 or 772-4118.
Sinking Creek Baptist
The Singing Duggers will be in charge of the service Sunday, July 29, at 6 p.m. at Sinking Creek Baptist Church. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, call 928-3222.
Rittertown Baptist Church, Hampton, will host a Vacation Bible School beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1, and continuing through Aug. 3. Classes will be held each evening from 6:30 to 8:30.
For transportation, call 725-4552 or 725-4322 and leave a return number.
Vacation Bible School will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, 458 Doe Ave., Elizabethton, Aug. 1-4. Classes will be held each evening from 6:30 to 8:30. The theme for the Vacation Bible School is “Amazing Wonders — Aviation,” based on Psalms 147:5.
There will be classes for all ages. Pre-registration will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
VBS activities include Bible lessons, crafts, music, snacks, recreation and much more.
Parents and children are invited to attend the final day of classes on Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. to see some of the fun highlights of the week, tour the classrooms and enjoy a snack.
For van pickup, call the pastor, Rev. James Richardson, at 213-7622 or Jesse at 474-3050, before July 30.
Upper Heaton Creek
Homecoming will be held Sunday, July 29, at the Upper Heaton Creek Free Will Baptist Church, with services beginning at 10 a.m. featuring the singers, Blood Bought. Rev. Ronnie Beam will be preaching at the 11 a.m. worship service after which lunch will be served.
For more information, call the pastor, Rev. William Birchfield, at 772-4909.
Roan Park Baptist
Fifth Sunday Night Singing will be held July 29 at 6 p.m. at Roan Park Baptist Church, Roan Mountain. Featured will be the Old Mountain Bluegrass Gospel Band.
Rev. Darrell Holly is presently serving the church as pastor.
Valley Forge FWB
Morning worship Sunday, July 29, at Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church will feature local evangelist Sherrel Nave preaching with music by the Adult Choir. The service will begin at 10:45 a.m.
The evening service at 6 o’clock will be the Fifth Sunday Service and will feature a joint time of worship with East Side Free Will Baptist Church. East Side pastor, Rev. Justin Deaton, will be preaching.
The public is invited to attend. Rev. Randy Johnson is pastor.
“This is the Sign” will be the theme of the message at worship services Sunday morning, July 29, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Johnson City. The sermon text is Genesis 9: 8-17. Morning worship will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Holy Communion will be served 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.
First United Methodist
“The Joy of Not Having Life Our Way” will be the theme of the sermon at morning worship on Sunday at First United Methodist Church. The sermon text is John 6: 1-21. The service will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a brief fellowship time.
Sunday School for all ages will begin at 11:20 a.m.
The Men’s Prayer Group will meet Sunday at 9 a.m. in Room 108. The Sunday evening Bible study will be held at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
The Abiding Love Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the fellowship hall.
First United Methodist is located at 325 East E St. Rev. Raymond Amos is the pastor. For more information, call 543-3505.
Dr. Donald M. Steele will lead worship at the 11 a.m. service Sunday at First Presbyterian Church. The pastor, Rev. John Shuck, will be the liturgist.
Adult forum will be held at 9:45 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church is located at 119 West F St.
Piney Grove Church of Christ
Homecoming will be held at Piney Grove Church of Christ in Poga on Sunday, July 29.
Harold Morefield of Rock Springs will deliver the message during the 11 a.m. service.
A lunch will be served at 1 p.m.
Pastor is Dean Estep. For more information, call 768-2165.
First Free Will
Associate Pastor Jack Lloyd will preach Sunday at the 11 a.m. worship service at First Free Will Baptist Church, Elizabethton. Special guest speaker at the evening service at 6 o’clock will be Jacob Cochran.
Rev. Nathan Jennings, pastor, invites the public to attend.
Phillippi Missionary Baptist
The Anna Breedlove Missionary Ministry at Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church, 200 Horace Leftwich Lane, Elizabethton, will sponsor a gospel concert in celebration of hats at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 29.
Several church choirs will perform for the concert.
The Rev. Joseph Holifield is the pastor and welcomes the public to attend.
For more information, call 543-1104.
Fairview United Methodist Church in Jonesborough will host Homecoming on Sunday, July 29.
Special singing will be offered at 10 a.m. followed by the 11 a.m. worship service.
A lunch will be served at noon in the fellowship hall.
Those who have pictures or other memorabilia to share are encouraged to bring the items to the event.
Attendees are welcome to bring covered dishes and a joyful heart to join others for this annual Homecoming event.
Transportation can also be arranged.
The church is located at 878 Highway 81N, Jonesborough.
For more information or transportation, call 913-2275. A message can be left.
Greene Hills Baptist
Russell Bennett from Kingsport will provide gospel music for the evening worship service on Sunday, July 29, at Greene Hills Baptist Church in Greeneville. The service will start at 6 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.
Greene Hills Baptist Church is located at 350 Hillcrest Street in Greeneville.
Trinity Assembly of God
Trinity Assembly of God Church, 617 University Parkway, Johnson City, will host a pancake breakfast on Saturday, July 28, from 7 to 10 a.m. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage and a beverage.
The cost is $5 per person. Children age 10 and under can eat free.