Don’t miss New Year’s Eve service and a grand reopening


Greetings and merry Christmas from the Wesley Smith Chapel community and yours truly!

I pray that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that you bless someone by sharing some food. Yours truly spent Thanksgiving day with my babies and guess what, my daughter can cook better then I can! I know a lot of you are laughing at me and making the statement, “Glenda don’t even cook.” No, I don’t.

Happy eighth pastor’s anniversary to Elder Matthew McNair and his wife, lady elect Mary McNair. He is the Pastor of Alum Springs Church of Christ in Dover, where Elder Kenneth Freeman and the St. Luke Church Choir and usher rendered the service to help McNair celebrate the occasion. Freeman, the St. Luke trustees and St. Luke Church family would like to thank each and everyone for your donations and love offerings that you made to St. Luke Church for the paving of its parking lot. The love offerings are still being accepted for the parking lot.

What a mighty awesome God we serve and we as a church family are grateful. Here are some events coming up at local churches:

  • St. Luke Church of Christ, 636 Waller Road, invites you to a worship service every first and third Sunday at 11 a.m. with Sunday school starting at 9:45 a.m. Bible study is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Elder Kenneth and mother Vesta Freeman invite you to come and fellowship.
  • A New Years Eve service will be held at New Life Worship Center, 218 Maple Street, at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Pastor Janice Williams is the host pastor there and will join the St. Luke Church and St. James Church for the word delivered by Elder Jean Ward, Elder Brenda McNair and Elder James Crawford.
  • Apostle Daniel Uzzel and The Gospel Keys will present a Christmas Gospel Concert to be held on Dec. 22 with doors opening at 4 p.m. and the program beginning at 5. It will be held at Wave of Glory Church, 915 McDaniel Street, Goldsboro, featuring the Wave of Glory Choir, The Gospel Keys, Set A Part The Hobbs Sisters Nakia Fisher and others. Admission is $10.
  • A grand reopening for Artis Daily Bread will be held from 12 until 2 p.m. on Dec. 28 with free lunch and door prizes available in a first come, first served situation. The official opening will be at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6 and Artis Daily Bread will serve customers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • New St.Delight UH Church on Suttontown Road invites you to worship with the church every Sunday morning except the fifth Sunday of the month, at 11 a.m. with Bible study every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The pastor, Elder Travis Gardener, invites all to come and fellowship.
  • Goshen Disciples Church in Faison invites you to worship with the church on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays of the month at 11 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. and Bible studies are held on Wednesdays. Elder Donald DeWitt is the pastor. Merry Christmas to each and everybody from the office of Elder Donald DeWitt and the Goshen Church family!

    Happy days

    Happy special birthday to the dynamic singing star, Michael Houston, of Faison who celebrated Dec. 12, from yours truly, Katholeen and Niecy Weeks and especially the one and only love of your life, your wife, Pam. May God bless you Michael to have many more, to keep on singing and keep playing and remain the person you are. I love you brother.

    Happy special birthday to my aunt Earlene Moore of Faison on Dec. 29 from your sister, Niecy Weeks, from me ­— your niece, and your nephews, Dennis and Ronald Ward. We love you and may God continue to bless you. Happy birthday to Brandon Blythrs of Altanta, Georgia on Dec. 24 from your aunt, Niecy; your grandma, Earlene; and your parents, Gwendolyn and Jimmy Mincy of Georgia. Happy special birthday to Dr. Delores Corbin on Dec. 8 who is celebrating 77 years young. May God bless you to have many more. I love you, girl. You are definitely wearing 77 gracefully, from your St. Luke Church family and Elder Kenneth and mother Vesta Freeman.

    Happy birthday to Jimmie Hicks on Dec. 12. Happy special birthday to the beautiful lady Doris Smith of Goldsboro on Dec. 11 from your husband Bishop Alton Smith and the St. Mark Church of Christ family along with Elder Kenneth and mother Vesta Freeman and the St. Luke Church family. Happy birthday to Glenda Armstrong Nicolini of Florida on Dec. 12; Marva Johnson of Warsaw on Dec. 11; Edna Moore on Dec. 13; and to Reginald (Easyy) Ward of Baltimore, Maryland on Dec. 17 from your grandparents, Ezekial and Lillie N. Ward along with your parents, Reginald and Irnita, Tiny and Ryan Ward of Maryland.

    Happy special birthday to my friend, Linda Dill, of Birmingham, Alabama on Dec. 14; Bridgett Eaddy on Dec. 15; retired nurse Gethney Hill of Faison on Dec. 15, from your husband Mitchell Hill and your family; Tawanna Armwood on Dec. 19; and to Elder Theresa Tann on Dec. 18. Happy special birthday to Lady Elder Tiffany Gibbs Grandy on Dec. 18 from your husband, Elder Adrian Grandy, and your children; Brother Donald Thompson on Dec. 17 of Faison; and to trustee Derrick Lassister on Dec. 17 from your wife, Charmaine, and your girls, along with Elder Clifton and lady Jennie Jones and the Clifton Chapel Church family. Happy birthday to Jerry Blackmon on Dec. 16; Cynthia Smith of Raleigh on Dec. 15; and to my beautiful cousin, Oletha Ward, on Dec. 16 from your husband, Larry Ward, and the First Congregation Church of Dudley.

    Happy special birthday to Linda McDaniel Hilliard on Dec. 12 from your mother, Evangelist Dorothy McDaniel, and the entire family.

    Happy birthday to Curtis Bynum on Dec. 23 and to Doug Bynum on Dec. 10, from your sister Judy Dianne West and Jean Bynum, your brothers, Irvin, Bundy, Fred, Calvin, and yours truly. May you 2 young men have many more birthdays.

    Final thoughts

    A homegoing celebration for Ethel McCoy, better known as Sissy, was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at Holy Temple United Church in Calypso. She is survived by her son, Ricky and his wife, Christy of Raleigh; three sisters, Betty Goodman of Mount Olive, Bernice and her husband, Clarence Barksdale, and Betty and her husband, Joe Lanier of Grantham. A celebration among her host of nieces and nephews was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holy Temple UHC in Calypso. Our sympathies, prayers and love are aslo with the family of Mrs. Ruth Harper, who was funeralized at 1 p.m. Friday at Burning Bush UH Church in Faison. Garris Funeral Home handled arrangements.

    I would like to thank God for the new Restaurant, Empy’s Seafood and Barbecue. Now we need a Denny’s to serve breaksfast all day.

    Here’s a thought for the week: A real man never hurts a woman. Be very careful when you make a woman cry because God counts all her tears. Thewoman came out of man’s ribs not from his feet to be walked on and not from his head to be superior, but from his side to be equal. Have a merry Christmas and remember to show love to one another.

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