Harvest Day Saturday and other local events


Greetings from the Wesley Smith Chapel community.

I would like to say a special thank you to my Pastor Elder Kenneth Freeman and his wife, Vesta Freeman; our Assistant Pastor Eldress Velma McKinley; St. Luke Church family Trustees Linda Moore, Fred Martin, Charles Kornegay and Larry Baker; Teresa Baker, Eldress Jean Ward, Patricia Bass, Eldress Betty Faison and the New Jackson Tabernacle Church family; Dr. Nancy Reid; Johnny Faison; Pastor Janice Williams; Theresa Ward Jackson; my daughter, Schenita, and granddaughter, Kaelyn, for the duet; Evangelist Mary Ward; and special guests Bishop Richard Johnson, Eldress Faye Johnson and the St. Peters Church Choir, usher and congregation of Smithfield. Thank you to Keisha Monk for the beautiful program; Elder Temika Michelle Powell for the fliers and the letters; and to Myra Yelverton Kornegay for the tribute inserted on the program written by her Myra.

To God be the glory for the anointed, awesome service rendered by Bishop Richard Johnson. Thank you to each church that showed up and represented in the service. Thank you to my beautiful friend and fashion coordinator Judy Dianne West and Joseph Jeffrey Jenkins of Washington, D.C., who attended the celebration on Sunday honoring yours truly. Thank you, Jeff, for making that special trip. I will recognize each church that represented next week.

Other programs coming up at local churches, include:

  • Goshen Disciple Church of Christ, 7120 Suttontown Road, Faison will celebrate Harvest Day 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday. All are invited to come and have fun with the pastor Elder Donald DeWitt and the Goshen Disciple Church Family.
  • St. Delight UHC, 693 Suttontown Road, will present a banquet honoring Lady Lenora Gardener at 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring special guest and evangelist Dr. Ernestine McGee of Wilson. All are invited. The cost to attend is $25. For more information, call Brenda Lee at 919-922-5305, Rev. Gloria Bass at 919-394-0224 or Mary Ward at 919-658-4789. The church will present its fifth annual Breast Cancer Awareness event at 11 a.m. Sunday with Doris Allen of New St. Delight serving as speaker. Clementine Troublefield invites attendees to bring a photo of loved ones who have passed away from breast cancer to the service. Elder Travis Gardener will deliver the message. For more information, call Troublefield at 910-594-1087 or 910-271-4648.
  • Bentonville Disciple of Christ Church, Devils Racetrack Road, Four Oaks, will present a pastor appreciation service honoring Elder Deron McLean and lady elect Tonya McLean at 11 a.m. Sunday with Prophet Wagland and Mt. Zion Church of Smithfield. At 3:30 p.m. the climax celebration will be held with guest preacher Elder Calvin Dean and Howell’s Chapel Church of Christ in Selma. Bentonville Disciple Church invites each and every one to come and show love and service to their Pastor.
  • St. Luke Church of Christ, 636 Waller Road, will celebrate the fourth anniversary of Pastor Elder Kenneth Freeman and his wife, Vesta Freeman, at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 with special guest Elder Donald DeWitt and the Goshen Disciple Church Choir, usher and congregation of Faison rendering the service. Dinner will be served. The St. Luke church family invites you to come and fellowship and show love to its pastor and lady elect.
  • Elder Dorothy McDaniel invites you to mark your calendar and save the date of Nov. 4 as when she will present her new book and have a book signing session at 6 p.m. at the Mount Olive Library. A prayer line is held Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 7 a.m. Join in by calling 218-936-8596 and punching in code 680933#. A noon day prayer is held on Monday and Thursday at noon. McDaniel invites and encourages you to join on the prayer wheel. For more information, call McDaniel at 919-658-4959 and say you have a prayer request. This amazing woman of God has written three books entitled “Supernatural Encounter,” “Wakeup Sleepy Giant” and “A Caregiver Heart, Hand and Health.” Remember to mark your calendar and save the date.
  • Faith Presbyterian Church, 2114 N Berkeley Blvd., Goldsboro will host a revival beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. Music will be performed beginning at 6:30 each night with the praise and worship team. Bishop Alton Smith and the St. Mark Church of Christ Choir, usher and congregation of Goldsboro will kick off the “Thanks and Thunder Revival” on Nov. 5. Elder Willie Franconia III of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville, New Jersey, will lead the service Tuesday, Nov. 12. Bishop Joe Jackson and the Best Grove Church Choir and congregation of Goldsboro will render the service Tuesday, Nov. 19. Pastor Cheryl Moore and the Zion Temple UC of Christ in Durham will deliver the message on Nov. 26. Elder Antonio Lawerance invites each and all to join his church in November.
  • St. Mark Church of Christ, 893 Lanetown Road, Faro invites you to worship with the church every second, third and fourth Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. with Bishop Robert Dedrick Hood and Tachala Hood. Sunday school is held at 9:45 a.m.

    Our prayers and sympathy are with the family of Betty Lou Hill of Mount Olive. More information will come at a later date.

    Pastor of the Year

    Dr. Elder Donald Wells was chosen on Sept. 14 at a banquet in the Greenville Convention Center as Pastor of the Year 2019. Congratulations Dr. Donald Wells! Wells was born June 30, 1959, in Fremont. He is the husband of Elder Brenda Wells and the father of six children, 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He is a licensed assistant in the physical therapy department at Willow Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Goldsboro. For 13 years, he has been the pastor of St. James Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ located in Vanceboro. He also serves on the board of elders at the Goldsboro Raleigh District Assembly. At an early age, he took an interest in reading from his mother Eva Gray Crawford, who did not finish high school but would have him check out books from the school library, so she could read while he was in the fifth grade.

    He later watched her return for higher education to get her high school diploma and even graduate from college to get her Associate degree in Childhood Development. Raised in a home of five with one brother and three other sisters, he was also fascinated with Biblical training through his grandmother, Lily Mae Barnes, who was a missionary in the Missionary Baptist Church. He started going to Bible College at an early age at the Tabernacle Bible Institute under the leadership of Apostle Johnnie Washington and Apostle Lawrence Bogier. After he finished all of the institute’s courses, he became an instructor for nine years in the teacher training class for the school. He also returned to school in the secular world to obtain certification as a network system specialist, and internet system specialist from the School of Communications Arts in Raleigh. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Greater Mount Zion Bible College and Seminary, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s in theology. He also became an instructor, setting up a satellite school in Greenville.

    Happy birthday

    Happy special birthday to Nicole Newkirk, who celebrated Oct. 9 from your mother, Juanita; your aunts, Gwen (Carl Oates) and Gloria Walls; your uncle, Harvey (Edna) Walls Jr.; your pastor, Elder Scottie Rodgers and Tonya Rodgers; and The Holy Temple UH Church family of Calypso. May God grant you the desires of your heart and bless you to have many more. I love you, my dear young lady.

    Happy 100th birthday to Mr. Bradley Jackson on Oct. 19 of Turkey. He is the father of Elder James Jackson. Mr. Bradley will be honored with a 100th birthday celebration dinner at Greater Six Run MB Church, 400 Six Run Road, Turkey at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Elder James Jackson invites you to come and help celebrate with his daddy.

    Happy special birthday to Ervin Best, Oct. 10; Minister Shauna Hill Mason of Clinton, Oct. 9; Margaret Jones Lofton, Oct. 10; Larry Troublefield and Leroy Kornegay, Oct. 10 from your Aunt Katrina Kornegay; Brenda Ward of Burlington, Oct. 10 from your entire Cleveland Ward family, your Ezekial and Annie Ward family reunion, your children, your husband and your grandchildren.

  • Happy birthday to Lavern Pemberton Sr., who celebrated Oct. 9, from your wife, Dakelia, and Vern Jr. Happy 81st special birthday to cousin Lela Mae Barfield King on Oct. 11 from your husband, Uncle Joe, your daughters, Elder Kenneth Freeman, lady Vesta Freeman, the St. Luke Church family, Elder Donald DeWitt and the Goshen Disciple Church family. We love you much.
  • Happy special birthday to a special young lady, who is like a daughter to me, my cousin Stacy Lewis on Oct. 12. Lewis cooks and takes care of the Ward Family Reunion food. She loves her family so much. She is dynamic, awesome and amazing. We love you Stacy, from the Ezekial and Annie Ward Family Reunion. You do so much for your family and we could never begin to pay you. Happy Birthday Stacy from The Ward Girl Rock Team. You are so loved by all your cousins and extended family. We give special tribute today to Stacy Lewis.
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