Several anniversaries on the horizon


Greetings from the Wesley Smith Chapel community.

Several events are coming up at local churches:

  • The Evangelical Fellowship Center’s Mount Olive Revival will be held each night at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, featuring Pastor W.C. Hutchins and the Bethel Light Church choir of Goldsboro Wednesday night; Pastor Betty Faison and New Jackson Tabernacle choir of Mount Olive Thursday night; and Pastor Roderick Best and Best Cathedral Fresh Fire Church of Kinston Friday night. Pastor Dr. Curtis Lee and the EFC Church family invite you to come and fellowship.
  • New Jackson Tabernacle, 431 Franklin Street, Mount Olive will celebrate Pastor Betty Faison’s seventh pastoral anniversary with a pre-anniversary service at 7:30 p.m. Friday with special guest and elder Dr. Gertie Stevens and the Whosoever Will Disciple of Christ Church choir, usher and congregation of Newton Grove rendering the service. At 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, Elder Demarkis Faison will render the service with the Love and Church family. A Rainbow Tea will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 13, featuring guest speaker Elder Melondra Willoughby. Dr. Curtis Lee and the Evangelical Fellowship Center choir and congregation of Mount Olive will render a pre-pastoral celebration at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 and Elder Deanna Newsome will render the service at 11:15 a.m. that day. At 5 p.m., Elder Shirley Pigford and the Gospel Revival Uplift Ministry choir and congregation will climax the celebration. Happy seventh pastor’s anniversary, Pastor Betty Faison and Deacon Smmie Faison. The church family invite each and every one of you to come and help celebrate.
  • A revival service will be held at Last Day Outreach Ministry in Rose Hill at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-3 with guest revivalist preacher Elder Reginald Silver of Rock of Ages UH Church of Rocky Mount leading the program. Pastor Elder Carolyn Newkirk invites you to come and fellowship.
  • Goldsboro Raleigh District Assembly Church, 214 W. Hooks River Road, Goldsboro will present the 102nd session of the Missionary Convention Oct. 3-5 with Evangelist Dr. Hattie Loftin at 7:15 p.m. Thursday and a workshop beginning at 9 a.m. Friday with the following programs and speakers: “Mental Health and The Church” by Minister Shonnell Carraway of New Greenleaf COC, “The Beauty of Love” by Elder Cynthia Crumel of Flat Rock Church in Sims, “The Beauty of Forgiveness” by Elder Andrea Taylor of St. Paul in Wilson, and “The Beauty of Living Holy” by Pastor Beulah Pickett of Burning Bush UHC Faison. Apostle Addie Rawls of Smithfield will lead the program Friday. President Elder Shirley Howard will deliver the word at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Come, fellowship and show support to the Missionary Convention.
  • Prayer of Faith Church, 315 S. Gum St., Warsaw will present a Rainbow Tea at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 with music by Minister Earl Harvey and Heavenly Choir and guest speaker Minister Shelia Glaspie. Sis Ann Faison invites each of you to come and fellowship.
  • St. Luke Church of Christ in Goldsboro will celebrate Women of Destiny at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 with 50 Women in Purple and at 8:30 with a prayer breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 12 with guest preacher Dr. Evangelist Hattie Lofton. Donations of $5 will be collected. For more information, call Mother Thea Michelle Williams at 919-273-1970.
  • Little Rock Church of Christ, 1307 N.C. Highway 581, Pikeville, celebrated its 139th church anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 22 with Elder Rodney Core delivering the message and music by the choir. A fellowship service will be held at the church from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. Ten churches have been invited to come and fellowship.
  • You are invited to help celebrate and show love as we celebrate my 18th year of community service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 with special guest preacher Bishop Richard Johnson and the St. Peter’s Church of Christ choir, usher and congregation of Smithfield rendering the service at St. Luke Church of Christ, 636 Waller Road, Mount Olive, where the pastor is Elder Kenneth Freeman. Program coordinator Mother Thea Michelle Williams, trustee Carolyn Allen, Pastor Janice Williams and Freeman invite you. Every church has been asked to send a representative along with a love offering.
  • Prayer of Faith Church will celebrate its pastor, Luedell Washington’s, anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 with Sunday school starting at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., the guest preacher will be Rev. Charles Corbett with the St. Peters AMEZ Church choir, usher and congregation of Warsaw rendering the service. For more information, call Sis Ann Faison at 910-596-7970.
  • First Congregational Church, 215 Sleepy Creek Road, Dudley will hold revival services at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-18 with the revivalist Preacher Elder Donald Graham and Sampson Chapel COC choir and congregation set to render the music on Friday night. The church will celebrate its homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 with the Pastor Rev. Robert Cox Jr. set to deliver the message and music by the Notorious Brother Tony Edmondson. Dinner will be served. The church family invites you to come and fellowship. A worship service is held every Sunday at 11 a.m. with Bible study each Wednesday at 6 p.m. The pastor there is Rev. Robert Cox Jr.
  • Holy Ghost Cathedral, 812 E. James St., Mount Olive, will celebrate Apostles Preston and Jesse Grimes’ pastoral anniversaries at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 with Pastor Marlene Duncan serving as guest preacher and the Holy Temple UHC choir, usher and congregation of Goldsboro leading the service. Apostle Preston Grimes will be celebrating 45 years in the ministry. Jesse Grimes will be celebrating 35 years. Happy anniversary to the both of you! I love you and may God continue to bless you, over and over again.
  • St. Luke Church of Christ, 636 Waller Road, will celebrate its usher anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 20 with guest preacher Elder Beulah Pickett and the Burning Bush UHC choir, usher and congregation of Faison set to render the service. All ushers are invited.
  • New St. Delight UHC in Suttontown will present a banquet honoring Lady Lenora Gardener at 5 p.m. Oct. 26, featuring special guest and evangelist Dr. Ernestine McGee. All are invited.

    Happy Days

    Happy special birthday to a very special young lady who has been with me through thick and thin and good and bad, Gloria Ann Manual, who celebrated Sept. 18 from yours truly, from your Pastor Elder Kenneth Freeman, the St. Luke Church family, the St. Luke Choir and Women On The Move For The Lord. Happy special birthday to Teresa Brinson, who also celebrated Sept. 18, from your Women On The Move. We love you. May God bless you to have many more.

    Happy 34th anniversary to Elder Ray and Elder Sandra Williams, who celebrated Sept. 16. The Rays pastor Shacklefree Church Ministry and own Bread of Heaven Resturant in Goldsboro.

    Happy special birthday to Reginald Ward of Maryland on Sept. 16 from your parents, Ezekial and Lillie N. Ward; your sisters, Patricia and Cynthia; and the Ward Family Reunion.

    Happy birthday to Elder Scottie Rodgers on Sept. 16 from your Holy Temple Church family; Mother Mamie Smith on Sept. 6; Audrianna Faison on Sept. 17 from your mother Jennifer Polk, your sister and your brother. Happy 60th birthday to Brigette Barfield on Sept. 15 and to Joann Robinson on Sept 16.

    Happy 99th birthday to Mother Elizabeth Uzzell on Sept. 17 from your St. Mark Church family and Bishop Robert Hood of Faro. Happy birthday to Dr. Kengi Bass of Raleigh on Sept. 30.

    Happy 12th anniversary to Willie and Wanda Green on Sept. 3. Happy birthday to Elder Cynthia Barnes on Sept. 20, Wanda Green on Sept. 3, Christine Barnes on Sept. 21, Regina Cox on Sept. 5, and Greg Galloway on Sept. 20 from Elder Kenneth Freeman and the St. Luke Church family.

    In Appreciation

    The St. Luke Gospel Choir would like to say a special thank you to the St. Luke Male Chorus of Goldsboro, soloists Teddy and Johnny Faison and The Gospeltones of Raleigh for helping the choir celebrate its anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 15. What an anointed, blessed Holy Spirit service it was. Thank you Elder Kenneth Freeman for presiding; Elder Cynthia Barnes, Elder Jean Ward and Sis Patricia Bass for participating in the program; and Caroletha Langley for presenting the history and our memorial service in memory of Brother Linwood Darden, Elder Mary Howard, Sis Ann Stalling and Brother Lionel Graham.

    Congratulations to football player Jalen Thompson, who was named Player of the Week, led the team in tackles against Goldsboro and is the defensive leader for the Saints, according to Coach Ronnie McClary Jr. Congratulations!

    Thought for the week: A special meal for you today, a plate of love, a bowl of peace, a fork of care and a glass of prayer. Enjoy your meal for you are under God’s care. Have a great, blessed week with so much love.

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