Thank you for the prayers


Greetings from the Smith-Chapel community.

I would like to say a special thank you to the prayer warriors who lifted me up in prayer as I had back surgery on Feb. 4 at Duke Hospital in Raleigh. I’m grateful to say most of you knew I suffer from sciatica and nerve pain. Thank God for the hand of the doctor. The sciatica pain is gone! Hallelujah, praise, and thank you to my pastor, Elder Kenneth and Mother Vesta Freeman, Eldress Velma McKinley and my St. Luke Church family, Dr. Dorothy McDaniel, Evangelist Tachala Hood, Evangelist Sadie Watson, Evangelist Vondra McLain, my daughter, Pastor Dante and Dr. Schenita Randolph and to my awesome nurse, Evangelist Mary Ward, and so many more I could name but I’m not going to do it and you know who you are.

Thank you for the many phone calls and text messages. Thank you to Diane West and to her sister, Jean, for relieving Diane. Thank you to my doctor, Dr. Stephanie McKeithan at Goldsboro Pain Center.

Holy Temple UHC in Calypso will celebrate Elder Scottie Rodgers’ Appreciation Service Sunday at 11 a.m. with special guest, Elder Freeman, and the St. Luke Church of Christ Choir, usher, and congregation of 636 Waller Road, Mount Olive. Dinner will be served at 3 p.m. Elder Dr. Christopher Brown and Holy Tabernacle Church choir and congregation of Roseboro will climax the appreciation service. Guest presider will be Dr. Dwight Morrisey of Gospel Light UHC Church in Mount Olive.

St. Luke Church of Christ will observe Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. March 3 with pastor Elder Kenneth Freeman to deliver the message and music will be by the choir. All family and friends are invited to come and fellowship. Dinner will be served.

New Life Worship Center, 218 Maple St., Mount Olive, will celebrate Family and Friends Day on March 10 at 11 a.m. with special guest, Pastor Dante Randolph and the Praise Team of Durham, to render the service. Pastor Janice Williams invites all family and friends to come and fellowship.

Goshen Disciple Church, Suttontown Road, Faison, will celebrate Pastor Elder Donald DeWitt’s pastor’s anniversary on March 24 at 11 a.m. Special guest will be Elder Kenneth Freemen, St. Luke Church Choir, usher, and congregation to render the service. Dinner will be served. Goshen Disciple Church family invites you to come and show love to the awesome, anointed, dynamic pastor Elder Donald DeWitt.

St. Luke Church of Christ’s Women’s Fellowship Service will be held March 16 at 5 p.m. with guest speaker Sharon Jones of Best Chapel Church, Indian Springs Road, Seven Springs. There will be a fashion show, questions, comments and more. Details will follow soon.

St. Luke Church Shepherd Care Committee will present “A Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” service on March 17 at 3 p.m. with guest speakers to be announced later.

A homegoing celebration for 27-year-old Quinton Gray was held Feb. 16 at noon with viewing from 11 a.m. to noon at Goshen Disciple Church in Faison. Arrangements were by Worley Funeral Home of Clinton. Quinton was the only child of Joel and Angie Gray of Robert Hargrove Road. Please keep them in your prayers.

A homegoing celebration for 56-year-old Richard Barfield was held Feb. 15 at noon at Springfield Baptist Church in Raleigh. He was the son of the late Richard Leo Barfield Sr. and the late Elizabeth Barfield. He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Barfield; three children, Dr. Kaitlyn Moss (Brandon), Jasmine and Chasity. He was in education in the Wake County School System for more than 30 years. After retiring he worked for the City of Raleigh Athletics from 2016-2018.

House of Prayer, Juniper Road, Faison, is showing their love and appreciation for Minister Carl Faison during the month of February. The celebration will conclude Sunday night at 7:30 with guest Dr. Evelena Oliver. The president, Elder Velma McKinley, and the program coordinator, Pastor Janice Williams, would like to invite each and every one to show love to Minister Faison who has done so much for the community in Faison and the surrounding area. Minister Faison has given so much to the people during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please, please go to the House of Prayer and support this great mighty man of God. From the heart of yours truly, thank you, Carl, for your many prayers and words of encouragement.

The Legendary Supreme Angels will celebrate their 69th anniversary and birthday with a bash for the bass player Big Mike on Sunday. Doors open at 3 p.m. The program starts at 4 p.m. Advanced tickets are $20. They will be $25 at the door. The event will be held at Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Featured will be The Fantastic Violinaries, The Original Northernaries, Divine of Annapolis, The Original Sensational-Aries and many more. Evangeline Bullock of Shine A Little Light TV show will emcee.

The Goldsboro-Raleigh District Assembly proudly announces the official Holy Consecration of Bishop-Elect Robert Hood and Bishop-Elect Rodney Parker on Saturday at 11 a.m. All guest clergy are asked to be dressed in civic attire. For more information, visit

Until next week, have a blessed and safe week, and remember to pray for one another and show love.


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