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Upcoming events in area churches

Longhurst United Methodist Church will host “Essential Oils of the Bible” with guest speaker Rebecca Peterson on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Learn how to nourish body, mind and spirit with the medicine of essential oils from the Bible. The church is located at 265 Providence Road. Parking is in the rear. The public is invited.

Pastor Lloyd Oliver Jr. will celebrate his 9th anniversary at New St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 4130 Pixley Pritchard Rd., Timberlake, on Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Pastor’s Aide Committee will begin the anniversary worship service on March 5 at 10:50 a.m. with Minister Michelle Fitz and New Ephesus Baptist Church Choir and congregation from Semora. Dinner will be served between worship services. The anniversary will conclude at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Richmond from Shady Hill Baptist Church along with his choir and congregation.

First Baptist Church will hold early services on Sunday, Feb. 19 beginning with Sunday school at 7:45 a.m. in the media center. The worship message will be delivered by Pastor Kenneth Stokes at 9 a.m. The Male Chorus will render the music. All are invited.


A Winter Gospel Explosion will be held at Allen Chapel AME Church, 145 Allen Chapel Church Rd., on Saturday, Feb. 18. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the show will start at 5 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. A free will offering will be collected. Appearing will be The Loving Sisters of Roxboro, Shockoe Boyz of Java, Virginia, George Perkins Jr. & Envision of Greensboro and New Creation of Hillsborough. For more information, contact Devin Paylor at 919-407-3534 or Victor Torain at 864-356-3689.

Greater Cleggs Chapel Community Missionary Baptist Church will host the Black History Musical “Traveling Down Gospel Lane,” acknowledging music from 1619, when the first Africans arrived, to the 21st Century, on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. The Rev. Dr. James Richmond, pastor of Shady Hill Baptist Church and the Rev. Sylvia Bradsher, assistant pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, will be the narrators. Included on the program are Sharon Cash, the Rev. Brenda Hunt-Moore, David Ramsey, the Rev. McArthur Pettiford, Billy Farrish, John “Kermit” Thorpe, Jennifer Cash Rascoe, Phyllis Vincent, Robert Wilkerson, Winton Villines, Cynthia Cash Dixon, the Rev. Thane Morrow, Glenda Rouson, Wanda Carrington, Wallace and Arlene Hedgespeth, The Spiritual Lights, The Loving Sisters, Pearlie Timmons, Stacey Pettiford, Anthony McCrae, Devin Paylor, Eric Timberlake, Greater Cleggs Praise Team, Greater Cleggs Ensemble and Greater Total Praise Dance Ministry.

National recording artists Down East Boys will be in concert on Sunday, March 19 at 11 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church, 5762 Walter’s Mill Road in Providence. Come and worship with a local group that has been praising God for over 30 years.

A celebration honoring Rubena Woods of New Creation, will be held Saturday, March 25 at Occasions, 286 E. Front St., Burlington, at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Groups appearing include The Yanceys of Oxford, The Joybells of Axton, Virginia, The Shockoe Boyz of Java, Virginia, The Loving Sisters of Roxboro and gospel comedian Lady Shamar of Greensboro. For more information, contact Larry Downey at 919-482-5630 or Laverne Woods at 252-432-0894. fundraisers

Warren’s Grove United Methodist Church’s next stew sale will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at $7 per quart. Pick-up time is noon.

Providence Baptist Church, 1319 Virgilina Road, will have a STEW SALE on Saturday, Feb. 25. The stew will be ready at 11 a.m. All proceeds from this stew sale will go to “The Air Conditioner Fund.” Stew will be $7 per quart. Pre-order by calling 336- 599-6111.

An INDOR YARD SALE will be held at Berry’s Grove Baptist Church, 9628 Berry Rd., Timberlake on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to noon. Breakfast items and coffee/juice will be sold as well. All proceeds will benefit My Life Mattters. Yard sale items will be received at the church Feb. 6 through Feb. 17 weekdays 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 336-364- 8158.

Florence Avenue Baptist Church will have a Stew Sale on Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. at $6 per quart - pre-orders only. Call 434- 572-3301 or 434-585-2840 or 919-843-2528.


Person County Success Initiative, teaching strategies for overcoming poverty, holds class weekly from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Christian Help Center, 122 Depot St. Dinner and childcare are provided. Call Sandi Daniel at 336-599-6070 for registration and information on class availability.

Volunteers are needed in Person County for Bible studies and gospel singing in nursing homes. Call 336- 599-2206 for more information.

Backpack Pals of Person is searching for a volunteer to help the current coordinator run the program. Because the program has grown to include over 240 school children and 10 Person County schools, someone is needed to share the responsibility and time commitment necessary to run the program. It would take 8 to 10 hours a week and would include time on Wednesdays when the foods are packed for distribution. If anyone is interested in volunteering, contact Susan Hester at either or 336-583-1463.

A free Vacation Bible School Workshop by Lifeway will be held at Providence Baptist Church, 5762 Walter’s Mill Road in Providence, on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be provided. Lifeway workers will be hosting workshop activities.

Beulah Baptist’s next Pastor’s Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Lea Bethel Baptist Church.

Faith Journaling at Warren’s Grove United Methodist Church has been moved to Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. It will be an open studio night, so if you’ve ever wanted to join in, now is the time. Bring art supplies if you have them, or just your own self and talk and laugh and work together.

LIFESTYLE CHANGES RECOVERY MINISTRY of New Life In Jesus Church in Timberlake, offers free Christ-based groups with a focus on all types of addictions. Call Laura Mosley, group facilitator at 919-450-7769; 6 to 7 p.m.

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