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Church Briefs for Friday, September 28, 2012


Caldwell Springs Baptist

Fifth Sunday night singing at Caldwell Springs Baptist Church, Sept. 30, will feature the local gospel group, Headed Home, with Fiddlin’ Carson Peters. Headed Home consists of Howard and Vivian Hammonds, June Collins and Willard Bowers. Joining them for the 6:30 p.m. service will be 8-year-old Carson Peters and his dad, Jamie Peters.

The church is located at 1509 Blue Springs Road and everyone is welcome.


Watauga Valley FWB

Youth Sunday will be observed Sunday, Sept. 30, at Watauga Valley Freewill Baptist Church, Highway 91, Stoney Creek.

The youth will be teaching Sunday school hour. There will be a baptismal service at 11:30 a.m. following the 11 a.m. singing.

The Rev. Bill Greer, pastor, invites everyone to attend.


Union Baptist

Union Baptist Church, 1411 Highway 321, Hampton, will hold its Fifth Sunday Night Song Service Sunday, Sept. 30.

The service will begin at 7 p.m. with The Principles in charge of the service.

Pastor Danny Bright invites everyone to attend and hear the word of God through music.


Friendship FWB

Friendship Freewill Baptist Church will host a singing at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Singers scheduled to perform include The Freeman Family, The Robinson Family and singers from the church.

The Raymond Bentley Singers will perform Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10:45 a.m. Lunch will follow the morning service in the church fellowship hall. There will be no evening service.

For more information, call Danny Osborne, pastor, at 725-4171.


New Liberty FWB

The Rev. Richard “Dickie” Estep will preach Sunday, Sept. 30, during both the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship services at New Liberty Freewill Baptist Church.

The church is located at 113 Peters Hollow Road near the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department. The Rev. Ray Colbaugh invites everyone to attend.


First Christian

Sunday morning worship at First Christian Church will begin at 9:45 a.m. Minister Brent Nidiffer will continue his sermon series on church attendance.

Sunday school classes will meet following the service.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, First Christian will host the Carter County Christian Church Family Fellowship. The guest speaker will be LeRoy Lawson, professor at Emmanuel Christian Seminary.

Special sessions for youth and children will also be held. A nursery will be provided as well.

The Ladies Bible Study will meet at 10 a.m. in the Fidelis Classroom.

Morning Prayer Time will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bible study classes will be held for all age groups. The Grace Circle will meet in the Winsome Classroom.

Circles, which will meet Thursday include the Sunrise at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall; the Volunteer at 2 p.m. the Fidelis Classroom; the Ann Jett at 7 p.m. at Sequa Shields’ home; and the Esther in the fellowship hall.

The Men’s Breakfast will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 a.m. in the fellowship hall. The cost will be $3.

For more information about First Christian and its activities, call the church office at 542-5651.


First United Methodist

“Christianity Worth Its Salt” will be the theme of the Sunday morning sermon at First United Methodist Church. The scripture text is Mark 9: 38-50.

The service will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a brief fellowship time. Sunday school will begin at 11:20 a.m.

The Men’s Prayer Group will meet Sunday at 9 a.m. in Room 108.

UMY will meet Sunday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Youth House. G2’s will meet Tuesday from 3:15 to 4 p.m.; and the Coolagers will meet Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

The Wednesday evening and prayer service will meet at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The Rev. Raymond Amos is pastor and Debbie Fields is minister to children and youth.

First United Methodist is located at 324 E. E St., Elizabethton.

The Rev. Raymond Amos is pastor. For more information, call 543-3505.


St. Thomas Episcopal

In recognition of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Episcopal Church will offer a service for Blessing of the Animals at 3 p.m. Oct. 7.

St. Francis, who was born in the 12th century, is well known for his love of all living things and is recognized as the patron saint of animals. This service is open to all members of the community and will be conducted on the grounds of St. Thomas. located at 815 N. Second St., behind Food City in Elizabethton.

Each pet will receive a blessing by Fr. Harry Shaefer and a St. Francis medal. The service and medal are free of charge, however, donations for the Elizabethton Animal Shelter will be accepted. Current needs of the animal shelter are canned food, rawhide products, cat litter, bleach, and monetary donations which will remain 100 percent at the Elizabethton shelter.

For more information, call the church office at 543-3081.


Moore’s Chapel

The youth will be in charge of the Sunday morning service Sept. 30 at the Moore’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. They will be teaching the classes, taking the offering and doing the music.

The 11 a.m. message will be delivered by Norman Markland.

Talent Night will be celebrated at the evening service at 6 p.m., when members of the congregation will showcase their talents.

The Rev. Greg Largent, pastor, invites the public to attend both services.

For more information, call 474-2079


Memorial Presbyterian

“The Triumph of the Son of Man” will be the theme for the message at the 10:45 a.m. worship service at Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCA) Sunday, Sept. 23. The scripture text is Daniel 7: 9-14.

Music will be provided by the chancel choir and worship team.

A nursery, Children’s Small Talk and Kidz Praize service will be provided for the children.

Sunday school will begin at 9:45 a.m.

Memorial Presbyterian Church is located at 100 E. F St., Elizabethton. The Rev. Dwight Basham is pastor.

For more information, call the church office at 543-2711 or visit


Freedom Road Baptist

Bless the Broken from New Journey at Bethel will present special music at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Freedom Road Baptist Church, 708 W. C St.

The band will receive a love offering for Payton Barker’s family to buy a van with a lift.

The public is invited.


Watauga Point UM

Homecoming will be held at Watauga Point United Methodist Church Sunday, Oct. 7,

The Rev. Mack Houston will present the morning message at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall.

After lunch, there will be fun and games for everyone.


Piney Grove FWB

Youth Sunday will be observed Sunday, Sept. 23, at Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church, Hampton, The Rev. David Martin will preach at the 11 a.m. service, and the youth will teach the Sunday school classes and present special singing.

The Rev. Ted Lewis is pastor. For more information, call 725-3313.


Fairview Baptist

Fairview Baptist Church, 585 Watauga Road, Watauga, will host performances by East Tennessee State University ensembles 10 Bucks Worth and 10 Times a Lady. Under the direction of Dr. Zachary Marshall, the groups will present a concert of inspirational music, including hymns, sacred and classical repertoire and Southern gospel music.

The public is cordially invited to attend.


Riverside Community 

Church of Jesus

“Thanksgiving for God” will be observed Sunday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Riverside Community Church of Jesus, Patterson Lane.

The service will present special singing, preaching and snacks.


East Side Christian

East Side Christian will celebrate its 81st anniversary Sunday, Sept. 30, with homecoming at the 10 a.m. service.

Randle K. Johnson, minister, will preach a sermon titled “Tears Gone Forever.” Special music will be presented by Bobby McGee.

Following the morning worship hour, there will be a covered dish dinner in the church fellowship hall.

The annual give-away at the church will be held in the church fellowship hall Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be free clothing for men, women and children. Also available will be coats, shoes, bed linens, household items and toys.

Please bring bags for items.

For more information, call the church at 543-5344 or 512-2079.

East Side Christian is located at 1400 Siam Road.


Bethlehem Lutheran

“The Steward’s Lifestyle” will be the theme of the message at morning worship Sunday, Sept. 23, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The sermon text is I Corinthians 15:28.

Morning worship will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with community served at both services.

Sunday school and Bible study will be held at 9:15 a.m.

Interpreted services for the deaf are available on the second and fourth Sundays at the 10:45 a.m. service.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 201 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City. The pastor is the Rev. Steven Harmon.

For more information, call the church at 926-5261.


Valley Forge FWB

Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church will have its annual Church Harvest Celebration Saturday, Oct. 13, at the church picnic grounds and the fellowship hall.

There will be lots of food, including apple fritters, corndogs, french fries, fried pickles, fried oreos and much more.

Activities will include inflatable games, pumpkin carving, a bon fire, hayrides, cornhole tournament, and the UT-Mississippi State football game on a giant screen.

The event is for the entire church family.

The Rev. Randy Johnson is pastor.


First Presbyterian

“O Joy That Seekest Me Through Pain” will be the theme of morning worship Sunday, Sept. 30, at First Presbyterian Church. The service will begin at 11 a.m.

Sunday school and Adult Forum will be held at 9:45 a.m.

At 2 p.m. the pastor, the Rev. John Shuck, will speak with Dr. Carol Landis on the Religion for Life Radio Program, WETS-FM 89.5. Dr. Landis is president of the board of directors of the Green Interfaith Network, which seeks to “build a network of cool congregations” in the area.

Dances of Universal Peace will be held at 7 p.m. Rebecca Nunley and musicians will present meditative, spiritual dances that honor the season.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 119 West F St., Elizabethton. For more information about the church and its programs, call 543-7737 or visit


New Bethel

Russell Bennett will sing at New Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Greeneville Sunday, Sept. 30.

Bennett, who is from Kingsport, will provide gospel music for the morning worship service. All are welcome to attend.

The church is located near the intersection of Highway 70 and Cox Road in Greeneville.


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