August 23rd , 2013 9:46 am Leave a comment

Church news, Aug. 23-30


First Free Will
Revival will begin Sunday at First Free Will Baptist Church of Elizabethton, 706 First St.
Services will be held through Tuesday, Aug 27. Sunday services will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday services will be at 7 p.m.
The evangelist will be Jacob Berry of Miami, Okla. Berry was born with a rare type of muscular dystrophy and was given only two years to live. Against all odds, God has sustained him  through more than 20 years of life and he now preaches year-round from his wheelchair with the help of his mother as his interpreter. He travels the country delivering powerful and inspirational messages.
Special music will be presented each service.
The Rev. Nathan Jennings, pastor, invites the public to attend.
Southside FWB
Homecoming will be held at Southside Free Will Baptist Church Sunday at 11 a.m.
The guest speaker will be Bob Stewart from Hickory, N.C., who is with the Dan River Prison Ministries.
The public is invited to attend.
The Rev. Steve Burleson is pastor.
Charity Hill FWB
Charity Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 1353 Charity Hill Road, will host the Gospel Grass Quartet Sunday at 6 p.m. for a song service.
The Rev. Jerry Emert is the pastor. For more information, call 543-4988.
First Presbyterian
Selections from the Gospel of Mary will be the text for the Sunday morning sermon at First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton. The theme of the message is “There Is No Such Thing As Sin.”
According to Pastor John Shuck, Mary is the most intuitive of the disciples and receives a special revelation from Christ. In contrast to the theology that eventually ascended (human sinfulness, etc.), The Gospel of Mary speaks of the goodness of humankind.
Adult Forum and Sunday school will be held at 9:45 a.m. and morning worship will be held at 11 a.m.
West Side Christian
The music group, Law and Grace, will be at West Side Christian Church, 1307 W. G St., for its 80th anniversary Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. A love offering will be received.
Following the 10:45 a.m. worship service, there will be a covered dish meal in the Fellowship Hall.
The minister, Greg Key, invites the public to attend.
Bethlehem Lutheran
“The Narrow Door” will be the theme of the sermon for Sunday morning worship Aug. 25 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 201 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City. The scripture text is Luke 13: 22-30.
Morning worship will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Communion will be 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.
The Rev. Steven Harmon is the pastor. For more information, call the church at 926-5261.
Keystone FWB
A benefit singing will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. at Keystone Free Will Baptist Church, 110 Bettie St., Johnson City. The singing will benefit Michael Deal, a cancer patient.
Featured will be the Keystone Trio, Pure River, Richard and Fran Burgner, Valerie Schwartz, Shirley Sutphin and others.
For more information, call 342-8544.

VF House of Prayer
A benefit spaghetti supper and bake sale for Howard and Betty Watson will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Valley Forge House of Prayer Fellowship Hall. Funds raised at the supper and bake sale will help the Watson family with medical expenses.
Also, a benefit singing will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the church.
Eastern Gate FWB
Brian Burchfield will sing Sunday at the 10 a.m. worship service at Eastern Gate Free Will Baptist Church for homecoming.
The church is located at Veterans Way across from the VA at Mountain Home, Johnson City.
Full Gospel Tabernacle
The Crystal River Boys will sing at Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1684 Weaver Branch Road, Piney Flats, Saturday at 7 p.m.
Pastor Everett Garland invites the public to attend.
Watauga Point U-M
Watauga Point United Methodist Youth will host a Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser Sept. 7 at the Holiday Lanes in Johnson City, beginning at 10 a.m.
The fee will be $10 per bowler, or you can come and watch the fun and sponsor a bowler.
For more detail, call Laura at 737-6602.
First Baptist
The congregation of First Baptist Church of Elizabethton invites the public to worship with them this Sunday morning.
Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. A morning worship service, featuring a blend of contemporary worship songs and traditional hymns, will follow, beginning at 10:45 a.m.
Dr. Earl Davis, interim pastor, will bring this week’s sermon, “The Hands of God,” a message based on scripture from Mark 6:1-6, which focuses on how we see God.
First Baptist Church of Elizabethton is located at 213 East F St.
For more information, please call 543-1931 or visit at
First Christian
Minister Brent Nidiffer will complete his sermons from the Lost and Found Series Sunday at the morning worship service. Janie Boyles will present special music.
Sunday is Election Sunday and everyone is asked to return their ballots for the ballot box. Items will also be collected for the food pantry.
Following Sunday school, there will be an appreciation luncheon for Josh and Carole Ringley, who is completing his work at the church as youth minister.
The Election Committee will meet at 2 p.m. in the conference room to count ballots.
The evening service will be held at 6 p.m. Youth groups will also meet.
The Ladies Bible Study Group will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the Fidelis Classroom.
Tuesday morning prayer will be held at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Wednesday evening services will be held at 7 p.m.
Thursday morning, the food pantry will be open. For an appointment call the church office.
For more information about the church and its activities, call 542-5651.
Pinecrest Christian
Revival will be held Aug. 25-28 at Pinecrest Christian Church, 124 Woodland Drive, Johnson City.
The speaker will be Ken Overdorf. There will be gospel bluegrass singing and special music each service. A nursery will also be provided.
Sunday services will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Services Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be held at 7 p.m.
East River Park
Minister Barry Petit will conclude the series “What’s God’s Will?” at the morning worship service Sunday at East River Park Christian Church. The message will be entitled “My Will or Thy Will?”
The worship service will begin at 10:45 a.m. Sunday school will be held at 9:45 a.m. The Spanish ministry will meet at the same times.
The Crisis Ministry will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tom and Barbara Barkes will host a brunch for the Harvest of Talents at their home in Gray Saturday, Aug. 24, beginning at 10 a.m.
To learn more about East River Park Christian Church, located at 1207 Broad St., visit the church website at
Hunter Memorial
Hunter Memorial Baptist Church’s free clothing building will be open Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Mountain City
First Presbyterian
The Mountain City First Presbyterian Church will host an old-fashioned block party Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The entire community is invited to enjoy snacks and drinks, live music, games, train rides, face painting, special kettle corn, fellowship, fun and much more. Everything will be free.
Entertainment will be provided by Lois Dunn and grandsons, the talented Johnny Cash imitator and Christian broadcaster and music teacher, Doug Smith, and his group.
The church is located at 517 Fairground Lane across from Johnson County High School.
Trinity Baptist
The Fellowship Trio will be at Trinity Baptist Church in Elizabethton on Sunday for the evening service at 6 p.m.
The pastor, James Richardson, invites the public to attend.
Green Mountain FWB
A series of revival services will begin Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at Green Mountain Free Will Baptist Church, Roan Mountain.
Speakers will be the Rev. Greg Whitehead, the Rev. Terry Jones and the Rev. Brandon Young.
For more information, call Pastor Danny Blevins at 725-4135.


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