Carter Christian will host
Beth Moore Bible Study
A Beth Moore Video Bible Study is being presented by Carter Christian Church. “The Patriarchs” is the subject of the 11-week non-denominational video study offered on Thursday mornings, beginning Sept. 8, and continuing through Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. The study is open to all women. The only cost is $15 for the workbook, which can be purchased at the first session.
This is a non-denominational study and will focus on Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. “These were complicated and flawed men whom God used in astounding ways. Hopefully, each will come away with not only a new take on the patriarchs, but an understanding that we don’t have to be perfect to be used by God…only willing,” said the organizer of the study.
Refreshments will be served at each session.
To register or for more information, call Phyllis Todd at 543-2987.
Carter Christian Church is located at 1765 Highway 91 in the Stoney Creek community.
Elizabethton Assembly seeks
community support for meeting
The Elizabethton Assembly will sponsor a two-day Freedom Conference Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the East Tennessee Sports Complex, 103 Smoky Mountain Place, Elizabethton.
According to Senior Youth Pastor, Rev. Aaron Morgan, invitations have been sent out to 80 different churches asking the pastors and congregations to join the Elizabethton Assembly in combating some of the many problems facing the community in the form of a revival movement.
“One of the main problems not only in our community, but all over is drug addiction,” Morgan said. “We have secured EJ Ministries to help through music, Bible preaching and drama to spread the message of rehabilitation and restoration. The conference will be geared especially toward youth and young adults, however, we encourage all ages to participate.”
Morgan especially encourages those local pastors, who have been sent invitations, to attend a luncheon next Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Elizabethton Lone Star Steakhouse on the Highway 19-E Bypass. The luncheon will begin at 1 p.m.
Morgan said the Freedom Conference will feature four services in two days — at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, and at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.
“Through this conference we hope to reach lots of people, and we can do that by our churches working together,” Morgan said.
Watauga Baptist Associational
WMU leadership session planned
The Woman’s Missionary Union of the Watauga Association of Baptists will provide free training for leaders on September 17 at Grace Baptist Church, located at 1114 Broad St., Elizabethton.
“Equipping Missions Leaders” will be the theme of the workshop, at which new plans and resources will be revealed, responsibilities and possibilities will be reviewed and the commitment to missions discipleship and involvement will be reviewed.
Becky Arnold, Associational WMU Director, said there will be classes on leadership training for Women on Mission; Youth on Mission/Acteens; Children in Action; GAs; RAs; Mission Friends; and Missional Church Journey.
Leaders for the training sessions will be: Vivian Hammonds of Caldwell Springs, Women on Missions; Tammy Saffel, Tenn. WMU President, Youth on Missions/Acteens; Vickie Ford of Elizabethton First Baptist, Children in Action; Chris Cook of Grace Baptist, GAs; Frank Green (TN WMU/RA Challenger Specialist), RAs; Shelby Potter and Mary Ann Smith of Little Doe, Mission Friends; and Candy Phillips (TN WMU Executive Director-Treasurer), Missional Church Journey.
“Whether you need new or different ideas for your current missions groups or are thinking about starting a new missions group, this training can be very helpful,” said Arnold.
Registration will be held at 9:30 a.m. during which time there will be a morning snack and fellowship. A general session will be held at 10 a.m., followed by a breakout session for missions leaders, and lunch at noon.
Valley Forge U-M contemporary service begins Sunday
By Rozella Hardin
Valley Forge United Methodist Church will begin hosting a new contemporary worship service on Sunday, Sept. 4.
The service, which will begin at 9 a.m., will be in addition to the more traditional worship service, which will be held at 11 a.m.
Rev. Richard Wright, pastor, said the new service is a result of growth in the church and a means of reaching more people. “During the Great Awakening, the circuit rider went where the people were. And, in a sense that is what we are doing. We have had a lot of young adults to come in, who are very gifted and musically inclined. Our contemporary service will be a different style of worship designed for a younger generation, whose music has a little bit more of a beat,” explained Pastor Wright. “Our goal is to reach everyone.”
The church under his ministry has grown from 40 to 50 people at Sunday services to an average of 80 to 120 on any given Sunday. “Our goal is church revitalization — to bring new life to a church that has promise,” the pastor said.
He noted that Valley Forge United Methodist has been very open to new ideas. “In fact, I don’t consider it a traditional church at all. We are one of few Methodist churches to have a baptistry,” Wright said, noting that most Methodist churches “sprinkle” only. “It is also a very loving congregation, and they have gone to great lengths to modernize the sanctuary. This past year they added a screen and projector,” he said.
This is Wright’s second year at the church. “I’m a firm believer that the church has to be external in order to reach out into the community, and that means preach the gospel, love Jesus and love each other. It’s not about the method, but how we approach God,” he shared.
He hopes during his ministry to reach out to more young people and young families. The church now has a youth director and a children’s director. “It’s about church growth, but, more importantly it’s about loving people and reaching them,” Pastor Wright said.