— New Center Baptist Church, located at 19894 N.C. 131 in Bladenboro, will host a “Pumpkin Palooza” from 3 to 7 p.m.
— Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Council will have its annual Birthday Rally at 3:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Carolyn Jones and Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Fair Bluff. Everyone is invited.
— Second Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Williams and Dunham streets in Elizabethtown, will celebrate its annual Homecoming/Family & Friends Day at 11 a.m. Minister Romeo Spaulding of Clinton, Md., will bring the morning message, accompanies by his nephew Charles Gore for Augusta, Ga., providing the special music. Portersville Community Choir and Lumberton Senior Choral Choir will serve as the praise and worship for this special occasion. Dinner will be served immediately following the morning service. All are invited.
— Bethlehem United Methodist Church in White Oak will host a “Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat” at 6 p.m.
— White Oak Family Worship Center, located at 1932 Burney Road in White Oak, will host a “Hallelujah Night” starting at 6 p.m.
— White’s Creek Baptist Church, located at 6838 Airport Road in the Lisbon Community, will host a Youth Gospel Explosion at 6 p.m. Many youth from the area will come together in songs praise dances to celebrate Jesus. The program is being sponsored by the White’s Creek Youth Choir. The public is invited.
— The Women Encouraging Women Outreach Ministry will host a “Community Harvest Fest” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rupert F. Johnson Park, located on Fox Street in Elizabethtown. The event — which is completely free to the public — will include food, games and live music.
— The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. Their food pantry, “From His Table to Yours,” will be open the same day 10 a.m. to noon. Personal transportation and identifications are required. No fee is involved in either ministry. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 N.C. 242 South in Elizabethtown.
— Sandhill Missionary Baptist Church, located at 16920 Twisted Hickory Road in Bladenboro, will hold a birthday celebration for October, November and December birthdays during the 11 a.m. worship service.
— Tar Heel Baptist Church, located at 521 Tar Heel Ferry Road in Tar Heel, will host its annual Homecoming beginning at 10:30 a.m. with an outdoor worship service. There will also be free food, inflatables and fun for the whole family. Bring your own lawn chairs if wanted.
— Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Council will celebrate Harvest Day at 11 a.m. The Rev. Carl A. Smith will bring the morning message. Everyone is invited.
— A Women’s Empowerment Luncheon will be held at the Paul R. Brown Building on MLK Street in Elizabethtown starting at 11 a.m. The theme will be “Piece’s of God’s Dream.” Several speakers are on the agenda. Cost is $7 and the deadline for tickets is Nov. 5. The event will be hosted by Pastor Lorraine Jackson.
— The Ushers of Mt. Olive A.M.E. Zion Church and the Rev. Haywood Oliver will have their anniversary at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Charles Jacobs from First Baptist Church in Riegelwood along with his choir. Everyone is invited.
— The Mt. Olive Mass Choir, Mt. Olive A.M.E. Zion Church and the Rev. Haywood Oliver will be celebrating the 50th Choir Anniversary/Reunion at 3 p.m. A host of choirs are on program and also featuring former choir members. Everyone is invited.
Out of county
• LUMBERTON: Kingdom Place will host “Refreshing Times with The Browders” on Sunday, Oct. 15, through Wednesday, Oct. 18. Sunday services are at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.and 6 p.m.; Monday through Wednesday services begin at 7 p.m. Kingdom Place is located at 2610 E. Fifth St. in Lumberton.
• I Am Inc. in conjunction with God’s Garden of Paradise Inc. will offer every month free meals and free haircuts. For more information check with Glenda’s Just Desserts and Lunch Counter located at 315 Martin Luther King Drive, Elizabethtown and Barbers Inn located at 410 Martin Luther King Drive, Elizabethtown.
• Dublin First Baptist Church Day School is now accepting registration for 2, 3, & 4 years old half-day classes. Call 910-862-2277 or 910-876-0419 for more information.
• Living Springs Church holds a Women’s Fellowship every fourth Sunday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 909 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown.
• I Am Inc. will offer a free yard sale. Open day and night located at 900 block of Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown.
• A Power In The Word Ministry Bible study will take place every Thursday from 8:10 to 8:30 p.m. at your location by phone. Call 605-475-4120 and join in (ID number – 3390591#). The teacher is Sis Vivian Caviness Wiggins.