— It’s party time! Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc. will be having their annual Birthday Celebration on Saturday, April 21, at 4 p.m. The Rev. Edwin Ferguson, pastor of Mt. Zion AME Zion Church, choir and congregation will be the special guest at Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc., where Dr. Delora LeSane is the pastor. We look forward to seeing you at 284 Center Road in Elizabethtown (Dublin community), where everybody is somebody and Christ is Lord.
— St. Luke AME Zion Church, located at 410 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Bladenboro, will celebrate 125 years of service at 3:30 p.m. The rev. Gordon L. Griffen, pastor of Moore’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Currie will be the guest along with his choir and congregation. A memorial balloon release will follow the service.
— Family and Friends Day will be held at First Missionary Baptist Church, located at 501 Martin St. in Elizabethtown during the 11 a.m. morning service only. Pastor Corey M. Lyons will deliver the message. Dinner will be served immediately after the service. Please come out and help us lift up the name of Jesus as one BIG family.
— Family and Friends Day will be held at Shady Grove AME Zion Church, located at 1060 Microwave Tower Road in Council, at 11 a.m. Dinner will be served immediately after the morning service.
— The officers and members of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Council will host a Pre-Pastoral Anniversary “Musical Celebration” for the Rev. Carl A. Smith at 6:30 pm. There will be several choirs, groups and soloists appearing. For information, contact Jewell Smith at 910-862-2989.
— St. John Church will hold a workshop titled “Is Your Bible the Best For For a Walk with the Lord?” at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Christian Education Department.
— St. John Church will host a “Pack the Pew” at the 11 a.m. worship service.
— A National Day of Prayer will be held at the Bladenboro Historical Building at 7 p.m. The public is urged to come and join in.
— A musical program will be hosted by Clarkton Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. and contributions will benefit the Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City. The concert, organized by Randy Page, will feature musicians from Bladen and Columbus counties. The Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City is a nonprofit organization created to provide housing for families of incarcerated men and women when they come to visit their loved ones.
— Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Council will host the 16th Pastoral Anniversary celebration for the Rev. Carl A. Smith. Elder Charles Simpson and St. James United Holy Church will be the morning guests. The afternoon service will begin at 3:30 p.m. with Reginald Wells and Falling Run Missionary Baptist Church of Cedar Creek, Fayetteville, as the guests. We are inviting everyone to come out and help us celebrate. For information, contact Jewell Smith at 910-862-2989.
— Elder Larry Fulton and Sister Lular Graham will sponsor a spirit-filled celebration featuring the Heavenly Skylights and others at 6 p.m. at Tabernacle Holiness Church in Carvers Creek. Everyone is invited. For information, call Sister Graham at 770-365-9604.
Out of county
• LUMBERTON: The Talley’s will be at Kingdom Place this Sunday, April 15, in the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Kingdom Place is located at 2610 E. Fifth St. in Lumberton.
• The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open on the last Saturday of each month (November and December dates are the third Saturday) from 8 to 11 a.m. The food pantry, “From His Table to Yours,” will be open the same day from 10 a.m. to noon. Personal transportations and identifications are required. No fee is involved in either ministry. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 N.C. 242 South in Elizabethtown.
• Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step recovery ministry, is held on Sunday’s from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (dinner served at 6 p.m.) at Windsor United Methodist Church, located at 12863 N.C. 242 North in Ammon. Child care provided. For information, contact Amy Munn, ministry leader, at 910-990-7661.
• 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 and 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.