Sept. 23

— Martin Chapel AME Zion Church of Elizabethtown will host “Women on the Move” today and Saturday at 7 p.m. each day. Special guest speaker will be the Rev. Joyce A. McLaughlin, pastor at Christian Plain AME Zion Church in Whiteville. For information, call Testa McKoy at 910-876-0554 or Jovanna McMillian at 910-549-4083.

Sept. 24

— Martin Chapel AME Zion Church of Elizabethtown will host a Ladies Luncheon at Glenda’s Just Desserts, located at 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Elizabethtown at 4 p.m. The registration fee is $15. There will be free drawings and demonstrations. For information call Testa McKoy at 910-876-0554 or Jovanna McMillian at 910-549-4083.

— A barbecue plate fundraiser to benefit Mr. and Mrs. Dave Pyatte will be sponsored by Center Road Baptist Church in the Community Building at 11 a.m. Plates will be sold by donation only — please give as you feel led! Desserts will also be available for purchase. Both Dave and Cathy have been dealing with serious health issues since moving from Bladen County back to their home state of Tennessee. Please join us at Center Road Baptist Church to assist this wonderful couple that once ministered to our community! For more information call 910-863-4402 or 910-874-3410.

— The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. The food pantry, “From His Table to Yours,” will also be open 10 a.m. to noon. Personal identifications and transportation is required. No fees are involved in either ministry. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 N.C. 242 South in Elizabethtown.

Sept. 25

— The Sandhill Missionary Baptist Church family will spearhead the church’s 107th anniversary/homecoming celebration starting with the 11 a.m. worship service. pastor Donald L. Thompson will deliver the morning message and, at 3:30 p.m., Pastor Jerry McDowell of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Riegelwood will be the special guest speaker. Lunch will be served between the two service.

— Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist of Bladenboro will hold its homecoming. Sunday school will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a special singing and morning message at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. James Nobles of Oak Grove OFWB Church. Following the services, lunch will be in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 1423 Oak Grove Church Road in Bladenboro.

— Homecoming Celebration at St. John AME Zion Church, located at 2549 U.S. 701 North in Elizabethtown, at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served following morning worship. For more information call 910-872-1673.

— New Hope will be hosting its annual missionary program beginning at 4 p.m. The Rev. Brandon McKoy of Charlotte, grandson of Deaconness Lillian McLeod and the late Robert Earl KcKoy, will share the Word. All are invited to come fellowship and receive a blessing through this young servant.

Oct. 2

— The Clarkton PFWB Church invites everyone to join us today through Oct. 5 for our Fall Revival. Services will begin today at 6 p.m. Services for Monday, Oct. 3, through Wednesday, Oct. 5, start at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy our guest speaker, the Rev. Mike Jacobs of Bolton, for spiritual blessings each night. Singing provided nightly. Invite friends and family. Any questions please call the Rev. Charlie Tatum at 910-991-6540.

— Everyone is invited to attend the Rev. Larry Campbell’s Pastor Appreciation at 3 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Harrison Branch, pastor of Rehobeth A.M.E Zion Church in Clarkton. His choir and congregation will be accompanying him.

— New Zion AME Zion Church will celebrate the Rev. Rona Watson’s first pastoral anniversary at 3 p.m. The Rev. Donald Mapson from Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church in Riegelwood will be the guest speaker. His choir will also be present to render the music. A meal will also be served. Everyone is invited. For information, call Jean Cromartie at 910-645-4796.

Oct. 9

— Kitchen Missionary Baptist Church invites young adult, youth, or senior choirs to join them for their Inspirational Choir’s 3rd anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Leaders who are interested in their choir(s) participating should contact Sis. Gloria Beatty at 910-669-3359 or 910-991-5088 or the Rev. Alice Moore at 910-879-6647 by Sept. 29.

— Join us at Center Road Baptist Church beginning at 11 a.m. for the annual Fall Festival. This year we will be celebrating Homecoming on that day as well with guest speaker Dr. Jim Harris. Come out and enjoy the music, food, preaching, bounce houses, and good Christian fellowship. Lunch will be served. Our revival with Dr. Harris will begin Monday, Oct. 10, and run through Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. each day.

Oct. 16

— Antioch United Methodist Church, 4404 N.C. Hwy. 210, Garland, will celebrate Homecoming at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Pam Russell, who serves as director of Children’s Ministry at Horne Memorial United Methodist Church of Clayton.

— Pastor Appreciation for the Rev. Haywood Oliver will be held at Mt. Olive AME Zion Church, 32 Mt. Olive Road, Elizabethtown, at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Rev. Otis T. McMillan, director of the Church Growth & Development in Charlotte. Everyone is invited.

Nov. 16

— Singer Charles Billingsley will be at Northside Baptist Church in Bladenboro. Services begin at 7 p.m. For more information, please call the church at 910-863-3780. Everyone is invited to attend.

December 2

— World-renown Christian singer Ivan Parker will be in concert Friday, Dec. 2, at White Oak Baptist Church Gymnasium (used to be White Oak School Gym). Tickets will be $10.00 and are available from any church member. You may contact the church at P.O. Box 296, White Oak, NC 28399 or by phone by calling the parsonage at 910-866-4467 or the pastor at 910-874-3315. You may call James Pait at 910-866-4514 for information on obtaining tickets also. More information on Ivan Parker can be found at



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— 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.

— College Small Group will meet from 6 until 7 p.m. (ages 18 to 23) followed by AMPED Student Ministry worship service from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. each Sunday night at Dublin First Baptist Church. The upbeat worship service will be lead by our student ministry band, and include drama, and deep Biblical teaching.

— 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 – 8:30 p.m. at your location by phone. Call 712-432-3900 and join in (ID number – 176890#). The teacher is Sis Vivian Caviness Wiggins.