Church briefs March 17

Revivals

- Christian Free Will Baptist Church of Amory will have revival services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The speaker will be Bro. Kelvin Price of New Center Point Free Will Baptist Church of Greenwood Springs. Bro. Dale Stafford is the host pastor.

- People’s Community Baptist Church in Tupelo will have revival services at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The guests will be the Rev. Wayne Myles and the Mount Olive M.B. Church family. The Rev. Robert Jamison is the host pastor.

- Locust Hill Baptist Church in Pontotoc County will have revival services at 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. The speaker will be Bro. Dean Timbes, pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Albertville, Ala., and former pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in New Albany, where he served for 16 years. James Worthy will lead the music.

- Shiloh United Methodist Church of Mantachie will have youth revival services at 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The speaker will be the Rev. John Foster of Vardaman-Bailey Memorial United Methodist Church. Bro. Ronnie Goodwin is the host pastor.

- Cherry Creek M.B. Church of Ecru will have youth revival services at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The speaker will be Minister Matthew Freeman, associate minister of Palmetto CME Church. The Rev. Lesley Mabry is the host pastor.

- Chapel Grove M.B. Church West of Okolona will have revival services at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The speaker will be the Rev. Donnell Nichols of Mt. Zion M.B. Church of Verona, accompanied by his church family. The Rev. Lendell Nichols is the host pastor.

- New Providence M.B. Church of Tupelo will have revival services at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The speaker will be the Rev. Curtis McKinney of Hopewell M.B. Church of Belden. Singing will be by the choirs from Blackland M.B. Church, Hopewell, Red Oak, Second Baptist and New Providence. The Rev. Larry Hervey is the host pastor.

- Inspirational Community Baptist Church in Tupelo will have revival services at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The theme will be “The Christian Hope.” The speaker will be the Rev. Charles Davidson, pastor of Town Creek Baptist Church of West Point and Hopewell Baptist Church of Columbus. Dr. Cordell Phillips is the host pastor.

- Good Shepherd Church of God in Christ of Pontotoc will have revival services at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The speaker will be Elder Glenn Huggins, pastor of Trinity Outreach Church of God in Christ of Houston. Elder Robert Fleming Sr. is the host pastor.

- Gospel Crusade Tour 2007 will take place March 26-30 at locations in Oktibbeha, Clay, Chickasaw, Monroe and Lee counties with different preachers at each location. The dates, host locations and guests preachers will be: March 26, Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church at Starkville, the Rev. L.T. Gathings Jr., pastor of Yeates Chapel Missionary Baptist Church; March 27, Yeates Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of West Point, the Rev. W.R. Sims, pastor of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church; March 28, Rockwell-Green Auditorium in downtown Okolona, the Rev. R.V. Jones, pastor of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church; March 29, Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church of Aberdeen, the Rev. Joseph Stone, founder of GCC Ministries Inc.; and March 30, Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church of Plantersville, the Rev. Darrin Foster, pastor of Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

- New Vision Church of God in Nettleton will have revival services at 7 p.m. March 30 and 31, and at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 1. The speaker will be the Rev. Gregg Chamblee of Ackerman. Friday night services will be especially for the youth.

- Zion Spring M.B. Church of Okolona will have revival services at 6 p.m. April 1 and at 7 p.m. April 2-4. The speaker will be the Rev. Mike Wilson of Union Baptist M.B. Church of Prairie. Pastor Nollen Elzie Sr. is the host pastor.

- Second Baptist M.B. Church of Verona will have revival services at 6 p.m. April 1 and at 7 p.m. April 2-5. The speaker will be the Rev. Marvin McWhorter, pastor of Johnson Chapel M.B. Church of Shannon. Singing will be by area choirs. Pastor Larry M. Stone is the host pastor.

Music

- The Master’s Quartet will be in concert at the following area locations: 6 p.m. today, Corinth Coliseum Theater, Corinth; 11 a.m. Sunday, Carolina Methodist Church, Nettleton; 5 p.m. March 24, Nettleton National Guard Armory; 10 a.m. April 8, Jamison Grove Mission, New Albany.

- Sandhill M.B. Church of Baldwyn will honor their musicians with a love celebration at 5 p.m. today. Lincoln Bradley is the host pastor.

- There will be a gospel concert at 6 p.m. today at the Corinth Coliseum in downtown Corinth. Guests include The Landmark Quartet of Tupelo and The Masters Quartet of Booneville. Special guests will be The Kingsmen Quartet of Ashville, N.C. For ticket information, call 728-5301.

- Watson Grove M.B. Church will hold a choir workshop concert at 7 p.m. today. The Rev. Avence Pittman Jr. is the host pastor.

- Kimble Chapel M.B. Church of Belden will observe Adult Choir Day at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Lewis H. Lockridge is the host pastor.

- The Rock Pentecostal Apostolic Church will have a choir workshop at 2 p.m. March 24 led by Minister Starkovich Forster. Elder Ledentry Forster is the host pastor.

- Community Gospel Award Recognition Night will be March 25 at the Link Centre in Tupelo. Community and church leaders will be recognized for their contributions. Interview time will begin at 5 p.m., with the program starting at 6 p.m. To make nominations or for more information, call 489-0297.

- Contemporary Christian music artist Ginny Owens will be in concert at 6 p.m. March 25 at the Saltillo First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For tickets, call 869-2956.

- Victory Temple Church of the Living God in Tupelo will have Gospel Skate Jam from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at the skating rink in Tupelo. For more information, call Sis. Anita Judon at 891-2264 or Minister Rickey Agnew at 869-8339. Elder Willie G. Thornton is the host pastor.

- Still Blessed will be in concert at 1 p.m. April 22 at the Trace Road Baptist Church in Amory.

Benefits and Fundraisers

- New Vision Worship Center in Nettleton will have a fund-raising yard sale and bake sale today at the City Park in Nettleton. Fifteen families will participate.

- Higher Heights Apostolic Church in Plantersville will host a benefit for Kiera Williams at 6 p.m. March 24. Kiera is an 8-year-old lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patient that has been receiving chemotherapy. All choirs, groups, soloists, drama and dance teams are invited to participate. Elder Nathan Brown is host pastor.

- A benefit program for Scott Kyles of Okolona will be at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at New Hope United Methodist Church in Van Vleet. The Rev. Donell Cherry is the host pastor.

Lent

- University Baptist Church in Starkville will mark the season of Lent during their 10:45 a.m. worship service each Sunday leading up to Easter on April 8. Co-pastors John and Lela Hendrix will deliver sermons matching the theme, “Faith Landscapes,” focusing on “The Wilderness,” a place of temptation; “Cana,” a place of celebration; “Mount Hermon,” a place of mystery; “Capernaum,” a routine place; “Samaria,” a place that is out-of-place; “Bethany,” a place of intuition; and “Galilee,” a gathering place. UBC meets Sunday mornings at the Wesley Foundation on East Lee Boulevard on the Mississippi State University campus. Bible study begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by the worship service.

- Calvary United Methodist Church of New Albany will host Lenten lunches at 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday through March 28. Bring a sack lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

- Fulton United Methodist Church will hold community Lenten services at noon from Wednesday through April 1 in the fellowship hall. The speakers and their topics will be: the Rev. Jimmy Criddle of Carolina Charge United Methodist Church, “You Say I am King,” on Wednesday; Rev. Eugene Stockstill of Tremont Charge United Methodist Churches, “I Am the Light” on March 28; and Jerry Woods of Christ the King Catholic Church, “I Am the Resurrection and the Life” on April 4. Lunch will be provided. The Rev. Jim Fisher is the host pastor.

- First United Methodist Church of Tupelo will present “40 Days of Purpose” at 5:15 p.m. each Wednesday during Lent at Wesley Hall. The program will meet at 5:15 p.m. each Wednesday and continue through April 11.

Easter

- Ballet Magnificat! will present an Easter ballet, “Deliver Us,” at 7 p.m. March 24 and at 2 p.m. March 25 at the Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson. Tickets are $30, $25, $15 and $10, with group rates available. For tickets, call (601) 977-1001 or visit www.balletmagnificat.com.

- The Music Ministry of the First Baptist Church of Booneville will present “Resurrection Celebration” at 7 p.m. March 31 and April 1. Dr. Lynn Jones is the host pastor.

- Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Tupelo will have these special events during Easter. Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. April 5; Good Friday service will be at 7 p.m. April 6; and a vigil will be at 7 p.m. April 7. The Easter service will be at 9 a.m. April 8, followed by an egg hunt for the children at 10:45 a.m. The Rev. R.C. Kreitenstein is the host pastor.

- First Baptist Church in Saltillo will present the Passion play “In the Fullness of Time,” based on the account from the Gospel of John, April 5-8. For tickets call (662) 255-0270. For more information visit www.fbcsaltillo.org.

- Mt. Olive Baptist Church will present “The Day He Wore My Crown” at 6:30 p.m. April 7 and at 10:30 a.m. April 8.

Other Events

- Faith Outreach Ministries of Nettleton offers a substance and alcohol recovery support group which meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. The group meets at the fellowship hall of the Professors of Jesus Name Community Church. A meal is provided at each meeting. For directions or more information, call Sis. Tina Clayton at (662) 963-0146.

- East Spring Hill M.B. Church of Nettleton will have a candlelight program at 6:30 p.m. today. The Rev. E. Lindsey is the host pastor.

- The Sky Is the Limit Ministry will have a First Fruit Giving service at 9 a.m. Sunday at their West Point location and at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at their Tupelo location. Bishop T.C. and Dr. Pam Cummings are the hosts.

- Calvary Praise and Worship Center of Tremont will have special services at 11 a.m. Sunday. Bro. Marvin Morrow, evangelist and recording artist from Cypress Inn., Tenn., and The Son-Liters of Fulton will be the guests.

- Morning Star M.B. Church will have a pastor’s aid program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be the Rev. Leon Griffin, pastor of Greater New Prospect M.B. Church of Nettleton, accompanied by his church family. The Rev. Tyrone McIntosh is the host pastor.

- The youth department of Palestine United Methodist Church of Nettleton will observe Youth Day at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be the Rev. Steve Owens, pastor of Snowtown United Methodist Church of Okolona, accompanied by his choir. The Rev. Chris Diggs is the host pastor.

- Springhill M.B. Church of Nettleton will have a pastor’s aid program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be the Rev. Ricky Ball of New Tabernacle Baptist Church of Baldwyn. The Rev. Johnny Jointer is the host pastor.

- Blackwood Grove M.B. Church of Nettleton will honor their pastor and his wife with an appreciation program at 3 p.m. Sunday. The theme is “I Must Be About My Father’s Business.”

- Chandler Temple CME Church of Verona will have a missionary program at 3 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be Sis. Virginia Hodges. The Rev. Charles Shack is the host pastor.

- Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Starkville will celebrate the church’s 13th anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be Danny Gladney, pastor of Pleasant Grove M.B. Church of Aberdeen. The Rev. Darrin Foster is the host pastor.

- Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Verona will have an Usher Ministry program at 3 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be the Rev. Jack Shelton of New Bethel Church of Plantersville, accompanied by his church family, ushers and choir. The Rev. Donnell Nichols is the host pastor.

- Spring Hill M.B. Church of Tupelo will observe Women’s Day at 3 p.m. Sunday. The theme will be “21st Century Women Keeping the Faith.” The speaker will be Cheryl Scales of Mt. Nebo CME Church of Baldwyn. The Rev. Gary Long is the host pastor.

- Good News Church of Tupelo will show the movie “Facing the Giants” at 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Terry Garrett is the host pastor.

- Beech Springs Free Will Baptist Church will show the movie “Facing the Giants” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Supper will be at 6 p.m. To arrange transportation, call (662) 213-0231.

- Shammah Church of God in Christ will host a Women of Grace Women’s Conference at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The theme is “A Call to True Holiness.” The speaker will be Prophetess Vickie Stamps of Gary, Ind. Elder Michael Goins Sr. and First Lady Dorothy Goins are the hosts.

- Dr. P’s birthday celebration and Girlfriends Ministry weekend will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at The Sky Is the Limit Church in Tupelo. Speaker will be Pastor Henry Phillips of Power of Change Ministry of Cahokia, Ill. Bishop T.C. and Dr. Pam Cummings are the hosts.

- The Rock Pentecostal Apostolic Church will host an Evangelist Explosion Thursday through March 24. Pastor Robins of Cedar Grove will be the speaker at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A choir workshop will be at 2 p.m. Friday, conducted by Minister Starkavich Forster. A service will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday with speaker Pastor Ransey of Oxford. Pastor Pulliam of Decatur, Ala., will be the speaker at 6 p.m. March 24.

- Mount Nebo CME Church of Baldwyn will host the Women Walking in Holiness Women’s Conference March 23-24. Sessions will be at 7 p.m. March 23, and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 24. The church will observe Women’s Day at 3 p.m. March 25. The speaker will be the Rev. Cassondra Key of Perry Chapel CME Church.

- The Tupelo First Seventh Day Adventist Church will host a prophecy seminar at 7 p.m. March 23-April 7. The speaker will be Donny Shelton. Music will be by Steven Scott and Linda Gannon.

- Bethel CME Church of Guntown will host a prayer breakfast for the family at 7 a.m. March 24. Topics to be discussed are: “Resources for the Elderly and Low Income” by Dorothy Leasy and Marilyn Davis of Lift Inc.; “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Sexually Transmitted Diseases” by Sissy Cox of the Lee County Health Department; “School Violence and The Disciplinary Process” by Rodney Spears, assistant principal of Saltillo High School; and “Juvenile Delinquency” by Steve White, administrator of the Lee County Juvenile Detention Center. Also, persons will be on hand for prescription assistance (must bring a list of all prescription medicine and dosages) and financial aid assistant (must bring 2006 tax return). The Rev. Jeffrey Freeman is the host pastor.

- Second Baptist Church of Houston will host the second annual youth seminar “100 Teens in Jeans” from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 at the church’s Life Center. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., followed by a light breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. The seminar is designed for students in grades 5-12 and will provide information and activities on several topics. The seminar is open to the general public for the stated grade levels. For more information or registration forms, call Williestein Harper at 456-3463, Sharon Atkinson 456-3846 or Virginia Wilson at 456-5278. The Rev. Eugene Brandon is the host pastor.

- The Ministers Wives of the Springhill District Association will have a retreat on March 24 at the Family Resource Center in Tupelo. Registration will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m. The retreat will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served. Registration is $15. For more information, call (662) 767-3810.

- Bethany Church of God of Prophecy will host Ladies Fellowship Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24. The theme is “Women Being Blessed of God.” Lunch will be provided. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

- Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church will honor first lady Bonnie Sims with an appreciation program at 6 p.m. March 24. The theme is “A Woman That Is Worthy of Honor Because of Whose She Is.” Guests include D. Mayfield of Crawford, the Mt. Olivet Male Choir and more. The Rev. W.R. Sims is the host pastor.

- The Public Awareness Theatre Inc. of Detroit, Mich., will present a stage play, “Sunset High,” at 7 p.m. March 24 at St. Paul United Methodist Church Christian Life Center in Tupelo. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under. For tickets, call 844-5037.

- Well-known evangelist David Ring, who has cerebral palsy, will share his powerful testimony during the 10:30 a.m. worship service March 25 at Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church. For more information call 842-4832 or go to www.tfwbc.org. The Rev. Terry Pierce is the host pastor.

- Hopewell Baptist Church No. 1 in Holly Springs will celebrate their 140th anniversary on March 25. Speakers will be the Rev. Dederick Lesure of Oxford at 10:45 a.m. and Deacon Michael Crittle of Macedonia Baptist Church at 2:45 p.m. The Rev. Leroy James is the host pastor.

- Greater New Prospect M.B. Church of Nettleton will have an Usher Ministry service at 2:30 p.m. March 25. The speaker will be the Rev. Willie C. Orr, pastor of Mt. Olivet M.B. Church of Aberdeen, along with his ushers, male choir and church family. The Rev. Leon Griffin is in charge of the arrangements.

- Hopewell M.B. Church of Belden will celebrate their pastor’s anniversary at 2:30 p.m. March 25. The speaker will be the Rev. Earlie Eddie, pastor of Blackland M.B. Church of Tupelo, accompanied by his church family. The Rev. Curtis McKinney is the host pastor.

- Mt. Moriah M.B. Church of Aberdeen will honor their pastor and his wife with an appreciation program at 2:30 p.m. March 25. The speaker will be the Rev. Darrin Foster, pastor of Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Starkville.

- New Lebanon M.B. Church of Tupelo will celebrate Pastor and Wife Appreciation Day at 2:30 p.m. March 25. The speaker will be the Rev. Carl Shack of New Salem M.B. Church of Pontotoc. The Rev. Billy D. Rainey is the host pastor.

- Oak Grove M.B. Church of New Albany will have a missionary program at 2:30 p.m. March 25. The speaker will be Minister P. Smith of Love Praise Church in New Albany, accompanied by his church family. All ladies are asked to wear white. The Rev. David High is the host pastor.

- New Direction Church of the Living God in Saltillo will have Family and Friends Rally Day at 3 p.m. March 25. The guests will be Pastor Willie Thornton and Victory Temple Church family of Tupelo. Elder Jimmy Copeland is the host pastor.

- People’s Community Baptist Church of Tupelo will have a missionary program at 3 p.m. March 25. The guests will be Pastor Cheryl Penson and Oak Grove CME Church family. The Rev. Robert Jamison is the host pastor.

- Trinity CME Church of Guntown will have their annual birthday tea at 3 p.m. March 25. The guests will be the Rev. Dr. Phillip Bryant and the male chorus and church family of Poplar Springs CME Church of Shannon. The Rev. Mary Robinson is the host pastor.

- Ebernezer M.B. Church of Guntown will honor Pastor and Mrs. Tommy L. Ratliff for five years of dedicated service with an appreciation program at 3 p.m. April 1. The speaker will be the Rev. Donnell Nichols, accompanied by the Mt. Zion M.B. Church family.

- Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ of Aberdeen will have a “100 Women in White” program at 3 p.m. April 1. The speaker will be Sarah A. Gaston, jurisdictional supervisor of women in North Mississippi. Elder David Lewis is the host pastor.

- The children and youth departments of the Springhill District Association will have a special program and breakfast at 8 a.m. April 3. The theme is “Facing the Giant.” Registration fee is $50 for each church. For more information, call Shelia Davis at 767-3811 or 844-0013.

- Crossroad M.B. Church will have an usher program at 2:30 p.m. April 15. The speaker will be the Rev. Frederick Adams Sr. of Blackwood Grove Church of Nettleton.

- New Prospect Baptist Church of Oxford will celebrate its 97th year of worship and service with homecoming on April 29. Services will begin at 9 a.m. and will include singing, special recognitions and a note-burning signifying the building debt retirement. The speaker will be former pastor, Everett Childers. A covered dish lunch will follow.

- Words of Faith Deliverance Ministries of Tupelo will have a Real Life Real Women’s Conference on May 2-5. Workshops leaders and topics will be: Prophet Sonja Stiles, 6 p.m. May 3, “Pursuing the Supernatural”; Pastor Connie Cahill, 6 p.m. May 4, “Walking Thru Transition”; Minister Shantelle Sims, 9 a.m. May 5, “Waiting on God for Boaz”; Lady Deloris Johnson, 9:45 a.m. May 5, “Understanding Who You Are”; and Dr. Laura Thompson, 10:30 a.m. May 5, “A Woman of Integrity.” Keynote speakers will be Pastor Doris Day at 7 p.m. May 2; Dr. Patricia Phillips at 7 p.m. May 3 and 4; Pastor Eyvone Smith at 8 a.m. May 5; and Pastor Tinnona Patterson at 5 p.m. May 5. Register at www.words-of-faith.com.