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Bethany Missionary Baptist

PETERSBURG - Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, 613 E. Wythe St., will be celebrating All Ministry Day on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. The musical guests are Dr. Phillip Knight, Voices of Victory from Hampton with special guest Brother James Barrett and the Golden Jubilee of Wilson, North Carolina. All are welcome.

Big Bethel Baptist

McKENNEY - Big Bethel Baptist Church, 11010 Bolling Road, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its pastor, Rev. Alexander L. Williams, on Oct. 14 during the 9 a.m. service. The guest speaker will be Rev. CaShawn Parker of First Baptist Church in Jarratt. At 4 p.m., the church will hold an anniversary banquet at the Tabernacle Baptist Church Community Life Center in Petersburg. Rev. John Wynn of Emmanuel Worship Center in Richmond will be the guest speaker. The church will celebrate their 153rd anniversary at 3 p.m. on Oct. 21. Rev. Edward Fox and Springfield Baptist Church will be the guests. For additional information, contact the church office at 804-478-4518.

Colonial Heights Presbyterian

COLONIAL HEIGHTS - Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 211 Lynchburg Ave., will have guest minister Rev. Beverly Bullock on Oct. 14 at the 11 a.m. service. There will be a centering prayer service on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. The Lunch Bunch will meet Oct. 17 at Shoney's restaurant in Chester at 11:30 a.m. The church will host the monthly 50 and Better group's luncheon on Oct. 19 at 11a.m. Anyone 50 and older is welcome. The cost is $6. Captain Dan Ferguson of the Colonial Heights Police Department will be there to provide tips on self-protection. For more information or if you are not called monthly, make your reservation at 804-526-8010 by Oct. 16.

Easter Baptist

WAVERLY - Easter Baptist Church, 13454 Jerusalem Plank Road, will host “Meet the Twelve”, a scenic portrayal of the Last Supper, presented by the Men and Women’s Ministries on Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. Guests from various churches will serve as the “Twelve.” Rev. Jerry Parham of First Baptist Church in Wakefield will serve as the narrator, and music will be provided by the New Community Mass Male Chorus of Waverly and Vicinity.

Faith and Hope Temple COGIC

PETERSBURG - Faith and Hope Temple COGIC, 1800 E. Washington St., will host a Colors of Christ Rainbow Tea on Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. Donation is $20 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. The church will also hold their 38th annual Women’s Day on Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. with Eldress Dr. Alice M. Thompson as the guest speaker.

First Baptist

PETERSBURG - First Baptist Church, 236 Harrison St., will present the stage play “An Afternoon at the Salon” on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. with lunch served at noon. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.thefirstbaptistchurchpetersburg.org.

First Baptist

WAKEFIELD - First Baptist Church, 217 S. County Drive, will celebrate their 149th church anniversary on Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. The guest will be Pastor Melvin Lyttle and Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Ivor.

First Baptist West Petersburg

PETERSBURG - First Baptist Church West Petersburg, 25720 Greensville Avenue, will celebrate the 28th pastoral anniversary of Rev. Dr. Peter R. Jeffrey on Oct. 14 during the 11 a.m. morning worship service. Rev. Marcus Jeffrey, pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Oklahoma will render the anniversary message.

Galilee Baptist

STONY CREEK - Galilee Baptist Church, 12392 Lee Ave., will observe All Ministries Day during the 11:30 a.m. worship service on Oct. 14.

Gethsemane Apostolic

PETERSBURG - Gethsemane Apostolic Church, 1020 Halifax St., will host the fourth anniversary celebration of Brother Clifton Crawley of Petersburg and Rev. Charlotte Godfrey of Richmond at 3 p.m. on Oct. 20. The service will be under the direction of Julie Roberts and will feature the Reconciliation Fellowship Praise Team of Petersburg and Brother Jamal Johnson of Petersburg. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Julie Roberts, 804-732-9281.

Gillfield Baptist

PETERSBURG - Gillfield Baptist Church, 209 Perry St., will have Jennifer Jones-Austin as the guest speaker on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. A cancer survivor, Jones-Austin serves as a board member and spokesperson for the National Marrow Donor Program, a board member of the New York City Board of Corrections, the New York Blood Center, and the Fund of Public Housing among other positions, and is also an author and activist. The public is invited.

God Chasers Evangelistic International Ministry

PETERSBURG - God Chasers Evangelistic International Ministry, 2138 Richmond Ave., will celebrate their 18th church anniversary and 19th pastoral anniversary on Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. The guest speaker will be Pastor Shawn Brooks of Greater Christian Works Fellowship. If you need transportation, call 804-896-7042 or 804-536-7238.

Greater Faith AME Zion

PETERSBURG - The Protect Our Community Ministry of Greater Faith AME Zion Church, 1301 Youngs Road, will host a Youth Explosion on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. Community participants include youth choirs and praise dance ministries. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Miller at 804-647-1784 or Freda Curtis at 804-898-9612.

Greater Hickory Hill Baptist

YALE - Greater Hickory Hill Baptist Church, 19285 Hickory Hill Road, will have "A Call To Pray" on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. Bring your prayer request with you on any area in your life, your family lives, the condition of this world, church, etc. The church will also celebrate the 134th church anniversary on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. Rev. Larry Nash and Morning Star Baptist Church of Capron will be the guests. Dinner will be served following the program.

Hunting Quarter Baptist

STONY CREEK - Hunting Quarter Baptist Church, 16166 Hunting Quarter Church Road, will observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper on Oct. 21. Baptism will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by worship service at 11 a.m. The Men's Ministry will have packaged barbecue available for a small donation after service. Contact Trustee Darnell Freeman at 804-712-6597 and Trustee Mercer Goode at 804-605-1985.

Jesus Way Fellowship Center

PETERSBURG - Jesus Way Fellowship Center, 660 S. Crater Road, will celebrate their 30th church anniversary during the month of October with services every Sunday at 4 p.m. and every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The guest speaker on Oct. 14 will be Bishop Stacey Roberts of Macedonia Tabernacle Ministries, the guest speaker on Oct. 21 will be Bishop Ted Bryant of New Life Christian Center, and the guest speaker on Oct. 28 will be Bishop Kevin China of Restoration Fellowship Christian Center.

The Lord’s Church Baptist

ETTRICK - The Lord’s Church Baptist, 20905 Third Ave., will hold their annual Community Appreciation and Law Enforcement Celebration on Oct. 17-19 at 7 p.m. A town hall meeting will be held with community law enforcement. There will be a closeout celebration on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. with community leaders sharing information, business leaders promoting their products, games prizes, and food. A member of the community and a community leader will receive an award for their service. Everyone will leave with a door prize. The event is free.

Loving Union Baptist

DISPUTANTA - Loving Union Baptist Church, 16750 Loving Union Road, will hold their third annual tea on Oct. 20 at noon. The guest speaker will be Dr. Shobha R. Nalluri, an oncologist with the Virginia Cancer Institute.

Marmora Baptist

CHURCH ROAD - Marmora Baptist Church, 2901 Exeter Mill Road, will celebrate the church’s 84th anniversary on Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. The special guests will be Rev. Calvin Lewis and Harrison Grove Baptist Church of Hopewell. Dinner will be served following the morning worship service. Clergy Appreciation will be observed.

Morning Star Baptist

PETERSBURG - Morning Star Baptist Church, 1660 Dupuy Road, will celebrate the pastoral anniversary of Rev. Gregory Williams on Oct. 21 with guest speakers Rev. Joseph Cook of Culbert Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Williston, South Carolina at the 11 a.m. service and Rev. Kevin Daniels of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Fountain, Colorado at the 3 p.m. service.

Mount Level Baptist

DINWIDDIE - Mount Level Baptist Church, 14920 Courthouse Road, will celebrate Men’s Day on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. Rev. Dr. Eddie Giles of Reed Rock Baptist Church in Amelia will be the guest preacher. The music will be provided by the Third Baptist Church of Petersburg’s Male Chorus and the master of ceremonies will be Deacon Derek Lundy of Gravel Run Baptist Church in Dinwiddie. The surrounding communities are invited. For additional information, contact chairman Deacon John Bonner at 804-469-3537.

Mt. Olivet Baptist

PETERSBURG - Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 800 Augusta Ave., will host its 13th annual Veterans’ Day Breakfast on Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. For tickets and additional information, contact Charles L. Perry at 804-722-4396. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Mt. Zion Baptist

FORD - Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 9308 Cox Road, will celebrate a combined Men, Deacons, Trustees, and Safety and Security Day on Oct. 21. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. A service will be held at 3 p.m. with the theme "God is our Refuge and Strength, a Very Present Help in Trouble" (Psalm 46-1). The event will also feature a “grand march”. Rev. Michael A. Spragley and First Baptist Church West Petersburg will be the guests.

New First Baptist

PETERSBURG - New First Baptist Church, 1346 Grant Ave., will celebrate their Deacon, Deaconess, and Trustees’ 100th anniversary on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be Rev. Virginia Graham of God’s Mission of Faith Baptist Church in South Chesterfield.

New Hope Baptist

WAVERLY - New Hope Baptist Church, 18183 Old Forty Road, will celebrate their 161st church anniversary on Oct. 14 during the 11 a.m. service. Rev. Ulric Eley, pastor of Love Community Baptist Church in Rockingham, North Carolina will be the special guest. The public is welcome.

Oak Grove Baptist

NORTH DINWIDDIE - Oak Grove Baptist Church, 7419 Boydton Plank Road, will begin the Village Ministry Institute on Oct. 22 for the foundational classes at 5:45 p.m. The graduate classes will begin on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. and the advanced classes at 7 p.m.

Olive Branch Baptist

DINWIDDIE - Olive Branch Baptist Church, 11119 Boydton Plank Road, will be celebrating their 150th church anniversary beginning on Oct. 24 (T-shirt night) with Rev. Dr. Wesley McLaughlin of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Petersburg as the guest. On Oct. 25, the guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Robert Diggs of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Petersburg. College/school/employer/company t-shirts encouraged. Service will be at 7 p.m. nightly. A formal banquet will be held on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.; Rev. Dr. Alfred Thompson will be the guest preacher. The anniversary services will be held on Oct. 28 with guest speakers Rev. Robert Garris Jr. of African Baptist Church in Cheriton at 11 a.m. and Rev. George Northington Jr. of Mason Grove Baptist Church in Valentines at 3 p.m.

Rocky Mount Baptist

McKENNEY - Rocky Mount Baptist Church, 24901 Ridge Road, will celebrate their ushers’ anniversary on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m.

Royal Baptist

PETERSBURG - The Men’s and Women’s Ministries of Royal Baptist Church, 316 Saint Mark St., will hold their anniversary worship service on Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. The church will also hold their 80th church anniversary banquet on Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. at the Tabernacle Community Life Center in Petersburg. The guest preacher will be Dr. Joseph P. Lee Jr., of Bank Street Memorial Baptist Church in Norfolk. The ticket donation is $45 for adults and children 13 and up. For tickets and additional information call 804-732-2871, 804-733-0068 or 804-943-0319. The public is invited.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal

PETERSBURG - Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 228 Halifax St., will host the CT and Friends “Faith to Carry On” concert on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Sharon Baptist

NORTH DINWIDDIE - Sharon Baptist Church, 26804 Fort Emory Road, will have Brother Vernon Claiborn of Richmond talk about breast cancer awareness during the 11 a.m. worship service on Oct. 14. The theme is “It is what it is, and it is real”. The public is invited.

Shiloh Baptist

DINWIDDIE - Shiloh Baptist Church, 4610 Darvills Road, will have Rev. Harold Farmer of Sharon Baptist Church in North Dinwiddie as the guest preacher at 8 a.m. on Oct. 14.

St. Michael’s Episcopal

COLONIAL HEIGHTS - St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 501 Old Town Drive, will hold a Red Cross blood drive on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the church parish hall. Sign up by calling 1-800-733-2767 (Red Cross) or www.redcrossblood.org/donatingblood. The church will also hold Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the church parking lot. There will be candy and food for all attendees; come in your costumes.

St. Peters Church

DINWIDDIE - St. Peters Church, 15719 Cox Road, will be celebrating the 16th anniversary of the Pastor’s Aide on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. Rev. Herbert Holly of St. John's Baptist Church in Stony Creek and his church congregation will be in charge of the service.

Trinity Missionary Baptist

PETERSBURG - Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 233 Halifax St., wil hold its annual Ministry Day on Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Phillip Williams of Royal Baptist Church in Petersburg. Their choir, ushers and congregation have been invited to participate in this service.

Trinity United Methodist

PETERSBURG - Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 S. Sycamore St., will present Copper Ridge Bluegrass Band on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. The event also includes Davona Cristobal from The Ditch Lilies.

Union Branch Baptist

PRINCE GEORGE - Union Branch Baptist Church, 3356 Union Branch Road, will recognize the sick and shut-in and their caregivers during worship service on Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. All are welcome. The church asks that those attending service on Oct. 14 beginning at 9 a.m. wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Union Grove Baptist

SOUTH CHESTERFIELD - Union Grove Baptist Church, 19111 Church Road, will celebrate its 149th anniversary on Oct. 21 during the 11 a.m. worship service. The guest preacher will be Rev. Mark Peterson of Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Petersburg. Bishop Dr. Kenneth Hicks of Christian Tabernacle in Petersburg will present a musical tribute honoring 68 seasoned saints.

Unity Baptist

PETERSBURG - Unity Baptist Church, 330 S. South Street, will celebrate their 42nd annual Homecoming service on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. Rev. Lamont Hobbs and Metropolitan Baptist Church will be the guests. The church will also hold its Revival on Oct. 16-18 with prayer and praise at 7:30 p.m. and worship service at 8 p.m. nightly. The guests will be Rev. Dr. Sylvia Tucker of Loving Union Baptist Church in Disputanta on Oct. 16, Rev. Michael Shannon of Zion Baptist Church in Petersburg on Oct. 17, and Rev. Phillip Knight of Rock Hill Baptist Church in Mechanicsville on Oct. 18. The public is invited.

Zion Baptist

PETERSBURG - Zion Baptist Church, 225 Byrne St., will have a deacon ordination service on Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. for Walking Deacon Edith C. Brown, Walking Deacon Roland M. Christian Jr., and Walking Deacon Arthur Macon Jr. All are invited to attend. For additional information, contact the church office at 804-733-7561.