Turning Point Worship Center will present an Eves Ministry spring social starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Aberdeen Lake Park. For more information, contact Vera Burks at (910) 986-9236 or April Wicker at (910) 691-2799.
Turning Point Worship Center, at 16433 U.S. 15-501, holds worship services every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bible study is held at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday. All are welcome. The pastors are Stoney and Brenda Locklear. For more information about Turning Point, call (910) 281-2055.
A backyard barbecue and craft fair will be held Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church on U.S. 1 in Aberdeen. There will be crafts and artist tables galore, barbecue plates, a "sauce-off" competition, bake sale and a silent auction. Admission is free.
This is a fundraising event to benefit the Moore Free Clinic, the Aberdeen Elementary School Partnership and other mission projects.
Local crafters are invited to participate and set up their table, but there are a limited number of spaces. Please call the church office at (910) 944-1319 for additional information and for an application.
A benefit gospel sing for 6-year-old Tayden Locklear will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Union Pines High School. Admission is free. The Sycamore Singers, Hall Memorial praise team, Harvest Church praise team and the McNeill Gospel Singers will perform. For more information, call (910) 947-6036 or (910) 986-5952.
Happy birthday wishes go out to Ursula McLean (April 27) and Sandy Person (April 25).
- Shelbi Person
Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church invites everyone to attend Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. each week. The pastor is the Rev. James McKinnon.
Men's Day will be held at 3 p.m. this Sunday at New Zion A.M.E. Zion Church. Lunch will be served after the morning worship service. The preacher will be the Rev. Marcus Williams, pastor of Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church. Everyone is invited to attend.
Everyone in the community is invited to attend New Zion A.M.E. Zion Church each Sunday, with Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. Please notify the pastor, the Rev. Charles McKnight, of a sickness or the need for prayer at (910) 639-1893.
The 21st Century after-school program at New Zion A.M.E. Zion Church operates Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Snacks are provided. Please contact the Rev. Charles McKnight, the church pastor, at (910) 639-1893. They thank everyone for their support.
Birthday wishes go out this week to all who are celebrating.
In memoriam: Mittie Taylor (April 21) and Jessie McNeill (April 22).
Sick and shut-ins: Betty J. Ellerbe, Louise Jones, Sarah F. McMillian, Phillip McMillian, Betty Lou Moses, Evelyn Crawford and Nora Smith are among the homebound. Stella Gillispie, Connie L. Covington, Diana Brown, Portia Smith, Sampson Blue and Lewis Swan are in nursing homes or assisted living homes.
Please continue to pray for all the sick and shut-ins.
If anyone has church or other community news, please contact me at (910) 281-3385.
- Lorine McCants
New Hope Christian Ministries, where the pastor is Elder Brenda Brown, holds services at 160 Ridgeline Road off N.C. 5, just behind the Habitat for Humanity store. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. every week, and regular worship services are held at 11 a.m. on the first through fourth Sundays.
Morning prayer is held at 8 a.m. every Saturday. Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Minister's study is held every second Tuesday at 6 p.m.
St. John Missionary Baptist Church, at 703 Harris St., where the pastor is the Rev. Jimmy Gilchrist, holds Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Prayer meeting and Bible study are held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.
St. Joseph A.M.E. Church, where the pastor is the Rev. Henry R. Davis, will be holding Sunday services at Aberdeen Elementary School. Bible study is held at 6 p.m. at the Aberdeen Community Center.
Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church, at 206 Keyser St., where the pastor is the Rev. Fred Goins Jr., holds Sunday School every week at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. every first and third Sunday. Bible study is held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
Sandhill Christian Church, on Keyser Street, has a new pastor, Jamal Brown. The church holds Sunday School every Sunday at 10 a.m. and worship services at 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
The Word of Life Holy Church of God in Christ, at 107 Spring St., where the pastor is Overseer Nathaniel Malloy, holds Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Bible study is held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
Happy birthday to all who are celebrating this week.
Continue to pray for everyone.
Please submit church, community and personal announcements (such as birthdays and anniversaries) by 7 p.m. Sunday by calling (910) 528-4782.
- Rachel Hill
The St. Peters Church missionary revival concludes tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30. Evangelist Tina Harris will be the preacher. Everyone is invited to attend.
St. Peters will have Women's Day on Sunday, May 6. Evangelist Deborah Sibley will be the preacher. She is a dynamic woman of God. The service will begin at 11:15 a.m., and dinner will be served afterward.
The United Church of God Sunday School workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Mount Zion.
St. Peters holds Bible study at 7:30 p.m. on the Tuesdays after the first and third Sundays of the month. Prayer meeting is held at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday.
Plans are being made for the 25th reunion of the Pinecrest High School class of 1987 on Saturday, Oct. 6. Graduates are asked to look for updates on the Pinecrest Class of 1987 Facebook page. Email contact information to pinecrest8725anniversary@yahoo or call (910) 688-3447.
Devonte Wilson traveled to Washington, D.C., last week with his choir from Pinecrest.
Jason and Sarah Jones will celebrate their wedding anniversary this week.
Birthday wishes go out to Michael McCrimmon and Michelle McCrimmon (April 17), Kim Smith (April 18), Ruth Rogers (April 19), Barbara Harris (April 21) and Justin Brewer (April 22).
Sick and shut-ins: Lewis McLaughlin, Paula Neal, Michael McLean, Charles Jackson, Joe Jackson, Cornelia Adkins, Evelyn Clegg, Minister Wrencher, Conrad Dailey, Mary Russell, Margret Thompson and Alma Jones.
- Wilma Monroe
Bible study is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Macedonia and at 7:30 p.m. at Fletcher's Chapel. Pleasant Hill holds Bible study at 10 a.m. each Saturday.
Fletcher's Chapel will hold a Rainbow Tea at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hoffman Parks and Recreation Building. The donation is $10.
The quarterly union will be held April 27-28 at Highland in Laurinburg.
The home union will be held Sunday, April 30, at Macedonia. The Rev. C.E. Cunningham is in charge. Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.
The Hoffman Red Hat Club will meet at noon April 28 at the Beaver Dam Center. All members are asked to attend.
The OC's Singers will perform Friday, May 18, at the Hoffman Parks and Recreation Building.
Birthday wishes go out to all who are celebrating this week.
Sick and shut-ins: Earnest Gilmore, Beulah Jones, Joe Jones, Letha Isaac, Nancy Hayes, Flossie Hagins, Frank Smith, Albert Hailey, Lacy Jackson, Mattie White, Cathy Harrington, Lula Smith, Juanita Gilmore, Arlene McRae, Thelma McKoy, Dan McKoy, Eugene Martin, Johnny King, Nancy Ellerbe, Lillie Ellerbe, Bunie Ellerbe, Jimmy Ellerbe, Rebecca Utley, Arnell Little, Mary Jamieson and Robert Wadkins are among the homebound.
Please continue to pray for the sick and shut-ins, church leaders, our children, government and one another.
- Bea Little
The Cypress Presbyterian Church adult choir will not practice this week. Practice will resume next week at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Sunday, May 6, is Cypress Memorial Sunday. The day will begin with a breakfast in the fellowship hall, followed by a service in the church cemetery. The Rev. Sam McGregor Jr. will be the guest minister for the day and will preach at the 11 a.m. worship service.
This year's community Vacation Bible School will be held June 18-22 at Vass First Baptist. There will be classes for all ages, and supper will be served each evening.
The youth meetings at Mount Pleasant church for last Sunday were canceled due to unforeseen circumstances and have been rescheduled for this coming Sunday.
This past Sunday at Mount Pleasant, the pastor had a very special time of prayer and invited members of the congregation to come to altar to pray. Prayers were offered for Melvin Wooten, Leah Anderson, great-granddaughter of Daisey McFayden, and Nick Gagnon, who are all battling cancer. Dr. Poplin asked for God to create a miracle in each of these lives.
Prayers were also offered for Andrew and Lindsay Schiller. A miracle was claimed for Andrew, who has been in a Charlotte hospital in intensive care following an all-terrain vehicle accident. A miracle was claimed for Earl Cheek, whose eye has been healed. Prayers were also offered for infant Ryan Marks, great-grandson of Sylvia Jones, who remains in intensive care at a hospital in Durham.
The church prays regularly for these and many others, but this Sunday it felt led to hold a special altar prayer to pray for and claim miracles in the lives of those in great need today.
Everyone is invited to attend worship at Mount Pleasant Church each Sunday morning.
Please remember, with positive thoughts and prayers, all of our soldiers and their families, whether here in the States or abroad.
If you have any information you'd like to share with our community, please call me at (910) 245-4747.
- "Sunny" Sidley
Body of Christ Outreach Ministry on Lemon Springs Road, where the pastor is Larry Ray, celebrates Communion on the first Sunday of the month. Sunday School is held every week at 10 a.m. followed by worship at 11:15 a.m. Prayer meeting is held at 6 p.m. and Bible study at 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
St. John United Church of God in Carthage will hold Youth Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, with guest speaker Jay Baker, from Rhema Kingdom Life Center Inc. in Raleigh. Pastor Hester will be the guest speaker at at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Greater Faith United Church of God in Biscoe.
Happy birthday to all who are celebrating this week.
Please pray for our president and all leaders, sick, bereaved, shut-ins and residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities and caregivers.
If anyone has community news, please email me at email@example.com or contact me at (910) 783-7822 (cell) or (910) 947-2208 (home) and leave a message at least one week in advance.
- Irene Ray
The community extends condolences and prayers to the families of the late Harmon Bostic (Melba Bostic's nephew), Clementine Young Bowling, Jeanette Goins, Robert Murphy Sr. and Alfred Simmons.
Evangelist Tina Harris, a former Taylortown resident, will be the guest revivalist at St. Peter United Church of God tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30. She thanks everyone for their support. Bishop and First Lady Curry invite everyone to attend.
The Rev. Charles Nabors and the members of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church invite everyone to Galilee's church anniversary this Sunday at the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. services. The speaker for the afternoon service will be the Rev. Wall, from Mount Zion Missionary Baptist in Candor
The Rev. Carolyn Sanders Radcliff invites everyone to the "Let's Talk About Substance Abuse Awareness" session at 6 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Taylor House on Main Street.
Robert Grooms, community collaborative specialist with Sandhills Center for Mental Health (Daymark), and Katie Ratcliff, clinical social worker, will make presentations regarding substance abuse issues. The program is free and open to the public.
The support group sessions are held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday. The Rev. Carolyn Sanders Radcliff is the facilitator. Call (910) 295-2779 for more information.
The Sandhills Community College Flyers basketball team's national championship celebration will be featured next week through April 30 on "Town Talk." The show airs daily at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable channel 3 of Southern Pines. The host is Rose Highland-Sharpe.
Gladys Garris and area senior citizens are having a "Spring Hawaiian Luau" from 4 to 7:30 p.m. April 28 at "the pond" near her residence. The donation is $20. The menu includes barbecue ribs, vegetables, beverages and desserts. Gladys says, "We're still cooking. We're not done yet!"
Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Mother of the Year for the Moore County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Send a one-page, typed nomination letter that includes information about that "special lady's" community involvement and accomplishments to Moore County NAACP, Mother of the Year Committee, P.O. Box 1351, Southern Pines, NC 28388. It must be postmarked by April 22.
The event will be held at the Douglass Community Center at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The guest speaker will be Charmine Fuller-Cooper, director of the N. C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation- Clearinghouse Program (Governor's Task Force to Determine the Method of Compensation for Victims of North Carolina's Eugenics Board).
O'Linda W. Gillis is the branch president. For more information, call (910) 947-1422.
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church will have a series of "Healthy Living" classes with a focus on exercise per FirstHealth Moore Regional outreach professional Cindy Layton. The classes will be held on Mondays beginning at 6 p.m. The pastor is the Rev. Charles Nabors.
Galilee has changed its Bible study time to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays instead of 7 p.m. The Rev. A. Wade, one of the assistant pastors, usually teaches a series each season on specific subjects. An outline of the subject is distributed to the participants. The study is very thorough and interesting. The pastor, the Rev. Charles Nabors, invites everyone to attend.
An open computer lab is available at no cost to qualified students at Sandhills Community College from noon until 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays (Causey Hall). The lab offers instruction on completing online applications, interviewing tips, computer skills and information regarding the fastest-growing jobs in the Sandhills.
For more information, call Jenny Troyer at (910) 695-3926 in the Human Resources Development program.
The Moore County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has the "Get Out the Vote" campaign." Please register to vote. For more information on voting, contact the local NAACP at (910) 947-1422.
The Taylortown Ministerial Alliance thanks everyone for their prayers and support. The president is the Rev. Kenneth Stewart. All local ministers are welcome to participate. The ministers meet at one of the local churches at 1:30 p.m. on the second Saturday each month.
Thanks for supporting the "Hill Top Shops" this year. They include Not "Jus" Any Bag, Bono Abstract Clothing, Sew What?, 360 Creations Beauty Salon and New 2 U Everyday Rummage. Fresh Discipleship Center, with Pastor Cora Murphy, resides on "the Hill."
There is also an outreach ministry with household goods and clothing for those in need on "the Hill." It serves many throughout the county and is owned and managed by Minister Gerald and Tia Brown.
Thanks for your support of MANNA!, which is at 11 a.m. each Tuesday at at Spaulding Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church. Special thanks to the preparers and hostesses, including Melba Bostic, Esther McNeill, Hulene Morrison, Kathy Murphy and others from Spaulding Chapel and the community. Pastor John Roberts is the day-to-day operations manager for MANNA. The pastor at Spaulding Chapel is the Rev. Charles Allen.
Job-seeking skills/career, basic skills and GED classes are available at the Westmoore Center in Robbins and at the Day Reporting Center in Carthage. Basic skills and GED classes are available at the Northern Moore Family Resource Center in Robbins, Aberdeen Elementary School and in Van Dusen Hall at Sandhills Community College. Call the recruiter for basic skills education at SCC, Rose Highland-Sharpe, at (910) 695-3783.
Jobs are available at Smithfield's meat packing company in Tar Heel, N.C. As part of the application process, register for pre-employment skills classes in the human resources development program at Sandhills Community College. The classes are free to those who qualify. Call Jenny Troyer at (910) 695-3926.
Job-ministry positions as keyboardists are available at some local churches in Moore County. For more information, call (910) 295-0013 (the Rev. Rose Highland-Sharpe).
Learn how to play the guitar with Michael Robinson, the Taylortown "Music Man." Call (910) 691-9283. Michael also conducts "Taylortown Jams," which are music sessions open to experienced musicians from noon to 6 p.m. every Saturday at the Taylor House on Main Street. If you have a passion for playing any musical instrument, please join this lively "jam session." There is no charge for the jam session or music classes. The classes are open to all ages.
The United Way of Moore County thanks the many local churches, ministries and faith-based organizations for considering making a donation in 2012. The United Way supports many nonprofits, including those that provide programs for youths, victims of abuse and those recovering from substance abuse.
For more information, call United Way at (910) 692-2413. Linda Mills Pearson is the executive director. The Rev. Rose Highland-Sharpe is a board member. Call her at (910) 295-0013.
Many thanks for your continued prayers and support of Edward and Sharonda Wilson.
Spruill Temple Church of God in Christ has a prayer service every Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call in your prayer request at (910) 295-0071. The pastor, Elder Jerry Chesney, welcomes everyone to drop in at any time during this informal prayer time and "to come as you are."
Join St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 198 Gaines St. in Jackson Hamlet, for weekly services. Sunday School is held at 10 a.m. Worship begins at 11 a.m. Prayer meeting and Bible study are held at 7 p.m. each Wednesday. The pastor is the Rev. Elgett Floyd.
"Good News Inspiration" on WEEB-990 AM airs from 6 until 11 a.m. each Sunday. Send your church and community announcements to the Sunday program director/announcer, Rose Highland-Sharpe, at P.O. Box 4653, Pinehurst, NC 28374, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. WEEB Gospel family members include veteran announcer Felton J. Capel and substitute announcers Pastor Ren Lee and Niniji Lloyd.
The 21st Century 2011-2012 after-school program is accepting applications for youths in kindergarten through 12th grade. Leave a message at (910) 295-5813. The program is held at Christ Way Deliverance Church in Eastwood and New Zion A.M.E. Zion Church in Addor. Pastor and Mrs. E. Nathaniel Jackson are the directors. Special thanks to Pastor Charles McKnight Sr. and his wife, Barbara, at New Zion in Addor.
Please remember those on our prayer list, including Deacon Leroy Alford Sr., Jaion Barrett, Carol Blackmon, Melba Bostic, Mr. and Mrs. George Brown, Evelyn Clegg, Christine Ellerbe, Sandy George Gaines, Phyllis Goins, Cathy Harrington, Alice Jackson, Pauline Levine, Rosa Mills, Willa B. Monroe, Catherine Morrison, Dorothy R. Morrison, Evelyn Morrison, Katrina Morrison, Vera Moses, Ann Odom (Grady Odom's wife, and friend of Mrs. Garris), Lolita Robinson, Mr. Shamberger, Johnnie Stanford, Patrice Taylor and Patrick Walker.
Please remember all the sick and shut-ins, the widowed, orphans, bereaved, incarcerated, homeless, youths and the United States military in your prayers and good deeds.
If you have any questions, comments and community news, please respond to R. Highland-Sharpe at P.O. Box 4653, Pinehurst, NC 28374, or at rosesharpe37@gmail. com. Send announcements at least two weeks in advance.
- Rose Highland-Sharpe
God's House of Prayer Ministry will visit Fellowship House of God in Carthage at 6 p.m. Saturday for its usher anniversary.
Pastor Mary Kelly will be the guest speaker at Apostle V. church in Wagram at 3 p.m. Sunday.
A shoe program will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at God's House of Prayer Ministry for its building fund. The program is sponsored by Evangelist Betty Ray.
On May 27 at 3 p.m., Deacon Freddie Kelly, Jr. will give his introduction sermon and ordination at the Douglass Community Center in Southern Pines. All are welcome to attend.
God's House of Prayer Ministry has Sunday School at 10 a.m. every week. Worship services are held every first and third Sundays of the month at 11:30 a.m. and special programs or worship on second and fourth Sundays. Bible study is held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Intercessory prayer is held every Saturday at 8 a.m. Pastor Mary Kelly is the church pastor.
The Rev. Iris Jordan, of Fair Promise in Sanford, will be the guest speaker at Oakridge A.M.E. Zion Church in Vass at 3 p.m. Sunday for its annual Women's Day celebration. The Voices of Praise will render the music. Everyone is invited to the celebration.
A Women's Day program will be held at 3 p.m. May 6 at St. Mark Freewill Baptist Church in Vass. A pastor's aide program wil be held at 3 p.m. May 18. It is sponsored by Minister Snuggs. A pastor's aide program will also be held at 7 p.m. May 25 at the church.
St. Marks has Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. and worship services at 11:30 a.m. every Sunday. Bible study is held at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday
Word of Truth Christian Center of Vass, where the pastors are Micheal and Cheryl Blue and Overseer Helen Spencer, has Bible study at 6 p.m. every Wednesday. Sunday School is held every Sunday at 10 a.m., and the worship service starts at 11:15 p.m.
New Direction Outreach Ministries, where the pastor is Pastor Linnie M. Saunders, has worship services every Sunday at 11:30 a.m., except any fifth Sunday. Bible study is held from 7 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. It is led by Elder C. Taylor.
The church is at 3623 North U.S. 1 Business in Vass across from the Vass Ball Park. For more information, call (910) 638-8441.
Birthday wishes go out to Charlotte Simmons (April 20).
Continue to pray for all the sick and shut-ins, including all in the hospital and in rest homes, each other and our U.S. troops in Iraq and worldwide.
To have your news included in the Vass section, send an email to anitafinch38@ yahoo.com or mail items at least one week in advance to P.O. Box 176, Vass, NC 28394.
-- Anita Finch
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