The 133rd session of the N.C. Central Conference is over. The Rev. Charles McKnight will be back with New Zion A.M.E. Zion Church as the pastor for another year. The members are very grateful.
The Rev. McKnight will deliver the message for the usher board anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, where the pastor is the Rev. Gilchrist. Everyone is welcome.
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.
Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church invites everyone to attend Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. each week.
Please remember the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey and elsewhere, and consider making a donation to the Red Cross or other relief effort.
The Addor Community Center Committee needs everyone's help. The roof badly needs to be replaced. Donations of any amount are greatly needed. Mail donations to P.O. Box 775, Pinebluff, NC 28373. Residents will be receiving a flier soon. A big fundraiser is also being planned. Everyone is encouraged to help out.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Juanita McNeill (Nov. 15), Shirley Jackson (Nov. 16), Fonda Little (Nov. 19) and the Rev. Charles McKnight (Nov. 20).
In memoriam: Grady N. Lyon (Nov. 18) and Helen Arnold Berry (Nov. 20),
Sick and shut-ins: Betty Jean Ellerbe, Nora Smith, Louise Jones and Philip McMillian are among the homebound. 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 service 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 holds Sunday services at Aberdeen Elementary School. Bible study has been canceled indefinitely.
Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church, at 206 Keyser St., where the pastor is the Rev. Lula Oliver, 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.
Please continue to pray for everyone.
Please submit your news to Elder Clarissa Nealy at (910) 986-9133 by Saturday afternoon.
- Clarissa Nealy
The St. Ruth Church family thanks everyone for coming out for its missionary revival last week
The St. John Church family thanks all who attend its revival services last Wednesday) through Friday. Anita Scott was the guest speaker.
Victory Tabernacle will celebrate the pastoral anniversary of Overseer Hanes and his first lady at 7:30 p.m Thursday and Friday and Sunday during worship.
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.
Darius Jones left for military basic training over the weekend.
Birthday wishes go out to Gloria Person (Nov. 16), Jamez McLaughlin and Darius Jones (Nov. 17) and Garron Monroe (Nov. 19).
Sick and shut-ins: Lewis McLaughlin, Paula Neal, Michael McLean, Charles Jackson, Joe Jackson, Samuel Brisbon, Darlene Harris, Ruth Rogers, Evelyn Clegg, Cornelia Adkins, Minister Wrencher, 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 its Bible study at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday.
An appreciation service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Macedonia for first lady Dockery. All are invited.
The missionary department of Macedonia will sponsor a service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, to remember loved ones.
The Pastor Aide Committee at Macedonia will sponsor a musical service Saturday, Dec. 1.
On Sunday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m., the Macedonia usher board will have Family and Friends Day. The youth department will hold a musical program at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.
The Women in Red program will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Fletcher's Chapel. Evangelist Janice Martin will be the speaker.
Birthday wishes go out to Nettie Hart, Laverne Jasper Jr., the Rev. Charles Bethea, Jean Billings, Chasity McRae, Jalan Ward, Earl Hart, Mitchell Ratliff, Barbara Brower, Princess Kelly, Ernestine McRae and James Anderson.
Sick and shut-ins: James Andrew, Flossie Hagins, Cathy Harrington, Albert Hailey, Felton Hailey, Eugene Martin, Ernest Gilmore, Juanita Gilmore, Louis Gilmore, Mary Jamison, Robert Watkins, Henry Isaac, Robert McLaughlin, Mattie White, Rebecca Utley, Henretta Little, Robert E. hart, Ellen C. Hart, Earl Hart, Thelma McKoy, Lillie Ellerbe, Jimmy Ellerbe, Nancy Ellerbe, Nancy Haynes and Jerry Williams.
Please continue to pray for the sick and shut-ins, church leaders, our children, government and one another.
- Bea Little
The Cypress Presbyterian and Vass United Methodist youth will hold a hot dog sale from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot in Vass.
The proceeds will help pay shipping costs for the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes, which are due to the church this Sunday. Come by the Piggly Wiggly and get your lunch on Saturday.
The Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are filled with toys, school supplies, personal hygiene items and other items that children would enjoy or find useful. They are sent to children in need around the world and in the United States. Anyone who would like to participate can contact the church at (910) 245-4731.
Cypress Presbyterian Church holds Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. For more about Cypress, visit its website, www.cypress pres.org.
Everyone is invited to the community Thanksgiving service hosted by Cypress Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. this Sunday.
Ministers and leaders from Fryes Chapel Free Will Baptist, Open Arms Community, Vass First Baptist, Vass Presbyterian and Vass United Methodist churches will be invited to lead in the service. A community choir will lead the congregation in music and will present a special anthem. Anyone who would like to participate in the community choir should come to the fellowship hall at 6:15 p.m. for a short practice.
After the service, a reception will be held in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to join in fellowship and worship and give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy in our community.
If leaders from other churches in the community would like to participate, please contact the Rev. Barbara Hedin at (910) 245-4731.
Sunday was Veterans Day, and all around Little River township, the Lobelia, Mount Pleasant, River View and River Bend communities, more people were displaying the American flag in honor of the many men and women who have served our country and continue to serve our community.
The entire worship service Sunday at Mount Pleasant Christian Church was centered around honoring those who have served our country. More than 30 retired and active duty military members stood before the congregation as the church honored them for their life commitment to the nation and the community.
Dr. Poplin delivered a sermon that paralleled the service that makes us veterans of the nation's flag and the kingdom of Christ and the Christian flag.
All the veterans and their families were honored with a covered-dish meal in the fellowship hall after worship, and each person attending was presented with a booklet that featured those who have served that have ties to our church. Thirty-one profiles were in the booklet that was complied and created by Janet Chilton.
Mount Pleasant will participate in the community Thanksgiving service Sunday along with the churches of the Johnsonville area. The host church this year will be Solid Rock Methodist Church in Spout Springs. The service begin at 5 p.m., with dinner after the service. The Rev. Gil Wise is the pastor of Solid Rock Methodist Church.
December will be a busy month for everyone. Mount Pleasant is again planning to hold its annual senior citizens Christmas banquet that honors all seniors. It will be held at at 4 p.m. Dec. 2.
As is the normal custom, the seniors will be treated to a Christmas program by the children and youth of the church before the meal. Contact Mrs. Brenda Smith at B&L Auto for more details on this wonderful time of fellowship and Christmas joy.
The choir is practicing for its Christmas cantata, "All Is Well," which will be presented in December.
Anniversaries that will be celebrated this week are Robert and Kathy Fowler (Nov. 13), Jeff and Carmen Damitz (Nov. 14) and Hal and Lynn Abshire (Nov. 15).
Birthdays this week include Carla McKenzie and Peggy Mora (Nov. 15), Martha Blue (Nov. 16) and Gordan McAlvey (Nov. 18).
If you have any information you'd like to share with our community, please email mtpoffice@embarqmail. com.
- Greg Poplin
Synagogue of Christ is celebrate Pastor Louise Kiniel's anniversary this week. The schedule is as follows: Today (Wednesday), Pastor Betty Lee; Thursday, Elder Daryl Harris; Friday, Overseer William Russell; Saturday, Pastor Joann Davis; and Sunday, Pastor Mary Atkinson (morning service) and Bishop Ben Stubbs (3 p.m. service).
Clarence Matherson passed away. He was in the class of 1964 at Pinckney High School. His wife thanks the ushers of Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church in Eagle Springs for seating his classmates in his honor at his funeral.
Sister D. Henderson thanks Pastor Angela Davis and members of Mount Olive Church in Carthage for their annual dinner. They took 12 dinners to Jackson Terrace residents.
Lakeview Chapel Free Will Baptist Church has announced that the Rev. Derrick and first lady Cristal have accepted the call to be its pastor.
The Free Will Baptist conference was held in Raeford. It was led by Bishop Bell and Assistant Bishop Sutton.
Holy Temple Church holds services every first and third Sunday. Everyone is invited to attend.
The Pinckney High School class of 1962 will hold its 50th class reunion Saturday, Nov. 24, from noon until 3 p.m., at the Days Inn, 805 South West Service Road, off U.S. 1 in Southern Pines.
There will be a hospitality hour, buffet lunch and social hour. The cost is $30 a person. The attire will be casual. For more information, contact Velma Barrett Lane at (910) 692-6286 or Betty Person at (910) 245-7268.
Please pray for our president and all leaders, the sick, bereaved, shut-ins and residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities and caregivers.
If anyone has community news, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (910) 783-7822 (cell) or (910) 947-2208 (home) and leave a message at least one week in advance.
- Irene Ray
"Christmas Taylortown Style" will be held at Mulligans on 18 (Elks Country Club) on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 6 until 11 p.m. There will be a great dinner, dancing and entertainment by special guest comedienne "Grandma Lou." The social hour will be held from 6 until 6:45 p.m.
For ticket information, call Nadine Moody at (910) 724-3991, Diann Barrett at (910) 295-5469, Mildred Wright at (910) 944-2950, or Joann Faulkner at (910) 295-0423.
The Veterans Job Fair, which is open to nonveterans as well, is taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the National Guard Armory on Morganton Road in Southern Pines. Many employers will be available to accept your resume or allow you to complete an application on-site. Dress appropriately, be prepared for interview questions, project a positive attitude and be ready to obtain a job!
We salute all veterans. Thank you for your service to our country!
Make 2013 the year to complete your GED! The GED test will be changing in 2014, so complete it now through 2013 as it is. Don't let your current score expire. Be prepared for college and a better job, and get the respect you deserve by earning your high school diploma.
Call Sandhills Community College GED staff for more information: Mr. Andrews at (910) 695-3998, Mrs. Chestnut at (910) 695-3777, or Ms. Highland-Sharpe at (910) 695-3783.
This week's "Town Talk" television show features interviews with Susan Fish and Mark Adkins regarding Family Support Network (services for children with special needs) and the upcoming Veterans Job Fair next month, respectively. Also, information is shared about the new GED test coming in 2014 (it's best to complete the test in 2012 or 2013 before it changes).
"Town Talk" airs daily at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable 3 of Southern Pines. The host is Rose Highland-Sharpe.
Thank you to the local ministries for all they do for the community, including Fresh Discipleship Ministries, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, House of Prayer Holy Church of God in Christ, Spaulding Chapel AME Zion Church and Spruill Temple Church of God in Christ.
The Taylortown Ministerial Alliance meets on the second Saturday of each month in the early afternoon at one of the local churches. All local ministers are invited. The Rev. Kenneth Stewart is the president.
The Moore County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will have its branch elections Thursday from 7 until 8 p.m. at 801 Mechanic St. in Southern Pines.
To vote, one must be a member in good standing of the branch 30 days prior to the election. A form of identification is required.
Call Anita Cheatham, the branch secretary, at (910) 947-1422. O'Linda W. Gillis is the present of Moore County NAACP.
Join Town Councilman Jeff Moody and other health-minded residents each week for walks around the community. Get healthy and start moving! Contact Jeff on Richardson Street for more information.
Join Michael Robinson, the Taylortown "Music Man," for guitar lessons. 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 Rev. Rose Highland-Sharpe has information about keyboard-playing opportunities at some local churches in Moore County. For more information, call (910) 514-1564.
The "Hill Top Shops" thank you for your support. The shops include: Not "Jus" Any Bag, Sew What?, 360 Creations Beauty Salon, and New 2 U Everyday Rummage. Fresh Discipleship Center, with Pastor Cora Murphy, resides "on the Hill," too.
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.
Inquire about free and/or low-cost classes for job seekers and those seeking a new career at Sandhills Community College by calling Tawana McKnight at (910) 695-3782, Jenny Troyer at (910) 695-3926 or Rose Highland-Sharpe at (910) 695-3783. Classes are offered in Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Robbins, Southern Pines and Westmoore. Jump-start your career at SCC.
"MANNA" continues to be held Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at Spaulding Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church. Thank you 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.
Consider making a donation to United Way of Moore County. The United Way supports many nonprofits, including those that help youths, victims of abuse and those recovering from substance abuse. Linda Mills Pearson is the executive director. Call (910) 692-2413 for information.
Evangelist Carolyn Mitchell (our town clerk) invites everyone to listen to her broadcast, "Words of Life," on WEEB 990-AM from 10:30-10:45 a.m. She has been providing this teaching ministry for many years at WEEB. Thanks for your prayers and support.
The Taylortown Minister-ial Alliance meets monthly, usually the second Saturday of each month, at 1:30 p.m. at one of the local churches. The president is the Rev. Kenneth Stewart. All local ministers are invited.
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church has Bible study on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Rev. Angus Wade leads the services with prepared handouts on special subjects of interest and a lively discussion ensues. The pastor, Rev. Charles Nabors, invites everyone to attend.
Spruill Temple Church of God in Christ has a variety of weekly services. Call (910) 295-0071 for more information. The pastor, Elder Jerry Chesney, invites everyone to their services.
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.
Thank you for listening to "Good News Inspiration" on WEEB-990 AM, which 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 rose-sharpe 37@gmail. com.
WEEB gospel family members include substitute announcers Minister Jason Hackett (he also does the Solid Rock broadcast from 9:30-10 a.m.), Pastor Ren Lee, Niniji Lloyd and veteran announcer Felton J. Capel (9-9:30 a.m.).
Many thanks for your continued prayers and support of Edward and Sharonda Wilson.
Please remember the victims of the recent fires, storms and hurricanes. Donations can be made through the Red Cross.
This month's prayer list includes Deacon Leroy Alford Sr., Jaion Barrett, Mr. and Mrs. George Brown, Bishop Larry Brown, Evelyn Clegg, Christine Ellerbe, Sandy George Gaines, Phyllis Goins, Cathy Harrington, Alice Jackson, Rosa Mills, Willa B. Monroe, Catherine Morrison, Dorothy R. Morrison, Evelyn Morrison, Vera Moses, James Murphy, Cheryl Parraway, Lolita Robinson, Jiles Shamberger, Johnnie Stanford and Patrice Taylor.
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.
Submit community news and questions to Rose Highland-Sharpe at P.O. Box 4653, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or to rosesharpe37 @gmail.com.
Announcements should be sent at least two weeks in advance.
- Rose Highland-Sharpe
God's House of Prayer Ministry will hold a three-night revival today (Wednesday) through Friday. Services start at 7 p.m.
The revival will be held a Fellowship House of God in Carthage, where the pastor is Bishop Willie Gilmore. Apostle Mary Kelly is the pastor of God's House of Prayer Ministry. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend the program.
God's House of Prayer Ministry will celebrate its 12th church anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Douglass Center in Southern Pines. All are invited to attend.
God's House of Prayer Ministry has Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. every week. Bible study is held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Intercessory prayer is held every Saturday at 8 a.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend all programs. The church pastor is Apostle Mary Kelly. The church is located at 205 Pats Road in Vass.
Oakridge A.M.E. Zion Church has services on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The pastor is the Rev. Walter Cotton, of Bear Creek.
St. Mark 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. The pastor is the Rev. Chester Little.
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 located at 3623 North U.S. 1 Business in Vass across from the Vass ball park. For more information, call (910) 638-8441.
Congratulations to Charles and Ann Townsend, who celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary Nov. 5. Also congratulations to Minister Freddie Kelly Sr. and Apostle Mary Kelly who will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary Nov. 15.
Birthday wishes go out to Aidan Ellerbee (Nov. 1), Jonathan Toomer (Nov. 12) and Nehemiah Ellerbee (Nov. 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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