The South Charleston First Church of the Nazarene: is hosting the Second Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal from noon to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday. The meal is free and open to the public. Individuals and families can come to the church for a sit-down lunch or order carry out meals to be delivered. Free transportation is also available for anyone in the greater-Charleston area. Reservations for lunch or meal deliveries can be made by calling 304-380-5039.
Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene: will present "Christmas in the Valley" at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the church. Admission is free. Entertainment is provided by St. Paul's United Baptist Male Chorus, Created for Worship, Vandalia Male Choir and Appalachian Children's Canticle Choir.
The Achievers Class: of the Fifth Avenue Church of God in South Charleston will open its Clothes Closet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Clothes are free to families and individuals in need. Visitors should enter the church from the E Street side of the building. Free parking is available in the rear of the church. For more information, call Ruth Hunt at 304-744-5062.
The Father's House Missionary Baptist Church,: 500 29th St., North Charleston, will host a free Thanksgiving Dinner beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
King of Glory International Ministries,: 513 Patrick St., will have an Apostolic and Prophetic Gathering Conference called "A Time of Restoration" Saturday and Sunday. The schedule is 11 a.m. Saturday, Pastor Gloria McDuffy of A Place of Deliverance Church and Training Center, Garner, N,C.; 7 p.m. Saturday, Pastor Gloria McDuffy; 11 a.m. Sunday, Evangelist Carlotta Lynch, Morgantown Faith Center, Morgantown. Pastor is Tina M. Beatty. For information, call 304-720-5994.
Elk River Nazarene Church,: 143 Dutch Road, will have a special focus on Supporting Our Troops. The church will have Christmas cards for the public to sign that will be mailed to troops who have returned from active duty. They are also collecting items through the end of the year that will be sent to troops overseas during the month of January. Bring one or more of the following items -- Food Items: Ramen noodles, instant oatmeal, beef jerky, slim jims, nuts, dried fruit, protein bars and gum. Miscellaneous items: pens, pencils, writing paper, envelopes, Ziplock bags, batteries, socks, crossword puzzles, Chapstick. For more information, call the church office at 304-342-6052 or visit the website at www.elkrivernaz.com.
Elk River Nazarene Choir and Drama: will present a Christmas musical at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 10:45 a.m. Dec. 11 at the church.
Passion Trail: will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 3 at Paradise Island of Christian, located on W.Va. 80, between Man and Gilbert. Sing/food will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Passion Trail features 175 scenes of the life of Christ on 1/2 mile walking trail. Call 304 583-2825 for more information. The Jesus Gift Ministries will also have a Christmas Giveaway Clothing-Food-Toys give-away from New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia at 1 p.m. on Nov. 26 at Paradise Island. The public is invited participate and bring items to the give away. There is a need for coats, quilts and blankets. Items can be dropped off at Paradise Island between now and Nov. 26. Items needed are clothes, food and toys. No junk or garbage please. Speakers include Pastor Ron and Patricia Young from the Master's Tabernacle Church in New York; Pastor Leon Young from S.P.A. Ministries in New York; Pastor Danny and Earline Deel-Cox, Hosanna Immanuel Ministries Lyman, S.C.,; and Miracle Island Unlimited on Paradise Island of Christian will minister to the people. Meals will be cooked to the volunteers on Wednesday and on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday. To help out, call 304-583-2825.
Dunbar Church of Christ: will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, at the church located at 309 15th Street, Dunbar. Call 304-768-0207 for more information.
First Presbyterian Church,: 21st Street in Nitro, will have a service of medication and carols followed by a luncheon of soup, sandwich, dessert and drink at noon daily on Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Guests include: Nov. 30, The Rev. David Bess, Nitro Baptist Church; Dec. 7, the Rev. Mark Smith, St. Paul's United Methodist Church; Dec. 14, Father Manny Gelido, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Parish; and Dec. 21, the Rev. David Lee, pastor, First Presbyterian Church.
There will be a gospel sing: at 6 p.m. Saturday at Belle Town Hall. Singers include: Randy Wood, The Hallmark Quartet, Ron Shamblin, The Moore Family and Susie Sigman. There will be door prizes, and a boy's 20-inch bike and a girl's 20-inch bike also will be given away. Concession will be available.
Heavens Call: will sing at 7 p.m. Monday at Lucy Wilson Baptist Church, Wills Creek, Elkview.
The Believers: will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Midway Community Church on Campbell's Creek Road.
Riverview Baptist Church,: 201 Wertz Ave., will have its annual Men In Black Song Fest at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Martin Luther King Male Choir will sing. The Vandalia Male Chorus will present a mini Christmas concert.
The Jay Humphreys Trio: will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Nitro Nazarene Church, Nitro.
The Brown Sisters with George and Wilma Kidd,: will sing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mammoth Advent Christian Church for a song and praise service.
Ann Taylor: will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Parsons Chapel, Sixth Avenue.
The Tignors: will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at United Gospel Church in Charleston.
Southern Gospel Music Jammin' will be held at 6 p.m. each Friday with Bible study beginning at 7 or 7:30 p.m. and ending at 10 a.m. at Paradise Island of Christian, W.Va. 80, between Gilbert and Man. Bring instruments to the log and glass house.
Paid in Full: will sing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Legg Fork Community Church, Legg Fork Road, Sissonville.
Nicholas Naylor: will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Sumerco Church of God.
A gospel sing: will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at Fisher Memorial Church. The Prisemen, Jordan River Boys, Fisher Memorial Young Adults, Freeman Newhouse and choir will sing. Refreshments will be served in the Family Center following the sing. The church is located 1/2 mile on Dudden Road off the Goldtown Exit of Interstate 77.
Brighterside Quartet: will sing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rush Creek Baptist Church, Speed. They also will sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Prosperity First Baptist Church, Beckley.
The St. Albans Ministerial Association: invites the community to the Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. This year's service is hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Sixth Ave., St. Albans. The Rev. Nancy Didway, pastor, Highlawn Presbyterian Church, will preach. Attendees are invited to bring canned food for distribution at the Community Food Pantry.
Metropolitan Baptist Church: will have a pre-Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 205 Donnally St. Pastor Darin Freeman will give the sermon. Pastor Darin Freeman and leaders of the National Baptist Convention have been invited to attend a meeting with President the Obama Administration on Dec. 1-2 at the White House to discuss critical issues impacting our communities. Call 304-342-4766.
The Rev. Alton B. Dillard Sr.,: pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church, 169 Wertz Ave., will be honored by the congregation with a reception on Sunday, immediately following the Sunday worship. The Rev. Dillard will be recognized for his outstanding service to the community as pastor and leader.
Lone Oak Church of God Mission: will have a revival service at 7:30 p.m. nightly Monday through Friday with Ray Humphrey and Al Mendez. Special singing will include: Monday, Hill Brothers from Buffalo; Tuesday, Hoy Family from Belle; Wednesday, Youth Choir from Lone Oak; Thursday, Joyful Noise from Heizer Creek; and Friday, Youth Night.
Good Shepherd Freewill Baptist Church,: 5470 West Pea Ridge Road, Huntington, will have a worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday with Pastor Jason Black preaching. Thanksgiving Dinner will be served at noon. Services continue at 6 p.m. Sunday with singing by Gloryway Travelers and the Rev. Herb Nida preaching. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. The Sixth Annual Communion/Feet Washing combined service with Altizer Freewill Baptist Church will be held Wednesday at Good Shepherd Freewill Baptist Church will the Rev. Fred Ramey preaching.
Bethel Baptist Church of Spring Hill: will host the "Rise Up & Dance" worship tour beginning with registration at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Presented by Messianic Dance Camps International, the event is designed to facilitate worship through dance. For information, contact music director Branita Bratka at prayerso...@msn.com or the Rev. Randy Bratka at 304-768-7151.
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