'I Pray for Riverdale' Prayer Walk this Saturday

Oct. 3-5

Greater St. Peter AME Church at River's Edge, where Rev. Isaiah J. Waddy is senior pastor, will celebrate its 95th anniversary during Holy Convocation 2008. On Friday night, Oct. 3, there will be night worship service at 7:15 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 4, the Lay Organization will present "Reflections of Elegance," a garden fashion show and dinner reception, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. On Sunday, Oct. 5, we will celebrate our 95th anniversary during "Super Impact Sunday." Services on Sunday will take place at 8 a.m., and 11 a.m. The church is located at 9540 Fayetteville Road in Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 210-4100, or e-mail gspministries@inbox.com.

Oct. 4

"I Pray for Riverdale!" will host its annual Prayer Walk on Saturday morning, Oct. 4, starting at First Baptist Church of Riverdale, located at 6805 Church Street in Riverdale. The community is welcome to join "I Pray for Riverdale!" in going door-to-door to pray for residents in the surrounding Riverdale community. There is a part for everyone in the Prayer Walk. If you cannot physically do the walking, then, we can use you to help with registration, to sell "I Pray for Riverdale!" T-shirts, and to help prepare lunch. The more people we have, the more people with whom we can pray. Participants will meet in the church parking lot at 10 a.m., to organize and will depart at 10:30 a.m. Walkers will return at 12:30 p.m., for a lunch inside the church's fellowship hall. For more information, call (770) 997-6162.

St. John's Episcopal Church's annual Blessing of the Animals and Fall Festival will be held Oct. 4, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. Animals of all shapes and sizes are invited to come be blessed, petted, and loved. Their owners can also enjoy the free, fun-filled, family-friendly Fall Festival. St. John's Blessing of the Animals commemorates Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals and the environment. The blessing service itself will begin at 1 p.m. All furry, fuzzy, feathery, leathery, slimy, scaly, or stuffed animals are encouraged to attend! The event will also include raffles and prizes, a bounce house, scavenger hunt, teddy bear repair station, face painting, barbecue and bake sale, book store, flea market, a paw reader, and pony rides. For more information, call St. John's at (404) 761-8402.

St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, located at 199 North Main Street in Jonesboro, will host its annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 4. Held each fall season to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals; any and all kinds of pets are welcome to participate in this traditional service. The blessing of animals will take place every hour on the half hour in the gardens at the rear of the church between 10 a.m., and 2 p.m. This year, in conjunction with the blessing, there will be a Fall Festival featuring crafts, baked goods, a raffle, face painting, and light refreshments. The festival will take place from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m. For more information, please, call Father Michael Stranz at (770) 472-8888.

Oct. 9-12

Praying For Our Children Ministry would like to extend an opportunity for you to become a vendor at the first Annual Praying For Our Children Conference Oct. 9-12, at the Georgia International Convention Center. The Praying for Our Children Conference is a four-day event that will encompass powerful international speakers, life-changing testimonies, amazing praise and worship. We are anticipating over 3,000 attendees. Vendor spaces are available at a rate of $250 per table. If you have any questions, call (813) 245-9779.

Oct. 11

Corinth Baptist Church will host its Three J Café and Harvest Jamboree on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 3-8:30 p.m. It will be a day of fun and entertainment with live music, craft booths, games, prizes and treats. At 8:30, there will be an outdoor, family movie presentation. Bring your chairs and enjoy the day. For more information, call (770) 461-4456 between 9 a.m., and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Corinth Baptist Church is located at 398 Corinth Road, off Hwy 54 between Jonesboro and Fayetteville.

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Morrow will have its annual Autumn Faire on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m. There will be lots of great activities, including a yard sale, games and prizes, arts and crafts, pet blessings, a cake walk, and more. Community health agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Georgia Children Identification Program will be present. Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures will be performing dental check-ups for kids. There will be a raffle for a beautiful handmade Afghan and a digital camera. All proceeds will go to Securus House, a safe haven in Clayton County for battered women; and Holy Comforter Church, a mission of the Diocese of Atlanta. For more information, call (770) 961-9353. The church is located at 1221 Morrow Road in Morrow.

Due to the Autumn Faire, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church's Second Saturday Community Breakfast has been canceled for the month of October. The breakfast will resume in November. For more information, call (770) 961-9353.

The fifth annual Providence Baptist Church Community Fall Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m., to 5 p.m., on the church grounds, located at 1773 Hawthorne Ave., in College Park. This year's event theme is "A Festival of Help," focusing on affordable goods and services that will help offset financial challenges facing families and senior citizens. In partnership with several corporate sponsors, this year's festival will include free health screenings, free furniture and household goods, free clothing, free haircuts, grocery and gas card giveaways, and discount dental care. Performances will include a drum line challenge between Westlake and Banneker high schools, the Providence Baptist Church Mass Choir, and rhythm and blues artist, Charles Nesbitt. For more information, call Sharon St. Cyr Vicks at (404) 209-1423.

Oct. 12

Explore the possibilities of prayer and join Ellenwood United Methodist Church on Sunday, Oct. 12 for a prayer workshop. Rev. Leah Cunningham of the UMC North Georgia Prayer Force will preach during the 11 a.m. service. Lunch will be served after the service and prior to the workshop. The church is located at 5210 Bouldercrest Road in Ellenwood, on the corner of Bouldercrest and Panola. For more information, call (770) 968-7022.

Oct. 18

Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, located at 2165 Highway 138, S.W., in Riverdale, will host its third annual Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. For more information, or to learn how to volunteer, call (770) 997-7117, or go to www.christourhope.org.

Oct. 22-26

Corinth Baptist Church of Jonesboro will perform "Odyssey," its annual, walk-through, dramatic presentation on spiritual perspectives, from Oct. 22-26 from 6:30-9 p.m. Come see what happens when four teenagers get trapped in a house fire, die, and reach their final destinations. Attendees will move from scene to scene, watching the characters move through life, witnessing the decisions they make, and the consequences. The characters then face the judgment seat of Christ where their eternal sentence is handed down. It is an exciting and penetrating portrayal of an experience we will all pass through some day. To pre-register groups, call (770) 461-4456 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Corinth Baptist Church is located at 398 Corinth Road, off Hwy. 54 between Jonesboro and Fayetteville.

Oct. 25

Anvil Block United Methodist Church, located at 3895 Anvil Block Road in Ellenwood, will host its annual Chicken Stew on Oct. 25 from 1-4 p.m. Take out orders for the stew will cost $20 per gallon and $5 per quart. Adults can eat in for $5 and children under 12 can eat in for $2. For advance orders, call Hoyt Chamlee at (770) 506-7344.

Oct. 26

Community Bible Church, located at 2001 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, will host its annual "Trunk N Treat" on Sunday, Oct. 26, beginning at 5:30 p .m., in the church parking lot. Invite all your friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors and join us for a safe, family-friendly fall celebration, complete with fantastic decorations, awesome live music, and all the candy you could ever want. If you would like to be a part of the event, contact Barry Kirkwood at barry.kirkwood@communitybiblechurch.com, or call (770) 914-0808 for more information.

Oct. 31

Anvil Block United Methodist Church, located at 3895 Anvil Block Road in Ellenwood, will host a Fall Festival on Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. Everyone is invited for food, fun, and fellowship. You may come in costume if desired. For more information, call (770) 474-1173.

Liberty Baptist Church in Riverdale will host its Community Outreach Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 31. Please plan to be a part of our biggest outreach event of the year. For more information on how to contribute, contact the church at (770) 461-5644. The church is located at 1077 Highway 314 in Riverdale.

Nov. 8

New Beginnings Christian Ministries Church will host a prayer brunch on Nov. 8 at 8:45 a.m. Rev. Bradford McWhorter is the guest speaker. For more information, call (770) 474-8649. The church is located at 3078 Mt. Zion Road in Stockbridge.

Nov. 10-11

The Georgia Baptist Convention will take place at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Nov. 10-11. Volunteers are needed. The church is located at 147 Church St., Jonesboro. Please call (770) 478-1635, or (770) 478-6710, for more information.

Nov. 14

The New Birth South Community Impact Center will host its first annual "A Community Affair" banquet on Friday, Nov. 14, from 7-10 p.m. This gala event will be a night to remember that will feature live music, a silent auction, spoken-word poetry, an award-winning play, and a delicious full-course meal, all for $50 per person. To purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gwen Ames at (678) 422-4787, or games@newbirthsouth.org. The Community Impact Center is located at 2450 Mt. Zion Parkway, Suite 400 in Jonesboro.

Caring Ministries is hosting a special evening for anyone who has lost a loved one in the previous year. This is the perfect time to honor your loved one.

We will have a special speaker, and end by lighting a candle in remembrance of your loved one. Please join us at 7 p.m., on Nov. 14 in the Student Center at Community Bible Church, located at 2001 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge. Please contact Linda Smith at (770) 954-3026 to register.


Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 5320 Phillips Drive in Morrow, will host the GIRLFRIENDS Leadership and Mentoring Program of Clayton County every other Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m. We are a 501c3 organization. For more information, call (770) 210-1528.

Jonesboro First United Methodist Church invites you to participate in a Taizé Prayer Service. The Taizé Prayer service is a meditative experience that has been enjoyed by people, young and old, around the world. Its beginnings are in a small community called Taizé located in France. Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche, a reformed minister was instrumental in its development. The overarching theme of a Taizé Worship Service is reconciliation through prayer. This worship experience is offered on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m., in the sanctuary.

Unity South Atlanta Church invites the community to worship at 10 a.m., Sundays at Pristine Chapel Lakeside, located at 7541 Mt. Zion Blvd., in Jonesboro. Unity South Atlanta Church teaches positive, practical Christianity. The church is affiliated with publishers of The Daily Word and the Association of Unity Churches. To learn more, go online to www.unitysouthatlantachurch.com.

Liberty Baptist Church in Riverdale is looking for men and women interested in participating with other churches throughout Georgia in witnessing to people in jails and prisons. Training will be provided. We will start going out in September. If you are interested, please contact the church office or Bob Baptist at (678) 571-0423.

Faith Notes is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Joel Hall. To submit an item for publication, e-mail jhall@news-daily.com or fax to (770) 472-2060 attention: Faith Notes.