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Lovejoy First Baptist hosts rummage and bake sale

Sept. 19-20

First Baptist Church of Lovejoy, located at 2347 Talmadge Road in Hampton, will host an indoor rummage and bake sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20, from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m. Many household and office items will be for sale and all proceeds will benefit local missions. The church is down the street from the Lovejoy Post Office. For more information, call (770) 478-8795.

Sept. 21-24

Midway Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2280 Godby Road in College Park, will hold its Fall Revival Sept. 21-24. The revival will begin with a 10:30 a.m., worship service on Sunday, Sept. 21. Nightly services will take place at 7 p.m., from Monday to Wednesday, Sept. 22-24. Rev. Orlando K. Winters, senior pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Atlanta, will serve as the revival preacher. The entire community is urged to attend. For more information, call (404) 768-5648.

Sept. 22-28

Friendship Community Church, located at 4141 Old Fairburn Road in College Park, invites you to its Men's Week 2008, opening with a Men's Only Conference on Monday, Sept. 22 through Wednesday, Sept. 24. On Friday, Sept. 26, the culinary event, "A Taste of Friendship," is scheduled. All events scheduled Monday to Friday begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 27, all are invited to participate in golf, tennis, fishing, and bowling. The week will culminate with the Men's Day Worship Service Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 10:15 a.m. For more information, call (404) 349-6040, or visit www.friendshipcollegepark.com.

Sept. 23

VIP Ministries of Forest Park First Baptist Church will meet Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 10:45 a.m., in the church fellowship hall for a lunch program of special interest to seniors. Mrs. Hilda Brown will conduct the installation of officers for the coming year. Members are requested to bring younger pictures of themselves for display during the meeting. For more information, call (404) 366-6333. The church is located at 634 Main Street in Forest Park.

Sept. 23, 25

Faith Baptist Church will be hosting a "55 Alive Drivers Training Course" designed for senior citizens. The class is sponsored by AARP and may result in discounts on automobile insurance. The course will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., each day. There is a $10 charge for books. Anyone interested is urged to call the church at (770) 474-8448 to reserve a spot. The church is located at 346 Hwy. 138 East in Stockbridge. For more information, visit www.faithbaptiststockbridge.net.

Sept. 26

From 7 to 9 p.m., on Sept. 26, Liberty Baptist Church of Riverdale, will host a Ladies' Night Out at Butch's Restaurant in Jonesboro. A bus will leave the church to go to the restaurant at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 1077 Highway 314 in Riverdale. For more information, call (770) 461-5644.

Oct. 1-5

Greater St. Peter AME Church at River's Edge will celebrate its 95th anniversary during Holy Convocation 2008. From Oct. 1 to 3, there will be nightly worship services 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. 2

The Clayton County Ministers' Conference is scheduled to resume its monthly meetings Thursday, Oct. 2. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., in the executive conference room of Clayton County Community Services, located at 1000 Main Street in Forest Park. This is a very important meeting. Among items planned for discussion is the upcoming November election, the accreditation of Clayton County Public Schools, proposed Christmas activities, and ongoing community involvement and projects. Please invite fellow ministers and pastors from throughout the county. For more information, please contact Mike Glanton, organization president, at glantonm@bellsouth.net.

Oct. 4

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. Raffle prizes have been generously donated by the Zoo Atlanta, PetSmart, the Cathedral of St. Phillip's Bookstore, the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, and more. 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, 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; all designed to bring together a global prayer chain for children that can never be broken. We are anticipating over 3,000 attendees. Vendor spaces are available at a rate of $250 per table. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (813) 245-9779.

Oct. 11

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 Benjamin 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. 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. 31

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

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 dinner, 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.

Ongoing

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.