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Faith Notes - July 3, 2009

Today

Feed My People, Inc., located at 6045 North Henry Blvd., Suite C, in Stockbridge, will host a "Midnight Madness Sale" today from 4 p.m., to 12 a.m. Proceeds from the sale of new and gently-used clothing will benefit the food pantry's efforts to assist disadvantaged people. For more details, call (678) 565-7800.

Saturday

Community Bible Church, located at 2001 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, will host Freedom Fest on Saturday, July 4 starting at 5:30 p.m. The annual Independence Day celebration will feature concert performances, prize giveaways, contests, food from local restaurants (including funnel cakes), and events for children. The evening will culminate in a 20-minute fireworks show. The celebration is free of charge, minus the cost of food and drink from local vendors. For more details on Freedom Fest, call (770) 914-0808 or visit www.communitybiblechurch.com.

July 6-10

Bethel United Methodist Church, located at 245 Fairview Road in Stockbridge, will host Camp Edge Vacation Bible School July 6-10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The camp is free for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade. Light dinner, crafts, music, stories and outdoor fun will be provided. For more details, call (770) 474-2570 or visit www.bethel-umc.com.

Charity Baptist Fellowship, located at 9181 Floyd Road in Jonesboro, will host its Vacation Bible School July 6-10, from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m., for children ages 2 to 17. This year's theme will be "The Godfollower." There will be lessons, crafts, games, snacks, skits, prizes, and a penny march every day for the school. To register, or for more details, visit www.charitybaptistfellowship.com or call (770) 210-9684.

July 12

The Ole Country Church, located at 2649 Ga. Highway 155 North in McDonough, will host its annual Homecoming Celebration on July 12, starting at 10:30 a.m. After lunch, there will be a concert by The Heirborn Quartet. The public is invited. A nursery will be provided for children ages 6 and younger. For more details, call (770) 957-2818.

July 13-16

The First Baptist Church of Jonesboro's Basketball Camp will be held July 13-16 from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., for children ages 8 to 12. The cost is $75 per child, and includes a lunch. Registration ends July 10. For more details, call (770) 478-6710 or visit www.fbcjonesboro.com. The church is located at 147 Church St., in Jonesboro.

July 13-17

Bethel United Methodist Church, located at 245 Fairview Road in Stockbridge, will host an Art and Cooking Camp July 13-17. The art portion will take place from 9 a.m., to 12 p.m., for children in kindergarten to the fifth-grade. The cooking portion will take place from 12 to 3 p.m., for children in second- to fifth-grades. The cost of the class is $40 per student. Snacks and drinks are provided. Parents should provide a sack lunch for children attending both classes. Class size is limited. To register, call (770) 474-2570 or visit www.bethel-umc.com.

July 16-18

First Baptist Church of Jonesboro's Summer Camp will take place July 16-18, at Camp Fortson in Hampton. The camp is for students enrolled in first- through fifth-grades, and will include Bible studies, swimming, wall climbing, and other activities. For more details, call (770) 478-6710 or visit www.fbcjonesboro.com. The church is located at 147 Church St., in Jonesboro.

July 17

Oak Park Church, located at 2613 Ga. Highway 138 East in Jonesboro, will host its fourth annual Youth, Teen, & Young Adult Revival Service on Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m. Young people from around the area are invited to worship. Performances will be given by Oak Park Church's Youth Praise Team and Drama Team, the Word Alive Ministries Step Team of Riverdale, the 60-voice Word of Faith Youth Choir of Lithonia, and the New Macedonia Baptist Church Youth Choir of Riverdale. For more details, call (770) 478-7887.

July 18

First Baptist Church of Lovejoy, located at 2347 Talmadge Road in Lovejoy, will host a Vacation Bible School Kickoff Rally on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. There will be VBS pre-registration for children ages 3 to the sixth-grade. Children's crafts, moonwalks and hot dogs will be provided free of cost. For more details, call the church office at (770) 478-8795.

First Baptist Church of Lovejoy, located at 2347 Talmadge Road in Lovejoy, will host a free clothing closet at its campus on July 18 from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. Clothing for men, women and children, as well as shoes, will be available. Voluntary donations to church missions will be accepted. For more details, call the church office at (770) 478-8795.

July 20, 21

Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, located at 142 South Main Street in Jonesboro, will host S.M.A.R.T. (Situational Management, and Response Training), a self-defense course, July 20 and 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Dress in comfortable clothing. The group will meet in the church's narthex. The deadline for registration is July 13. Contact the church office at (770) 478-6444 to register.

July 26

Greater Faith Family Ministries, located at 7340 Old National Highway in Riverdale, will host "Youth Dance & Music Explosion" on Sunday, July 26 at 3 p.m. The event will feature talented, local dance teams, step teams, mime teams, gospel rappers, and Christian choirs. Youth or young adult ministries interested in participating should call (770) 473-6238 for more details.

Aug. 1

Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, located at 142 South Main Street in Jonesboro, will host "Movie on the Corner" Aug. 1 on the corner of South Main and College streets. The feature presentation will be "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian." Admission is free and complimentary drinks and popcorn will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, and insect repellent, and to register for the gift drawing at the end of movie. For more details, call (770) 478-6444.

Ongoing

LAP'S (Love for All People), a Jonesboro-based non-profit, is seeking gospel artists and artists with a positive message to participate in a DVD project. The organization is conducting auditions for: Lead female vocalists; male and female praise dancers; a male or female trio; male or female spoken-word poets; rappers, and male actors. Proceeds from DVD sales will fund performing arts scholarships for talented, underprivileged youth. Auditions are two minutes. Dancers must call (877) 288-9979 ext. 1940 to set up a time, or send a video to spiritj_2000@yahoo.com. All other auditions must be left on LAP'S talent line by calling (770) 210-9105. For more details, visit www.webtalentusa.com.

The "Young-at-Heart" Senior Adult Group of Morrow Presbyterian Church has invited the public on a motor coach tour of New York City Sept. 10-15. The cost is $550 per person, double occupancy, for the six-day trip. The price includes transportation, tours, lodging, breakfast, and three New York dinners. For more details or to make reservations, call Ken Campbell at (770) 961-2272.

Red Oak United Methodist Church's Summer Ministry is currently under way. This is a free program open to children ages 11 to 17, and includes enrichment classes, games, basketball, volleyball, and other planned activities. The church is located at 3894 Walt Stephens Road in Stockbridge. For more details, call (770) 474-8863.

Seed Planters' Community Church, located at 262 Johnson Road in Forest Park, is registering children for its Summer Day Camp. Registration is $25 with a weekly fee of $65 per week. The fee includes skating, swimming, bowling and a weekly field trip. For more details, contact Jennifer Hudson at (678) 662-4997, or call Seed Planters' Community Church at (404) 462-2389

Seed Planters' Community Church, located at 262 Johnson Road in Forest Park, will host its Summer Food Program Monday through Friday. The church will serve two free snacks and a free lunch to any child 18 years of age, and under. Lunch will be served from 12 to 1 p.m. Snacks will be served from 8 to 9 a.m., and 4 to 5 p.m. This is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details, contact Jennifer Hudson at (678) 662-4997, or call Seed Planters' Community Church at (404) 462-2389.

New Beginnings Praise and Worship Center, located at 1091 South Jeff Davis Road in Fayetteville, holds its worship services on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Corporate prayer is held the first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. The church includes a nursery, ministries for children, teens, singles, women, and men, a drama ministry, a food pantry, financial counseling, a praise team and a choir. For more details, call (770) 460-9041.

Greater St. Peter Christian Academy (GSPCA) is now enrolling for the 2009-2010 school year. Children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old are accepted. Hours of operation are 6 a.m., to 6:30 p.m. The academy's curriculum is the A Beka (Bible based). GSPCA is located at 9540 Fayetteville Road, on the campus of Greater St. Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church. For more details, contact Fredia Booker at (770) 210-4100. Bring in this column and pay no enrollment fees.

The Higher Living Community Impact Center hosts a free Lunch Bible Study every Thursday from 12 to 1 p.m. The lunch is open to the community. For more details, call (678) 422-4787 or visit www.higherliving.org. The center is located at 2450 Mt. Zion Parkway, Suite 400, in Jonesboro.

The Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church Bridge Club, which normally meets every third Friday at 7 p.m., is taking a break for the summer. Play will resume in September. The club plays three progressions, six hands each. Anyone interested in joining should contact Theo Belvin at (770) 964-7721.

First Presbyterian Church of Jonesboro, at 1842 Lake Jodeco Road in Jonesboro, will hold its 2009 homecoming celebration Sept. 27. In preparation, the church is seeking support from the local business community in publishing its 2009 "Celebratory Living Cookbook." For more details, call Dave Hockett at (770) 486-5715 or (678) 642-7801.

New Beginnings Christian Ministries Church, at 3078 Mt. Zion Road in Stockbridge, holds morning worship service every Sunday at 8:45 a.m., and weekly Bible study every Thursday night, at 7:30 p.m. For more details, call (770) 474-8649.

Liberty Baptist Church, located at 1077 Ga. Highway 314 in Riverdale, hosts a Grief and Loss Support Group on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in room 203. The class uses videos from Norman Wright, workbooks, and group discussion. For more details, contact Bob Baptist at (678) 571-0423.

Jodeco Road United Methodist Church, at 1500 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, hosts Family Movie Nights on the last Friday of each month. Concessions are offered at 6 p.m. The movie starts at 7 p.m. The cost of admission is one non-perishable food item per person. All children must be accompanied by an adult. On the second Wednesday of each month at 12:15 p.m., the church hosts the "Young at Heart" luncheon. Participants are asked to bring one covered dish to share. For more details, call (770) 957-8300.

Center of Hope Church has moved from Headland Drive in East Point to 3460 Noah's Ark Road in Jonesboro. For more details, contact the Rev. Alfreda Young at (678) 595-0653, or e-mail pastorawyoung@aol.com.

Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, at 5320 Phillips Drive in Morrow, hosts the Girlfriends Leadership and Mentoring Program of Clayton County every other Tuesday, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For more details, call (770) 210-1528.

Unity South Atlanta Church hosts community worship at 10 a.m., on Sundays, at Pristine Chapel Lakeside, at 7541 Mt. Zion Boulevard, Jonesboro. The church is affiliated with publishers of The Daily Word and the Association of Unity Churches. For more details, visit 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. For more details, 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.