Faith Notes - July 17, 2009

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 17-19

New Testament Gospel Worldwide Ministries, located at 620 East Atlanta Road in Stockbridge, is celebrating its Second Year Anniversary July 17 at 7 p.m., and on July 18 at 1 p.m. The anniversary celebration will conclude on July 19 with a powerful message from pastor Dwain E. Matthews during the 11 a.m., Sunday service. For more details, call (678) 565-3487, or visit www.newtestamentgospel.com.

July 18

Gospel Tabernacle in Fayetteville is sponsoring a "Free" Yard Sale at 694 Waterview Drive in Riverdale on Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m., to noon. All items, including clothes, household items, and food, are free. For more details, e-mail thill@gospeltc.org.

The Greater Works Baptist Church Music Ministry is hosting its Senior Choir's Second Anniversary on Saturday July 18, at 3 p.m. A gospel celebration will take place, followed by food and drink in the church's fellowship hall. The church is located at 3296 Walt Stephens Road in Jonesboro. All are welcome to attend.

The Forest Park Ministers Association will host a Pray and Clean event for Forest Park's Ward 4 on Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m., to noon. Starting at 9 a.m., participants will meet at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, located at 5241 Ash Street in Forest Park, for prayer and fellowship. From there, participants will deploy to beautify different areas of Ward 4. Everyone who stays until noon will receive a free Chick-fil-A meal from the Forest Park Dwarf House. For more details, call Dr. Leon Beeler at (770) 961-3799.

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 will also 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 19

Dixon Grove Baptist Church, located at 7690 Fielder Road in Jonesboro, will observe its annual Women's Day Celebration on Sunday, July 19. The 8 a.m., speaker will be Minister Theresa Hill of First Lady of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson. The 11 a.m., speaker will be the honorable Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, mayor of Riverdale.

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. Contact the church office at (770) 478-6444, to register.

July 25

The South Metro Baptist Association annual Sunday School Leadership Conference will take place at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro on Saturday, July 25, from 8:30 a.m,. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 147 Church Street in Jonesboro. For more information, call the SMBA at (770) 478-1635.

July 26

Greater Faith Family Ministries, located at 7340 Old National Highway in Riverdale, will host "Youth Dance and 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.

July 28

VIP Ministries of Forest Park First Baptist Church will host a program of interest to senior citizens on July 28 at 10:45 a.m., in the church's Fellowship Hall. The program will have a Hawaiian theme and will feature Pastor John Bryan, who is associated with the Georgia Baptist Foundation. Gift certificates will be awarded to the best-dressed "Hawaiians." The church is located at 634 Main Street in Forest Park. For more information, call (404) 366-6333.

July 29

"I Pray for Riverdale!" is collecting school supplies for children at Chateau Forest Apartments and for classrooms at Riverdale Elementary. The group is soliciting the following items: Wide-ruled paper; glue sticks; number-two pencils; crayons (16 or 24 pack); composition books, spiral-bound theme notebooks; two-pocket folders; pump bottles of hand sanitizer; boxes of tissues; one-gallon Ziploc bags; and book bags. Donations can be brought to First Baptist Church, located at 6805 Church Street in Riverdale, on Wednesday, July 29.

Aug. 1

First Baptist Church, located at 1647 Lake Harbin Road in Morrow, will host its 7th annual Tomato Sandwich Party on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. The party is an annual fund-raiser for The Good Shepherd Clinic, which offers free primary medical care to Clayton County residents who are not covered by a health insurance program. The party will take place in the church's Fellowship Hall. For more details, or to become a sponsor, call (770) 968-1310.

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.

Aug. 15

The men of Jodeco Road United Methodist Church are sponsoring a low-country boil on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. The proceeds will help send some church members to the Men's Retreat at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. The cost is $10 per person. For more details, call (770) 957-8300.


St. Philip Benizi Preschool and Mother's Morning Out, located at 591 Flint River Road in Jonesboro, is accepting registration for children, ages 12 months to 4 years old, for the 2009-2010 school year. The preschool provides children with a quality education in a safe, Christian environment while enriching their lives through creative play, computer classes, exploration, and hands-on learning activities. For more details, call (770) 478-0178.

LAP'S (Love for All People), a Jonesboro-based nonprofit, 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 youths. 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 will also 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.

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.

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.