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Faith Notes - Oct. 30, 2009

Oct. 31

The Clayton County Performing Arts Center, located at 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, will host the "HallowKing" gospel celebration on Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. The event will feature gospel songs and rap, clean comedy, a costume contest, and treats for children. Featured performers will be gospel rapper "B-Lat," comedian, Marcus Harvey, Georgia State University's "Vineyard of Praise" gospel group, Korey Bowie and Invested Band, and singer/songwriter, Sonya McGuire. Tickets are $5 for adults. Kids can get in free with a canned food or non-perishable food item. Call (678) 422-3227.

First Christian Church, located at 2272 Walt Stephens Road in Jonesboro, will host its annual "Trunk-n-Treat" on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of games, candy, hot dogs, and hay rides. The event is free to the public. Call (770) 478-7870.

The Strong Tower Night Harvest Celebration will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Strong Tower Church of God, located at 9671 Thomas Road in Jonesboro. The festival will include apple bobbing, a cake walk, a country store, a fish pond, face painting, horseshoes, hay rides, darts, funnel cakes, hamburgers and hot dogs, popcorn, moon walks, and more. All games are free. Scary costumes are discouraged. Call (770) 472-1139, or visit www.strongtower-church.org.

Community Bible Church, at 2001 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, will host it's annual Trunk-N-Treat on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the church parking lot. Friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors are invited to enjoy a safe and family-friendly fall celebration. Call (770) 914-0808.

Bethel United Methodist Church is holding its second annual Fall Family FunFest on Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. There will be games, food, hay rides, and music. The event is free to the public. The church is located at 245 Fairview Road in Stockbridge. Visit: www.bethel-umc.com, or call (770) 474-2570.

The Rock Baptist Church, at 6188 Ga. Highway 42 in Rex, will host October Fest 2009 on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The festival will include food, games, prizes, candy, a "Trunk-N-Treat" for young children, and "Tweens Spook-Tacular" for middle school students. Call Marsha Seals at (770) 507-1386, or e-mail: mlseals@comcast.net.

Charity Baptist Fellowship, at 9181 Floyd Road in Jonesboro, is having a "Hallelujah Party" on Oct. 31, from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m. This free festival for all ages will include games, prizes, great food, and a cake walk. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as your favorite Bible character. Call (770) 210-9684.

The Good Shepherd Clinic 5K Fun Run and Walk will take place on Saturday morning, Oct. 31, at Clayton County International Park. All participants are encouraged to wear a costume and raise money for the clinic, which provides free medical care to Clayton County residents without insurance. Awards will be given to the individual and group with the best costume. In addition to the race, volunteers and sponsors will provide information on high blood pressure, Diabetes, and for a fee of $15, participants can receive an osteoporosis screening. On-site registration will take place between 7:30 a.m., and 9:15 a.m. Runners will start at 9 a.m., and walkers will start at 9:05 a.m. Call (678) 466-4679, (770) 968-7421, or (770) 461-2860.

Faith Tabernacle of the Holy Spirit, at 210 Fayetteville Road in Jonesboro, will host Hallelujah Fun Night on Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. Come out for a night of fun, games, food, and fellowship. Call (770) 471-0360.

Nov. 1

On Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m., Greater Faith Family Ministries, located at 7340 Old National Highway in Riverdale, will host the Ordination Service of Rev. Joe Lee Crawford, Sr. Rev. Walter L. Kimbrough, pastor emeritus, will officiate the service. A reception will take place prior to the service, at 1 p.m.

Trinity Community Church, at 10879 Tara Blvd., in Hampton, will celebrate its 43rd anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m., with a worship service, dinner and fellowship. The speaker will be church pastor Rev. Derrick L. Wallace. Call (770) 478-1563.

Nov. 2-4

The Ole Country Church, located at 2649 Highway 155 North in McDonough, will host its Fall Revival Nov. 2-4, at 7 p.m., nightly. Rev. Alton Stamey, pastor of West View Baptist Church in Tallapoosa, Ga., will preside over the services. Call (770) 957-2818.

Bethel United Methodist Church (UMC), located at 245 Fairview Road in Stockbridge, will host Community Revival from Nov. 2 to 4, at 7 p.m., nightly, in the church's Worship Center. Guest speakers will include Rev. Bernice Kirkland, from Cascade UMC, Rev. Vicki Smith, from Fairburn First UMC, and Rev. Sherry Austin, from Lithonia First UMC. Call (770) 474-2570, or visit www.bethel-umc.com.

Nov. 6-7

The second annual Lady Life Youth Retreat will take place Nov. 6-7 at Paradise Gymnasium and Cultural Center, located at 4295 Hendrix Drive in Forest Park. The retreat, hosted by the Ladies of Favor Mentoring Program, will feature a Youth Gospel Extravaganza, a red carpet event, a youth conference, and gospel stage play entitled, "Surrender." The price of the retreat is $10. Call (770) 477-7899.

Nov. 7

Light of the World Christian Tabernacle International Church, located at 5883 Ga. Highway 155 North in Stockbridge, will host C.O.M.E. (Circle of Mothers Empowered), a support group for mothers with children who are incarcerated. The next session is Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. The group is also open to individuals who may be fulfilling the role of a mother. To register, or for more information, contact Pastor Wanda Langley at (678) 565-7001.

Greater Works Baptist Church, at 3296 Walt Stephens Road in Jonesboro, will host its annual Holiday Craft Expo on Saturday, Nov. 7, from noon to 4 p.m. People will have an opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind treasures. Hand Crafters specializing in knitting, quilting, ornament decoration, crocheting, woodwork, baking, basket weaving, painting, and sketching, will display and sell their work. Craft vendor space is limited, so sign up early. Call Tanya Williams at (770) 897-8256.

Jodeco Road United Methodist Church, at 1500 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, will hold its annual Barbecue and Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m., to 5 p.m. Tickets for the barbecue are currently being sold for dine-in or carry-out orders. There will be a Bake Sale featuring homemade goods, a Craft Fair inside the church, and a Yard Sale outside the church. There will also be a Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m. A free Children's Festival will take place alongside the festivities, from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m., which will include popcorn, a children's train, moon walks, face painting, and more. Call (770) 957-8300.

Nov. 8

Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, located at 142 South Main Street in Jonesboro, will host a benefit concert for the Veterans Administration Hospital on Nov. 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to this upbeat event. Call (770) 478-6444.

Nov. 13-14

Harp's Crossing Community Theater presents, "Life, Death, and Two Strips of Bacon," at Harp's Crossing Baptist Church on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. The play is set in the small town of "Mapleton," where life hasn't been the same since the Mapleton High School Red Rockets went to the state football championships. Free childcare will be provided upon request for children up to six years of age, except during the 2 p.m., show on Saturday. The church is located at 1183 Highway 92 South in Fayetteville. To reserve child care, call (770) 461-5318. Visit: www.harpscrossing.com.

Nov. 14

The Recreation Outreach Center (R.O.C.) of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, located at 148 Church Street in Jonesboro, will host its annual Ladies Luncheon on Nov. 14, from 10:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m. The event will feature guest speaker Kathy Saint Drown, the daughter of Nate Saint - one of several missionaries killed in 1956 by the Aucan Indians during a mission trip to Ecuador. Special musical guest will be Angie Stone - the widow of R.O. Stone, a music minister for many years, and mother of FBCJ music pastor, Rick Stone. Tickets for the event are $15 and can be obtained at the church or by visiting www.fbcjonesboro.com.

Nov. 20

Hampton First Baptist Church, located at 85 McDonough St., in Hampton, will host a Ladies Christmas Tea at 7 p.m., for women, and girls (between 9th and 12th grades). Seating is limited. Please sign up by Sunday, Nov. 8. No childcare will be provided. Call (770) 946-4804.

Nov. 21

Faith Tabernacle of the Holy Spirit, at 210 Fayetteville Road in Jonesboro, will host a free Thanksgiving Feast on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 12 p.m. The public is invited. Call (770) 471-0360.

Nov. 22

The Spivey Hall Children's Choir will present a benefit concert to help victims of the recent floods in the North Atlanta area. The concert will be held Sunday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m., at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, located at 142 South Main Street in Jonesboro. Call (770) 478-6444.

Ongoing

The Serve and Save Our World Foundation, Inc., is sponsoring a canned food drive. The foundation is in need of canned meats, fruits, vegetables, beans, and soups. Other useful items to donate are peanut butter, boxed meals, microwave meals, pasta, cereal, dry beans, rice, and fruit juice. The food will be distributed to needy people in the greater community. The drop-off site for donations is Riverdale City Hall, located at 6690 Church Street in Riverdale. Call (678) 651-0914.

New gospel talent is featured every Sunday, starting at 4 p.m., at The Palace, at 188 North Ave., in Jonesboro. Call (678) 519-4798, or (404) 454-2817.

The New Beginnings Praise and Worship Center Food Pantry Ministry is looking for families and singles who need help in feeding their families. Donations of perishable food items are also being accepted. Call Angelyn Rowe at (404) 405-8802.

Jodeco Road United Methodist Church, at 1500 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, hosts the "Young at Heart Luncheon" on the second Wednesday of each month at 12:15 p.m. Bring a covered dish to share. Call (770) 957-8300.

First Baptist Church of Riverdale, at 6805 Church St., in Riverdale, is seeking donations for its food pantry. The pantry is in need of peanut butter, jelly, fruit, corn meal, flour, sugar, canned tomatoes, canned potatoes, beans, corn, ramen noodles, tuna, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, and black-eyed peas. Call (770) 997-6161.

Riverdale Presbyterian Church is celebrating the arrival of its new pastor, the Rev. Yolanda E. Thompson. The public is invited to join the church for its Sunday church school at 9:30 a.m., its Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m., and its Tuesday fellowship and Bible study at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 6611 Church St., in Riverdale. Call (770) 997-5909, or e-mail rivpres@bellsouth.net.

The DivorceCare group at Community Bible Church meets on Sunday nights at 6 p.m. Contact Jenny Harwood at (770) 914-0808, ext. 222. The church is located at 2001 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge.

Redeemed Biker Church, at 11622 Hastings Bridge Road, holds meetings every Thursday at the Lovejoy Community Center, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The ministry is geared toward motorcycle riders in a family atmosphere. Each event includes a cookout and Bible study. Call (770) 595-7237, or e-mail Info@RedeemedBikerChurch.com.

New Beginnings Praise and Worship Center, 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. Call (770) 460-9041.

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. 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, meets every third Friday at 7 p.m. The club plays three progressions, six hands each. Anyone interested in joining should contact Theo Belvin at (770) 964-7721.

Liberty Baptist Church, 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. Call 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. 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. 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. 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. Contact the church office, or Bob Baptist, at (678) 571-0423.

The Ole Country Church, located at 2649 Ga. Highway 155 North in McDonough, is starting an Awana Program on Wednesday nights, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program will run from September to May, for children ages 4 to 18. It includes games, achievements and Bible study. Call (770) 957-2818.

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@snews-daily.com, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Faith Notes.