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Faith Notes - April 22, 2011

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

April

Jodeco Road United Methodist Church is holding a "Journey to the Cross" walk-through learning experience on Good Friday, April 22, 6:30 p.m., to 8 p.m. This is a family-friendly walking tour through seven scenes portraying the final 24 hours of Jesus' life. The church is at 1500 Jodeco Road, Stockbridge. Call (770) 957-8300.

The Jonesboro congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites all members of the community to tour its newly-renovated temple at 6450 Barfield Road in Sandy Springs. Erected in 1982, the temple has been closed for two years, but will be open for public tours, now through April 23. Free tickets may be obtained at www.lds.org/reservations. For more information, contact: Jennifer.Wimber@LDSPublicAffairs.org, or call (770) 914-0046.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 377 Valley Hill Road, Riverdale, announces its Holy Week schedule, with combined worship services in English and Laotian. "The Last Seven Words of Christ" will be presented in a solemn worship service on Good Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 24, Christ's resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m., with worship and Holy Communion followed by a covered-dish dinner at 12:30 p.m. An Easter egg hunt for small children will take place after the meal and there will be a celebration of the Lao New Year. Call (770) 478-9324, or (770) 968-4677.

Anvil Block United Methodist Church, 3895 Anvil Block Road, Ellenwood, will hold an Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 23, 12-2 p.m., with games, prizes -- and hot dogs for lunch.

Divine Faith Ministries International will provide four services for the community on Sunday, April 24. Everyone is invited to attend services at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11 a.m., at the south campus, 9800 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro; and at 2 p.m., at the north campus, 498 Tuggle Greer Drive, Buford.

Forest Park First Baptist Church VIP ministries will meet Tuesday, April 26, at 10:45 a.m., in the church fellowship hall. Senior adults are invited to share fellowship, lunch and a special program of interest to senior citizens. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month with the exception of December. The April meeting features entertainer, Billy Cargile. The church is at 634 Main St., Forest Park. Call (404) 366-6333.

Anvil Block United Methodist Church, 3895 Anvil Block Road, Ellenwood, will hold a flea market Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m., to 3 p.m. Spaces are $10. The event will feature a bake sale and boutique. Call Joyce Boyce, at (770) 474-9058, for more details.

Atlanta Southside Church, 9940 Dixon Industrial Blvd., Jonesboro, is having a fish fry Saturday, April 30, starting at 8 p.m. The community is invited.

May

St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, in Jonesboro, announces Divine Mercy Devotions, May 1, at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call (770) 477-5267.

The National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, is holding its 12th annual Clayton County National Day of Prayer breakfast program Thursday, May 5, 6:30 a.m., to 8:30 a.m. The guest speaker is Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harold D. Melton. Music will be provided by Christian artist Sister Sherry McCrary. The program is sponsored by the Clayton County Ministers Conference. Tickets are $15.

First Baptist Church Jonesboro will observe the National Day of Prayer in the west wing of its recreation outreach center at 148 Church St., Thursday, May 5, noon to 1 p.m. Advance tickets must be bought for a Chik-fil-A boxed lunch that includes a sandwich, chips and brownie. Lunch will be served 11-11:30 a.m., in the east wing. Tickets will be sold in the church office April 19-May 3.

Jodeco Road United Methodist Church, 1500 Jodeco Road, Stockbridge, will hold a mission festival May 14-15. Kick-off will be an 8 a.m., breakfast May 14, provided by United Methodist Men; Creative Ministries will be held at at 9 a.m., followed at 12 p.m., with lunch from Taylor's Barbecue; then the worship service will begin. Creative Ministries will be held at 1:15 p.m. May 15 is Mission Sunday with an 8:45 a.m., service followed by a 10 a.m,. mission fair, and an 11 a.m., service. Pillowcase dresses will be distributed in Africa by our Missionary family. Help feed the homeless, with Jodeco on the Road. Join the construction team and Habitat for Humanityto build a porch swing. Contact the church to sign up for one of the above. Creative Ministries, children's activities and nursery available. Call (770) 957-8300, or access the web site at www.jodeco.org.

Ongoing

Higher Calling Ministries, at the southwest corner of Tara Boulevard and Flint River at Flint River Village, presents drive-through prayer, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m., to 8:30 a.m.

Church of the Harvest International offers Celebrate Recovery every Friday at 7 p.m. This group will help people work through any hurt, habit or hang-up in their lives. The church is located at 7086 Tara Blvd., in Jonesboro. Call Mary Lou Kehoe at (404) 513-1219.

Liberty Baptist Church, in Riverdale, is seeking 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 Laymen Ministry of Christians for Change Baptist Church, located at 2110 Bethsaida Road in Riverdale, is announcing the arrival of Cub, and Boy Scout, troops at CFC. The Cub Scout program is for boys in first-grade through fifth-grade, and the Boy Scout program is for boys between the ages of 11 and 17. The Cub Scouts meet every Monday, at 6:30 p.m., in the Family Life Center, and the Boy Scouts meet every Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., in the same location. Call (770) 991-7080.

Community Bible Church, at 2001 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, offers Celebrate Recovery every Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. The support group provides a place where people can work toward conquering anxiety, depression, anger, food addiction, chemical dependency, co-dependency, drug addiction, and heartache. A dinner begins at 6 p.m., with worship taking place at 7 p.m. Call Linda Smith, or Jack Bartlett, at (770) 914-0808.

Destiny International Foursquare Church, located at 737 Veterans Parkway, Suite 600, in Jonesboro, is inviting the community to the following weekly services: Sunday Worship Service, at 11 a.m., Tuesday Boy Scout Night, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday Bible Study at 6:30 p.m., and Friday Family Movie Night, at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Willie M. Simpson is senior pastor, and Rev. James K. Boxdale serves as outreach pastor. Call (770) 756-9100.

Jodeco Road United Methodist Church, 1500 Jodeco Road, Stockbridge, offers counseling through Stephen Ministry to people experiencing life's difficulties. The counseling is free and confidential. To find out more, visit www.jodeco.org, e-mail StephenMinistry@jodeco.org, or call the church office at (770) 957-8300.

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