Clayton County public service agencies, churches, and other faith-based groups will gather to engage, educate, and empower the local community thorough informative sessions and outreach programs. The Community Faith Forum, which is a multi- and non-denominational event, will take place, on Jan. 22, from 10 a.m., until 1 p.m., at the Morrow Center, at 1180 Southlake Circle, Suite 100, in Morrow. Call (404) 391-0633.
First Baptist Church of Morrow invites the public to hear Dr. Scott Walker preach at its worship service, on Sunsay, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. Walker is an author, speaker, and serves as the director of the Institute of Life Purpose, at Mercer University, in Macon.
The church is located at 1647 Lake Harbin Road, in Morrow. For more information, visit fbcmorrow.org, or call (770) 961-9270.
Divine Faith Ministries International (DFMI) will host its 2011 Winter Faith Conference, Sunday, Jan, 23 through Wednesday, Jan. 26. All services begin at 7 p.m., and are free to the public. The conference includes four days of powerful speakers and psalmists in ministry. The special events will take place at DFMI, south location, at 9800 Tara Boulevard, in Jonesboro. Contact Rosalyn Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (770) 733-1537.
VIP Ministries of Forest Park First Baptist Church invites senior adults to meet for a special program for senior citizens, on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 10:45 a.m., in the church fellowship hall. The church is located at 634 Main Street, in Forest Park. Call (404) 366-6333.
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 pleased to announce the arrival of The Cub and Boy Scouts at CFC. The Cub Scout program is for boys in first-grade, through fifth-grade, and the Boy Scout program is for boys between 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.
Wesley Way United Methodist Church serves as the host for Upward Soccer. Upward Soccer is now registering for Pre-K, and 4th-through-7th grades. The final deadline for registration is Feb. 5, between 9 a.m., and 1 p.m. Register online, at www.wesleyway.org, or at 150 John Wesley Way in McDonough. Each player will have to participate in the skills assessment on Feb. 5. Questions can be directed to email@example.com, or contacting the office at (770) 898-3023.
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, invites 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.
Faith Open Door Community Center, at 217 Arrowhead Blvd., A-2, Suite 13, in Jonesboro, is looking for volunteers to tutor children in math and reading at all grade levels. Tutoring will take place from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (678) 372-4713.
Jodeco Road United Methodist Church, at 1500 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, regularly hosts support groups and classes on Bible study, grief recovery, discipleship, dealing with mental illness, weight loss, and knitting. Call (770) 957-8300.
First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, at 147 Church St., Jonesboro, hosts a cancer support group on the first Saturday of each month, at 11 a.m., at the Recreation Outreach Center, located directly across from the church. The group provides support for cancer patients, as well as friends and family members of cancer sufferers. Call (770) 478-6710, or (678) 479-3376.
New Vision Christian Church is now offering services every Sunday morning at 9 a.m., at AMC Theaters Southlake Pavilion 24, at 7065 Mt. Zion Circle, Morrow. Dr. Luke S. Hall is the head pastor. Call (404) 797-0295.
The Clayton County Marriage and Family Initiative is starting a Marriage Hall of Fame that will be posted on the organization's web site. It is interested in the names, length of marriage, and contact information of local couples who have been married the longest, particularly couples who have been married more than 50 years. The group would also like to receive stories about those who remained married through difficult problems and struggles. Visit www.gomarriage.org, or call (770) 478-4472.
Shelter from the Storm, is a Christ-centered support group, based out of Rock Springs Baptist Church, for women who have experienced emotional, verbal, physical, or sexual abuse. Women can come together in a safe, anonymous environment to heal from the effects of abuse. The church also hosts, "Living Life Abundantly," an HIV/AIDS support group, which seeks to show people how to live life abundantly, despite their disease. Ca. The church is located at 5900 Reynolds Road in Morrow.
Higher Living Christian Church, with campuses at 2450 Mt. Zion Road in Jonesboro, and 2455 Mt. Carmel Road in Hampton, is expanding its ministry. The Mt. Zion location will offer Wednesday Night Bible Study at 7 p.m., and Thursday Bible Study from 12 p.m., to 1 p.m. The Mt. Zion location is also offering a morning service on Sundays at 8 a.m. The Mt. Carmel location will offer a service at 10 a.m. Visit www.higherliving.org.
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.
First Baptist Church of Riverdale, at 6805 Church St., 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.
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