Anniversary celebrations coming up at local churches


Greetings from the Wesley Smith Chapel community!

Congratulations to Dr. Willam Barber, who was recognized and given an award by Gov. Roy Cooper on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh. Rev. William Barber has been a civil rights activist for many years. Cooper presented the N.C. Award to Barber, the state’s highest honor for accomplishments in fine arts, literature, science and public service.

Here are some events coming up at local churches:

  • Life Changers Kingdom Ministry, 270 Motorcycle Road, Clayton, will continue to celebrate Apostle Leroy Hargett’s and Apostle Francine Hargett’s 28th pastoral anniversary with a climax celebration at 10:15 a.m. Sunday with special guest preacher, Apostle Dr. Sharon Sanders. Happy 28th anniversary!
  • Jasmine Joyner and The Spiritual Voices of Clinton will celebrate their sixth anniversary on Dec. 7 at New Birth Deliverance Center, 7820 Hobbton Highway in Clinton. Doors will open at 5:30 with a concert begining at 6 p.m., featuring Sons of Faith of Savannah, Georgia, P.C. Perfect Praise of Wilmington, Gospel Prophets of Dunn, Daughter of Destiny of Lumberton and others. For more information, call Desmine Joyner at 910-596-7303 or Lisa Parks at 910-658-3454. Earlybird tickets are $5 or $8 at the door. Host and master of ceremony will be “The Prince of Gospel” Michael Boykin.
  • Pastor Elder Kenneth Freeman will deliver the message at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday at St. Luke Church of Christ, 636 Waller Road. The gospel choir will provide the music. On Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. the St. Luke Youth Choir will render the Christmas service. After that service, the church will celebrate with a Christmas dinner and fellowship.
  • Alum Spring Church of Christ in Dover will celebrate its pastor, Elder Matthew McNair, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 with guest preacher Elder Kenneth Freeman, the St. Luke Church Choir, usher and congregation rendering the service.
  • First Missionary Baptist Church in Warsaw will celebrate its Christmas Men March at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 with a musical program.
  • An evening of gospel with Majestic Funeral Home will be held at 5 p.m. on Dec. 14 at New Zion Baptist Church, 12123 Old Luke Road, Reigelwood, featuring special guests, the Legendary Singing Disciple of Brooklyn, New York, Lamauel Boykin and Company of Reigelwood, Debra Barnes and The Barnes Family of Rocky Mount, and Bishop Darrell McFadden and the Disciples of New York. Admission is free. For more information, contact Majestic Funeral Home and Eric Matthew.

    Elder Dorothy McDaniel, an associate minister at Gospel Light UH Church on Hillsboro Street in Mount Olive, and the founder of Miracles of Faith Church Ministry invites you to purchase the three books that she has written entitled “Supernatural Encounters” published in 2016, “Wake up the Sleeping Giants” published in 2014 and “Caregivers Heart, Hands and Health” published in 2019. The books are available through Amazon and at Barnes & Noble. McDaniel also has a prayer line on Mondays.

    Happy birthday

    Franklin Davis and the Angels, Bridgett Barfield, Stephene Cox and Judy Dianne West had lunch on Friday at Western Sizzlin and yours truly was the guest. Happy 46th anniversary to Rachel Whitfield and her husband of Garner on Nov. 20. May God bless you to have many more happy years from your luncheon friends, Franklin Davis and the Angels. Since you couldn’t be there on Friday, Rachel, I took your place and had a great time. Happy special birthday to Lonnie Hawley of Cary on Nov. 22. Lonnie is the business manager of the Supreme Angels and former member of Willis Pittman and the Burden Lifting of Richmond, Virginia.

    Happy special birthday to my special cousin, Oletha Ward, on Nov. 15 from your husband, Larry Ward, and your children along with the Ezekiel and Annie Ward family reunion; from Elder Dante and Dr. Schenita Randolph; Joshua and Kaelyn; and especially, yours truly. Happy birthday to Felicia Davis, Nov. 17 from your husband, Franklin Davis. Happy special birthday to each and everyone who celebrated their birthdays in November.

    Happy eighth anniversary to Drs. Kengi and Chandra Bass of Cary, who celebrated Nov. 11, from your mother, Patricia Ward Bass, and father, Horace Bass, of Clinton; grandparents, Ezekial and Lillie N. Ward; your uncle and aunt, Reginald and Irnita Ward and family of Maryland; Lonnie and Cynthia Ward Manley of Raleigh; Elder Kenneth and Vesta Freeman; the St. Luke Church family; the Ezekial and Annie Ward family reunion; and grandmother, Christine Bass of Mount Olive.

    Happy birthday to the following people: my handsome cousin, Samuel Lewis, on Nov. 20; Ruby Martin Simmons, Nov. 26; Steven Fletcher on Nov. 20 of Durham; Joy Jones, Nov. 20; Lauren Peterson of Clinton, Nov. 20; our bass guitar player Al Chance of Fayetteville, Nov. 20; Elder James Crawford, Nov. 25; Ava Cole Brewington of Goldsboro, Nov. 25; Craig (DC Redskin) Faison on Thursday; Deidra Morrisey on Friday; Bishop Devin Pickett, Nov. 25; Albert (Pookey) Williams, Nov. 20; and to the best secretary there is Keisha Monk on Saturday of JB Rhodes Funeral Home in Goldsboro. May God bless each of you to have many more. Happy birthday Luby and Ruby Martin on Nov. 26.

    Happy special 73rd birthday to Sam Lewis, Nov. 20 from your daughter, Stacy Lewis, Tracy Lewis and your grandchildren along with the Ezekial and Annie Ward family reunion.

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