November 3, 2012

Area church news and events

— • Friends are welcome at the Calvary Baptist Church fellowship hall on the first Saturday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m. You don’t have to be a member of the church to attend.

• The Singing Cookes perform a gospel concert Sunday night at 6 at Cedar Valley Cathedral of Praise. The church is at 744 Cleveland Highway.

• Eleventh Avenue Baptist Church will honor the Rev. Ronald Guffey and his family on Sunday. Guffey has served as pastor of Eleventh Avenue for 20 years. The morning service will begin at 10:45. The southern gospel group The Perrys will sing during the 6 p.m. service. The church is on the South Dalton Bypass, approximately one mile from Ponders Funeral Home.

• Judgement House (, a live performance, will be at Fellowship Baptist Church, 3323 Crider Road in Rocky Face, today and Sunday, each night beginning at 6. Not for children under 10. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended. For reservations, call (423) 863-2816. The church invites the public to its fall revival beginning on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. Guest pastor is Tommy Crider. Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. the guest pastor is Chris Pritchett, and on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. the guest pastor is Bruce Beach.

• The 40 Days in the Word Series continues Sunday morning at 10:30 at Fellowship Bible Church, 2044 Dug Gap Road. The guest speaker is Bryan McIntosh and the sermon title is “Understanding the Meaning of a Text.” All are welcome.

• First United Methodist Church of Chatsworth holds its second annual yard sale (open to the public) today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fincher Family Life Center. The event is rain or shine. This is a huge yard sale with all sorts of quality items including clothes, kitchen items, books, furniture and much more. The church is in the heart of downtown Chatsworth at 111 W. Cherokee St., just a block north of the courthouse at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Cherokee Street. For more information, call (706) 695-3211.

• Life Action, a ministry dedicated to living and teaching practical, daily applications from God’s Word, is coming to Grove Level Baptist Church to hold a 15-day revival summit. The summit will be on Sundays, Nov. 4, 11 and 18, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and will continue Monday through Thursday, Nov. 5-15, at 6:30 p.m. There will be instructional teaching, family seminars, music and programs for children and youth. The focus will be on practically living out the biblical values and principles the country was founded on. For more information, call the church office at (706) 259-8519 or visit

• Voices Won will sing at Hopewell Baptist Church in Cohutta today at 6 p.m. The pastor is John Tudor. Everyone is welcome.

• Liberty Baptist Church will celebrate Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be David Bouler, a Vietnam War veteran and sergeant in the Marine Corps. Music will be by Veritas. Everyone is welcome. The church is at 4439 Tibbs Bridge Road in Dalton. Its website is, and the phone number is (706) 226-4936.

• Maple Grove Baptist Church is sponsoring a pancake breakfast at Longhorn restaurant today from 7 to 10 a.m. to help raise funds for Wayne Stanfield’s mission trip to Romania in February. Stanfield is a member of Maple Grove Baptist Church. Maple Grove Baptist will have a chili cook-off and fall festival today beginning at 11 a.m. A benefit singing for the mission trip to Romania will be Saturday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The church is on Maple Grove Road in Dalton.

•  On Saturday, Nov. 10, New Haven United Methodist Church will have a holiday festival. A chili lunch is $5. The lunch will include chili, crackers, dessert and a drink. Take-outs will be available. Also included at the festival will be a silent auction for possible Christmas gifts. There will also be a bake sale. There will be no entrance fee and no charge for a hay ride, face painting and games with prizes. Christmas ornaments will be for sale, many of which can be personalized. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4040 S. Dixie Highway in Dalton.

• Brother Roy Groce will be the main speaker at the 32nd Homecoming of New Life Baptist Church on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Groce, 93 and now retired, was the longtime pastor of Cleveland Heights Baptist Church in Dalton. He is still active in church work and preaches in special meetings. Homecoming music for the day will be performed by the members of New Life Baptist Church and the church choir. A special meal will be at noon. There will not be a service held in the late afternoon as usual. All former members have a special invitation; current members will welcome you. The church is on Old Grade Road in Dalton. The pastor is Brother Rick Spence.

• North Georgia Baptist Temple will have a singing on Sunday at 10 a.m. with “Ole Friend” from Cleveland, Tenn., and revival Sunday through Friday at 7 p.m. with Brother Ronnie Childress. The church is at 1623 Abutment Road in Dalton. Pastor Brother George Ashburn invites everyone.

• Oliver’s Barn hosts a gospel singing every Friday at 6 p.m. The barn is at 2144 Waring Road in Dalton. For information or directions, call Christina Oliver at (706) 618-1807. There is no cost to attend. Everyone is welcome.

• Bishop Dr. Nicky Paul Starling has been elected the new presiding bishop of the Overcoming Church of God of America Inc. The installation for Starling will be on Sunday at Greater St. James Overcoming Church of God in Dalton at 4 p.m. The Board of Bishops of the Overcoming Church of God of America Inc. will be in charge of the installation service with other visiting bishops. Starling was elected for a four-year term.

• Riverbend Church of Christ operates a benevolence house for the public of northwest Georgia. The church’s goal is to assist families in need by offering necessities such as clothing (men, women and children), shoes and household items. Services are free and available to anyone in need. It is in the small white house just south of the church building at 2218 S. Riverbend Road in Dalton. The house is open every Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; other times must be by appointment. For more information, call Barbara Brooks (706) 277-3719 or the church office (706) 226-0819. All donations from the community are appreciated.

• Smyrna Gospel Tabernacle will be reaching out to those in the community who will not be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner by serving dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Dinner will be served from noon to 3 p.m. or until all food is served. The tabernacle will hold a gospel singing on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. Featured singers and groups will be Earlene Odell, The Randolph Singers, Jerry and Sheryl Lawson, Jim Boetter and The Pathfinders from Daytona, Fla. The tabernacle is at 784 Smyrna Church Road in Chatsworth. Soup and chili supper will follow.

• On Friday, St. Mark’s Preschool is hosting its annual Chili Supper. It is drive-through only, lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost of each meal is $5 and includes chili, crackers, dessert, a mint and a few local coupons. Corporate and group orders are available and delivery is available for orders of 10 or more. Orders can be placed at or faxed to (706) 279-2698. For more information, call Ellen at (706) 278-8857.

• On Thanksgiving Day, Sumach Cumberland Presbyterian Church will deliver a meal to residents of Murray County who will not otherwise be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner. A request is necessary. The deadline is Friday. Call one of the following numbers to make a request: (706) 695-6076; (706) 695-4018; (706) 695-4773.

• The Women’s Fellowship Ministry of True Gospel Pentecostal Church will have its annual Women’s Day on Sunday at 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Women With a Purpose.” The guest speaker will be Minister Leweyna Garth of Sharon Pentecostal Church in Chattanooga, where Pastor Joanne Walker is the pastor. The color of unity this year is purple. Those who wish to join the women of True Gospel in wearing it are welcome to do so. Minister Glenda Graham, president of the women’s ministry, and pastor, Suffragan Bishop Reuben Graham Sr., welcome the public.

• Evangelist Kendon Alexander from North Carolina will be ministering at Valley Brook Church of God on Sunday at 6 p.m. The church is at 1474 Mineral Springs Road in Dalton. For directions or more information, call Sister Sheila Clayton at (706) 629-3922 or Sister Joyce Keith at (706) 980-9156.

• Westside Baptist Church at 467 Lafayette Road in Rocky Face will have revival starting Sunday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Services will also be held Monday the 19th through Wednesday the 21st at 7 each night. Friday, Nov. 23, services will be at 7 p.m. at Dunnagan Church on Dunnagan Road in Rocky Face. Friday will be the church’s annual “Old-Fashion Service.” Brother Terry Pace from Scottsboro, Ala., will be the guest evangelist for all services. Brother Rick Edwards is pastor. There will be singers nightly.

• Whitfield Baptist Church will have its annual fall festival with games and free candy today at 10 a.m., concluding at 2 p.m. There will be a concession stand with funnel cakes, boiled peanuts and many other treats. Whitfield Baptist is at 2134 Dug Gap Road, 2.5 miles south of Walnut Avenue. The pastor, Wayne Cofield, invites everyone.