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Back to School with supplies

Bladen County students and their caregivers had a chance to grab some free school supplies, hair cuts and more this weekend. Local churches, non-profits and businesses all worked together to help Bladen County students start off the new year well supplied. There were 1500 book bags given away between the two events. Free hair cuts were offered; school supplies, food were also given away. Saturday there was the Back 2 School Blast with over 1,000 people in attendance. The event was organized by Rev. Brock Meyer with Bladen Charge, Billie Hall with the Town of Elizabethown, Sondra Guyton with Bladen Community College and Rev. Darrell Copeland with Wesley’s Chapel. Billie …..

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Sandy Grove Baptist Church will conduct Revival Services

  • 08/15/2018
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Sandy Grove Baptist Church will conduct Revival Services from Sunday September 9, through Wednesday, September 12. Mark Smith from the NC Baptist State Convention will be the speaker for the Revival. Services will be on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., then Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Share:

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Volunteers paint Senior Center

Contributed The Elizabethtown Senior Center has received a make over recently in the form of fresh paint. Volunteers have been busy recently painting the unfinished offices, break room, senior kitchen, exercise area, senior lounge and restrooms, the Medication Assistance office, and the conference room. Bladen County Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson said, “These youth were a pleasure to have in our office and even played “chair volleyball” with the seniors!” This group of volunteers was from Lebanon United Methodist Church of Jarratt, Virginia. They stayed at the White Lake Christian Camp and Retreat Center, White Lake, NC. The Camp has hosted several groups this summer that have been involved …..

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Smithfield, Bladen Released Time and Foundation Bible Back 2 School Bash

Contributed Foundation Bible Church, the coordinator of the Back 2 School Bash, would like to thank Smithfield Foods, Inc.  for their generous donation to Bladen County Released Time for the purchase 1,000 backpacks and school supplies.  This event is designed to support the students of Bladen County as they start the new school year. Pictured is Ryan Godwin, MD at Foundation Bible Church, Rhonda Campbell, Sustainability Coordinator  of Smithfield Foods and Dean Hilton, Board Member of Bladen Released Time. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Rain, rain, go away, for a while…. Enjoyed the 2018 PGA Championship.  Brooks Koepka won his third career major, the latest in St. Louis yesterday and likely ‘sewed up’ the Player of the Year.  Tiger Woods finished 2nd, best showing in many years. And, following the sports thought, high school football begins on August 24th.  East Bladen travels to Clinton and South Brunswick will be at West Bladen for 7 PM games. Willie Gore, longtime South Columbus coach/administrator is the latest to defect to South Carolina.  Understand salaries and subsidies make it attractive.  West Bladen’s AD/baseball coach, Kim Cain headed south a few weeks ago after a long, successful career in North Carolina. Think …..

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Graham Tabernacle FBH Church will be hosting a 4-night Revival

  • 08/11/2018
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Graham Tabernacle FBH Church will be having a 4-night Revival on August 13-16 at 7:30 pm. 13th – Evang. Vermethia Lance, 14th – Dr. Joyce Gause, 15th – Evang. Blanche McFarland, 16th – Pastor Merkethia Clarida. Graham Tabernacle FBH Church is located at 281 Grand Road, Clarkton. Rev. Samuel Bellamy Sr., Pastor. Hope to see you there! Share:

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Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Announcements

  • 08/11/2018
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Elizabethtown NC – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours, will be open the same day from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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New Hope MBC to celebrate Gospel Choral Choir anniversary

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Gospel Choral Choir will celebrate its 16th Anniversary on Sunday, August 12th at 3:00 pm. Please join Pastor and Lady A. Pabon, Sis. Jackie Hiliard, President and The New Hope Family as they Lifting up Jesus through song. The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church had its annual “Back to school hangout” on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The siblings of the late Samuel L. and Lillian Smith gave out at least 50 book bags full of supplies and Mr. Xavier Wooten received  the Samuel L & Lillian Smith Scholars Scholarship. The Smith’s moto is “If you come, we’ll give”, next year they are looking forward to seeing you. Share:

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Friendship Baptist Church to hold Revival

Friendship Baptist Church will hold Revival services beginning Sunday night, October 14, through October 17 with Rev. Bradley Tatum of Forest Lawn Baptist Church in Tabor City.  There will be special singing nightly and we invite everyone to come and worship with us.  Sunday night services will begin at 6:30 pm and Monday – Wednesday night services will begin at 7 pm nightly. Friendship Baptist Church is located at 1989 Bull Street of Garland.  For more information, please contact Rev. Gary McMillan at 910-876-1148. Share:

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Carolina’s Best 2018 Finalists

Pastor Kevin L. Joyner, Sr. of Kevin Joyner & Men of Standard and the Minister of Music at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church of Elizabethtown, NC has been selected in the top three gospel groups for WIDU Carolina Best out of 100 quartets.  The competition continues 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville NC.  He and the Men of Standard will compete for best gospel group.  Rev. Joyner is pastor of River Of Life Outreach Center, Chadbourn NC. Share:

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Back to School Blast planned

As the lazy days of summer are winding to a close, many parents are beginning to think about sending their children back  to school. To help parents with the many tasks involved of preparing for back to school such as purchasing school uniforms, school supplies and haircuts, a Back to School Blast has been planned for Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The Back to School Blast will offer free haircuts, free uniform exchanges, health screenings, and more. For more information call Billie Hall at 910-862-2066 or Pastor Brock Meyer at 919-606-6350.   Share:

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Bladen County Dementia Workshop

Melanie Bunn who is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and a Dementia Training Specialist, from Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, will be presenting on “What Happenings Next?” at the Bladen County Community Dementia Workshop on Wednesday, August 29th. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown. Understanding the progression of dementia can help us learn what to expect and how to better interact with those we care about.  Follow  the story of one family as they move through the stages of dementia.  Learn along with them what works, what doesn’t work, and how to keep the peace along the way. The church is located …..

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Faith-based Leaders Learn about Opioid Crisis

By Erin Smith Faith-based leaders gathered on Saturday at Bladen Community College to learn more about opioids, and to begin a Countywide Opioid Sunday event in September. As September is National Recovery Month, which is set aside to raise awareness and understanding of substance abuse and mental health disorders, those gathered Saturday decided to begin planning for an event in Bladen County. The Countywide Opioid Sunday will be a time for churches to raise awareness about substance abuse disorder and its impacts on families. However, a date was not announced. William Sellers with Eastpointe MCO said, when it comes to pain, “We want a quick fix.” Sellers also explained that …..

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Almost Daily Prayer Saturday Devotion – Passion for God

  • 07/21/2018
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By Rev. Chris Denny Review highlights of the day, creating a word-picture of what you have experienced. Ask:  What is one image that stuck with you today? (something you saw)  What is something you heard from stage that made you think?  How easy or hard is it to put pieces back together? Think about the creation of a Mosaic. What all does it take to make a masterpiece truly come together? Colossians 3:12-17 (The Message): So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick …..

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Faith Based Leaders Brunch planned

By Erin Smith A free Faith Based Leaders Brunch is planned for Saturday morning at the Bladen Community College Auditorium hosted by a subcommittee of the Bladen County Opioid Task Force. Registration and brunch begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 9 a.m. The guest speakers will include William Sellers with Eastpointe MCO, who will present an Opioid 101, Richard Allen with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Friar Bill Eberle with the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force will discuss the recent Opioid Sunday held in Brunswick County, and there will be a brief time for each speaker to take questions and answers. There will be plenty of information regarding the opioid crisis and how …..

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Hickory Grove to host One Day Revival/Creation Seminar

  • 07/20/2018
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Contributed Hickory Grove Baptist Church will host a One Day Revival and Creation Seminar featuring Rev. Steve Levinson. Rev. Steve Levinson is a Creation Specialist and Speaker. He is a graduate of Liberty University and has been pastor to adults and youth and worked with “at risk” youth in over 60 schools in five states.  Since 2004 he has traveled throughout the U.S. and several countries teaching the truth of creation and the error of evolution.  Steve is a captivating speaker who uses illusions, a fossil collection, and more, to keep the attention of young and old while teaching them truths that are basic to our Christian faith and our …..

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Purdie United Methodist Church to hold 5th Sunday Service

  • 07/18/2018
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Purdie United Methodist Church will have a 5th Sunday Evening Community Service on Sunday, July 29, 2018.  Our guest speaker will be Rev. Eckie Lancaster.  We will begin at 6 p.m. with a covered dish meal and then Praise and Worship at 7 p.m. Purdie UMC is located on NC87 between Dublin and Tar Heel.  Please plan on attending and bring some people with you. If you need further information, contact Rev. Al Marshburn at 910-876-0091 or email at revamarshburn@gmail.com Share:

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Pleasant Grove Independent Church Gospel Sing

  • 07/17/2018
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Pleasant Grove Independent Church will host Heart Song gospel singing group from Shannon and Red Springs, N. C.,  6 pm Sunday evening July 22nd. Please plan to attend and worship in spirit and song!   The church is located at; 2039 Pleasant Grove Church Road Bladenboro, N.C. 28320! For additional information call 910-874-3531. Share:

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Trinity United Methodist Church to conduct Vacation Bible School

  • 07/16/2018
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Trinity United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown will host Vacation Bible School from Monday, July 23rd, through Wednesday, July 25th, for ages Pre-K through 6th grade. Classes will meet from 6 p.m.  to 8:30 p.m. each evening, with dinner being served from 6 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  The church is located at 901 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. All are welcome!   Share:

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Baldwin Branch Celebrates Sixth Pastoral Anniversary

  • 07/16/2018
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Elizabethtown – Six years Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin and wife, Dr. Katrina Boykin have faithfully fulfilled the pastoral ministry at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church (AKA “da Branch”). The Boykins have been an enormous blessing to “da Branch”. The pastoral anniversary is an annual experience where the pastor is celebrated for all of the spiritual guidance and teachings he provided the congregation.  Additionally, this is a time period to demonstrate care for his ministry and call to lead. The New Testament honors vocational ministry as one of God’s highest callings. First Thessalonians 5:13-14 asks church members “to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and …..

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Wesley’s Chapel to hold VBS

  • 07/12/2018
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Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown will host Game-On Vacation Bible School from Sunday, July 15th, through July 18th. Classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. The church is located at 2409 Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown. Register by calling 910-645-4011.       Share:

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Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church to offer Clothes Closet, Food Pantry

  • 07/12/2018
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​​​Elizabethtown NC – The  Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, ​July 28, 2018 from 8​ a.m. to 11​ a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours,​ ​will be open the same day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Pleasant Grove Church to hold Game On VBS

  • 07/11/2018
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Pleasant Grove Church in Bladenboro will host the Game On Vacation Bible School from July 15ht through July 20th. Classes will be held from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. nightly. There will be a Bible study and craft classes for all ages, even adults. Also, a light meal will be provided each night. Come join us as we gear up for life’s big game. The church is located at 2039 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Bladenboro, N.C. 28320 Share:

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Upcoming Events

Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church VBS

Oak Grove Church is hosting vacation bible School from July 16 thru July 20, 2018, from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm each night.Children and adults are welcome. Supper will be served each night. Come have a bible adventure! The address is: 1423 Oak Grove Church Road Bladenboro, NC 28320 Share:

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First Missionary Baptist Church to hold Prayer Breakfast

  • 06/22/2018
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First Missionary Baptist Church will be having a Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Evangelist Ollie Maultsby will be the guest speaker.  If you want your soul to be uplifted, come out and share in this experience with us you will be glad you did. Share:

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From The Hill: America will not forget about Pastor Andrew Brunson

By Sen. Thom Tillis Andrew Brunson is a loving father, husband, and Presbyterian pastor who has been sharing the word of the Gospel to the people of Turkey for the last 20 years. In October 2016, Brunson was arrested by the Turkish government, accused of being an American spy and terrorist who helped the plotters of the failed coup attempt against the Turkish government earlier that summer. This spring, days before the start of Pastor Brunson’s trial, I traveled to Izmir, Turkey to meet with Pastor Brunson at the prison where he was being held. It was immediately evident that Brunson was not in good health. Although he has been …..

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Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers

FEMA Releases Guide to Engaging Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers FEMA released the guide on Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers. Faith-based and community organizations offer a wide variety of human and material resources that can prove invaluable during and after an incident. This guide provides a methodology for emergency managers to engage with faith-based and community organizations in enhancing the resiliency of our nation. By identifying, engaging, and building partnerships with these groups, particularly those in racially, ethnically, economically, and religiously diverse communities, emergency managers can provide training and technical assistance to strengthen their skills, connect them with existing partners, and …..

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Gospel artist Euclid Gray to perform

The famous gospel artist Euclid Gray will be featured in the Blue & Silver Banquet on Saturday, July 14, at the Faith Temple Evangelist Center in Clarkton. Dinner will be served at the banquet but seating is limited for the event. Tickets will cost $20 and to purchase the tickets and for more info call LoWanda at (910) 988-4475. Formal attire required.   Share:

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Gospel Explosion set for Faith Temple Evangelist Center

The Gospel Explosion will be taking place on July 7th at the Faith Temple Evangelist Center in Clarkton. It will begin at 6 p.m. with various groups and singers there for entertainment. If anyone would like to be added to the service contact LoWanda at (910) 988-4475. Share:

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Family and Friends Day at Mt. Hebron Church

The McKoy and Elliott families will be celebrating their annual Family and Friends Day on Sunday, June 24, at Mt. Hebron AME Zion Church located at Highway 211 East, Bladenboro. The Rev. Carl Ballard, Rev. Fannie Dooley, Pastors. Sunday School will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the Worship Service at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Florence S. Brown, Presiding Elder of the Clarkton District. Dinner will be served immediately after the service. Everyone is invited to come fellowship with our family. Share:

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Galeed Baptist Church to offer Life Line Screening

  • 06/12/2018
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Galeed Baptist Church of Bladenboro will offer Life Line Screening on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Galeed Baptist Church is located at 571 Galeed Church Road, Bladenboro. To schedule your screening time Call:1-888-653-6441 or visit  http://lifelinescreening.com/ communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979 Share:

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Galeed Baptist to hold Vacation Bible School

  • 06/12/2018
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Galeed Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from  July 27-29. Classes will held on Friday, July 27th, from  6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday, July 28th, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 29th, from 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Register at www.vbspro.events/p/galeed2018 Share:

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Baldwin Branch MBC holds recognitions

The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Elizabethtown recently held recognitions for Mothers of the Year, Cadet Kieara Porter and the 2018 graduates. Mothers-of-the-Year who were recognized were  Ardenlian “Dean” Jessup and Hilda F. Cromartie.  Ardenlian Jessup was selected due to her enthusiasm and effectiveness in all that she does as a member.  She is dedicated to the ushers ministry and the United Voices Choir.  Hilda Cromartie is a very committed mother.  She is extremely friendly, outgoing and a friend to all that attend the worship services during her ushering experience.  She is known for her magnificent and famous “chicken salad”.  Theses are a just a few of their wonderful and brilliant qualities. Cadet Kieara …..

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Baldwin Branch offers clothes closet, food pantry

  • 06/11/2018
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​​​The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, ​June 23, 2018 from 8​:00 a.m. to 11:00​ a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours,​ ​will be open the same day from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Greater McKoy’s Chapel to celebrate Father’s Day

Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc., in Dublin, NC, where Dr. Delora LeSane is the pastor, will be celebrating Father’s Day Sunday, June 17, during the 11 o’clock morning worship service.  Rev. James McKinnon, pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest preacher.  Come join us as we celebrate our father’s with the love of the Lord. Share:

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Hickory Grove Baptist Church announces Vacation Bible School

  • 06/07/2018
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This summer at Game On! Vacation Bible School, Hickory Grove Baptist Church invites your kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drum-line, they will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another! Classes meet nightly June 22 – 27, from 6:30 pm – 8: 45 pm, for kids ages birth through high school.  Snack supper will be provided each evening.  Parents are asked to register each of their children to assure we have a T-shirt and enough materials for everyone. Registration forms are available in the church foyer.  We …..

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New Hope Missionary Baptist Church to hold Vacation Bible School

  • 06/06/2018
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New Hope Missionary Baptist Church will have its Annual Vacation Bible School Monday, June 18th, thru Friday, June 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. nightly until 8:30 p.m. We are expecting your entire family to join us; also, come meet our new Pastor, Rev. A. Pabon, Lady G. Pabon and family.  “Follow the Leader” is our theme this year! Share:

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Worship Without Walls is back

Worship Without Walls is back at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church in Elizabethtown. On Friday, June 8, please come pray for the community with us at 6 p.m. as we walk! On Saturday June 9, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. we will have our Sole-2-Soul Extravaganza which will feature booths by Legal Aid, Employment Office, Cape Fear Valley Hospice, and many other Agencies will be present. There will be games and free food. On Sunday, June 10,  at 10 a.m. we will have our Worship Service in the church parking area. The guest preacher will be Pastor Jared I. Lewis. Everyone is encouraged to come out for this event. …..

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Bethlehem United Methodist Church Invites Children to Shipwrecked VBS: Rescued by Jesus

White Oak, NC–A summer kids’ event called Shipwrecked VBS will be hosted at Bethlehem UMC from July 15th  to July 19th.  Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. and classes will begin at 6:15 p.m. At Shipwrecked, kids discover that Jesus rescues them! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, and test out Science-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Shipwrecked is for kids from Pre-K to Youth and also an Adult class will be available and will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day. …..

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Summer Sports Camps available

The Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church is offering Summer Sports Camps for children from Kindergarten through 6th grade. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, bowling, hiking, music, skating and more. Cost is $35. for more information or to sign your child up for camp, call 910-862-3736.     Share:

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Join the men of Greater McKoy’s Chapel Church

Join the men of Greater McKoy’s Chapel Church, Inc.  located in Dublin, NC where Dr. Delora LeSane is the pastor, on Sunday, June 4 at 4pm for their Annual Men’s Day service.  Elder David Marible, Jr. , pastor of St. Paul Church of Christ DOC of Clinton, NC will be the guest preacher.  Come join us for a mighty move of God. Share:

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Graham Tabernacle to conduct plate sale

  • 05/24/2018
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There will be a barbecue pork and chicken plate sale on Saturday, May 26, from 11 am to 3 pm at Graham Tabernacle FBH Church. The church is located at 281 Grand Road, Clarkton, NC. Cost of plates will be $5.00 each. Please Call Carolyn at (910) 549-9895 for more information. Share:

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First Baptist Church 4th Annual Jesus Jam

First Baptist Church 4th Annual Jesus Jam Community Event on June 09, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bounce houses, game truck, water slides and much, much more. We will have all sorts of games, food, booths and vendors. You can also register for Vacation Bible School at this time. We are located at 501 Martin Street, Elizabethtown, NC. Please come out and join us, there is plenty of fun to be had by all. You don’t have to be a member to participate in the event. Just come! Share:

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Baldwin Branch Presents Clothes Closet and Food Pantry

  • 05/19/2018
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​The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 8​:00 a.m. to 11:00​ a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours,​ ​will be open the same day from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Volunteers package meals for the hungry

Kyle’s Farm in Harrells was a hub of activity on Saturday as more than 50 volunteers gathered to pack meals for Rise Against Hunger. The volunteers, who were from various churches and the community, packed 20,088 meals which will be shipped to areas around the world impacted by natural or environmental disasters or extreme poverty. Each meal bag contains a protein, dehydrated vegetables, rice, and a seasoning packet. Each meal bag is estimated to feed six people. As each set of 1,000 meals was completed a gong would sound and the Gym at Kyle’s Farm would erupt in cheers as the volunteers got closer to their goal. Rise Against Hunger is based …..

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Fundraiser planned to assist church

By Erin Smith The Colly ECA is planning a fundraiser is planned to assist Evening Light Holiness Church with rebuilding their church. The fundraiser is planned for Friday, June 1, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. The Evening Light Holiness Church was located at 1371 Airport Road, Garland, and was destroyed in a devastating fire on December 12th, 2017. All proceeds will go to Evening Light Holiness Church building fund. The fundraiser will consist of late with your choice of fried fish or grilled bar-be-que chicken, baked beans, slaw and bread. Cost is $8 per plate and donations will be accepted. …..

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Just 1 helps to reach the lost

By Erin Smith Many Christians study the word of God, but many people find it intimidating to share their faith with another person. Evangelist David Pait hopes to change that with his ministry Just 1. Evangelist Pait wants to remind everyone of the Great Commission we have all been given to make disciples for Christ. He wants to help everyone to reach “just one” person who is lost . He plans to do this through the use of the social media platform Facebook. Evangelist Pait preaches a message of hope to those who are lost using the livestream feature. Evangelist Pait said the first Just 1 event was held on …..

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First Missionary Baptist Church Health Fair

There will be a Health Fair at First Missionary Baptist Church at 501 Martin Street Elizabethtown, NC  on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.   It is so very important for us to live the healthiest lives possible. Come out and get your Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Sugar Level and BMI checked to find out what your numbers are and where you stand. This is a free event and open to the public, come out and bring someone with you. Share:

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Clarkton PFWB Church 65th Homecoming Service

 A warm invitation is extended to you, family and friends to join us at the Clarkton PFWB Church on June 3rd to celebrate our 65th Homecoming. At the 10 o’clock hour, The Silence Family of Jacksonville, NC will uplift us with their Southern Gospel sound they are so well known for. Mr. TJ  Tatum will also uplift us with his soft and  inspiring songs for the Lord. Our Homecoming speaker, Rev. Marty Tew  will share his message during the 11 o’clock hour.  Rev. Tew is the World Witness Director of the PFWB Missions Department in Dunn, NC. A Homecoming meal will be served in our fellowship hall at noon. There will be no evening service on this day. Call Rev. Charlie Tatum at 910-648-2963 or 910-991-6540 for any questions. Please invite friends …..

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New Ministry to Assist Families With Loss of Mom

All over the country in a few days we will celebrate Mother’s Day.  This will be a time of joy and sadness.  Mothers are very special and having to learn to live without them can be pretty tough.  Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor, Dr. Louie Boykin and Dr. Katrina Boykin partner to assist families with a ministry called, “When Mom Is Gone” (WMIG) pronounced WeMig.  It is a therapeutic christian based support ministry designed to help families cope and live with the the death of their mom. Monthly meetings consist of service and educational components.  It’s mission: *  Serve as a conduit for healing *  Educate on such topics as grief, mourning, …..

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Bladen County marks National Day of Prayer

By Erin Smith Bladen County residents marked the National Day of Prayer on Thursday with two remembrances.  The first remembrance took place at 12 noon in front of the Elizabethtown Municipal Building by the flag poles. Three people turned out to pray for our nation, our state and our county. The theme for this year’s event was Unity.  Clara Adams led the prayer session in Elizabethtown. She said the first time she conducted the National Day of Prayer, it was under a tree across the road from her home. Since that day, the gatherings have varied in size but have always been held in front of the Elizabethtown Municipal Building.  G. C. Bryan joined …..

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Church: Ministry feeding the hungry with more than food 

Contributed There are needs we all have from day to day. Some local people have found a way to help the hungry and downtrodden with more than food.  Second Chance Community Church, Love of Christ Ministries, Inc., and others are working together for the betterment of their community. In Elizabethtown on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., joy can be found along with a hot meal and encouragement at Second Chance Church. The church, located beside the Post Office in Elizabethtown, hosts a worship and prayer time, along with a free lunch for those who are hungry in the community. This is accomplished by working with the Love Of Christ Ministries Inc.  According to …..

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Teen Challenge offers treatment options needed in Bladen County

By: Charlotte Smith The Opioid Task Force has been trying to find new ways to offer treatment and support for addicts in Bladen County. Back in January, Bladen County Commissioner and Chairman of the task force, Charles Ray Peterson said he had received a letter from Albemarle Teen Challenge. Peterson explained to the group at the January meeting the members with Albermarle Teen Challenge was requesting a meeting with the Bladen County Opioid Task Force. Since January, Teen Challenge has been raising money to apply towards the purchase of a home on Lula Long Road in Ammon. The Bladen County Teen Challenge, is a treatment program that will be offered to women, …..

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National Day of Prayer services set

By Erin Smith Thursday is designated as the National Day of Prayer and events marking the occasion are planned for Bladenboro.  Rev. Warren Hill said the National Day of Prayer Service in Bladenboro will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. The building is located at 818 South Main Street in Bladenboro. This year’s National Day of Prayer theme is Unity. The Bible verse for this year’s event is Ephesians 4:3 which reads, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” The National Day of Prayer was begun in 1952 with a Congressional resolution and was signed by President Harry S. truman. The law …..

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Greater McKoy’s Chapel Church Announces a Pair of Celebrations

Greater McKoy’s Chapel Church, Inc. of Dublin, NC will be having a Pre Birthday Celebration program on Sunday, May 20, at the hour of 5pm.  The awesome and anointed Pastor Luevenia Dewitt, DD  of Deliverance Prayer Temple in Loris, SC will be ministering the word.  You don’t want to miss it. Everyone is invited. Sunday, May 27 Greater McKoy’s Chapel Church, Inc. of Dublin, NC will be celebrating Family and Friends at the hour of 11 am.  The Rev. Carl Smith, pastor of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest preacher.  You don’t want to miss  a day of celebrating the goodness of the Lord with Family and Friends.  We are looking …..

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Pack-The-Pew Weekend by Baldwin Branch YAM’s

Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Young Adult Missionaries (YAMs) are sponsoring a Pack-the-Pew festival April 28th starting 9:00 a.m. with a PTP basketball tournament in the Bladen County Recreation Gym located at 803 West King Street; Elizabethtown NC.   Special halftime entertainment during the championship game will be by Ricky DD’s Entertainers.  Across the street the spring festival begins at 1:30 p.m. behind the Municipal Building; 805 West Broad Street; Elizabethtown NC.  There will be games, prizes, bounce houses, horse rides, kid fashion (sports costumes), great festival food and entertainment for the entire family.  Sunday, April 29th at Baldwin Branch the Pack-the-Pew morning worship services begin at 9:45 a.m.  Invitees are: Pastor Jacqueline Coleman Shiver from Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church; Fayetteville NC, Pastor Latoya Brewington; …..

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Joseph Habedank to appear a Fayetteville Community Church Sunday

Contributed Joseph Habedank will perform at Fayetteville Community Church on Sunday, April 22, during the morning worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Daywind recording artist Joseph Habedank is a Dove Award winning, GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter and Singing News Magazine’s 2017 Soloist of the Year. He has a unique and equally powerful testimony that has been featured on FoxNews.com’s Spirited Debate, TBN’s Praise the Lord, and in such publications as Billboard Magazine, CCM Magazine, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.  For ten years, he served first as baritone, then as the lead singer for one of Southern Gospel’s favorite family groups, the Perrys, and shared his songs in some of America’s greatest churches and …..

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May 19 5K Trail Run & Walk

White Oak Family Worship Center’s College and Careers Group is hosting a 5k Trail Run and Walk at Jones Lake State Park, on Saturday, May 19. Jones Lake State Park is located at 4117 NC-242, Elizabethtown, NC . Admission is $25. For more information and registration details go to: payit2.com/event/100198. Share:

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Rise Against Hunger Event May 12th

A Rise Against Hunger event is planned for Saturday, May 12, beginning at 9 a.m. at Kyle’s Farm in Harrells, NC. Rise Against Hunger International is a non-profit hunger relief organization which packs and distributes nutritious food which is distributed worldwide to areas impacted by natural disasters and emergencies, providing nourishment to those who have basic individual needs, and empowering communities to become self-sustaining. To volunteer for this event, call 910-532-2061. Everyone is welcome to come out and help pack food. Contributions are also welcome and checks can be made payable to Epworth United Methodist Church. Kyle’s Farm is located at 380 Ward Road, Harrells, NC.   Share:

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Baldwin Branch Presents Clothes Closet and Food Pantry

  • 04/13/2018
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The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours, will be open the same day from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  Personal transportations and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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5th Sunday Evening Worship with Rev Tim Reaves

The 5th Sunday Evening Worship with Rev Tim Reaves is at 7 pm on April 29th at Purdie United Methodist Church located on NC 87 between Dublin and Tar Heel. The meal will begin at 6 pm. The public is invited, please join and bring some friends with you. For further information, contact Rev Al Marshburn at 910-876-0091 or revamarshburn@gmail.com Share:

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Isaac Keyshawn Monroe

East Bladen High School graduate, Isaac Keyshawn Monroe, passed away on Monday, April 9th from injuries sustained in a vehicle wreck on Airport Road in Elizabethtown. His funeral services are being provided by Johnson Funeral Home. In honor of the late 21 year old soccer player and his beloved family, Dublin First Baptist Church has created a funeral line for Monroe’s funeral expenses. Donations are being collected until Sunday, April 15 at the church and on the church’s website. All donations need to be earmarked for the Monroe funeral line. Below is the church’s information. Dublin First Baptist Church P.O. Box 187 Dublin, NC 28332 https://www.dublinfbc.org/give Related article: https://bladenonline.com/one-killed-in-monday-afternoon-wreck/ Share:

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National Day of Prayer Services

  • 04/11/2018
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Contributed There will be National Day of Prayer services conducted on Thursday, May 3rd, at 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. The building located at 818 S. Main Street in Bladenboro. Share:

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First Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate Family and Friends Day

First Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Family and Friends Day 2018 on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 11 a.m. There will be a morning service only. Pastor Corey M. Lyons will deliver the message. Dinner will be served immediately after the service. Please come out and help us lift up the name of Jesus as one BIG family. First Missionary Baptist Church is located at 501 Martin Street in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Baldwin Branch Male Chorus Anniversary

  • 04/03/2018
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Do you want to hear some great gospel music?  Come to Baldwin Branch.  The Baldwin Branch Male Chorus anniversary is Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. SHARP.  Rev. Andy Anderson of Whiteville NC is the master of ceremonies.  Several singing groups will be live at da Branch on Sunday.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor.    https://www.facebook.com/BaldwinBranchMissionaryBaptistChurch/videos/1170374566329086/?t=11 Share:

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Bladen Ministerial Association Meeting

  • 04/02/2018
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Isn’t it a glorious thing to live on the other side of our Savior’s resurrection? Question: Are you living out your life for this one thing: to glorify God by the way you live? Tuesday, April 3rd, at 8:30 a.m. is our next scheduled meeting of the Bladen County Ministerial Association and it will be held at the hospital’s solarium. Come and let us share time around the table in fellowship and celebration for what God is doing in our area and plan how we can get more engaged in ministry. The meeting will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m., so, come early in time to get your breakfast before the meeting …..

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Faith Temple United Outreach Center makes donations

  • 04/02/2018
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The Faith Temple United Outreach Center in Dublin members collected toiletries within the congregation and distributed nearly 180 gift bags to the residents at Bladen East Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as well as Elizabethtown Nursing Center in Elizabethtown on Saturday, March 31st, 2018. Members thoroughly enjoyed interacting and spreading love with the residents. Uslessess Ballard, Pastor of Faith Temple, expressed the importance of the churches fellowshipping with area facilities as these citizens need to see the “church” in action. Share:

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Annual Car Show

  • 03/30/2018
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Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc. (282 Center Rd. Elizabethtown, NC) Annual Car Show will be Saturday, May 5.  Registration will be 8am to 12pm.  Judging will be 1pm to 2pm and Awards 2pm to 3pm.  If you would like to enter your vehicle in the show there is a $25 entry fee or to be a vendor there is a $15 registration fee (no food vendors allowed). Food and drinks will be sold by Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc.  Please contact Danny LeSane at (910) 876-3582 if you have any questions or would like to participate. Share:

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Easter marks new beginnings 

Spring is a time for new beginnings and it is that time of year. White Lake is a popular vacation spot for many during the warmer months. Easter weekend is the first official weekend for some businesses at White Lake. Camp Clearwater has egg hunts planned for their residents. Ski Burger is geared up for a busy weekend. Last but not least, the new Christian camp that was once Lasley’s Motel is officially opened for business. The opening of the retreat center is the culmination of several months of work. Pastor Cameron McGill declared the White Lake Christian Camp and Retreat Center to be “open and ready for business.” In …..

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Hickory Grove Baptist Church Announces Easter Events

  • 03/27/2018
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Hickory Grove Baptist Church invites the community to join in our Easter celebrations. On Saturday, March 31st, at 11:00 a.m., children of all ages are invited to our Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt, where we will hear the Easter story, enjoy games, and have lunch. On Sunday, April 1st, an Easter Sunrise Worship Service will be held at 7:00 a.m., followed by breakfast. Sunday School for all ages begins at 10:00 a.m., with a Worship Service in celebration of Christ’s resurrection following at 11:00 a.m. Our church and family life center are located at 6414 Center Road, Bladenboro. Please plan to join us in worship on this special day. For …..

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Baldwin Branch Demonstrates Love

  • 03/27/2018
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Elizabethtown –  The Wreath Construction Ministry of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church recently demonstrated love toward Dr. Katrina Boykin, Baldwin Branch’s First Lady by presenting her a wreath constructed by the members of the ministry.  Additionally the following poem written by Debra McKoy, ministry president was recited during the recognition. Read the poem below: Lady Boykin A Lady of beauty. A Lady of style. A Lady of Compassion. A Lady of Great Faith. A Lady that lights up any room that she walks into with her smile. A Lady that has stride in her walk. A Lady that works diligently on whatever her hands find to do. A Lady of …..

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Holy Week Services and Activities Announced

By Erin Smith Easter Week or Holy Week, as it is known around the world, is a time of great reverence for many individuals. Many churches will mark the occasion with activities and special services. Many churches and other groups in Bladen County have announced special schedules. Tuesday, March 27,  Passion Week Services continue at 7 p.m. at St. James Fire Baptized Holiness Church in Elizabethtown. The guest speaker will be Overseer Lonnice Graham. Wednesday, March 28,  Passion Week Services continue at 7 p.m. at the Dublin Highway Holiness Church in Dublin. The guest speaker will be Pastor Billie Thompson On Thursday, March 29, Passion Week Services continue at 7 …..

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Bladen church donates lifesaving kits to Southeastern Health

New Light Church of Bladenboro, NC, donated funds to the Southeastern Health Foundation to purchase two Kangaroo Boards which are used as Neonatal Intensive Care emergency response kits. The bags will be placed in the emergency department and operating room at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. Pictured at the check presentation on March 22, from left, were New Light Church Children’s Pastor Donna Hester, Creative Pastor Cory Hester, SRMC NICU Manager Andrea Pratt, SeHealth Chief Nursing Officer Renae Taylor, and SeHealth Foundation Executive Director Sissy Grantham.   Share:

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Benefit Concert planned for Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City

A concert to benefit the Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City will be held Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 4 p.m. at the Clarkton Presbyterian Church in Clarkton.  The concert, will feature musicians from Bladen and Columbus counties. Featured Bladen musicians are Anna Ogden Clark, Tim Olsen, and Randy Page. All contributions will benefit the Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City. The Matthew 25 Center is a nonprofit organization created to provide housing to families of incarcerated men and women when they come to visit their loved ones.  The name, Matthew 25, is based on the scriptural reference in Matthew 25:40, “……verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have …..

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Trinity United Methodist Church Men’s Fish Fry scheduled

  • 03/26/2018
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The Trinity United Methodist Men’s Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser will be Thursday, April 5th, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $8.00 per plate.  Tickets can be purchased at Bladen Builders, Dickerson’s Pharmacy, or the Trinity United Methodist Church office in Elizabethtown.   Share:

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Gospel Singing to be held at Friendship Baptist Church

  • 03/26/2018
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The Bobby Deal Family will be in concert at Friendship Baptist Church on Sunday, April 15, at 11 am.  The church is located at 1989 Bull Street near Garland. For more information, please contact Rev. Gary McMillan at 910-876-1148.  Feel free to come and join our worship service.   Share:

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Greater McKoy’s Chapel Church Birthday Celebration

  • 03/26/2018
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The month of April Greater McKoy’s Chapel Church will be having their Annual Birthday Celebration on Saturday, April 21st, at 4 p.m.   Rev. Edwin Ferguson, pastor of Mt. Zion AME Zion Church,  choir and congregation will be the special guests at Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc. where Dr. Delora LeSane is the pastor.   We look forward to seeing you at 282 Center Road, Elizabethtown, NC (Dublin Community) where everybody is somebody and Christ is Lord.  Share:

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Pleasant Grove Independent Church Easter Events

  • 03/23/2018
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EASTER EGG HUNT: Pleasant Grove Independent Church invites you, your children and friends to our Easter Egg hunt 11:30 a.m. on Saturday March 31st.   During this event children will hear the gospel message about Jesus  and will have hotdogs with all the trimmings and sides.  Please come and join in the fun, food and fellowship!  SUNRISE SERVICE: Sunday morning April 1st at 7:00 a.m. Pleasant Grove Independent Church will have a sunrise service followed by a “good ‘ole fashion country breakfast”! Sunday school will start at 10:00 a.m. and worship service at 11:00 a.m. Please come and worship with us and enjoy a time of food and fellowship!  CHURCH ADDRESS: Pleasant Grove …..

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Passion Week Church Announcement

  • 03/21/2018
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The Dublin Ministerial Alliance will be having Passion Week Service Sunday, March 25-April 1, 2018.  Please come and join us. Sunday, March 25 at 6pm at Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc. Dublin, NC the guest speaker will be Pastor Joyce Kea Lawrence. Monday, March 26 at 7pm at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Dublin, NC the guest speaker will be Dr. Delora LeSane.   Tuesday, March 27 at 7pm at St. James Fire Baptized Holiness Church Elizabethtown, NC the guest speaker Overseer Lonnice Graham   Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm at Dublin Highway Holiness Church Dublin, NC the guest speaker Pastor Billie Thompson   Thursday, March 29 at 7pm at Full Gospel …..

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Piney Grove A.M.E. Zion Church Palm Sunday

  • 03/20/2018
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 Piney Grove A.M.E. Zion Church is have Palm Sunday as well as a seven up program. The event will be at 3:30 on Sunday the 25th of March. Special guests and Speaker Class leader Sis Jean Kelly and Class members Number 4 and families will be hosting the event.  Come join us and Be our guest on this joyous occasions. Share:

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Fellowship Bible Church to conduct yard sale

Fellowship Bible Church will have a yard sale on Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. Proceeds go to benefit Operation Christmas Child. A variety of items will be available including handmade crafts. The church is located at 2503 Waddell Street in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Baldwin Branch Clothes Closet and Food Pantry to open March 24

  • 03/16/2018
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The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8​ a.m. to 11​ a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours,​ ​will be open the same day from 10​ a.m​. to ​1​2 noon. Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Sandy Grove Baptist to conduct Revival

  • 03/14/2018
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Sandy Grove Baptist Church will hold Revival Services in April. The services will be on Sunday, April 8th, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday, April 9th, through April 11th, at 7 p.m. The church is located at 8299 NC Highway 242 South, Bladenboro. Share:

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White Lake Baptist Church to hold Community Outreach Program

White Lake Baptist Church will hold a Community Outreach Program on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. at the church. There will be many different public safety agencies providing educational and informative demonstrations. There will be an open session in the Church Sanctuary from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. and event programs will begin at 11:10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. Door prizes will be available. Programs will include: CPR, Are You Okay sponsored by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, Special Needs Registry, Code Red Reverse 911, Fire Department, EMS, Department of Aging information, Funeral Arrangement Planning,v Opioids Addiction and Prevention, and Southeastern Carolina Crossroads …..

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Youth Leadership Conference on Opioid Misuse planned for Hickory

A Youth Leadership Summit is planned to take place on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Hickory. The event will invite high school students to learn about the opioid problem and discuss how they can help confront the issue at home. The summit will focus on raising awareness and building advocacy skills. The interactive and hands on event will also introduce ideas and tool kits for community action and charge the participants with developing a community project that confronts the opioid epidemic. Leading to Change, a nationally awarded training agency will help to facilitate the event. Paid lodging options may be provided for the night of April …..

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Clarkton Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church to hold Spring Revival Services

  • 03/12/2018
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Clarkton PFWB Church invites you, family and friends to join our congregation for our Spring Revival.  Worship services will be held April 8th through April 11th, each night featuring a different speaker with special singing provided by Mr. T.J. Tatum. *April 8th at 6 p.m. the speaker will be the Rev. Johnny Guyton, pastor of Ammon PFWB Church. *April 9th at 7 p.m. the guest speaker will be the Rev. Donnie Carlye,  former pastor of Welcome PFWB Church. *April 10th at 7 p.m. the guest speaker will be the Rev. Joe Foster, pastor of  Dublin PFWB Church. *April 11th at 7 p.m. the speaker will be the Rev. Leroy Wright, pastor of Salem PFWB Church. Invite your friends and family now to join us each night for …..

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