Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

November 14, 2013

Church News for Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — News and announcements submitted by area congregations throughout Navarro County.

Johnson Memorial Church of God in Christ church family invites you to its Homecoming/Family and Friends Day 2013 on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at 3 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Evangelist Christie Lampkin Dobbins. Elder Dobbins was raised in the strict holiness culture of the Church of God in Christ where she experienced a rich Christian heritage of bold evangelism, sound biblical teaching, and loving pastoral care for God’s people. At the tender age of 7 years old, she received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Her “call to God” became evident a year later as she would recite sermons preached by her aunt, Evangelist Ruth White. Elder Dobbins comes from a long family legacy of women preachers dating back to the 1960s which includes her mother, the late Missionary Ima Lois Lampkin, and several aunts who are pastors and evangelists. At only 17 years of age, she lost her mother and brother in a fatal car accident. It would be this very incident that catapulted her faith to another level where she learned to trust God in the absence of family. Her passion to minister to broken, wounded, and hurting people was born out of this experience.  Armed with an abundance of both natural and spiritual education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Dallas Baptist University, where she is currently working toward her M.B.A., and a graduate of the Potter’s House School of Ministry, she is in demand by many churches, ministries, and women’s organizations as a celebrated speaker on issues of marriage, ministry, and family counseling.  In addition, she is the founder of “Christie’s Brunch” which provides a safe place for women to talk about real issues.  Currently, she assists her husband in leading a team of 125 ministers and elders at the Potter’s House of Dallas as well as serving as an instructor in The Potter’s House School of Ministry.

Elder Christie Dobbins and her husband, Elder Venshard Dobbins, reside in the beautiful city of Grapevine. Together, they share the call to ministry and are the proud parents of four children, John, Venshard Jr, Diemeary, and Joshua. Come and bless the Lord and be blessed by the Lord, Johnson Memorial COGIC 1600 South Business 45, Corsicana. For more information, please contact Sis. Rosie Williams at 903-879-3157.

First Baptist Church, Dawson will host Southern Gospel singer, Joe Tapley, from Colbert, Ga. during the morning worship service on Nov. 24. He will sing at the beginning of the service at 11 a.m. and also provide the special music prior to the morning message. Mr. Tapley’s testimony about his music is: “I have been singing Southern Gospel music for several years and recently made a CD that is my dream come true. My prayer is that everyone who hears my music will be blessed and souls will be saved. I would like to thank my wife and family for their support and prayers to see this project finished. I thank my Lord and Savior for the talent He has given me to serve Him.” Joe is the father of Dawsonite Susie Battles who along with her husband Russell and daughter Hannah live east of Dawson just off Hwy 31. Hannah is a sixth grader at Dawson ISD. Joe’s CD titled “My Love Songs” will be available for purchase after the service. Everyone is welcomed to worship with the First Baptist Church members on the 24th and hear Brother Tapley sing prior to the sermon by our interim pastor, Bro. Shuggart.

Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 125 S. Fifth St., Corsicana and its Women Conference 2013 presents a “Night of Praise.” At 6:30 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 15 featured performers will be Reconciled, Bishop k.d. davis sr. and The Sixth Ave. Mass Choir, God’s Holy Temple Choir, The Session Singers, Chosen Ministries, The Gospel Five, The Sound, Future, and many more. This night of music and worship kicks off the Women’s Conference with the theme “Healing from the Inside Out.” Evangelist C. Dawson is visionary and host. Morning sessions on Saturday, Nov. 16 will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will cover several topics, such as “When Does Healing Take Place?” and “Letting Go of Past Hurts,” “Covered Scars Never Heal,” and “Down but Not Out.” Speakers include Evangelist S. Gray of New Cornerstone Baptist Church, Co-pastor C. Williams of Freedom Fellowship Church, Co-pastor D. Daniels of Faith Tabernacle, Palestine and Power of Praise, Tyler, and Evangelist S. Tucker from Vision of Destiny, Dallas. The noon speaker will be Pastor P.A. Rischer of Faith Temple Ministries, Fairfield. The conference will close at 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Gwendolyn Kinder of Impact Church, Dallas.

Lighthouse of Praise Ministry, 200 E. Collin St., Corsicana, invites you to join their congregation this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to learn about “The Healing Power of Jesus.” For more information, call (903) 872-7379.   

Bethany Baptist Church, 1900 Mulberry Lane, Corsicana, invites you and yours to its 64th Homecoming Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Come expecting a blessing from God and fellowship with members, family and friends. Our theme this year is “Preparing for Home.” We are so happy to have Bishop k.d. davis sr., pastor of the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church to bring the gospel message. Please join us the following Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18 and 19, for our Homecoming Revival at 7 p.m. nightly. The Rev. J.R. Mumphery, pastor of the Greater Calvary Baptist Church, Dallas will be sharing the gospel message. Bring your Praise. Food will be served after the Sunday service. Blessings!                                                                 

Westminster's XYZ (Extra Years of Zest) invites members and friends in the community to come and hear one of our favorite guests, Mack Boyd, DVM, who will share his latest veterinarian experiences in Indonesia.  Enjoy an excellent lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 11:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Bring a side dish or dessert;  entrée is provided.  Call Westminster for more information:  903-874-3781.

Unity Baptist Church, 101 S. 30th St., where Chad Owens is Pastor, invites you to services: Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday: worship and Children’s Church at 11 a.m., worship at 6 p.m., and Wednesday: Prayer meeting at 7 p.m., Kings Kids class meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Tuesday, a group from Unity visits shut-ins at 10 a.m. Thursday, there is a Bible study at Northwest Apartments Community Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, a group teaches and sings at Twilight Nursing Home at 8:45 a.m. This Sunday we will have a chili luncheon to celebrate Pastor Owens birthday. For transportation to services, call (903) 872-2861. A nursery is open for church services.

Petty's Chapel Baptist Church and Pastor Elvin Sikes invites you to join us for Worship this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. We also have a second Worship Service at 11 a.m. We meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.  We are having a series titled, “Exploring The Bible.”  The series is an overview study of the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch consists of the first five books of the Bible. In the trying times that we live in, it is of upmost importance that individuals as well as families know the Word of God.  We are a Church that is focused upon ministry to the entire family.  We are located on old Roane Road a half mile east of I-45, 1300 FM 3041. For more information call (903) 257-5690 or (903) 875-0002.

NOW Faith Miracle Center, 301 Margaret Drive, Kerens, will hold a Night of Celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. The theme is “Communion with The King.” Formal/semi-formal attire. This will be held in the Rosetta Stone Fellowship Hall of the church. Come and celebrate with us! For more information, call (214) 680-6243.

The Cowboy Church of Corsicana, located at 5864 W. Hwy. 31 (two miles past Walmart) would like to invite everyone to our Sunday morning services at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Derek Rogers is our pastor. Wednesday night Bible Study is conducted at the church at 6:30 p.m. each week.  There will be a Men's Prayer Breakfast and Skeet Shoot held at 8 a.m. on  Saturday, Nov. 16.  If you are interested in that, please call Dustin Murphy at 903-469-441-6973 or Jeromy Mink at 903-641-8278 for more information. Other upcoming events include Wayne Jumper as special guest singer on Nov. 17. Be sure to mark this date on your calendar, Nov. 10, when we will be having our Thanksgiving “Meet & Eat” after church with turkey and dressing furnished and side dishes added by the ladies of the church. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy fellowship with this very rapidly growing and enthusiastic church.

 Lone Star Cowboy Church of Navarro County, located at 4495 W. State Hwy. 22, invites all to join us for our Sunday Church Service starting at 10 a.m. We have nursery for babies through age 2 years and activities for 3 and 4 year olds. Children ages 5 through 12 are invited to meet in the children's building for Children's Church. We also have the following activities; Monday Nights at 7 p.m. Mounted shooting and Celebrate Recovery at 6 p.m. Tuesday Night Women's Fellowship at 6 p.m. and Team Ropin' at 7 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study at 7 p.m., Youth Dinner 6:30 to 7 p.m. and Youth Service 7 p.m. Thursday Practice is at 7 p.m. For more information call the church at (903) 872-1670.

Kerens Ministerial Alliance will hold its Thanksgiving Community Service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. It will be held at the Kerens High School Auditorium. Participating churches are Church of the Living God, New Bethel Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church of Kerens, First Baptist Church of Kerens, Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church, Bazette Baptist Church, Kerens Missionary Baptist Church, Kerens Church of Christ, Powell Baptist Church, Faith Outreach Family Church, Ebenezer Baptist Church of Powell, Kerens Presbyterian Church, Samaria Baptist Church, New Hope Baptist Church, and Cowboy Church of Kerens. The speaker for this service will be Pastor Darla Blatnik. Several churches will bring the special music.

Love Chapel Baptist Church located at 400 North Benton Street, where David E. Wilson serves as Pastor and Sharron D. Wilson serves as Minister will observe their annual Men and Women Day Program at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.  The messengers will be Pastor Joe D. Hubbard, Sr. and Minister Florine Hubbard of the Macedonia Baptist Church of Streetman.  Everyone is given a special invitation to worship with us in this service.

Missionary Baptist Church, 405 S. 15th Street, Corsicana is looking forward to two soon upcoming events. Sunday, Nov. 17, the church family will be celebrating Thanksgiving Dinner immediately following the 10:50 a.m. Morning Worship. The Afternoon Worship will immediately follow lunch this week only. The youth are preparing a float for the Corsicana Christmas Parade. Be sure to look for our float. The Adult Bible Study and the youth activities and devotional time in the gymnasium will be conducted at the normal 7 p.m. time Wednesday evening. Come and enjoy the blessings of God's grace.

Grace Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, 402 East 14th Avenue, Corsicana will be giving away Thanksgiving baskets to two needy families for Thanksgiving. If anyone in the community would like to donate to these baskets you can do so by contacting the contact persons. If you know of a needy family that would not be able to have a meal without some help, please contact Sister Lula Williams at 903-874-0260 or Pastor Joann Donaldson at 903-641-7794. The baskets will be given away on Sunday, Nov. 24 so please contact these persons before that date. Reverends Michael and Joann Donaldson, pastors; Sister Maxine Kelly, Missionary president; Sister Lula Williams, Stewardess president.

Greater Love Outreach Fellowship Church, 700 E. Park Ave., invites the public to come and worship with us in a three-night gospel preaching service. Our speaker for these services will be Elder Jessie Mitchell of Dallas. Service dates are Wednesday, Nov. 20 through Friday, Nov. 22. Service time is 7 p.m. nightly. For more information and transportation call Bishop William Lewis Jr. at (903) 872-3947 or the church at (903) 874-7273, or email

Open Door COGIC, 1201 E. Eighth Ave., invite you to its “Healing from Inside Out” Revival at 7 p.m. nightly Nov. 20-22. Host pastor is overseer Joann Thompson. Evangelist is Bishop k.d. davis sr. Speaker for the Nov. 20 session is Pastor Thibodeaux of Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church. Lecturer for the Thursday, Nov. 21 session is Pastor Eric Grant of God’s Holy Temple COGIC, and the last night, Nov. 22 the message will be brought by Evangelist C. Dawson of Sixth Ave. Baptist Church.

Northside Baptist Church “Surviving the Holidays” will begin Nov. 13 on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Northside Baptist Church Parlor. (Enter the parking lot behind the church in front of the new fellowship hall. Someone will direct you to the Parlor.) If you have suffered a serious loss this past year (divorce, death of a loved one, loss of a job, career, financial loss) this seminar is for you. The truth is, your life is not the same. You might feel like skipping the holidays. This seminar will feature a video geared specifically toward facing the holidays after a loss, a discussion group, and a holiday survival guide with devotions. This Grief Share seminar will help you not only survive the holidays, but help you find strength and healing, as well.

Saint Luke United Methodist Church is a wonderful caring congregation who would like to welcome anyone looking for a church home to give us a try. We are located at 2308 N. Bowie Drive just beyond Collins Middle School.  Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and our Sunday worship service begins at 10:45 a.m. Pastor John Nader preaches encouraging messages that will stir your heart and enliven your relationship with God through Jesus Christ. St. Luke United Methodist Church is also a church that loves children of all ages. Children's sermons are energetic and well thought out. Your children will feel loved and inspired by the congregation. So, come visit us on Sunday morning and find the Spirit-filled worship for your thirsty soul.

Intercessors for Navarro County Men’s Prayer Breakfast will meet at Navarro College, in the Lone Star Room at the cafeteria at 6:45 a.m on Wednesday mornings. Men who are interested in praying for all those in authority are welcome to join (1 Timothy 2:1-3) For more information, please call (903) 874-5561.

Open Bible Study is held every Thursday morning at the Senior Activity Center, with singing beginning at 10 a.m. Bible Study is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Fred Biltz at (903) 654-4980.   

First Baptist Church Corsicana is a Relay Collection Center for Navarro County for Operation Christmas Child. Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. Navarro County sister churches and friends are invited to work alongside Samaritan’s  Purse in filling Christmas shoebox gifts to be sent to places that we could never reach. With each shoebox gift a child goes to a 12-week Bible Study class called The Greatest Journey teaching them about the love of God and the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Millions of children, their parents, their grandparents and entire villages have been saved through the shoebox gifts. The goal for Navarro County is 1001 Christmas shoebox gifts. Pre-folded shoeboxes and brochures with details are available for pick-up at the FBC Family Life Center (at southeast corner of N. 15th St. and W. Fifth Ave.) from 8 a.m .to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lead your family, church, or organization to be a part of this special ministry. Check out details and testimonies at Don’t miss out on this blessing. For more information, contact Nanette Bray (Relay Center Coordinator) at (903) 654-7910 or FBC at (903) 354-5439.