Church Briefs

Published 4:07 pm Thursday, August 19, 2021

Valley Forge Free Will
A Sunday Night Singing and Celebration of Life service will be held August 22 at 6 p.m. at Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church. The service will honor the life of the late Johnny Carroll Matheson, former church member and musician, who died August 17, 2020.
John was most notably known for his outstanding talent and ability to play the pedal steel guitar. For over 50 years he recorded and performed regionally with many local bands and groups, but was most prominently known as one of the original and founding members of the Southern gospel group, the Brotherhood Quartet.
John and his wife, Brenda, most recently owned and operated Matheson Sound Tech Recording for many years.
The Sunday night service will feature former members of the Brotherhood Quartet, Southern Gospel’s Loren Harris, Mike Presnell, Jeff Snyder, the Valley Forge Praise Choir as well as an ensemble of musicians, singers and friends who together will share in praise and worship of Jesus Christ while remembering John Matheson.
The church is located at 1503 Riverview Drive adjacent to Valley Forge Elementary School.
The Rev. Randy Johnson is pastor.

First Christian
First Christian Church, Elizabethton, will have an in-person service Sunday at 9:45 a.m. as well as a live radio service on 90.5 FM in the church parking lot. The service will be posted to Facebook at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Following the service, there will be Bible school for all age groups.
A weekly Bible study is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. The group began a study last week titled “Twelve Ordinary Men” by John MacArthur.
The public is invited.

First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church, 119 W. F St., invites the public to attend an outdoors service in the church yard Sunday at 11 a.m. The service can also be heard online.
The pastor, the Rev. Dr. Brian Wyatt, will present the sermon titled “The Cost of Deceit” based on I Kings 21: 1-16.
Youth and Adult Forums, Wednesday Meditator, and Thursdays With Jesus will meet online this week.

Community Worship Concert
A Community Worship Service will be held this evening, August 21, at 7 p.m. at Citizens Bank Stadium at Elizabethton High School.
The concert is free, and gates open to the public at 6:15 p.m. Concessions will be available.
Donations will be received to defray expenses and remaining funds will be donated to Carter County Recovery Soldiers.

First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church, Elizabethton, will host its monthly Thursday With Jesus service August 26, beginning with dinner at 6 p.m. The service will last until about 7:15 p.m.
The service which is open to the community includes a children’s ministry, and targets those who need a lift spiritually or who are looking for a church.
Transportation will be provided. If you need a ride, call the church office at 543-1931.

Roan Street Free Will
The Roan Street Free Will Baptist Church will have an in-house worship service Sunday, with Sunday School at 10 a.m. and the worship service at 11 a.m.
Interim pastor Donnie Harris will present the message.
Also, services will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Those attending are asked to wear a mask on entering and exiting the church.

Southside Freewill
The Emmaus Road Quartet from Dalton, Ga., will present special singing this evening, August 21, at the Southside Free Will Baptist Church. The service begins at 6 p.m.
Everyone is invited.
Jeremy Burleson is pastor.

Elk River Baptist
Elk River Baptist Church, Highway 321, Butler, will celebrate homecoming Sunday at 10 a.m. Following the morning service, a covered dish dinner will be served in the fellowship hall.
Everyone is invited.

Back to school clothing
Hale Community Ministries will have a free back-to-school clothes give-away August 23 and 25. The primary focus is low income residents of Carter County, but anyone in need is welcome to receive assistance.
When calling for an appointment, a list of clothing and shoe sizes will be helpful, else you can bring that information when you arrive to shop.
To make an appointment or for more information, call 547-2560.