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The Bethel Church Of God In Christ has purchased the former Munford Presbyterian Church located at 25 N. Tipton Street and will be the City of Munford’s newest neighbor.  Bethel COGIC extends ministry to Munford

The Bethel Church Of God In Christ has purchased the former Munford Presbyterian Church located at 25 N. Tipton Street and will be the City of Munford’s newest neighbor.  

Bethel Church was organized in 1951 in Memphis and now is under the leadership of Pastor Dickerson Wells. The expansion means “we have officially become one church ministering in two locations,” according to a release.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m., with the worship celebration to begin at 4 p.m. The special guests will include Munford Mayor Dwayne Cole, Bishop Brandon Porter, pastor of Greater Community Temple Church Of God In Christ in Memphis; and other area civic, ecumenical and business leaders.

Mt. Gilliam to note extraordinary works of ordinary women’

Mt. Gilliam Missionary Baptist Church will hold its annual Women’s Day celebration on Oct. 23 at the church at 1029 Raymond St.

Margaret Lee, first lady of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will be the 10:30 a.m. speaker. Minister Linda Patton Jones, first lady of Victory in Christ Christian Church, will be the 3 p.m. speaker. The theme is “Ordinary women doing extraordinary works for God through prayer” and is taken from Mark 11:24.

The Women’s Day chairladies are Gloria Lomax, Helen Sanders and Arlenia Ross. The Rev. David Wayne Fitzgerald is the host pastor.

Greater Community Temple to host Civic Duty Day

Bishop Brandon B. Porter and Greater Community Temple Church Of God In Christ will hold a Civic Duty Day honoring public servants on Oct. 16.  

All public servants, including, but not limited to members of the military, police officers, fire fighters and EMT’s, are invited for church services and a celebratory program being held in their honor.

Services will be held at the two Greater Community Temple locations: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at 5151 Winchester Rd., and at noon at 924 North Dunlap.

Guest public servants planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by contacting the church office at 901-527-9255.

Memphis Theological Seminary post to Dr. Andre E. Johnson

Dr. Andre E. Johnson is the newly named Dr. James L. Netters Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Religion and African American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary, where he teaches classes in prophetic rhetoric, black church, African American theology, rhetoric and religion, pulpit rhetoric, race, and hip hop theology.

A Service of Recognition will be held Oct. 16 at Mt. Moriah-East Baptist Church at 5 p.m. In addition to his work at MTS, Dr. Johnson is an instructor in Communications and African American Studies at the University of Memphis. He also serves as senior pastor of Gifts of Life Ministries and is married to a Lisa Jones Johnson.

Memphis Theological Seminary, located on the corner of East Parkway and Union Avenue, is an ecumenical graduate school of religion.

Anniversary celebration No. 35 for Lisa Knowles, and The Brown Singers

Lisa Knowles and The Brown Singers are poised to celebrate their 35th anniversary.

The celebration will be Sunday, Oct. 16 at Cummings Street Baptist Church at 250 East Raines Rd. Renowned gospel recording artist Vickie Winans will be present to sing and celebrate with Lisa Knowles and The Brown Singers.

Other guests will include Pastor Tim Rodgers and The Fellas, Pastor Rodney Strong and the Sensational Strong Family, The Echoaires, and of course Lisa Knowles and the Brown Singers.

Lisa Knowles and The Brown Singers have dedicated their lives to ministry through music. They are a mixture of the new and the old, intertwining jazz, traditional quartet and contemporary gospel styles. The group’s latest product is the 2010 Stellar Award nominated CD entitled “Live: Experience The Evolution,” recorded live in Memphis.

For more information, contact Vanessa Brown-Knowles at 901-366-4764.

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