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Chris Dunham, PDT Sports Writer

March 30, 2012

Portsmouth First Church of the Nazarene


Portsmouth First Church of the Nazarene is a church that welcomes everyone. We believe that the life-changing love of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit are transformational in the lives of all people. Those who regularly attend PFNAZ have experienced a new beginning in their lives that only comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. Our commitment is to connect with Christ through prayer and worship, grow in Christ through discipleship and small groups, and serve Christ by sharing His love with others. PFNAZ offers something for everyone, including dynamic worship, exciting children’s and youth ministries, a variety of small groups, deaf ministry, and local compassionate ministries. We provide a church atmosphere that offers hope to the hurting by focusing on a relationship with Jesus Christ. We love, because He first loved us. In an effort to share His love with others, PFNAZ reaches outside of the church walls into our community.


On Saturday, March 31, we will be offering a community Easter egg hunt for the neighborhood children of Portsmouth. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the event will start at noon. We will have puppets, games and candy to share with all the children who attend. Also, during this event, we will be giving away a bike to one of the children and a $50 Walmart card to one of the parents in attendance.


Later the evening of March 31, at 6:30 p.m. our partnership church, Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene, will be presenting the Easter Drama, “BOW THE KNEE”, at Portsmouth First for the entire community to dramatically experience the real meaning of Easter. Finally, on Easter Sunday, April 8, we will be having a special celebration service where our Pastor, Ed Simons, who last year nearly lost his life to a sudden illness, shares about the power of the resurrection and the victorious life we can experience from it. Everyone is invited to be encouraged and inspired. At PFNAZ, we celebrate the transforming love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Why not join us and experience the love of Jesus this Sunday? Our church can be your home.


A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Portsmouth First Church of the Nazarene, located at Third and Brown Streets in Portsmouth. Pastor Ed and the congregation invites you to come and be a part of our services this week.


Saturday, March 31, 11:30 a.m. - Registration begins for our Community Easter Egg Hunt for the neighborhood children of Portsmouth. The Easter Egg Hunt and Activities will begin at noon. We will have puppets, games and candy to share with all the children who attend. Also, during this event, we will be giving away a bike to one of the children and a $50 Walmart Gift Card to one of the parents in attendance. At 1:30 p.m. we will serve hot dogs.


Saturday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. - The Easter Drama, “BOW THE KNEE” will be presented by Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene and Portsmouth First at Portsmouth First Church of the Nazarene, located at Third and Brown Streets.


Sunday, April 1, 9:30 a.m. - Breakfast Sunday; 10:45 a.m.- Morning Worship with Pastor Ed Simons bringing the message. An interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing is available at all services; 10:45 a.m. - Bible Island for children; 5:30 p.m.- Josh Whiteside’s College/Career Small Group meets at the parsonage; 6 p.m. - Shane Davis Small Group meets at the church studying the book of Titus.


Monday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. - Leeann Kegley and Elaine Evans Small Group meets at the home of Cindy Brown.


Tuesday, April 3, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Local Compassionate Ministries Hours are observed.


Wednesday, April 4, 6 p.m. - Wednesday Night Dinner; 7 p.m. - Men’s and Ladies’ Bible Study; 7 p.m. - Children’s Bible Quizzing; 7 p.m. - iLife for Teens


Thursday, April 5, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Local Compassionate Ministries Hours are observed.


Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene


The Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene located at 25 Arnett Drive (behind Green High School) in Franklin Furnace, Ohio, will present “Bow the Knee”, a dynamic musical Easter Cantata, under the direction of Mrs. Connie Otworth, Choir Director. “Bow the Knee” will be performed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, April 6, 7, 8, 2012, at 7 p.m. each evening. “Bow the Knee” is a musical drama depicting the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as seen through a Roman Centurion’s eyes as he struggles with making a choice. Wonderfully performed music and excellent drama are sure to provide a stirring of the heart as you are brought completely into the story of over 2000 years ago. Please join us for a truly magnificent evening of music and drama with the presentation of “Bow the Knee”. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 740-354-9021.


Berean Baptist Church


Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service 10:40 a.m.; Evening Service 6 p.m.


Wednesday Prayer Service 7 p.m. with the Wednesday Night Kids Club (WNKC) and Teen Time


Visitation each Thursday at 1 p.m. for Sick and Shut-Ins and Church Wide Visitation 7 p.m.


The special speaker for the Palm Sunday Services on April 1 at Berean Baptist Church will be Dr. Fred Mann from Independence, K.y who is no stranger here in the Portsmouth area. He and his wife, Joy, were residents of Portsmouth from December 1973 to March 1985 at which time Dr. Mann was the Pastor of Berean. The Church Choral opener will be “Saved by the Blood” and the Adult Choir Anthem will be “Praise Him”. Communion will be served after the Evening Worship Service.


The Ladies Ensemble will be performing in the Morning Worship Service and Bev Seeley will be singing a solo in the Evening Worship Service.


Special missionaries for the week are Phil and Debbie Leach serving in USA ~ B.E.E. Debbie is the daughter of The Rev. & Mrs. Berry Mershon formerly from the Portsmouth area. Berean has supported the Leach’s since April 1989.


Special Birthday recognitions will be for Dane Willis and Alma Payton and special Anniversary recognition will be for Jim and Karen Patrick.


Mark Pierce continues the Wednesday night study on the Spiritual Leader and the Attributes of a Spiritual Leader.


Scheduled Nursery Workers are Marj O’Brien, Nikki O’Brien, Jennifer Pierce, Debbie Traylor and Lawana Whitt. There are Sunday School Classes for all ages and a Nursery provided with skilled workers to assist with little ones and Bus Ministry provided.


The Adult Choir will be presenting the Easter Cantata on Easter Sunday, April 8 in the Morning Worship Service. Special soloists are Linda Niner, Becky Hickman and Jody Stevens. Special speaker will be The Rev. Phil Ruark for the evening service.


Community of Christ Church of McDermott


Community of Christ Church of McDermott will hold a young adult gathering and dinner will be held at 6pm on Saturday, March 31. After the Palm Sunday Service on Sunday, April 1, we will have a pie auction, with proceeds going to help pay of the floor covering in the new fellowship hall.


First Church of Christ


The youth of the First Church of Christ, 1224 Dogwood Ridge Road, Wheelersburg, will have their Open Day Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1. Tickets are available by call the church.


If you would like to order lilies or tulips in memory of or in honor of loved ones for Easter Sunday, let Brenda Wickham know by Sunday, April 1.


The adult choir will have a special practice on Saturday, April 7.


For Operation Christmas Child, combs, hairbrushes, barrettes and hairbands will be collected during April.


For more information about this activity or the church, call Randy Wickham, minister, at (740) 574-5031 or 574-1913.


Evangelical United Church of Christ


The Evangelical United Church of Christ invites you to its Palm Sunday Service. Rev. Peter Michael will be presenting a sermon entitled “The Palms For Jesus” at 10 a.m.


North Moreland Christian Baptist Church


North Moreland Christian Baptist Church will be celebrating Palm Sunday, April 1. Breakfast is served every Sunday morning 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Pastor Paul Hagen. Super Church Pastor Chris Meenach 10:30 a.m. to noon. Morning Worship Service 10:30 a.m. to noon. Evening Worship Service 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting Service 7 p.m. Childrens Bible Club, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Youth Meeting, Thursday, 6 p.m. with Ed Zeno. The church is currently selling our new cookbook, titled “Feeding the Flock”. The cookbooks are $10 each. Please call Susie Munion at 740-876-9778 or Pam Pennington at 740-456-0429 to order one.


Dogwood Chapel Church of Christ


Revival wilth Leland (Bud) Allman beginning April 10 through April 14 at 7 p.m. nightly and April 15 at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Bring a friend or loved one and join the congregation in sharing a time of good up-lifting Christian Praise and Worship with JESUS. Dogwood Chapel CCCU, 1033 Charlevoix Ave., in Wheelersburg. For more information or directions to the church, call 740-574-8144.


First Presbyterian Church


New members will be received at First Presbyterian Church (3rd and Court) at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, April 1. Kaci Moore will receive the Sacrament of Baptism. Bruce South, Grace Emnett, Blake Howard and Katie Howard will make their Profession of Faith, confirming the faith into which they were baptized. The story of Christ’s suffering and death will be read in its entirety from Mark’s gospel.


Second Presbyterian Church


New members will be received at Second Presbyterian Church (8th and Waller) at the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday, April 1. Valerie Webb will receive the Sacrament of Baptism. Cassidy Book, Isaach Hines, Hayden Harcha and Anne Marie Raies will make their Profession of Faith, confirming the faith into which they were baptized. The story of Christ’s suffering and death will be read in its entirety from Mark’s gospel.