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Vacation Bible School

New Damascus Baptist

676 Damascus Church Road, Macon. 478-714-1999. 6 p.m. May 22-26.

First Baptist Church of Christ

For kids who have finished 3K-fifth grade. 511 High Place, Macon. 478-742-6485. 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. June 12-16.

Sandy Valley Baptist

Theme: “The Full Armor of God.” 1124 S. Houston Lake Road, Warner Robins. 478-953-4328. 5:30 p.m. June 25 (kickoff), 6-8 p.m. June 26-30.

Church Anniversaries

(25 years or more)

New Damascus Baptist, 150th

676 Damascus Church Road, Gray. 478-714-1999. 11 a.m. May 7.

White Springs Baptist, 149th

The Rev. Gaazzara Mitchell preaching. 2488 Sgoda Road, Macon. 478-745-8222. 11:30 a.m. May 7.

Kings Chapel CME, 161st

The Rev. Lindsey Napier preaching and Warner Robins CME as guest. 402 Arena Road, Perry. 478-988-1503. 2:30 p.m. May 7.

Smith Chapel Baptist, 131st

Anniversary service, with the Rev. W.C. Graddick preaching and Pineview Baptist Church as guest. 478-741-5987. 2 p.m. May 21.

Bell’s Temple Church, 81st

Bishop Calvin Watkins preaching. 2590 Peacock St., Macon. 478-718-5710. 3 p.m. May 21.

New Providence Missionary Baptist, 148th

The Rev. Randy Paschal preaching, followed by dinner being served. 478-945-3864. Noon May 28.

Pastors’ Anniversaries

(10 years or more)

New Hope Missionary Baptist

Celebrating the 10th pastoral anniversary for Pastor Christopher E. Cabiness, with Pastor Donald Chavers Jr. preaching at 10:30 a.m. and Pastor Jerry Stokes at 2:30 p.m. 1465 Burton Ave., Macon. 478-743-8413. 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. May 7.

Progressive Baptist Church

Celebrating the 11th pastoral anniversary for the Rev. I.W. Evans, with the Rev. L.C. Ashford Jr. preaching and Spring Chapel Missionary Baptist Church as guest. 2290 Second St., Macon. 478-743-4117. 2:30 p.m. May 7.

New Community Life Church

Celebrating the 33rd pastoral anniversary of Pastor Vaughn and First Lady Shirley Crawford, with Bishop William Hollis preaching. 842 Jeffersonville Road, Dry Branch. 478-775-5878. 2 p.m. May 21.

Grady Mission Baptist

Celebrating the pastor’s 10th anniversary, with Pastor DeWayne Franklin preaching and Harmony Baptist Church as guest. Dinner will be served. 2625 Broadway, Macon. 478-781-2506. 2:30 p.m. May 21.


Beulah Enrichment Center

Celebrating Renewed Gospel Singers’ seventh anniversary. Special guests are Sons of Soul, Mighty Zion Trumpet, Jubilee, Gospel Stars, Devoted, Related, Moonglobes, E-Moni and others. 1536 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Macon. 478-207-4321. 3 p.m. (doors open), 4 p.m. May 6.

Third Thursday Organ Interlude

Alvin Blount in concert, followed by an optional catered lunch for $10 per person. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 Poplar St., Macon. Free. 478-745-1631 or Noon-12:30 p.m. May 18.

Temple Beth Israel

Spring music gala and auction featuring the Macon Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. 892 Cherry St., Macon. Tickets: $35 per person (two drink tickets with each adult admission; cash bar also available). 478-745-6727. 3:45 p.m. (general seating), 4-5 p.m. (Macon Symphony String Quartet), 5-6 p.m. (silent auction and light hors d’oeuvres), 6-7 p.m. (live auction), 7 p.m. heavy hors d’oeuvres) May 21.

Harvest Cathedral

Gospel singing celebration featuring the Zion Trumpets, Bob Jenkins and the Seven Great Wonders, the Morning Stars, the Songsmen and with the Rev. Earl Swain as emcee. 2254 Rocky Creek Road, Macon. Free. 478-319-1757. 7:30 p.m. May 26.

New Renaissance Memorial Baptist

Gospel music program, with Pastor Jerry Bolton singing. 1175 Cordele Ave. E., Macon. 478-464-0233. 4 p.m. May 28.

House of Shekinah Glory

A Parade of Dance hosted by Minister Carol Rucker. All praise dance styles encouraged to participate. RSVP by June 10. Door prizes and giveaways. 3752 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon. 478-258-2260. 7 p.m. June 16.

Calvary Community Chapel Fourth Sunday Night Sings

Singers and groups invited to sing. Food served afterward. 5483 Columbus Road, Macon. 478-808-1604. 6 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month.

Heart of Georgia Barbershop Chorus

Come and listen or join in the singing. Christ United Methodist Church choir room, 511 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins. 478-345-7464 or 7:30-9:30 p.m. Monday.

Songsmen Quartet Open Rehearsal and Singalong

Participate in group singing, duets and solos. Light refreshments served. Bring your favorite soundtracks and books. Free. Bill Hardin Music, 4661 Chambers Road, Macon. 478-737-1520. 6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.

Special Services

Beulah Missionary Baptist Church

Family and friends May day, with outdoor activities and food. 1539 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Macon. 478-746-3469. 10:30 a.m. May 6.

Harmony Missionary Baptist

Pastor Reginald Sharpe preaching and House of Hope as guest. 1850 Second Ave., Macon. 478-742-4422. 2:30 p.m. May 7.

St. Paul CME Church

Pastor appreciation day, with the Rev. Monica Sams preaching and Balls CME Church of Jeffersonville as guest. Dinner will be served. 124 Church St., Macon. 478-946-2079. 2:30 p.m. May 7.

St. Paul AME Church

The 134th Session of the Macon Annual Conference, with Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, Christy Davis Jackson, Alan Wicker and Michael G. Ephraim. 478-745-0507. May 9-12.

Smith Chapel Baptist

6464 Hopewell Road, Musella. 478-741-5987. Youth services, with the Rev. Jeremy Mills preaching and New Vision Baptist as guest. 11 a.m. April 30. Mount Pleasant Association Mission Day program, with the Rev. Terrell Darrisaw preaching. 10 a.m. May 12.

St. Luke Baptist

Mother’s Day program, with Tomeko Daniely Fuller speaking. 1180 Haywood Road, Macon. 478-746-1451. 9 a.m. May 14.

First Baptist Church

Mother’s Day service, with the Rev. Annie Taylor-Curtis speaking. 515 Magnolia St., Jeffersonville. 478-945-3992. 11 a.m. May 14.

Lizella Pentecostal Holiness Church

Mother’s Day service. 7545 Knoxville Road, Lizella. 478-935-8589. 11 a.m. May 14.

New Damascus Baptist

676 Damascus Church Road, Gray. 478-714-1999. Mother’s Day service. 8 a.m. May 14. Memorial services. 11 a.m. May 28.

New Hope Missionary Baptist

Family and friends day program, with Pastor Marquis Belcher preaching at 10 a.m., followed by food, fun, music and vendors from noon-4 p.m. 1465 Burton Ave., Macon. 478-743-8413. 10 a.m. (service), noon-4 p.m. (outside event) May 21.

New Renaissance Memorial Baptist

Deacon ordination service for Ricky Taylor, with Pastor Al Bryant speaking. 1175 Cordele Ave. East, Macon. 478-464-0233. 3 p.m. June 4.


St. Mary Baptist

Revival, with Pastor Arthur Gordon preaching. 1456 Woodliff St., Macon. 478-755-9861. 7 p.m. May 10-12.

New Hope Missionary Baptist

Revival: Pastor Jonathan Lowder preaching May 16 and Pastor William Fambro on May 17. 1465 Burton Ave., Macon. 478-743-8413. 6:45 p.m. May 16-17.

Grady Mission Baptist

Revival: Pastor Willie Finney Sr. preaching May 16 and St. Peter Baptist as guest; Bishop Robert Bentley on May 17 and First Fellowship Worship Center as guest; Pastor Bobby Brown on May 18 and Mount Calvary Baptist as guest. 2625 Broadway, Macon. 478-781-2506. 7:30 p.m. May 16-18.

Workshops/Other Events

Women’s Fashion Revue

Theme: “Strutting for Jesus.” Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church, Glover-Lockett Fellowship Hall, 2656 Napier Ave., Macon. $20. 478-394-2386 or 478-951-8599. 5 p.m. May 6.

Warner Robins Aglow International

Jesten Peters with Keys of Authority Ministries will be speaking. Christ Chapel, 2288 Moody Road, back building, Warner Robins. Love offering. 478-929-5795. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 10.

Mother’s Day Tea

Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 1220 Rev. J.L. Mills Sr. Way, Macon. $8. 478-808-3990. Noon-2 p.m. May 13.

Boxwoods and Blooms Tour of Gardens 2017

Presented by Centerville United Methodist Church. Tour only, $15 (tickets can be purchased at the gardens on the day of tour). Tour plus lunch, $25 (tickets purchased at the church 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday). Lunch will be served at the church, but take-out lunches will not be available. In the event of heavy rain, the event will be rescheduled for June 3. 600 N. Houston Lake Road, Centerville. Ferrelle Bagley, 478-922-3893 or 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20.

21st Annual Golf Classic

Sponsored by East Macon Community Development Corp. and Mount Moriah Baptist Church. In memory of Deacon Cornelius Williams Sr. Held at Bowden Golf Course in Macon. Pre-registration is $75. 478-745-1890. 7 a.m. (registration), 8:30 a.m. (tee time) May 27.

Re-Connect Leadership Conference

Speakers: Apostle Nora Jackson on June 7, Rick Daniels on June 8, Apostle J.Q. Lockett on June 9 and Apostle Connie Moses Drum on June 10. Global Church, 4249 Mercer University Drive, Macon. 7 p.m. June 7-9 and 10 a.m. June 10.

Married Couple’s Retreat

Hosted by Covenant Life Cathedral Church Covenant Couple’s Ministry. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort & Spa, Amelia Island, Florida. Cost: $425 (includes breakfast buffets, Villa Suite, initial deposit). Contact Marquita Hawkins at or 478-737-1063. Oct. 20-22.

Church Trips

Middle Ga. Association of Clergywomen Women’s Retreat in Helen

Theme: “Dare to be Different.” Speakers, the Rev. Earnestine Montgomery and Pastor June Martin. You do not have to be a minister to attend the retreat. Cost: $190, with a $64 deposit as soon as possible. Contact the Rev. Mable Randall, 478-719-3145 or May 26-29.

Holy Land Experience Trip to Orlando

Trip sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of New Fellowship Baptist Church, 475 Church St., Macon. Payment plan available. Contact Joyce Daugherty, 478-743-8806. Dec. 1-2.

Trips to Israel

For trip dates to Israel this year, visit or call 478-954-3885.

Bible/Book Studies

Women’s Bible Study

The Rain Church, 257 Gunn Road, Warner Robins. 478-953-7246. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, bimonthly.

Aglow Ladies’ Monday Morning Bible Studies

The Comparison Trap: Choosing Contentment in an Age of Awareness” by Andy and Sandra Stanley, foreword by the Rev. Charles Stanley. A four-week DVD-driven study. First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Davis Drive, Warner Robins. Emily Dennis, 478-929-5795. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays of May 8, 15.

Aglow Ladies’ Tuesday Morning Bible Study

“The Battle Plan For Prayer” by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick. Leader, Michelle Whitley. Christ Chapel South, 2288 Moody Road, Warner Robins. Emily Dennis, 478-929-5795. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays of May 9, 16.

Women’s Bible Studies

Mabel White Memorial Baptist Church, 1415 Bass Road, Macon. 478-474-7577. 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

Crossroads of Biblical Studies offering Bible courses

Aletheia Baptist Church, 1711 Oglesby Place, Macon. Free. 478-745-4342. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday.


Treasures in the Barn

Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 2815 U.S. 41 North, Fort Valley. 478-287-6411. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Clothing Ministry

Free clothes to those in need. Heritage at Houston United Methodist Church, 4116 Houston Ave., Macon. 478-747-3083. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month.

Food Bank

Greater Ross Street Baptist Church, 1587 Wellworth Ave., Macon. 478-228-6792. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month.

Food Crisis Closet

First Baptist Church of Christ, 511 High Place, Macon. 478-742-6485. 10 a.m.-noon the fourth Monday of each month.

Samaritan’s Closet

New and gently used clothing for the family. 623 Courtney Hodges Blvd., Perry. 478-244-6199. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Open Doors Mission Closet

Centerville Methodist Church, 600 N. Houston Lake Blvd., Centerville. 478-396-2201 or 478-953-3030. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday.

St. Christopher’s Attic Treasures

Housewares, clothing and more. 1209 Macon Road, Perry. 478-235-7165. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Bethel AME Church Food Bank

3607 Earl St., Macon. 478-474-9128. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month.

Soup Kitchen Ministry

Will pick up and drop off those who would like to come from Loaves and Fishes Ministry and welcome anyone in the community. St. Peter Missionary Baptist, 1361 Fort Hill St., Macon. 478-750-0921. Noon-1 p.m. third and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Clothing Bank

St. Paul AME Church, 2501 Shurling Drive, Macon. 478-788-2730. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Food and Clothing Closet Outreach

Greater Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 2656 Napier Ave., Macon. 478-746-2389. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday.

Trinity United Methodist Church Food Pantry

129 S. Houston Road, Warner Robins. 478-923-3797. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday (except first Wednesday of each month).

Food Bank

Mount Moriah Ministry Center, 2789 Millerfield Road, Macon. 478-745-1890. 2-4 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Food Pantry Distribution

St. Peter AME Church, 502 State University Drive, Fort Valley. 478-825-8452 or 10 a.m.-noon the fourth Thursday of each month.

Bonaire United Methodist Church Food Pantry

144 Elm St., Bonaire. 478-923-7317. 1-3 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of each month.

Dorcas House Ministries

Clothing, canned goods and other items. 223-B S. Commercial Circle, Warner Robins. 478-293-1867. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday.

Ongoing Events

Free Prophetic Seminar

International Bread of Life Church Mission, 105 Dunbar Road, Warner Robins. 478-328-1384. 8:30 a.m. (prayer), 9 a.m. (teaching), the second Saturday of each month.

Sister Keepers Missionary Ministry Meetings

Speaker: Pastor/Prophetess Velera Bell. 447 Sarah Drive, Warner Robins. Judy Williams, 478-832-4949. 10 a.m. the first and second Saturday of each month.

Women of Vision “Inspiring & Empowering Women” Summit

Women’s groups, organizations and all individuals welcome. Power For Life Ministry, 220 Ga. 49 North, Byron. 478-973-6002 or 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month.

Path to Shine Mentoring Program

Program provides help with homework, reading and math, along with a snack and playtime. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 1207 Macon Road, Perry. Contact Patty at 706-570-6367 or to enroll your child. Learn more about Path to Shine at 4:15-6:15 p.m. Monday.

Victory Taekwondo

Shady Grove Baptist Church, 901 Gunn Road, Warner Robins. 478-397-6224. 6 p.m. youth, 7 p.m. adult class Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Ministry

Hebron Fellowship Baptist Church, 3200 U.S. 41 North, Byron. 478-953-0224. 6 p.m. (dinner), 7 p.m. (worship), the first Monday of each month.

Weekly Language Classes

First Baptist Church of Christ, 511 High Place, Macon. 478-254-4361 or 478-719-6422. 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Thursday (three English classes) and 5 p.m. Wednesday (two Japanese, two Spanish, two English classes).

Zumba with Jessica

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 5455 Mount Pleasant Church Road, Macon. 478-978-2887. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

“Life Works” Making Life Work Together

Opportunity for adults to engage in adult conversation while children have time to focus on homework. Registration requested. Nursery provided. Trinity United Methodist Church, 129 S. Houston Road, Warner Robins. Call 478-923-3797 or email 5:45-7:15 p.m. (includes snack supper), Wednesday.

A Course in Miracles

Led by Mary Barrett. Unity of Central Georgia Church, 127 Peachtree Parkway, Byron. 478-953-1054. 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday.