Religion Calendar

Deadline to submit items for the Religion Calendar is 5 p.m. Tuesday for publication the following Saturday. Information, however, may be submitted up to six weeks in advance. Email items to Include a complete address with all venues, along with a name and telephone number. 

• Florence Christian Academy reunion, 5 p.m., First Free Will Baptist Church, 2701 Florence Blvd., Florence. Meal served. 256-764-3591.

• Gaston Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 1206 Sterling Blvd., Sheffield, celebrating 102 years and homecoming Sunday. Services: 11 a.m. with the Rev. William Rowell, associate minister, Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, Florence; and 2:30 p.m., with the Rev. Charles Orr and congregation of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Leighton, as guests. 256-381-1961

• First Baptist Church, 521 College Ave., Russellville, celebrating 131 years Sunday. Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Services: 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dinner served after morning service. Guests: Freeman Tabernacle Baptist Church, Moulton, and the Rev. Timothy Perryman. 256-332-4452

• Abundant Life Baptist Church, 530 S. Broadway St., Florence, sixth pastoral celebration for Pastor Gary L. Roach, Sunday, Oct. 16. Services: 11 a.m., with the Rev. Drake Abernathy and church family, Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church, North Courtland; and 3 p.m., with Bishop Arthur Warrior and congregation, Progressive Christian Outreach Ministry, Decatur. Dinner served between services.

• First Free Will Baptist Church, 2701 Florence Blvd., Florence, 113th celebration, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Preaching by the Rev. Keith Burden, executive secretary, National Association of Free Will Baptist. Music and lunch after service.

• Bethel Grove Church, 130 Lauderdale 127, Florence, 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Evangelist: Jerry Edgil. 256-577-0691

• Murphy’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, 9090 Lauderdale 8, Waterloo, 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, and 7 p.m. Oct. 17-19. Evangelist: Jimmy McGee.

• “Principles and Values that Shape Our Lives,” 11 a.m. Sunday, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Shoals, 1332 N. Pine St., Florence. Speaker: Bill Cale. Child care provided.

• “Living in Intentional Community,” 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, Edgemont United Methodist Church, 1330 Eauclaire Ave., Florence. Speaker: Pastor Belinda Rives. 256-766-3606

• Hallelujah Month, Sundays in October, People’s Tabernacle Church, 64 Airways Blvd., Savannah, Tennessee. Guests: 10 a.m. Oct. 9, The Kellys, with dinner after service; 6 p.m. Oct. 16, The Caltons; 6 p.m. Oct. 23, Blackwood Brothers Quartet; and 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 30, revival day with Evangelist/Pastor Tony Baggett.

• Josh and Ashley Franks, 6 p.m. Sunday, Washington Park Baptist Church, 201 Broadway St., Muscle Shoals. or 256-412-3676

• Churches for Victims Summit, open to clergy and church leadership, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Florence Senior Center/The Club, 450 Country Club Drive, Florence. Question-and-answer period with representatives from district attorney’s office, local law enforcement, Shoals Crisis Center, Safeplace, Department of Human Resources and One Place of the Shoals. Workshops: When Love is Scary, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Elder Abuse, Sexual Assault and Pastoring in a Violent World. Banquet meal provided. No cost to attendees. Registration:

• Benefit for Jesus Mission, presented by The Cadillacs, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Jesus Mission, 203 Shelton Drive, St. Joseph, Tennessee. Chicken stew: $25, gallon; $15, half-gallon; $7, quart. Bring container. Bowl with drink: $5. Entertainment by The Cadillacs, We’re Looking Up and Chelsea Yarber. Bring lawn chairs. 

• Mortgage burning, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, Nazareth Primitive Baptist Church, Barton. Guests: the Rev. Dr. Will Boyd and congregation, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Florence.

• Passion For Pink, sponsored by Ladies Obeying the Voice of Emmanuel ministry to increase awareness and show support for those who battled breast cancer, Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum, 702 Veterans Drive, Florence. Friday: banquet, 7-10 p.m., includes dinner, guest, presentations. Saturday: health and wellness expo, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-627-7323

• Summer Tent community church services, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Mount New Home Missionary Baptist Church, Old Alabama 20, Leighton. Theme: The Movable Church Led by the Holy Spirit. Guest speakers and food. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. 256-386-7221, 256-446-6055 or 256-702-7217

• Inspirational banquet, 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, First Missionary Baptist Church Life Center, 2057 Alabama 20, Town Creek. Speaker: Kerry Goode, former Hazlewood High School and University of Alabama football player, diagnosed with ALS. Tickets: $25 or $180 for table for eight. Entertainment. 256-685-0100 

• Half-day of Fun in Bible School, for pre-K through eighth grades, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, Annapolis Avenue Church of Christ, 610 Annapolis Ave., Sheffield. Theme: Wandering in the Wilderness. Snacks served.

• Single Adult Ministry for Seniors, nondenominational for ages older than 40, 6 p.m. Friday, CrossPoint Church of Christ student center, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, for 20-penny auction and dinner. Bring covered dish and a $1-$2 gift for auction. 256-767-1869

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