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Charles Routledge will conduct a series of gospel meetings Sunday through Wednesday at Spring City Church of Christ, four miles south of Joplin on Highway 86.

Services will be at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Details: 623-0593.


The New Creations, a men's choir from Teen Challenge International of Mid-America, will perform a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Second Assembly of God, 402 N. Schifferdecker Ave.

The concert includes contemporary and traditional gospel music interspersed with testimonials. Choir members are students at a 10-month, regional Teen Challenge program north of Cape Girardeau. The group, formed in 1973, performs throughout the United States and Canada.

The public is invited to attend the free concert. A love offering will be taken.

Details: 623-5163.


Stephen Carney, of Pittsburg, Kan., will be guest speaker at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Awareness Center.

Carney is a member of the Theosophical Society and a devotee of Mata Amritanandamayi. His talk will be on how to affect change through the power of sharing. He will talk about the mystical aspects of Judaism, including the importance of the Hebrew letters and the 72 names of God.

Carney has practiced meditation and studied the world's spiritual traditions for 20 years.

The Awareness Center meets at Southwest Missouri Bank on North Main Street at Stone's Corner. The meetings are free and open to the public.

Details: 782-2586.


Harmony Heights Baptist Church, 2025 Indiana Ave., will host Black Buffalo on Oct. 19-22.

Black Buffalo, a native American who travels the country telling stories, will share Indian songs, games, chalk drawings and Indian artifacts, and will give attending children prizes. Children will be able to earn feathers for their headbands, and participate in other games.

Events will begin at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, and at 7 p.m. each weekday.

Details: 781-1700.


The Celebration Trio will be in services at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at Souls Harbor, 817 S. Main. Members of the trio are John Baker, Toni Burlingame and Randy Woodward.


Evangelist the Rev. Pal Wright will lead a series of revival meetings Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 22-26, at Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 2802 Connecticut Ave.

The revival is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; and 10:40 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.


Ozark Christian College will be hosting its fifth annual Music Ministry Focus Week Tuesday through Thursday.

The week is hosted by the OCC music department as a way to increase awareness about music ministry and to build relationships between the students and people who are serving in churches with music ministries.

Doug Pogue, minister of worship and music at First Christian Church in Canton, Ohio; Elaine Olp, vocal director at Christ's Church of the Valley in Phoenix, Ariz.; and Tom Lawson, OCC faculty, will lead the choirs, music classes and additional activities.

Details: Scott Handley, 624-2518, ext. 2404.


The First Christian Church Disciples of Christ will hold a chili luncheon and bazaar Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, in the Family Life Center, Fourth Street and Pearl Avenue.

The all-you-can-eat luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. The menu will feature chili, crackers, homemade dessert and drink for a $5 donation.

The annual Christmas craft fair and bazaar is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. It will include holiday items, books and bakes goods.

Details: 623-2390.


The Master's Encouragers will perform during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday at Bethel Baptist Church, 1125 Waggoner Ave.

The group features twin brothers Blaine and Boyd Cornwell of Joplin.

Details: 623-1809.

Carl Junction

Carl Junction First Baptist Church will hold its first fall festival at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

There will be food, games and decorations for all community members. All age groups are invited to join. Area children will redeem tickets for prizes after the games are played.

The church is on Main Street in Carl Junction.

Details: 649-7037.


The Arnolds, a gospel group with a number of albums, will perform a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at First Assembly, 1605 Baker Blvd.

The group consists of Frank and Vicki Arnold of Tulsa, Okla., and Sheri La Fontaine of Cherokee Village, Ark. They travel across the country ministering in song in churches and in concert halls.

Details: (417) 358-8898.


Center Point Christian Church, two miles north of Highway 96 on County Road 80, will host Harvest Time - Homecoming on Sunday.

Ronnie Epps will speak at the 10:40 a.m. service. A carry-in meal will follow at noon. Epps will speak again at the 2 p.m. service.

A freewill offering will be held for "Show-Me-Christian Youth Home."

There will be no evening services on Sunday.

Details: (417) 246-5328.


Gospel Lighthouse, 2800 High St., will host a marriage conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.

The conference will be led by Jason Newman, associate minister at Gospel Lighthouse. Attendants will tackle issues such as anger management, what the Bible says about marriage, intimacy and how to rekindle romance.

Cost for the event is $10 per couple. The fee includes a workbook and lunch. Those wishing to attend are asked to preregister by Oct. 29.

Details: (417) 793-0796.

Webb City

Duke Mason, a local entertainer, will be the featured performer during the "over-50 birthday party" at First Baptist Church, 102 N. Roane St.

The event, for all area persons over 50 years old, is slated for 2 to 5 p.m. today in the Family Life Center. There is no charge to attend.

Details: 673-4655.

Galena, Kan.

Empire Mission Church, 1021 N. Columbus St., will hold a Southern gospel music, singing and revival meeting Sunday through Wednesday and again Oct. 26-29.

Evangelists James and Berneice Gale will lead the revival. James Gale was accidentally shot with a 12-gauge shotgun by his father while hunting at the age of 15. He is now a blind musician traveling the world as an evangelist.

Services will start at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 26, and at 7 p.m. during the week.

Details: (620) 783-2181.

Baxter Springs, Kan.

Mount Olive Baptist Church, 211 W. 11th St., will celebrate its 108th anniversary of the rebuilding of the church on Sunday.

The Rev. Harry Givens, of Unity Baptist Church in Joplin, will bring the message during the 3 p.m. service. Music will be furnished by the Unity Baptist Church Choir.

Grove, Okla.

Sarah Harris will minister at a ladies fall retreat Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, at Grove Christian Center, Highway 10 and Shundi Road.

The event will begin with a worship service at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday's activities will begin with a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. Harris will conduct a praise and worship service from 10 a.m. to noon.

All area ladies may attend. There is no registration fee and an offering will be taken. No nursery services will be provided.

Details: (918) 786-4189.

Peoria, Okla.

The Crusaders for Christ Singers will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at First Assembly of God Church, First and Main streets.

Details: (417) 358-5941.

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