Church News

November 21, 2003


New Hope Baptist Church — 7 p.m. Saturday with Lifted Praise and the Fletcher Brothers.


Green River Pentecostal Church — 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday with Edna Wagers. Church is 7.5 miles west of Stanford on Ky. 698. For more information, visit church’s Web site at

Women’s conference

Green River Pentecostal Church — 10 a.m. Saturday with Edna Wagers. Potluck will follow.


Christ the Head Missionary Church — 9 a.m. Saturday, Brothers in Christ. Agenda includes continuation of plans for next year’s Foundations Festival and guest speaker Natalie Oliver, who is executive supervisor for BRIDGES, an after-school enrichment program. Church is on East Main Street.


St. James AME Church — 3 p.m. Sunday with James Anderson and Flatwoods Baptist Church choir and congregation. Sponsored by St. James youth in observance of Commitment month. Dinner will follow morning service.


Stoney Point Predestinarian Baptist Church — Sunday, 12th anniversary of the Rev. James McPherson. The Rev. Virgil Gardner of Richmond will speak at 11 a.m. The Rev. Raymond Walker of Richmond Predestinarian Baptist Church will speak at 3 p.m. Dinner will follow morning service.

First Christian Church — 10:45 a.m. Sunday, custodian Leon Gooch will be recognized for 25 years of service.

Gooch, 69, is well-known throughout Danville for his tireless work at the church, as well as 17 years spent at Danville High School and more than 40 years at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home.

Despite reaching the 25-year milestone, Gooch says he has no plans to retire. “The jobs have never caused me any kind of problem,” he said. “I've worked on electricity, motors, plumbing and even spent some time preaching and in prayer. I feel like I've been gifted by God to know how to do things, and as long as I know about it in time, it's all fine.”

Gooch came to the church in 1978 and has worked with three senior pastors, two interim pastors and dozens of staff members. He is married to Gladys Bowman Gooch and has four children and four grandchildren. Church is at 555 E. Lexington Ave.

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