LifeGiver has been named the winner of the Charlotte Music Awards 2011 Christian Showcase Band of the Year. The first ever Christian Music Showcase was held at The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy., on Friday, Oct. 7.
LifeGiver band members are April Coble, lead singer; Ben Smith, lead guitar; Stuart Dowd, bass; and Josh Todd, drums. They are currently based in Winston-Salem.
Five bands performed at the showcase: LifeGiver, Conviction Notice (Albemarle), Seventh Vessel (Marshville), Shield of Salvation (Salisbury), and Vess (Charlotte and Salisbury).
The judges of the event were Brian Farmer, Sean Stoots, John Lucas, Bob Ferster and Kevin Hilty.
LifeGiver will perform at the CMA’s Red Carpet Affair being held at Charlotte’s renowned Halton Theater on Dec. 8, 2011.
For more information about Charlotte Music Awards, visit www.charlottemusicawards.org
St. John AME Zion
WOODLEAF — St. John AME Zion will hold a fish fry fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or until sold out. Plates are $8 and sandwiches are $6. The church is at 780 Highway 801.
Ardis Chapel AME Zion
Try Faith Gospel Singers will observe their choir anniversary tonight, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Ardis Chapel AME Zion Church, 1940 Old Mocksville Road. The service starts at 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church will hold its once-a-month Journey@first worship service this Sunday, Oct. 16, from 9-9:45 a.m. The service is a smaller, more intimate worship service that features readings, meditations and songs of praise. Holy Communion will also be offered.
Sunday school classes for all ages follow the service. 8:30 and 11 a.m. services are in the sanctuary. In honor of Laity Sunday, lay members of the congregation will lead all services this week. The easiest access to the chapel is from Bank Street. For more information, call 704-636-3121.
Sandy Ridge AME Zion
LANDIS — Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church will celebrate its 41st homecoming and revival services Sunday through Wednesday, Oct. 16-19. The Rev. Anthony J. Freeman, pastor, will speak Sunday morning at 10 a.m. with music by the Sandy Ridge Victory Choir and Fresh Anointed Voices under the direction of Janet Murdock and C. Eugene Caldwell.
Guest speaker for the afternoon service is the Rev. Dr. Seth O. Lartey, pastor of Goler Memorial AME Zion Church of Winston-Salem and a native of Liberia, West Africa. He is a graduate of the Liberian Baptist Seminary, Livingstone College, the Duke University Divinity School, and Drew University.
The afternoon homecoming service will begin at 3:30 p.m. with choir and congregation from Goler Memorial.
Revival services run for three nights; Monday’s speaker is Dr.Claude E. Forehand, pastor of Buncombe Baptist Church in Lexington; Tuesday will feature Elder Bryan J. Pierce Sr., pastor of Bethel Baptist Church Ministries in Kannapolis; and Wednesday’s speaker is the Rev. Jimmy Griffin, pastor of Center Grove AME Zion Church of Tobaccoville.
S. China Grove Church of God
CHINA GROVE — Sunday, Oct. 16, marks two important events for the South China Grove Church of God: Homecoming, celebrating 48 years of ministry, begins at 10:30 a.m. with singers Grady and Gloria Ross and a message by a former pastor the Rev. Evelyn Galloway of Georgia. The homecoming offering will be in memory of recently deceased J. C. Holder. A covered dish lunch follows the service.
Revival begins at 6 p.m. with singer and preacher the Rev. Michael Oney. He not only pastors the Marshville Church of God but preaches as many as 12 times each week in the jail and in a nursing home. Revival services are Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.
The church is located at 163 Third Ave. Call Pastor Joyce Miles at 704-467-4555.
Mt. Zion Lutheran
RICHFIELD — Mt. Zion Lutheran Church’s annual homecoming celebration is on Sunday, Oct. 16. Past and present members, friends of the congregation, and members of the community are invited to attend the Folk Mass Worship and dedication of our archives and recent renovations, beginning at 10:30 a.m. A covered dish dinner will follow. Call 704-463-7280 or visit www.mtzionrichfield.org for more information.
The 138th anniversary of Miller’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 920 Miller’s Chapel Road, is on Sunday, Oct. 16. The morning message will be given by pastor the Rev. Hezekiah Lawson III. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.
The 3 p.m. speaker is the Rev. Dr. Bertha Pittman, pastor of Cedar Grove AME Zion Church.
Wyatt’s Grove Baptist
Homecoming and revival services at Wyatt’s Grove Baptist Church are Oct. 16-19. Homecoming with a dinner will be observed on Sunday, Oct. 16, and Monday-Wednesday revival services are at 7 p.m. with evangelist Jerry Shoaf of Valdese, a former pastor of WGBC.
There will be special music at the services. Wyatt’s Grove is located at the corner of Bringle Ferry and Wyatt Grove Church Roads.
CHINA GROVE — Gospel Lighthouse Church is having their 11th annual homecoming, Sunday Oct. 16. There will be special singing by One Way Trio from Kannapolis. A covered dish lunch will follow the 11 a.m. service, which includes a special memorial to the late Rev. J. W. Helms, the founding pastor of Gospel Lighthouse.
The church is located on Concordia Church Road.
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Caldwell St., will observe their annual Women’s Day on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m.
Sister Donna Cuthbertson of Cedar Grove AME Zion Church will deliver the message on “Women of Faith, Committed to God’s Work.” There will be special music by the P.W. Choir.
Mt. Zion Missionary
The Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Salisbury hosts the 19th pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Nilous M. Avery, II on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the 11 a.m. service.
Guest minister for the service is the Rev. James Isaac III, pastor of New Hope Granville Missionary Baptist Church of Oxford. He is a graduate of NC A&T State University with a BS degree in computer science and has furthered his studies at Southeastern Theological Seminary and Shaw University Divinity School.
The women of Jerusalem Baptist Church will celebrate Women’s Day on Sunday, Oct. 16 with 11 a.m. speaker First Lady Jackie B. Bracken, wife of Jerusalem’s senior pastor the Rev. David Bracken.
There will be special music by JBC Ensemble, Toshiba Bowers, Paula Tripp, Tomasina Holland and minister of music Keith Holland.
Highlighting the program will be the recognition of the 2011 Women of the Year. Women are asked to wear white.
Jerusalem is located at 1570 N. Long St. Extension.
White Rock AME Zion
GRANITE QUARRY — White Rock AME Zion Church celebrates its 50th annual Women’s Day on Sunday, Oct. 16 with the theme of Becoming God’s Wonder Woman: Serving the Church, the Community and the World. The Rev. Cathy Henderson, member of Weeping Willow AME Zion of Charlotte, will deliver the 11 a.m. message, followed by lunch.
The 3 p.m. speaker is the Rev. Renae McClain, pastor of Poplar Springs AME Zion Church, Statesville. During this service there will be a mini-concert by Unity in Praise. White with purple and gold accents are the colors. Brenda Alston is the Women’s Day chairperson.
New Zion Baptist
The Usher Board of New Zion Baptist Church will observe their 79th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. Guest speaker will be Bishop Willie Joe Gray of New Jerusalem Holiness Church, Woodleaf.
New Zion Baptist Church is located at 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road.
New Shepherd Baptist
COOLEEMEE — New Shepherd Baptist Church, 108 Wall St., will celebrate their annual homecoming on Sunday , Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Ervin Hannah of Erwin Temple CME Church in Woodleaf, will be in charge.
Revival services are Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 17-19 at 7 p.m. nightly. On Monday the Rev. Clarence Marlin of Fairview Heights Baptist Church in Salisbury will speak; on Tuesday night, Bishop Junior Gray of Freedom United Church, Woodleaf; on Wednesday, the Rev., Dr. Clary Phelps of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Salisbury
Tabernacle Of Joy
MOORESVILLE — An appreciation service will be held Sunday, Oct. 16 at Tabernacle of Joy Ministries at 4 p.m. Guest speaker is pastor Gary Bellinger of City of God Church in Charlotte. Dinner will be served immediately after the morning service.
Apostle S.L. Gillespie is pastor of Tabernacle Of Joy, which is a healing and deliverance ministry. The church is located at 421 Parker Ave.
Andrew Davis Jr. will preach his trial sermon on Sunday Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Fairview Heights Baptist Church on Old Concord Road.
WOODLEAF — Broke N Lonesome will be performing at Woodleaf UMC on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m., with refreshments and fellowship following. The church is located at 9000 Church St. From Salisbury, take Woodleaf Road (cross 801) to Cool Springs Road, turn right on Stadium Street.
EAST SPENCER — The U.M.A. will host its third Sunday worship service on Sunday Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Service will be held at Love Christian Center, 102 N. Long St. The Rev. Dr. George Jackson, pastor of Citadel of Faith in Thomasville will bring the message.
The Seven-Day Deliverance Crusade will be held at Lifeline Triumphant Pentecostal Church, 506 E. Lafayette St., Oct. 17-23.
Service times are Monday - Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m.
Speakers are as follows: Monday: Minister Gerard Smith, Lifeline T. P. Church;
Tuesday: Minister Fredrick Enoch, Lifeline T. P. Church;
Wednesday: Special testimony by Deacon Johnny Bailey, Minister Tereca Enoch, Lifeline T. P. Church;
Thursday: Elder Kelly Brooks, Integrity Deliverance Church, Burnsville;
Friday: Prophet Ariel Allen, The Vision House of H.O.P.E. Worship Center, Greensboro;
Saturday: Elder Timothy Starkey, United Apostolic Faith Church, Beckley, W.Va.;
Sunday: Minister Gerard Smith, Lifeline T. P. Church.
If Friday and Saturday services are held at a different location, the public will be notified.
The Men’s Fellowship of Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church will host a revival Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 18-20 at 7 p.m. nightly.
Services will be led by the Rev. Aaron Barr of Mt. Zion Boyden Quarters Church on Tuesday; Elder Scotty Gore, associate pastor of Holly Grove Primitive Baptist of Concord on Wednesday; and Elder Sydney Phillips of Greater Mt. Moriah Primitive Baptist of Charlotte on Thursday, all on the theme of “Men Making Good Investments.”
The church is located at 611 E. Monroe St.
Ron Lee at John Calvin
John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1602 Brenner Ave., welcomes the Rev. Ron Lee as guest speaker for Wednesday Night Live on Oct. 19. There is a catered dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation by Lee which will include performances of some of his original songs.
Lee was born in Hawaii and had a 40-year career as a professional musician, including playing in Lake Tahoe and as the drummer for Don Ho, playing on his TV show in the 90s.
He entered Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte at age 55. It took him seven years to complete the course of study while working part-time for IBM.
Lee graduated in 2009 and began preaching in churches throughout the Charlotte area. In February he was called to Immanuel Presbyterian Church in China Grove.
Call 704-633-4333 for more information or for a dinner reservation.
Crown In Glory
Crown In Glory Lutheran Church, 517 E. Bank St., celebrates 2011 Harvest Home Festival with services Thursday, Oct.20-Sunday, Oct. 23.
Revival begins with praise services Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21 at 7 p.m. followed by worship at 7:30 p.m. Thursday’s speaker is the Rev. Donald Anthony, pastor at Grace Lutheran Church of Concord and vacancy pastor at Crown In Glory. Friday’s messenger is the Rev. Barry Shipp, associate minister of Injoy Ministries in Charlotte.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, there will be a musical program beginning at 6 p.m.
Harvest Home Sunday is on Oct. 23. Pastor Donald Anthony preaches at the 9 a.m. service, lunch will be served at 1 p.m. and there will be a praise service at 3:30 followed by the worship service at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Doctor Victor Belton, Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Decatur, Ga. The Crown In Glory praise dancers will participate.
Phyllis Partee is director of music and Cynthia Dunlap is director of praise dancing.
Mt. Mitchell UMC
KANNAPOLIS — Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church will hold their Autumn Fest on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., which will feature a Civil War reenactment at 3 p.m., hosted by the 63rd regiment of the N.C. Troops. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, a fire house, and food available.
The church is located at 6001 Old Salisbury Concord Road.
Bethel Lutheran Church, 355 E. Ridge Road, will hold a Blessing of the Animals service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 in the outdoor worship center in the yard behind the church building. All types of animals are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 704-636-0331 and leave a message.
Free movie night
ROCKWELL — Living Large Ministries, 206 E. Main St. (across from Darrell’s BBQ) will show “Facing the Giants” on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.
New Hope AME Zion
The women of New Hope AME Zion Church Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society, 1470 N. Long St., will observe its annual Women’s Day worship service on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.
The Rev. Tressala T. Hicklin, pastor of Gilmore Chapel AME Zion Church of Concord, will be in charge of the service. She received a Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary, and is currently enrolled in a doctor of ministry Program at United Theological Seminary.
The women will wear white for this worship service. For information call 704-267-3976.
EAST SPENCER — The Salisbury District Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society of the AME Zion Church will sponsor a community clothes giveaway of new and gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. This year the giveaway will be held at Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 940 S. Long St. on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any remaining seasonal clothing will be donated to local charities. For more information, call 704-267-3976.
Trunk or Treat
KANNAPOLIS — On Saturday, Oct. 22 from 3:-5 p.m. Kimball Lutheran will host a Trunk or Treat event with a hot dog supper, desserts, treats, bouncy houses, crafts, games and a circle of decorated cars and trucks around the parking lot. Kids will go from trunk to trunk to Trick or Treat. Wear a Halloween costume, bring the whole family, neighbors and friends. Everything is free.
Bible Study Fellowship
Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF) has formed a local women’s prayer group to meet Oct. 18 and Nov. 8 and 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at N. Main Baptist church, 1501 N. Main St.
BSF is not associated with any specific church’s ministry. Women of all ages and denominations are invited. Visit bsf.org or call Linda Nickerson at 704-633-7459 or 864-350-2690.
Health Promoter Training
CONCORD — Faith Community Health Promoter training will be held Oct. 28 from 5-9 p.m. and Oct. 29 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at CMC-NorthEast in the NorthEast Plaza Building at 45 Lake Concord Road. A Faith Community Health Promoter is a layperson serving as a health advocate in a faith community. This training will enable laypersons to educate and motivate a congregation toward health and wellness. No medical background is necessary. Must attend both days to receive certificate. Cost is $50. Call 704-403-4484 for registration information by Oct. 21.
Center Grove bazaar
KANNAPOLIS — Center Grove Lutheran Church, 1601 S. Cannon Blvd., will be having a Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5. from 8. a.m. to 7 p.m. featuring homemade pies, cookies, brownies, cakes, and crafts on sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Sausage biscuits and beverages will be sold from 8-10 a.m. inside with hot dog sale following from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside. Extra activities feature the Fire, Police and Sheriff Departments, scouting, games, and a concert to end the day at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit Center Grove Lutheran Church outreach programs to the community.