Faith Briefs Dec. 29
Mt. Zion Lutheran’s lessons and carols
RICHFIELD — Mt. Zion Lutheran Church will hold a special service of Lessons and Carols Sunday, Dec. 30 at 10:30 a.m. All are invited to come and join in celebrating again the love of God shown to us through the birth of Jesus Christ. Call the church at 704-463-7280 or visit www.mtzionrichfield.org for more information.
First United Church of Christ
A worship service for the first Sunday following Christmas will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 30 at First United Church of Christ. Karen Alexander will be liturgist. Kendra Joyner, member of First UCC, a graduate of Catawba College and now a ministerial student at Lancaster Seminary, will be part of the worship service.
First UCC is located in the Historic District of Salisbury, 207 West Horah St. With questions, call the church office at 704-633-2723.
St. Paul’s Lutheran to hold six-week class
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul’s Church Road, hosts a six week class taught by Rev. David L. Trexler on the book of Revelation beginning in January.
The class will be held on three different days, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Contact the church office at 704-633-0922 to register for the class that best works for you.
If you need to miss a class on the day that you choose, simply come to one of the other classes that week; the same material will be taught.
Classes begin on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 3-5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m.-noon. There is no charge to attend the classes.
Emmanuel Baptist hosts the Chapeleers
Baptist Church, 2300 Bringle Ferry Road, welcomes the Chapeleers Gospel Group of Salisbury on Sunday night, Dec. 30, at 6 p.m. for The Fifth Sunday Night Singing.
Pastor is Gene Sides and Crystal Cornelison is choir director.
New Year’ Eve at Love Christian Center
EAST SPENCER — Love Christian Center will hold its New Years Eve Service Monday Dec. 31, 2012 at 10 p.m. There will be singing, a gospel comedian, and dancing by the LCC Dance Team. Love Christian Center is located at 102 N. Long St. Bishop W. Ronald and Mother Lotis Hash are senior pastors. For details contact Cedrick Hash at 704-886-7043.
Refuge Church of God in Christ hosts a New Year’s Eve service on Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. with guest speaker Rev. Damien Mason. Refuge COGIC is located at 1133 Short St. Elder Stanley Wright is pastor. For info call 704-245-5204.
Refuge Community Church’s anniversary
COOLEEMEE — Refuge Community Church celebrates its eighth anniversary Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 2-4 at 7 p.m. nightly, with a theme of Year of Transformation. Wednesday’s speaker is pastor Gary Withers of New Life in Concord. On Thursday and Friday pastor Kenny Grant of Savannah, Ga. will speak.
Refuge’s watch night service is Monday Dec. 31, from 10 p.m. until midnight, in a service of word, praise and worship.
The church is located on Marginal Street at the Cooleemee Shopping Center.
Baker speaks at Calvary Fundamental
LANDIS — Bud Baker, deacon, will be bringing the 11 a.m. morning worship message on Sunday, Dec. 30. The church will also be observing their Fifth Sunday Night Song Service at 6 p.m. The church is located at 414 Upright St., where Rev. Allen Merrington is pastor.
Guidking Light End of Year Gospel Fest
EAST SPENCER — There will be a Gospelfest End of the Year Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Association Convention Center, located at 308 S. Boundary St.
Appearing on the Program will be the Spiritual Voices of Salisbury, The Disciples of Joy of Salisbury, Voices of Freedom of Concord, The Carriers of Joy of Concord, Union Chapel of Churchland, The Echoes of Christ of Salisbury, and others appearing on the program.
This is a building fund project. There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted. The program will start at 3 p.m.
Mount Zion Baptist holds Watch Night services
The Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Salisbury will commemorate the old year and celebrate the New Year with its annual Watch Night Service on Monday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. The Rev. D. Nilous Avery II is pastor.
Special music will be led the Kingdom Builders Voices of Praise Combined Music Ministry. The Associate Ministers Ministry will deliver exhortations of encouragement and empowerment. The celebration will include all levels of the Creative Expressions Ministries, and end with the traditional “call of the watch person” to bring in the New Year.
The celebration emphasizes the church’s ongoing mandate, ministry and mission to GGEO: Glorify God and Edify Others with a Passion for God and Compassion for People.
Watch Night Services in historically African-American churches and communities are said to be traced to gatherings on Dec. 31, 1862, also known as Freedom’s Eve. Throughout the Union, blacks and whites came together in churches and private homes to await news that President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had actually become law. At midnight, Jan. 1, 1863, all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free, and worshippers have gathered in Watch Night Services ever since to commemorate the old and celebrate the new.
Mount Zion is located at 1920 Shirley Avenue off Jake Alexander Blvd. and Clancy St. For information or transportation, call the church office at 704-637-0954.
New Beginning Gospel Fest 2013
CONCORD — Coming Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. to the New Beginning Church of God, Gospel Fest 2013, featuring in concert:
The Gospel Traveliers of the Carolinas; 5th Generation of Mocksville; Singing Hearts of Statesville; New Voices of Faith of Mocksville;New Edition Gospel Singers of Concord; The Gospel Triplets of Mooresville; and many more.
New Beginning Church of God is located at 5717 Alexander Road in Concord.
For more information, contact the church at 704 938-2088.
Hood Professor appointed
Dr. Dora Mbuwayesango, Dean of Students and holder of the George E. Battle Jr. Professorial Chair in Old Testament at Hood Theological Seminary, and member of the Vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, was recently appointed during the General Conference of the governing body of the Episcopal Church held in Indianapolis, Ind. to serve on the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns by the President of the House Deputies of the Episcopal Church.
Mbuwayesango’s term on this commission runs through 2018. It is the duty of the commission to develop recommendations and strategies regarding common ministry opportunities and concerns with other Provinces of the Anglican Communion concerning the work of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion on issues of international peace with justice, and to make recommendations on these issues to the Presiding Bishop, the Executive Council, and the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the USA.