Faith Briefs, Saturday, March 23
Note: Easter Sunday services will run in the March 30 Faith Briefs
SALISBURY — The Chapeleers will present a Southern gospel concert at 7 p.m. today.
Children’s activities are planned and refreshments served after concert.
The concert is at Bethany Bible Chapel, 4260 Stokes Ferry Road.
GRANITE QUARRY — There will be an Easter dinner and silent auction fundraiser from 5 to 7:15 p.m. today at Wittenberg Lutheran Church. It is sponsored by the East Rowan Chapter of Thrivent and Wittenberg Lutheran Church.
The dinner will consist of ham, macaroni and cheese, green beans, dessert and drink.
All proceeds will go toward purchasing new playground equipment for Wittenberg Lutheran Preschool.
Wittenberg Lutheran Church is located at 114 West Bank St.
Mt. Olivet events
CONCORD — Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church’s annual bake sale is from 9 a.m. to noon today. All proceeds will to go missions.
Easter events include the Maundy Thursday Easter Cantata, “Seven Last Words of Christ,” at 7 p.m. Thursday and the children’s Easter egg hunt from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30. Kids should bring their baskets.
Mount Olivet United Methodist Church is located at 301 Mt. Olivet Road, 704-782-8846, www.mtochurch.com
Rhema Praise & Worship
SPENCER — Rhema Praise and Worship Church’s second annual Women’s Conference begins at 9 a.m. today and concludes at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Registration is from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
The $15 ticket includes a continental breakfast and lunch.
Speakers Sunday’s services are assistant pastor Joyce Williams of RPAWC at 11 a.m. and assistant pastor Doris Jenkins of Good Hope Fire Baptize Holiness Church in Lexington.
The church is located at 117 Long Ferry Road/
SPENCER —Jerusalem Baptist Church will host its annual Women’s Fellowship luncheon at 10:30 a.m. today.
The luncheon is free and everyone in attendance will receive a gift bag. The woman who brings the most guests will receive a special prize. Attire is relaxed casual.
Jerusalem’s fellowship hall is located at 1570 Long St. extension.
First Presbyterian, Salisbury
SALISBURY — The Palm Sunday/Confirmation Sunday services at First Presbyterian begin with worship at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary and contemporary worship at 8:50 a.m. in Lewis Hall.
During the 11 a.m. sanctuary service there will be children’s processional of palms with 1st Kids and then 14 youth will go through Confirmation.
There will be an Easter Requiem service with the sanctuary choir, soprano soloist Christina Pier, violinist Dr. Dan Skidmore, and other instrumentalists; organist, Monty Bennett and conductor, Rick Smith at 4 p.m.
Bethel Power of Faith
SALISBURY — Bethel Power of Faith Ministries hosts a special guest speaker at 4 p.m. Sunday with pastor Owen Forbes.
Bethel Power of Faith Ministries is located at 1021 N. Main St., 704-647-0870, Apostle Charlene Kellam, pastor.
Mt. Zion Lutheran
RICHFIELD — Mt. Zion Lutheran Church observes Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. with the procession of palms and a congregational reading of the Passion according to St. Luke.
Alight supper will be served at 6 p.m. Sunday, followed by a Folk Mass service at 7 p.m.
The sanctuary will be open for prayer and meditation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Holy Wednesday, March 27.
There will be worship services at 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, March 28, and Good Friday, March 29.
Mt. Zion Lutheran Church is located at 111 E. Church St., 704-463-7280, www.mtzionrichfield.org, Ruth Ann Sipe, pastor.
St. Matthew’s Lutheran
SALISBURY — The 10:30 a.m. service at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church will include the reading of the Palm Sunday text, a palm processional of children and a reading of the passage of Jesus’ crucifixion Sunday.
Holy Week observances continue with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at 7:30 p.m. each night.
St. Matthew’s is located at 9275 Bringle Ferry Road, Gary Coble, pastor.
St. Paul’s Episcopal
SALISBURY — Palm Sunday at St. Paul’s begins with a palm procession into the church from the Joslin House (behind the church) at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Bishop Gregg, Assistant Bishop of North Carolina will leads an Anglican Rosary at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Joslin House, followed by the Bishop’s consecration of the Chapel of the Saints Elizabeth at St. Paul’s at 6 p.m. The nigh will conclude with a reception provided by the Daughters of the King for Bishop Gregg and his wife Kathy at 7 p.m.
Father Rick Williams, Vicar, celebrates the Maundy Thursday service with the traditional washing of the feet at 7 p.m. Thursday..
On Good Friday, St. Paul’s will celebrate the Stations of the Cross beginning at noon.
St. Paul’s is located at 930 S. Main St. at the corner of Harrison St., 704-637-9404, http://st-pauls-salisbury.dionc.org/
SALISBURY — Salem Lutheran Church’s Palm/Passion Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m., including a palm processional and a dramatic reading of Luke’s story of Jesus’ Passion.
The Resurrection celebration and Easter Egg hunt is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and will include a puppet show by River’s Edge Puppet Ministry; an Easter egg hunt for children in sixth grade and younger. There will be music, games and dinner.
The Maundy Thursday service includes Holy Communion ands foot washing. The Good Friday Service will feature the drama “I Was There...” at 7 p.m.
Salem is located at 5080 Sherrills Ford Road, 704-636-0352, www.SalemLutheranSalisbury.org, Doug Hefner, pastor.
N. Kannapolis Baptist
KANNAPOLIS — North Kannapolis Baptist Church will celebrate Palm Sunday with a children’s choir presentation and procession of the palms at 10:45 a.m. The adult choir and instrumentalists will present “The Wordless Prayer” at 6 p.m.
A Maundy Thursday Service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The church is located at 312 Locust St..
Mount Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — Aspen Mushala will light the Lenten Candle of Generosity during the 11 a.m. service Sunday.
The Mount Zion UCC Chancel Choir will sing and the Youth Girls trio of Aspen Mushala, Natalie Whicker and Sarah Safrit will share the children’s message.
Following worship is a spaghetti dinner in the new building.
All donations go to the Mount Zion UCC Youth Work Camp journey to Bluefield, W. Va. this summer.
Mount Zion UCC is located at 1415 South Main St., 704-857-1169, mtzionchinagrove.com
S. China Grove Baptist
CHINA GROVE — South China Grove Baptist Church celebrates Easter through song during the 11 a.m. service Sunday.
The sanctuary choir will lead a worship celebration created and arranged by Dennis and Nan Allen.
Following the service is a covered dish meal in the family life center in appreciation of pastor Shane Utley and his family.
South China Grove Baptist Church is located at 501 Haney St., between Hwy 29 and Hwy 29-A off of Thom St., 704-857-3611, www.scgbc.com
Kann. First Presbyterian
KANNAPOLIS — First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis presents the Holy Week cantata “Upon this Rock” Sunday during the 11 a.m. service. The program, created by Pepper Choplin, looks at the life of Jesus, particularly the events of Holy Week, from the viewpoint of the Apostle Peter.
Music will be provided by the Chancel Choir, along with members of the Piedmont Choral Society. The Music Ministry is under the direction of Dr. Don Simmons. Peter will be played by Mike Freeman.
Kannapolis First Presbyterian, 704-938-4623, www.FirstPresb.org
SALISBURY —The children of Second Presbyterian Church will begin Holy Week with a Palm Parade to begin the 11 a.m. worship Sunday.
The service of Holy Communion and the Stripping of the Sanctuary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The church is next to Salisbury High on Lincolnton Road.
St. Enoch Lutheran
KANNAPOLIS — Holy week at St. Enoch Lutheran Church:
• Palm Sunday worship is at 11 a.m. Sunday, contemporary worship is 7 p.m. Tuesday;
• Maundy Thursday worship is 7 p.m. Thursday
• 7 Good Friday worship is 7 p.m. Friday
St. Enoch Lutheran Church is located at 701 Campbell Ave., 704-932-8461, John Mark Beam, pastor.
Mt. Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — Holy Week at Mt. Zion United Church of Christ:
During the Sunday 11 a.m. Service of Palms, Will Lizarazo, Alex Lizarazo and Luke Lizarazo will light the Candle of Hosanna. The Mount Zion UCC Chancel Choir will sing.
On Maundy Thursday, the Mount Zion UCC Players and Chancel Choir will present “The Living Last Supper” in the new building at 7 p.m.
On Good Friday, members of Mount Zion UCC will share in the “Way of the Cross” walk, which begins at noon in front of First Baptist Church.
On Holy Saturday, March 30, is an Easter egg hunt for preschool through first grade on the church grounds.
Mount Zion UCC is located at 1415 South Main St., 704-857-1169, mtzionchinagrove.com
Mount Tabor UMC
SALISBURY — Mount Tabor United Methodist Church will celebrate Sunday at 11 a.m. with a Palm and Passion Sunday experience, where children are invited to join in waving palm branches in celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
Those present will have an opportunity to place worries, fears, concerns, guilt and other issues on the cross in preparation for the Easter celebration.
Mount Tabor United Methodist Church is just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road, 704-633-7484, www.mounttaborumc.org
Concordia Evangelical Lutheran
CHINA GROVE — Holy Week at Concordia:
Palm Sunday is the Procession of Palms with Communion, an anthem by the Chancel Choir, a trumpet solo by Ron Kirk and an anthem by the children’s choir is Sunday
Maundy Thursday Communion service is in the fellowship hall with music by the Chancel Choir.
The Good Friday service includes an anthem by the Chancel Choir with flute soloist Linda White.
Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 185 Concordia Church Road, Rev. Kenneth Reed Jr., pastor.
Mt. Tabor Presbyterian
CLEVELAND — Mt. Tabor Presbyterian’s Deacon Board is sponsoring a chicken plate and dessert fundraiser with hotdogs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday for $7. Mt. Tabor Church is located at 935 Mt. Tabor Church Road.
New Beginning CoG
CONCORD — “The Trials of life,” sponsored by missionary Wilma Sturgis of New Beginning Church will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Three speakers from New Beginning, minister Norman Goodes, Bishop Gene Roseman and co-pastor Chavis Maxwell, will talk.
New Beginning Church of God is located at 5717 Alexander Road, 704 938-2088.
The All Male Choir of Statesville will present its annual spring concert at Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The choir is known for its “down-home style” gospel singing and has been performing for over 25 years.
The concert is sponsored by the Henderson Grove United Gospel Choir and host pastor the Rev. Perry J. Dye.
The event is free and open to the public.
New Zion Baptist
SALISBURY —The Fannye Ford Willing Workers Missionary of New Zion Baptist Church will hold their annual Missionary Day starting at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Guest speaker will be minister Sherry Smith of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Mt. Ulla. All ladies are asked to wear white if possible.
New Zion is located at 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road, 704- 637-9324, Rev. Paul Jones Sr., pastor.
Hall’s Temple’s annual Twelve Trives Rally will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday with Tribe presenter Bishop T. Washington of Kannapolis. Hall’s Temple is located on N. Long St.
Christ United Methodist
SALISBURY — The ministry teams of Christ United Methodist Church will be hosting “Redeemed”at 5 p.m. Sunday.
It is the first event this year for fifth Sunday services.
Redeemed’s home church is Safe Harbor Baptist in Salisbury.
They have written some original songs and they play hymns to their own style and a mix of genres all to glorify the Lord. A love offering will be taken.
Christ United Methodist Church is located at 3401 Mooresville Road, 704-637-7843.
Emmanuel Baptist Church will have a singing at 6 p.m. Sunday with special guest Rodney Hoots of Mended Wing.
Emmanuel Baptist Church is located at 2300 Bringle Ferry Road, Gene Sides, pastor.
Main Street Baptist
CHINA GROVE — Main Street Baptist Church will present a musical program of Easter music at 6 p.m. Sunday. The music will be preformed by the choir and the praise team.
The church is located at 1615 N. Main St., across from Grove Supply Co.
Piedmont Singing Men
The Piedmont Singing Men will be at Community Baptist Church at 6 p.m.
The group consist of 35 musicians from 21 churches in the Concord/Kannapolis area and their program is a mix of patriotic, traditional gospel and contemporary Christian music.
The church located at 18 Carolina St., 704-636-0984, Keith Mason, pastor.
The Interdenominational Fellowship of Salisbury-Rowan will hold Passion/Holy Week Services Monday through Friday at Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 500 Partee St.
The Rev. Carolyn Bratton is host pastor.
Services are each night at 7 p.m. featuring Monday-Thursday speakers and choirs: Rev. Clarence Marlin, Fairview Heights Baptist Church; Rev. Dee Ellison-Simmon, The Cross Ministries; Bishop Ronald Hash, Love Christian Center; Rev. Timothy Bridges, Shady Grove Baptist Church.
The celebration of the Lord’s Supper will be observed Thursday.
The Good Friday service begins at 7 p.m. with meditations given by: Minister Tara White and Dorsett Chapel Choir; Minister Virginia Brown and Word of Life Choir; Rev. Reginald Price and St. Luke Choir; Dr. Barbara Hart and First Calvary Choir; Minister Andrew Davis and Fairview Heights Choir; Rev. Angela Sifford and Mount Zion Choir; Rev. Patrick Jones and New Zion Choir; Evangelist Sherrel Bonner-Charles and Love Christian Praise Team.
For information or transportation, contact Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 704-636-7995 for Holy Week Services, and Love Christian Center, 704-433-1341 for the sunrise service.
Providence United Methodist Church will hold its Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. Communion will be served.
Providence now offers three services: Sunday at 8:30 a.m., First Light praise and worship service led by Michael and Gaynell Lambert and Tim Ervin; traditional worship Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; and Solomon’s Porch service Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. .
Providence United Methodist Church is located at 6450 Bringle Ferry Road.
Liberty United Methodist Church will present a Living Last Supper at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Liberty UMC is located at the corner of Stokes Ferry and Liberty Roads, Rev. Charles Curtis, pastor.
St. John’s Easter events
“The Stations of the Cross,” a series of paintings by Dr. Walter Hood, is on display through April in the St. John’s Art Gallery, adjacent to the chapel.
An opening reception is set for 6 p.m. Thursday.
A Maundy Thursday worship service follows at 7 p.m.
These paintings follow the last days of Christ, from the Last Supper, to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. They may be viewed during office hours and by appointment by calling 704-642-0731.
Services are at 9 and 11 a.m. Palm Sunday. There will be no 8:30 a.m. worship service; on
There will be a foot washing at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, followed by a Maundy Thursday service. The Good Friday services are at noon and 7 p.m.
St. John’s is located at 200 W. Innes St., Rev. Rhodes Woolly, senior pastor.
Joint Maundy Thursday service
KANNAPOLIS — First Presbyterian and Bethpage Presbyterian Churches, both of Kannapolis, will conduct a joint Maundy Thursday communion service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the First sanctuary.
This service, which marks the events in the Upper Room and on Good Friday, will include the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and a Tenebrae service.
The service will be led by the churches’ pastors, the Rev. Darryl Evans of First Presbyterian and Rev. Ellen Campbell-Gardner of Bethpage Presbyterian.
Special music will be provided by a joint choir and also by the Praise Ringers Hand bell Choir.
Tenebrae means “shadows” or “darkening,” in the Tenebrae service involves a gradual darkening of the sanctuary as the last words of Jesus are read.
Call 704-983-4623 or visit www.FirstPresb.org for details.
Resurrection Life Church will hold a Maundy Thursday candlelight Holy Communion service at 7 p.m.
The church is located at 216 S. Main St., 704-638-0002, Rev. Jerry Snipes, pastor.
Cross of Christ Lutheran
Concord — “In Calvary’s Shadow,” a Tenebrae service and Good Friday cantata will be presented on Friday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. A walk through Jesus’ last hours is depicted in song, drama and scripture readings.
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church is located at 4500 Rimer Road, 704-782-8483, www.crossofchristlutheranchurch.org or Facebook
Spencer Community Council of Churches
SPENCER — The Spencer Community Council of Churches celebrates Holy Week with a joint Palm Sunday service at 6 p.m. on March 24; Spencer Presbyterian hosts, the Rev. Richard Gross, Oakdale Baptist, guest preacher.
During Holy Week the council hosts a noon service each week day. Bring a bag lunch and stay for fellowship each afternoon following worship. Drinks and desserts will be provided by that day’s host church.
• Monday — Central United Methodist Church; guest preacher Rev. Franklin Myers, First Baptist.
• Tuesday — Oakdale Baptist Church; guest preacher Rev. Don Mason, Central UMC.
• Wednesday — First Baptist Church; guest preacher Rev. Barry Kirby, Spencer Presbyterian.
• Thursday — Dorsett Chapel; guest preacher Rev. Wayne Cobb, Calvary Lutheran.
• Good Friday — Calvary Lutheran; guest preacher Rev. Thomas Wyatt, Dorsett Chapel.
Spencer church locations are • Calvary Lutheran, 303 Fifth St. • Central UMC, 200 Fourth St. • Dorsett Chapel, 1280 Hollywood Drive • First Baptist, 215 Fifth St. • Oakdale Baptist, 200 Charles St. • Spencer Presbyterian, 113 First St.
Holy Week at Calvary Luthera:
• 10:30 a.m. Sunday, worship with congregational procession of palms, reading of the Passion Story, Holy Communion. The Rev. Glenn Reichely, guest preacher;
• 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday, service with Holy Communion, the Stripping of the Altar;
• 7 p.m. Good Friday service;
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday March 30, Meets at Dan Nicholas Park, shelter #7, for annual Easter egg hunt, cookout and Easter Vigil Celebration.
Youth will act out skits. This is especially designed for the children of the community.
Holy Week at Central UMC:
• 11 a.m., Palm Sunday service;
• 10 a.m. Saturday, annual Easter egg hunt;
7 p.m., Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion;
First Baptist will host a Palm Sunday service at 11 a.m.
There will be a Palm Sunday service at 11 a.m. Sunday at Oakdale Baptist and an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30.
Spencer Presbyterian will celebrate Palm Sunday at 11 a.m. and Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m.
Landmark egg hunt
Landmark Church will host its annual Easter egg hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30 for all children up to age 12. Activities will include egg hunt, games, prizes, stories and refreshments.
Landmark Church is located at 1910 Mooresville Road, 704-633-8200.
Trading Ford egg hunt
Trading Ford Baptist’s Easter “egg”stravagana is Saturday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m. with free hotdogs, fixings and fun.
Trading Ford Baptist is located at 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986.