Faith Briefs, Saturday, March 30
CLEVELAND — The musical program sponsored by the Gospel Choir scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Cedar Grove AME Zion Church has been cancelled.
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian
Join Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. today for an Easter play called “This Man Jesus.”
St. Enoch Lutheran
KANNAPOLIS — St. Enoch Lutheran Church will host an Easter egg hunt from 1 to 2:30 p.m. today.
The Easter sunrise service is 7 a.m. Sunday with breakfast at 8 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion at 10 a.m.
St. Enoch Lutheran Church is located at 701 Campbell Ave., Kannapolis (Enochville), 704-932-8461, John Mark Beam, pastor.
Mt. Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — Mt. Zion United Church of Christ will host an Easter egg hunt for preschool through first grade on the church grounds today.
Easter Sunday begins at 6:30 a.m. in the Historical Cemetery for a sunrise service.
The worship committee will host breakfast in the new building at 7:30 a.m.
The 9 a.m. Easter service will include Brian Calvo lighting the Easter Hallelujah Candle, and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
The handbell choir, children’s choir and chancel choir will perform.
Mount Zion UCC is located at 1415 S. Main St., 704-857-1169, mtzionchinagrove.com
Landmark Church will host its annual Easter egg hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. today for all children up to age of 12 years old. Activities include egg hunt, games, prizes, stories and refreshments.
Easter Sunday’s sunrise service is at 7 a.m. (outside if weather permits), followed by the 7:30 a.m. sunrise breakfast,
Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.
The Easter cantata, “It Is Finished,” performed by the adult choir under the direction of Mary Williams with theatrical performance by the church youth under the direction of Sheila Tipton, begins at 11 a.m.
Landmark Church is located at 1910 Mooresville Hwy., 704-633-8200.
Cornerstone Church presents “Jesus: Yesterday, Today, Forever,” a one-hour illustrated sermon at 7 p.m. today, 9 a.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Sunday.
Cornerstone is located at 315 Webb Road, 704-855-1218, cornerstone-church.net
Blessing of God
LEXINGTON — Evangelist Michelle Culbertson of Community Baptist Church of Statesville will be speaking at the Blessing of God Ministry at 3 p.m. today.
For more information, contact Prophetess Johnnie Mae Torrence at 704-636-4937. Blessing of God Ministry is located at 412 Westside Drive.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church will offer confessions from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, but there will be no morning mass.
The blessing of the Easter food and baskets will be at 1 p.m. There will be no 5:30 p.m. Mass.
The celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass will begin at 8 p.m. with the blessing of the New Fire and Paschal Candle outside.
Easter Sunday Masses will be on a regular schedule, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 4 p.m. in English, and 12:30 p.m. in Spanish.
SPENCER — Calvary Lutheran meets at Dan Nicholas Park, shelter No. 7, for the annual Easter egg hunt, cookout and Easter Vigil Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The youth will act out skits.
The Easter Sunrise service starts at 7 a.m. Sunday. Breakfast, sponsored by Calvary’s Men In Mission, will follow. The Easter Day service with Holy Communion is at 10:30 a.m.
Calvary Lutheran is located at 303 Fifth St.
CONCORD — Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church’s Easter sunrise service is at 6:57 a.m. Sunday at Carolina Memorial Park Bell Tower.
Mount Olivet United Methodist Church is located at 301 Mt. Olivet Road, 704-782-8846, www.mtochurch.com
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Holy Week concludes at St. Paul’s on Easter Sunday with the Holy Eucharist celebrated by Father Rick Williams beginning at 10:30 a.m. Bible Study will not be held on either Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday.
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/
St. John’s Easter events
Easter at St. John’s will be celebrated during the 8:30, 9 and 11 a.m. services.
St. John’s is located at 200 W. Innes St., the Rev. Rhodes Woolly, senior pastor.
Salem Lutheran Church’s Easter Sunday sunrise service starts at 7 a.m. Breakfast is at 8 a.m., cooked by the Lutheran Men in Mission.
Sunday School starts at 9:15 a.m. and the traditional Easter worship service is at 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion will be celebrated during both services.
Salem is located at 5080 Sherrills Ford Road, 704-636-0352, www.SalemLutheranSalisbury.org, Doug Hefner, pastor.
Mount Tabor UMC
Mount Tabor United Methodist Church’s sunrise service is at 7:10 a.m. Immediately following will be a fellowship breakfast and at 11 a.m. is the choir’s musical Easter celebration led by music director Deena Tatum.
Mount Tabor United Methodist Church is just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road, 704-633-7484, www.mounttaborumc.org
Second Presbyterian Church will celebrate Easter Sunday with a musical celebration “He is Alive” presented by the Praise Team. Worship will be followed with an Easter egg hunt on the lawn for all.
The church is next to Salisbury High on Lincolnton Road.
CHINA GROVE — The Easter sunrise communion service at Concordia Evangelical Lutheran starts at 7:30 a.m. with the Chancel Choir, hand bells and trumpets.
Breakfast is provided by the youth at 8:30 a.m. and the Easter Sunday Festival Service is at 11 a.m.
Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 185 Concordia Church Road, the Rev. Kenneth Reed Jr., pastor.
Main Street Baptist
CHINA GROVE — Main Street Baptist Church will celebrate Easter Sunday morning at 9 a.m. The music will be performed by the choir and the praise team.
The church is located at 1615 N. Main St., across from Grove Supply Co.
EAST SPENCER —The Interdenominational Fellowship of Salisbury-Rowan will celebrate the Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., at Love Christian Center, 102 N. Long St.
Bishop Ronald Hash is the host pastor and the Rev. Leamon Brown of First Calvary Baptist Church will speak.
Breakfast will be served immediately afterward.
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.
Liberty United Methodist Church’s Easter events include a sunrise service at 7 a.m. Sunday with breakfast following the service.
Worship will begin after the meal.
There will be an Easter egg hunt from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday.
Liberty UMC is located at the corner of Stokes Ferry and Liberty Roads, the Rev. Charles Curtis, pastor.
Resurrection Life Church will celebrate the Easter season with an invitation to resurrection praise titled “Glorious Morning!” at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The service will include the RLC singers and band with song and dance selections from Integrity Music.
Resurrection Life Church is located at 216 S. Main St., 704-638-0002, Rev. Jerry Snipes, pastor.
CONCORD — Easter fellowship at New Beginning Church of God begins with Friends & Family Day at 11 a.m.
A Sunday’s Best Program, sponsored by Jr. Mother Della Leach, begins at 3 p.m. It will consist of a fashion show along with praise singers and dancers.
New Beginning is located at 5717 Alexander Road, 704-938-2088.
Oakdale Baptist Church
SPENCER —The Easter sunrise service at Oakdale Baptist Church,is at 7 a.m. in the church cemetery. Sunday school will follow at 8:45 and morning worship is at 10 a.m.
Oakdale Baptist Church is located at 200 Charles St., 704-633-9412, Richard Gross, pastor.
The Easter sunrise service begins at 7:10 a.m. Sunday and Easter service starts at 10:30 a.m..
Central UMC is located at 200 Fourth St.
South China Grove
CHINA GROVE — South China Grove United Methodist Church will have its sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. Sunday followed by a continental breakfast.
Regular Easter morning worship will be at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school at 10:45.
Outreach Christian Ministries
Outreach Christian Ministries presents “Women of the Upper Room” Easter production at 6 p.m. today.
The performance is by the Parables Drama Group. It is written and produced by Minister Linda Hunt, coordinator for Theater Arts at Livingstone College.
Guest speaker for the event will be Minister Latonya Neely. There will be praise, worship, liturgical dance, guest musicians, door prizes and more.
The Easter service with a sermon by senior pastor Bradley Taylor begins at 11 a.m. Sunday.
722 W. Horah St., 704-637-9955.
Joint sunrise service
A joint sunrise service will be held at 6 a.m. Sunday at Cedar Grove AME Zion Church.
Joining Cedar Grove will be Liberty AME Zion Church, Cooleemee; Third Creek AME Zion, Cleveland; and Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, Woodleaf.
The Rev. Harold Jordan, pastor of Third Creek, will bring the sunrise service message. The Rev. Dr. Bertha E. Pittman is pastor.
Calvary Baptist Church
Calvary Baptist Church will hold a sunrise service Sunday at 7 a.m. under the arbor beside the fellowship hall.
Regular morning worship will be held an hour earlier. Sunday school and Bible study are at 8:45 a.m. and morning worship is at 10 a.m.
Following the sunrise service, a country-style breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall.
Calvary Baptist Church is located on East Ridge Road, just beyond Ellis crossroads, 704-633-2567, Rick Cockerham, pastor.
LANDIS — First Reformed Church will hold two Easter worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday.
Both services will feature the praise teams, the handbell choir, the “Voices of Joy,” Holy Communion and a message by pastor David Franks.
First Reformed Church is located at 210 N. Central Avenue, Landis.
At The Cross Ministries
A.T.C. (At The Cross) Ministries will celebrate Easter with family and friends day at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. The morning message will be given by pastor Debra Ellison.
The youth will be in charge of the service.
Lunch will be served immediately following the service.
A.T.C. Ministries is located at 1915-1917 W. Innes St. Ste. 103, 704-640-7992 or 704-433-6662.
Southside Baptist Church will host an Easter egg hunt with food, fun and games at 10 am. today. The event is free and open to everyone.
Easter morning sunrise service is at 7: 15 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and the morning service is at 10 a.m.
Southside Baptist Church is located at 500 Morlan Park Road at the intersection of Jake Alexander Blvd. near the Farmhouse Restaurant, 704-633-1419.
Joint sunrise service
A joint sunrise service will be held at Antioch Baptist Church.
Members of Whosoever Will Church and White Rock AME Zion Church will attend.
The Rev. Thomas Lee speaks at 6 a.m.
Antioch is located at 602 S. Salisbury Ave., Rickey Johnson, host pastor.
Sunrise service at Miller’s Chapel AME Zion Church is Sunday at 7 a.m. The speaker will be the pastor, Rev. Hezekiah Lawson II. There will be no 11 .a.m. service.
The church is located at 920 Miller’s Chapel Road.
CONCORD — Mount Olivet United Methodist Church will host a children’s Easter egg hunt from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Easter sunrise service is at 6:57 Sunday at Carolina Memorial Park Bell Tower.
Mount Olivet UMC is located at 301 Mt. Olivet Road.
CONCORD — Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the Easter morning sunrise service at 8 a.m., with the message brought by the Rev. Chris Chunn of Shaw University, Raleigh.
Breakfast will be served. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and morning services are at 11 a.m., with the message brought by the Rev. W.T. Jackson Sr. M.Div DD, pastor.
First United Church of Christ’s Easter Sunday begins with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Worship and Holy Communion at 11 a.m. will be led by the Rev. Carol Hallman.
First United Church of Christ is located in the Historic District of Salisbury at 207 West Horah St., 704-633-2723.
LANDIS — Calvary Fundamental Baptist Church will observe Holy Communion at the conclusion of their Easter cantata and morning worship message Easter Sunday.
The church is located at 414 Upright St., Allen Merrington, pastor.
St. Mark’s Lutheran
CHINA GROVE — St. Mark’s Lutheran not only celebrates the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, but will also rededicate their renovated sanctuary at 10 a.m. s
The day begins in the historic Greenlawn Cemetery (between China Grove and Landis) with an early service at 7:30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8:15 in the fellowship hall.
St. Mark’s Lutheran is located at 326 N. Main St., 704- 857-2092, Dr. Keith Copeland, pastor.
Faith community sunrise service
FAITH — Shiloh will host the annual Faith Community Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Joe Smith of Faith Baptist Church will brings the message.
Pastor Randy Conley of Faith Lutheran Church, will assist, along with pastor Wayne Trexler and associate pastor Richard Myers, Shiloh.
The Celebration Choir, under the direction of Emily Schuttenberg, will sing and The Shiloh Ringers, under the direction of Patsy McBride, will perform.
FAITH — Shiloh will host an Easter breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall.
Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. and the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m., with the Celebration Choir and the Shiloh Ringers presenting music. Communion will be observed.
Shiloh’s pastor is Wayne Trexler.
Ardis Chapel AME Zion Church will have service on Easter Sunday at 10 a.m.
Ardis Chapel AME Zion is located at 1940 Old Mocksville Road in Salisbury.
Mt. Zion Lutheran
RICHFIELD — Mt. Zion Lutheran Church will celebrate Easter with two special services Sunday.
The annual Community Sunrise Service will begin at 7 a.m. in the Richfield Cemetery. Breakfast will follow at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church.
The festival service of worship, including Holy Communion, begins at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Mt. Zion Lutheran is located at 111 E. Church St., 704-463-7280, visit www.mtzionrichfield.org
Providence United Methodist’s sunrise service at Dan Nicholas Park starts at 7 a.m. at the amphitheater. Breakfast follows at the church fellowship hall at 8 a.m. with eggs, pancakes, bacon, grits, coffee and juice.
This is an outdoor service, so dress accordingly, and bring a blanket, seat cushions, etc.
If the weather is inclement, the service will be at Providence Church.
Guest speaker for sunrise Service is the Rev. Fred Jordan, Western NC Conference Coordinator of Camping Ministries.
Music will be led by First Light Praise Team. Providence will also have a combined First Light and traditional service at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Providence is located at 6450 Bringle Ferry Road.
Love Christian Center
EAST SPENCER — Love Christian Center’s Easter Sunday service is at 11 a.m., with music, dancing, spiritual food and activities for the kids.
LCC is located at 102 N Long St., Bishop W. Ronald and Mother Lotis Hash, senior pastors.
Sandhills Teen Challenge coming to Destiny City
SALISBURY — Destiny City (Church) will welcome the Sandhills Teen Challenge on Sunday.
Teen Challenge is a residential faith-based recovery program in Carthage for men ages 18 years old and older with a drug or alcohol problems.
The ministry team has a life-changing message that they bring through music, drama and personal testimonies.
The public is invited to the dynamic and uplifting service at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday at the Harriet Tubman Theater on the campus of Livingstone College, 701 W, Monroe St. in Salisbury.
Nursery and children’s ministries are available.
For more information, call 704-642-0558.
KANNAPOLIS — Central Baptist Church presents “I Will Rise,” an Easter musical, Sunday.
Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m.
Central Baptist — Kannapolis is located at 1810 Moose Road, 704-933-8006, www.centralbaptistkannapolis.com
Prince of Peace Lutheran
Services for Easter Sunday morning will be at 9:30 a.m. at Prince of Peace. The speaker is pastor Kay Overcash.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is located at 3070 E. NC 152 Highway, 704-857-9588.
First Presbyterian, Salisbury
Easter at First Presbyterian Church begins at 8:30 a.m. with worship in the sanctuary, featuring the Bell Tower Ringers, Resurrection Brass and Sanctuary Choir.
At 8:50 a.m. in Lewis Hall, the Life Center Worship Praise Team will lead song.
Light refreshments will be available at 9:30 a.m. in the courtyard, followed by the results from the ‘Feed the Fish’ fishing tournament.
A butterfly release is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the courtyard. Our caterpillars grew from newly hatched larva, then the formation of their chrysalis, to rebirth into beautiful Painted Butterflies.
During the 11 a.m. service, the Bell Tower Ringers, Resurrection Brass and Sanctuary Choir will again lead worship.
St. Luke Baptist
St. Luke Baptist Easter sunrise services are at 6:30 a.m. and will be held at Ardis Chapel. Breakfast will be served afterward.
Worship at St. Luke will start at 10 a.m. Praise and worship starts at 9:45 a.m.
Immediately following the worship service, there will be an Easter egg hunt at St. Luke. Please bring items for the egg hunt.
Fish fry fundraiser
Community Baptist Church will host a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6.
A plate includes flounder, fries, slaw, hushpuppies, drink and dessert.
Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Call the church office at 704-636-0984 for tickets.
Community Baptist Church is located at 18 Carolina St.
St. Matthew’s turns 175
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road., will celebrate its 175th anniversary Sunday, April 14.
The celebration will begin with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, followed by an outdoor picnic lunch.
The church history committee, chaired by Beverly Ludwig, has spent the past two-and-a-half years researching the history of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and as part of this celebration the church has published a 480 page copyrighted hardbound book of this history from 1838-2013.
The history book, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 1838-2013, 175 Years will be distributed following lunch to those who have purchased a book.
Anyone interested in purchasing a book may contact the church by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the year-long celebration, a congregational pictorial directory has just been published.
The day’s events will conclude with Music in the Family Life Center at 7:00 p.m. featuring the Hinshaw Family from Durham.