Faith Briefs, Saturday June 15
Area Vacation Bible Schools
First Calvary pre-registration today
Pre-register today, Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-noon; children must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served.
VBS is June 24-28
Theme: “Jesus Family Reunion: The Remix,” for ages 4 to adult. Includes a meal and transportation (upon request).
400 South Long St., 704-633-2818.
Theme: “Awesome GOD”
2300 Bringle Ferry Road.
Gethsemane Missionary Baptist
Theme: “Fishing on a Mission with Jesus.”
719 S. Caldwell St., 704-638-9000.
Theme: “Kingdom Chronicles, Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth,” for ages 4-sixth grade.
182 Linwood Road, Mooresville. Pre-register at 704-663-4826 or www.eastsidebaptistmooresville.org
Stallings Memorial Baptist
Theme: “Coaster World,” for ages 3 through 6th grade, also adults.
817 South Main St., 704-636-2052.
Rose of Sharon
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Theme: “Yes, Jesus Loves Me.”
255 Camp Road.
Theme: “Kingdom Chronicles,” an Answers in Genesis program with castles, knights and princesses, for ages 3 years through eighth grade.
Bethel Baptist Church, Depot St., Rockwell, 704-279-5593.
Providence AME Zion
The Providence AME Zion Church, 2415 Providence Church Road, presents their fourth a Annual Tea Party and Hat Show for the Salisbury District-AME Zion Churches, Home Missions Department today at 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall. The host pastor is Rev. Zacharias Allen Sr.
Macedonia Missionary Rainbow Tea
The Pastor’s aid committee at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 2865 Enon Church Road, will host its annual Rainbow tea at 4 p.m. today, June 15, featuring good food and fellowship.
Mount Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 South Main St., will hold a worship service in honor of fathers at 11 a.m. tomorrow, which will include the second annual “Ugly Tie” revue. All men and boys are invited to wear their ugliest ties. Afterward, neckties can be donated to make a crazy quilt as a fundraiser for the new building.
Call 704-857-1169 or visit mtzionchinagrove.com for more information
LANDIS — June is Missionary Month at Calvary Fundamental Baptist Church, 414 Upright St. On Sunday, June 23, Rev. Arvin Devers, missionary to Scotland, will be delivering the message at the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services. Rev. Allen Merrington is host pastor.
CHINA GROVE — Gospel Lighthouse Church, 435 Concordia Church Road, is hosting a Father’s Day singing featuring The Parables of Christ.
Check us out on face book or call Donna Peeler at 704-857-3390.
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2300 Bringle Ferry Road, will not have a Sunday evening service on June 16. Morning worship is at 11 a.m.
United Ministerial Alliance
The UMA will host its joint fellowship service at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday June 16, at the Potter’s House Outreach Ministries, 119 A & B Clancy St.
Dr. Beverly Rose, pastor of Mt. Zion CME Church of Salisbury, will deliver the message.
Revs. Reginald and Gena Long are the host pastors.
Mount Olivet musical
CONCORD — Mount Olivet United Methodist Church of Concord is putting on a musical entitled “Experiencing God,” a worship experience to know and do the will of God. It will be on Sunday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.
There will also be a fund- raiser spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m.
Mount Olivet is located at 301 Mt. Olivet Road, 704-782-8846, www.mtochurch.com
Outreach Christian Center
Host pastor Apostle Bradley Taylor and Outreach Christian Ministries International, 722 W. Horah St., will host their annual camp meeting services June 17-23 at 7 p.m. nightly. The theme will be “Back to God, Psalm 24:1.”
Speakers for the week include Bishop Sheldon McCarter of Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church, Winston Salem; Apostle Bradley Taylor of OCM; Bishop Stanley Transou of Greater True Vine Ministries, Thomasville; and Apostle R.G. Williams of Miracles Deliverance Center, Ocala, Fla.
Ron Baity to speak at Heritage Baptist
CONCORD — Heritage Baptist Church, 274 Honeycutt Drive SE, will host Dr. Ron Baity with Return America on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m.
Return America began in July 2007, out of the concern that Dr. Baity and several board members of the North Carolina Christian School Association had over the devaluization of our Judeo-Christian principles. Since its inception, God has used Return America to unite citizens, churches and other organizations who love their country and fear the future of America should she continue down her path. Among Return America’s many endeavors, Return America has recently played a major role in helping the North Carolina Marriage Amendment come out of the Senate to allow the people of North Carolina to vote for the protection of traditional marriage.
Terry Cruse is pastor.
Movie at Mt. Zion
RICHFIELD — Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 111 E. Church St., will host “A Night Under the Stars” on Friday, June 21, beginning at 8:30 p.m. This is a free family- friendly movie on the lawn, including popcorn and soft drinks. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Call the church at 704-463-7280 or visit www.mtzionrichfield.org for more information.
Ruth Ann Sipe is pastor.
Liberty Hospice annual memorial service
LEXINGTON — Liberty Hospice is holding their annual memorial service to celebrate, honor, and remember loved ones who have passed away.
The service is next Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. at Meadowview Reformed Presbyterian Church, 1 Graceway Drive. Call 336-472-0391 to confirm your attendance.
Animal fun at Trinity
KANNAPOLIS — Trinity United Methodist Church will host a program for children called “Animal Fun” next Saturday June 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. The program will feature live animals (snakes, turtles, rabbits, frogs, lizards, and more) and a hotdog supper.
The program and meal are free. Preschool and elementary age children and their parents are invited.
TrinityUMC is located at 416 East 1st St., across from A.L. Brown High School.
Shady Grove summer camp
MT. ULLA — Shady Grove Baptist Church will be hosting a summer camp to provide a place where children of low-income housing can belong and fel safe. The camp will be sponsored by Giving Hands Ministry and C.A.R.E. (Children Are Reason Enough).
Shady Grove is located at 220 Shady Grove Church Road. For information about the camp or fundraising efforts, call 704-938-5214 during morning office hours.
NC Synod-ELCA Bishop Invites Renewal in Congregations
More than 550 members and guests of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) gathered May 31-June 1 for its annual synod assembly. Representing over 200 ELCA congregations across North Carolina, they met on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory
The theme of the 2013 NC Synod Assembly was “Joyfully Sharing God’s Story.” NC Synod Bishop Leonard Bolick opened opening the Assembly.
A key element of the Assembly was the unveiling of the new for 2013-15synodical emphasis, “FORWARD TOGETHER: In Christ. In Community.” The goal for each congregation, with the help of a companion facilitator, is to discern “who God is calling it to be and do.” The emphasis will officially begin in September.
A highlight of the Assembly was Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) president Ted Goins’ announcement that LSC’s “Keeping the Promise” campaign has exceeded its $5 million goal. The campaign will assist LSC’s senior services with the costs of new nursing homes in Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, and Hickory; assist with the costs of targeted renovations for existing buildings in Albemarle, Salisbury, and Hickory; and expand the Research Triangle Area capital fund.
In elections, the Rev. Gary Weant, pastor of Philadelphia Lutheran Church, Dallas, NC, was re-elected as Synod Secretary. Members of the synod’s council and of synod agency and institution boards were also elected.
Three new synodically approved worshiping communities were welcomed into the synod. They are Celebration, an extension of Abiding Saviour Church, Durham; Opportunity House, Shelby; and Montagnard Mission Post, Charlotte, an extension of Community in Christ Church, Cornelius.
The North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America serves over 200 congregations across the state. It is one of 65 synods of the ELCA, which has more than 10,000 congregations.
To learn more, see www.nclutheran.org or www.elca.org online.