Churches host special services, guest pastors
First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St., will celebrate the Commissioning of Youth on Sunday at 11 a.m. Eleven youth and three adults will leave Sunday afternoon to travel to John’s River Valley Camp in Cullowhee for Mission Week Camp. They will work with other youth and adults working on homes and providing care for special needs in the Appalachian Mountains.
For more information call Rev. Carol Hallman at 704-633-2723.
South China Grove UMC
CHINA GROVE — The Rev. Jimmy Faggart will serve as the guest pastor at South China Grove Methodist Church, 501 Haney St., during the 9:30 a.m. worship service Sunday.
At The Cross Ministries
ATC Ministries,1915-1917 W. Innes St., Ste. 103, will be hosting family and friends dress down from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Immediately after the service, meet at Kelsey Scott Park for games of softball, food, and fellowship. The theme is “Cook Out will all the Trimmings.” Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children age 3 to 8. Tickets will be $7 at the door with donations of can goods and package foods. Proceeds go to ATC Pantry Fund.
For more information call 704-640-7992.
Spencer Presbyterian Church
SPENCER– Guest speaker at Spencer Presbyterian Church, 113 First St., at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday will be Dr. James Beard from Thyatira Presbyterian Church. Beard retired in 2013 as professor of chemistry after 25 years of service at Catawba College.
The church is located across from the entrance of The North Carolina Transportation Museum off of Salisbury Avenue.
WOODLEAF— Needmore Baptist Church, 1620 Mt. Vernon Road, will celebrate homecoming Sunday at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Rev. Benny Vickery of Lexington. A covered dish lunch will be served at noon.
A gospel singing will start at 1:30 p.m. featuring musician Matthew Weaver.
For additional information, call 704-797-4243.
New Zion Baptist
New Zion Baptist Church, 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road, will observe its annual Women’s Day at 11 a.m. Sunday with guest speaker Dr. Barbara Hart, associate minister of First Calvary Baptist Church.
For more information, contact 704-637-9324.
Mount Tabor UMC
Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road, will be hosting a special service at 11 a.m. Sunday with guest musicians from Providence UMC.
Krista Woolly from the Community Care Clinic will speak and a collection will be taken to help the work of the clinic. For details, call 704-633-7484 or visit www.mounttaborumc.org.
Oak Grove Baptist
CHINA GROVE — The Missionaries at Oak Grove Baptist, 1205 S. Main St., will b observe their anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday with guest speaker Sister Carolyn Lawson. All missionaries are asked to wear white.
Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon Holiness Church, 255 Camp Road, will have its third anniversary service for Pastor Lewis G. and Minister Julia C. Walker at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Pastor Reginald Long from The Potter’s House of Salisbury will be the guest speaker.
Halls Temple, N. Long St., Church will host a building fund program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday with guest speaker Pastor Robin Peele of Faith Healing Ministries.
EAST SPENCER — Dorsett Chapel will hold an Ordination Service at Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Association’s convention center, 308 S. Boundary St., at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Bishop Derek Kelly, pastor of New Faith Full Gospel Fellowship Center, will speak.
For more information, call 704-213-2799.
The Bible and aging
“What the Bible Says About Aging” is the topic of a seminar to be held at Rufty-Homes Senior Center at 7 p.m. Monday.
Dr. John Houghton from Bethel Baptist Church of Rockwell and Pastor Ray Charleston from Grateful Heart Ministries of Granite Quarry will speak, followed by a light reception.
The celebration is free. Call 704-216-7714 to sign up for the lecture.
First Presbyterian Church, 308 W. Fisher St., will celebrate “Thanksgiving in July” by gathering in the sanctuary to give thanks at 10 a.m.
After the worship service will be fellowship time during the second annual Tomato Day. There will be BLT sandwiches, chips and drinks, along with cheese or jelly sandwiches for those who don’t like tomatoes.
Entries for largest, ugliest, most unusual and best in show tomatoes will be accepted. For details, call 704-636-1321.
First Calvary Baptist
First Calvary Baptist, 400 S. Long St., will hold a summer revival at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
Speakers are: Tuesday, Bradley Taylor of Outreach Christian Tabernacle • Wednesday, Dr. Clary Phelps of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church • Thursday, Perry Dye of Henderson Grove Baptist Church.
Southern City Church
EAST SPENCER– Southern City Church will sponsor a Port-A-Pit sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Chicken dinners are $8.50. and pork rib dinners are $11 and include slaw, baked beans, roll, and dessert. Contact Tony Hillian at 704-202-7275.
CLEVELAND– Antioch Baptist Church, 968 Triplett Road, will host their fourth annual Youth and Young Adult Explosion starting Friday and ending Saturday.
The theme for this year is “Breaking Every Chain.” Bishop Walter C. Gwin Sr., from Spirit of the Word Church, Charlotte will be the speaker on Friday. On Saturday Rev. Eric Imes from Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Concord, will speak.Services begin at 7 p.m.
2013 Youth Conference
The Youth and Congregation of Word of Life Family Worship Center, 726 E. Liberty St., will host its 2013 Youth Conference “Letting Our Light’s Shine: Transforming A New Generation” Friday through Sunday, July 19-21.
Conference activities will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a panel discussion conducted by the youth. Outdoor activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with food, fun, games and music by gospel recording artist Trina Moore, and a youth talent show at 6 p.m. that day.
At the 10 a.m. Sunday service, the children and youth will lead Praise and Worship, and provide special music.
Sunday’s speaker will be Brian K. Freeland Sr. of Charlotte. He is an educational activist, teacher and administrator with special emphasis on the plight of black males.
For additional information, call 704-633-2431.
The GGEO Foundation will hold a fundrasier to support its summer program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, July 13, at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church parking lot. There will be fish sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers.
Mt. Calvary Holy Church
Mt. Calvary Holy Church, 1400 Standish St., will hold a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, July 20 .
Featuring “Famous Frankies Chicken, plates are $10 and include, half chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, two dinner rolls, homemade cake and a drink.
For tickets contact Joann Huntley at 704-636-1217.
CONCORD —Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 6734 Macedonia Church Road, will host its annual concert “Another Level” at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21.
The concert will be held by Macedonia’s teen choir, formerly known as the EBL and Sunbeam Choirs. All choirs are welcome to participate.
For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-786-7308.
Unity Presbyterian Celebrates 225th
WOODLEAF– Unity Presbyterian Church will celebrate 225 years with a homecoming service next Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Rev. Christopher Henry of Atlanta, whose father is a former pastor of Unity, Dr. David Henry, will preach the homecoming sermon. The Rev. Phil Hagen is the current pastor.
Where: 910 Mooresville Road, Salisbury.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday,July 22-26
Theme: “Athens — Paul’s Dangerous Journey”
More info: For ages 4 to 12 years old. Bible stories, crafts, music, food and fun included. For more information, call 704-633-8200.