Faith Briefs, Saturday Aug. 3
The Potter’s House Outreach Ministries, 119A & B Clancy St., will host a community prayer watch on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. with pastor Reginald Longcrier of Exodus Ministries of Hickory. There will also be various speakers and rappers who have beat the streets. “Come let us reason together.” For more information, contact pastor Reggie and co-pastor Gena Long at 704-232-2413.
Cedar Grove Gospel
Cedar Grove Gospel will be celebrating their 55th anniversary today, Saturday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. In- and out-of-town groups will participate. The anniversary will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Carolyn Bratton, pastor of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, as the guest speaker.
Rev. Bertha Pittman is pastor of Cedar Grove.
Milford Hills UMC
Kent Bernhardt will preach at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m.worship services at Milford Hills United Methodist Church this Sunday, Aug. 4. Kent has been a local broadcaster for many years, working with The Performance Racing Network and WSTP, and he writes a regular feature column for The Salisbury Post.
He has performed in numerous productions with Piedmont Players and the Lee Street Theater through the years. He has also served the public as the master of ceremonies for many community benefits throughout the Rowan County region.
First Baptist CG
CHINA GROVE — First Baptist Church of China Grove has been celebrating its 125th year for several months and will conclude with a homecoming gathering on Oct. 13. As a part of thanking God for His blessings, this Sunday, Aug.4, Janet Brawley will be describing how on the church’s 100th anniversary a box of special items was placed in the cornerstone of the sanctuary and will not be retrieved and opened until 2038 when the church will honor its 150th anniversary. A video of that event in 1988 will be shown as a part of her presentation. The public is invited to join the church family in this unique presentation. Services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
ROCKWELL — Phaniels Baptist Church, 2685 Phaniels Church Road, is having Homecoming on Aug.4, with Rev. Gene Faggart as guest pastor.
Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.; worship begins at 11 a.m.
Groundbreaking of Calvary Baptist Church’s multi-purpose building will take place on Sunday, Aug. 4 at the 11 a.m. service
It will include a kitchen, fellowship hall, rest rooms and ample space for worship. Removable chairs will be used in order to make room for basketball, fellowship and other activities.
The groundbreaking ceremonies will follow the worship service. There will be a covered dish lunch in the existing fellowship hall immediately following groundbreaking.
Calvary’s pastor is Rick Cockerham. The church is located on East Ridge Road just beyond Ellis crossroads. Visit www.CalvarySalisbury.org or call 704-633-256
First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury
First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury’s summer celebration and special schedule of worship has concluded and the regular weekly Sunday schedule resumes. Worship in the sanctuary is at 8:30 and in Life Center at 8:50 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 and at 11 a.m. is a worship service in the sanctuary. This Sunday, Aug. 4, Holy Communion will be served at all three worship services and Dr. Randy Kirby will preach.
Mount Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — Sharing in the 11 a.m. service will be The Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss, Executive Director for Volunteer Services with the United Church of Christ. This past year, Mount Zion UCC has been a host church for three young adult service community volunteers who have worked within Rowan County. Tom Harding worked at the Main Street Mission in China Grove, David Theiss-Aird worked with Communities in Schools, and Tobi Kruse from Cologne, Germany was at Habitat for Humanity in Salisbury.
Rev. Schaller Blaufuss will be present to bring their volunteer service year to a close and to join Mount Zion UCC in celebrating the three volunteers service for the past eleven months.
Mount Zion UCC is located at 1415 South Main St. Call 704-857-1169 or visit mtzionchinagrove.com for more information.
MILL BRIDGE — Thyatira Presbyterian Church, 220 White Road, will celebrate homecoming at Mill Bridge on Sunday at 11 a.m.
A mile long covered dish will be provided for lunch.
Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Moss, former pastor of the church, will be the guest speaker.
The church was completed in 1860 and is the fourth sanctuary to house the congregation.
The church is located off of N.C. 150 near Sloan Park in the Mill Bridge community.
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Salisbury will celebrate homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 4. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The 3 p.m. service will be brought by Rev Ambrose Jackson of Gospel Light Baptist Church of Greensboro.
Revival services will occur at 7 p.m. nightly Monday Aug. 5, Tuesday Aug. 6, and Wednesday Aug. 7. Rev Richard Johnson, pastor of Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Salisbury, will be the speaker.
Oak Grove Baptist
CHINA GROVE — Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1205 S. Main St., will celebrate homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m. The guest speaker is Rev. Dairl Scott Sr. of Union Chapel AME Zion Church in Churchland. Revival services will run Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 9. Evangelist for the week will be Rev. Timothy Bridges, pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church of East Spencer. Services begin nightly at 7 p.m.
Rose Of Sharon fundraiser
CHINA GROVE — Rose Of Sharon Holiness Church will sponsor a Gospel Jamboree fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 3 p.m. at 325 Neelytown Road. Tickets are $10. Each ticket buys one plate of hot dog, hamburger, or fish along with sides.
In addition there will be live gospel music and gospel singers.
For information, contact Brother Gary Connor at 704-857-5814 or 704-224-6125.
Dorsett Chapel United Church of Christ’s homecoming service will be held Sunday, Aug.4 at 3 p.m. Dr. David Bracken, pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church, is the guest speaker.
Dorsett Chapel revival services will be held Sunday, Aug. 7 through Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. nightly. Rev. Carolyn Bratton of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church will be the guest speaker.
New Zion Baptist
The New Zion Church family announces the installation service for their new senior pastor, Rev. Vincent Patrick Jones Sr. He is the son of retiring pastor Rev. Paul Jones Sr. and Mrs. Alma L. Jones. Rev. Patrick Jones has been in the ministry for 14 years.
The installation service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. with guest speaker Rev. Leamon Brown, pastor of First Calvary Baptist Church in Salisbury. Other pastors participating are Rev. Nilous Avery II, Rev. Reginald McConneaughey, Rev. Rufus Wyatt and Rev. Anthony Smith.
The plans for Rev. Paul Jones’ retirement celebration will be announced at a later date.
New Zion Baptist Church is located at 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road.
CHINA GROVE — Southside Church of God will be hosting the movie “Left Behind” for three Sunday afternoons. Volume One will be shown Sunday, Aug. 4, Volume Two on Sunday, Aug. 11, and Volume Three on Sunday, Aug. 18. Each session will begin at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
The church is located at 163 Third Ave. For more information, call 704-467-4555. Joyce Miles is the pastor.
White Rock AME Zion
GRANITE QUARRY — White Rock AME Zion Church, 785 White Rock Ave., celebrates the 8th anniversary of its Unity & Praise Singing Ministry on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m.
Church choirs, singing ensembles, praise dancers and spoken word artists are all invited to participate. For more information, contact Karen Hicks 704-224-7836, or Bettie Jones 704-754-1998.
Blood drive with sundaes on Monday
KANNAPOLIS — The First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive this Monday, Aug. 5, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall. The canteen will provide the fixings for build-your-own ice cream sundaes, along with cold beverages and snacks. The church is located at 201 Vance St. at the southern end of the North Carolina Research Campus.
This summer there is again a critical blood shortage, with donations down while demand is up. The Carolinas Region is especially low on O-, A-, and B- types. All healthy members of the community who are 17 years of age or older and weigh 110 pounds or more are urged to be lifesavers and donate blood this summer.
Donors are reminded to help decrease the chance of being deferred by eating iron-rich foods on the days leading up to the drive. On the day of the drive drink lots of water, avoiding caffeine, and eat a good breakfast and lunch.
Appointments are not required, but will expedite the registration process. To make an appointment, call the church office at 704-938-4623 or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: First Presbyterian Kannapolis.
Refuge Community Church
COOLEEMEE — The annual revival at Refuge Community Church will be Aug. 7-9 at 7 p.m. nightly. Guest pastors are: Wednesday-Thursday: Pastor Ricky Cope of Trinity Baptist Church of Lancaster, SC. Pastor Tommy Steele of New Life Church in Concord will speak on Friday, the 9th. There will be dance and mime performances each night. Rodney Barker is host pastor.
A.T.C. (AT The Cross) Ministries, 1915-1917 W. Innes St., will hold their second annual revival from Aug. 7 to 9, at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
Wednesday: Bishop Paul S. Rhinehart Sr., New Destiny Temple of Faith of Salisbury
Thursday: Pastor Dr. Henry C. Diggs, Faith Temple Triumphant Ministries, East Spencer
Friday: Rev. Dr. Monica Redmond, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church (Dr. Gregory K. Moss, Sr. Pastor) of Charlotte.
The theme is “Stirring the Fire-2013. Host pastor and founder is Debra H. Ellison. For additional information call 704-640-6656.
Bethel Power of Faith
On Friday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m., Bethel Power of Faith Ministries, 1021 N. Main St., will host as guest speaker pastor Reginald Long of Potter’s House Outreach Ministries in Salisbury.
Host pastor is Apostle Charlene Kellam
Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church will be having its annual back-to-school Supplies Giveaway on Saturday, Aug.10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 719 S. Caldwell St. in the J.L. Stowe Educational building. Parents must be present for the children to receive supplies.
Stained Glass Tour
Join Center for Faith & the Arts for a tour of some of the most beautiful and historic stained glass that Salisbury has to offer. The tour begins at Haven Lutheran Church (207 West Harrison St.) and include trolley stops at St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, and Catawba College’s Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
A docent at each location will tell the story of each church’s stained glass, followed by lunch at Center for Faith & the Arts. Reservations and advance payment are required. Call 704-647-0999 for more information.
The tour is Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. $20 per person includes lunch. Register online at www.faithart.org/events
Providence United Methodist Church, 6450 Bringle Ferry Rd. will host a “Getting to Know Our Missions” event on Saturday, Aug. 17 starting at 5 p.m. The Youth-in-Action will provide a baked potato/salad bar as a fundraiser with videos from Heifer & Samaritan’s Purse shown during the meal.
Booths will be set up highlighting each ministry including Heifer, Rowan Helping Ministries, Samaritan’s Purse, Meals-on-Wheels, One Church One Child, Habitat for Humanity, Hammers for Christ, and March-for-Missions.
Come and find out how easy it is to buy a llama or flock of chickens or how you can help save lives by helping to provide safe, clean drinking water. There will be honor cards to give as gifts, baked and canned items for sale as well as fair market gifts from around the world.
For more information call 704-202-7229.
Children’s choir festival
“And God Created Music!,” a children’s choir festival, is set for Sept. 13-14 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. The event is open to children’s choir directors and children in grades 2-5. Deadline for registration is Aug. 31.
Cost for the two-day clinic is $20 for directors and free for children. Clinician is Karol Kinard Kimmell, director of youth and children’s music at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta.
Choir directors will gather Friday evening for a light supper followed by a workshop. The next morning, students will gather for rehearsals, snacks and play, followed by a time of sharing for parents and families, and an ice cream social will end the afternoon.
For more information, visit stjohns-salisbury.org
New Beginning’s “Women of the Bible” program is Sunday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m.
Subject and speakers are:
Ruth — Sis. Vanessa Quezada, New Beginning Church of God
Mary, the mother of Jesus — Pastor N. Holland, God’s Holy Tabernacle,
Jezebel — Evg. W. Roseman, New Beginning Church of God
Deborah — Evg. Tanna Ikard, Mt. Moriah
Esther — Evg. Rhonda Moody, Tabernacle of Joy Ministries
Note: Sis. Jacki McCoy of Ambassadors for Jesus Christ will be giving the presentation on Sarah, the wife of Abraham.