Faith Briefs Saturday February 22
ROCKWELL—Immanuel Lutheran will host the East Rowan High School Honors Chorus in concert Sunday during the 11 a.m. service.
Immanuel members Jordan Owen and Taylor Trexler are members of the ensemble.
Following the service, the Honors Chorus and family members will be treated to a luncheon prepared by the congregation.
The East Rowan Honors Chorus is an auditioned group of 57 students, under the direction of Dean Orbison, and has amassed numerous awards under his leadership.
The chorus has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City; Lakeland Performing Arts Center in Florida; and the Greater Virginia Performing Arts Center at Virginia Beach.
The chorus consistently receives superior ratings at state festivals in the highest level of music competition and was named Grand Champion Choir in national festivals in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Prayer breakfasts being held today
The Tower of Power United Holy Church — Monthly prayer breakfast of the men of the Tower of Power United Holy Church, 601 E. Cemetery St., Granite Quarry, today at 8 a.m. at the church, with speaker Rev. Vincent Jones of New Zion Baptist of Granite Quarry.
Wittenberg Lutheran Church — Wittenberg Lutheran Church monthly breakfast, today from 7-10 a.m. at the church, corner of Bank and Oak Streets, Granite Quarry.
Gospel singing at Southside Church
CHINA GROVE — Southside Church of God will be hosting Parables of Christ, recording artists and Southern gospel singers, on Sunday at 11 a.m. This group is a favorite of the Southside congregation.
A covered dish lunch for the church and all guests will follow the service.
The church is located at 163 3rd Ave. For more information, call Pastor Joyce Miles at 704-467-4555.
Cedar Grove AME Zion to honor graduates
CLEVELAND — In observance of Black History Month, Cedar Grove AME Zion Church will acknowledge the accomplishments of their college graduates on Sunday during the 11 a.m. service.
Speaking will be the Rev. Gwendolyn Hampton, a former member of Cedar Grove and former pastor of St. John AME Zion Church in Mocksville. Hampton served as a residential hall director and assistant director of the Bridge Program, the president’s initiative for at-risk students at Livingstone College. She recently relocated to Jackson, Miss., where she opened a Community Center that mentors at-risk young black men between the ages of 13-19.
Rev. Dr. Bertha E. Pittman is host pastor.
Elmwood UMC holds pinto bean lunch
STATESVILLE — Elwood United Methodist Church, 3233 Old Salisbury Hwy., will host a pinto bean lunch on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. The meal is by donation only, and consists of pinto beans, corn bread, drink and dessert.
New Beginning’s Four Gospel Program
CONCORD — New Beginning Church of God, 5717 Alexander Road, will host the Four Gospel Program on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Scheduled speakers are:
• Elder Rickey Fleming of Word of Truth of Kannapolis, speaking on Matthew;
• Elder Henry Adams of True Temple Church of God of Statesville, speaking on Mark;
• Elder Jerry Leach of The Empowerment Center of Mooresville, speaking on Luke;
• Minister Norman Goodes of New Beginning Church of God, speaking on John.
Bishop Gene Roseman is host pastor, 704 938-2088.
Antioch Missionary Baptist to honor pastor
GRANITE QUARRY — This Sunday, the members of Antioch Baptist Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their pastor Rickey Johnson and family.
Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. The 3 p.m. speaker will be the Rev. John W. Cade of Files Chapel Baptist Church of Lexington.
Antioch is located at 602 S. Salisbury Ave.
Gethsemane Baptist having Mission Sunday
On Sunday, the Missionary Ministry of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St., will celebrate Mission Sunday during the 11 a.m. service.
The Rev. Linda Inman will be the morning speaker. She is a member of the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro, where the Rev. William Wright Jr. is pastor.
Inman was ordained by the Rowan Missionary Association in July 2004 and currently serves as the president of the Women’s Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Convention of NC. She has worked with the organization for more than 39 years in the Youth, Young Adult and Senior departments.
Dr. C. L. Phelps is host pastor.
Word of Life Center to celebrate black history
Word of Life Family Worship Center, 726 East Liberty St., will host their 21st annual Black History Program on Sunday at 3 p.m. on the theme of “Celebrating Black History — Past, Present and Future.”
There will be special music and readings commemorating great African American achievers.
Guest speaker will be Ms. Ladsine Taylor, a certified gerontological nurse practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson and her Master of Science degree in nursing with a specialty in geriatrics, and nurse practitioner from UNC-Greensboro.
She has been employed at the Hefner VA Medical Center for 20 years and also has experience in the areas of cardiothoracic surgery, neurology/neurosurgery, urology, psychiatric nursing, and community volunteerism at Duke Medical Center, and UNC Chapel Hill.
Locally, she is an active member of First Calvary Baptist Church in Salisbury.
The proceeds received during the service will be used toward the Word of Life Scholarship Program.
Dr. Martha and Elder Clinton Starks are the host pastors, 704-633-2431, www.wordoflifefwcc.org
Faith Healing and Life celebrates eight years
EAST SPENCER — Rescheduled from last week due to the weather, Faith Healing and Life Ministries will celebrate its eighth church anniversary this Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Guest speaker will be Pastor Dr. Donald Brooks of Word Net Radio under the leadership of Pastor Robyn Gool of Victory Christian Center and More Than Conquerors Ministries of Charlotte.
Faith Healing and Life Ministries is located at 201 E. Pinetree Drive.
For more information, email email@example.com
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will present a Black History Month program on Sunday at 3 p.m., featuring an original play “You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover,” by Brenda Rice McNeely.
There will be praise dances by Amber Gilmore and Youthful Praise and music by the GMX and Men’s Choirs. A gallery show featuring local artist Paulette Rice Mangham will follow the program. Rev. Perry Dye is the host pastor.
Centerview Baptist to hold Crossover Service
KANNAPOLIS — Centerview Baptist Church, 415 Walter St., will hold its 17th annual Crossover Service on Sunday night at 6 p.m., featuring six area church choirs, congregational singing, testimonies and more.
Piedmont Singing Men in concert at St. Paul’s
CHINA GROVE — The Piedmont Singing Men will present a gospel concert at Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ on Sunday at 6 p.m.
The church is located at 811 N. Enochville Ave, China Grove, (off West C St.). This is a free concert.
White Rock AME Zion to honor Alston, others
GRANITE QUARRY — This Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m., White Rock AME Zion Church, 785 White Rock Ave., will celebrate Black History Month by honoring some of the members of the church, including Brenda Alston and the Kitchen Committee.
Brenda Alston is the pastor’s administrative assistant, a job she has held for more than 15 years under the tenure of numerous pastors.
She earned her B.A. degree from Livingstone College and her Masters of Education degree from UNC-Charlotte.
She is retired from the Rowan-Salisbury School System, where she was a special education teacher, program compliance specialist, lead support teacher and interim Exceptional Children’s director.
She was recognized twice as Teacher of the Year at Knollwood Elementary and once as the ARC Rowan Educator of the year.
Also honored will be the Kitchen Committee, 10 industrious people who make sure that the food is prepared for the various events and celebrations of the church.
The Rev. Thomas Lee is the pastor.
The Faith Community Health Ministry
SPENCER — The Faith Community Health Ministry of Spencer Presbyterian Church will offer lunch and a presentation “About Your Heart” on Monday, Feb. 24 at 12:15 p.m. in the education building, open to all.
The church is located on 1st Street off Salisbury Avenue across from the entrance to the N.C. Transportation Museum.
The Rev. Barrie Kirby is pastor, 704-636-6223.
Lifeline Triumphant Pentecostal Church
Lifeline Triumphant Pentecostal Church will hold its first revival/crusade of 2014 on Feb. 26-28, at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
The theme scripture, Isaiah 43:18-19, will be presented by Bishop Tony O. Carter, presiding prelate of Triumphant Pentecostal Church, Apostolic, Inc. and pastor of Triumphant Pentecostal Church of Mt. Airy.
All services will be held at The Salvation Army, 620 Bringle Ferry Road.
For more information, contact Overseer Annie Smith at 704-279-0124 or Evangelist Natricia Bailey at 704-267-9335.