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Church Services


Calvary — Dr. Rick Cockerham, pastor: “Trusting God in a New Way,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 7 p.m., “Filled Afresh.”

Carmel — Ed Bitner, pastor: “Baptist Brotherhood Men’s Day,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “He Keeps Me Singing.” 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., “A Message from Malachi.”

Community — Chris O’Guin, pastor: “Just A Prayer Away,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Sweeter as the Days Go By.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., worship.

Dunn’s Mountain — Bill Little, pastor: “Jesus Needs to See You,” 11 a.m. Anthems, “Carry Me” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.”

Emmanuel, Bringle Ferry Road — Gene Sides, pastor: “Luke-Warm Christianity,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Down On My Knees.” 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., gospel singing.

First, China Grove — Baptist Men’s Day Guest Speaker Herman Absher, 10:55 a.m. Anthem, “Faith and Hope Medley.” 5 p.m., January Bible study and meal.

First, Cleveland — Joe Robbins, pastor: “Christian Influence in a Godless World,” 11 a.m.

First, Rockwell — Benny Vickrey, pastor: “The Conversion of a Career Woman,” 8 and 10:30 a.m.; 6 p.m, “Judah’s Condemnation.”

First, Salisbury — Dr. Kenneth Lance, pastor: “Tithes, Offerings and Thieves,” 8:30 and 11 a.m. Anthem, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” 6 p.m., January Jam II at worship center.

First, Spencer — Bob Smith, guest speaker: “Humility,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Amazing Grace.’ Baptist Men’s Day. 8 a.m., Baptist Men’s breakfast; 9:45 a.m., prayer and meditation; 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Fisher Street, Kannapolis — Joey Spry, pastor: “What’s Your Stumbling Block?” 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., worship.

High Rock Community, 7800 Bringle Ferry Road — Identical celebration services, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday; and 7 p.m. Saturdays.

Lighthouse, Landis — Tony S. Fox, pastor: “Faith Comes by Hearing,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., worship.

Macedonia — William Jackson, pastor: “The Gift of Salvation,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Amazing Grace.” 12:45 p.m., Baptist Training Union; 6 p.m., worship.

Milford Hills — Jerry Allen, pastor: “Baptist Men’s Day,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m, Sunday school; 6 p.m., praise service.

Neel Road — Dr. Charles Howell, interim pastor: “They Shall Know That I Am Jehovah,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Lift the Savior Up.” 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 6:30 p.m., worship.

North Main — Dr. W. Dale Robertson, pastor. Baptist Men’s Day,

8:15 and 11 a.m.

Oakdale, Spencer — Richard Gross, pastor: “God’s Earthly Renewal Plan,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Heavenly Medley.” 6 p.m., “In His Presence.”

Pine Ridge, China Grove — George Bradshaw, pastor: “The Negative Expression of True Religion.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 5:45 p.m., prayer room; 6 p.m., “Lot, From Sodom to Salt.”

Saint Luke — Arthur Heggins, pastor: “A Noticeable Difference.” Anthem, “There ‘s Power in the Blood.”

Southside — Ricky Brown, pastor: “Treasure On Earth,” 11 a.m.;

10 a.m., Sunday school; 5:30p.m., prayer rooms; 6 p. m., “When Resentment Shelters Your Dreams.”

Stallings Memorial — Robert Heard, pastor: “Can Conscience Be Our Guide?” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Wonderful Grace of Jesus.” 9:15 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m, “Bible Characters.”

Trading Ford — Mike Motley, pastor: “A Case for a Christian World View, Part III, A Basis for Morality,” 8:30 and 11 a.m.; 6:30 p.m., Nate Chambers, president, Pregnancy Support Center, guest speaker.

Trinity, 735 Klumac Road, Salisbury — Dr. Walter Kirk, pastor: “The Glory of the Cross,” 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., worship.

Roman Catholic

Sacred Heart — Masses, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:45, 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mass in Spanish, 7 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. The Rev. John Putnam, pastor; the Rev. Alejandro Ayala, parochial vicar; the Rev. Dr. Jim Mazur, deacon. Theme: “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

St. Francis of Assisi, Mocksville — Masses: Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Saturday Vigil, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 and 10:30 a.m. Mass in Spanish, 12:30 p.m. Bible study, 6 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Andrew Draper T.O.R., pastor. Theme: “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Orthodox Catholic

Blessed Sacrament Orthodox — Confession, 5 p.m. Saturday; Masses 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. Confession, 5 p.m. Saturdays. Stations of the Cross and Bible study 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Father William P. “Bill” Agner, pastor: “Faith.” For information, call 704-636-4385.

Christian Science

First, Salisbury — 11 a.m. Bible Lesson-Sermon: “Truth,” 11 a.m., Sunday school.


Christ, Cleveland — Holy Eucharist, 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker and celebrant.

St. Luke’s — Holy Eucharist and sermon, 8 and 10:30 a.m. the Rev. Whayne M. Hougland Jr., rector: “The Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany.” Anthem, “The Gift of Love.” 5:30 p.m., Evensong.

St. Matthew’s — Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9 a.m. Coffee hour and fellowship after service.

St. Paul’s — Holy Eucharist and sermon, 11 a.m. Nelson B. Hodgkins, vicar.

San Mateo, 4401 Statesville Blvd. — 1 p.m., Holy Eucharist in Spanish.

God’s Table

God’s Table, Rowan Helping Ministries — 11:30 a.m.


Temple Israel, Salisbury — 7:30 p.m., first Friday each month. Call 704-633-1702 for information or visit Web site: www.salisburytemple.org.


Amity, Cleveland — Clarence E. Sifford, pastor: “The More Excellent Way,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “The Gift of Love.” 8:30 a.m., Council; 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Bethel — Carroll L. Robinson, interim pastor: “Growing in Grace,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 3 p.m., Young Disciples go skating.

Calvary, Spencer — David Martin, interim pastor: “You Have Been Called,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “The Gift of Love.” 9:30 a.m., fellowship; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Christiana — Carl M. Haynes, pastor: “Realizing You are Known,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “The Gift of Love.” 9:15 a.m., Sunday school; 5 p.m., youth Fear Factor.

Concordia, China Grove — Dr. Larry Bost:”The Walking Book Walks!” 8:30 and 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Combined Adult Sunday school in Family Life Center with presentation by Gideons International and collection of love offering; 10:45 a.m., congregational meeting to receive 2007 annual reports and vote on two Endowment Fund trustees.

Ebenezer, China Grove — Michael Comer, pastor: “Acceptance or Rejection,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Go Forth to Life.” 5 p.m., “Da Vinci Code” forum.

Faith — Loyd Ginn, STS, pastor: “Walk With Me.” Anthem, “Offertory Medley.” 9 a.m., Faith Works contemporary worship; and 11 a.m., traditional worship. 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Good Shepherd WELS — Fred M. Archer, pastor: “Why Are You Afraid?” 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Haven — Dr. Marcus B. Hovis III, pastor: “One in the Gift of Love,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Love Has Come.”

Immanuel, Rockwell — Bruce Sheeks, pastor: “Different Kinds of Faith,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “I Believe.” Children’s sermon, “Finding the Key.” 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Lebanon — John Tucker, pastor: “Preaching on the Edge,” 10:30 a.m.

Lutheran Chapel, China Grove — Bill Connelly, pastor: “Who’s In, Who’s Out?” 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels.” 8:30 a.m., Holy Communion; 10 a.m., social time; 3:30 p.m., GriefShare.

Messiah — the Rev. Milbert Kurtz, speaker: “What Good is Preaching?” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Mount Zion, Richfield — R.F. Mitschke, pastor: “They Said ‘No’,” 10:30 a.m.

New Bethel, Richfield — Glenn C. Reichley, interim pastor: “Jesus’ Mission and Ours,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

New Hope, Kannapolis — Doug Kearney, interim pastor: “What Love Does,” 8:30 and 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Organ — Terrell Long, pastor: “Purpose for Life,” 10:30 a.m. Children’s sermon, “No Crowd Pleaser.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

Prince of Peace — Maurice Staley, pastor: “God’s Outreaching Love,” 11 a.m.

St. Enoch, Kannapolis — John Mark Beam, pastor: “Say What, Jesus?” 8:45 and 11 a.m.

St. James, Rockwell — Craig E. Sigmon, pastor. Youth-led service, 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school. Called congregational council meeting after worship.

St. John’s — 8:30 a.m. (chapel) 10:45 a.m. (sanctuary) Jennifer Ginn, pastor: “Who’s In Charge Here?” 9 a.m., Contemporary Center Celebration, Carl R. Sachtleben, pastor: “Clearing the Air: Baptism.” Anthem, 10:45 a.m., “To God, All Praise and Glory.” 8:30 a.m., Holy Communion; 9:50 a.m., Sunday school.

St. Luke’s, Mount Ulla — Mary Louise Sitton, pastor. Worship, 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Arise, Shine.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

St. Mark’s — Chad R. Walker, pastor: “Truth Hurts,” 10:30 a.m. Communion. 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

St. Matthew’s — Gary S. Coble, pastor: “These Three,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

St. Paul’s — Alex Free, Garrett Powlas and Lawson Seropian, speakers: “How God and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Has Influenced Our Lives,” 10:30 a.m. Anthems, “God’s Dear Book” and “Morning Has Broken.” 9 a.m., Fellowship in the Hall; noon, congregational covered-dish lunch.

Salem — Donald M. Phillips, pastor: “Face to Face with God,” 9 a.m., Salem Praise and Worship Gathering; and 11 a.m., traditional service. Anthem, 11 a.m., “Ladder of Mercy.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 4 p.m., confirmation.

Trinity, Landis — Jarrod Lanning, pastor: “Smart Sound,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “God Will Make a Way.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

Trinity Oaks Lutheran Community — Darrell Norris, chaplain. Service at nursing home chapel, 10:45 a.m. Vesper service at retirement center chapel at 3:30 p.m.

Union — the Rev. T.C. Plexico, guest speaker: “And it Came to Pass,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

Wittenberg, Granite Quarry — Thomas Cogan, pastor: “How’s Your Love Life?” 10 a.m. Anthem, “The Gift of Love.” “Prelude in F Major,” by Michael Shuping. 8:30 a.m., coffee fellowship; 9 a.m., Sunday school.


Bethel — Sherri Barnes, pastor: “Two Coats,” 11 a.m.

Central, Spencer — Dr. Robert McLawhorn, pastor: “A Better Way,” 9 and 11 a.m. Anthem, “It is Well with My Soul.” Noon, lunch by youth; 5 p.m., prayer group.

Christ — Jim King, pastor: “Giving God Our Best,” 8:30 and 11 a.m.; 5:30 p.m., Disciple Bible study.

Cleveland — Shirley Jones, pastor: “God Works in Mysterious Ways,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school Bible study class; 12:30 p.m., soup and salad luncheon.

Ebenezer — Floyd J. Wood, pastor: “Hard Headed. Hard Hearted, and Forever Lost,” 11 a.m.

First, China Grove — Vance Lowe, pastor: “Cast Your Bread in 2007,” Part III, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Anthem, “I Will Be Christ to You.”

First, Salisbury — Thomas L. Griffis, pastor: “Wonderful Words of Life: Labor,” 8:45 and 10:55 a.m. Anthem, “Offertory.” Anthem, 10:55 a.m., “Go Not Far from Me, O God.”

Gays Chapel — Tony Jeffrey Jordan, pastor: “Keep the Center, Central,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

Grace — Donna Strickland Smith, pastor: “You Can!!” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Shine, Jesus Shine.”

Liberty, Gold Hill — Mark Helms, pastor: “A Lord Of Two Worlds,” 10:55 a.m. Communion.

Milford Hills — David C. Hockett, pastor: “Heart Religion,” 8:30 and 11 a.m. Anthem, “I Must Tell Jesus.”

Mount Tabor — Dale W. Bost, pastor: “God Calls Us,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “I Feel Like Traveling On.” 4 p.m., Evangelism workshop.

Park Avenue — Annalee Allen, pastor: “God Speaks in Many Ways,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “The Beautiful Garden of Prayer.” 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Rock Grove — Randy Lucas, pastor: “The Word, The Wall, and the Witness,” 8:30 and 11 a.m. Anthem, “Jesus is Lord of All.” 9:45 a.m., opening; 10 a.m., Sunday school; noon, fundraiser lunch with vegetable soup and cornbread.

Rockwell — Dr. John F. Blalock Jr., pastor: “Quality Control,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “What a Friend.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

Shiloh, Granite Quarry — Jonathan Marlowe, pastor: “Love Never Ends.” Anthem, “Gift of Love.”

Soldiers Memorial AME Zion — Dr. Grant Harrison Jr., pastor: “Ships That Never Sail.” Anthems, “My Soul is Satisfied” and “You Can’t Hurry God.”

Unity, Kannapolis — Carl Settle, pastor: “Open Eyes, Open Hearts, Open Minds,” 8:45 and 10:55 a.m.

Other congregations

Agape Faith Christian Center — Worship and children’s church, 10:30 a.m. Danny Dillard, pastor.

Bethany Bible Chapel — Speaker 11 a.m., Michael Thomas. 9:30 a.m., Lord’s Supper.

Central Church of Christ — Chris Townsend: “The Hour Has Come,” 10P30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Bible study; 6 p.m., “Seeing the Glory of God.”

Connecting Point United Pentecostal, 1325 Faith Road — Perry Harris, pastor: “Too Poor to Be Saved,” 6 p.m.

Dayspring Community — Gerry Steedley, pastor: “The Family,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Here in This House.” 10:05 a.m., Discipleship.

First Assembly of God, Landis — William H. Coughlin, pastor: “What it Means to Answer God’s Call,” 10:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., combined worship service at Christian Fellowship Church, Kannapolis.

First Christian, Salisbury — Jonathan Laws, speaker, 10:40 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Communion at both services.

First Reformed Church, Landis — David P. Franks, pastor: “The Motivation of Stewardship,” 8:15 and 11 a.m. Anthem, “He’s Everything to Me.” 9:15 a.m., breakfast; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Grace Bible, Rockwell — Dennis Chapmon, pastor: “Living Godly in an Ungodly World,” 11 a.m.; 6 p.m., continuation: “Fostering the Harvest.”

Grace (Lower Stone), Rockwell — Kevin Gilliam, pastor: “God’s Saving Power,” 11 a.m.; 9 a.m., confirmation; 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Landmark — Benny R. Hillard, pastor: “Just Ahead: Revival or Revolution,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Glorious City of God.” 6 p.m., Kenneth Shoaf, speaker.

Landmark Holiness, Rockwell — Frank Long, pastor: “Why Women Should Not Wear Men’s Apparel.”

Lyerly Evangelical — Junior Gaither, pastor: “Be the Church,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “O Lord, Our Lord.” 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

Maranatha Bible — Bob Freitas, pastor: “How to Win Over Worry, ” 10 a.m.; 6 p.m., Care groups.

NorthGate — Ken Koontz, pastor: “What Does Eternity Really Mean?” 10 a.m.

Remnant in Christ Outreach Worship Center, Geneva Oglesby Community Center, Granite Quarry — Miriam P. Keller, pastor: “The Prophetic Word,” 10:30 a.m.

Resurrection Life Church, 216 S. Main St. — Jerry L. Snipes, pastor: “Ministry of Nurture,” 10 a.m. Anthem, “I Just Want to Be Where You Are.” 9:30 a.m., prayer and fellowship time; 6 p.m., Service of Healing and Prayer. For more information, call 704-638-0002.

St. Luke’s Reformed — Johnny Boggs, pastor: “On Purpose,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “His Grace is Sufficient.”

Shiloh Reformed Church, Faith — Wayne Trexler, interim pastor: “The Deal of a Lifetime,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “God is There.” 8:45 a.m., Handbells; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Thomas St. Church of Christ — William Latten, pastor: “Gathering Fruit Unto Life Eternal,” 11 a.m.; 6 p.m., “Love the Brethren.”

Wall of Fire Outreach, 3085 Old Union Church Road — Jeffery McClain, pastor: “Death is Not Your Sentence,” 6 tonight. Anthem, “From Precept to Precept from Glory to Glory.”

West Innes Street Church of Christ — Steve Short, minister: “Success Does Not Happen Accidentally,” 10:30 a.m; 9:30 a.m., Bible study; 6 p.m., congregational singing. Communion at both services.

Zoë Church of Deliverance, 1131 Grady St. — the Rev. Troy Russell of Grace Worship Center, speaker, 6 p.m.


Back Creek (PCA), Mount Ulla — Bill Thrailkill, pastor: “Dears, Tears, Years and Fears,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Nearer, Still Nearer.” 10 a.m., Sunday school; 6:30 p.m., “A Peaceful Home.”

Cleveland — Larry Pittman, supply pastor: “In Touch with Reality,” 11 a.m.; 10:15 a.m., Sunday school.

DaySpring (ARP), 3875 Statesville Blvd. — Brian Phillips, pastor: “Our Great Advocate,” 11 a.m. Communion. 10 a.m., Sunday school; 6 p.m., “World Cults and Religions.”

First, Salisbury — Dr. Jim C. Dunkin, pastor: “The Absolutely Indispensable Feature of a Church,” 8:30 and 11 a.m. Anthem, “Love Never Ends.” 8:45 a.m., Life Center Worship service at Lewis Hall in new Family Life Center. 10 a.m., Sunday school; 10:40 a.m., congregational meeting in sanctuary. Two cents a meal offering collected at all services.

Greater Harvest, 2445 Umberger Road, Cleveland — Dr. David L. Olah, ARP pastor: The Atonement,” 9:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Immanuel, 365 Brown Road, China Grove — Barrie M. Kirby, pastor: “When E.F. Hutton Spoke,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; session meeting after worship.

John Calvin — Marvin Lindsay III, pastor: “The Way of Love,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels.” 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Maupin Avenue (ARP) — Randy Foster, pastor: “Life At Its Best,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “I Will Follow.” 10 a.m., Sunday school.

New Hope PCA, China Grove — James Byers, pastor: “The Chief End of Prayer,” 11 a.m.; 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Prospect, Mooresville — Joanne Hull, pastor: “The Word of The Lord is With You,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Lord Most High.” 10 a.m., Sunday school. Report of Mission Team to Mississippi.

Second, Salisbury — Dr. Roger Mackey, pastor: “Sermons From the Mount: The Power of Love,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Spencer — Elinor Wilburn, pastor: “Operators Are Standing By,” 11 a.m.; 8 a.m., Session.

StillWaters (PCA), 2324 S. Main St. (KidSports) — P. Cameron Kirker, pastor: “God’s Earth Orchard,” Part IV, “The Late-Blooming Fruit: Patience,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Break Thou the Bread of Life.” Lord’s Supper.

Third Creek, Cleveland — Dr. Ed Lewis, interim pastor: “Whose Side Is God On?” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Creation Will Be at Peace.”

Thyatira at Millbridge — Sandra “Sandy” McNeill Kern, pastor: “A Matter of Interpretation,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “How Lovely, Lord.” 10 a.m., Sunday school; annual congregational meeting after worship.

Unity, Woodleaf — Jennie Leake Hemrick, pastor. The Rev. Bryan McFarland, Hunger Action Enabler for Salem Presbytery, guest speaker: “Hungry For the Word,” 10:30 a.m. Special music by guest speaker. 9:30 a.m., Sunday school.

United Church of Christ

First, Salisbury — Jim Humphrey, pastor: “The Greatest of These, 11 a.m. Anthem, “Here I Am, Lord.” 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

Mount Hope — David L. Crook, interim pastor: “Jesus The Preacher,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Just A Little Talk With Jesus.” 10 a.m., Sunday school; congregational meeting after service with lunch provided.

Mount Zion, China Grove — William J. Campbell, pastor: “The Key to a Successful Marriage,” 11 a.m. Anthems, “The Gift of Love,” and “Count to Ten.”

St. Paul’s, Enochville — Phred Causey, interim pastor: “Living Love,” 10:30 a.m. Anthem, “Here I Am, Lord.” 9:15 a.m., Breakfast/Bible study.

Ursinus, Rockwell — Jim Staunton, pastor: “Love: The Most Excellent Way,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Youth — Presentation on Souper Bowl of Caring.


Gold Hill — Mark Loman, pastor: “Get Closer,” 11 a.m.; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school.

St. Paul, Old Beatty Ford Road, Gold Hill — Roland Smith, pastor: “Two Men Before God,” 11 a.m. Anthem, “There’s Something About That Name.” 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Trinity Wesleyan — Ernest Mullins, pastor: “Who Gets The Credit?” 10:45 a.m.; 1:30 p.m., Door of Hope; 6 p.m., local church conference with building plan update.


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