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Faith briefs

CLEVELAND ó The Building is celebrating its third annual Mother’s Day Gospel Explosion this Sunday. There will be a day of live gospel singing and food.
Special guest will be The Original Sensationalaires of Lexington. Their lead singer, Roland Carter, is known throughout the Carolinas as an emcee and radio personality.
Also performing will be the Heavenly Voices of Charlotte, and The Messengers for Christ of Cleveland.
Dinner will be served from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $12; at the door, $15.
For tickets call Tommy Cuthbertson (704)640-1287, Sandra Cornelius (704)315-1277 or Paul Cuthbertson (704)267-3557.
World peace
“Let’s Get Connected Day” will be held at Dan Nicholas Park next Saturday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The purpose is to enjoy live entertainment and witness the planting of a World Peace Pole with prayer in eight different languages. The pole will be planted next to the merry-go-round. Free coupons for $1 rides, exhibits or ice cream/food will be given to the first 100 visitors at the Stanback outdoor theater.
Southern City
EAST SPENCER ó The W.H. & O.M. Society will observe Mother’s Day during the morning worship service on Sunday. The Rev. Winnie I. Speas is the speaker for this program.
Speas is the wife of the Rev. William Speas, pastor of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church in Woodleaf. They are the parents of six children and have 21 grandchildren. The Speas reside in Tobaccoville.
The oldest and youngest mothers of the church will be recognized. The women are asked to wear white for the occasion. Everyone is welcomed to attend.
Elisa Jones serves as the parent body president of the W.H. & O.M. Society. The Rev. Thomas D. Lee is the host pastor.
Free movie night
CHINA GROVE ó First Baptist Church, 302 Patterson St., China Grove, will host a free movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, in its Family Life Center.
The evening’s movie will be “Facing the Giants.” It is rated PG for some thematic elements.
Free drinks, popcorn and snacks will be served.
For more information, call the church office at 704-857-5415.
Cornerstone church
Purpose Institute Bible College located on the Cornerstone campus will be holding graduation exercises Sunday, May 17 at 11 a.m.
The college was inaugurated at Cornerstone during the fall of 2007. In total, Purpose Institute has colleges in 15 states and four countries. The curriculum is biblically based and designed to develop leadership skills for every level of ministry.
Degrees offered are associates and bachelors and graduates are eligible to apply for a minister’s license. Graduation is open to the public and will be held at The Event Center, 315 Webb Road.
The next semester of Purpose Institute begins August 2009.Classes meet one weekend per month during four consecutive months.
Contact jason@cornerstone-church.net for more information and registration.
Macedonia Missionary
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 2865 Enon Church Road will offer an usher anniversary service at 3 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be the Rev. Pamela Jackson, associate Minister of Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship Inc., Thomasville. The host is trustee Leroy Feamster, president.
The evening fellowship service will be at 6 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Tommy Walker, associate minister of Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship Inc., Thomasville. Host pastor is Dr. W. T. Jackson.
Danny Wallace
Danny Wallace is returning to share his talent and testimony in the greater Salisbury area at 7 p.m. this evening. He and his sons will appear in concert at Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road.
The event is free. An offering will be taken.
Wallace tells his history of abuse and neglect and the obstacles he had to face to overcome them.
For more information, call 704-202-9638.
Love Christian Center
EAST SPENCER ó Love Christian Center will present a Mother’s Day Service this Sunday at 11 a.m. with the honorary Mother Pearl Sheffield as speaker.
The Mens Department will be serving dinner.
Love Christian Center also presents the “Blessed and Highly Favored Concert” May 17, featuring Eternity of Morganton. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The program starts at 4 p.m.
Host pastor is Bishop Ronald Hash and Lady Hash.
Planning meeting
A planning and support meeting with the SRMA/NCCJ ministers will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St. Salisbury, at noon Thursday, May 14.
The hosts will be Senior Pastor Stephen D. Haines and the Rev. Martha Ballard.
Dr. Samuel Dansokho will be the special guest.
For more information, see the Community and Spiritual Leaders website, www.otey-ministry.info, or call 704-640-0242.
Worship in park
Three Presbyterian Congregations will worship together at Dan Nicholas Park on Sunday, May 17 at 11 a.m.
The public is invited to join with Second, Franklin and John Calvin Presbyterian Churches for the service which will include lots of music and celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Dress is casual, and a pot luck lunch follows at shelter #1.
Church Women United
The Salisbury-Rowan unit of Church Women United in NC celebrated its annual May Friendship Day in the fellowship hall of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church on May 1.
The 157 attendees were welcomed by Betty Jo Hardy, president of SRCWU, and Jean Lowery, host church Women’s Missionary Group president and SRCWU Ecumenical Celebrations chair. Teresa Phelps, Gethsemane’s pastor’s wife, gave the blessing for the meal.
The day’s program began with the ingathering of coins for the International Fellowship of the Least Coin, a program begun more than 50 years ago and part of CWU’s national movement. Flo Peck, Communications chair, cited the fact that in 2001, Rowan County was among the international recipients of these funds.
Deborah Bamby of First Calvary Missionary Baptist, led the group in the Prayer of Dedication as written by the founder of FLC, Shanti Solomon.
The national theme “Building on Our Stories” was highlighted with reflections by Jacquelyn Sims, chaplain. Scriptures were read by Montrella Davis, Ecumenical Action chair and Sacred Heart representative, and Dellene Gudger, secretary.
Other program participants included Barbara Bumgardner of St. John’s Lutheran; Gwendolyn Ellis, Ecumenical Development chair from Moore’s Chapel AME Zion; Genny Reed, Wellspring chair; and Martha West of John Calvin Presbyterian. Musical accompaniment was provided by Ernestine Ingram of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.
The Rev. Annalee Allen, SRCWU ministerial representative, and Jean Lowery participated in receiving the MFD Offering, half of which remained with SRCWU, which currently budgets four community groups. Allen also blessed the ingathering of pillows, sheets and shower shoes which were given to the Family Crisis Council.
Manie Richardson, MFD Chair, spoke of the collective involvement of the 13 Outstanding Young Church Women who were recognized for 2009. As she called forward each young woman, Hardy presented each a certificate and Genny Reed, compiler of the OYCW information, presented each a booklet that included all the names, statistics and information that their church had submitted. Those active young church women and their respective churches are as follows: Teresa Adams, Gethsemane Missionary Baptist; Missie Alcorn, First United Church of Christ; Sonja Allison, Sandy Ridge AME Zion; Elizabeth Brady, Milford Hills United Methodist; Donna Cuthbertson, Cedar Grove AME Zion; Monique Frost, Trinity Presbyterian; Lisa Hickey, Franklin Presbyterian; Nichole Hill, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist; Pamela C. Ingram, St. Luke Baptist; Melanie Miller, First United Methodist; Kimberly Mutz, New Zion Baptist; Suzette Pritchard, First Presbyterian; Keshia Sherrill, First Calvary Baptist
Eight denominations and 22 unit churches were represented at the meeting. The attendance banner was won by St. Luke Baptist and the Nanduti Banner remained with the host church.
The next celebration of the Salisbury-Rowan unit of CWU in NC will be at Southern City AME Zion on Aug.7. The public is invited.
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