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Faith briefs

The member congregations of the Downtown Salisbury Cooperative Parish of the United Methodist Church have launched the Community Prayer Tour, a monthly prayer outreach aimed at providing intercessory prayer for individuals, organizations and businesses in Salisbury.
The outreach involves members of the three parish congregations visiting locations throughout Salisbury on one Saturday each month to offer intercessory prayer, which is prayer offered by the faithful on behalf of someone in need of God’s intervention in his or her life.
Prayer requests may be offered at 704-636-5417.
The prayer tour van will stop at each prayer request location so parish members may offer prayers while seated in the van. Parish members will not exit the van at prayer stops unless specifically asked to do so.
The parish includes congregations at Coburn Memorial, Main Street and Park Avenue United Methodist churches. Coburn Memorial Church also serves as the location for De Madres, a ministry with Hispanic families in Salisbury, while Park Avenue Church serves as the location for New Tomorrows, a joint effort with Rowan Helping Ministries to assist homeless shelter guests.
For more information, contact the Rev. Annalee Allen at 704-636-2241 or visit http://coburn.parkaveumc.googlepages.com.
First Baptist
CHINA GROVE ó First Baptist Church of China Grove, 302 Patterson St., will be hosting its 121st homecoming this Sunday at 11 a.m. The service will be followed by a covered dish meal.
Nursery and child care will be provided for the celebration service.
First Baptist’s “Corner Place” (adjacent house recently purchased) is now being temporarily occupied by a ministry couple, the Rev. Jim and Jan Stamp, who are transitioning to this area. They will be out of town for the celebration, but will be opening the home for members and all others to tour and see the improvements they have made to the house.
First United Methodist
Seniors get connected with friends as the Methodist Connection celebrates fall with a Fall Jubilee luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at noon in the church fellowship hall.
The meal, featuring barbecued chicken, will be catered. The cost per person is $7 with registration requested.
Becky Lippard, Graham Carlton and Matthew Weaver will provide musical entertainment.
Register in the church office or call the office at 704-636-3121.
Marable Memorial
KANNAPOLIS ó Marable Memorial AME Zion Church will celebrate its 101st anniversary/homecoming on Oct. 11. The Rev. Alexander Porter and Bethpage Presbyterian Church will be the special guests for the 3 p.m. service.
Following the homecoming will be revival services Oct. 12-15 as follows: Monday, the Rev. Debra Hall, Reeves Temple AME Zion Church, Davidson; Tuesday, the Rev. Henry McNeil, First Baptist Church, Kannapolis; Wednesday, the Rev. J. Jeremiah Leach, Mary Holly Grove AME Zion Church, Elizabeth City; Thursday, Pastor Bryan Pierce, Bethel Baptist Church Ministries, Kannapolis.
Services will begin 7 p.m. nightly. The public is invited to attend.
First Baptist
SPENCER ó The congregation of First Baptist Church in Spencer will celebrate homecoming this Sunday at its 11 a.m. service.
The Rev. Wayne Oakes from Fuquay Varina will be guest speaker. He was the pastor at First Baptist from 1979 to 1989. He is retired from the N.C. Baptist Convention as senior consultant for churches in conflict. He is currently doing contract work with the N.C. Convention.
United House of Prayer
The United House of Prayer for All People will celebrate its 83rd annual Holy Convocation at 2321 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
The Hon. Bishop C.M. Bailey will be present each night. A band competition will be held on Saturday afternoonand a baptismal service on Sunday around noon. Sunday services will start at 5 or 6 p.m.
Kannapolis revival
KANNAPOLIS ó Revival services will be held at North Kannapolis Baptist Church Sunday through Wednesday evenings, Oct. 18-21. The speaker will be the Rev. Todd Marlow, pastor of Westmoreland Baptist Church, Charlotte.
Sunday service will begin at 6 p.m. Services Monday through Wednesday will begin at 7 p.m. nightly.
The church is located at 312 Locust St., Kannapolis. A nursery will be provided.
Call 704-933-2125 for additional information.
Centerview Baptist
KANNAPOLIS ó Centerview Baptist Church, 415 Walter St., will be hosting the six-week sermon series “One Month to Live” every Sunday evening beginning Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.
This small group experience is based on the New York Times best selling book by the same name. The public is cordially invited, but sign-up is necessary for small group placement.
Please contact the church, 704-933-2331, to sign up or for information.
Franklin Presbyterian
Oct. 11 is homecoming Sunday at Franklin Presbyterian Church.
The church will be celebrating “Lay Sunday” as it honors the ministry of the laity. The speaker will be Michael D. Williams, a lay leader in the church who was trained as a lay speaker.
The youth will lead in special praise music, the children’s sermon, and a worship skit, “The Petrified Son.” Other lay leaders in the service will be Tim Potter and Doug Foxworth.
The worship service will be followed by dinner on the grounds.
Franklin Presbyterian is located off Hwy. 601 and W. Ridge Road.
Word of Life
In celebration of Clergy Appreciation Month, the Word of Life Family Worship Center congregation will recognize its pastors, Dr. Martha and Elder Clinton Starks, during the 10 a.m. service this Sunday, with special music and presentations.
In March, Martha Starks celebrated 30 years as senior pastor of the ministry. Clinton Starks now assists her in ministry.
The speaker for this service will be the Rev. Tony Snipes, an associate minister at Word of Life.
For additional information, call the church at 704-633-2431. The church is located at 726 E. Liberty St. in Salisbury.
Ebenezer UMC
Ebenezer United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Hwy. 801 and Sherrills Ford Road, will hold a revival Oct. 11-14 each evening at 7 p.m., except the Sunday evening service, which will be at 6 p.m.
The Rev. Jack Luther, former minister at Gay’s Chapel and Centenary United Methodist Churches, will be preaching each evening.
For further information, call the Rev. Floyd J. Wood, minister, 704-278-0306.
Highest Praise bazaar
CHINA GROVE ó Due to a scheduling conflict, Highest Praise Church, 1700 Bostian Road, will have to change the date of its fall bazaar from Nov. 7 to Dec. 5.
The bazaar will be 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be crafts, baked items and vendors.
For questions call 704-857-6500, ext. 6.
Antioch Baptist
GRANITE QUARRY ó The Men of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate their annual Men’s Day starting Saturday morning with a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. with the Rev. Arthur Heggins of St. Luke Baptist Church as speaker.
At 3 p.m. the Rev. Thomas Wyatt of Dorsett Chapel United Church of Christ, will be the speaker, accompanied by his congregation.
Antioch is located at 602 S. Salisbury Ave.
First Baptist
KANNAPOLIS ó First Baptist Church, 101 N. Main St. Kannapolis, presents the North Carolina Baptist Singers and Orchestra in their first concert of the 2009 season Monday, Oct. 12 at 6:45 p.m.
The public is invited.
For more information, call 704-938-4697.
Lutheran Chapel
CHINA GROVE ó Homecoming will be celebrated at Lutheran Chapel Church Oct. 11, with the Rev. Don Phillips as speaker.
Phillips served Lutheran Chapel 1978-1984. He is currently pastor for Salem Lutheran Church.
Special music will be under the direction of organist Ann Brown and associate director Phyllis Daugherty.
Services will be held at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. There will be a picnic lunch after the service.
Love Christian Center
EAST SPENCER ó Love Christian Center’s music department will present a fall concert” today at 4 p.m. Featured guests include Inhabited Praise Ministry from Washington, D.C.; Love Christian Center’s Praise Team; New Vision of Kannapolis; Anointed Voices of Salisbury; Cedar Grove AME Zion Gospel Choir of Baer; and Tyeishe Campbell of Spoken Word.
Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., and the concert will start at 4 p.m.
Pastor Ezra T. Maize will speak at Love Christian Center, 102 N. Long St., East Spencer, this Sunday at 11 a.m.
Maize is senior pastor of First AME Zion Churchin Knoxville, Tenn. He is a graduate of Livingstone College, and continued his studies at Cincinnati Theological Seminary
Maize has served for two years as the president of the NAACP Knoxville Chapter. He conducts motivational speaking workshops.
Maize is currently working with Austin-East High School ń an urban school that is in dire need of improving its attendance records among the students. Since he has started working with Austin-East, there has been significant improvement in the school and with the students.
For more information contact Cedrick Hash at 704-433-1341.
Pine Ridge Baptist
CHINA GROVE ó Pine Ridge Baptist Church is offering “Sunday Adventures,” a new ministry for children. Parents unable to stay may sign their children in and pick them up between noon and 12:15 p.m.
After signing in, the children will have a light breakfast. There will be an opportunity to learn music, biblical stories, crafts, and plenty of fun and games. At 11 a.m., the group will join in the morning worship
The teachers in this class completed classes in early childhood development from Rowan Cabarrus Community College.
Following the morning worship the congregation will have lunch in the fellowship hall.
At 6 p.m. there will be a candlelight communion and baptismal service.
For more information, call 704-857-3182, or 704-783-5725.
Gold Hill UMC
GOLD HILL ó Historic Gold Hill United Methodist Church (1848) will celebrate a traditional homecoming Sunday at 11 a.m.
Following a time for meeting and greeting old and new friends and a special message by Pastor Anthony Moore, there will be an old-fashioned homecoming dinner on the grounds. All are welcome.
Gold Hill UMC is located at 535 St. Stephens Road, Gold Hill. For information call 704-279-3687.
Cornerstone
On Oct. 11 at the 9 and 11 a.m. services, Cornerstone Church, “the Church of many Nations” honors clergy men and women. The public is invited.
Tina Godair has started a women’s ministry called “Girlfriends” which will be meeting at The Event Center at 6 p.m. Sunday, calling all women to unite for a dramatization and study of women of the Bible.
The church is located at 315 Webb Road.
For more information call 704-855-1218.
Woodleaf UMC
WOODLEAF ó Woodleaf United Methodist Church is pleased to host a performance by “The Noblemen,” from Tennessee.
This special Saturday night performance begins tonight at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to this free concert (a love offering will be collected). Light refreshments will be served.
The church is located between Hwy 801 and Cool Springs Road in Woodleaf (behind Woodleaf Elementary School).
On Sunday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., the church will host “Journey In Faith.” The public is invited for entertainment, fellowship, fun, and food.
Poplar Grove Baptist
CONCORD ó Poplar Grove Baptist Church, 3476 Poplar Tent Road, presents Keith Plott in a southern gospel concert, “In the Name of Jesus” Sunday at 6 p.m.
Plott, who grew up in Kannapolis, is currently engaged in a solo career. He has sung bass for groups such as Brian Free and Assurance, Danny Funderburk and Mercy’s Way and Safe Harbor. He has to his credit multiple Southern Gospel Fanfare Awards and a Southern Gospel Music Association Dove Award.
He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the National Quartet Convention.
Plott has had four number one songs on radioactive airplay.com.
For more information, visit www.keithplott.com.
Cleveland pastor
Cleveland First Baptist Church has called the Rev. Bobby Seagroves as interim pastor, effective Oct. 4.
Seagroves has been a pastor in North Carolina for 52 years, including five years as Rowan Baptist Associational Missionary. He served at China Grove First Baptist for seven years and Calvary Baptist in Salisbury for nine years. He has served as interim pastor at Dunn’s Mountain, Franklin, Stallings and Cleveland First Baptist.
Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m, Morning Worship is at 11 a.m, Evening Worship is at 5 p.m, and Wednesday night Prayer Meeting is at 7.
The public is invited to attend any services.
Third Creek AME Zion
CLEVELAND ó The Third Creek AME Zion Church, 415 E. Main St., Cleveland, will celebrate homecoming this Sunday. Lunch will be served at 2 in the afternoon.
Dr. Patricia Tyson and members of Cedar Grove AME Zion Church of Cleveland will be in charge of the 3 p.m. service.
Revival services will follow Oct. 13-15 with Dr. Calvin Miller, presiding elder of the Winston-Salem District, as the evangelist for the week.
Area churches have been invited to attend, with praise service starting at 7 p.m. each evening:
Tuesday: Moore’s Chapel, Soldier’s Memorial, Mount Vernon Presbyterian, Mount Zion Boyden Quarters, St. John, Sill’s Creek, Sandy Ridge, Marable Memorial, Cameron Presbyterian, Providence, Macedonia Baptist;
Wednesday: Allen Temple Presbyterian, Smith Chapel Pentecostal, Moore’s Chapel, Ardis Chapel, New Hope, White Rock, South Iredell, Calvary Presbyterian and Ambassadors for Jesus Christ;
Thursday: Knox Grove, Mount Tabor, Miller’s Chapel, St. Luke Baptist, Southern City, Liberty, Zion Wesley, Elmwood and New Shepherd.
Drama ministry
CHINA GROVE ó A drama ministry with special guests Mike and Trina Leonard takes place Oct. 11 at the 6:30 p.m. service at South China Grove Church of God, 163 Third Ave.
The program invites the audience to experience the life of Jesus through the eyes of a Roman soldier. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken.
For more information contact the pastor, Joyce Miles, at 704-467-4555.

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