Faith briefs

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

KANNAPOLIS ó This Sunday, March 15, First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis will hold a Boy Scout Sunday service at 10:55 a.m. in the sanctuary.
During the service, David Boyd and Andrew Edscorn will receive their Eagle Scout awards. As part of its Centennial Year Celebration, the congregation also will celebrate the rich heritage of Scouting at First Presbyterian.
The church sponsored the first Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops in Kannapolis. Boy Scout Troop 36 (formerly Troop 1) was begun in 1931.
Including Boyd and Edscorn, 133 boys have achieved the Eagle rank, 164 have been inducted into the Order of Arrow from the troop, and 30 have received the God and Country award.
The troop is best known in this region for its annual hike to Camp Barnhardt, on Badin Lake, which was begun in 1967.
Troop 36 meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the church, and welcomes new members. For more information, call 704-938-4623.
Blood drive
KANNAPOLIS ó First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, March 17, from 2:30 to 7 p.m., in the fellowship hall. As part of its Centennial Celebration, the church has set a goal of collecting 100 pints of blood for the Red Cross during the year.
This is the first drive of the three that are planned, and the congregation appreciates the support of the community in helping it to reach its goal.
While appointments are not necessary, they do help to expedite the registration process. Call the church at 704-938-4623 to make an appointment.
Concert at First UMC
First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., will host a performance by the Winston-Salem Children’s Chorus at 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Good News Crew
The Good News Crew will be coming to Grace United Methodist Church, 846 Faith Road, on March 22 at 7 p.m.
This is a musical and inspirational show. Special lighting effects, unique props, black light puppetry and expressive drama enhance this one hour presentation.
The Good News Crew Puppet Troupe is an outreach ministry of Tyro United Methodist Church. This 14-member team, in its 15th year of touring, travels each weekend in November through March.
Good Shepherd
COOLEEMEE ó Has the current economic crisis affected your family, friends or business? Has the word “greed” crossed your mind as you watch the nightly news?
The congregation of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Cooleemee believes that the Bible might be one place we can go to rethink the causes of this worldwide economic catastrophe.
Church members invite people of faith to join them for a community forum titled “Greed” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17.
The church is located at the corner of Church and Cross streets. The forum will take place in the parish house behind the church. Parking is available off Cross Street.
The nation’s leaders, say Rev. Fred Clarkson, have taken “unprecedented steps to take us back to where we were” before the crisis. “Yet, do we really want to go back there?”
Clarkson believes that for quite some time the nation’s business and economic life has been divorced from the moral underpinnings and beliefs held by most Christians and other people of faith.
The public is invited to come and express their feelings about this crisis, get a better grasp of facts about what caused it and discuss what scripture has to say about such topics as greed, usury and related moral issues.Kimball Memorial
KANNAPOLIS ó Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, will begin a new session of Financial Peace University on Sunday, March 29.
This course includes videos of Dave Ramsey, nationally known financial management expert, and a workbook that helps to harness your own finances into a manageable format. The community is invited to participate.
Call to register or for more information and the cost for the materials. This session will be lead by Vicki McCombs and Eric Jones.
Call 704-933-4101 or visit
Jerusalem Baptist
SPENCER ó Jerusalem Baptist Church will sponsor 100 women in black as they host their annual Missionary Day program this Sunday during the regular 11 a.m. service.
This year’s dress code specifies black dress.
The speaker for the occasion will be Jerusalem’s former associate minister, the Rev. Phyllis Jones, previously a resident of Salisbury, and who presently resides in Fayetteville and is the assistant district attorney for Cumberland County.
Jerusalem’s choir, also dressed in black, will render the music, with special remarks from Missionary president, Cynthia Stoner.
The Rev. David L. Bracken is the senior pastor. The church is located at 1570 North Long St. Extension in Spencer.
Woodleaf UMC
WOODLEAF ó Woodleaf United Methodist Church is having singer/songwriter/ ventriloquist Brent Vernon perform March 18 at 7 p.m.
Woodleaf UMC is located at 9000 Church St., between Hwy 801 and Cool Springs Road, across from Woodleaf Elementary School.
Vernon has toured in 48 states, as well as Canada, Australia and the Caribbean. This performance is for all ages. The concert is free and open to the public. A love offering will be taken.
Also this Sunday will be the Third Sunday Night Sing. This month, Passing Through will be performing at 6 p.m. Refreshments follow.
Calvary Lutheran
SPENCER ó Calvary Lutheran Church on 5th Street, Spencer, will observe the season of Lent on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
The Wednesday evening gatherings will include a meal at 6 p.m., followed by a worship service, at 6:45 to 7:30 pm.
Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. will offer a Lenten theme including prayer, worship, Bible reading, service and fellowship. The public is welcome.
Calvary Baptist
Calvary Baptist Church will be celebrating the first anniversary with the Rev. Dewayne Lambeth and his family this Sunday.
Lambeth is the associate pastor with responsibilities in youth and education.
In celebration of his first year at Calvary, the church will have a covered-dish lunch immediately following the morning worship service in the church’s fellowship hall.
Pastor Rick Cockerham invites the public to attend these services and announced that a nursery will be provided during the 7 p.m. service.
Calvary Baptist Church is located on East Ridge Road, just beyond Ellis Crossroads.
For additional information, contact the church office, 704-633-2567.
Women’s History
First Calvary Baptist Church will observe Women’s History Month this Sunday, at 4 p.m. Clara Corry of Salisbury will be the guest speaker.
Corry graduated from Jones High School in Trenton and Livingstone College. She received a degree in special education from N.C. State University and studied for the correct rudiments for working with blind students at UNC- Asheville. She taught in several school districts throughout North Carolina, including Salisbury’s Overton Elementary School and Salisbury High School.
Corry has served on numerous committees, commissions and boards in the educational arena, including president of the 2,000-member Forsyth Association of Classroom Teachers. She was the first black woman to serve in this position.
She also served for a number of years as the editor of N.C. Caucus Paper for North Carolina Delegates to the National Educational Association (NEA).
Corry’s community involvement includes member and past president of the Human Relations Council. She has also served as a Girl Scout Leader, Sunday school Teacher and recorder for the finance committee at her church. She currently serves as president of Alpha Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Through Christian watch care, she is a Sunday school teacher at Faith Temple Triumphant Ministries.
First Calvary is located at 400 S. Long Street. The Rev. Leamon E. Brown is pastor.
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Next Wednesday, March 18, St. Paul’s will offer its third of five Lenten programs. This one will feature a presentation entitled “Reflections on Christianity” and will be given by Doug Moses.
The public is invited to attend this program which begins at 6:45 p.m. The evening will conclude with the monastic service of Compline after this 30 minute talk.
St. Paul’s is located at 930 South Main St. in Salisbury.
Youth revival
EAST SPENCER ó Shady Grove Baptist Church will hold its annual youth revival March 15-18.
The Sunday March 15 service begins at 3 p.m.. The speaker for the evening service will be the Rev. Vincent Tillman of Harding Street Church of God in Kannapolis.
Nightly services will be held 7 p.m. March 16-18 with the Rev. Santees Baity of Genesis Baptist Church in Greensboro.
Yadkin Grove Baptist
Yadkin Grove Missionary Baptist Church, located at 325 Leonard Road, will be celebrating the second pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Paul S. Rhinehart Sr., and First Lady Stacey B. Rhinehart.
Services March 24-27 are at 7:30 p.m. and will have the following guest speakers:
– Tuesday ó Pastor Odessa McCoy, Gray’s Chapel;
– Wednesday ó Pastor Nilous Avery, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church;
– Thursday ó First Lady Tina Wyatt, Dorsett Chapel Salisbury;
– Friday ó Pastor Anthony Knotts, The Embassy Church, Greensboro.
On Saturday, March 28 at 6 p.m. there will be a banquet, and Pastor Bryan Pierce of Bethel Baptist Church in Kannapolis will speak.
At 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, Pastor Patrick J. Walker Sr. of The New Macedonia Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., will be the speaker.
Church Women UnitedThe annual Church Women United Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Salisbury-Rowan Unit of Church Women United in North Carolina, was held Saturday, March 7. The theme was “Building a World Through Prayer.”
Phyllis Thomside, was prayer breakfast chair, Betty Jo Hardy, SRCWU president, and the Rev. Steven D. Haines, host pastor of First United Methodist Church.
Following breakfast, Jan Dryholm, co-president of the host church’s United Methodist Women, welcomed and thanked the women and men for coming. Representatives from various churches offered interspersed prayers for Church Women United at the national, regional, state, area and local level, leaders at the national, state and local level, and individuals and the community.
The group sang hymns accompanied by Hilda Pyatt, and Maggie Reid, SRCWU Song Leader, sang “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”
An offering was received to help the Family Crisis Council, Habitat for Humanity and Rowan Helping Ministries. Recently, the SRCWU Assembly also made a donation to “New Tomorrows,” a new joint partnership between Park Avenue Methodist Church and Rowan Helping Ministries.Guest speaker was Catherine Rivens, Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church SRCWU Representative and World Community Day Chair and a retired educator of 37 years, She stressed her beliefs and practice of being involved in intercessory prayer.
The attendance banner was awarded to Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church.
Eighty-four packages of children’s underwear and/or socks were brought to the prayer breakfast, which were taken by Montrella Davis, ecumenical action chair, to the Rowan Helping Ministries Clothing Closet.The next event is May Friendship Day which will be held at noon on Friday, May 1, at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.