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Faith briefs

Blood drive
KANNAPOLIS ó First Presbyterian Church will host a Red Cross blood drive 2:30-7 p.m. Monday July, 27 in the church’s fellowship hall.
All donors will have the chance to win a $1,000 gift card. The canteen will provide build-your-own ice cream sundaes, along with drinks and snacks.
Members of the community who are at least 17 and weigh more than 110 pounds are encouraged to participate.
Reservations are not required, but will expedite the registration process. Walk-ins are welcome.
First Presbyterian is located at 201 Vance St. at the southern end of Cannon Village. For more information, or to make a reservation, call the church office at 704-938-4623.
First Pres services
KANNAPOLIS ó First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis has several special services planned for August.
– On Aug. 2, the guest speaker will be the Rev. Charles Carter. The morning worship service will begin at 10:55 a.m.
– On Aug. 9 at 6 p.m., the church will hold a “Centennial Ice Cream Supper” in the fellowship hall. The program will include homemade ice cream and reports on the summer mission trips, conferences and camps in which the church community participated.
– On Aug. 16, the guest speaker will be Mike Ruffin, county manager of Durham County. Ruffin is a former member of First Presbyterian and writes weekly on issues that affect the Christian community featured on www.devotions.com. His wife, Robbie, will bring the special music for the service.
– Aug. 23 is “Education Sunday.” During the 10:55 a.m. service, Bill Jolley will be the guest speaker. Students are invited to bring bookbags, and educators are invited to bring lesson books or other symbols of their role in the schools for a prayer of blessing.
– On Aug. 30, First Presbyterian will conclude the month with an informal worship service and lunch beginning at 10:55 a.m. Guest speaker will be Larry Efrid, an English teacher at A.L. Brown High School. A free lunch will follow in the fellowship hall. Donations are welcome.
The community is invited to all events.
For more information, call 704-983-4623 or visit FirstPresb.org.
Blood drive
LANDIS ó First United Methodist Church is holding a community blood drive Sunday from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
You can sign up for appointments after service or call Paul Reading at 704-784-2754.
The church is is located at 209 E. Mill St., Landis.
Trinity United
KANNAPOLIS ó The Second Annual “Give-A-Way Yard Sale” will be held today at Trinity United Methodist Church.
All items donated by church members will be given away for FREE from 9 a.m to noon.
Hot dogs and popcorn will be served.
Parents of Kannapolis City Schools also may register for free school uniforms for the upcoming year.
Trinity United Methodist is located at 416 E. First St., Kannapolis.
Smith Chapel
Smith Chapel Apostolic Holiness Church will hold its annual revival July 27-31 beginning nightly at 7:30 p.m.
The speaker for the event will be Bishop Derek Kelly of New Life Full Fellowship is Lexington.
The public is invited.
Smith Chapel is located at 1735 Mount Tabor Road, Cleveland.
Revival service
Fairview Heights Baptist Church will have a revival service July 26-31 beginning at 7 p.m. nightly.
The Sunday, July 26 service will begin at 3 p.m. The Rev. David Braker of Jerusalem Baptist Church in East Spencer will be the guest speaker.
The Rev. Cleary Phelps of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Salisbury will be the speaker Monday-Friday.
Shady Grove
Shady Grove Baptist Church will celebrate its annual Woman’s Day at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Speaker is Minister Kim Kelly of New Faith Full Gospel Fellowship Center.
Southern City
Southern City Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church will have its annual Homecoming Services on Sunday.
The speaker for the 11 a.m. worship service in the Rev. Thomas D. Lee. Lunch will be served following the service.
The speaker for the 3 p.m. service will be the Rev. Kirk A. Reid, Pastor of New Hope AME Zion Church.
The annual Revival Service will be held Monday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
The Rev. Dr. Calvin L. Miller is the evangelist for the services.He serves as the Presiding Elder of the Winston-Salem District of the Western North Carolina Conference.
The public is invited.
Southern City is located at 940 S. Long St., East Spencer.
Wittenberg Lutheran
GRANITE QUARRY ó Wittenberg Lutheran Church will hold its monthly breakfast 6:30-10:30 a.m. July 25.
Prices are $6. Children under 6 eat free.
Wittenberg Lutheran is located on the corner of Bank and Oak streets in Granite Quarry.
South China Grove
CHINA GROVE ó At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, South China Grove Church of God, 163 Third Ave., will be hosting a community outdoor service under the shelter next to their fellowship hall.
Featured guest singers will be gospel singing group “God’s Child.” This group has several recordings and is known for their spirited and heartfelt music.
Free ice cream will follow the service. The community is invited.
For morel information call the Rev. Joyce Miles at 704-467-4555.
Community Day
Higher Grounds Christian Ministries is sponsoring a Community Day today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.
The event is free and open to the community. It will feature free food, games, face painting and fellowship.
Higher Ground is located at 910 S. Fulton St.
Women’s Day
Women’s Day is Sunday at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, on Carson Road in Woodleaf. Arneda Taylor Harper will be the speaker for the 2:30 p.m. program. Harper is a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Salisbury. The program will also feature a liturgical dance group.
Vacation Bible School will begin at Mount Vernon on Monday, July 27 and continue through July 31. Hours are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bible study, arts and crafts, recreation, refreshments and songfest activities will be available for all ages each night.
Friendship homecoming
COOLEEMEE ó Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will observe its annual Homecoming Day and the church anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Nathan Scovens, pastor of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Winston-Salem.
Summer Revival, “A Holy Ghost Explosion,” will be July 27-29, each night at 7 p.m. The revivalist will be Dr. Charles E. Gray, pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Winston-Salem.
Calvary Baptist
Calvary Baptist Tabernacle will hold Vacation Bible School July 27-31 for children grades one through six.
The theme is “The Ticket to Adventure ó From Deserts to Dungeons.” Registration is from 6-6:30 p.m. Monday.
Tuesday, July 28, sessions will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Children will travel through Damascus, Joppi, Philipi, Malta and Rome where they will learn that God cares for them in all circumstances. Every child will receive a travel memories book and souvenirs from each city.
Crafts, music and refreshments will round out the evening. Classes for seventh grade through adults will also be provided.
The program “Kingdom of the Son ó “A Prayer Safari” will be presented for ages 3 through kindergarten, with Bible stories, crafts, skits, games and songs.
Nursery will be provided for children age 2 and under.
Calvary Baptist is located at 3760 Stokes Ferry Road, Salisbury.
For more information, call 704-645-9328.
Prophetic Crusade
New Beginning End-Time Ministries is having a Prophetic Crusade with Apostle Harold A. Wilson and Prophet Terrel Brown July 29-Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
A birthday celebration honoring Evangelist Mary Wilson will be at 11 a.m. Sunday. At 6 p.m., the guest speaker will be Prophetess Mariam Kelliam.
New Beginnings is located at 132 N. Green St.
First Calvary services
First Calvary Baptist Church will observe its 143rd homecoming on Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship service.
Brother James Roseboro of Statesville will be the guest speaker. The Mass Choir, directed by Mrs. Winnell Short, and the liturgical dance group MAGNIFY! will minister through music during the service.
First Calvary Baptist Church is located at 400 S. Long St.
For more information, call 704-633-2818.
Fellowship service
Cedar Grove AME Zion and Third Creek AME Zion Church will have a fellowship service Sunday beginning at 3 p.m.
The service will welcome in the New Conference Year at Cedar Grove AME Zion.
Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. The message will be delivered by the Rev. Donnie C. Kent, pastor of Third Creek.
Cedar Grove will say farewell to Rev. TaJuan Kyles and her family, who will be relocating to Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church in Baltimore, M.D. Kyles will be over the Christian Education Ministry.
Cedar Grove is located on Hilderbrand Road in Cleveland.
Christ Methodist VBS
Christ United Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School Aug. 10-14, 6:15 – 8:15 p.m. nightly.
The theme is “Camp E.D.G.E: Experience and Discover God Everywhere.”
There will be a bible story, songs, crafts, games and science activities.
Friday night will be the closing program with a meal and a scavenger hunt.
To pre-register, call 704-637-7843.Christ United Methodist is located at 3401 Mooresville Road.
Antioch Missionary
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will have its Vacation Bible School July 27-31, 6-8 p.m. nightly
The theme is “The Jesus Chronicles.” Classes range from ages 3 through adult. Refreshments will round out the evening.
Registration will be held July 26 after the Sunday morning service.
For more information, call the church at 704-279-5459.
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church is located at 602 S. Salisbury Ave., Granite Quarry.
First Baptist
First Baptist Church is holding a yard sale Aug. 14-15 at its First Ministries Center, 220 N. Fulton St. Hours are 6-8:30 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.
The community is invited to participate in three ways:
– Reserve a table and sell your own items. Set up in the gym will be Thursday, Aug. 13. You price and sell your own items; 10 percent of your earnings go to the Shepherd’s Pantry.
– Donate your items. Bring your items to the gym in the FMC during office hours between Aug. 3 and noon on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Singled Out ministries will receive 80 percent of the sales from donated items, and 20 percent will go to the Shepherd’s Pantry.
– Rent a table in the grassy area behind the gym for $10. That $10 goes directly to the Shepherd’s Pantry, and you keep the money from your sales.
The church will also sponsor a “Love Out Loud,” a ministry fair Aug. 14-15. Promote your Sunday school class, your discipleship group, even your men’s or women’s ministry. Submissions are due by Aug. 9. Registration forms are available at the church.
To reserve tables for either event, call Rod Kerr at 704-633-0431 or e-mail elizabeth@ fbcsalisbury.org.
Cowboy Church
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will host Cowboy Church at 3 p.m. Sunday.
This month will feature Nashville recording artists Judy Goode and Levi Jones. Pastor Dave Ridenhour will also share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
St. Peter’s invites you to come out and wear your favorite western gear.
The church located at 2570 St. Peter’s Church Road. For more information, call the church office at 704-279-5054.
Centerview VBS
KANNAPOLIS ó Centerview Baptist Church, 415 Walter St., is having Vacation Bible School, 6-8:30 p.m. July 26-30. The public is invited. For more information, call 704-933-2331.
Yadkin Grove VBS
“Studio Go!” is the theme of Vacation Bible School at Yadkin Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 325 Leonard Road. The event takes place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 3-7, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Paul S. Rhinehart is senior pastor. Pam Minter is host minister. For more information, call 704-637-1311.

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