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Faith briefs

Crown in Glory
Crown in Glory Lutheran Church will hold its vacation Bible school June 21-25 from 6-8:30 p.m.
The theme is “ROME: Paul and the Underground Church.” Groups are divided into Roman families containing ages from 3 to adults, experiencing what life was like for the first Christians.
Each day, the families begin at the Extollo to sing, dance and see dramatic skits. Families then separate so they can visit the marketplace, visit Paul, who is under house arrest, and sneak into an underground church. Families will also learn to make items that were used during that period. Snacks, based on foods from that period, will be served each day. A closing service will be held June 25, at 7 p.m. All are invited.
Crown In Glory is located at 517 E. Bank St.
Mighty Miracle
SPENCER ó Mighty Miracle Temple Church will have a service featuring Juanita H. Miller, co-paster of New Calvary Apostolic Church of Lexington, at 6 p.m. June 14.
Sunday morning worship will begin at 11 a.m. and Thursday night bible study at 7 p.m.
Mighty Miracle Temple is located at 117 Long Ferry Road, Spencer.
For more information contact Bishop E. Hackett at 704-267-2830 or 704-637-0345.
Visit from John Calvin
On Sunday, July 12, the founder of the Presbyterian tradition, John Calvin, will join the Rev. Doug Gebhard, interim pastor, in a dialogue sermon at John Calvin Presbyterian Church. This will be a conversation with an actor portraying the Genevan reformer, who was born on July 10, 1509.
Prior to this celebration of Calvin’s 500th birthday, Gebhard will address three major themes of Calvin’s theological work in sermons: June 14, “God the Creator;” June 21, “God the Redeemer in Christ;” July 5, “God With Us in the Spirit.”
On July 12, John Calvin Presbyterian Church will honor the reformer by ordering its worship service after Calvin’s Genevan liturgy. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated with “Calvin” as co-presider in recognition of the importance of the sacrament in Calvin’s theology.
Following worship, a birthday cake for Calvin will be available during a time of fellowship.
For more information about the John Calvin celebration, call 704-633-4333 or go to www.johncalvinpres.com.
Macedonia MissionaryMacedonia Missionary Baptist Church is having a fellowship service at 6 p.m. Sunday. The speaker for the evening will be the Rev. Evelyn Miller.
Bible study will be Sunday evening at 5 p.m. with the Dr. William T. Jackson, pastor of Macedonia, 2865 Enon Church Road.
Yadkin Grove
Yadkin Grove Missionary Baptist Church Inc. will hold its Summer Youth Enrichment Program June 15 through July 31 from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
There is a one-time registration fee of $15, or $15 per week per child. Breakfast and lunch is included in the cost.
You can register daily from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Evening registration by appointment only.
There will be certified teachers for academic learning, field trips, fun and games.
The church is located at 325 Leonard Road.
For more information, contact Deb Adams or Lesley Alston at 704-637-1311.
Erwin Temple
COOLEEMEE ó Erwin Temple CME Church of Cooleemee will celebrate its pastor’s third anniversary June 14.
Morning worship will begin at 11 a.m. with devotions and praise. The morning message will be given by the pastor, the Rev. Ervin L. Hannah Jr. Music will be by the Mass Choir with musician Travis Williams.
A special appreciation service will begin at 3 p.m. The Rev. Robert J. Williams of Memorial CME Church, High Point, will be guest minister. He will be accompanied by his congregation,with music by their gospel choir.
Area ministers and churches are invited.
New Zion Baptist
New Zion Baptist Church will hold vacation Bible school, “Heroes of Faith,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 15-19.
Classes will range from nursery to adults.
New Zion is encouraging parents to accompany their children. Food will be provided every day.
If you need transportation, call Clarence Craig at 704-633-3217, Daphne Clinton at 704-636-9887 or Kent Wilkerson at 704-633-7128.
New Zion Baptist Church is located at 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road.
Southern City
EAST SPENCER ó Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church will have an appreciation service for the Rev. Thomas and Helen Lee during morning worship on June 14 at 11 a.m.
The Rev. Reginald Massey will bring the message for this occasion. A fellowship dinner will follow the service.
Southern City Tabernacle is located in East Spencer.
The public is welcomed to attend
Oakdale Baptist
Oakdale Baptist Church will hold vacation Bible school 6-8:30 p.m. June 15-19.
The theme is “Boomerang Express ó it all comes back to Jesus.” Classes will range from ages 4 through grade 5 and will feature up-tempo music videos, exciting mission videos and a daily video to introduce the Bible stories each night. There will also be crafts, snacks, games and classes for adults.
For more information, call 704-633-9530.
Henderson Grove
This Sunday, Pastor Rodney B. Eldridge and First Lady Cathy Eldridge will be celebrating their 9th anniversary at Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Minister Patrick Jones, associate pastor at New Zion Baptist Church, will be the 11 a.m. guest speaker. Elder Dwight Moore, pastor of Disciples of Christ Ministries, Charlotte, will be the 3 p.m. speaker. Dinner will be served following the 11 a.m. service.
In God We Trust
STATESVILLE ó Scott Preller, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science Healing, will present a talk titled “In God We Trust” Monday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. at the Statesville Civic Center, 300 S. Center St., in the media room.
He will discuss such topics as why you can trust that God will care for your needs.
Preller’s family has been practicing Christian Science for five generations. Both his father and grandfather were imprisoned by Nazis during WWII for their beliefs.
Preller served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force. He has been a staff editor for “The Christian Science Journal” and the “Christian Science Sentinel” and his articles have appeared in numerous periodicals.
He earned a master’s of divinity degree in Biblical studies at Boston University. He has been in the public healing practice of Christian Science for 17 years and is also a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
For more information about the event, call Nancy Dietz at 704-871-9714.
Outdoor Adventures
EAST SPENCER ó Damascus Emmanuel Ministries, 306 Barbour St., East Spencer, presents “Outdoor Adventures” a 24-hour, six-day outdoor camping retreat Monday, June 22 through Saturday, June 27.
Tuition is $75 per child, ages 3 and over (must be potty trained). It includes three meals per day, educational seminars, music instruction, archery, fishing, games, arts/crafts, Bible bowl championship, tent lodging, survival skills training, transportation, and field trips.
Scouts are welcome. Grants are available upon request.
Volunteers are needed. Send donations to E.Y.E. Inc., 502 E. Fisher St., Salisbury, NC 28144.
For more information, call-704-431-7326 or 704-431-7030
Antioch Missionary
GRANITE QUARRY ó Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Granite Quarry will observe its annual Youth Day and Youth Revival beginning with a service Sunday, at 11 a.m. with Youth Minister Diane Robinson as speaker.
The revival will be observed June 17-19 beginning at 7:30 nightly. Guest speaker will be Pastor Santes Beatty of Genesis Baptist Church, Greensboro.
Beatty, a native of Raeford, attended Guilford College, where he received a degree in sociology with concentrations in psychology and peace and conflict studies. While attending Guilford, he served as the Bonner Scholars coordinator, the first director of African-American Affairs and was the youngest administrator the college had ever appointed.
He later became director of Multicultural Services and the first coordinator of the Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program.
In 2001, he was licensed to preach, and in March 2003 was ordained by the Rowan Baptist Association. He serves full-time as the youth pastor at Genesis Baptist Church.He is the Rowan Baptist Association youth minister, developing programs for almost 100 churches.
Beatty also serves on the Triad Youth Network, and was invited recently to serve as co-chair for Youth Initiatives within the Pulpit Forum, a consortium of mostly African American ministers and faith communities in the Greensboro area.
He’s founder of Crossover Consulting, which serves many area colleges regarding issues of diversity and race relations.
All area youth, youth choirs, dance teams, gospel rappers, and mime dancers are invited to come and participate in the upcoming youth revival, which is sponsored by The Youth Advisory Committee of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.First Calvary Baptist
The Rev. Dr. James D. Ballard, evangelist and Baptist minister, will continue a quarterly series of sermons at First Calvary Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17.
This is the second year for the highly-acclaimed series of “one night revivals” which will continue in September and December. The public is invited to attend this worship service which will be held in the sanctuary, located at 400 S. Long Street.
Ballard, a native of High Point, has a career as theologian, educator and civil rights advocate spanning more than 53 years. He has extraordinary knowledge of the Bible and his sermons are peppered with story-telling and humor.
The former pastor at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, Ballard is a member of the general board of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the general board of the Lott Carey Foreign Missions Convention and the general board of the National Baptist Convention USA Inc.
The Rev. Leamon E. Brown is pastor of First Calvary.
For more information, call 704-633-2818.
New Hope AME Zion
New Hope AME Zion Church, the Rev. M. Alexander Harden, pastor, is observing its annual Men’s Day on Sunday Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Rev. Dr. Calvin L. Miller, presiding elder of the Winston-Salem District of the Western NC Conference of the AME Zion Church will deliver the sermon.
Miller obtained his early education in Rowan schools and continued his education at Rowan Technical College, Livingstone College, Hood Theological Seminary, then earned Doctor of Christian Counseling Psychology in 2006 from Carolina University of Theology.
Called to ministry in 1978, Miller has pastored South Iredell AME Zion Church, Sills Creek AME Zion Church and Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, as well as churches in the Charlotte District. He was appointed residing elder of the Winston-Salem District on July 1, 2007.
Miller is chairman of the Board of Christian Education, Western NC Conference and Piedmont Episcopal District, member of the Christian Ministers’ Fellowship Association and a trustee of Camp Dorothy Walls Conference and Retreat Center.
He is married to the Rev. Dr. Karen Roberts Miller. They have two daughters, and two grandchildren.
The men of the community will join the men of New Hope in forming the mass men’s choir. Phyllis Partee will be the musician and Melvin Rush the director.Author to speak
The Rev. Diannia Baty will present the seminar “Taking God Out of The Box” on Friday, June 26, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St. in Salisbury.
Everyone attending will receive a copy of Baty’s newly-released book, “Spirit Letters,” about letters between Baty and the Creator. The cost to attend is $20.
Baty is an author, fourth generation psychic and spiritual development teacher. (www.makeachoicenow.com.)
Also, speaker Dean K. Holden will join Baty for this seminar, speaking about “Invoking The Community of Change” and helping you understand the changes that are now taking place within ourselves and the world around us.
Holden has shared his insights with groups, companies and individuals around the world. Visit www.deankholden.com.
There will be a drawing held at the end of the presentation for a personal reading from Rev. Lady Diannia Baty and Dean Holden. You must be present to win.
Call 704-209-6430 or e-mail ladydiannia@carolina.rr.com for information or to hold your seat, since seating will be limited.
Jehovah’s Witnesses
WINSTON-SALEM ó Jehovah’s Witnesses are launching a campaign to invite all to hear discussions about the Bible’s description of what many people refer to as the end of the world at the 2009 “Keep on the Watch!” District Convention to be held at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Starting this weekend and continuing for the next three weeks, Jehovah’s Witnesses extend an invitation to the three-day event in Winston-Salem that will begin Friday, June 19, at 9:20 a.m.
An estimated 34,500 will come to LJVM Coliseum over four successive weekends for the convention. The first two weekend programs will be presented in English followed by two weekends of programs in Spanish.
For more information ,call 718-560-5600 or visit www.jw-media.org.
Word of Life
The Word of Life Family worship Center will have their annual graduation service Sunday during the 10 a.m. service.
Honored will be AuDarius Blackwood, Whitney Walker, Ariel VuYou and Maurice Chambers.
The public is invited.
For more information, call 704-633-2431.

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