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Rising Stars Basketball Camp for grades 1-7 set for July 20-22 (Faith Briefs)

New Zion
New Zion Baptist Church will observe its annual Women’s Day program this Sunday. The speaker for the 11 a.m. service will be Teresa Wilson Jones, associate minister at New Zion. First lady Stacey Rhinehart will speak at the 3 p.m. service. She is a member of Yadkin Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Everyone is invited to attend. Women are asked to wear pastel colors if possible.
Woodleaf UMC
Woodleaf United Methodist Church will hold a “Blessing of the Animals” service Sunday, July 12 at 4 p.m.
The community is invited to bring their pets for this special service on the lawn. Pets should be on leashes or in cages.
On Sunday, July 19, at 6 p.m., the music group “Won Love” will perform. Come enjoy great entertainment, refreshments and fellowship.
The church is located on Potneck Road, between Hwy 801 and Cool Springs Road.
North Kannapolis
KANNAPOLIS ó North Kannapolis Baptist Church, 312 Locust St., will hold “Boomerang Express” Vacation Bible School July 12-16 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. A kick-off event will be today from 5 – 7 p.m.
The church will also present a concert by the “Dosses,” a Southern Gospel trio from Denton on Sunday, July 19 at 6 p.m., followed by a watermelon social.
For more information, please call 704-933-2125.
‘Fireproof’
China Grove First Baptist Church will have a movie night on Farmer’s Day, Saturday, July 18. “Fireproof” will be shown, free of charge, at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Trinity UMC
KANNAPOLIS ó Trinity United Methodist Church will hold vacation Bible school July 16-18.
The theme will be “E.D.G.E ó Experience Discovering God Everywhere” in our world.
To sign up and for more details, please call the church office at 704-933-1127.
World Hope Worship
Pastor David Cowger, of World Hope Worship Center will host a “Night of Worship” Sunday, July 12 at 5 p.m.
This family service will feature a variety of worships teams and styles along with multi-media presentations. There will be times of dynamic, exuberant praise and songs of reflective worship.
Childcare will be provided for children second grade and younger. Older children and youth are encouraged to attend the service.
World Hope is located at 2203 Mooresville Road in Salisbury. For more information, please call 704-636-9159 or visit www.worldhopeworshipcenter.org
Maupin Avenue
Maupin Avenue Presbyterian Church will hold Vacation Bible School Sunday, July 19-23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The theme will be “Crocodile Dock, where fearless kids shine God’s light.”Activities include Bible stories, music, crafts, games and snacks.
Registration will be Sunday, July 19 at 6 p.m.
Maupin Avenue Presbyterian Church is located at l00 Maupin Ave. in Salisbury.
New Beginnings
On Sunday, July 19, the Gospel Traverliers of the Carolinas will have their 27th singing reunion at 3 p.m. at New Beginnings, 1124 Thomas Ave. in Kannapolis.
All present and former members please contact Pastor Gene Roseman for more details.
SPENCER VBS
SPENCER ó One day Spencer Community Vacation Bible School will be held on Wednesday, July 22 at Spencer Presbyterian Church for ages kindergarten through sixth grade.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the opening ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.
Participating churches are Spencer Presbyterian, Calvary Lutheran and Central United Methodist.
New Hope Lutheran
KANNAPOLIS ó New Hope Lutheran Church, 1615 Brantley Road in Kannapolis, will host “Crocodile Dock” Vacation Bible School Tuesday, July 28-Friday, July 31.
A light supper will be served at 5:45 p.m. followed by programs for children and adults. To register, please call 704-932-3716 by Sunday, July 19.
Hall’s Chapel
Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 611 East Monroe St., will hold Vacation Bible School July 13-17 from 6 – 8 p.m.
The theme is “Jesus Chronicles: A Life-Changing Encounter!” Classes will be available from primary children to adults.
For more information, please call 704-636-8461 or 704-636-7605.
First Calvary
First Calvary Baptist Church, 400 S. Long St., will celebrate the 25th pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Leamon E. Brown this weekend.
A “Holy Roast” will take place today at 4 p.m. at the church. The “roast” will feature numerous musical groups and tributes.
Music will come from the mass choir and MAGNIFY! Pastor Brown will bring the message.
A 3 p.m. service will follow a fellowship dinner. The speaker will be the Rev. Arthur Heggins of St. Luke Baptist Church.
For more information, call 704-647-0260.
Moore’s Chapel
CLEVELAND ó Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church will host vacation Bible school July 13-15, 2009 at 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
For information, call 704-278-2885.
Barnabas Connection
St. John’s Lutheran Church is hosting and promoting a variety of summer programs.
The Barnabas Connection, in its third year of operation, is now open through the church in conjunction with the Rowan County Youth Services Bureau to serve children who need special care. The program, which connects behavioral change through art, is open to students from elementary to high school.
Dr. Shirley Ritchie is program director and all classes are held on the St. John’s campus from July 20-24, 10 a.m- 2 p.m. This year, students will work with Leslie Hudson-Tolles, an artist and educator at Erwin Middle School.
The camp offers daily devotional discussions to challenge students to examine who they are and what they can be and give the message that God loves and forgives them.
For more information, contact St. John’s, 704-636-3431.
Alpha Course
For adults seeking a connection to Christ in a warm and welcoming environment, the Alpha Course will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
If you or someone you know is interested in listening to a speaker each Wednesday explore questions of faith and then break into intimate smallgroups to discuss the video further, contact Camille or Steve Butner at cbutner@carolina.rr.com.
FCA/RBA Basketball
Rising Stars Basketball Camp, sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Rowan Baptist Association, will be held 1-4 p.m., July 20-22, for boys and girls in grades 1-6.
There will be two locations: Oakdake Baptist Church, 200 Charles St., Spencer, and South Rowan YMCA, 950 Kimball Road, China Grove.
Camp director is Mark Senter, currently the Forsyth County area representative for FCA. He played intercollegiate basketball at Spartanburg Methodist College and Piedmont Baptist College.
Senter has a degree in Youth Ministry. He has helped lead camps with NBA stars Josh Howard and Chris Paul.
The camp will also have an experienced staff with male and female instructors.
Participation is free. For information about registration contact Brent Barker, 704-637-3407 or Oakdale Church at 704-633-9412.
Reach Rowan
Rowan Southern Baptist Association presents nightly Reach Rowan events at the Salisbury Civic Center July 20-22.
Free pizza will be available at the Monday, July 20 event, with activities beginning at 5 p.m.. Tuesday, July 21 will be children’s night, with activities beginning 5 p.m. There will be inflatables, games and free hot dogs. On Wednesday, activities will begin at 5:3o p.m. with spaghetti for the entire family
The speaker for each evening will be John R. Evans, and the John Parrott Band will perform all three nights.
For information, call 704-637-3407 or contact RowanSBA@bellsouth.net.
Erwin Temple
COOLEEMEE ó The Gospel Travelers will celebrate their 40th singing anniversary at Erwin Temple CME Church with musical programs today and Sunday.
The celebration will begin today at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Guest choirs, soloists, and other singing groups are invited to participate.
House of Prayer
The United House of Prayer for All People of the Church on the Rock of the Apostolic Faith, 501 Old Concord Road, will celebrate their third Family and Friends Weekend July 18 and 19.
A parade will start at 9 a.m. that Saturday, traveling through the community and ending at the church, followed by a picnic at noon.
Sunday, July 19, the public is invited to a continental prayer breakfast at 10 a.m.
A “special fellowship” gospel service will take place at 11 a.m. For more information, call 704-637-1528.
Hospitality Award
MISENHEIMER ó Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church has been recognized by the United Methodist Communications as an official “Welcoming Congregation.”
“Welcoming Congregations” are a select group of United Methodist congregations nationwide that meets criteria including embracing newcomers and providing opportunities in discipleship.
Julie Kluttz, the chair of the Welcoming Committee is pleased that their congregation can be a part of the welcoming effort.
“Our visitors often tell us that we are the friendliest church they have ever visited” Kluttz said.
“Open hearts, open minds, open doors” is the theme of the denominational effort. The overall aim is to invite people, particularly between the ages of 18 and 34, to the Christian community as they seek meaning and purpose in their lives.
The ministry is also planning multimedia worship services and is hoping to revise their children’s and older adult ministry. They soon will begin to offer Sunday School classes for “college age folk.”
“We want to reach out to everyone with the joy and love of Christ.”says Cathy Davis, pastor of the church.
Wesley Chapel is located at 46963 Wesley Chapel Road in Misenheimer. More information is available from the agency’s website at www.rethinkchurch.org or by calling 877-281-6535.

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