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Trading Ford Baptist Church is holding an event today from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. called “Honoring Our Heroes Day.” The purpose is to say “thank you” to those who serve our communities through military service, law enforcement and fire fighting.
With the loss of one of its members, Justin Monroe, the church has been made more keenly aware of the sacrifice that these folks and their families make to “protect and serve.”
Activities for the day will include an inflatable bounce castle and climbing wall for the children, volleyball, horseshoes and other games; grilled hot dogs with all the trimmings, desert, drinks; display of the local Highway Patrol helicopter, K-9 unit, Miller’s Ferry fire truck and a vehicle from the local national guard.Door prizes will be given.
The event is free.
Fundraising concert
The public is invited to an evening of music at the home of Darrell Connor, 2285 Clark Road, Salisbury, this Saturday at 7 p.m.
DC and the Chosen Few will perform gospel and a mixture of beach and other music for entertainment.
Boy Scout Troup 333 will sell refreshments, hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, etc. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to the outdoor event. A free will offering will be taken up with all proceeds going to the St. Matthews Lutheran Church Family Life Center. Thrivent Financial Services will provide supplemental funds.
For more information, call 704-637-6261.
Henderson Grove
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the eighth pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Rodney B. Eldridge and first lady Cathy Eldridge this Sunday.
Minister Henry Diggs of First Calvary Baptist Church in Salisbury will deliver the morning message at 11 a.m.
The Rev. Leamon Brown, pastor of First Calvary, will speak at the 3 p.m. service.
Lunch will be served following the morning program.
CFA open house
Center for Faith & the Arts will host an open house on Thursday, June 12 from 3ń6 p.m. for the public to become familiar with the center’s extensive library.
The library is available to anyone who would like to read or do research at the center. It contains works pertaining to the arts, world religions and the relationship between art and religion. The collection also contains volumes on related fields such as philosophy, history, anthropology, and psychology. A listing of the books in the library is available on the internet on the Center’s website: www.faithart.org.
Center for Faith & the Arts is located in the basement of Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison St. Entrance is via the door off the rear parking lot.
For more information call 704-647-0999.
Vinson Sutlive
Dr. Vinson Sutlive, professor of exercise science at Pfeiffer University, was selected to deliver the laity address during the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) at Lake Junaluska, June 5-8.
Sutlive, who was chosen from a pool of applicants from across the Western North Carolina conference, based his address on John 15:1-8, and it is titled “Follow Jesus. Make Disciples. Transform the World.”
A Pfeiffer faculty member since 2001, Sutlive earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University. He is a member of Crossroads Church in Concord, which is part of the Salisbury District of the United Methodist Church, and he is an affiliate member of the Village Church at Pfeiffer.
Sutlive, his wife, Ann, and their sons, Joseph and Joshua, live in Harrisburg.
NC-ELCA
Lutherans gathered June 5-7 from across North Carolina for their annual assembly. Some 800 members and guests of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory. They represent 242 North Carolina ELCA congregations with over 86,000 members.
The theme of the 2008 NC Synod Assembly is “God’s Work. Our Hands: Passing On the Faith” with the focus on helping congregations and families learn skills to encourage faith in their children.
Led by presenters from the Youth & Family Institute in Bloomington, Minnesota, Lutherans are being taught that home is the primary place where faith is formed, not the church. Therefore the role of the church is to prepare parents and support them in their calling. Church should be a place that reinforces and validates what the family has been doing all week.
The Rev. Dr. Paul Hill, executive director of the Youth & Family Institute, was the keynote speaker for the the assembly. More information is available at www.youthandfamilyinstitute.org.
To learn more about North Carolina’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, see www.nclutheran.org.
West Rowan Service
Salem Lutheran Church is hosting the 2008 West Rowan High School Baccalaureate Service on Sunday at 4 p.m. Salem invites the West Rowan High School graduating class, family and friends, faculty and the community to this service of praise as we give thanks to God. The graduates will be lifted up with prayers and blessings as they mark this important milestone in their lives and prepare for new opportunities.
The Salem Spirit Praise Band and Singers will provide music for the service. The pre-service music for the gathering will begin at 3:40 p.m.
Guest speakers will provide inspiration as they proclaim the Good News from God’s Word.
There will be a reception after the service in the Fellowship Hall where all are invited to greet and congratulate the graduates and enjoy refreshments.
Salem Lutheran Church is located at 5080 Sherrills Ford Road. Directions may be found at www.salemelca.org or by calling the church office at 704-636-0352.
Youth Revival
A youth revival will be observed at Antioch Baptist Church on June 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Monday night’s speaker will be Minister Alice Perry, associate of Borden Quarter, Mount Ulla.Tuesday’s speaker will be evangelist Joyce Williams, associate of Shady Grove Baptist, East Spencer. Wednesday’s speaker will be the Rev. Tim Bates, pastor of Calvery Presbyterian Church in Statesville.
Speaker will be accompanied by their youth choirs.
Minister Diane Robinson is youth advisor. The Rev. Ricky Johnson is pastor.
Antioch Baptist is located at 602 South Salisbury Ave. in Granite Quarry.
Men’s Day Program
God’s Tabernacle for Believers will host its second annual Men’s Day Program on Sunday.
The Rev. Joseph Robinson, pastor of New Creations Baptist Church in Statesville, will be speaking at 3:30 p.m.
God’s Tabernacle for Believers is located at 304 West Main St., Rockwell.
Reginald McConneaughey is pastor of God’s Tabernacle.

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