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Church Briefs

Annual summer early services at Historic Organ Lutheran Church in eastern Rowan County will resume at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
The services will be held in the old 1790s church building, located at 1515 Organ Church Road, 10 miles from Salisbury. Services will be held every Sunday in June, July and August with the exception of Aug. 10 (the church’s annual homecoming celebration).
Worship services are open to the public. Light refreshments are served in the outdoor shelter immediately following the service.
The Rev. Terrell G. Long is pastor of the congregation. Worship services in the new church (built in 1960) are at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning.
Group tours of the historic church are also available anytime during the week by calling the church office as well.
For more information, call the church office at 704-279-3096.
Mt. Moriah Lutheran
CHINA GROVE ó A bake sale and auction will be held today, beginning 10 a.m., sponsored by the Parish Nightingales Parish Nurse Ministry, of Mount Moriah Lutheran Church, 750 Mount Moriah Church Road, China Grove.
Homemade baked goods will be for sale along with ham biscuits for breakfast and hot dogs for lunch.
The auction will include household items, furniture and collectibles.
Proceeds will be used toward improving handicapped access to the church facilities. Thrivent Financial will be providing some matching funds.
For more information, call 704-857-5034.
New Beginning
SPENCER ó The New Beginning Community Christian Church family under the leadership of their founder, Elder Eric Henley Sr. and First Lady Sheila Henley will be celebrating its eighth annual Founder’s Day in June. The Church is located at 318 Eighth St. in Spencer.
Events have been planned throughout the month of June.
On June 1, Bishop Steve Carlton of No Walls Ministry in Charlotte will be the Founder’s Day speaker at 4 pm. He will be accompanied by his choir, ushers and congregation.
On June 8, Pastor John Gerald from Gethsemane Baptist Church in Charlotte will be the Family and Friends Day speaker at 4 p.m. along with his choir and congregation.
The ceremonies culminate on June 22 at 4 p.m. Pastor John McCullough of Friendship Christian Church in Gastonia will be the guest pastor, accompanied by his choir and congregation. The Member’s Appreciation service will be held.
The public is invited to attend all services.
Church of God
KANNAPOLIS ó New Beginning Church of God, 1124 Thomas Ave., Kannapolis is having a “7-UP Program” sponsored by Evangelist Willie Roseman at 7 p.m., May 31.
Topics and guest speakers are as follows: “Wake Up,” Selina Neal of New Beginning; “Stand Up,” Sonya Thomas of Word of Truth; “Reach Up,” Patricia Ellis of Joy Delight; “Dress Up,,” Sylvia Goodes, of New Beginning; “Shut Up,” Tosha Maxwell of New Beginning; “Look Up,” Gwen Cherry of Mount Moriah; “Lift Up,” Sondra Anderson of New Beginning.
For more information call 704-938-2088.
Gethsemane VBS
Vacation Bible School registration will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the J. L. Stowe Fellowship Hall of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.
This year’s theme is “Chosen Champions For Jesus.”
The dates of Vacation Bible School will be Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 20, 5:30 to 8 p.m. each evening.
It is open to all ages.
For more information, call 704-633-5057.
Freedom United
WOODLEAF ó Freedom United Church of God in Woodleaf will hold revival services Sunday through Thursday evenings.
The speakers will be as follows: Sunday ó Elder Wardlow Frazier Sr. of Mount Calvary Holiness Church, Winston-Salem; Monday ó Elder James Clement of Fairfield Baptist Church, Mocksville; Tuesday ó Bishop David Chambers of New Smith Chapel, Cleveland; Wednesday ó Elder Ivy Cowan of Pentecostal Church, Woodleaf; Thursday ó Pastor Ethel Mae Ramseur of Glorious Church of God, Maiden.
For more information, call 704-278-9849 or 704-798-0120.
Erwin Temple
COOLEEMEE ó Sunday at 3 p.m., the Pastor’s Aide Ministry will have its annual “Twelve Tribes of Israel” presentation. Appointed persons will serve as captains to lead each tribe. Several area churches are invited to participate in representation of the tribes. There will be gospel singing by each tribe group throughout the program.
The Rev. Ervin L. Hannah Jr. is pastor of Erwin Temple Church.
Love Christian Center
EAST SPENCER ó The Men’s Department of Love Christian Center presents “Men of Favor.”
June 6 at 7:30 p.m., the speaker will be Pastor Paul Rhinehart Sr. of Yadkin Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
June 8 at 5 p.m., Pastor Nilous Avery of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church will be speaking.
The host pastor is Bishop W. Ronald Hash.
Love Christian Center is located on 102 N. Long St. For more information call Cedrick Hash at 704-797-8447.
Church in the Park
Three Presbyterian churches ó Franklin, Trinity and Second of Salisbury ó are joining to sponsor “Church in the Park” Sunday at Dan Nicholas Park.
The celebration will begin with a worship service at 11 a.m. at the Outdoor Theater followed by a covered dish lunch at shelter 1.
Music will be provided by the Praise Team of Second Presbyterian Church and musicians from the other churches.
The guest speaker will be the Rev. Lemuel Garcia-Arroyo, the associate Presbyter for the Central Neighborhood in the Salem Presbytery.
A native of Mexico, Lemuel is a fourth generation Presbyterian, who graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1996 at the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, Texas, where he served as chaplain and Bible teacher. Since then, he served as associate executive of multicultural ministries of the Synod of the Sun and in many communities of the Presbyterian Church USA.
He and his wife, Egla, have two children.
The public is invited to this special worship service. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at picnic shelter 1.
Word of Life
The Word of Life Worship Center will have its annual graduation service to recognize college and high school graduates Sunday during the 11 a.m. service.
This year’s college graduates are Shavon Neely, Western Carolina University, daughter of Alvratta Chambers and Albert Neely; Princess Valentine, North Carolina State University, the daughter of Nathan Valentine and Candy Valentine; James Wilson Jr., Catawba College, the son of Deborah Harris.
Upcoming high school graduates are Salisbury High School’s ShaTaira Bailey, daughter of Patricia Jackson, and Darryl Bailey, who will attend North Carolina A&T State University in the fall; Angela Jackson, daughter of Anthony Barnes and Loressa Barnes, who will attend Johnson & Wales University in the fall; and JuRaiil Simpson, son of Judith Simpson, who will attend North Carolina A&T State University in the fall.
From North Rowan High School, Shavonna Casey, daughter of Diana Simmons, who will attend Wilkes Community College in the fall; Bryson Walker, son of Roosevelt and Edith Walker, who will either enter the Air Force or attend college in the fall.
West Rowan High School’s Misa Patterson, daughter of Leroy and Arnethia Patterson, who will attend North Carolina A&T State University in the fall; and Desiree Smith, daughter of Merv and Angela Smith, who will attend Rowan Cabarrus Community College in the fall.
Justin Lattimore, son of Walter Lee Lattimore, is graduating from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s High School Program. He will continue his education at RCCC in the fall. Also, LaQuanda Peck, daughter of Edith and Roosevelt Walker, plans to attend the Art Institute of Charlotte in the fall.
Dr. Martha and Elder Clinton Starks, hosts, invite everyone to attend.
For additional information call the church at 704-633-2431.

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