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Nelson installed
The Rev. David P. Nelson, D. Min., will be installed as Pastor for Care and Homebound Ministry at St. Johnís Lutheran Church this Sunday, Jan. 16, at the 11 a.m. service.
A graduate of Mt. Airy Seminary in Philadelphia, Nelson was ordained at Syracuse, New York on June 15, 1960. His home congregation was Grace Lutheran Church in Schenectady, N.Y. His first call was to St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Havelock, N.C., which led to the organization of another congregation, Shepherd of the Sea, in Atlantic Beach.
[0xa0]Since then, he has served North Carolina churches in Kannapolis, Rockwell, Salisbury and Claremont, as well as two congregations in Georgia. Since retirement, Nelson has served as the interim pastor at several area churches, as well as at St. Johnís in the area of homebound ministry.
St. Johnís is located downtow at 200 W. Innes St.[0xa0]
Gospel comedian
CLEVELAND ó Gospel Comedian ěReverend Cleeî will make an appearance at The Building on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m.
There is no charge for admission and a general offering will be taken. This will be a family-friendly evening of laughter and praise.
The Building is located at 1790 Baker Mill Road. For directions or information call Sandra Cornelius at 704-315-1277, Tommy Cuthbertson at 704-640-1287 or The Building at 704-278-9933.
Elvis at Woodleaf UMC
WOODLEAF ó Woodleaf United Methdist Churchís third Sunday night singing on Jan. 16 features a guest appearance by ěElvisî (otherwise known as Michael Thomas).
Michael will be singing gospel songs as performed by the original Elvis. You may even get to meet the original Reba McIntyre. The show starts at 6 p.m. and fellowship and refreshments are at 7. For more information call 704-636-5686.
Gospel Fest
KANNAPOLIS ó The Gospel Fest at New Beginning Church of God, 1124 Thomas Ave., is this Sunday, Jan. 16 at 3 p.m.
For more information, call the church at 704 938-2088.
Barker earns doctorate
NEW ORLEANS óBrent David Barker of Spencer received the doctor of ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on Dec. 18, 2010.
Barker, senior pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada, Miss., is married to Laura Ann Ward Barker of Houston, Texas. He is the son of Carolyn Barker and the late David Wesley Barker of Salisbury.
Barkerís home church is Trading Ford Baptist Church. He holds the bachelor of science in civil engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and a master of divinity with a specialization in biblical languages from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Lifeline Triumphant
Lifeline Triumphant Pentecostal Church will host Christopher and Regina Steele, pastors of Samaria Outreach of Statesville, on Sunday, Jan. 23.
Their theme will be ěMen and Women Working Together for Christ.î Services begin at at 3:30 p.m. at 506 E. Layette St.
Neel Road Baptist
Neel Road Baptist Church is offering Dave Ramseyís Financial Peace University beginning on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 7-9 p.m.
A free preview will be offered on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at the church.
The course lasts for 13 weeks. Call the church office at 704-636-0790 to inquire or register by Friday, Feb. 4.
Dr. Neil Westbrook is pastor of Neel Road. Visit www.neelroad.org for complete information.
Lillyís Chapel
Lillyís Chapel Church of God will observe Womenís Day on Sunday, Jan. 16.
Speaker at the 11 a.m. service will be Elder Doris Clawson and the 3 p.m. service features Pastor Ivey B. Roseboro of Saintís Delight Holiness Church in Midway.
Lillyís Chapel Church of God is located at 618 W. Thomas St.
Marriage ministry
CONCORD ó The ěCouples Affirming Marriageî ministry of First Missionary Baptist Church presents its annual Coupleís Retreat and Kings and Queens Royal Ball on Feb. 11-13.
Thse events are open to anyone thinking about getting married, already married or thinking of getting out of a marriage.
The retreat will be held at First Missionary Baptist Church, 59 Chestnut Drive SW and the ball will be held at the Vintage Motor Club, 325 McGill Avenue NW, Ste. 150, both in Concord.
The total cost per couple is $60 or 3 payments of $20 due by Feb. 5 (non-refundable). The $60 package includes retreat, ball, live entertainment, food, photo and giveaways. Call 704-786-6017 for more information.

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