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Faith briefs

Sunday, March 20 is Cowboy Sunday at Stallings Memorial Baptist Church, 817 S. Main St.
The Rev. Jeff Smith, Executive Director of the Cowboy Church Network of North America, will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service.
His mission is to impact the cowboy culture with the gospel by planting cowboy churches in every county.
The congregation will be dressed in western attire. Visitors are welcome and there will be a “cowboy meal” following the service hosted by the Women’s Missionary Union. Donations will go to the Annie Armstrong Mission Offering which supports North American missionaries.
St. Luke Baptist men
The St. Luke Baptist Church Men’s Chorus will celebrate their 14th anniversary today, March 19, at 4 p.m.
This anniversary is a benefit for Sister Eva Brown and the proceeds will be donated to her. Hot dogs, fish, desserts, chips and drinks will be available for a donation.
St. Luke Baptist Church is located at 410 Hawkinstown Road. The Rev. Arthur L. Heggins is pastor.
Salem Lutheran
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church celebrates its preschool ministry on Preschool Sunday, March 20 at its two worship services, 8:30 a.m. contemporary and 10:45 a.m. traditional. A spaghetti luncheon follows at noon.
The preschool’s director is Mrs. Dana Robertson, who leads the six teachers and almost 60 children.
A love offering will be received to support Salem’s youth camps and mission trip.
Salem is located at 5080 Sherrills Ford Road; pastor is Doug Hefner. Visit www. salemelca.org or call 704-636-0352.
Second Presbyterian
“The HOPE event” will be presented at Second Presbyterian Church, Lincolnton Road, at 10:55 a.m. on Sunday, March 20. It is a musical presentation about Heaven to encourage the Body of Christ, arranged and presented by Linda Lee.
First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, hosts Youth Sunday on March 20 with one service together at 11 a.m. in Lewis Hall, led by the youth.
A service of wholeness and healing will also be held on Sunday, at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary. Child care will be available at 8:45 a.m.
South China Grove
CHINA GROVE — There will be a Singing at the South China Grove Church of God on Sunday, March 20 at 11 a.m. with recording artists and worship leaders Harry and Kay McClendon.
The McClendons have been singing at churches and in concerts for many years. The church is located at 163 Third Avenue in China Grove. For more information call Pastor Joyce Miles at 704-467-4555.
Jerusalem Baptist
Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1570 N. Long St. Ext., celebrates Missionary Day on Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m.
Guest speaker, Dr. Gwndolyn Johnson-Green, is from First Emmanuel Baptist of High Point. Special music will be provided by Jerusalem’s combined choirs under the direction of minister of music, Keith Holland. Cynthia Stoner, missionary president, will present Ms. Missionary 2011.
All women are invited to wear white.
On March 24-25, Jerusalem will hold a women’s conference at 7 p.m. Thursday’s speaker is Paula Tripp of Jerusalem and Friday’s speaker is minister Kathy Marlin of Fairview Heights.
New Beginning
CONCORD — New Beginning Church of God, under the leadership of Bishop Gene Roseman, will host a youth program on Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m.
All singing groups and praise dancers are invited. This program is sponsored by Deacon Steve Davidson.
The church is located at 5717 Alexander Road, off Hwy 3. For more information, call 704 938-2088.
Cedar Grove AME Zion
CLEVELAND — The Lay Council of Cedar Grove AME Zion Church will hold a Cup Service Program on Sunday at 3 p.m. Members of churches throughout the county will participate. The Rev. Dr. Patricia Tyson is pastor. Cedar Grove is located at 2430 Hildebrand Road.
120th anniversary
LINCOLNTON — South Iredell AME Zion Church will observe their 120th church anniversary on Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m.
The Rev. Dr. Calvin L. Miller, Presiding Elder of the Winston-Salem District, will bring the message. The choir will render music and dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.
The Rev. David Rankin is pastor.
Shady Grove youth
EAST SPENCER — The youth ministry of Shady Grove Baptist Church will have a Youth Explosion on Sunday, March 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Bro. Patrick Jones Jr. of New Zion Baptist Church, Dunns Mountain, will be the guest speaker. The program will also feature a youth mass choir concert and praise dance.
Hall’s Chapel men
The Men’s Fellowship of Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church will hold its sixth annual stewardship program on Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m.
The Rev. Morgan Glenn and his congregation of White Rock AME Zion Church of Granite Quarry will be in charge of the service.
Hall’s Chapel is located at 611 E. Monroe St. Elder Richard Johnson is host pastor.
Gethsemane Baptist
On Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m., the Music Ministry of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church presents a Calendar Tea and Concert. There wil be singing by the GMBC Gospel, Men and Youth Choirs as well as praise dancers.
Thelma Banks is minister of music, Brian Melton is choir director and the Rev. Dr. C. L. Phelps is pastor.
Gethsemane is located at 719 S. Caldwell St.
Trinity Presbyterian
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Caldwell St., will present its annual Women in White program on Sunday, March 20 at 5 p.m. All women are invited to wear white.
Guest speaker will be the Rev. Carolyn Bratton of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, sponsored by the P.W. of Trinity. The Rev. Olin Bruner is pastor.
Pine Ridge Baptist
CHINA GROVE — Dr. Timothy Sims will be bringing the 6 p.m. message on Sunday, March 20. Sims is pastor of Bethel Baptist Church of Shelby and can be seen on Time Warner channel 19 on Sunday mornings.
Special music will be provided by 4-Ever 4-Given of Albemarle. This day is part of the ongoing celebration of Pastor George Bradshaw and Peggy’s fifteen years of service and leadership.
The church is located at 880 Old Linn Road. For more information, call 704-279-0574.
St. Matthew’s
East Rowan Honors Chorus, under the direction of Dean Orbison, will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
A reception will follow the program. Beginning March 27, Sunday night Lenten services will be held for the next four Sundays. Each service will begin with a light meal at 5:30 p.m. followed by a brief liturgy and ending with special music.
For additional details call 704-633-3770.
Ministerial Alliance
The United Ministerial Alliance will sponsor its third Sunday Fellowship service on Sunday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, Dunn’s Mountain Road.
Keynote speaker will be the Rev. Richard Johnson, pastor of Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church of Salisbury.
Black Creek performs
WOODLEAF — The singing group Black Creek will be performing Sunday night, March 20, at Woodleaf United Methodist Church. Singing will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments and fellowship following.
The church is located at 9000 Church St. From Salisbury take Woodleaf Road to Cool Springs Road and turn right on Stadium Street.
‘Elvis’ at CUMC
Elvis (aka Michael Thomas) will be in the building at Christ United Methodist Church on Friday, March 25.
The CUMC Mission Team is hosting a dinner fundraiser to benefit their September mission trip to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky, which has ministers in the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. The team will be providing home repair for the low income residents and maintenance for the mission buildings.
A dinner of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, dessert and drink is $5 and will be served at 6 p.m. Elvis will arrive at 7 p.m.
Children age 12 and under can eat for $3. A love offering will be taken for Elvis.
Christ United Methodist is located at 4005 Mooresville Road. Call 704-633-6361 for more information.
Salisbury Teen Summit
Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St., will host its annual teen summit from 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, March 22-25, with the theme “Walk On The Right Side. ”
The youth workshops include “Playing It Safe/Defending Yourself” on Tuesday, “Academics/Careers: The Wave of the Future” on Wednesday and “Sustainable Healthy Relationships” on Thursday.
Concurrent parenting classes are “Your Child and Social Networking,” “Hands-On Parenting: Working with your Child’s School” and “Creating a Positive Village for your Child.”
In addition there will be Gospel comedy with Rev. Dr. Clee, music with Charis Inspiration and Keith D. Holland and Friends, Gospel deejay Maria Sanchez and a special $500 drawing: parents and youth must sign in and out each night to qualify.
This event is open to the public. Co-sponsors are Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Livingstone College, Westside Community Foundation, Inc. and the Salisbury Police Department.
Call 704-633-5057 for more information.
Power of Faith
A special Friday service will be held at Bethel Power of Faith, 1021 N. Main St., on Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Apostle Tammy Alexander of Glory and Dominion Ministries in Raleigh.
Peterson in concert
On Sunday, March 27 at 10 a.m., Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, will host a mini-concert featuring musical artist Andrew Peterson.
Peterson has a number of songs that have charted in the Contemporary Christian music genre and is currently on a tour that includes Green Bay Wisconsin and Sweden.
There will be no admission charge but an offering for his expenses will be collected.

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