Faith briefs

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 8, 2011

First Baptist Church announces new LIFE Development classes.
New Marriage Enrichment Class: ěMaps, Markers and Rules of the Road ó Finding Your Way to a Lasting Loveî
Facilitators: Rod and Robin Kerr.
Participants will learn communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, and problem-solving methods.
Cost: $20 per couple for workbooks.
Classes are Wednesdays beginning April 6, 6:30-7:30 pm at First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton Street.
Spiritual Divorce: The Gift of the Climb
Facilitator: Angela Lambert, Certified ěSpiritual Divorceî leader
Can the negative feelings of divorce be turned into precious gifts? This class is a helpful follow-up to divorce
Cost: $20. Mondays, April 18-June 6, 6:30-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church.
Facilitators: Wayne & Anganetta Dover
DivorceCare is a special weekly seminar and support group conducted by people who understand the experience of separation and divorce. The DVD-based sessions teach participants how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding their lives.
Cost: $15 Mondays, April 18 through July 18, 6:30-8:00 pm at First Baptist Church.
DivorceCare 4 Kids (DC4K)
Facilitators: Anna Holman and Judy Cooper
DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) provides a safe, fun place where children will: Learn to understand their feelings; express their emotions appropriately; feel better about themselves; develop coping skills; be introduced to biblical concepts that will bring comfort
Cost: $15. Mondays, April 18 through July 18, 6:30-8:00 pm at First Baptist Church
Facilitator: Barbara Thomason
GriefShare is a group led by people who understand and want to offer comfort and encouragement during times of loss, using biblical principles. Cost $15. Mondays, April 18 through July 18, 6:30-8:00 pm at First Baptist Church.
Hurt, Habits and Hang-ups: Celebrate Recovery (on going)
Facilitator: Brian Nix and others
Celebrate Recovery is a fellowship that meets to delight in Godís healing power through the 12 steps and the 8 principles of recovery found in the Beatitudes.
Cost: $5. Mondays, April 18 through July 18, 6:30-8:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton Street.
For further information on any of these programs, contact Lisa Kluttz at 704.633.0431, ext. 103 or email
Mooreís Chapel
Mooreís Chapel AME Zion Church will sponsor a Home Missions Gospel Celebration this evening, Saturday, April 9, beginning at 6 p.m.
Mooreís Home Mission Queen this year is Jackie Rankin. Gospel groups and singers featured will be Keith Holland and Friends-N-Christ, Men Over 60, New Revelations and The Parson Sisters, Bridgett and Andrea Parsons.
Mooreís Chapel AME Zion Church is at the corner of Partee and Monroe Streets where the Rev. Carolyn Bratton is pastor.
Cedar Grove AME Zion
CLEVELAND ó A memorial program in memory of Bro. Vaughn Williams will be held this evening, April 9, at 6 p.m. at Cedar Grove AME Zion Church, 2430 Hildebrand Road. On program will be The Nu Revelations, The Messengers for Christ, The Pilgrimaires,The Spiritual Sons of God and others. The Rev. Dr. Patricia Tyson is the pastor.
First Free Will
LANDIS ó The Rev. George Morris will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. worship service this Sunday, April 10 at First Free Will Baptist Church. The church is located at 414 Upright St., where the Rev. Allen Merrington serves as pastor.
New Zion Baptist
The RPJ Voices of Zion of New Zion Baptist Church on Dunns Mountain Road will celebrate their choirís anniversary on Sunday, April 10 at 11 a.m.
Godís Tabernacle
ROCKWELL ó Godís Tabernacle for Believers will host its annual Womenís Day on Sunday, April 10. The speaker for the 11 a.m. worship service will be co-pastor Frenchie M. McConneaughey.
The guest speaker for the 3:30 p.m. afternoon service will be Evangelist Donnetta Watkins of New Creations Baptist Church in Statesville.
Reginald D. McConneaughey Sr. is senior pastor of Godís Tabernacle for Believers, located at 304 W. Main St.
Antioch Baptist
CLEVELAND ó Antioch Baptist church will celebrate the second pastoral anniversary of the Rev. David L. Leaven on Sunday, April 10, at 11 a.m.. with a speaker, the Rev. Ray Charles Rucker of Parkers Chapel Church, Kannapolis.
The 3 p.m. speaker will be Bishop Walter C. Gwin Jr. of Spirit of the Word Church in Charlotte.
Lunch will be served after the morning service.
Antioch Baptist Church is located at 968 Triplett Road. Call 704-528-3123 or email
Missionary Society
CLEVELAND ó Carrie Warren, First Lady of the Salisbury District and the Life Members Chairman of the Womenís Home and Overseas Missionary Society will be the speaker on the Deaconess Board program on Sunday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m. at Cedar Grove AME Zion Church.
Pastorís Aid Union
The Rowan County Pastorís Aid Union service will be held Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
The Rev. Clarence Marlin of Fairview Baptist is the speaker. The Monday night business meeting, starting at 7 p.m., is also at Mt. Zion.
The Rev. Nilous Avery is host pastor. Mt. Zion Baptist is located at 1920 Shirley St.
Soldiers Memorial
The Conference Workers of historical Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church will present a gospel concert featuring the Jeff Williamson Family this Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m.
They will be singing gospel numbers, spirituals and praise and worship selections in groups, solos and quartets.
The church is located at 306 N. Church St. For details, call Jeff Williamson at 704-273-8419.
Twelve Tribes rally
CLEVELAND ó Mooreís Chapel AME Zion Church hosts its Twelve Tribes rally on Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. The church is located at 5890 S. River Church Road where the Rev. William C. Speas is pastor. Area churches are invited to participate.
Ardis Chapel
The Usher Board of Ardis Chapel AME Zion Church will present a musical program on Sunday, April 10, at 4 p.m. Ardis Chapel is located at 1920 Old Mocksville Road.
Blessing of God
LEXINGTON ó Dr. Joe Houser of Disciples of Grace Ministry in Winston Salem will be the guest speaker Sunday, April 10, at 4 p.m. at The Blessing of God Ministry. The ministry is located at 412 Westside Drive.
Cornelius memorial
The Cornelius family and Sills Creek AME Zion Church will hold the 30th annual Charles Kenneth Cornelius Memorial Service on Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m. at Sills Creek, 3165 Bradshaw Road.
Appearing on the program will be the former Noble Spirituals of Sills Creek, the Anointed Vessels of the Carolinas, the Mighty Pilgrimaires of Salisbury and special guest DíTermination of Gastonia.
Cornelius was United States Navy WWII veteran, a PTA president, Boy Scout Master, Western AME Zion usher, member of the Advisory Board of the West Rowan Center and active in the NAACP. He and his wife, Alberta, had four sons.
Cornelius was instrumental in forming several gospel groups through local churches including The Gospel Trumpets, the Noble Spiritual Gospel Singers, The Sensational Skylarks, The Cleveland Community Choir (for youth) and an event called the Saturday Nite Gospel Train.
Rose Hill Baptist
KANNAPOLIS ó The Womenís Ministry of Rose Hill Baptist Church, The Women of Bethel, will hold a community outreach service project on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the church.
Clothing for adults, both menís and womenís, will be given away and a spaghetti dinner will be served.
The church is located at 216 Rice St. For details, call Ruthie Norman at 704-273-8318.
Concord 1st Assembly
CONCORD ó Concord First Assembly, Concord campus, presents ěThe Choice,î a modern Broadway-style musical featuring actors and singers from Cabarrus County and the surrounding areas.
ěThe Choiceî shares the passion of the Easter season in a production complete with professional sets, costumes and choreography. It follows the story of two characters whose lives are turned upside down by the choice that they have to make.
Show times are Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 9 and 11 a.m. Free tickets are available.
For information and group seating call 704-793-4740 or visit
Concord First Assembly is located at 150 Warren C. Coleman Blvd. across from The Village.
Whosoever Will
SPENCER ó Whosoever Will Let Them Come Ministry, 318 8th St., under the leadership of Bishop Chris and Pastor Patricia Brown, is having the Victorious Women of Faith Prayer Breakfast on Saturday April 16, from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The breakfast will be at the fellowship hall, located at 601 S. Iredell St. in Spencer. The theme for the program is ěWomen United in the Word.î Minister Shountel Sanford will be the speaker.
First Calvary
Missionary Group Four of First Calvary Baptist Church will present ěMy Cup Runneth Overî at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Music will be provided by Winnell Short, minister of music at First Calvary.
Speakers include Lillie Stockton of Mt. Zion CME; Almeader Holt of Mooreís Chapel AME Zion; Joanne Diggs of Faith Triumphant Ministries; Agnes Gray of Hallís Chapel Primitive Baptist; Diane Robinson of Antioch Baptist; Michelle Reid of New Zion Baptist; Hazeline Wiley of Trinity AME Zion in Greensboro; and Shirley Oliver of First Calvary Baptist.
The Rev. Leamon E. Brown is pastor of First Calvary, located at 400 S. Long St.
Mighty Miracle praise
SPENCER ó Mighty Miracle Temple, 117 Long Ferry Road, will host an evening of food, fun, fellowship and music on Saturday, April 16 beginning at 5 p.m.
All singers are welcome (minimum 2 selections).
For details, call Bishop Everett Hackett, 704-267-2830.
Kimball Lutheran
KANNAPOLIS ó Kimball Lutheran Church announces its Holy Week schedule:
Palm Sunday, April 17: 8:30 and 11 a.m. services.
Passion Night, April 17: 5 p.m. to observe the Stations of the Cross (new).
Wednesday Confession, April 20: 7 p.m.
Maundy Thursday, April 21: noon and 7 p.m., first communion will be observed.
Good Friday Tenebrae, April 22: 7 p.m.
Easter Sunday Sunrise, April 24: 6:30 a.m. by the Bell Tower.
Easter Sunday, April 24: 8:30 and 11 a.m. services.
Kimball Lutheran Church is located at 101 Vance St., near the Research Campus. Call 704 933-4101 for details.
Mt. Zion Missionary
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church will host a Mentoring and After School (MAP) Awards and Recognition Program on Tuesday, April 19 from 4ń5 p.m.
There will be a special guest appearance by ěSir Purr,î the Carolina Panthers official mascot, who will present Awards and Recognition Certificates to honor and recognize MAP studentsí outstanding academic achievements.
Students must increase a letter grade in one or more of their courses during the third semester grading period.
MAP students are invited to wear a Carolina Panthers shirt or MAP t-shirt.
Following the event is a make-your-own-ice-cream sundae party from 5-6 p.m.
ëThe Raptureí bus trip
New Bethel Baptist Church is sponsoring trip to see the drama production ěThe Raptureî on Saturday, April 30.
The event is at Restoration Church International in Gaffney, SC. The cost is $30, which includes a ticket for the play and a seat on the bus. Call Joe Hunter at 704 647- 0714 for ticket and details.
Hart earns degree
The Rev. Barbara A. Hart of Salisbury recently received the Master of Sacred Studies Degree from the Central Carolina Institute of Theology. She was also awarded certificates of Lay Ministry and Leadership, Ministry as a Junior Counselor, Lay Counseling, Biblical Counseling and The Synoptic Gospels.
An associate minister at First Calvary Baptist Church, Hart works with church youth and other church organizations. She also assists the pastor, the Rev. Leamon E. Brown, with other ministerial duties.
ëHeart of the Artistí
KANNAPOLIS ó Blackwelder Park Baptist Church invites artists of all creative backgrounds to attend group discussions on the book ěThe Heart of the Artist,î written by Rory Nolan.
The group will meet at the Oak Tree Coffee Co. coffeehouse each Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Cannon Village.
Worship arts pastor Vic Daniel and worship associate Steve Sembroski will lead the discussions. In addition, a virtual discussion is available on Facebook: ěHeart of the Artistî book discussion. This series of Tuesday night discussions will continue through June 21.
ěThe Heart of the Artistî is a book written for artists by an artist and deals with issues those in arts ministries face. Topics include servanthood versus stardom, the artist in community, excellence versus perfectionism, jealousy and envy, managing your emotions and the spiritual disciplines of the artist.
These topics are valuable to all those who are, and work with, creative people including, musicians, actors, audio/visual/media technicians, writers, poets, painters. There is no cost to participate.
Contact Vic Daniel at or 980-621-1256. The website is
Christ UMC tourney
Christ United Methodist Church, 3401 Mooresville Road, will sponsor its 15th annual Robert Bradshaw Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 30, at the Corbin Hills Golf Club.
This is a four-person team event but those without a team lined up will be paired with other individuals or partial teams.
For details on entry fees and schedule, call Bob Umholtz at 704-278-4277 or the church office at 704-637-7843.
Christiana Lutheran Relay fundraiser
Christiana Lutheran Church Relay for Life Team is hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser next Saturday, April 16, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebeeís, 205 Faith Road. All proceeds raised will help the team reach its $3,000 fundraising goal for the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 704- 279-6279.
Safe Harbor Anniversary
Safe Harbor Baptist Church, 270 Dunns Mountain Church Road, will celebrate homecoming and its five-year anniversary this Sunday with dinner on the grounds. Missionary Terry Lawson will sing at both services and preach Sunday night. There will be a revival Monday, April 11 through Wednesday, April 13, starting at 7 p.m. each night. Evangelist Jimmie Clark will speak Monday; singers Joshua and Caleb Lindsey will perform Monday and Tuesday; and Pastor Bobby Roberson will speak Tuesday and Wednesday. Call 704-279-0411 for more information.