Faith briefs

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 22, 2011

Prince of Peace
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Hwy 152 and Old Concord Road) will host an Easter egg hunt and hot dog lunch beginning at 11 a.m. for children of all ages on Saturday, April 23.
Easter Sunday begins with the annual Easter breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Easter worship service with Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m.
Call the church at 704-857-9588 or visit for more information.
Moore’s Chapel
CLEVELAND — Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 5890 S. River Church Road in Cleveland, will host its 42nd choir anniversary this evening, April 23, at 7 p.m.
Call 704-278-2808 for more information.
First Free Will
LANDIS — First Free Will Baptist Church will celebrate The Hope of Easter on Saturday, April 23, from 4-6 p.m. Activities include an Easter egg hunt (most eggs will contain money or candy) followed by a hot dog supper.
In addition, the Lord’s Supper will be observed during the Easter Sunday evening service at 6 p.m.
The church is located at 414 Upright St. where the Rev. Allen Merrington serves as pastor.
First Calvary Baptist
The Adult Choir of First Calvary Baptist Church will observe its anniversary this evening, Saturday, April 23 at 5 p.m. Several musical groups are scheduled for the program, including The Mighty Pilgrimmaires, Messengers for Christ, Echoes for Christ, New Revelations, Keith Holland and Friends and others.
The Adult Choir, under the direction of Minister of Music Winnell Short, will provide music for the 11 a.m. service Sunday.
Both services will be held in the church sanctuary, 400 S. Long Street. The Rev. Leamon E. Brown is pastor. For more information, call 704-633-2818.
Cornerstone Church
Easter weekend begins at Cornerstone Church with “I am free!” a special Saturday service for middle and high school students with live music, an illustrated sermon and rappers tonight, April 23rd at 7 p.m. in The Education Center (Suite 100).
There will be two morning services on Easter, at 9 and 11 a.m. with activities and prizes for children 5th grade and under during each service.
Cornerstone Church is located at 315 Webb Road. Call 704-855-1218 or visit
Oakdale Baptist
SPENCER — The sunrise service at Oakdale Baptist church will be held in the cemetery at 7 a.m. on Easter morning.
Sunday School will be at 8:45 a.m. and the morning worship service will be at 10 a.m.
Richard Gross is pastor of Oakdale.
Rockwell community sunrise service
ROCKWELL — The Rockwell community sunrise service will be held at Rockwell United Methodist Church at 7 a.m. on Easter morning.
The Rev. Jim Staunton, pastor of Ursinus United Church of Christ, will bring the message and the Rockwell UMC choir will sing.
Community churches involved are: St. James Lutheran Church, Pastor Craig Sigmon; Rockwell United Methodist Church, Pastor Warren Miller and Ursinus United Church of Christ, Pastor Jim Staunton.
Rockwell United Methodist Church is located at 430 E. Main St. Breakfast will follow the service.
Memorial UMC
KANNAPOLIS — Memorial United Methodist Church, 1100 West “C” St., will hold its annual Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. at Baker’s Creek Park on West A Street (shelter #3). The Rev. Judy White from Trinity UMC will be preaching.
Guests may sit at the picnic tables under the shelter or bring lawn chairs and sit in the grassy area. Breakfast in the church fellowship hall begins at 9 a.m. There will be no Sunday school classes on Easter morning. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Christiana Lutheran
The Easter sunrise service at Christiana begins 6:30 a.m. with an anthem and a handbell presentation.
Breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall afterwards, courtesy of the Lutheran Men.
Easter worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes the celebration of Holy Communion and special music by the handbells and the choir.
Christiana is located on Hwy. 52, 5 miles from I-85 across from Old Stone Winery and near East Rowan High School. For details, visit
Joint service in Faith
FAITH — The community of Faith will join together for a joint sunrise service hosted by Faith Baptist Church at 6:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary on Main Street. Faith Lutheran and Shiloh Reformed will assist with the service with Pastor Clarence Sifford from Faith Lutheran preaching. Special music will be provided by the Faith Baptist Choir.
Following the service Faith Lutheran’s Pioneer’s for Christ Sunday school class will host breakfast in the Faith Lutheran Family Life Center at 8:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m.
A joint service of FaithWorks and the traditional service will be held Easter morning beginning at 10:30 a.m. Worshippers are asked to note the change in time for this joint service, which includes a prelude by the handbell choir and special music by the Chancel Choir. Pastor Sifford will speak. The church will be decorated with greenery and Easter lilies in honor or in memory of loved one.
Faith Lutheran Church is located at 205 S. Main St. The Rev. Clarence Sifford Jr. is interim pastor.
First Calvary
A Resurrection Celebration sunrise service will be held Easter Sunday, April 24, 6:30 a.m., at First Calvary Baptist Church, 400 S. Long St., Salisbury. Rev. Leamon Brown is host Pastor. Dr. Clary L. Phelps, Pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church, Salisbury, will be the messenger. The Gethsemane Baptist Church Choir will render special music. Breakfast will be served immediately afterward.
Easter egg hunt
KANNAPOLIS — Lane Street Baptist Church will have an Easter egg hunt today, April 23 from 1-3 p.m. There will be activities, games,a bounce house and snacks.
Third Creek hosts
Third Creek AME Zion church will host the joint Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. for Cedar Grove AME Zion, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian and Third Creek.
Rev. Rann, pastor of Mt. Vernon, will bring the message. Breakfast will be served following the service. The Rev. Donnie C. Kent is pastor of Third Creek.
Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon Holiness Church will hold sunrise services beginning at 6 a.m., joined by Lilly’s Chapel Church.
The speaker will be Minister Henrietta Flowers.
Breakfast will be served following the service. The church is located at 255 Camp Road. For details, call 704-637-8087. Dr. Lewis G. Walker is pastor.
Meeting at Jerusalem
DURHAM— There will be a meeting on May 16 at 6 p.m. at the New Jerusalem Community Church located at 3107 Hursey St., Durham.
This meeting is for the members and family members of the religious organization that was founded by Bishop C. H. Hairston. At the time he founded this organization the name was The Colored Holiness Church of God.
Macedonia Missionary
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will hold its Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m., led by the Rev. Evelyn Miller.
Sunday school is at 9 a.m. and the regular service is at 10. The Rev. Dr. W. T. Jackson is host pastor.
Whosoever Will
Whosoever Will Let Them Come Ministry 318 8th St., Spencer, under the leadership of Bishop Chris and Pastor Patricia Brown, will hold Easter sunrise service at WWLTC Ministry this year at 6 a.m.
Pastor Rickey Johnson from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will speak. Pastor Morgan Glenn from White Rock AME Zion Church in Granite Quarry will also be present.
Breakfast is planned for after the service.
Trinity UMC
KANNAPOLIS — Trinity United Methodist Church will hold its Easter sunrise service at Baker’s Creek Park in Kannapolis at 7 a.m.
At 8:30 a.m. is the contemporary service and at 11 a.m. traditional service.
Trinity is located at 416 E. 1st St., across from A.L. Brown High School. Phone 704-933-1127 for information.
Lifeline T. P. Church
Lifeline T. P. Church will celebrate its 18th church anniversary. Services will begin Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at 506 East Lafayette St. with Bishop Albert Enlow, Lincolnton;
On Thursday, April 28 at7:30 p.m. at 506 East Lafayette St. with Pastor Gena Long, Salisbury;
On Sunday, May 1 at 11 a.m. at Geneva Oglesby Center, 663 Dunns Mountain Road with Elder Randy Thompson, Douglasville, Ga;
On Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m. at Geneva Oglesby Center with Overseer Jerome Temoney, Houstonville.
Mt. Zion Lutheran
RICHFIELD — Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 111 E. Church St., will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday with a Holy Communion service beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Call the church at 704-463-7280 or visit for details.
Calvary Baptist
The sunrise service at Calvary Baptist Church will be held at 7 a.m. with special music, congregational singing, and an Easter message by the pastor. This service will be held under the church arbor beside the fellowship hall.
Following the sunrise service, a country style breakfast of scrambled eggs, country ham, sausage, grits, gravy, and biscuits will be served.
The morning services of the church will be held an hour earlier than usual so people won’t have to go home and return later for the regular services. Sunday School and Bible study will be at 8:45 and the morning worship service begins at 10 a.m.
Calvary Baptist Church is located on E. Ridge Road, just beyond Ellis crossroads. Pastor is Rick Cockerham, 704-633-2567.
First Presbyterian
Easter Sunday services at First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, 308 W. Fisher St., will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.
At 8:50 a.m. in Lewis Hall, Dr. Jim C. Dunkin will lead the contemporary service. Sunday school for all ages is at 10 a.m.
There will be an Easter butterfly release in the courtyard at 10:30 a.m.
New Beginning
CONCORD — New Beginning Church Of God, under the leadership of Bishop Gene Roseman, will hold Easter Sunday worship at 11 a.m., with co-pastor Maxwell of New Beginning as speaker.
At 3 p.m., New Beginning will celebrate their eighth church anniversary with speaker Pastor Phyllis Rankin of Word of Truth, Kannapolis.
New Beginning Church of God is located at 5717 Alexander Road, right off Hwy. 3 toward Mooresville. Call 704 938-2088 for more information.
St. Luke and Ardis
The pastor and members of St. Luke Baptist Church, 410 Hawkinstown Road, will celebrate sunrise service with Ardis Chapel AME Zion Church, located at 1940 Old Mocksville Road on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 6:30 a.m.
Morning worship service at St. Luke Baptist Church will be at 10 a.m. The Rev. Arthur L. Heggins is pastor at St. Luke Baptist Church.
Providence UMC
Providence United Methodist Church will host a sunrise service at Dan Nicholas Park Amphitheater, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road on Easter Sunday at 7 a.m.
Guest Speaker will be the Rev. Mark Loman, associate evangelist of the Wesleyan Church, Gold Hill. He is the president of Carry Hope Ministries, a radio ministry committed to spreading the gospel.
Special music will be provided by Michael and Gaynell Lambert.
In addition, Providence will hold regular worship with its pastor, the Rev. Dan Gobble, at 10:30 a.m in their sanctuary at 6450 Bringle Ferry Road.
Love Christian Center
EAST SPENCER —Love Christian Center will host the Northwestern/ Southeastern District Convention of the Church of God Apostolic from April 27-30.
On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Bishop C.O. Reid, General Overseer of the COGA, will speak.
Thursday and Friday, Bishop Derek Kelly, pastor of New Faith Full Gospel Baptist Church in Lexington, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Special musical guest Friday night is Vision from Valdosta, Ga.
On Saturday April 30 at noon is the Youth Rally and Festival.
Bishop W. Ronald and First Lady Lotis Hash are host pastors. LCC is located at 102 N. Long St. For details, contact 704-433-1341.
Moore’s Chapel hosts DC choirsMoore’s Chapel AME Zion Church of Salisbury will present in concert “An Evening of Soul Stirring Songs of Zion” featuring The Fellowship Gospel Choir and The Men’s Choir of John Wesley AME Zion Church of Washington, D.C.
This event is on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at the church, which is located on the corner of West Monroe and Partee Streets.
The event is a special effort by Rev. Dr. Vernon A. Shannon, pastor of John Wesley, to support the new roof project that has begun at Moore’s Chapel. Dr. Shannon began his ministerial career and pastored for 13 years at Moore’s Chapel and felt that it was a wonderful way to give back. Dr. Shannon also serves on the Livingstone College Board of Trustees.
The renowned choirs are under the direction of Dr. Vivian Reid and Robert Gill.
For more information, call 704-636-7995. Barbara Neely serves as chairperson and the Rev. Carolyn Bratton is the pastor.
Potter’s House
Friday, April 29, Rev. Mitch Sewell will be the guest preacher at The Potter’s House Outreach Ministries, 119A&B Clancy St.
Sewell has been preaching the Word of God since 1989. He was licensed and ordained at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. James L. Stowe and is now a member of Love and Faith Christian Fellowship in Greensboro.
On Saturday, April 30, The Potter’s House will sponsor a Rainbow Tea at 3 p.m. Praise dancers will include Victorious in Praise of Thomasville, Flag Ministry by Sister Wendy Gaskins of Dorsett Chapel, and Potter’s House Outreach Ministries Praise Dancers.
World Hope
World Hope Worship Center, 2203 Mooresville Road, will begin Easter Sunday with a complimentary full breakfast buffet at 9 a.m. in the Family Life Center.
The morning service begins at 10:30 a.m. and will feature praise and worship, multi-media and a message that will include the personal testimonies of many in the church family.
David Cowger is pastor of World Hope.
Word of Life
On Sunday, April 24, during the 10 a.m. service the Word of Life Family Worship Center will host Apostle Henry Ellerbe, pastor of Faith Temple Church of God in Rock Hill, S.C., as guest speaker for the Easter service.
He will talk about the Old Testament Passover including the lighting of the Passover candle, the cup of sanctification, the Seder meal, the 10 plagues, the cup of deliverance and judgment, and the exodus of the children of Israel.
The three essential ingredients, the Hallel, the Hand Washing, Blessing God for the Bread, Eating the Matzah, Eating the Bitter Herbs will be discussed, and brought up to New Testament which will include the Cup of Redemption, and the Last Supper.
Dr. Martha and Elder Clinton Starks are the host pastors. The church is located at 726 E. Liberty St. For more information or transportation call 704-633-2431.
New Bethel Baptist
New Bethel Baptist Church is sponsoring trip to see the drama production, “The Rapture,” at Restoration Church International, Gaffney, S.C. on Saturday, April 30. The cost is $30 which includes a ticket for play and seat on the bus. Call Joe Hunter at 704 647- 0714 for reservations and information.
100 years at Wyatt’s Grove Baptist
RICHFIELD — Wyatt’s Grove Baptist Church, 2995 Wyatt’s Grove Church Road, is planning a centennial celebration on Sunday, May 1.
Events begin at 9:45 a.m. with a reception, followed by a singing and the worship service. A meal will be served at noon; afterward there will be soloists, past preachers and choir specials.
David Jones is pastor of Wyatt’s Grove.
Pine Ridge Baptist
CHINA GROVE — The Sunday morning worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 880 Old Linn Road.
Pastor George Bradshaw will bring the message and The Singing Porters and Joyful Hearts will bring special music.
There will be no Sunday school and no evening worship. Old Linn Road runs between Pine Ridge and Daughtery Roads. For more information call 704-279-0574.