Faith briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lutherís Lutheran Church is holding a Summerfest today July, 30, starting at 5 p.m. There will be live bluegrass/ gospel music, food, and water games for the kids. Donations will be accepted to help with heating costs this winter. The church is located at the corner of Stokes Ferry and Richfield Roads. Call with questions, 704-279-4974.
First Presbyterian
On Sunday, July 31, First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, holds fifth Sunday Service of Wholeness and Healing at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary.
At 10 a.m., is Sunday school for all ages, and at 11 worship in Lewis Hall, featuring the Summer Handbell group and the recently returned TWAM (Teens With A Mission) Costa Rica Mission Group who will give a report.
Immediately following the 11 a.m. service is a reception in honor of Paul E. Oakley, interim organist for the past two and a half years, for his time of service to this congregation. He is now moving on to another job in Kentucky.
Maranatha Bible
Former minister of music Barry McKenzie will be the guest pastor this Sunday, July 31, at Maranatha Bible Church, 2320 Statesville Blvd.
He will speak at the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. services. McKenzie was minister of music at Maranatha for eight years and is currently serving in the same capacity at West Haven Baptist Church in Clemmons.
Pine Ridge Baptist
China Grove ó Morning worship on Sunday, July 31, will begin at 10 a.m. with music by Harmonyís Way. At 11 a.m. the message will be delivered by pastor George Bradshaw. There will not be Sunday school that day and there is prayer before the evening worship at 6 p.m. Pine Ridge Baptist Church is located at 880 Old Linn Road. For more information call 704-279-0574.
New Bethel Baptist
New Bethel Baptist Church will hold its 11 a.m. service at Dan Nicholas Park, shelter 4 on Sunday, July 31. A picnic will follow the service.
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will hold its annual Homecoming service on Sunday, July 31. The speaker for the 11 a.m. service will be Dr. W.T. Jackson, pastor, and the speaker for the 3 p.m. service will the Rev. Perry Dye, pastor of Henderson Grove Baptist Church. Dinner will be served from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The church is located off Hwy 70 on Enon Church Road.
Veteranís 5th Sunday
The fifth Sunday song service at the State Veteranís Home on the Salisbury VA Campus is from 3-4 p.m July 31, and is open to everyone.
Residents will sing, led by Gwen and Nathaniel Holloman. Call 704-633-0955 for details or directions.
St. Matthewís
ROCKWELL ó The Rev. Patrick Jones is guest speaker at St. Matthewís Baptist Church on Sunday, July 31 at 3 p.m., sponsored by missionary Ellen Robertson.
St. Matthewís annual revival runs Wednesday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Nightly speakers in order are the Rev. Arthur Heggins of St. Luke Baptist; the Rev. Carolyn Bratton of Mooreís Chapel AME Zion; the Rev. Dr. Phelps of Gethsemane Baptist.
Northside Church
The Northside Church of God of Prophecy, Long Street, will host the July 31 fifth Sunday service at 5 p.m. Bishop Floyd D. Collins, pastor of Stanton Place Church of God of Prophecy, High Point, will speak. Also participating are the Stanton Place Choir, Northside Praise Dancers, The Leslie Lott Singers and The Voices of Joy. Bishop James J. Lott II is host pastor.
First Free Will Baptist
LANDIS ó First Free Will Baptist Church of Landis will be having a fifth Sunday Night song service July 31 at 6 p.m. The church is located at 414 Upright Street, Landis, where the Rev. Allen Merrington serves as pastor.
North Main Baptist
There is a fifth Sunday night singing at Salisburyís North Main Baptist Church, 1501 N. Main St., on July 31 at 6:30 p.m., featuring Valor III, Call 704-637-2929 for more details.
Emmanuel Baptist
Fifth Sunday night singing at Emmanuel features The Chapeleers at the 6 p.m. service on July 31 as The Chapeleers minster through music. A love offering will be received for the group. Emmanuel Baptist is located at 2300 Bringle Ferry Road. The pastor is Eugene Sides.
Maranatha VBS
VBS is Monday-Friday, Aug. 1-5 from 6-7:45 p.m. at Maranatha Bible Church, 2320 Statesville Blvd., 704-637-1995. The theme is ěThe Rock of Agesî with free food, games and Bible study.
Gayís ChapelUMC VBS
The theme for Gayís Chapel United Methodist Churchís VBS is ěHometown Nazareth, where Jesus was a kid.î VBS takes place Friday, Aug. 5 with dinner at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 6 beginning at 9 a.m. The church is located at 5545 Woodleaf Road. Call 704-637-7780 for details.
Open Door Baptist
RICHFIELD ń Open Door Baptist Church will be having a back to school youth revival with Dr. David Harrison on Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. The Beck Family will be singing in all services. Supper will be served after the Saturday. The church is located at 24639 Hwy 49. For more information visit
Old Folks Singing
CLEVELAND ó The 105th annual Old Folks Singing at Providence Presbyterian Church of Cleveland will be held Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Dinner on the grounds will be from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call 704-929-8372.
Free movie night
ROCKWELL ó Living Large Ministries, 206 E. Main St. (across from Darrellís BBQ), will show The Blind Side on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. There will be free popcorn and drinks, door prizes and three $25 gift cards given away. All are welcome.
Main Street Baptist
CHINA GROVE ó Main Street Baptist Church, 1615 North Main St., will hold VBS Aug. 7-12 from 6-8:30 p.m.
This yearís theme is ěThe Big Apple Adventure.î The school will be directed by Dean and Jennifer Beaver. For questions, call 704-857-0871.
Concordia Lutheran
CHINA GROVE ó Concordia hosts a Preaching-Teaching Mission Aug. 2-4 at 7 p.m. Each night is a casual event with a guest preacher, guest musician, congregational sing-a-longs, prayer and mission collection for an outreach chosen by the guest pastor.
Guest preachers are David Franks of First Reformed, Landis; Joel Ervin of Gospel Lighthouse, China Grove; Steve Wilson of First Baptist, China Grove. Guest musicians are Jon Finger, Michael Hiskey and Ondria Durocher-Witt. Concordia is located on West Hwy 152,, 704-857-2163.
Salem Lutheran
Salem Lutheran Church kicks off VBS at the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday. ěPandamania ńWhere God is Wild About Youî begins Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and the 6-8 p.m. program, continuing through Wednesday, Aug. 3. Thursday, Aug. 4 is the closing program, covered dish dinner, and pool party at Westside Pool 6:30-9:30. Call 704-636-0252 or come the first evening to register, 5080 Sherrills Ford Road.
Human Rights event
The Salisbury-Rowan Unit of Church Women United in NCís annual Human Rights Celebration is 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at St. Luke Baptist Church on Hawkinstown Road.
The theme is ěLiving Our Legacy, Driving the Movement,î and is also a celebration of 70 years of the Church Women United movement.
Speaking will be Ollie Mae Carroll, a leader in the community, currently retired from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a Psychiatric Clinical Specialist with thirty-two years of distinguished federal service, including four years in the U.S. Air Force).
In addition, Dorothy Gill Smith, Human Rights chair, and Brenda Venning, president, will award two local residents the nationally designed Human Rights Awards. Following the program, refreshments will be served.