Faith briefs

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 9, 2011

Batterman retires
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will commemorate the retirement of pastor William H. Battermann on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the 11 a.m. service, followed by a meal at 12:30. Mark Crossley will give a clarinet solo accompanied by Jan Sywenki. Peggy Mangold will join the congregation by affirmation of baptism and Heather Parrish will join by baptism. Tyler Sywenki will be confirmed.
Pastor Batterman has been a pastor in the Lutheran Church for 43 years, and has been at Gloria Dei since 1998.
The church is located at 1908 Statesville Blvd., 704-636-8354.
Fairvew Heights
This afternoon, Saturday, Sept. 10, the Missionary Board of Fairview Heights Baptist Church will host a Mother-Daughter-Friends-and-Family Tea at 5 p.m. at the church. Host pastor is the Rev. Clarence Marlin.
Back Creek Church
MOUNT ULLA ó Back Creek Presbyterian Church (PCA) celebrates homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. with guest preacher the Rev. J.R. Foster, who serves as Southeastern Regional Director for Reformed University Ministries (RUF), a campus outreach ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America. Foster served as youth director at Back Creek Church from 2007-2009.
Dinner on the grounds will follow the service. Back Creek is located at 2145 Back Creek Church Road, 704-278-2798.
Cross of Christ
CONCORD ó Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 4500 Rimer Road, will hold its annual homecoming service at 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 11. Retired pastor the Rev. Floyd Bost will lead the Holy Communion worship Service.
Bost entered the ministry in 1955, is currently retired and is an active member of the Lutheran Core Steering Committee.
Guest speaker during Sunday school will be Ned Cline, a Cabarrus County native who has written books about North Carolina and one about the early Lutheran history in Northeastern Cabarrus County. The childrenís Sunday school class will be taught by Courtney Allman at 9:45 a.m.
Following the worship service is the annual covered dish picnic lunch.
Open Door Baptist
RICHFIELD ó Open Door Baptist church will host a We Remember Service honoring the victims of 9/11 and our local military, police, fire, and EMS personnel. The service will start at 10:30 a.m. and be followed immediately by a covered dinner lunch.
The church is located at 24639A Hwy 49; 704-791-1508.
First UMC Service of Remembrance
First United Methodist Church will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a Service of Remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the 11 a.m. service, led by senior pastor Stephen D. Haines and the Chancel Choir under the direction of Matthew M. Brown with Anita Cirba, principal trumpet of both Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies.
The church is located at 217 S. Church St. across from the Rowan Public Library, 704-636-3121.
St. Paulís Episcopal
St. Paulís Episcopal Church will celebrate its annual homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 11. The Rev. Rick Williams, Vicar, will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m.
Following the service, there will be a pot-luck luncheon inside or outside depending upon the weather, followed by a hymn sing conducted by organist and choir director John Bullock.
St. Paulís is located at 930 South Main St. at the corner of Harrison Street. Parking is provided behind the church. Visit or call 704-637-9404.
Stallings Memorial
At the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Sept. 11, Stallings Memorial Baptist Church will honor local law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel as well as remember those who gave their lives on 9-11-2001.
Salisbury policemen, Rowan County Sheriffís Department deputies, Salisbury firemen, and EMTs will participate in the Emergency Respondersí Day service. Presentation of the Colors and the Ringing of the Firemenís Bell will be observed as well as special music.
Lunch will be provided in the Rhyne Building. The church is located at 817 South Main St.
Pastorís Aid Union
GRANITE QUARRY ó The Rowan County Pastorís Aid Union service is Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, Granite Quarry. The Rev. Paul Jones of New Zion Baptist Church is the speaker. The Monday night business meeting is at 7 p.m. at Antioch. Host pastor is the Rev. Rickey Johnson.
Solid Rock Church
The Womenís Ministry of Solid Rock Church of God will celebrate Womenís Day on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.
The Rev. Sonya T. Ellerbe, founding pastor of United Christian Fellowship Church International, Salisbury, is the guest preacher.
Rev. Ellerbe is a graduate of Wingate University with a Bachelors degree in Music Education, of Hood Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, and an ěeagleî graduate of North Carolina Central University with a Master of Arts degree in Music.
Ellerbe is known for her role in the movie ěThe Color Purpleî as the church musician.
Dinner will be served immediately following the 11 a.m. service where the Rev. Dr. Laura A. Washington will bring the morning message. Rev. Samuel A. Washington is the host pastor.
Solid Rock Church of God is located at 1004 Locke St.
Community Baptist
ěDriven Quartetî will be with Community Baptist, 18 Carolina St. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m., with music and testimonies.
This is a free concert; a love offering will be taken. Contact the church at 704-636-0984.
First United Methodist
First United Methodist Church, Salisbury will host a Personal Finance class led by Al Carter, retired Catawba College professor, on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 14 from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
The six sessions cover topics such as credit scores, financial planning, financial services, insurance, real estate, investments, and legal documents. Contact the church office at 704-636-3121 to preregister. Child care, childrenís activities, and youth Bible study will also be available.
Disciple Bible study is on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 13, led by senior pastor Steve Haines. The 10 a.m class is for men and women; the 7 p.m. class is for men only.
First Presbyterian
At 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept.. 11, First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury will hold a Service of Wholeness and Healing. Childcare will be available at 8:45 a.m.
At 9:45 a.m. is ěPre-Draftî coverage with tailgating (breakfast snacks) in the family life building.
At 10 a.m. our Rally Day PFL (Presbyterian Faith League) Draft will begin, taking place on ESPN (Enthusiastic Salisbury Presbyterians Network).
At 11 a.m. there is one worship service in the sanctuary where teachers and leaders will be commissioned and dedicated.
At the Catawba College chapel at 5 p.m. is a service of remembrance for those who lost their lives and families on Sept. 11, 2001, with the choirs of First Presbyterian Church, First United Church of Christ, Soldiers AME Zion Church, St. Lukeís Episcopal Church and Catawba College together presenting ěThe Testament of Freedomî written by Randall Thompson, an hour of choral music, handbells, and bagpipe along with brief litanies.
Central Church of Christ
Central Church of Christ is participating in Back to Church Sunday, a national movement of churches to encourage formerly churched people to rediscover church and try it again.
According to LifeWay Research, 38 percent of people are receptive or highly receptive to attending church. 82 percent say they would be open to attending church if a friend invited them, but unfortunately only 21 percent of active church-going Christians invited someone to church last year.
Back to Church Sunday will be held on Sept. 18, at the 10:30 a.m. service at Central Church of Christ, 1400 Brenner Ave.
Jack Lipsey is pastor, 704-738-3886,
Second Presbyterian
Second Presbyterian Church, 732 Lincolnton Road, will have a special service at 11 a.m. tomorrow, a service of remembrance marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
There will be special music by organist Dustin Shelton, a junior at Catawba College, and Lynne Harrell, followed by a litany of confession. The Rev. Margaret Almeida will speak.
South China Grove
CHINA GROVE ó On Sunday, Sept. 11, the South China Grove Church of God will host retired minister Mac Berry, who will speak at 6 p.m. Special singing will also be provided. The pastor is Joyce Miles and the church is located at 163 Third Ave, 704-467-4555.
First UCC youth
On Sunday, Sept. 11, First United Church of Christ will have a youth luncheon/presentation in the fellowship hall at 207 West Horah St.
Only for this Sunday will the day begin with worship at 9:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall, followed by Sunday school at 11 a.m. in the classrooms, and returning to the fellowship hall at noon for a Youth Mission fundraiser meal of spaghetti, tossed salad, bread and homemade desserts. The youth and adults who went to Greenwood, S.C. this past July will present a summary of their experience as well as a talent show.
Jay Laurens is youth director and he along with Hunter Bernhardt, Tyler Bernhardt, Katlyn Cook, Micah Cook, Mackenzie Domske, Drew Laurens, Matt Laurens, Dan Mikkelson, Skyler Mikkelson, Graham Parrish, Wesley Parrish, Christian Shuping, Jonathon Shuping, Patty Shuping, Mark Sokolowski, Meredith Sokolowski and Miller Sokolowski comprised the First UCC 2011 Mission Team.
New Hope AME Zion
New Hope AME Zion Church celebrates homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 11 during its 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. services. Speaking at 11 a.m. will be the pastor, the Rev. Kirk A. Reid. The Rev. Thomas Lee, pastor of Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church and his congregation, will be in charge of the 3 p.m. service. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.
Revival services are at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 12-14. The Rev. Carolyn Bratton, pastor of Moores Chapel AME Zion, is the revivalist for Monday. The Rev. Dr. Warren Nance, pastor of St. John AME Zion of Thomasville, speaks on Tuesday and the Rev. Dr. Derrick Anderson, pastor of Grace AME Zion, Charlotte, speaks on Wednesday.
New Hope AME Zion Church is located at 1470 N. Long St. Ext.
Calvary Baptist is 140
In celebration of the churchís 140th anniversary and in recognition of the 9/11 anniversary, Calvary Baptist Church will honor the Ellis Cross Country Fire Department with gratitude and appreciation for their faithful service to the community.
This special service is on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10:45 a.m., following an abbreviated Sunday school hour which begins at 9:45 a.m.
As a part of the celebration, Southland Harmony Quartet will be in concert beginning at 10:45 a.m. Lunch in the fellowship hall follows the service.
Calvary Baptist Church is located on East Ridge Road, just beyond Ellis crossroads, 704-633-2567.
Wittenberg Lutheran
GRANITE QUARRY ó Wittenberg Lutheran Church will celebrate 110 years as a church on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ed Harper, interim pastor of Haven Lutheran Church, will deliver the sermon. Holy Communion will be celebrated during the service.
The Rev. Thomas Cogan, pastor of Wittenberg, will conduct the service. The adult choir will sing, directed by minister of music Robin Cogan.
A covered-dish supper follows in the fellowship hall.
Wittenberg Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Bank and Oak Streets.
Providence UMC
Providence United Methodist Church, 6450 Bringle Ferry Road, will hold their homecoming celebration on Sunday, Sept. 11 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The Rev. Sheila Gould will deliver the message. Gould has been a life-long member of Providence United Methodist Church and is the daughter of the late Rob and Marie Mills. She began her ministry as an associate pastor at Hopewell and retired in 2011. There will be a pot luck luncheon following the worship service.
St. Johnís Lutheran
St. Johnís Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., will host a community service in commemoration of the 9-11 anniversary, at 11 a.m. this Sunday, Sept. 11.
The service will include readings, litanies and prayers. Mayor Susan Kluttz will be a guest participant. Alex Yost, professional vocalist and the son of Donny and Jennie Yost, will be guest soloist. The adult handbell choir will play and the Chancel Choir will sing.
The Center Celebration contemporary service at 9 a.m. will follow a similar tone.
Macedonia Missionary
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will hold an ordination service on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.
Preacher Curtis Cummings will be ordained. Dr. W. T. Jackson will be the speaker.
Rose of Sharon Church
Rose of Sharon Church will celebrate three days of revival starting Sunday, Sept. 11 with the pastor, Dr. Walker, bringing the 11 a.m. message. Dinner will be served at 1:30.
The 3 p.m. speaker is Peschal McNair, pastor of Cedar Grove Baptist, West End.
Revival speakers for Monday and Tuesday are E. J. Bruce, pastor of Hallís Temple, Bishop Terry Perry of Mt. Moriah Church, Mooresville and Minister Patricia Brock from Four Gospel Church of Kannapolis. Rose of Sharon is located at 255 Camp Road, 704-637-8087 or 704-633-4655.
Immanuel Lutheran
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2070 Immanuel Church Road, will hold Rally Day on Sunday, Sept. 11 beginning with breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship building.
Families are asked to bring photos and adornments for the crosses they will decorate as part of the event.
Statesvilleís Wesley Memorial Clowns will perform at the 11 a.m. service. Anyone wishing to wear a clown costume is welcome to do so. Emergency workers and medical professionals are asked to wear their uniforms as a special tribute to 9/11, and all others are invited to wear patriotic colors.
Historic Lanes Chapel
MONTGOMERY COUNTY ó Homecoming for the historic Lanes Chapel Methodist Church will be held this Sunday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. A dinner will be served under the shelter after the service. The church is located on Uwharrie Point Parkway off Hwy 49, Montgomery County.
Trinity Presbyterian
Trinity Presbyterian Choir will celebrate their 14th anniversary at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11. The church is located at 300 S. Caldwell St.
St. Matthewís Lutheran
St. Matthewís Lutheran Church will host their monthly Second Sunday Singing in the Family Life Center. Piedmont Natural Grass, a bluegrass and gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m.
St. Matthewís is located at 9275 Bringle Ferry Road. The Rev. Gary Coble serves as pastor.
Wednesday program
KANNAPOLIS ó The First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis resumes its ěWonderful Wednesdaysî midweek program Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Youth choir for grades 5 and up rehearses 4:30-5:15 p.m.; Kidz Khoir for grades K-4 rehearses 5:15-6 p.m while grades 5-8 have FUEL Video Bible Study from 5:15-6 p.m.
A fellowship supper is served at 5:45 p.m.; a donation of $5 each and a maximum of $15 per family is suggested.
At 6:30 p.m. is Discovery Club for children age three through grade 5. A new youth handbell choir for grades 6-12 will rehearse from 6:30-7:30. The churchís other musical ministries also rehearse on Wednesday evening. A new adult study class will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
For details 704-938-4623 or visit
Community Day
On Saturday, Sept. 17, Thyatira Presbyterian Church will host Community Day at Sloan Park Morgan Shelter and theater. Bring a picnic and chair. Entertainment starts at 1 p.m. and goes to 4 p.m.
The Mt. Zion Boyden Quarters youth group will present gospel music, cloggers and bluegrass music. There will be ěgood ole timeî games such as greased pole, sack races, volleyball, corn hole and egg toss.
Other community churches are invited to bring church banners and information pamphlet to display at the Community of Faith table.
For more information call: Thyatira Presbyterian Church at 704-636-1595 or Mt. Zion Boyden Quarters at 704-637-3712.
Progressive Outreach
Progressive Outreach Ministry, 600 N. Long St., will celebrate ëThe Taste of Progressiveí on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.
There will be food (entrees, drinks, desserts) and decorum representative of all four seasons, entertainment and fellowship .
Donations are accepted at Progressive Outreach Ministry, 307 N. Shaver St..
ëMusic Explosioní
SPENCER ó On Sept. 18 at 3 p.m., Yadkin Grove Baptist Church is hosting a ěGospel Music Explosionî at the church, 325 Leonard Road.
Musical guests include Messengers for Christ of Cleveland, Voices of Morning Star of Charlotte, Gethsemane Gospel Choir of Davidson, The Evangelaires of Lexington, The Anointed Vessels of Charlotte and The Mighty Pilgrimaires of Salisbury. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
For more information, call 704-637-1311.
Basketball Clinic at Trading Ford
Trading Ford Baptist Church will hold a basketball clinic for middle school and high school boys and girls on Saturday, Sept. 17.
There will be fun, games and fundamental instruction. The $12 cost includes lunch and a T-shirt. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the day concludes at 4 p.m.
Trading Ford is located at 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986.