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Faith briefs

Prince of Peace
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Hwy 152 and Old Concord Road) will host a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. Please join us, along with your pet (leashed or caged) for a brief worship service and blessing in the parking lot.
For more information, call 704-857-9588 or visit www.princeofpeacesalisbury.org .
Mt. Zion Lutheran
RICHFIELD ó Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 111 E. Church St., will hold a service of Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. All are invited to bring their pets to receive a blessing. Each pet should be on a leash or in an appropriate carrier. Call the church at 704-463-7280 or visit www.mtzionrichfield.org
New Zion Baptist
The Senior Choir of New Zion Baptist Church is observing its 81st anniversary at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 2. They are located at 2785 Dunnís Mountain Road. Host pastor is the Rev. Paul Jones Sr.
Mt. Moriah Lutheran
The Parish Nightingales of Mt. Moriah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road, China Grove, is hosting their second fish fry today, Saturday, 4:30-7 p.m. Fish, French fries, red or white coleslaw, hushpuppies, tea and dessert. Chicken tenders for those who canít eat fish. Eat-in plates are by donation, take-out trays available for $8 charge. Some entertainment through part of evening. Funds to toward making the facility more handicap accessible.
Dorsett Chapel
Dorsett Chapel United Church of Christ at 1280 Hollywood Drive, Spencer, is celebrating the Seventh Anniversary of Pastor R. Thomas Wyatt Jr., Sunday, Oct 2. The 11 a.m. speaker will be Minister Todd Koos of Charlotte.
Word of Life
The Word of Life Family Worship Centerís 2011 Menís Conference, ěMen Serving God with Commitment and Integrity,î is Saturday- Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Saturdayís two workshops begin at 10 a.m. with speakers Rickey Johnson of Antioch Baptist, Granite Quarry, and Samuel Washington of Solid Rock Church of God. The conference concludes on Sunday during the 10 a.m. service with Elder Clinton Starks speaking.
The church is located at 726 E. Liberty St.
First Missionary
CONCORD ó First Missionary Baptist Church will host their annual Choir Day on Sunday, Oct. 2. The 11 a.m. service features special guests The Appalachian State University Gospel Choir under the direction of Dr. Tony McNeil, followed by a concert by the 125+ Anniversary Reunion Choir consisting of past and present members of the Music and Arts Ministry.
The Reunion Choir concert will be held at 4:00.p.m., presented in coordination with First Missionary Baptist Churchís 125+ Anniversary.
The church is located at 59 Chestnut Drive.
Mt. Nebo Memorial
Mt. Nebo Memorial Church of God in Christ, 132 N. Green St., will host special guest Bishop Everett Hackett, pastor of Mighty Miracle Outreach Ministries. The service is at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2.
The Blessing of God
LEXINGTON ó The pastorís aid program at The Blessing of God Ministry is at 4 p.m., Sunday Oct. 2.
The theme is ěThe heart of your pastor,î with guest speaker associate pastor Brenda Wyatt of United Baptist Church of Lexington.
The Blessing of God Ministry is at 412 Westside Drive.
St. John AME Zion
WOODLEAF ó St. John AME Zion Churchís homecoming and revival services will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2.
The Rev. Morgan Glenn of White Rock AME Zion Church, Granite Quarry, is the 3 p.m. speaker. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.
Evangelist for week of Oct. 3-5 is the Rev. Daril Scott, Union Chapel AME Zion Church, Lexington, with services at 7 p.m. nightly.
First Presbyterian
KANNAPOLIS ó The First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis will host Presbyterian missionaries Sunday, Oct. 2. The Rev. Don and Dr. Martha Wehmeyer have served in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for the past twenty years. They will report on their ministry at a joint Sunday school at 9:50 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Dr. Wehmeyer, a native of Merida, will preach at the 10:55 a.m. World Communion Sunday service.
For additional information, please call 704-938-4623 or visit www.FirstPresb.org
St. Johnís flu clinic
KANNAPOLIS ó St. Johnís UCC Church, 901 N. Main St., Kannapolis, will hold a craft sale and a flu clinic on Saturday, Oct. 8.
The craft sales begin at 7 a.m. and the flu clinic, sponsored by Moose Pharmacy, is from 8-10 a.m. The flu shot will be free for those who have Medicare Part B, TRICARE, Blue Cross/Blue Shield. The cost of the flu shot is $30. The pharmacy will give a receipt to those paying cash, to send to the insurance company. Breakfast biscuits and drinks will also be sold.
Community Baptist
Valor III will be in concert at Community Baptist Church on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. Community Baptist is located at 18 Carolina St., 704-636-0984.
Womenís Day
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will observe Womenís Day Sunday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Carolyn Bratten.
EduWorship Service
The Christian Education Fellowship of Hood Theological Seminary will sponsor an EduWorship Service on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at Mooreís Chapel AME Zion Church, 500 Partee St. Topics will be domestic violence and breast cancer awareness. The public is invited.
North Main Baptist
Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF) has formed a womenís prayer group to bring this interdenominational Bible study to Rowan County. The womenís prayer group will meet Oct. 4 and 18 and Nov. 8 and 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1501 N. Main St.
All ages of women of various Christian denominations are invited to join the Bible study which has a unique fourfold approach: daily questions for personal study, discussion groups, expository lectures, and printed notes. Preschool and children classes meet during the womenís day and evening classes respectively. For details, go to bsf.org
Calvary Fundamental
LANDIS ó Calvary Fundamental Baptist Church (formerly First Free Will Baptist Church of Landis) will hold its 35th homecoming on Oct. 2.
The Rev. David Isenhour will be our guest speaker. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. followed by a song service at 10:30 and morning worship beginning at 11a.m., followed by a covered dish meal.
There will be no evening service. The church is located at 414 Upright St., where the Rev. Allen Merrington serves as pastor.
St. Georgeís Episcopal
WOODLEAF ó The annual service at historic St. Georgeís Episcopal Church will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2.
St. Georgeís was designated a historic church in 2007 by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. From 1893-1906, St. Georgeís was a chapel of St. Andrewís Episcopal Church, Woodleaf (established in 1840). The church was built in 1893 and remodeled in 1928. St. Georgeís was named for the Rev. George Badger Wetmore, who served as a priest in North Carolina from 1855 to 1888, including serving as priest-in-charge at St. Andrewís.
The celebrant will be the Rev. Frederick Clarkson, rector at St. Matthewís Episcopal Church Salisbury and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Cooleemee. The Rev. Clarkson was appointed as priest for both the Anglo and the Latino congregations in 2008. Mr. Davis Cooke of St. Lukeís Episcopal Church Salisbury will serve as organist.
St. Georgeís is located on Cool Springs Road, 704-278-2423.
Mt. Mitchell events
KANNAPOLIS ó A study class on Methodism presented by Pastor David Raiford involves history, theology, doctrine, and the evolution of the church today, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. beginning Sept.20 for 10-12 weeks.
Low impact Golden Jazz classes are Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. for $2 per class.
Zumba Classes are Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at $3 per class.
Mt. Mitchell Methodist Church is located at 6001 Old Salisbury Concord Road.
Clergy appreciation
Clergy appreciation services honoring the Rev. Dr. Martha Starks will be held Oct. 8-9 at Word of Life Family Worship Center. Dr. Starks received her credentials from Catawba College, Union Bible Institute, and the Institute of Biblical Studies, and has served as senior pastor for more than 32 years.
Services begin Saturday at 7 p.m. with speaker the Rev. Dr. Laura Washington of Solid Rock Church of God. On Sunday at the 10 a.m. service the Rev. Ben Robinson of Mt. Zion Full Gospel Church in Winston Salem will speak.
At 4 p.m. Sunday Pastor Henry Diggs of Faith Temple Triumphant Ministries in East Spencer speaks.
The church is located at 726 E. Liberty St., 704-633-2431.
Solid Rock
Solid Rock Church of God will be in revival Tuesday Oct. 4 through Thursday Oct. 6. The guest revivalists are, in order, the Rev. Richard Johnson, pastor of Halls Chapel Primitive Baptist Church; the Rev. Cornelius Atkinson, pastor of Wilson Heights First Church of God, Charlotte; the Rev. David A. Lockhart, pastor Concord First Church of God, Concord.
Solid Rock is located at 1004 Locke St. The Rev. Samuel A. Washington is pastor.
Love Christian Center
EAST SPENCER ó Love Christian Center celebrates the 19th pastoral anniversary of Bishop W. Ronald and First Lady Lotis Hash on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. with speaker Minster Bradley Taylor, associate minister at Outreach Christian Ministries.
On Saturday Oct. 8 is an appreciation gathering at 6 p.m. with speaker Dr. Francene Hash. There will be food and entertainment for $5. On Sunday at 5 p.m. the speaker will be Dr. J.C. Hash Sr., senior pastor of St. Peter’s World Outreach Center in Winston Salem.
Love Christian Center is located at 102 N. Long St., for tickets call 704-433-1341 or 980-234-3580.
Prayer breakfast
KANNAPOLIS ó The Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Association will have a Community Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8:30 a.m. at United Missionary Baptist Church 3001 Claremont Ave., Kannapolis.
Evangelist Penny Denny will be the speaker and the theme is P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens).The Guiding Light Combination Choir will render the music, followed by breakfast.
Churches in the Guiding Light are: United Baptist Church of Kannapolis, Macedonia and Henderson Grove Baptist Churches of Salisbury, Shiloh Baptist of Concord and St. Joseph Baptist of Statesville.
The Rev. John Jones is the Moderator for the Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Association. The public is invited to attend this free event.
CROP Walk
The 33rd annual Salisbury-Rowan CROP Walk is set for Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. at City Park.
CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and is sponsored by the local churches. Individuals from different faiths, cultures, and ages walk together to raise awareness and funds for international relief, as well as local hunger-fighting agencies. 25% of the funds raised will stay in Rowan County to support Rowan Helping Ministries; Meals on Wheels; and Main Street Pantry, China Grove. The balance goes to Church World Service which serves some 80 countries with relief ministries.
Church World Service is a cooperative ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations working to eradicate hunger and poverty by providing sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance around the world.
Last year 16 church groups and 167 walkers participated in our local CROP Walk. This year, registration and kick-off begin at 2:30 p.m. at City Park Shelter #1 on Lake Drive. The walk starts at 3 p.m., followed by refreshments and fellowship.
For more information or to register to walk, either as an individual or group, contact Nancy Yates at 704-857-7454.
UMW bazaar
MOCKSVILLE ó UMW of Concord United Methodist Churchís bazaar is on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., with crafts and baked goods all day, and a silent auction for a 4 x 4 barn quilt made by the Monday Morning Prayer Group. The menu includes chicken pie, country ham, green beans and corn, potato salad, biscuits and desserts from 4-7:30 p.m.; plates are $8 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. All proceeds go to missions.
The church is on 601 North, off 801 on Cherry Hill Road.
Christ UMC
Christ United Methodist Church, 3401 Mooresville Road, will host a Pumpkin Patch Oct. 8-31.
Part of the program is a traveling field trip for preschools and daycare centers in conjunction with the Oct. Pumpkin Patch Program, which will consist of a pumpkin for each child, an activity and a story. Volunteers from the church will go to daycare centers and preschools Oct. 17-21. There will also be pumpkin deliveries available for any groups in the area.
All proceeds support the family life center of the church. For information, hours or to order pumpkins for your group, call 704-431-4998.
Haven Lutheran The Rev. A. Glenn Bolland is guest preacher for homecoming at Haven Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the 10:30 a.m. service.
Bolland earned a Bachelorís degree from Newberry College, S.C. and a Masterís degree from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C. He served Salisburyís Haven Lutheran from 1977-1982. He continues to serve the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as an intentional interim pastor.
The Bell Choir and Senior Choir, led by director of music Mrs. Nancy Hyleg. A fellowship meal will follow the service. Interim pastor is the Rev. W. Edward Harper Jr. Haven Lutheran is located at 207 W. Harrison St., 704- 633-4881.
Tai chi program at John Calvin Presbyterian
John Calvin Presbyterian Church is hosting a program Wednesday evening, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. as part of the church Wednesday Night Live series.
Fitness instructor Gail Poulton and Frances Weant, fitness director at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, will present a program on tai chi, balance, and preventing falls. There will also be information available on an upcoming Living Healthy chronic disease self-management class, and other evidence-based and fitness classes available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.
Wednesday Night Live begins at 6 p.m. with a catered dinner. All are welcome, but please call the church at 704-633-4333 to make a meal reservation. John Calvin Presbyterian is a part of the PCUSA and is located at 1620 Brenner Avenue, across the the V.A. Medical Center. Parking is on Overman Street.

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