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The North Carolina Sheriff’s Chaplains Association is pleased to announce that Chaplain Michael Taylor of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has been appointed to serve as executive director. Taylor currently serves as the president of this association and has been an active member since 1994. He attained the Master Level Chaplaincy in 1998 through the association’s accreditation program.
Taylor was named the National Sheriffs’ Association Chaplain of the Year in 2003 and was the recipient in 2001 of WSOC-TV Channel 9’s Nine Who Care award. He has also received the Humanitarian Award from Chapel of the Four Chaplains and the Long Leaf Pine Award of the State of North Carolina.
The NC Sheriffs’ Chaplains Association was organized in 1985 under the guidance of the late chaplain Norman E. Mitchell and the late sheriff Ottis F. Jones of Cumberland County, NC. The State of North Carolina is the first state to organize a chaplaincy program to assist in providing the spiritual needs to those employed by the sheriff’s office. The focus of the sheriff’s chaplaincy is to provide assistance and resources for training individuals to serve as department and jail chaplains for city, county and state agencies.
The Shield A Badge With Prayer program is a big part of NCSCA’s program. Chaplain Taylor currently uses this program to place free Bibles into the hands of many law enforcement officers throughout North Carolina. This unique program also involves community people who will pray daily for law enforcement officers and their families.
Because of Chaplain Taylor’s devotion and vision for NCSCA, we anticipate even greater advancement in assisting sheriffs under his leadership as Executive Director. Mike Taylor presently serves as senior pastor at Phaniels Baptist Church in Rockwell. He is married to wife Phyllis and they have two sons, Michael and wife Amanda of Kannapolis, and Phillip and wife Lori of Lancaster, SC along with seven grandchildren.
Whosoever Will
SPENCER — Whosoever Will Let Them Come Ministries, 318 8th St., will host their Bishop Christopher and Pastor Patricia Brown’s fourth appreciation service today, Saturday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m.
Guest speaker is Pastor John Jackson of Rockingham. New Covenant Bibleway Church praise dancers will attend. The Sunday 11 a.m. service guest speaker will be Pastor Jonathan Hill of King, NC
Stallings Memorial
Stallings Memorial Baptist Church will celebrate its 112th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 9 beginning at 8 a.m. for those singing in the reunion choir. A continental breakfast will be served for the choir, followed by rehearsal with choir director Dr. Steve Etters.
Sunday school is at 9:15 a.m. and morning worship at 10:30 with music by a reunion choir composed of past children and youth choir members as well as the present sanctuary choir, accompanied by organist Laurie Klaus and the handbell choir directed by Kim Etters.
The current children’s choir is under the direction of Jayne Petrea, assisted by Trish Bryan. Heirborne, an adult ensemble, will sing and pastor Rev. Charlie Bryan will speak.
The covered dish meal at 11:30 a.m. will be followed by a service of music featuring The Flint Rock Boys of Lincolnton. Stallings is located at 817 South Main St.
Lutheran Chapel
CHINA GROVE — Lutheran Chapel Church celebrates homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 9 with Pastor William V. Connelly preaching at both the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services.
Music will be under the direction of Gail Deal, organist, and Phyllis Daugherty and Sharon Connelly, choir directors. A picnic lunch will follow.
Mt. Moriah Lutheran
CHINA GROVE — Sunday, Oct. 9 will be the 187th homecoming celebration for Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church.
Worship is at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch and fellowship at the Efird Shelter on the church property.
The congregation welcomes home the Rev. Dr. Michael Frye, senior pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Raleigh, who will deliver the message.
Franklin Presbyterian
Franklin Presbyterian Church will celebrate homecoming at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 9 with guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Eric Faust, followed by dinner on the grounds.
Franklin Church is located off W. Ridge Road on Franklin Church Drive.
Eagle Scout service
On Sunday, Oct 9 Elijah Canup will receive the Eagle Scout award at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at the 10:30 a.m. worship service, followed by lunch on the grounds.
First United Methodist
LEXINGTON — First United Methodist Church of Lexingto, 310 S. Main St., will celebrate its 30th annual Mayme Weaver Preaching Mission on Oct. 9 and 10.
Dr. Hal Warlick, Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Religion and Philosophy at High Point University, will be the guest minister.
Services are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, followed by a reception after the evening service. On Monday, Oct. 10 is worship service at 7 p.m. A nursery will be provided during all services for children through age 4.
Second Presbyterian
This Sunday at Second Presbyterian, 732 Lincolnton Road, at the 10:55 a.m. service, the worship team presents music from “The Odes of Solomon: The First Christian Hymnal, ” music of the earliest Christian worship circa 80-120 A.D.
Prince of Peace
Homecoming at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church will be Sunday, Oct. 9 with worship at 11 a.m. with guest preacher the Rev. John Bollinger. A covered dish dinner will follow.
Prayer retreat is Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., led by Pastors Ray and Ruth Ann Sipe. For information call 704-857-9588 or visit www.princeofpeacesalisbury.org
Yadkin Grove Baptist
Yadkin Grove Baptist Church, 325 Leonard Road, will host speaker the Rev. Wanda Fowler, associate minister of Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church of Winston-Salem, at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 9.
Fowler is a former member of Yadkin Grove, which is currently under the leadership of interim pastor the Rev. Booker T. Neely.
Third Creek AME Zion
Homecoming is set for Sunday, Oct., 9 at Third Creek AME Zion Church with the Rev. Donnie C. Kent bringing the 11 a.m. message. Dinner follows at 1:30 p.m.
The Rev Dr. Bertha E. Pittman, pastor of Cedar Grove AME Zion of Cleveland, will lead the 3 p.m. service.
Revival services are planned for Tuesday-Thursday at 7 p.m.. The Tuesday and Thursday speaker is the Rev. Daril Scott, pastor of Union Chapel. On Wednesday, the Rev. Morgan Glenn from White Rock AME Zion will preach.
Antioch Missionary
GRANITE QUARRY — The men of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Men’s Day on Sunday, Oct. 9. The 11 a.m. speaker is Minister Derwin Montgomery of Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem. The Rev. Rickey Johnson is pastor of Antioch, located at 602 S. Salisbury Ave.
St. Paul’s UCC
ENOCHVILLE — On Sunday, Oct. 9, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 811 N. Enochville Ave., celebrates their 125th anniversary. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and a covered dish meal will follow.
St. Paul’s was founded on Oct. 9, 1886, and is currently a partnering church with Main Street Mission in China Grove. The congregation also offers scholarships for furthering education and sponsors families during the Christmas season.
St. Paul’s annual chicken noodle dinner and bake sale will be held on Nov. 5.
Past preacher the Rev. Paul Pickler will participate in the celebration service this Sunday and the sermon will be preached by current pastor the Rev. Phred Causey.
Sanctuary dedication
GOLD HILL — An international sanctuary dedication and blessing with mini-pow-wow and potluck will be held for all Native Americans and friends at Sacred Grove Retreat, 15750 Mattons Grove Church Road, on Sunday, Oct. 9 beginning at noon.
There will be a drumming circle from 2-4 p.m. A donation for food will be appreciated. The event is hosted by Ellen Whiteside and Tim Beebe, with the Rev. Elke and James Macartney presiding with Chaplain Fleming Otey. RSVP to Chief Holy Eagle III at 704-640-0242 or Ellen at 704-643-0768. www.CommunityAndSpiritualLeadersResource.info
Blessing of the animals in Spencer
SPENCER — The second annual joint Blessing of the Animals service will be held by Spencer’s Central United Methodist Church and Calvary Lutheran Church on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.
Central’s pastor William Mandelstamm and Calvary’s pastor Carrie Bishop will host the service on the Central United Methodist Church’s grounds at the corner of 3rd St. and Yadkin Ave. Pastor Mandelstamm will deliver a brief message. All healthy, well-behaved restrained animals with up to date immunizations are invited. There will be treats for dogs and cats and human refreshments as well. Please bring a fresh sealed bag of cat food, dog food, cat litter, cash, etc., as an offering. We will donate these to Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary of Salisbury.
Macedonia Missionary
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will honor pastor Dr. W.T. Jackson and First Lady Pearlena Jackson for 30 years of service with an appreciation service on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. Speaker for the program will be the Rev. James Milsapps, pastor of Knox Grove Baptist Church in Cleveland. Dinner will be served following the program. The church is located off Hwy 70 on Enon Church Road.
Providence AME Zion Women’s Day
Providence AME Zion Church, 2415 Providence Church Road, will hold their an annual Women’s Day celebration on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. Guest speaker will be Traci Cuthbertson on the theme of “It’s Praise Day.” After the service a meal will be served by the hospitality committee.
New Creation Baptist Women’s Day
STATESVILLE — New Creation Baptist Church will observe their annual Women’s Day program on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be co-pastor Frenchie McConneaughey from God’s Tabernacle for Believers in Rockwell. The women will wear black.
Antioch Baptist
CLEVELAND — Antioch Baptist Church, 968 Triplett Road, will observe its usher anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the 3 p.m. service with guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Nilous Avery, pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
The Rev. David Leaven is pastor of Antioch, 704-528-3123.
John Calvin
The guest speaker for Wednesday Night Live at John Calvin Presbyterian Church on Oct. 12 will be Catawba College President Dr. Joseph Oxendine. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the program is at 6:30. Call 704-633-4333 to reserve a meal. The church is located at 1620 Brenner Ave.
N. Kannapolis Baptist
KANNAPOLIS — Revival services will be held Oct. 9-12 at North Kannapolis Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Scoff Huffman, pastor of Campfield Memorial Baptist Church of Ellenboro. Sunday’s service will begin at 6 p.m. Services Monday through Wednesday will begin at 7 p.m. The church is located at 312 Locust St., where the Rev. Chris O’Guin is pastor.
Parkwood Baptist
CONCORD — Christian recording artist Janet Paschal will be featured during a special musical event beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Parkwood Baptist Church.
For details call 704-782-0565 or visit www.parkwoodbaptist.com
Wilkinson sings at St. Matthew’s Lutheran
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church will host music in the Family Life Center on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. with guest singer Neal Wilkinson, a well known tenor from Salisbury who will present a program of gospel and patriotic music.
Neal grew up in Rowan County and has sung with the Salisbury Symphony, Piedmont Players, the Salisbury Concert Choir and is a member of the choir of First Baptist Church. He has also sung the national anthem at Lowes Motor Speedway and at several well known baseball stadiums, most recently a Boston Red Socks game at Fenway Park this past summer.
St Matthew’s Lutheran Church is located at 9275 Bringle Ferry Road.
House of Prayer
The congregation of the United House of Prayer for All People, 501 Concord Road, is attending services at the United House of Prayer Charlotte location, 3421 Beatties Ford Road, through Monday, Oct. 10 fo the 85th annual Holy Convocation services.
National leader The Honorable Bishop C. M. Bailey will be present for services tonight and Sunday night at 6 p.m.
At Sunday noon there will be a baptismal service. The sanctuary in Salisbury will be closed. Apostle A. Wiggins is pastor of the local church.
Carmel Baptist
The LeBeaus will be in concert at Carmel Baptist Church, 2100 Mooresville Hwy., on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. A father and son duo based out of Lexington, The LeBeaus travel full time all over the Southeast United States with their music ministry.
Revival services at Carmel Baptist are Monday, Oct. 10 through Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Pastor Mark Medlin from Albemarle will conduct the services. Special singing each night will start the worship.
For more information call 704-636-9992.
Mount Zion Baptist
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Salisbury celebrates Fall Revival 2011 Oct. 11 and 12. Devotional praise begins at 7 p.m. and the service begins at 7:30 p.m.
The GGEO Music Ministries and Creative Expression Ministries of Mount Zion will lead the worship and the Rev. Dr. Larry W. Whitley, pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist of Matthews, will speak.
Whitley is a native of Zebulon, a retired Captain from the NC Highway Patrol, and in August 2010 received his Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Doctor of Humane Letter from Bethlehem Bible College, Roanoke, Va.
For information or transportation, call 704-637-0954. The church is located at 1920 Shirley Ave. where the Rev. Dr. Nilous M. Avery II is pastor.
Hall’s Temple
Hall’s Temple Church annual revival services will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 12 and go through Thursday the 14th at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Bishop Derek Kelly, pastor of New Faith Full Gospel Worship Center of Lexington is the guest speaker.
Sacred Heart festival
Fall Festival at Sacred Heart Catholic Church is Friday Oct. 14 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with servings at lunch and dinner of Louisiana Turkey Gumbo. The festival begins with a 5K race at 9 a.m., sign up at www.sacredheartfallfestival.com
There will also be a Cruise- In car rally and Sacred Heart’s first Salisbury Has Talent show, as well as games for kids, inflatables, a book store, personalized rosaries, ethnic and traditional food, homemade desserts, the lavender garden a cash raffle with $5,000 and $10,000 cash prizes.
Singing Men
KANNAPOLIS — The Piedmont Singing Men will perform at Lakewood Baptist Church on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. The church is at the corner of West “A” and Kluttz Streets.
Blessing of the animals at Christ Episcopal
On Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 3430 Old US 70 in Cleveland, the Rev. Sarah Blaies will lead a Blessing of the Animals, focused on offering praise and thanksgiving to God for the animals that god has placed in our lives.
Individuals of all faiths are invited to bring their pets and companion animals, properly restrained, to the service.
The Humane Society of Rowan County, Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary and Circle of Friends Freyhound Resdue will attend with pets that may be adopted, as well as usefu information.
Refreshments will be provided and special treats will be available for pets.
Kimball Memorial
KANNAPOLIS — Local churches have worked together to bring the nationally acclaimed ensemble Bruce Vantine’s Cornerstone Chorale and Brass to the area on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p. m.
The concert will be held at Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church, 101 Vance St.
The group is a non-profit corporation with fully professional artists recruited through national auditions, consisting of 22 vocalists, a brass quintet, pianist, narrators and staff.
This event will benefit the local charity Cooperative Christian Ministry.
Organ Lutheran Church bazaar
Organ Lutheran Church will hold its first bazaar since 1964, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, with crafts, homemade baked goods, freshly canned fruits and vegetables. Full country ham breakfast from 8-10 a.m. for $6, hotdog lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m for $5. Proceeds support mission projects by the Women of the Church. 1515 Organ Church Road.
Open pulpit
Yadkin Grove Baptist Church announces the opening of the pulpit to area ministers and clergy. To be eligible for preaching the Gospel, it is asked that a resumé or letter of interest be submitted to the leadership committee via fax at 704-636-8811 or mailed to P.O. Box 3393, Salisbury N.C. 28144.
Yadkin Grove is in the process of re-incorporating the church body into the community. To this end, we want to share the Good News of Jesus as well as receive it. Preaching will be on a voluntary basis. For more information, call the church office at 704-637-1311 or 704-633-0061.

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