Faith briefs

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 4, 2011

In commemoration of All Saintsí Sunday, the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church will sing Gabriel FaurČís setting of the Requiem Sunday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. The service will be accompanied by members of the Winston-Salem and Salisbury Symphony Orchestras conducted by Matthew M. Brown, organist and director of music. Soloists include soprano Martha Shelton Smith and baritone Scott Macleod. Along with the Naming of Saints, a homily will be offered by The Reverend Stephen D. Haines.
For more information, call 704-636-3121. The church is located downtown at 217 S. Church St.
Madd Hatters Tea
The Nursing Ministry of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St., will hold a Madd Hatters Tea today, Saturday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m.
Please provide a description of your hat to be judged for the Most Original, the Most Sophisticated and the Most Funniest. $5 donation. Refreshments will be served after the event.
The tea will be held in the J. L. Stowe Fellowship Hall. Thresa Phelps is chairperson and the Rev. Dr. C. L. Phelps is pastor. 704-633-5057.
Christ UMC
Christ United Methodist Church, 3401 Mooresville Road, will celebrate homecoming this Sunday, Nov. 6 with a combined service at 10 a.m.
The Rev. Scott Ireland, pastor of Christ UMC from June 1998-June 2002, will be the guest preacher for this special service. Pastor Ireland currently serves as the Executive Director of Reynolds Ministries with The United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina. There will be a covered dish lunch in the family life center following the service. The Rev. James C. King is host pastor.
Woodleaf UMC
WOODLEAF ó Woodleaf United Methodist church celebrates homecoming Sunday, Nov. 6. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with special music presented by Total Praise. Worship will start at 11 a.m. with guest speaker the Rev. Karen Roberts. Come dressed in your best ěold timey clothesî to help celebrate Woodleafís 120th anniversary. There will be a covered dish luncheon in the fellowship hall following the service.
Main Street Baptist
Today Main Street Baptist Church is holding a hotdog and bake sale fundraiser. On Sunday, Nov. 6 the church will celebrate its Homecoming with services starting at 10:30 a.m. Immediately following the worship service there will be a complete meal served. The church is located at 1615 N. Main St. in China Grove. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate with us.
North Kannapolis
KANNAPOLIS ó Mitchel Jon, gospel singer and recording artist, will perform Sunday, Nov. 6 at North Kannapolis Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. in conjunction with the churchís observance of Bring a Friend Day. Jon is the original lead singer of Three Bridges and has appeared on Bill Gaitherís Homecoming and on stage with Dr. Charles Stanley. The church is located at 312 Locust St. The Rev. Chris OíGuin is pastor.
Mt. Vernon
WOODLEAF ó Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, located on Carson Road in Woodleaf, will celebrate its 141st church anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.
The Rev. Sidney Davis, originally from Salisbury and now pastor of Zion Olivet Presbyterian Church in Charleston, S.C., will be in charge of the service. This year we will highlight two families, Mrs. Cora Massey, aunt of Rev. Davis, who has served the church for nine decades and the late Mrs. Janet Fleming, a local entrepreneur. Both ladies were strong role models for women during the 50s.
Solid Rock
Solid Rock Church of God, 1004 Locke St., concludes the fourth pastoral anniversary series of services for the Rev. Samuel Washington on Sunday Nov. 6. Rev. Everett Scott will preach the 11 a.m. service followed by dinner in the fellowship hall. Bishop Claude Alexander Jr., will host and preach the 6 p.m. service at The Park Church, 6029 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte.
Fairview Heights
Fairview Heights Baptist Church celebrates its fourth anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. with special music by The Conquering Voices. The Rev. Clarence Marlin is pastor. The church is located at 704 Old Concord Road.
Macedonia Missionary
CONCORD ó Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 6734 Macedonia Church Road, celebrates the 6th anniversary of their sanctuary dedication. Services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6, beginning at 3 p.m. with guest speaker the Rev. Carolyn Bratton and Moores Chapel AME Zion Church.
Call 704-786-7308 or visit
Dorsett Chapel
Dorsett Chapel United Church of Christ will celebrate their 98th Church Anniversary Sunday, Nov. 6. Pastor Williams and the congregation of Yadkin Star Baptist Church of Lexington will be the guest for the 3 p.m. service.
Northside Church
EAST SPENCER ó Senior Citizens Day will be observed at the Northside Church of God of Prophecy on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. There will be special singing, praise dancing and more. The afternoon speaker will be Minister Mary Young of Northside CoGoP. The host pastor is Bishop James Lott II.
Southern City
EAST SPENCER óSouthern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church will observe their 113th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. with the theme ěWe are still standing on your shoulders,î recognizing families that have made contributions to the sustainability of the church. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. The speaker for the program is Apostle Miriam Keller, founder and pastor of Remnant in Christ Outreach Worship Center.
Southern City Church is located at 940 S. Long St.
Youth program
The Mentoring and After School Program (MAP) and GGEO Community Foundation Inc. of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, along with the Livingstone College Student Association, will sponsor a community wide youth program to be held at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m.
The Rev. Clarence Jackson, president of the Livingstone College Student Government Association, will speak on the theme ěTaking Our Community Back One Child at a Time.î The Livingstone College Choir will render special music.
Dr. Nilous M. Avery II is host pastor. For information, call 704-637-0954.
Dorsett Chapel
Dorsett Chapel United Church of Christ will celebrate their 98th church anniversary Sunday, Nov. 6. Pastor Williams and the congregation of Yadkin Star Baptist Church of Lexington will be the guest speaker for the 3 p.m. service at 1280 Hollywood Drive.
First Presbyterian
On Sunday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m., the Chamber Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, a select group of singers from the Sanctuary Choir and Catawba Music Scholars will present a choral setting of the Evening Prayer service consisting of prayers, scripture and responses, almost totally sung or chanted.
Musically, the core of the service is the setting of the two evening canticles (Song of Mary and Song of Simeon), in this case set to music by the 20th century English composer Herbert Sumsion. Other choral music includes an anthem by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a psalm-setting by Henry Gauntlett and the evening responses by Thomas Tallis.
In addition, organist Monty Bennett will play festive period organ repertoire. The theme of the service is the celebration of the great saints and leaders of the Church and honoring loved ones who have passed away in the preceding year. The whole event is about 45 minutes in length and will be followed by hot tea and cookies.
Calvary Baptist concert
Robert Carter will be singing in concert at Calvary Baptist Church this Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. Carter has sung with southern gospel quartets over the years and is an accomplished musician. Admission is free and an offering will be taken. Calvary Baptist Church is located on East Ridge Road, just beyond Ellis crossroads. Rick Cockerham is host pastor, Call 704-633-2567 for more information.
Youth rally coming
Trading Ford Baptist Churchís second annual area-wide youth rally is Saturday, Nov. 12 from 1-9:30 p.m. It is a free event for students from 6th grade through college and their youth leaders.
This yearís theme is ěA Chosen Generation,î and will feature guest speaker Michael Yardley, student pastor at Crosswalk Community Church in Williamsburg, Va.
There will be special music with Christian rapper Humble T.I.P., and worship with The Ben Rothwell Band as well as break-out sessions, dinner, a talent show, door prizes and games.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 9 (but no one will be turned away). Call 704-633-5986 or email
United Missionary
KANNAPOLIS ó The Missionaries of United Missionary Baptist Church in Kannapolis will host its pre-Thanksgiving revival beginning on Monday, Nov. 7 and ending on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. nightly. The purpose of the revival is to raise money to assist families in need. There will be different speakers each night and everyone is invited to attend. Contact the church at 704-932-7316 for more information about the Revival.
Harvest festival
CHINA GROVE ó The Harvest Festival at China Grove Church of God begins Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. with breakfast, crafts, a bake sale and silent auction. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. barbecue pork and chicken dinners will be available in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 413 N. Franklin St. Call 704-857-7973 for details.
Oak Grove honors retiring pastor
CHINA GROVE ó Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1205 S. Main St., honors the Rev. James I. Smith for 27 years of service with a retirement dinner on Dec. 3. Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested no later than Monday, Nov. 21.
The dinner will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., doors open at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person.
Feeding the needy
EAST SPENCER ó On Thursday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Providence Baptist Church, 620 Andrews Street, East Spencer (Exit 79 off I-85) will host a free Thanksgiving meal. All are invited. Reservations would be appreciated but all are welcome. Call Sam Adams at 704- 209-6454 or pastor Sy Ponds at 704-239-7904 and advise of the number attending. If you are shut in, call and your meal will be delivered.