Faith briefs

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 30, 2012

Egg hunt today
KANNAPOLIS — Pathway Fellowship Church, 6253 Mooresville Road, will host a free community Easter egg hunt today with food and fun, noon-2 p.m.,
Music program today
Cedar Grove Gospel Choir is sponsoring a musical program today, March 31, beginning at 6 p.m. The proceeds from this program will benefit a member of Cedar Grove. Cedar Grove is located at 2430 Hildebrand Road.
Greater Mt. Olive
EAST SPENCER — Greater Mt. Olive Full Gospel Baptist Church, 307 N. Long St., will honor local historians in a service on Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m. There will be guest appearances by local historians, war veterans and the Crown and Glory Lutheran Church Praise Dancers. Co-pastor Belinda Smith will deliver a message honoring history and celebrating the future.
Community Baptist
Community Baptist Church, 18 Carolina St., presents the Dennis Family in concert on April 1 at 6 p.m. Keith Mason is pastor.
Main Street Baptist
CHINA GROVE — Main Street Baptist Church, 1615 N. Main St., will celebrate their 19th year with homecoming on April 1. The service begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a meal. The worship service will feature Rev. Barry Beaver and the Beaver Family Singers of Kannapolis and Landis.
The Beaver Family Singers are known for personal and TV appearances locally and nationally.
Living tableau
KANNAPOLIS — First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St., continues a 51-year tradition with “The Last Supper,” a living tableau of the last gathering of Christ. This free performance is on Palm Sunday at 8 p.m..
The church sanctuary is transformed into the upper room for the reenactment of da Vinci’s fa.m.ous Last Supper painting that springs to life. The men of First Presbyterian Church take on the roles of Jesus’ disciples. A nursery will be provided.
Restoration Night
CONCORD — Restoration Night worship at The Rock, Rock Hill AME Zion Church, i3620 Rock Hill Church Road, Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
Choirs, praise teams, dancers and spoken word performers are invited to take part in this event.
Anniversary celebration
CHINA GROVE — Pine Ridge Baptist Church celebrates the anniversary of George and Peggy Bradshaw on Sunday, April 1 at the 10 a.m. service. Pastor Bradshaw came to Pine Ridge Baptist on March 31, 1996 serving first as interim before accepting the call as full-time pastor. He and his wife Peggy have been married for 59 years. Pine Ridge is located at 880 Old Linn Road.
St. Luke Missionary
St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on Hawkinstown Road will celebrate their annual men’s day this Sunday at 3 p.m. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Kirk Reid, pastor of New Hope AME Zion Church in Spencer.
The Rev. Arthur Heggins is pastor of St. Luke.
Stallings music service
Stallings Memorial Baptist Church, 317 S. Main St. in Salisbury, will present “He’s Alive Forever” during the Palm Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. Those participating will be the adult choir, Bells of Stallings, Children’s Chimes and the orchestra, and directed by Steve Etters.
North Main Baptist
North Main Baptist Church, 1501 N. Main St., hosts a concert by the trio Promise, Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
The Easter Sunday celebration begins with a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service, 7:30 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. Sunday school and the 10 a.m. morning worship.
Hot dog fundraiser
KANNAPOLIS — There is a hot dog and dessert sale at Rodger’s Park Reformed Church, 704 East 22nd St., Thursday April 5 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., with all proceeds going to church projects, local and world missions.
Salem Lutheran
Salem Lutheran Church’s Resurrection Celebration and Egg Hunt is today from 4-6:30 p.m. Sharing the Easter story in a magical way will be Steve Templeton, Christian illusionist. There will also be music, games, egg hunt (bring your basket) and cookout dinner.
Holy Week/Easter services are as follows•Palm/Passion Sunday, services at 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) and 10:45 a.m. (traditional)•Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. includes foot washing and Holy Communion•Good Friday service, 7p.m., seven last words from the cross•Easter Sunday sunrise service, 7 a.m., Easter breakfast 8 a.m., Sunday school 9:15-10:15 a.m., Easter service 10:30 a.m.
Salem Lutheran is at 5080 Sherrills Ford Road.
Breakfast-cruise in-live music-auction
YADKINVILLE — Courtney Baptist Church, 3341 Courtney Church Road, will host a breakfast/cruise-in/live music and auction fundraiser 7 a.m. -2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.
Cruise in registration begins at 6:30 a.m., followed by breakfast, music by Caleb’s Bridge, lunch and the auction. Proceeds go to Courtney Baptist youth ministries.
S. China Grove Baptist
CHINA GROVE — The Sanctuary Choir of South China Grove Baptist Church will present the cantata “Champion of Love” at the 11 a.m. service on April 1. “Champion of Love” was created and arranged by Craig Adams.
The church is located at 501 Haney Str., between Hwy 29 and Hwy 29-A off Thom Street. See or call 704-857-3611.
St. Paul’s Lutheran
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul’s Church Road, will hold special services during Holy Week with a Passion/Palm Sunday service April 1 at 10:30 a.m.•Maundy Thursday services are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.•Good Friday services are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.•Easter will be celebrated with two worship services April 8, with the sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. and the Easter service at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Prince of Peace
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Hwy 152 and Old Salisbury Road) observes Holy Week as follows: •Palm Sunday: procession of palms, the reading of the Passion according to St. Mark at 11 a.m., Holy Communion•Wednesday: Service of the Word for Healing at 7 p.m., including anointing with oil•Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m., Holy Communion, concludes with the stripping of the altar.•Good Friday, 7 p.m.•April 8, 8:30 a.m., Easter breakfast, worship with Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m.
Love Christian Center
EAST SPENCER — At 11 a.m. April 1, Love Christian Center will observe Family and Friends Day with special music and dancing. Dinner will be served afterward. At 4 p.m. the Pastors Aide Committee will host a concert featuring the North Rowan Connection Choir.
LCC is located at 102 N. Long St.
Ebenezer UMC
MT. ULLA — Holy Week services begin at Ebenezer United Methodist Church on Sunday at 11 a.m. Pastor Floyd Wood will speak.
Evening services are at 7 p.m. Sunday evening’s speaker is the Rev. Harold Bales, former District Superintenent; Monday, the Rev. Robert Harris; Tuesday George Kluttz; Wednesday, Donald Faris.
On Maunday Thursday Pastor Wood will speak and Holy Communion will be observed.
Ebenezer is located at the corner of Hwy 801 and Sherrills Ford Road, 7040-278-0306.
Kimball Lutheran
KANNAPOLIS — Kimball Lutheran Church’s Palm Sunday services are April 1 at 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) where the Kingdom Kids will sing, at 11 a.m. (traditional) and at 5 p.m. with Stations of the Cross •Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. is corporate confession worship•Maundy Thursday service is at 7 p.m.•Good Friday service is 7 p.m. •Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m. is the Resurrection Egg Hunt•Easter Sunday, the 6:45 a.m. sunrise service is outside, followed by the 8:30 a.m. contemporary worship service and the 11 a.m. traditional service.
Kimball Lutheran is located at 101 Vance St.
Interdenominational Fellowship
The Interdenominational Fellowship of Churches of Salisbury-Rowan County services are as follows:
•Holy week, April 2-6, 7 p.m. nightly at Word of Life Family Worship Center, 726 E. Liberty St., Dr. Martha Starks, host •Monday, Martha Starks and Word of Life Choir •Tuesday, Carolyn Bratton and Moore’s Chapel Choir •Wednesday, Henry Diggs and Faith Temple Triumphant Choir •Thursday, Harvey Rice and Mount Calvary Choir •Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday •Good Friday, 7 p.m., “Eight events that happened at the cross.,”
•Resurrection celebration sunrise service 6:30 a.m., April 8 at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St., host pastor Dr. Clary Phelps, with breakfast served afterward. Speaker, the Rev. R. Thomas Wyatt of Dorsett Chapel United Church of Christ, Spencer.
Concordia Evangelical
CHINA GROVE — Holy Week at Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church, 185 Concordia Church Road:
•Palm Sunday, Procession of Palms with Communion, anthem by chancel, children’s and hand bell choirs;
•Maundy Thursday Communion Service with Chancel Choir, Linda White on the flute;
•Good Friday – Prelude by Quartet, Jan Williams, Ray Preston Karriker, Katrina Brown, Hoke Karriker;
•Easter Sunday sunrise communion service 7:30 a.m., chancel choir, hand bells, flute by Linda White, trumpets by Ron Kirk, Miriam Lowery, Samantha Garver, Erin Dabbs. Breakfast provided by youth at 8:30 a.m. Easter Sunday festival service 11 a.m.
New Destiny concert
Bishop Rhinehart and New Destiny Temple of Faith host a Palm Sunday concert on April 1 at 4 p.m. featuring local groups, mime, dance and speakers including The Singing Pastors, Bishop Paul S. Rhinehart of New Destiny, Bishop Marvin McMillian of Galilean Deliverance Center SOP, Pastor Don Vess of Destiny City and Pastor Carlos Barrett of The Ark of Charlotte.
The concert is at Livingstone’s Hospitality and Event Center, 701 W. Monroe St. For more information call 704-858-0616.
Haven Lutheran
Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison St., continues its Lenten journey at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings led by pastor Ed Harper•Palm Sunday, will be observed with the traditional Palm processional with soloist Danny Key• Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m., includes the stripping of the altar•The Good Friday service at 7 p.m. features the chancel choir performing The Seven Last Words of Christ•Easter Sunday begins with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Easter service at 10:30 a.m., featuring performances by the handbell choir and the chancel choir.
Providence AME Zion
Providence AME Zion Church, 2415 Providence Church Road, will observe and celebrate Holy Week on Holy Wednesday. The service begins on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. The Rev. Zacharias Allen Sr. will preach a Lenten Meditation.
Mt. Zion Lutheran
RICHFIELD — Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 111 E. Church St., observes Holy Week with special worship services•On Palm Sunday , morning worship begins with the procession of palms and includes a congregational reading of the Passion •A light supper will be served at 6 p.m. followed by a folk mass at 7 p.m•The sanctuary will be open for a prayer vigil from 4-8 p.m. on Holy Wednesday, April 4•Worship services on Maundy Thursday include Holy Communion•The Good Friday service nwill be held at 7:30 p.m.
St. John’s services
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., announces its schedule for Holy Week and Easter:
•Palm Sunday, 9 a.m. in the Center (contemporary), 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. The ancient story of Jesus’ passion, retold in narrative form, along with special music.
•Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A foot-washing ceremony precedes the service at 6:45 p.m..
•Good Friday tenebrae service, noon in the chapel and 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Based on is an ancient liturgical form from the 8th century.
•Easter Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary and 9 a.m. in the Center. Holy Communion, enhanced by the Salisbury Brass, the St. John’s Classic Ringers Handbells, the Chancel Choir, soloist and organ at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. The Center Celebration musicians will lead the 9 a.m. worship.
Christiana Lutheran
Christiana Lutheran Church, 6190 Highway 52, begins Holy Week services April 1 at 10:30 a.m. Worship begins outdoors (weather permitting) with the blessing of the palms and congregational procession into the church.
•April 4-5, 7:30p.m., Living Last Supper, dramatic musical portrayal of the last meal.
•April 6, 7:30 p.m., Good Friday Tenebrae service.
•April 8, 6:30 a.m., Easter sunrise service includes procession to the cemetery. The 10:30 a.m. service includes Holy Communion and the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus.
Gloria Dei Lutheran
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd., observes Holy Week with services and activities beginning Sunday at 11 a.m. when worshipers gather outside, and then will form a palm processional into the church. In place of a sermon the congregation will read the Passion of Our Lord according to Mark, followed by Holy Communion.
•Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m., a service offers the option of having one’s feet washed, also Holy Communion and the stripping of the altar.
•Good Friday, 7 p.m., gathering of stark silence that completes the series of Lenten services have ben based on dramatic presentations of persons who witnessed the suffering and death of Jesus.
•Saturday, 8 p.m., join in the Easter vigil at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
•Easter sunrise service, 7 a.m., John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Brenner Ave. Later, children will gather at Gloria Dei Easter morning at 9:45 a.m. to hunt eggs, followed by a festive service of Holy Communion at 11 a.m.
Faith Lutheran
FAITH — Faith Lutheran Church, 205 S. Main St., observes Palm Sunday at 11 a.m. with a palm processional, traditional service with scripture readings, Holy Communion and new members of the church being honored at a covered dish luncheon.
Weather permitting, the service will be on the front lawn. Worshippers may assemble on the lawn before the 11 a.m. service. The children’s sermon will be given by Ann Bruce and the children will observe “Share Sunday” by bringing in food collected for the hungry •Wednesday features a meal prepared by the Church Council•Maundy Thursday worship is in the church nave at 7:30 p.m. with Holy Communion•Good Friday, 7:30p.m., a service of darkness
•A joint Easter Sunday morning sunrise service at 6:30 with Faith Lutheran as host church for the Faith Community withFaith Baptist and Shiloh Reformed assisting. Pastor Wayne Trexler from Shiloh will deliver the message and Pastor Joe Smith from Faith Baptist will read the scripture readings assisted by Pastor Richard Myers of Shiloh. Following the service, Pioneers for Christ Sunday school class hosts an Easter breakfast •The Easter Sunday service begins at 11 a.m.. with Pastor Floyd Bost.
First Presbyterian
•Sunday, April 1, Confirmation Sunday, 11 a.m.: children’s procession of the palms and confirmation of the 8th graders. 4 p.m.: Sanctuary Choir’s Concert, John Rutter’s Requiem and Music for a Moravian Easter, guest instrumentalists, soprano soloist Christina Pier;
•Lenten prayer breakfast, Wednesday, April 4, 7 a.m., with the Rev. Sandy Kern, Catawba Music Scholar soloist, Rachael Abbatiello;
•Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m., Holy Communion, tenebrae: candlelight liturgy of darkening;
•Good Friday, noon: dramatic reading of the Passion story, Solemn Reproaches from the Cross, soup and salad lunch;
•Easter Sunday, sanctuary festival worship with bells, brass, organ and choir, 8:30 and 11 a.m., contemporary worship, 8:50 a.m., butterfly release around the fountain, 10:30 a.m.
Spencer Community Council of Churches
SPENCER — The Spencer Community Council celebrates Holy Week with community services.
•7 p.m., April 1: Spencer Presbyterian Church hosts the Spencer Community Council of Churches’ Palm Sunday evening service. The Rev. Franklin Myers of First Baptist, guest preacher.
•Monday-Friday noon time service. Bring a bag lunch and stay for fellowship. Drinks and desserts provided by that day’s host church • Monday, April 2 – Central United Methodist Church, the Rev. Carrie Bishop of Calvary Lutheran, guest preacher •Tuesday, April 3 – Oakdale Baptist Church, the Rev. Thomas Wyatt of Dorsett Chapel, guest preacher •Wednesday, April 4 – First Baptist Church, the Rev. Richard Gross of Oakdale Baptist, guest preacher •Maundy Thursday, Dorsett Chapel Church, the Rev. Barry Kirby of Spencer Presbyterian, guest preacher •Good Friday – Calvary Lutheran Church, the Rev. William Mandelstam of Central Methodist, guest preacher.
•Calvary Lutheran Church, 303 Fifth St., the Rev. Carrie Bishop •11 a.m. – Palm Sunday worship with congregational procession of Palms, reading of the passion story, Holy Communion •7 p.m. – Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion, footwashing, the Stripping of the Altar •7 p.m.- Good Friday tenebrae service •10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Calvary meets at Dan Nicholas Park (shelter #7) for annual Easter egg hunt, cookout and Easter vigil celebration, designed for the children •7 a.m. – Easter sunrise service, breakfast will follow •10:30 a.m. – Easter festival of the resurrection, Easter Day with Holy Communion.
•Central United Methodist Church, 200 Fourth St. •9 a.m. and 11 a.m. – two Palm Sunday worships •7 p.m. – Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion •7 p.m. – Good Friday service •3 p.m., Saturday, April 7 Easter egg hunt at the Church •6:50 a.m. – Central Methodist & First Baptist’s joint Easter sunrise service located at 3rd and Yadkin (next to Central Methodist) – followed by joint Easter breakfast at Central fellowship hall •10:30 a.m. – Central Methodist’s Easter Service.
•First Baptist Church, 215 Fifth St., the Rev. Franklin Myers •11 a.m.. – Palm Sunday Worship •6:50 a.m. – Central Methodist and First Baptist’s joint Easter sunrise service located at 3rd and Yadkin (next to Central Methodist), followed by joint Easter breakfast at Central fellowship hall •11 a.m. – First Baptist’s – Easter cantata by the Worship Choir with Holy Communion.
•Oakdale Baptist Church, 200 Charles St. •11 a.m. – Palm Sunday worship •10 a.m. – Saturday, April 7 – Easter egg hunt held at the church •7 a.m. – Easter sunrise service. Breakfast follows at 7:30 a.m., Sunday school at special time of 8:45 a.m. •6:30 p.m. – Maundy Thursday service •10 a.m. – Special time for Oakdale’s Easter celebration.
•Spencer Presbyterian Church, 113 First St. •11 a.m.- Palm Sunday worship •7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service •11 a.m. – Easter Service with sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.