Faith Briefs: Local churches plan summer concerts, services, events and VBS
COOLEEMEE — The Gospel Travelers singing group will celebrate their 43rd anniversary with programs on Saturday and Sunday at the Erwin Temple CME Church. The celebration begins this evening, Saturday, July 6, at 7 p.m. and continue on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. Groups, choirs and soloists are invited to participate.
The Pastor’s Anniversary service at Rose of Sharon, scheduled for Saturday, July 7, at 3 p.m. has been cancelled.
Providence United Methodist Church, 6450 Bringle Ferry Road, offers a new worship experience called First Light every Sunday for the Providence community starting July 8. Begin gathering at 8:15 a.m. with worship at 8:30 a.m. The simplified format will feature praise and worship music with acoustic guitars and keyboards. Dress is casual.
Gay’s Chapel UMC
Evangelist Christian Chapman from Charlotte will be speaking this Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service at Gay’s Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 5545 Woodleaf Road. Christian travels across the United States speaking to churches and schools spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Come join us this Sunday for an opportunity to hear Christian share what God has put on his heart for His people.
Mount Zion Church
CHINA GROVE — Patrick King, diagnosed with autism at age 5, will give a sermon entitled, “Identity and Integrity in Christ,” at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, July 8, at Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 S. Main St., 704-857-1169.
King is a resident of China Grove and recent graduate of South Rowan High School. Despite his early days of being nonverbal and detached, he has received academic and athletic scholarships to attend Pfeiffer University this fall.
John Calvin Presbyterian Church’s summer worship, Ten@10, continues Sunday with a focus on the Mwandi Project, a mission in Zambia, with guest speaker Charles Newsome. Worship begins at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Casual dress is welcome.
First Calvary Baptist Church observes Lott Carey Day at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, with the Rev. Brenda McBurrough of Alexandra, Va. speaking. Named for the Rev. Lott Carey who was one of the first American and Baptist missionaries to West Africa, the movement was founded in 1897 to provide missions assistance throughout the world, especially on the African continent. First Calvary is located at 400 S. Long St.
On Sunday, July 8, immediately following the 11 a.m. service, Salsibury First Presbyterian will host a lunch of BLTs, tomato sandwiches, chips, and drinks. (There will be cheese or jelly sandwiches as well).
Farmer Dan (Cagle) will be on hand and a special judge will come to decide the winner of the first Best Tomato contest. Categories for judging are Biggest, Most Unusual, Ugliest, and Best of Show.
Bring in your homegrown tomatoes that day (some to share and some for the contest); there will also be plenty of tomatoes provided by a local farmer. Leftover tomatoes will be taken to Rowan Helping Ministries.
Mt. Zion Baptist
Mt. Zion Baptist Church Youth Choir will celebrate their anniversary on Sunday, July 8 at 2:30 p.m. Area youth choirs and praise dancers are invited to be on the program. Mt. Zion is located at 1765 White Road, 704-637-3712.
Oak Grove Baptist
CHINA GROVE — The missionaries of oak Grove Baptist Church will celebrate their anniversary on Sunday, July 8 at 3 p.m. with speaker Sonya Ellerbe, pastor of United Christian Fellowship of Salisbury. Oak Grove Baptist is located at 1205 S. Main. St.
The United Ministerial Alliance will host its annual revival on Wednesday, July 11 through Friday July 13 at 7 p.m. nightly at The Tower of Power United Holy Church, 601 E. Cemetery St.
Guest revivalist is Rev. Carolyn Bratton, B.S., M.Div, pastor of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion. Bratton has a BS in Business Administration and is a cumme laude graduate of Hood Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. She served as pastor of Young’s Chapel AME Zion, Mooresboro; pastor of Shiloh AME Zion, Mt. Holly and is currently pastor at Moore’s Chapel AME Zion, Salisbury.
Holy Tabernacle of Jesus Christ, 325 Malcolm Road, will hold their Pastor’s Aide service at 7 p.m., Friday, July 13. with guest speaker Bishop Christopher Brown Sr., of Whosoever Will Let Them come, Spencer. Call 704-636-6726 or 704-433-2133 for more information.
St. John’s book club
The St. John’s Faith in Life book club will meet at 1 p.m. on July 13 in the church library, 200 W. Innes St. The book club meets second Fridays with facilitator Gerrie Blackwelder.
‘Voices that Change’
First Baptist Church of Salisbury presents vocal impressionist Michael Kelley in “Voices that Change,” a fundraising benefit for the Family Crisis Council.
Showtime is 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at First Baptist, 223 N. Fulton St. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children 12 an d under get in free. For more information call 704-639-9580 or 704-633-8999.
CONCORD — On Saturday, July 14, starting at 11 a.m., the United House of Prayer for All People will host a community day parade in Concord on Lincoln St. There will be gospel singing, food and fun for everyone.
Spa day for the soul
“A Day Away for Women of Worth” takes place on Saturday, July 14 at Oakland Heights Church, 210 Newsome Road, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Guest speakers include, from 9-11 a.m., Minister Angela Dewees from Kenna, W.Va.; and from noon-3 p.m. Evangelist Patricia Franklin Thomas drom Concord. There will be special music by Mary Dewees and Toni Bogurt- Synod. Luncheon will be provided. RSVP to 704-431-4123.
July Family Nights
WOODLEAF — South River UMC will be hosting July Family Nights every Tuesday night in July from 6-8 p.m. starting July 10, with food, fellowship and entertainment each night.
July 10: Arts & Crafts Night • July 17: Kristie Phillips, retired American gymnast, former U.S. National Champion, and her elite gymnastics team • July 24: South River’s own summer Olympics featuring games, relays • July 31: The County Fair, inflatables, games, food.
South River will also collect school supplies each night to distribute to needy families. Visit www.southriverumc. org/july_family_nights to learn more.
July Family Nights are free South River is located at 2880 South River Church Road.
Vacation Bible School
Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist
“Fishin’ on a Mission with Jesus” is the theme for Hall’s Chapel’s VBS, for pre-school through adult.
611 E. Monroe St., at the corner of S. Clay St.
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church
“Building Up God’s House: One Soul At A Time” is the theme for Henderson Grove’s VBS. Students will present their work to the congregation on Sunday, July 15 at the 11 a.m. service.
Henderson Grove Church Road off S. Main St., 704-633-7573.
Spencer Presbyterian, Calvary Lutheran, Central Methodist
5 p.m. light dinner, VBS 5:30-8 p.m.
“Celebration Station—Who is Being Served?” is the theme for this combined VBS, for pre-school-6th grade. Please bring canned goods.
Children will assemble school and hygiene kits for the Family Crisis Center, and create prayer shawls for Rowan Hospice House. Materials have been purchased; thre three congregations are encouraged to sponsor a project. School and hygiene kits cost $7/kit. The prayer shawl costs $17.
Spencer Presbyterian, 113 1st St., Spencer.