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Churches schedule Epiphany services

CHINA GROVE — A worship service for Epiphany and the Gifts of the Magi will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 6 at Mount Zion United Church of Christ. Celebration of Holy Communion will be included during worship, as well as the Installation of new church officers: Doris Yost and Andy Corriher as elders; and Fan Bare, Candice Safrit and David Hill as deacons. Sunday School for all ages is at 10 a.m.
Mount Zion UCC is located at 1415 South Main St. Call the church office at 704-857-1169 for more information or visit mtzionchinagrove.com

Haven Lutheran Church will host a joint Epiphany Service with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 10:30 a.m. The service will be held at Haven Lutheran Church, 207 West Harrison St. Danny Key, Haven’s Choir Master, will direct a joint choir comprised of St. Paul’s and Haven members. St. Paul’s Choir Master and organist, John Bullock will serve as organist. The Rev. Ed Harper, interim pastor at Haven, will serve as liturgist and the Rev. Rick Williams, Vicar at St. Paul’s, will preach.
Following the service, participants will process to St. Paul Episcopal Church, 930 South Main St., for the Burning of the Greens and the sharing of the Kings Cake. The Burning of the Greens is traditionally held on the twelfth day of Christmas. Participants are invited to bring wreaths, Christmas tree greens and garlands which will be burned. The Kings Cake, also known as the Three Kings Cake, is associated with Epiphany and often contains a small trinket of the infant Jesus. The person who selects a slice containing the trinket is traditionally afforded special privileges and responsibilities.
Haven Lutheran Church is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. St. Paul Episcopal Church is affiliated with The Episcopal Church. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America consists of over 10,000 congregations and The Episcopal Church consists of over 7000 congregations in America. The two national church bodies cooperate in an official agreement to share clergy and Eucharist. For more information, contact Haven Lutheran Church, 704-633-4881.

On Sunday, Jan. 6 (Epiphany), St. Paul’s will have a combined worship service with our neighbor, Haven Lutheran at Haven’s church on Harrison St., thus, there will be no Bible Study at St. Paul’s. Visit http://st-pauls-salisbury.dionc.org/ to learn more, or call 704-637-9404.

LINWOOD — Union Chapel AME Zion Church, 4329 Sowers Road, will host its second annual Gospel Fest on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m., with groups such as the Zionettes of Union Chapel, Cedar Grove Gospel Singers, Disciples of Joy, Heavenly Voices, and more. Evangelist Alice Perry will be the mistress of ceremony for this event, which will serve as a fundraiser for the Steward Board of Union Chapel. All are welcome to attend and participate.
Revival services at the Church of God of Prophecy are as follows:
Sunday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.: Bishop James J. Lott, Northside Church of God of Prophecy, East Spencer
Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.: Pastor Bruce Langley, East Council Street Church of God of Prophecy, Salisbury
Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.: Pastor Sarah Oglesby, Jessup Street Church of God of Prophecy of Lexington
Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.: Pastor Linda Jackson, E. Center Street Church of God of Prophecy
Bishop Jeffrey Davis is State Overseer.

Cornerstone Church, 315 Webb Road, will host Unplugged every Saturday from 7-8 p.m. with worship by student pastor, Taylor Ford and Offered Soul and preaching by lead pastor, Bill Godair. This is a casual, contemporary service designed to bring two different generations together. Children’s activities (5th grade and under) are provided.
Beginning Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Cornerstone Church presents Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program. Over 700,000 people have gone through this program in more than 17,000 churches worldwide. This class will be held every Thursday evening in Suite 101 of The Education Center. To register, contact urban pastor Wayne Pugh at wayne@cornerstone-church.net
Financial Peace University with Dave Ramsey begins Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in The Education Center, Suite 101. This is a free nine- week course but you must purchase the necessary materials from either www.daveramsey.com of from the Cornerstone Bookstore. For details call 704-815-1218 or visit www.cornerstone-church.net

SPENCER — On Thursday , Jan. 10 at 12:15 p.m., the Spencer Presbyterian Faith Community Health Ministry will host Caregiver Support for Veterans and Their Families, presented by Debra Volkmer, MSW, LCSW, Operation Enduring Iraqi Freedom Program Manager.
The VA is here to support caregivers of veterans of all eras. All are invited to come and enjoy a light lunch and fellowship. For more information, contact Dot Landis at 704-636-9352 or 336-250-2289.
The event will be held at Spencer Presbyterian Church, 113 First St., Spencer.

Tonight the Potter’s House will host the “Gospel in Song” by Bishop Chambers of Gateway Ministries of Salisbury. The quest group will be God’s Secret Weapon of Gateway Ministries. The program will be at The Potter’s House Outreach Ministries at 5 p.m. Reginald and Gena Long are pastor/co-pastor.
The church is located at 119A&B Clancy St.

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