Faith community hosts special services, music and more this weekend

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 25, 2013

Christiana Lutheran Church’s contemporary worship service, “Jumpstart,” is held on the third Sunday of each month at 8:15 a.m.
It is 45 minutes of high energy praise and worship with favorite contemporary Christian songs and a time of fellowship that begins at 8 a.m. with a light breakfast.
During the 10:30 a.m. service, Christiana’s high school and college graduates, including Christian Eller, Kaitlin Crouch, Andrew Litaker, Brittney Ritchie, Amy Shank and Ryan French, will be honored.
Christiana is located five miles south of I-85 at 6190 U.S. 52, across from Old Stone Winery.
First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St., will celebrate Camp Sunday during the 11 a.m. informal service Sunday in the fellowship hall.
If you have one of your old camp shirts from John’s River Valley Camp or other camps please wear it.
Church members will remember days at camp with the singing of camp and vacation Bible school songs.
This is a special celebration of John’s River Valley Camp, First UCC Youth, and the upcoming youth mission trip the week of July 14.
Following the service, the youth will be selling hot dogs with all the trimmings to raise money for the mission trip.
Dessert will be provided by “Mr Cone.” Food will be served in the fellowship hall with tables available, or bring your blankets to eat outside.
For more information, call 704-633-2723.

CONCORD — The Gospel Traveliers of the Carolinas celebrate their 31st anniversary at 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. and Sunday at New Beginning Church of God, 5717 Alexander Road.

Rugged Cross Baptist Church will host a special singing starting at 6:30 p.m. today. For details, call 704-310-0901.
Rugged Cross is located on Long Ferry Road at the Old Dukeville School.
CHINA GROVE — FUMC, China Grove will sponsor a program on Project AGAPE, North Carolina support to Armenia, on Wednesday.
The program will be presented by Nara Melkonyan, Project AGAPE director from Armenia.
Gary’s BBQ will cater a meal beginning at 5:30 and the program will start at 6:15 p.m.
The program will be followed with a dessert auction with the proceeds going toward building materials for the mission team in September.
Cost for the meal is $7 and reservations must be made by noon Sunday, May 26 by calling Wanda Watts at 704-857-3623. Child care will be provided.

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5080 Sherrills Ford Road, will hold a service of praise and thanksgiving at 9 a.m. Sunday with the gospel group The Chapeleers.
In recognition of Memorial Day, Salem will honor and remember with thanksgiving veterans and those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

Jerusalem Baptist Church will honor pastor Dr. David Bracken for 12 years of dedication with a Day of Celebration.
The event will take place during the 11 a.m. service Sunday and will continue throughout the day.
The congregation and special guests will enjoy a cookout on the back lawn at 3 p.m..

Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 611 E. Monroe St., will celebrate pastor Elder Richard Johnson’s 23rd anniversary of ministry to the church during the 11 a.m. service Sunday.
The guest speaker will be the Rev. Patrick Jones, associate pastor of new Zion Baptist.

CLEVELAND — Smith Chapel Apostolic Holiness Church, 1735 Mt. Tabor Church Road, will be hosting its annual Family and Friends Day during the 11 a.m. service Sunday. Lunch will be served afterward.
KANNAPOLIS — Lakewood Baptist Church, 806 Kluttz St., will host a Memorial Day tribute service at 11 a.m. Sunday to honor the service men and women of our country.
Speaker at the morning service is the Rev. Don Davis, chaplain of the American Legion Post 1145 of Kannapolis. He will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and pay tribute to service personnel.
An All Color Guard will present the flag and there will be a medley of armed services songs and patriotic songs.
The church will be decorated inside and outside with hundreds of flags.

Dr. Sam Nadler will be speaking at Calvary Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Nadler grew up a Jewish kid on the streets of New York City, became a completed Jew when he accepted Jesus Christ and began a ministry of outreach to Jews and Gentiles soon thereafter.
He is speaker for Word of Messiah Ministries, headquartered in Charlotte.
Calvary Baptist is located on East Ridge Road just beyond Ellis crossroads.

CHINA GROVE — The Women’s Ministry annual women’s conference at Oak Grove Baptist Church China Grove, which began with sessions Friday and Saturday, continues Sunday with guest speaker Minister Maurice Johnson of Concord Christian Center. Services begin at 3 p.m.
This year’s conference theme is “Release and Unleash Destiny.”
For more information, call 704-633-5614.

Lilly’s Chapel Church of God, 618 W. Thomas St., will celebrate its 98th church anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Speaker will be Overseer Annie Smith, pastor of Lifeline Triumphant Pentecostal Church of Salisbury.

CLEVELAND — The Steward Board of Cedar Grove AME Zion Church will be sponsoring a Pastor’s Aid Service at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Rev. Andrew Davis, associate pastor at Fairview Heights Baptist Church of Salisbury, is the guest speaker.
Cedar Grove is on Hildebrand Road.
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Salisbury will celebrate its annual men’s day at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The message will be delivered by the Rev. William Turner, pastor at Tower of Power United Holy Church.

EAST SPENCER — The Evangelism Board of Southern City AME Zion Church, 940 S Long St., will observe its anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Evangelist Cathy Marlin of Fairview Heights Baptist Church will bring the message.

CLEVELAND — Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 5890 S. River Church Road, will host its pastor appreciation service for the Rev. William Speas at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Guest speaker will be the Rev. Ervin Hanna, pastor of Erwin Temple CME Church of Woodleaf. Lunch will be served at 2 p.m.

Grace Deliverance Tabernacle, 1237 Old West Innes St., will hold its pastor anniversary service at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Guest speaker will be the Rev. Michael Mitchell, pastor of Redeeming Word Ministries of Charlotte.

LEXINGTON — Apostle Flora Morris of Restoration Temple of Deliverance, High Point, will be rendering service at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Blessing of God Ministry, 412 WestSide Drive.
This service is sponsored by Elder David Steward.
For more information contact Superintendent Elaine Hardy at 336-852-8783.

The Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church Usher Ministry will celebrate its anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday with guest speaker the Rev. Samuel Stevenson, pastor of Logan Presbyterian Church in Scotts.

KANNAPOLIS — The Piedmont Singing Men will perform a patriotic concert at Lakewood Baptist Church, 806 Kluttz St., at 6 p.m. Sunday.
This is a free concert and the public is invited.

SPENCER — Calvary Lutheran’s second annual Ladies’ Afternoon Tea will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1 in the fellowship hall.
Tea sandwiches and a variety of sweets and savories will be served.
There are only 80 seats available, so RSVP by Monday, by calling Calvary at 704-636-2152 and leaving a message along with your phone number.
To reserve a table of eight, let us know as soon as possible.
A $5 minimum donation each will help defer expenses.
Stories will be told by the New Calvary Lutheran Playmakers.
Calvary Lutheran is located at 303 Fifth St.

KANNAPOLIS — First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis will host “An Evening with Cooperative Christian Ministry” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Cooperative Christian Ministry has just launched its “2015 and Beyond” strategic plan, and Executive Director Ed Hosack will provide details of this exciting plan and how the community can have a part.
For more information, call 704-938-4623 or visit

Stallings Memorial Baptist Church, 817 S. Main St., is hosting the Hill Top Community Carnival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1.
There will be entertainment, face painting, food, treats, games, prizes and lots of fun.
It’s all free to the community with the mission of fostering a sense of community between neighbors while sharing the love and gospel of Christ.

Pastors, ministers and outreach leaders are invited to participate in the preparations for “Soul Winning Day” from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Miller Recreation Center, 1402 W. Bank St.
The event, a day of giveaways, fun and activities, will take place on Aug. 31.
For more details, contact Evangelist John Dorsey, God’s Outreach Ministry event coordinator, at 704-576-8995.

KANNAPOLIS — North Kannapolis United Methodist Church, 1307 N. Main St., will have a free bluegrass concert on the lawn in front of the church at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 2.
This is the “Kickoff to Summer Event.” Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on and enjoy the music.

STATESVILLE — Horizon Church, 316 Signal Hill Drive, will be holding its first barbecue pork butt fundraiser to benefit the various ministries of the church. Deadline to order is Monday, June 10.
For details, call 704-873-5250 or visit

Ties and Treasures to Ecuador involves local volunteers who will be departing Charlotte on June 22 to work with Katty Aguirre, a native Ecuadorean missionary, and One Heart Global Ministries to minister to the national pastors of Ecuador and their wives.
Donations of new or gently used neckties and costume jewelry are sought.
Neckties will be a gifted to a national Ecuadorean pastor and jewelry gifted to his wife.
The Charlotte team will be sponsoring a conference for the pastors and their wives.
Drop off donations of neckties and jewelry at Maia’s Fashions, 103 S. Main St. by June 15.