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Churches honor graduates, hold concerts, begin VBS programs

SPENCER — The children of the Pruitt Sisters will celebrate the ministry of the Pruitt Sisters, whose gift of singing blessed many over the years, at 6 p.m. today at Dorsett Chapel United Church of Christ, 1280 Hollywood Drive.
All choirs are invited to come and participate.
For details, contact Minister Nelda Hart at 704-637-0162 or nhart3@carolina.rr.com

Stallings Memorial Baptist Church will honor its high school and college graduates Sunday.
The CrosSeekers Sunday School class will host breakfast for graduates and their families in the Rhyne Building.
Graduates to be recognized during the worship service include Gage Graham, East Rowan; James Beattie, RCCC; Russ Bryan, Greensboro College; Hannah Clark and Steven Clark, UNC Charlotte; Casiann Etters, UNC Wilmington; and Melanie Lippard, Western Carolina.

The Word of Life Family Worship Center, 726 East Liberty St., will hold its annual Baccalaureate service to recognize its 2013 graduates during the 10 a.m. service Sunday.
College graduates include Frances Rebecca “Beckie” Bane, Capella University; Janet Peck Bute, Catawba College; Misa Patterson, NC A&T University; Candice Daughtery, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
High school graduates include Bakari Hagler, South Rowan; Jesse Jones, Salisbury High; Regnal Parker, North Rowan; Raheem Chambers, North Rowan; and Frances Daiquana Rankin, West Rowan.
For more information, contact 704-633-2431, www.wordoflifefwcc.org

COOLEEMEE — Erwin Temple Church, 155 Erwin Temple Church Road, will celebrate the seventh pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Ervin Hannah Jr. during the 11 a.m. service Sunday.
The Erwin Temple Mass Choir will sing under the direction of minister of music Travis Williams.
Lunch will be served at 1:45 p.m. Afternoon worship is at 3 p.m. with guest speaker the Rev. Burrel Brooks of St. John Baptist of Statesville, along with other special tributes and presentations.

EAST SPENCER — Shady Grove Baptist Church, 600 S. Long St., celebrates the first pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Timothy Bridges Sr. and First Lady Dwana Bridges at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The morning speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Calvin Miller, presiding elder of the Winston-Salem AMEZ district.
The Rev. John Leazer, pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Concord, will speak during the afternoon service.

Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road, will host a celebration during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service with guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Samuel Moore, Uwharrie District Superintendent of the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church. A fellowship potluck luncheon will follow.
For more information, call 704-633-7484 or visit www.mounttaborumc.org

MOUNT ULLA — Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1765 White Road, observes Missionary Day during the 3 p.m. service Sunday.
Speaking will be Evangelist Donnetta Watkins, associate pastor of New Creation Baptist Church of Statesville.

New Hope AME Zion Church, 1470 N. Long St. Extension, will celebrate Men’s Day at 3 p.m. Sunday with guest speaker the Rev. R. Thomas Wyatt Jr., pastor of Dorsett Chapel United Church of Christ, Spencer.
There will be music by the men’s community choir under the leadership of Phyllis Partee and Melvin Rush I, as well as the men’s choir of Dorsett Chapel.

EAST SPENCER — Northside Church of God of Prophecy celebrates Bishop James Lott II and First Lady Brenda Scott Lott’s 37 years of service at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.
The morning speaker is Mary Allison Young, associate minister at Northside.
Pastor J. R. Ricks Jr. from Wake Forest Church of God of Prophecy will serve as the afternoon speaker.

The officers and members of Cedar Grove AME Zion Church will honor pastor the Rev. Dr. Bertha E. Pittman and First Man William (Bill) Pittman at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Rev. Tamica Robinson, pastor of Liberty AME Zion Church of Cooleemee will bring the message.

CHINA GROVE — Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1205 S. Main St., will observe its annual Men’s Day at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The speaker will be Rev. Dairl Scott, pastor of Union Chapel AME Zion Church of Churchland.
Men from other churches are invited to come and join in the all men’s choir.

KANNAPOLIS — United Baptist Church will celebrate its 40th anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Dr George Jackson of Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship, Thomasville, will be the guest preacher.
EAST SPENCER — Love Christian Center, 102 N. Long St. will host its annual Men’s Day program at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Speaker will be Harvey “Chip” Rice, pastor of Maranatha Fellowship Church in High Point.
Pastor Rice is a minister of music and as hosted WNAA’s morning program, “The First Light.” He is the author of the book “The Cup: What They Probably Didn’t Tell You about Salvation.”

Lifeline Triumphant Pentecostal Church is sponsoring its Ministry Empowerment Program seminars at the Legion building, 300 Legion St., Granite Quarry.
The program is connected with the Virginia Union Samuel Dewitt Continuing Education program.
These courses are suited for persons aspiring for ordination or for those who are ordained but have not been exposed to this level of training.
Each seminar consists of sessions from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays with lunch break.
— June 14-15: Pastoral Care and Counseling. Instructors: Elder Dr. Carrie Bolton and Elder Dr. Gerard Smith
— June 21-22: Pulpit Etiquette and the Sacraments. Instructor: Pastor Dr. Terria George
— July 19-20: Essential Leadership Skills. Instructors: Bolton, Smith.
For more information, contact Overseer Annie L. Smith at 704- 279- 0124.

MOUNT ULLA — St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 11020 NC Highway 801, will host a dedication and cornerstone placement during a 4 p.m. Sunday service.
St. Luke will dedicate its new fellowship building, activity building and memorial garden and gazebo. There will be a time of worship, a time of dedication and a time of food and fellowship.
Bishop Bolick will be with the congregation along with many of the providers of services.

LEXINGTON — Blessing of God Ministry, 412 West Side Drive, will host the Rev. Nathaniel Lindsay of High Point, who will be rendering the 4 p.m. service Sunday.
For more information, call 336-852-8783.

The Directors Trio of Burlington and St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road, will present a Southern, traditional, and soul concert at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Special music will include Trio members Renee Page, a Rockwell native now living in Burlington; Minone Frizelle, also a Burlington native and Kevin Smith of Elon.

RICHFIELD — Mt. Zion Lutheran Church will hold a service of worship at 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning June 11.
This is a special worship opportunity for those who are working on Sundays or traveling on weekends.
For more information, call 704-463-7280 or visit www.mtzionrichfield.org

CLEVELAND- Ambassadors for Jesus Christ Church, 210 Clement St., will host a Gospel stage play and dinner theatre production under the direction of Edna Watkins.
“Searching for Fulfillment: A Mother’s Prayer for Children” will be held next Saturday, June 15.
Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and the play begins at 7 p.m.
Adult tickets are $12, $6 for children ages 6-12, and children under 6 are free.
For more informaiton, call 704-224-7863.

The cost is $180 for the whole summer with a $15 registration fee, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church’s summer enrichment program, June 10 through Aug. 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
This is for students who have completed grades K-8, includes academics, activities, field trips and more.
Breakfast and lunch will be served. There are sibling discounts.
The church is located at 1920 Shirley Ave.
Contact Latasha Wilks on weekday afternoons at 704-637-0954, or at other times at 704-314-6713.

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist

June 10-14, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Theme: “Rock It Out: Praising the Living God without Limits.”
1920 Shirley Ave., for transportation call 704-637-0954.

Ardis Chapel AME Zion

June 10-14, 6 to 8 p.m.
Theme: Growing Up To Leadership”
1940 Old Mocksville Road.

New Zion Baptist
June 10-14, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Theme: “Text JESUS,” classes nursery through adult.
2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road. For transportation call Clarence Craig at 704-633-0638, Daphne Clinton at 704-636-9887, or Kent Wilkerson at 704-633-7128.

Trinity Presbyterian

Jure 10-14, 6-8:30 p.m.
Theme: “Jesus Family Reunion, the Remix”
300 S. Caldwell St., 704-636-6854.
Dorset Chapel UCC

June 12-14, 6-8:30 p.m.
Theme: “Standing on the Promises of God.” Dorsett Chapel Family Picnic Day, Saturday, June 15, Dan Nicholas Park.
1280 Hollywood Drive

Oakdale Baptist
June 17-21, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Theme: “Colossal Coaster World, Facing Fear-Trusting God” for age 4 through grade 8, adult classes also. A carnival will be held in the church gym on Friday, June 17.
200 Charles St., 704-633-9412 to register.

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