Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 9, 2013

CLEVELAND — Heart of Sportsman, a small group that meets at Cornerstone Baptist Church, will host its third annual “Take a Stand to Fight Hunger” food drive Nov. 29 and 30.
During the drive, hunters donate their deer harvest.
The group will clean the deer and have them processed. All meat will be donated to local food pantries to feed those in need.
All those who donate will be entered in a chance to win a Bass Pro Shops gift card.
Deer harvests can be dropped off at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 200 Clearview Drive.
For more information, email Josh Moore at skippymo83@gmail.com or call 704-640-0037.
EAST SPENCER — New Life Community Church, 118 Heiligtown Road, will host an 88th birthday celebration for James “Pete” Sherrill at 6 p.m. today.
Elder Dwight Moore of Disciples of Christ Outreach Ministries of Charlotte will be the guest speaker.
Many local and regional music groups will also be featured.
For details, contact Patricia Swann at 704-870-2495 or 704-640-9073.
SPENCER — There will be a Veteran’s Day program at 5 p.m. today at Rhema Praise and Worship Church, 117 Long Ferry Road.
The guest speaker will be Col. (Ret.) Dave Ulmer, a 35-year Army Special Forces veteran and who has dedicated his life to helping veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury, at the corner of West Fulton and West Innes streets, will hold a special day of worship Sunday.
The focus of the day will be on how to achieve the unimaginable.
Worship in the sanctuary will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
Life Center worship will be held in Lewis Hall is at 8:50 a.m.
A DVD of nine members sharing their own faith journeys will be shown at 6 p.m. Sunday. Dessert will be served.
Cornerstone Church celebrates 27 years of ministry in Rowan County at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Special guests will be Bo and Valerie Baker from Dallas, Texas.
The Rev. Bo Baker is a lifelong friend of Pastor Bill Godair and traveled several years as an evangelist.
Since Godair and his family came to Salisbury 27 years ago, they have built Cornerstone Church as well as four Cornerstone Child Development Centers and The Event Center.
All are invited to celebrate with Cornerstone Church this weekend.
CHINA GROVE — During the 11 a.m. service Sunday at Mount Zion United Church of Christ, veterans will be honored during a time of remembrance and thanksgiving.
Following worship there will be a dinner in honor of veterans and serving military in the new building.
The Campbell Women’s Circle will host a “packing” party for Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoeboxes at 4 p.m.
Mount Zion UCC is located at 1415 South Main St.
For more information, call 704-857-1169 or visit mtzionchinagrove.com
Lilly’s Chapel Church of God, 618 West Thomas St., will celebrate pastor Dr. Thomas H. Clawson’s 20th anniversary Sunday.
Elder Robert Albritton of Lilly’s Chapel Church will speak at 11 a.m.
The 3 p.m. speaker is Pastor Betty Buie of Ramsey’s Chapel Church in Wadesboro.
STATESVILLE — The Levite Men of New Creation Baptist Church, 729 Glover St., will hold their annual men’s day program during the 11 a.m. service Sunday.
The speaker will be the Rev. Deon Anderson, an associate minister from God’s Tabernacle for Believers in Rockwell.
Refreshments will be served after the service.
Sgt. Reginald Williams will be the guest speaker during a veterans appreciation service at 3 p.m. Sunday at Erwin Temple CME Church .
Williams served in the Army/National Guard for about 27 years and he deployed for two terms in Iraq.
He was employed with the Department of Mental Health for 28 years and worked in the school system for many years before retiring.
GRANITE QUARRY — The Salisbury-Rowan Pastor’s Aid Union service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Antioch Baptist Church.
The Rev. Patrick Jones of New Lion and congregation are in charge of the service.
The annual holiday fellowship dinner is at 7 p.m. Monday at Antioch.
All union pastors, their associates and union members are invited. Members are asked to bring a covered dish
STATESVILLE — The Piedmont Singing Men will present a free Christmas concert at Covenant ARP, 120 N. Greenbriar Road, at 6 p.m. Sunday.
ENOCHVILLE — Enochville Church of God will be hosting a revival with The Blythes and Sister Rita starting at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Monday through Wednesday services will be held at 7 p.m.
This group of five are in their 22nd year of being on the road. They play many instruments there will be singing and preaching.
A Second Sunday signing will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the St. Matthews Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road.
Church member Melissa Hoffner and Tasha Hall, a member of Providence Methodist Church, will be the entertainers for the evening.
CLEVELAND — Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 935 Mt. Tabor Road, will host a pastor installation service to celebrate and officially welcome Pastor Eulando Henton at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
There will be leadership empowerment sessions and worship at Outreach East (Leadership Training and Worship Center), 2218 Statesville Blvd, next week.
Pastor Julius Koonce of Christ Transformation Center will speak about leadership Tuesday.
Grief recover will be the topic of Pastor Glenn Usry’s talk Thursday.
Both services start at 7 p.m. These sessions are free and open to the public.
The opening celebration for Outreach East (Leadership Training and Worship Center) will commence Saturday, Nov. 16 with worship and service from 6 to 7:15pm.
For more information, call 704-881-0425.
KANNAPOLIS — North Kannapolis Baptist Church, 312 Locust St., will host a Growing Stronger marriage seminar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The seminar will be led by Billy and Dana Rollins with Hope@Home.
For more information or to sign up, call 704-933-2125.
SPENCER — New Hope AME Zion Church, 1470 North Long St. Extension, will hold its annual Women’s Day celebration on Saturday, Nov. 16.
A brunch and service will begin at 10 a.m.
The Rev. Mary Hardin, associate minister at Soldier’s Memorial AME Zion Church, will bring the message.
The 2013 Women’s Day theme is “Women Living by the Spirit and Keeping Step with the Spirit.”
This event is free and open to the public.
CHINA GROVE — Harvest Festival at China Grove Church of God, 413 N. Franklin St., is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.
Breakfast along with a craft and bake sale will begin at 8 a.m.
The silent auction is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the drawing is at 4 p.m. Participants don’t have to be present to win.
Call 704-857-0200 for details.

New Zion Baptist Church, 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road, will sponsor a pastoral retirement banquet for Pastor Emeritus the Rev. Paul Jones, Sr. at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Salisbury Civic Center.
The attire is semi-formal, in red, black or white.
Tickets are $15 for those ages 15 and older, and $5 for ages 6-14. They may be purchased by calling 704-639-4093, 704-433-6293 or 704-637-6463.
CONCORD — New Beginning Church of God, 5717 Alexander Road, will celebrate the pastoral anniversary of Bishop Gene Roseman on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 16-17.
Guest speakers are:
11 a.m. Nov. 16 — Pastor R. Powell of P3 Ministries, Troutman;
7 p.m Nov. 16 — Apostle S. Gillespie of Tabernacle of Joy Ministries, Mooresville;
3 p.m. Nov. 17 — Bishop R. Minor of Mt. Calvary Holiness Church, Statesville.
CONCORD — Gaither Vocal Band will perform at Cabarrus Arena on Friday, Nov. 22.
Tickets prices begin at $22.50.
Cabarrus Arena is located at 4751 Highway 49 North.
Call the box office at 704-920-3976 or visit Ticketmaster.com
EAST SPENCER — Providence Baptist Church, 620 Andrews St., will provide a free home-cooked meal for anyone from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 28.
We will also deliver to those who are shut in or do not have transportation.
The church also plans to have some jackets, coats and other clothes available for anyone who may need them.
Call Sam Adams at 704-209-6454 or Pastor Sy Ponds at 704-239-7904 to advise of the number of meals needed. Leave a message or call back if no one answer.

The 22nd annual Living Christmas Tree will be presented by the First Baptist Church of Salisbury Living Christmas Tree choir, orchestra and drama team with services each night from Thursday, Dec. 5, through Monday, Dec. 9.
Tickets will be available to the community from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church, 223 North Fulton St.
There is a limit of 10 tickets per household.
After Nov. 14, any remaining tickets will be available from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the music office.
No phone reservations, please.
Tickets are free, but love offering will be received.
For more information, call the church at 704-633-0431.