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There will be a time of blessing for the comfort and care visitation teams at Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 South Main St., during the 11 a.m. service Sunday.
Like the disciples in years past, visitation teams will be sent out two by two to share the “gift of presence” with the homebound, retirement residents and those in special need of comfort and care.
Joan Corriher is the team leader of this Mount Zion women’s fellowship ministry.
For more information, call 704-857-1169 or visit mtzionchinagrove.com
Deacon Stanley Rice will be preaching his first sermon at 3 p.m. Sunday at Oak Grove Baptist Church.
CONCORD — New Beginning Church, 5717 Alexander Road, will host a Gospel Fest starting at 3 p.m. Sunday. Groups on program include:
• Gospel Traveliers of the Carolinas;
• We R Forgiven Christian Quartet from Stanley;
• New Praise of Mt. Pleasant;
• Heirs of Salvation from Salisbury;
• Fred Thomas & Voices of Faith from Charlotte;
• Oak Grove Mens Choir of China Grove;
• Heavenly Voices of Charlotte;
• Gospel Triplets from Mooresville;
• New Edition of Concord;
• Brothers & Sisters of Mooresville;
• Macedonia Mens Choir from Concord; and
• Willing Travelers of Mooresville.
For more information, call 704-938-2088.
United Ministerial Alliance of Salisbury-Rowan will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at 7 p.m., Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 300 South Caldwell St.
The guest preacher will be Dr. Serenus T. Churn Sr., senior pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Winston-Salem.
Churn is a member of Novant Health Board of Trustees, Mount Zion site director and an adjunct instructor at Shaw Divinity School and Drew University Theology School.
He is the author of “And I’ll See You In The Morning,” an anthology of funeral messages, helps for sermon development, family visits, funeral and grave side services.
KANNAPOLIS — The Piedmont Singing Men will present a free gospel concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Prince of Peace Freewill Baptist Church, 4225 Vincent St.
WOODLEAF — The singing group Pathfinders will be performing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Woodleaf United Methodist Church, 9000 Church St.
Refreshments and fellowship will follow the program.
CONCORD — A Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast with the theme “Unity in the Community,” will be held on at 9 a.m. Monday at Rock Hill AME Zion Church, 3620 Rock Hill Church Road.
Tickets are $5 at the door.
For details, call 704-782-9625 or 704-224-1817.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul’s Church Road, welcomes a new pastor to lead the congregation as it begins a new chapter in its 184-year ministry.
The Rev. DJ Lura was installed during morning worship on Jan. 12 by former pastors the Reverends Bill Ketchie and Floyd Bost.
The installation was followed by a reception honoring Pastor Lura and his family, hosted by St. Paul’s Women.
A native of North Dakota, Lura is a graduate of North Dakota State University in Fargo and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
He has served congregations in Minnesota as a youth minister and associate pastor.
Lura comes to St. Paul’s from Centennial Lutheran Church in Kimberton, Pa.
He is also author of a book, “So What’s a Lutheran, Don’tcha Know?” and a Leader’s Guide to the Augsburg Confession.
For more information, call 704-633-0922 or visit splcweb.org
Updated in summer 2012, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.
The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion.
Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.
FPU will be held in Salisbury at World Hope Worship Center, 2203 Mooresville Road.
The classes begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Contact Don Rankin at 704-636-9159 for information or to register.

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