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Area churches offer Lenten services, music programs, more

Mt. Mitchell UMC will host the American Cancer Society pancake breakfast fund raiser today from 8 to 11 a.m. Eggs, bacon and grits have been added to the menu. Children 5 years old and under eat half price .
Damascus Emmanuel Ministries hosts the Mac-Attack Wagon today at 502 E. Fisher St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit the scouting programs and youth programs at the church, and the young people who participate learn service and responsibility. The Mac-Attack Wagon, which specializes in dip fried chicken, is managed by Tichica M. King, Mac_attackwagon@yahoo.com
This afternoon at 2 p.m. Rose of Sharon Holiness Church will host its Black History Celebration, originally scheduled for Feb. 15 but cancelled due to snow.
Speaker/presenter for the event will be Brother Randy Leggette of Charlotte. Rose of Sharon is located at 255 Camp Road.
The Spiritual Voices of Boyden Quarters will celebrate their 39th anniversary beginning this evening at 6 and continuing Sunday at 3 p.m. at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road.
CHINA GROVE — During the 10 a.m. Sunday school hour March 9 through April 6, the children and youth of Mount Zion UCC are invited to the city of Jerusalem and to walk with Jesus in his final days. The first session will focus on Palm Sunday. At 9:30 a.m. breakfast will be served.
During the 11 a.m. service the the First candle of Lent, the Candle of Worship, will be lighted. Mount Zion UCC is located at 1415 South Main St. Call 704-857-1169 or visit mtzionchinagrove.com for more information.
First United Church of Christ will celebrate the first Sunday of Lent at the 11 a.m. service on March 9. First UCC children will “Bury the Alleluia” for the Lenten season during Time With Our Children. Matthew Newton is choir director and Susan Trivette is organist at First UCC.
On Sunday night at 5:30 p.m., a meal will be served with reservations required for the $6 meal. At 6 p.m. a meditation will be led by Rev. Dr. Edward Davis, Conference Minister of the UCC Southern Conference.
First United Church of Christ is located at 207 West Horah St., where Rev. Carol Hallman is pastor.
Mount Tabor United Methodist Church (just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road) Sunday at 11 a.m. will begin their #LivingStone sermon series, which will continue through Easter Sunday. Visit www.facebook.com/mtumc to join the #LivingStone conversation, call 704-633.-7484 or visit www.mounttaborumc.org to learn more.
GRANITE QUARRY — The Estella McGorda Missionary Society of White Rock AME Zion Church will sponsor the annual Twelve Tribes of Israel program on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Susan Lowe is the president of the missionary society. Rev. Thomas Lee is pastor.
New Hope AME Zion Church is hosting its annual Twelve Tribes Rally on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Thelma C. Harold, a native of Hickory, is the featured guest that will introduce the tribes. Mrs. Harold is a Christian comedian, motivational speaker and writer of inspirational plays music and speeches. Mrs. Harold is married to Rev. Ronald J. Harold, pastor of Rocky Creek AME Zion Church.
Rev. Kirk A. Reid is host pastor.
The Ambassador Christian Church will sponsor a lay leadership appreciation day, Sunday at 4 p.m.
Missionary Cynthia Krider Johnson, from Fort Bragg will be the speaker. The church is located at 726 Lincolnton Road.
WOODLEAF — The Gospel Voices will present a concert on Sunday at 6 p.m. in Unity Fellowship Hall of Unity Presbtyerian Church. A love offering will be taken for the group, and refreshments will be served following the concert.
The Gospel Voices are from the Union Grove area. The group features a full band with string instruments, southern style piano, and a four part male quartet. Theirs is a unique blend of Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, and Appalachian Mountain Gospel.
CHINA GROVE — The Rev. Lewis Hall, pastor of the North Wilkesboro Church of God, will be the guest speaker at Southside Church of God on Sunday at 6 p.m. The church is located at 163 3rd Ave., China Grove, where Joyce Miles is pastor. For more information call 704-467-4555.
Salem Lutheran Church will host a community Lenten dinner at 6 p.m. and a vespers service at 6:30 p.m., to start this Sunday and continue for the next five weeks (March 9 to April 6).
The services will include a dramatic presentation of a person who encountered the love of Christ on the way to the cross.
March 9 – Cross My Heart: St. John, the Disciple Jesus Loved
March 16 – At the Cross Roads: Zacchaeus
March 23 – Cross Word Puzzle: The Roman Centurion Soldier’s Confession
March 30 – Cross Purposes: St. Peter, the Rock or Stumbling Block?
April 6 – Cross Over from Death to Life: Lazarus
Pastor Doug Hefner will present the dramatic monologues. Salem is located at 5080 Sherrills Ford Road, phone 704-636-0352 or www.salemlutheransalisbury.org
CHINA GROVE — For five weeks starting March 12 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Ken Reed will offer a Lenten Bible study on Wednesday evenings.
The series called “Getting Through The Night,” will explore scriptural, spiritual and practical approaches to grief and loss. A meal is offered at 6 p.m. and Bible study begins at 7 p.m. Concordia is located six miles west of downtown China Grove on NC Hwy 152.
The speaker for this year’s Wednesday evening Lenten services at First United Methodist Church will be Dr. Albert Aymer, former president of Hood Theological Seminary. The services begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 and conclude on April 9 and are held in the chapel, best accessed from its entrance on the corner of Church and Bank Streets.
Dr. Aymer’s theme will be “The New Testament understanding of the Atonement—How does the death of Jesus save people from their sins?” Dr. Aymer describes this subject as:
“A belief central to the Christian faith is that the death of Jesus the Christ saves humanity from their sins. That belief raises the question: How is Jesus’ death such a saving event?
“In this five-week study, we will … examine those answers in light of their helpfulness and their inadequacies, and we will look at some of the hymns of the church in which those answers are expressed, mindful of the fact that in Christendom (and in Methodism in particular) we sing our theology.”
St. Paul’s Episcopal and Haven Lutheran Churches will hold a joint Lenten Bible study each Wednesday night during Lent.
There will be a light meal at 6 p.m. and the Bible study will begin at 7 p.m. Rev. Rick Williams and Rev. Ed Harper will lead the study that features an innovative approach to preaching during Lent: a dialogue format. Each sermon will feature a key figure of the passion story in an interview in which various friends of the Savior share what they have to say in regard to their relationship to Jesus.
The first service will be held on Wednesday March 12. All services will be held at Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison St.
Matthew Weaver will sing at Unity Presbyterian Church’s Joy Group gathering on Thursday at noon, which includes a covered dish luncheon. A love offering will be taken. For more information, call 704-640-2643.
The Singles’ Ministry of Word of Life Family Worship Center will hold their 2014 Singles Conference on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16 on the theme of “In It to Win It!” featuring Evangelist Faith Nagel of The Sword and the Spirit Ministries and Pastor Kathy White of Bethel Power in Faith Ministries in Salisbury.
The conference begins on Saturday, March 15 with a continental breakfast from 8:30-8:50 a.m., followed by sessions at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Following the last session there will Q&A and a luncheon. These sessions are for singles only.
The conference will conclude on Sunday, March 16 at the 10 a.m. service where Evangelist Faith Nagel will speak.
Preregistration is requested at 704-633-2431. There is no fee, but contributions are accepted. All singles are invited to attend.
Dr. Martha Starks is host pastor at Word of Life Family Worship Center, 726 East Liberty St., 704-633-2431, www.wordoflifefwcc.org
The next service for In My Father’s House Outreach is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 20. Roosevelt Jenkins is pastor. Held in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. this event is not sponsored by RPL .
In My Father’s House Outreach will meet every other Thursday. For questions and prayer requests, call 704-492-6086 or write PO Box 111, Salisbury NC 28144.
On Sunday, March 16, Milford Hills Baptist Church will celebrate WMU Sunday at their 11 a.m. service with guest speaker Phyllis Foy, missionary with the North American Mission Board. She and her husband, Bob, assist in the area of church renewal. They live in Mooresville.
Foy is a women’s conference leader and has led conferences in South Africa, Germany and across the nation.
The North American Mission Board is the Southern Baptist Convention mission agency which assists SBC churches in reaching the United States, Canada and their territories with the gospel. The Board oversees more than 5,000 missionaries.
Spencer Presbyterian Church will have a breakfast and bake sale Saturday, March 22 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, grits, toast, coffee, milk and orange juice for $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.
Proceeds will support various ministries of the church. Breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall of the educational building, 117 First Street, off Salisbury Avenue across from the entrance to the NC Transportation Museum. The public is invited.
The Ladies Group of Carmel Baptist Church will sponsor a Poor Man’s Dinner on Saturday, March 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are available for plates at $6 each with all proceeds going to Rowan Helping Ministries, a delicious old-fashioned meal to help a good cause. Dine in or carry out will be available. Carmel Baptist Church is located at 2100 Mooresville Road, 704-636-9992.
Fresh Start Ministries of Shady Grove Baptist Church will present Evangelist Bridgette Wright Ministries’ “Letting it Go” in their first women’s conference. The event is April 26. Registration is $20 by March 31 and $25 at the door. Ages 8-18 are $10 and under 8 is free.
It will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, 3401 Mooresville Road. Sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon and 4-6 p.m. with dinner served at 1 p.m. For tickets call Min. Bakinna Medley at 704-762-8070.

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