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Salisbury-Rowan Church Women United hold annual prayer breakfast

The annual prayer breakfast on March 1 was attended by 138 women and men representing nine denominations at Milford Hills United Methodist Church. Rev. Barbara J. Barbour, chair, presided. The theme was “Church Women United fulfilling God’s purpose through prayer.”
Speakers and participants included CWU president Lynn Bolick and host church vice president Jane Cooper; as well as Genny Reed, Betty Jo Hardy, Gwendolyn Ellis, Manie Richardson, Brenda Venning, Sarah Byerly and Doris Boyd-Brown, and Rev. Juanita Allen, SRCWU Ministerial Representative.
Gifts for the Family Crisis Council were received by Bonnie Link, Community Coordinator, who explained that 787 women and children, ages infant to 60 plus years, were served at the Battered Women’s Shelter. Treasurer Tonya Cornelius reported that the $280 offering will be used for local helping agencies.
First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church received the attendance banner.
SRCWU will hold annual May Friendship Day on Friday, May 2 at Christ United Methodist Church, 3401 Mooresville Road. Recognition of the Outstanding Young Church Women will take place. Churches should submit the name of their recipient to their church representative by April 15. In-gathering of the Fellowship of Least Coin will be received.
Churches are also asked to bring items for the Good Shepherd Clinic. Requested items are copy paper, Clorox wipes, facial tissue, paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and $25 gift cards from Office Depot (for ink cartridges).
Tickets for the reserved lunch are $8. Reservations should be called in to your church representative or Sarah Byerly, 704-633-0976 by April 27. New members are welcome.
Kneeling Gardeners host speaker from Plants for Human Health Institute

KANNAPOLIS — Brenda Trott presided over the Kneeling Gardeners March meeting at Trinity Methodist Church.
Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, from the Plants for Human Health Institute in Kannapolis, presented a program titled “What new things will your fruit and vegetables do for you.” She shared samples of fruit and vegetables not common to our markets, along with handouts with information.
“Two shifts have recently occurred in our marketing process,” she pointed out. “Not only do people want flavor, they also want food grown closer to home.”
While research focuses on many dimensions of food production and marketing, extraordinary work is being done to look at the ways various plant foods are integrated in the complex human structure.
Some fruits and vegetables such as broccoli and blueberries in particular are now seen to help stop cancer as well as prevent it. The website www.clinicaltrials.gov offers more information on the different properties of food.
Others club members participating in the program were Jan Query, Vanessa Baucom, Earl and Shirley Gray, Judy Coggins and Carlotta Powell.
The club’s annual plant sale at Trinity Methodist Church is May 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The month of April will be dedicated toward collecting and potting plants for this event.
The next meeting is May 19 when Jane Henderson from Commonwealth Farms will present on Organic Flower Gardening and Flower Arranging.

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