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Faith briefs, Saturday, June 28

From 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. today, Project Cover Inc. will host a community event at 123 E. B Ave.
There will be hotdogs, drinks and prayer. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event aims to highlight Feeding the Hungry outreach (while supplies last), as well as the Project’s resource center which focuses on community, outreach, vocation and education.
Attendees may register their children for the Fall reading literacy program (for more information on this call 704-782-0072 weekdays).
Donations are needed to help fill the food pantry with dry goods, canned goods and paper goods. Cash donations benefit Project Cover Inc., a 501c3 non-profit.
SPENCER — Today’s seminar at Rhema Praise and Worship Church, 117 Long Ferry Road, features a representative from the Church Coalition. Those planning to attend should arrive by 1 p.m.
This portion of the Seminar will last until 2 p.m. and the focus will be on compliance, church growth and church income increasing.
China Grove — During the 11 a.m. service on Sunday at Mount Zion UCC, there will be a dedication service for the 21 youth and adult chaperones participating in this year’s Mount Zion UCC mission trip. The mission trip is heading to Guilderland Center, outside of Albany, N.Y. to help repair homes and serve those in need. This is the 20th year that Mount Zion UCC youth have participated in a summer mission trip.
Mount Zion UCC is located at 1415 S. Main St. For more information, visit mtzionchinagrove.com or call 704-857-1169. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is pastor.
The congregation of First United Methodist Church will host a service of celebration and thanksgiving to God for the ministry of The Rev. Stephen David Haines Sunday at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services, concluding Rev. Haines’ 40 years of ministry to the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Music for the services includes anthems of Mozart, Vaughan Williams and Rutter. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed.
Following the 11 a.m. service, the staff-parish relations committee will host a reception in the fellowship hall, during which time presentations will be made.
First United Methodist Church is located at 217 S. Church St. For more information, call 704-636-3121.
St. Luke Baptist Church, Hawkinstown Road, will celebrate Scholarship Day on Sunday at the 10 a.m. service.
Guest speaker will be St. Luke’s own Blair Streater, a June 2014 graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor of arts degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a certificate in Biodiversity and Conservation Environmental Studies.
She participated in the study abroad program, spending one semester in Panama studying the ecological systems, and also spent a summer camped on Shackleford Banks, N.C., assisting the National Park Service in monitoring the wild horse population.
Streater plans to work with Nash Healthcare Systems of Rocky Mount and apply to medical school in preparation for a career specializing in pediatric cardiology.
The Rev. Arthur L. Heggins is pastor of St. Luke.
The Rowan and Davie County Deacon’s Alliance Inc. will host its annual gospel singing extravaganza on Sunday at 3 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church of Salisbury.
Choirs and praise dancers from in- and out-of-town are scheduled to perform. Proceeds from this program will go to the homeless and needy families of the community.
Deacon Reginald C. Weeks Sr. is chairperson.
Sunday services at First Presbyterain Church will begin with a wholeness and healing service at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary. Dr. Randy Kirby will lead this service. Childcare will be available at 8:45 a.m.
Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and at 11 a.m. the Rev. Brian Daoust will lead worship and the Life Center Praise Team will bring music from the recent week-long VBS, Marketplace AD. The children and youth will sing.
At noon, immediately following worship, will be a church picnic in the courtyard under the tent, with hotdogs and hamburgers, iced tea and water. Bring a covered dish and/or dessert to share. There will be games and activities for the children.
FAITH — Faith Lutheran Church will celebrate Independence Day at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The service will begin with the posting of the American Flag and the Christian Flag. The pledge of allegiance and the national anthem will follow.
Tony Herrin, Tim Williams and pastor Randy Conley will sing the call to worship.
The entire service will have a patriotic theme including the confession, prayers, scripture readings and hymns.
The readings for the day will answer the questions: What does God require of a nation, What is the Proper use of Freedom and What is Genuine Freedom.
Williams will provide the children’s message and the sermon will be delivered by pastor Conley.
The chancel choir will sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” accompanied by Daisy Bost on piano and Joe Williams on drums. Faith Lutheran is located at 205 S. Main St.
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2300 Bringle Ferry Road, will welcome the musical group Soul Purpose to its Fifth Sunday Night Singing on June 29 at 6 p.m.
Gene Sides is pastor and Crystal Cornelison is choir director at Emmanuel.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., is hosting its annual Community Celebration of Liberty service, at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The St. John’s Men’s Chorus will perform. There will be brass and drum, along with patriotic readings and hymns.
The Rev. Rhodes Woolly is senior pastor. Rob Durocher is minister of music and Rosemary Kinard directs the men’s chorus.
On Sunday Concordia Lutheran Church will have a Sunday-Sing-Along. The 8:30 and 11 a.m. services will include hymns selected by the congregation. Concordia is located on NC Highway 152, six miles west of downtown China Grove. Ken Reed and Larry Bost are the pastors.
Cornerstone Church, 315 Webb Road, will host Christian recording artist Vicki Yohe on Sunday at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Yohe wrote and sang her first song at the age of 5. She celebrated her 10th CD and 20 years of full-time ministry with her latest project titled “I’m at Peace,” recorded live in Nashville and released in September 2011.
Vicki has ministered in song alongside Bill Winston, Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Darlene Bishop and Paula White as well as at a prayer breakfast at the Pentagon.
FAITH — The Gospel Plowboys will be singing Sunday night as part of the Faith Fourth of July celebration in Faith. The singing will get underway at 7:30 p.m. in the park.
Contemporary Christan band Mountains & the Sea will be in concert at The Inn on Tuesday at 7 p.m. along with Arms of Mercy, Andy Morrison, Sabrie & Kaitlyn and Eryn Hilburn.
The Inn is a Christian music venue located at 1012 Mooresville Hwy. Groups are invited to jam or schedule their group to perform. Call 704-213-1467 for details.
China Grove — Pine Ridge Baptist Church will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the fellowship building for individuals and families who need a meal.
The church is located on Old Linn Road which runs between Daugherty and Pine Ridge Roads.
For more information or to let them know you will be coming, call 704-857-3182.
HICKORY — The Rev. Gaven M. Mize was recently installed as pastor of Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Hickory.
Rev. Mize grew up in China Grove and graduated from South Rowan High School in 2001.
He entered the pre-seminary program at Concordia University of Mequon, Wis. and graduated with a bachelors of arts in Pastoral Ministry and a minor in Theological Languages — Konie’ Greek, Biblical Hebrew and Ecclesiastical Latin.
After his graduation from Concordia, he was accepted into Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. and graduated in 2009 with a Master of Divinity degree.
Mize served for nearly three years at Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shepherdsville, Ky. before being called to Augustana.

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