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Area churches celebrate homecoming and hold revivals this week

China Grove — On Sunday at the 10 a.m. worship service at Mount Zion UCC, the Rev. Marcella Morton will be the guest preacher. Special music during the service, “He Leadeth Me,” will be a duet with Jason Harwood on the piano and Martha Isley on the organ.
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.
New Zion Baptist Church, 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road, will be celebrating the first pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Vincent Patrick Jones Sr., on Sunday.
The 11 a.m. speaker will be one of New Zion’s associate ministers, the Rev. Anthony Smith.
Services continue at 3 p.m. with guest speaker Elder Dwight Moore, pastor of Disciples for Christ Ministries in Charlotte.
Pastor Patrick Jones Sr. is the son of New Zion’s former pastor, Rev. Paul Jones Sr. and Mrs. Alma L. Jones. Patrick Jones Sr. has been preaching for more than 15 years.
Mt. Ulla — Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1765 White Road, will celebrate Family and Friends Day on Sunday at 11 a.m. with speaker Pastor Corey Barr. Dinner will be served following the service.
Revival services are at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Revival speakers are:
Pastor Shannon Jessup of Second New Bethel Baptist Church in Winston-Salem;
Pastor Frank R. Butler of New Zion Baptist Church, Taylorsville;
Evangelist Cathy Marlin of Fairview Heights Baptist Church, Salisbury.
For information, call 704-637-3712.
Homecoming at Lilly’s Chapel Church, 618 W. Thomas St., will be observed on Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest speaker the Rev. William Roseman, pastor of Harshaw Baptist Church of Randleman.
Revival services will be held Monday through Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The speakers are:
Monday, Elder Robert Albritton of Lilly’s Chapel;
Tuesday, the Rev. Samuel Washington, pastor of Solid Rock Church of God;
Wednesday, the Rev. Leaman Brown, pastor of First Calvary Baptist Church.
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 888 Henderson Grove Church Road, will host a baby contest on Sunday at 3 p.m. The program will include praise dancing, singing, mime and a kids’ fashion show. This program is sponsored by the Pastor’s Aide Society.
The Rev. Perry Dye is the host pastor. The church is located between S. Main Street and Peach Orchard Road.
Concord — Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Concord, 6740 Macedonia Church Road, celebrates its 127th homecoming and revival.
Homecoming begins Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Anthony Freeman, formerly of the Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church and now pastor of Clinton Tabernacle AME Zion Church of Hickory.
Revival services will be held Aug. 11 to 14 at 7 p.m featuring the Rev. Dr. Carl L. Easley, senior pastor of Cross Road Baptist Church of Rock Hill, S.C.
Music will be provided by the praise team.
The Rev. John N. Leazer is host pastor.
Mount Pleasant — Zion Wesley AME Zion Church, 9001 Reid St., will celebrate its 121st homecoming at 3 p.m.on Sunday. Delivering the message will be the Rev. Dr. Sheldon Shipman, pastor of Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church of Charlotte, with music by Greenville Memorial’s praise team. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.
Revival services will be at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday with revivalist the Rev. David Williams, pastor of Pleasant Ridge AME Zion Church in Gastonia.
The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Buford is host pastor.
Granite Quarry — Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 602 S. Salisbury Ave., will observe homecoming and revival on Sunday. The Rev. Rickey Johnson will bring the 11 a.m. message.
At 3 p.m. the Rev. Hebert Miller of First Baptist Church of Lexington will be the guest speaker. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.
Revival services will be held Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. each night:
Monday, Pastor Joseph Robinson of New Creation Baptist Church of Statesville;
Tuesday, Pastor Reginald McConneaughey of God’s Tabernacle for Believers of Rockwell;
Wednesday, Pastor Nasby Mills of Progressive Outreach;
Thursday, Elder Richard Johnson of Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.
Wednesday is youth night and all youth are invited.
Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church is celebrating homecoming on Sunday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Louis Hunter Jr., pastor of Center Grove AME Zion Church of Tobaccoville. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.
Revival services are Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. nightly. Speakers are:
Monday, The Rev. Bobbie Samuels, pastor of South Iredell AME Zion Church, Troutman;
Tuesday, The Rev. Harold Jordan, pastor of Third Creek AME Zion Church, Cleveland;
Wednesday, The Rev. Rudolph Cornelius, pastor of Zion Wesley AME Zion Church, Troutman;
Thursday, The Rev. Reginald Keitt, pastor of Mt. Pleasant (Center Street) AME Zion Church, Statesville.
The Usher Board of Trinity Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Usher Day program on Sunday at 4 p.m. The speaker for the occasion is Elder LaQreshia Bates-Harley. Music will be provided by the Cameron Presbyterian Church Women’s Choir of Statesville.
Kannapolis — Revival services at Prince of Peace Free Will Baptist Church will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Drew Lynch. Prince of Peace Free Will Baptist Church is located at 4225 Vincent St. Host pastor is Chuck Overcash.
The pre-anniversary service for Bishop J.C. and Apostle Charlene Kellam is Friday at 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Bishop Kelvin Shouse of Calvary Covenant Fellowship, High Point.
Aug. 19 to 22 at 7:30 p.m. will be the 27th pastoral anniversary services. Guest speakers are:
Tuesday, Pastor Kimberly Bost of World of Faith;
Wednesday, Pastor Beatrice Vaughters of Ambassadors for Jesus Christ, Cleveland;
Thursday, Pastor Hiawatha Hemphill of Servant’s Heart Worship Center, Winston Salem;
Friday, Apostle Bradley Taylor of Outreach Christian Ministries.
On Sunday, Aug. 24 at 11 a.m., the speaker will be Apostle Kenneth Kates of Christ Deliverance Temple of Dublin, Ga.
Bethel Power of Faith Ministries is located at 1021 N. Main St., 704-647-0870.
The Piedmont Singing Men will be the second Sunday group performing at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road, on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Since the first concert on July 29, 2003 and some 200+ performances since then, the Piedmont Singing Men’s membership has grown to 30 men from 15 area churches. Their program, directed by Randy Childers and accompanied by Jana Culp, consists of a mix of patriotic, traditional Gospel and contemporary Christian music.
The Rev. Gary Coble is pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran.
Kannapolis — A fundraiser in memory of Joan Plott will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eastwood Baptist Church, 320 Cook St. The event includes vendors, motorcycle ride, music, hotdogs and hamburgers and raffles. All proceeds will go to the family of Joan Plott, to help with funeral expenses.
For details, call Amanda Tucker at 704 298-5981.
Marilyn Ramsey, missionary to Romania, is speaking at St. Luke’s Reformed Church, located on St. Luke’s Church Road, Sunday, Aug. 17, during the 10:30 a.m. service.
She will bring with her a choir which includes some of the children she works with in Romania. Marilyn answered the call to become a missionary well into her senior years and is an inspiration to all.
Immediately following the service, a spaghetti dinner will be held in the fellowship hall.
Lexington — Historic Buncombe Baptist Church announces the selection of its new pastor, the Rev. Maurice L. Maxwell, along with his wife Nicole and daughter Madisyn.
Rev. Maxwell has a bachelor of arts in Bible theology from the Washington Bible College and a master of divinity from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
The pastoral installation will be held Sunday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center. Buncombe’s weekly worship services are Sundays at 11 a.m.
Kannapolis — First Evangelical Methodist Church, 301 Prince St., will host` an advanced care planning workshop on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Chaplain Ric Durham, spiritual care director for Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, will conduct the workshop, which is open to anyone interested. Notaries public will be present, and no fee will be charged for anyone wishing to prepare a living will or healthcare power of attorney.
No pre-registration is required.

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