Rowan Christian Assembly welcomes James Dodd as new pastor

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rowan Christian Assembly, 2155 Bringle Ferry Road, announces the arrival of their new pastor and his wife, James and Susan Dodd. The Dodds have previously served as missionaries to Belize and to Africa, planting churches in those areas as well as here in the U.S.
This first Sunday Pastor Dodd will share on “Five Kinds Of People In The Church.” For more information, call 704-639-1777.
There will be an appreciation service for Elder Norzely Krider this evening at 7:30 p.m. at Ambassador Christian Church, located at 726 Lincolnton Road.
Granite Quarry — White Rock AME Zion Church is celebrating its annual homecoming on Sunday. The 11 a.m. speaker is their own pastor, the Rev. Thomas D. Lee. An old-fashioned covered-dish lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.
The Rev. Clarence J. Shuford Jr., pastor of Sandy Ridge AME Zion of Landis, will deliver the 3 p.m. message.
Revival services will be held Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. with evangelists as follows:
• Monday: the Rev. Gregory Floyd of Vestibule AME Zion, Kings Mountain;
• Tuesday: the Rev. Timothy Bates of Cameron Presbyterian Church, Statesville;
• Wednesday: the Rev. Dr. Michael E. McLean of East Stonewall AME Zion, Charlotte;
• Thursday: the Rev. Dr. Grant Harrison Jr. of Soldiers Memorial AME Zion, Salisbury.
On Sunday, Christian education (Bible study) will resume for both youth and adults at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, beginning at 9 a.m.
Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by the Rev. Rick Williams, vicar.
St. Paul’s is located at 930 South Main St. at the corner of Harrison Street. Parking is located directly behind the church.
After the service each Sunday is a time of fellowship and refreshments in the parish hall. Visit to learn more.
Cleveland — Antioch Baptist Church, 968 Triplett Road, celebrates homecoming on Sunday. The 3 p.m. speaker and guest church will be the Rev. E. R. Kilpatrick of Rocky Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Concord.
Revival services are Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m. with revivalist Bishop Terry Cherry of Moriah Holiness Church in Mooresville.
The Rev. David L. Leaven is host pastor.
China Grove — During the 11 a.m. service at Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 S. Main St., the Rev. Mark Burns will be sharing the pulpit with Hope Oliphant, coordinator of Bridges Out of Poverty, and Anne Corriher, director of Main Street Mission in China Grove.
Their message will focus on “building bridges” and how the wider community can begin to take the first steps in breaking the cycle of poverty in our neighborhoods.
Also during the service will be a time of recognition and thanksgiving for Mount Zion UCC children and youth Sunday school teachers and youth fellowship leadership.
Children’s and youth fellowship will begin on Sunday, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
For more information visit or call at 704-857-1169.
First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury welcomes Dr. Albert Aymer to the pulpit at all three worship services on Sunday: in the sanctuary at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and the Life Center worship service at 8:50 a.m.
Aymer is retired president and dean of Hood Theological Seminary.He holds a diploma of theology from the University of London, England; a master of divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pa.; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Drew University in Madison, N.J., and was awarded an honorary D.D. from Catawba College here in Salisbury.
Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and will feature a Rally Day program in Lewis Hall. The 8th grade confirmation class will receive their Bibles during the program, and refreshments will be served.
Fayetteville — The Lighthouse Ministries of Cumberland County will be having its first service on Sunday at 11 a.m. The church is located at 6105-A, SummerHill Plaza in Fayetteville. The Rev. John A. Bost Sr. is founder and senior pastor.
Bost was born and raised in Salisbury. About eight years ago he and his wife, the Rev. Lavern M. Bost, co-pastor, moved to Fayetteville, where they came to found The Lighthouse Ministries of Cumberland County.
Contact the church at 910-850-0122 or email thelighthouseministries
Spencer — Jerusalem Baptist Church is celebrating homecoming on Sunday during the regular 11 a.m. service.
The speaker will be the Rev. Frank K. Thomas, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in High Point. Thomas, a native of Detroit, Mich., is a retired combat engineer with the U.S. Army and was the senior military science instructor at Wake Forest University.
Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. There will be no evening service.
A three-day revival begins Wednesday, Sept. 10, concluding Friday, Sept. 12. Services are at 7 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Serenus T. Churn Sr., pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
Churn is the published author of several religious doctrines. He is also adjunct instructor for Drew University Theology School in Madison, N.J.
Jerusalem is located at 1570 N. Long St. Ext., where the Rev. Dr. David L. Bracken is pastor.
Tower of Power Unnited Holy Church observes the 44th pastoral anniversary of the Revs. William and Patricia Turner on Wednesday, Sept. 10, Friday, Sept. 12, and Sunday morning, Sept. 14.
Speakers are as follows:
• 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Carolyn Bratton, pastor of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church;
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bishop Derek Kelly, pastor of New Faith Deliverance Church in Lexington;
• 11 a.m. Sunday, the Rev. Rose Harrell, associate minister of the Tower of Power.
The Tower of Power is located at 601 E. Cemetery St.
WOODLEAF — Matthew Weaver will sing at Woodleaf Unity Presbyterian’s Joy Group on Thursday at noon. Bring a covered dish. A love offering will be accepted.
MOCKSVILLE — Boxwood Missionary Baptist Church will host a GospelFest fundraiser starting Saturday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m., which will kick off two days of singing by an assortment of local groups.
Also on Saturday, the hotdog fundraiser will be offering two hotdogs, chips and a drink for $4.
The singing continues on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.
Faith — Coming Sunday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m., the gospel group The Bledsoes will sing at Faith Baptist Church, 203 N. Main St.
The Rev. Tony Wagoner, pastor of South China Grove Baptist Church, will bring message at the 11 a.m. worship service.
The women of Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church invite mothers and daughters, mothers/sisters/friends to a mother/daughter prayer breakfast next Saturday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion fellowship hall.
The theme is “Women of Vision and Courage — Shaping a Better Future.”
Prayers will be offered for all women in the areas of family, purpose, perseverance, vision and courage, love and unity.
Breakfast will be catered by Vivian Ray and the culinary arts department of Livingstone College.
The youth of Soldiers Memorial will perform a liturgical dance, which will be followed by a panel discussion embracing the breakfast theme.
Panelists include Dr. Da’ Tarria Parrish, director of the honors program at Livingstone; Gloria Gray and Beverly Kerr, both instructors of liturgical dance; and Kay Wright-Norman, vice-chair of the Salisbury/Rowan School Board.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the Rev. Frances King at 704-636-7391 or the Rev. Mary Hardin at 704-636-3389.
Soldiers Memorial is located at 306 N. Church St. Call 704-636-7391 for more information.
Lexington — On Sunday evening, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. the Faith and Arts Commission at Grace Episcopal Church will present “LISTEN!,” a spiritual exploration of stillness, nature and the act of listening in the world.
Written by Bonnie Duckworth and Barbara Presnell, the performance includes original music and poetry, local singers, readers, dancers and a string and wind ensemble. The performance will be in the sanctuary of Grace Episcopal Church, 419 S. Main St., and is free and open to the public.
For details contact Patricia Wardle at 336-787-4418 or
The guest speaker at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2300 Bringle Ferry Road, will be Pastor Tommy Thomas of Winston-Salem, bringing the message at the 11 a.m. worship service.
Pastor Thomas will also be will be bringing the 6 p.m. message.

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