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Faith briefs

Celebration Sunday at S. China Grove UMC

CHINA GROVE — Celebration Sunday at South China Grove United Methodist Church, 230 Rose Ave., will be Sunday at 9:30 a.m., this year celebrating the life of 9-year-old Angel Thompson. Angel underwent two brain tumor surgeries, in 2010 and 2012, followed by a chemotherapy regimen of 60 months.

During her many stays at the hospital she played with lots of games and toys. Since then she has been collecting Gifts from Angels because she said all the people that donate to children are Angels.

To date, more than 3,000 gifts have been delivered to Levine’s and Jeff Gordon’s children’s hospitals and local community hospitals. Angel will give her testimony during the worship service. Matthew Weaver has volunteered to sing at the celebration.

A fellowship meal will be served about 11:30 a.m. Dr. S. B. “Doc” Warner is pastor.

Clothing giveaway today at Shady Grove

EAST SPENCER — The Missionary Ministry of Shady Grove Baptist Church, 600 S. Long St., will have a free clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for men, women and children, also household items

Tonight at Northgate

Prophet Duane Hicks will preach at Northgate Church, 1255 W. Ridge Road, tonight at 7 p.m. and Sunday at the 10 a.m. service. Childcare will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Visit www.northgatesalisbury.com for details.

Mt. Moriah Lutheran

Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road, will celebrate homecoming on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. For the 190 year celebration, the Rev. Perry L. Beaver will be guest pastor.

Pastor Beaver spent his ministry in the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). There will be a picnic lunch after the service. Host pastor is Joseph Tallent.

Homecoming at Heritage Baptist

CONCORD — Heritage Baptist Church, 274 Honeycutt Drive, will observe homecoming on Sunday. The 10:30 a.m. service will be followed by a meal.

Fall revival is Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. with Pastor Bobby Roberson from Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown. Terry Cruse is the pastor.

Pastoral celebration
at The Vineyard

The Vineyard Worship Center at 2655 Dunns Mountain Road, will hold the inaugural pastoral celebration for pastor and founder Alice H. Perry on Sunday. The 11 a.m. speaker will be Minister Judy Richards, associate minister of Files Chapel Baptist Church of Lexington.

The celebration will continue at 3 p.m. with the Rev. John Leazer, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church of Concord.

Lutheran Chapel observes homecoming

CHINA GROVE — Lutheran Chapel Church will celebrate homecoming on Sunday, with the Rev. Dr. Delmer Chilton as guest preacher. Music will be under the direction of Gail Deal, organist, and Phyllis Daugherty and Sharon Connelly, choir directors.

The service is at 10:30 a.m. with no early service that day. A picnic lunch will follow.

Women’s Day at New Creation Baptist

STATESVILLE — New Creation Baptist Church at 792 Glover St. will observe Women’s Day Sunday at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is Minister LaMonica Dalton from Purpose and Life Christian Church in Statesville.

The women are wearing black. Host pastor is the Rev. Joseph Robinson.

Franklin celebrates Scots-Irish heritage

There will be a celebration of Scots-Irish heritage and homecoming at Franklin Presbyterian Church, 280 Franklin Church Drive, on Sunday. The 10:30 a.m. worship service will be  followed by a Celtic-Southern meal.

The worship service is based on the Order of Worship of 1637 of the Church of Scotland, a unique worship experience which includes bagpipers, drummers, tartans and roll call of the clans.

Meet the new pastor, the Rev. John Elam. Visit www.franklinpres-salisbury.org or call 704-633-2292.

Thanks for supporting Stop Hunger Now

Providence United Methodist Church and Providence AME Zion Church would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the Stop Hunger Now mission project. More than 90 participants packaged 10,000 meals to be sent to schools, orphanages and crisis relief around the world.

Dick McVay at North Kannapolis Baptist

KANNAPOLIS — Recording artist Dick McVay will be the musical guest at North Kannapolis Baptist Church, 312 Locust St., on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. McVay has sung with several prominent gospel groups, including Three Bridges, Poet Voices, The Greenes, the LeFevre Quartet and has appeared on Bill Gaither’s Homecoming videos. Call 704-933-2125  for more information.

Men’s Day at Antioch Baptist

GRANITE QUARRY — The men of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church at 602 S. Salisbury Ave., will celebrate Men’s Day on Sunday at 11 a.m. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Glenn Pettiford of First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. Host pastor is the Rev. Rickey Johnson.

Pastor Sides remembered at Emmanuel Baptist

On Sunday at 11 a.m. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2330 Bringle Ferry Road, welcomes Dr. Benny Vickrey as he brings the message Pastor Gene Sides had outlined while he was at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. The Lord called Pastor Sides home on Sept. 26, while he was in hospital.

Using a copy of Pastor Gene’s handwritten notes, Brother Benny will bring the message “He maketh me to lie down” from Psalm 23, something Pastor Gene wanted everyone to hear.

Celebrate Women’s Day at Providence

Providence AME Zion Church, 2415 Providence Church Road, will celebrate its annual Women’s Day on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Evangelist Nellie Johnson from Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. The Rev. Zacharias E. Allen Sr. is host pastor.

Raisin’ Glory
St. Matthew’s

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road will host Raisin’ Glory, a group which plays a variety of gospel music. They will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday. The group excels at upbeat Christian music with combinations of Top 40 contemporary covers, Southern Gospel and spirit led originals.

Lead vocalist/acoustic Tim Misenheimer; lead guitarist/vocals Brad Treece; bass guitar/vocals Tim Paul; drums David Griggs.

Dinner at Saint James Episcopal

MOORESVILLE — A spaghetti dinner will be hosted by Saint James Episcopal Church, 851 Shinnville Road next Saturday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. Adults are $7; children, $5.

Shepherd Elementary School will receive 50% of the proceeds. In addition, guests may donate to the Brody Thompson Scholarship Fund, a newly established project of the Shepherd Community Athletic Association. Door prizes and a 50-50 will also be offered. Call 704-664-7115 for more information.

St. Paul’s 128th anniversary

CHINA GROVE — St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 811 N. Enochville Ave., will celebrate its 128th anniversary on Sunday. Strings of Victory, a bluegrass gospel band led by former member Jeffrey McCorkle, will lead the 10:30 a.m. service.

A brief service at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall will include a tribute to deceased members of the church.

A meal including spaghetti, salad, and desserts will be served afterwards.

The Rev. Priscilla Causey is supply pastor, the Rev. Joey Dillard is associate pastor.

Eastwood Baptist

KANNAPOLIS — Eastwood Baptist Church, 320 Cook St., will observe  homecoming with a service on  Sunday at 11 a.m., followed by a covered dish luncheon.

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul’s, 930 S. Main St., welcomes the Rev. Dr. Canon Rhonda M. Lee on Sunday. Canon Lee will deliver the sermon.

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by the Rev. Rick Williams, Vicar. There will be after-service refreshments in the parish hall. Visit st-pauls-salisbury.dionc.org or call 704-637-9404.

The Piedmont Singing Men at Trinity UMC

KANNAPOLIS — The Piedmont Singing Men will present a free concert Sunday at 6 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 E. First St.

Mount Zion UCC

China Grove — Following the 11 a.m. service at Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 S. Main. St.,  members and friends will gather in the new building for an indoor picnic. Chef Steve Corriher and his team of helpers will prepare a  special picnic lunch, ants not included.

At 2:30 p.m., gather at the First United Methodist Church in China Grove for this year’s CROP Walk. Donations are still being accepted.

For details, visit mtzionchinagrove.com or call 704-857-1169. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is pastor of Mount Zion.

Hall’s Temple revival

Revival services will be held at Hall’s Temple on N. Long Street at 7:30 p.m. nightly with speaker Bishop Derek Kelly, senior pastor of New Faith Full Gospel Center of Lexington.

Movie night at
Mt. Zion Lutheran

Richfield — Mt. Zion Lutheran Church will hold their next Night Under the Stars on Friday, Oct. 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This is a rain-or-shine free family-friendly movie, including popcorn and soft drinks. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs. Call 704-463-7280 or visit www.mtzionrichfield.org

Homecoming at Third Creek AME Zion

Third Creek AME Zion Church will celebrate homecoming on Sunday. Pastor Rev. Harold L. Jordan will preach for the morning service. Guest speaker for the 3 p.m. service will be the Rev. William Speas, pastor of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion of Cleveland.

Revival services will follow, Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m. The Rev. David McLendon of Rock Hill AME Zion Church will be the evangelist for the week.

Fall Fests and other fun October events for children

Autumn Fest coming
to Mount Mitchell

Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church’s fourth annual Autumn Fest is Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with barbecue plates and sandwiches, hotdog meal for children, an encampment, “Bee” monster truck, a mechanical bull, woodworking demonstrations, hit-and-miss engines, arts, crafts, handmade items and vendors. There will be live music by Defenders of the Cross from 3 to 4 p.m. and Second Chance performing from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Sherrills Ford Road Baptist Fall VBS

The Youth on Mission group at Sherrills Ford Road Baptist Church, 6455 Sherrills Ford Road, are hosting a Fall Vacation Bible School on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children ages 4- 8.  A nursery will be provided if needed. Just show up at the Church at 10 a.m. for registration.

Community Fun Fest

On Saturday, Oct. 25  Christ United Methodist Church, 3401 Mooresville Road, will hold a  community Fun Fest.

The road rally starts at 8 a.m. and there will be musical entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be bounce houses and games from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the corn hole tourney is at 1 p.m., there will be a blessing of the animals  at 11 a.m. and  4 p.m. and trunk or treat runs from 6 to 7 p.m. Food will be available.

Call 704-637-7843 for details.

Trick or Treat
So Others May Eat

Rowan Helping Ministries is looking for churches or youth groups to participate in its annual ‘Trick or Treat So Others May Eat’ food drive. Groups will distribute trick or treat bags to homes in the area and will collect the bags and donated food a week later.

The weigh-in of donated food is 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 in the parking lot of Rowan Helping Ministries’ Robertson-Stanback Center, 217 N. Long St. Pizza and drinks will be provided while the food is weighed.

This is a great way for teens to be involved in helping families in need. Last year this event provided enough food for two weeks. Event organizers hope to break the record this year and bring in enough food for a month.

If your church or youth group is interested in participating, contact Emily Huffman at 704-637-6838 ext. 112 or ehuffman@rowanhelpingministries.org

J.C. Price sponsors event for kids

On Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5-6 p.m., the J.C. Price American Legion Post 107 will hold a Halloween and Crime Prevention program for children and youth with refreshments, music, prizes, face painting and homemade cookies and prizes for the three best costumes. There will be police and fireman demonstrations. Children must be under 15 and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Contact Leonard Hall at 704-640-6360.

World of Faith Hallelujah Festival

World of Faith Outreach Ministries will throw a Hallelujah Festival on Oct. 31 at 5370 Stokes Ferry Road. Starting at 6 p.m. there will be free food and drinks, games, a piñata, face painting, apple bobbing, pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs and more. With questions contact LaShonda Moore at 704-640-2037 or Melissa Summers at 704-232-5784 or email WOFOM28146@gmail.com

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