Faith Briefs, Saturday Nov. 8
Mount Zion UCC to honor its Veterans
CHINA GROVE — During the 11 a.m. service at Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 S. Main St., those who have served in the Armed Forces will be honored for their service to our country. Following worship, Veterans and church family are invited to share in a special Veteran’s meal in the new building. Later, during the 4:30-6 p.m. youth fellowship time, youth will be making paper turkeys for Thanksgiving fruit baskets to be shared with homebound members of the church family.
Call 704-857-1169 or visit mtzionchinagrove.com. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is pastor.
Veterans service at Erwin Temple CME
The annual appreciation service for Veterans will be held Sunday at Erwin Temple CME Church at 3 p.m. This is for anyone who has served, or is currently serving in any branch of the Military. It will be a time to give honor and recognition to those who serve.
Gauest speaker for the occasion will be Master Sergeant Cynthia P. Krider Johnson, a Salisbury native. Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, four Good Conduct Medals and the Global War on Terrorism Service.
She received her bachelor of applied science in resources management from Troy University in Troy, Ala. She is currently pursuing master of arts in counseling from Webster University, Myrtle Beach Campus.
Cynthia is the daughter of Dr. John L. Krider and Elder Norzely Krider of Salisbury. She is married to Deacon Clay E. Johnson.
Lunch will be served from 1:30 p.m to 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Ervin L. Hannah Jr. is host pastor.
Veteran recognition service at Word of Life
Word of Life Family Worship Center will have its annual Veteran’s recognition service on Sunday during the 10 a.m. service. The speaker will be Deacon James E. Neely, a veteran of the United States Marines who received several combat medals while serving in Vietnam.
Word of Life Family Worship Center is located at 726 E. Liberty St. Dr. Martha Starks is host pastor.
Lilly’s Chapel’s pastor anniversary service
Lilly’s Chapel Church of God, 618 W. Thomas St., will celebrate the 21st anniversary for Pastor Thomas H. Clawson on Sunday. The 11 a.m. speaker is Elder Robert Albritton of Lilly’s Chapel Church. The 3 p.m. speaker is Pastor Demonn McNeill of Total Praise and Deliverance in Raeford.
Pastor’s Aid Union service at Mt. Zion
The Salisbury Rowan Pastors’ Aid Union worship service will held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Guest pastor will be the Rev. Clarence Marlin of Fairveiw Heights Baptist Church.
On Monday at 6 p.m. the annual holiday dinner will be held at Mt. Zion. All pastor’s aid union members are invited; bring a covered dish. The Rev. Nilous Avery II is host pastor. Call 704-638-0916 for details.
Life Members’ Day at New Hope AME Zion
The Life Members’ Council of New Hope AME Zion Church will observe Life Members’ Day with a special afternoon program on Sunday at 3 p.m. Speaker for the occasion is Minister Dwight Roberts Jr. , ordained minister at Faith Deliverance for Jesus in Lexington, where he has served for 18 years.
The Rev. Dr. Debra J. Hall is host pastor.
St. Luke Baptist honors women of the church
St. Luke Baptist Church on Hawkinstown Road will be honoring women this weekend. As Kings II 11:1-4, said the “Queens will protect the king,” so the Queens will be honored. The events will be as follows: Friday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. a movie at the church; Saturday, a tea with Dr. Mary Hemphill the guest speaker; and Sunday 11 a.m. speaker will be Evangelist Tawanda McNeill of Fairview Heights Baptist Church.
Host pastor is the Rev. Arthur L. Heggins.
Genesis Baptist honors Pastor Edwards
CHINA GROVE — Sunday is Pastor Appreciation Day at Genesis Baptist Church, 9710 Old Concord Road. Pastor Gene Edwards will be honored for his love and dedication to church and community. There will be a dinner in the fellowship room after the morning service.
Rhema Praise and Worship
SPENCER — Sister DaaKeya “Tena” Williams, daughter of Pastor Alonza and Minister Joyce Williams of Rhema Praise and Worship Church, will preach her initial sermon on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The church is located at 117 Long Ferry Road.
Trustee Day at Third Creek AME Zion
CLEVELAND — The Trustees of Third Creek AME Zion Church will celebrate Trustee Day on Sunday at 3 p.m. The members of Allen Temple Presbyterian Church and the Rev. J.C. Byers will be in charge of the afternoon service. Third Creek is located on 415 East Main St. The Rev. Harold L. Jordan is pastor.
100 Women in White at Ardis Chapel
Ardis Chapel AME Zion Church will have a 100 Women In Hats program on Sunday at 4 p.m. Guest minister will be the Rev. Reginald D. McConneaughey Sr. of God’s Tabernacle For Believers.
Cedar Grove AME Zion Sunday events
Founder’s Day — The YAMS (Young Adult Missionary Society) of Cedar Grove will observe Founder’s Day on Sunday during the 11 a.m. service, on the theme iof “Maximizing our Purpose, Continuing our Journey Through Mission Ministry,” focusing on the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS. Annette Cuthbertson is the YAMS coordinator.
‘Crossing over Jordan’ — The missionary department of Cedar Grove AME Zion Church will sponsor a “Crossing over Jordan” service on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Rev. Timothy Bridges, pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church of East Spencer, will be the guest speaker. Jean Avery is the Missionary Parent Body president. The Rev. Dr. Bertha Pittman is pastor.
Emmanuel Baptist welcomes Thomas
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2300 Bringle Ferry Road, welcomes Pastor Tommy Thomas of Winston-Salem back to Emmanuel. He is a native of Rowan County.
He will be bringing the 11 a.m. Sunday message as well as the 6 p.m. message.
The choir will bring special music in the morning service and Lauren Thomas will sing as well.
St. Matthew’s Lutheran second Sunday singing
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church’s second Sunday singing group will be the St. James Male Chorus, which was established and named for St. James Methodist Church of Charlotte, in 1955. For 45 years the chorus has been directed by Joe Furr and the current piano accompanist is Donna Dye. The chorus is made up of 31 members from six denominations from 27 different churches. The men have traveled North and South Carolina and appeared with the Chuck Wagon Gang in Lincolnton as well as at the Methodist Men’s Conference at Lake Junaluska.
The singing will take place at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church family life center, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road, at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Haven celebrating with the Rev. Harper
Haven Lutheran Church will celebrate homecoming on Sunday. The church has served the people of Salisbury since 1899. It will be honoring its pastor, the Rev. Ed Harper, for his 50 years of ministry. He has served as interim pastor at Haven for seven years. In honor of the anniversary, the Rev. Dr. Leonard H. Bolick, bishop of the NC Synod ELCA, will preach. Soloist Rebecca Stinson will sing.
On several occasions, Haven Lutheran has worshiped jointly with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, its neighbor on Harrison Street, and the two congregations have worked together on projects to benefit their Chestnut Hill neighborhood. St. Paul’s members and choir will join Haven for homecoming Sunday and its vicar, the Rev. Rick Williams, will assist in worship.
He was Dean of the Western Piedmont Conference, a member of the NC Synod Evangelism Committee, and currently serves as chair of the NC Synod Retired Pastors and Spouses Organization and as a Companion in the synod’s Forward Together In Christ In Community initiative. Both congregations will take part in the luncheon to follow.
St. Paul’s Episcopal joins in celebration
On Nov. 9, only, there will not be Christian Education nor the Eucharistic service at St. Paul’s.
Instead, the 50th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Ed Harper will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at Haven Lutheran. Visit st-pauls-salisbury.dionc.org/ or call 704-637-9404.
Hall’s Chapel youth hold rainbow tea
The youth of Hall’s Chapel Primitive Batpist CHurch will hold the annual Rainbow Tea on Sunday at 4 p.m. The youth will showcase their gifts during the progam. The church is located on the corner of S. Clay and E. Monroe Streets at 611 E. Monroe. Elder Richard Johnson is the host pastor.
RSVP for Milford Hills annual ladies’ dinner
Matthew Weaver will entertain at Milford Hills United Methodist Church, 1630 Statesville Blvd. on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
This will be part of the annual dinner honoring the ladies, with widows as special guests. Debbie Suggs will cater the event. Dinner is open to all. The reservation deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 11. Contact Dick Polson at 704-630-9687 for reservations. Sponsored by the Milford Hills United Methodist men.
Yadkin UMC to host special study
SPENCER — Joe Barbee, minister at Yadkin United Church, 203 NC Finishing Lane, will lead a special Bible study focusing on the scriptural meaning in favorite Christmas hymns.
The four Wednesday night sessions are Nov. 12 and 19 and Dec. 3 and 10, beginning at 7 p.m. Each runs approximately one hour. Call 336-998-6363 for details.
Free health fair for women today at First Calvary Baptist
The Delta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is joining with Novant Health Breast Center and Missionary Unit 6 of First Calvary Baptist Church by hosting a free health fair today at the church at 400 S. Long St. There will be free blood pressure checks available, diabetes screening and health and exercise workshops.
Those who have preregistered will receive free mammograms as well.
St. Luke’s Reformed investigates Christmas
Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Pastor Jon Schell and St. Luke’s Reformed Church, 1775 St. Luke’s Church Road, launch a four-week study of Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christmas,” looking at the evidence for Jesus as the unique Son of God and Savior of the world. Meet Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 and 20, and Dec. 4 and 11.
Port-a-Pit fundraiser for DiMarzo
Darrin DiMarzo is a former member and president of Spencer Jaycees. He was a victim of a hit and run while on his motorcycle on Oct. 10. Darrin was seriously injured and is incurring substantial medical bills.
Chicken plates are $8.50 and rib plates $13. All proceeds go to Darrin and his family. Pickup is Thursday, Dec. 4 noon-6 p.m. at Rowan County Fairgrounds. Free delivery of 10 or more. Order at 704-637-6080 or email@example.com.
Sponsored by Spencer Jaycees. Donate directly at www.gofundme.com/DarrinDimarzo
Golf tournament supports Bible teacher postion at South
KANNAPOLIS — The South Rowan Bible Teacher Association golf tournament is set for Nov. 17 at Irish Creek Golf Course.
The tournament raises money to fund the position of local Bible history teacher Roxanne Johnson, who teaches the elective course at South Rowan High and Corriher-Lipe Middle. The association has funded 100 percent of the instructional costs of this position for the past 30 years. No tax dollars are available or used for this mission.
Lunch is catered by Olive Garden. Registration starts at 11 a.m. with a noon shotgun start. Cost is $70 per player, which includes lunch.
The association is funded by contributions from local churches, individuals, civic organizations and fundraisers. The annual golf tournament is the association’s primary fundraising effort.
Prizes will be given to the first-, second- and third-place teams, closest to the pin and longest drive. Mulligans are $10 each, with a limit of two.
To register, call Lynn Furr at 704-724-2819. or visit Irish Creek Golf Course.
Mount Olivet UMC
CONCORD — Today from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 301 Mt. Olivet Road. Baked goods, preserves, candies, canned goods, crafts, holiday gifts, breakfast. Proceeds go to missions. 704-782-8846, www.mtochurch.com
KANNAPOLIS — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 320 Cook St. The event is free, with free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soft drinks, children’s games and crafts and an inflatable bounce house.
CONCORD — Thanksgiving Day, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
RSVP by Nov. 20 to Pastor Edward Jackson 980-621-3572 or Patti Alquist 704-733-0067. 302 Copperfield Blvd.
Outreach Christian Ministries International
Thanksgiving Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or until food is gone. 6th annual Thanksgiving dinner, sponsored by the missionary department of Outreach Christian Ministries. Victoria Connor 704-232-5128. 722 W. Horah St.
EAST SPENCER — Thanksgiving Day, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Crystal Brown at 704-603-8041 for home delivery for shut-ins or to RSVP for large groups planning to attend. Providence Baptist Church, 620 Andrews St.
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