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Faith Briefs Saturday, Dec. 13

Providence AME Zion

Providence AME Zion Church, 2415 Providence Church Road, will celebrate its annual Lights of Love today, Saturday dec 13, at 6 p.m. This Christian Education program is the Christmas fundraiser. The church is asking for a donation of $5 for each of the lights-of-love that will burn. Host pastor is the Rev. Zacharias E. Allen Sr.


Hall’s Chapel

Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 611 E. Monroe St., will host its Coming Home For Christmas Banquet for Elder Richard Johnson, today Saturday Dec 13 at 4 p.m. Guest speaker is Terrance C. Grooms of Greater Faith Baptist Church of Charlotte.


Maranatha Bible Church

Maranatha Bible Church,  2320 Statesville Blvd., will present its Christmas program, “Peace, Joy, Love,” on Sunday, December 14 at the 10 a.m. service. The program will feature Scripture and other readings, choir anthems, songs featuring the praise team, instrumental and vocal specials as well as congregational participation. Call 704-637-1995 for more information.


United Baptist gospel choir

KANNAPOLIS — The gospel choir of United Baptist Church, 3001 Clermont Ave., will celebrate its anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. The Rev. John E. Jones is host pastor.


Rowan Christian Assembly

Rowan Christian Assembly, 923 N. Salisbury GQ Ave, Salisbury, will be having a Family Christmas Celebration this Sunday Dec. 14, at 10:30 a.m., featuring the combined adult and youth choir as we sing along and celebrate the season.

Then on Friday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m., we will be having an indoor Fiesta, sponsored by our Hispanic Ministry.  Call  704-279-6676 with questions.


First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury

It is Invite a Friend Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury, as well as the third Sunday of Advent. The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the sanctuary with a traditional service led by Dr. Randy Kirby.

At 8:50 a.m. in Lewis Hall is the contemporary Service of Lessons and Carols led by the LCW Praise Team and the Bell Tower ringers. The 11 a.m. worship in the sanctuary will be a traditional style Lessons and Carols service with the Sanctuary Choir and Bell Tower Ringers.


Third Creek AME Zion 

CLEVELAND — The Stewardess Board of Third Creek AME Zion Church, 415 E. Main St., will observe its annual Family and Friends Day on Sunday , Dec. 14th, at 3 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Keith Curry of Oak Grove Baptist Church will bring the message. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. in the Glenn G. Grayson fellowship hall. TheRev. Harold L. Jordan is host pastor.


First UCC

Pastor Carol Hallman of First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St., will lead the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, December 14. The 2014 Advent Sermon Series is entitled “Carol Our Christmas.” Matthew Newton is director of the chancel choir and Susan Trivette is organist.

The Advent Candle of Peace will be lit with special litany led by Cathy Robbins and Jerry Pittman.

Following the service, there will be lunch in the fellowship hall followed by Christmas caroling to the home-bound members.

First UCC is located in the Historic District. Call 704-633-2723 for details.


Second Presbyterian

Second Presbyterian Church, 732 Lincolnton Road, will host a special service at 11 a.m. on Sunday for the third Sunday in Advent featuring the lighting of the candle of Joy. The children and youth of the church will present an original presentation titled “Our Favorite Things,” telling the story of the birth of Jesus in this unique musical. It will include Olaf the snowman and many other favorite things.


Deacons Alliance

The Rowan and Davie County Deacons Alliance Rainbow Tea will be held Sunday evening Dec 14 at 5 p.m. at the Salisbury Civic Center. Monetary donations for the homeless and needy families will be accepted. Deacon Reginald C. Weeks Sr. is chair.


Christmas at Concordia Lutheran

CHINA GROVE — Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church, 185 Concordia Church Road, is planning a Christmas Service on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. The Chancel Choir will present the Christmas cantata  “A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols,” consisting of several all-time favorite Christmas hymns. Shirley and Joe Allen are the narrators, Jan Williams is the choir director, accompanists are Sarah Brandt and Gene Britain and soloists are Delana Davis and Ron Kirk. The Rev. Kenneth W. Reed Jr. is pastor.


Ardis Chapel AME Zion

Ardis Chapel AME Zion The usher board of Ardis Chapel AME Zion Church will have a Rainbow Tea on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. The Spiritual Voices will be in concert along with Vineyard Worship Center. The location is 1940 Old Mocksville Road.


East Rowan High School Honors Chorus

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road, will host the East Rowan High School Honors Chorus in concert Sunday, Dec. 14, as the Second Sunday singing group at 7 p.m. in the family life center. The East Rowan Honors Chorus is an auditioned group of students under the direction of Dean Orbison. The chorus consistently receives superior ratings at state festivals in the highest level of music competition and was named Grand Champion Choice in national festivals in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. They have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Lakeland Performing Arts Center in Florida; and the Greater Virginia Performing Arts Center at Virginia Beach, Virginia. For more information call 704-639-6996.


Mount Zion UCC

CHINA GROVE – During the 11 a.m. service members and friends of Mount Zion UCC, 1415 S. Main St., will be celebrating the third Sunday of Advent, lighting the candle of Peace. Candle lighters will be Billy and Ann Bullard. Following worship the Mt. Zion Youth Fellowship will go caroling and visit many homebound members of the church family. For more information visit mtzionchinagrove.com or call 704-857-1169. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is pastor.


Faith Lutheran Service of Lessons and Carols 

FAITH — Faith Lutheran Church, 205 South Main St., will have a Service of Lessons and Carols at 11 a.m. on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 14th. The service will include thirteen congregational Advent and Christmas hymns and nine choir anthems. The nine scripture lessons take us from God’s promises and prophets in the Old Testament to the birth of Christ in the New Testament.

Jeremy, Jennifer, Griffin and Sydney Alderman will light the Advent Candles and read from Isaiah. Other worship leaders include Doug Lingle and CJ Moody. Soloists will be Jayne Lingle and Tim Williams. Don Deming is the choir director and Daisy Bost accompanies on piano and organ.


A.T.C. Ministries 

At The Cross (A.T.C.) Ministries will host its Christmas Extravaganza and Friends and Family Day on Sunday Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. The youth department will present its annual celebration and presentation of the birth and life of Jesus the Christ, which will include special music. A meal will follow the services.

A.T.C. is located a 1915-1917 W. Innes St. (the Weaver Building), with parking and entrance in the rear  behind Community Thrift. Host pastor is the Rev. Debra (Dee) Ellison. Call 704-782-0072.


Pine Ridge

CHINA GROVE — Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 880 Old Linn Road, will be meeting on Wednesday in the fellowship building at 6:30 instead of 7 p.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 17 will be a hot stew and soup meal starting at 6:30 p.m. After the meal will be a Christmas carol sing. For more information call 704-857-3182 or 704-279-0574.


Seeking Cub Scouts

CONCORD — Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 301 Mt. Olivet Road, is recruiting members for its Cub Scout troop. Boys from first grade through 9 years old are eligible. The group meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. If your child is interested in joining the troop, contact the church office or come to the meeting on Monday night. There are no meetings when school is not in session. Call 704-782-8846 for more information.



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