Faith Briefs Saturday, March 21
St. John’s fundraiser tonight
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., is hosting its annual dinner and auction this evening. The event, sponsored by the church’s high school youth group, will raise money for their trip to the national Lutheran youth gathering this summer in Detroit. Cost for the event is $10, which includes dinner at 5:45 p.m., entertainment by the youth and silent and live auctions. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The live auction includes beach and mountain vacation getaways, and UNC and Panthers football tickets. Among the more unusual items this year are a Catawba College tuition grant valued at $2,000, a 1910 $5 Indian Head gold coin, and two plots at Rowan Memorial Park.
The Rev. Rhodes Woolly is senior pastor of St. John’s. Alex Becker is minister for youth.
Celebrating Women: “I Know What I Need!”
Rhema Praise and Worship Church’s fourth annual Women’s Day celebration will begin this evening at 6 p.m. with Evangelist Daa’Keya Williams of Rhema Praise and Worship Church as the speaker. On Sunday, Minister Joyce Williams of Rhema Praise and Worship will be the 11 a.m. speaker and First Lady Melvinia Cummings of New Shepherd Baptist Church in Cooleemee will speak at 3:30 p.m.
New pastor at Lakewood
KANNAPOLIS — Lakewood Baptist Church, 806 Kluttz St., would like to welcome its new pastor, the Rev. Steve Leigh and wife Patty. They come from Cassett, S.C. and are the parents of three children, Shea, Stevie and Luke.
Pastor Leigh is a native of Martinez, Ga. and received his undergraduate degree in business management from Mid Continent University, a master’s degree in Christian Education and Leadership from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., a master of divinity from Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, Ga. and is currently working on a doctor of ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary. Rev. Leigh was called into the ministry in 1993. He has worked for the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home as a youth pastor, minister of education and senior pastor. He has been the pastor of churches in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and South Carolina. He is also a veteran of the United States Navy.
Our services are: Sunday School at 9:45am; morning worship and Children’s Church at 11 a.m. ; Sunday evening at 6 p.m. and Wednesday evening at 7 p.m We also have a Children’s Group from ages 4-12 that meets on Sunday and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., 704-938-4144
Revival at Landis First Assembly
LANDIS — The Rev. Kenny Williamson from Dawsonville, Ga., will minister during two revival services at Landis First Assembly, 302 E. Corriher St., on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Williamson founded and leads Kenny Williamson Ministries World Outreach Inc. as the result of a special gifting and calling on his life.
His testimony includes being healed of serious birth defects and receiving at the age of 9 a unique gift and calling to play instruments and sing. His wife Anita sometimes accompanies him at ministry opportunities.
The All Male Community Choir
The All Male Community Choir of Statesville will present its annual Spring Concert at Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday at 3 p.m. The choir is known for its down-home style gospel singing and has been performing for more than 25 years. The host pastor the Rev. Perry J. Dye. The event is free and open to the public.
New Creation Baptist
STATESVILLE — The ushers of New Creation Baptist Church, 792 Glover St., will celebrate their annual day on Sunday at 3 p.m. The speaker will be associate minister Ruby Clark from Shiloh Baptist Church in Mocksville. The Rev. Joseph Robinson is host pastor.
Hall’s Temple Church on N. Long St. will host its annual Twelve Tribes Rally on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Presenter of the Tribes will be Bishop T. Washington. Host pastor is the Rev. E. Bruce.
Love Christian Center
Love Christian Center will be having Bishop W. Ronald Hash’s 67th birthday celebration Sunday at 4 p.m. The speaker will be Bishop Tony O. Carter, presiding prelate of Triumphant Pentecostal Church (Apostolic) Inc. based in Mt. Airy. For more info contact Minister Cedrick Hash at 704-960-6444.
Edwards Family Bluegrass Gospel
CLEVELAND — The Edwards Family Bluegrass Gospel group will perform at Unity Presbyterian Church, 885 Woodleaf-Barber Road, on Sunday at 6 p.m. A love offering will be taken and refreshments will be served following the performance.
The Edwards Family has been playing and singing for more than ten years. Individually and as a band, they have earned numerous awards over the past decade. They are regularly featured on the television show, “Bluegrass Road” which airs on the Blue Highway Network. Call 704-278-4248 for details.
Hardy at Calvary Baptist
Calvary Baptist Church, East Ridge Road, will be having a missions study on Sunday during the 6 p.m. service. Steve Hardy, a consultant with the NC Baptist Convention, will be the guest speaker.
The missions study is in connection with the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering of the SBC. The offerings goal for Calvary Baptist Church for 2015 will be $1,600.
Prior to the study at 6 p.m. in the church auditorium, a light meal will be served in the fellowship hall at 5:15 p.m.
Rick Cockerham is host pastor. A nursery will be provided during the. service. Calvary Baptist is located just beyond Ellis Crossroads, 704-633-2567.
Annual evangelistic crusade
The Salisbury District of the AME Zion Church will hold its annual evangelistic crusade beginning on Monday, March 23 through Wednesday, March 25 at Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church at 7 p.m. nightly.
The Rev. Carolyn D. Bratton is host pastor.
The Rev. Dr. Grant Harrison Jr., is the newly appointed presiding elder of the Salisbury District. The theme is “Embracing The Reason For Our Existence” and lcal church choirs, liturgical praise dancers and the Salisbury District Choir will serve on the program each night.
Evangelists for the three nights of services will be the Rev. Dr. Heath LaVon Cheek, senior pastor and the Rev. Sharon Cheek, co-pastor of Metropolitan AME Zion Church of Washington, D.C.
Dr. Cheek is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.A. degree in speech communication-theater arts. He received his master of divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary and his doctor of ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He has held pastorates throughout Virginia and North Carolina.
He is an active member of the AME Zion Ministerial and Lay Association; devoted to the brotherhood of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He is married to the The Rev. Sharon S. Cheek, a cognitive mental health therapist and certified Clinical Supervisor, licensed in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. She counsels victims of domestic violence, juvenile sexual offenders, abused children with behavioral and emotional challenges, substance abuse and addiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Norfolk State University and masters of divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary, a master’s of science degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College in Maryland.
Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Spring Revival
Liberty United Methodist Church
On Saturday, March 28 is Liberty’s Spring BBQ. The Thursday before, March 26 is slaw night, where members may come and help get ready for the BBQ. Liberty is located at the corner of Stokes Ferry and and Liberty Roads. next to Morgan Elementary School.
Picking for the Master is Friday
Bluegrass lovers looking for a warm, family environment to enjoy some good local music are invited to Picking for the Master hosted by Trading Ford Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27.
Darrell Connor and Friends will play the opening set with a mix of bluegrass gospel.
All pickers are invited to then join in for a jam session. Concessions will be available and doors will open at 6 p.m.
There is no admission charge, but the hat will be passed to help bring in more talent from the surrounding area in future months.
The Picking for the Master event is the last Friday night of each month and is a ministry of Trading Ford Baptist Church. Call 704-633-5986 for more information.
Spencer Presbyterian Church’s fundraiser
SPENCER — From 7:30-10:30 a.m. next Saturday, March 28, enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, grits, toast and a drink at $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Proceeds support ministries of the church. It will be held in the fellowship hall, 117 1st St., off Salisbury Ave. across from the entrance to NC Transportation Museum.
Brunswick Stew at Elmwood United Methodist Church
On Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., get all-you-can-eat for $8 with cornbread, crackers and drink. A take-home pint is $8, quart $10 and gallon $40. For more information or to order, call Sylvia at 704-872-1070 and leave a message.
The Sunlight Choir of United Baptist Church
KANNAPOLIS — The Sunlight Choir of United Baptist Church, 3001 Clermont Ave., will celebrate its anniversary in memory of Sister Barbara Broadway, dedicated director and member of United Baptist. The celebration will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.
Host pastor is the Rev. John E. Jones.
Barry McGee’s “Healing with Humor Tour”
CHINA GROVE — On Sunday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. China Grove’s Main Street Baptist Church, 1615 N. Main St., will host the Barry McGee “Healing with Humor Tour.”
McGee has won numerous awards including three times as the Comedian of the Year and two times as the Top 5 Finalist Entertainer of the Year with Inspirational Country Music/Christian Country Music Association. He has appeared with Lee Greenwood, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Daniels, Aaron Neville and many others.
He serves as shop chaplain for Motor Racing Outreach, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and volunteer shop chaplain with Todd Bodine.
He is ordained with Racers for Christ and conducts Chapel services for the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).
For more information, call the church at 704-855-3274.