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Faith Briefs Saturday, March 28

Stallings Memorial 

Stallings Memorial Baptist Church, 817 S. Main St., welcomes its new pastor, the Rev. Michael Herring and wife, Beth. They come to Salisbury from Asheboro and are the parents of two sons and three grandsons.

Pastor Mike is a native of Burgaw, NC. He attended Chowan University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington which led to several years teaching and working with his father. He earnedhis associate chaplain certification at Moore Regional Hospital, pastoral care credentials from the Center for Congregational Health at Baptist Hospital, a bachelor of pastoral ministry and a master of divinity with a concentration in pastoral ministry. Pastor Mike has served churches in Moore County, Chatham County, Duplin County and Randolph County.

Sunday morning worship service is at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday School at 9:15; Sunday evening service is at 5:30 and Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Call 704-636-2052 for more information.


Central Baptist

Kannapolis — Central Baptist Church, 1810 Moose Road, will hold a community Easter celebration today starting at 10 a.m. Children ages preschool through 5th grade are invited for games, prizes, an Easter egg hunt and hot dogs. All is free. Call 704-933-8006 or visit centralbaptistkannapolis.com for more information.


Mount Zion UCC

China Grove – Holy Week at Mt. Zion UCC, 1415 S. Main St., begins this Saturday, (today?) Bethany Saturday, with Brunswick Stew from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the spirit of Mary and Martha, Mt. Zion UCC will be kneeling by their Master’s feet and serving eat-in or take-out Brunswick Stew.

During the 11 a.m. Palm Sunday service, the Mt. Zion UCC Children’s Choir will sing the procession of palms.

Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Good Friday includes the Way of the Cross Walk at noon, beginning at First Baptist in China Grove and processing to St. Mark’s Lutheran.

Holy Saturday includes an Easter egg hunt for nursery, preschool and early elementary beginning at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday begins with a Sunrise Service at 6:45 a.m. in the Historic Cemetery. Breakfast for family and friends at 7:30 a.m. Easter Service at 9 a.m. with special music and including Holy Communion.

For information mtzionchinagrove.com or 704-857-1169. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is pastor.


Liberty UMC

Today is Liberty’s Spring BBQ with BBQ pork and chicken.

On Sunday is the live enactment of Living Last Supper.

On April 3, Good Friday, the Cross Walk at Liberty starts at 6 p.m. at the front entrance , continues through the ballfield and ends up in the cemetery. Each person will carry the cross and hear the last words of Christ.

Saturday April 4 is Easter Movie and Pizza night with pizza and soft drinks at 5:30 p.m. A love offering will be taken for the pizza.

Liberty United Methodist Church is at the corner of Stokes Ferry and Liberty Roads next to Morgan Elementary School.


First Presbyterian 

First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury celebrates Palm and Confirmation Sunday beginning with a traditional worship service at 8:30 a.m. in the sanctuary and a contemporary Life Center worship service at 8:50 a.m. Lewis Hall.

The traditional service is at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. The children will have a processional of palms and be accompanied by the sanctuary choir. Also during this service, the class of 2015 8th grade confirmands will be recognized.

On Maundy Thursday, April 2, gather in the Sanctuary at 7 p.m. to recall the Last Supper. Communion will be served.


First Free Will Baptist

CHINA GROVE — First Free Will Baptist Church, 405 N. Bostian St., will be hosting a singing with The Dosses on Sunday starting at 10 a.m. There will be a message from Pastor Mark Murphy at the 11 a.m. service followed by a covered dish meal.


At The Cross Ministries 

At The Cross Ministries (A.T.C.), 1915-1917 W. Innes St. suite 103, will host Fire on 5th where area associates are invited to participate. Service begins at 10 a.m.

Associate Minister Chandra Bethea of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church and Deacon Julian Simmon of A.T.C. Ministries will bring the message.

Family and Friends Day will be celebrated. Lunch will be served after morning services.

The Rev. Debra Ellison is the pastor and can be reached weekdays at 704-782-0072.


Pine Ridge Baptist

China Grove — Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 880 Old Linn Road, will be honoring Pastor George Bradshaw and wife Peggy for their 19 years of service to Pine Ridge Baptist, on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.. There will be no Sunday school.

4-Ever 4-Given from Stanley Co. will be providing music. At 11 a.m. Dr. J.B. Parker from Statesville will bring the morning message. Lunch will be served following the morning worship. The celebration will continue at the 6 p.m. service. For more information call 704-857-3182.


Holy Week Services 

Richfield — Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 111 E. Church St., will observe Holy Week with special worship services. On Palm Sunday, morning worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the procession of palms and include a congregational reading of the Passion according to St. Mark.

Sunday night, a light supper will be served at 6 p.m. followed by a folk mass service at 7 p.m. The sanctuary will be open for prayer and meditation from 4 until 8 p.m. on Holy Wednesday, April 1.

Services on Maundy Thursday include Holy Communion, and the Good Friday, service will be held April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Call 704-463-7280 or visit www.mtzionrichfield.org for more information.

Ruth Ann Sipe is host pastor.


Sacred Heart

Holy Week begins Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a solemn procession at 10:30 Mass for Palm Sunday.

There will be no 12:30 or 4 p.m. Mass. All are encouraged to join the solemn procession at 10:30 Mass. You will receive a palm as you enter the church. The Rice Bowl offering should be returned Sunday.

On Monday, there will be a 7 a.m. Mass, followed by confessions at 7:30 a.m. A Chrism Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Charlotte.

Wednesday includes 7 a.m. Mass in the church followed by breakfast, followed by confessions at 7:30 a.m.

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Thursday, with transfer of the Blessed Sacrament and the solemn stripping of the altar and sanctuary. Adoration will be offered through midnight.

On Good Friday, the Stations of the Cross begin at noon. The Passion service is at 3 p.m.

Holy Saturday includes at 10 a.m. practice for RCIA candidates, the 1 p.m.blessing of the Easter food baskets and the 8 p.m. Easter Vigil. No 5:30 p.m. vigil Mass. The vigil includes the Blessing of the New Fire and Paschal Candle, Blessing of the Baptismal Water, Baptism and Confirmation of candidates. It is the first Mass of Easter with the solemn Gloria and Alleluia.

Mass times on Easter Sunday include 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. in Spanish and 4 p.m. in the Extraordinary Form.


Stallings Memorial 

Holy week at Stallings Memorial Baptist Church begins Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with the Palm Sunday service and a special program involving the children’s Parade of Palms and a musical anthem combining hand bells, choir, piano, organ, brass and congregation.

At 6 p.m. is the Easter musical “Because We Believe,” an Easter affirmation of faith featuring the worship choir and Orchestra. Admission is free, donations are accepted. There will be refreshments afterward.

On April 2 at 7 pm. is the Maundy Thursday service and communion.

On Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Easter egg hunt and craft day with a hotdog lunch at noon.


St. Paul’s Lutheran

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul’s Church Road, celebrates Palm Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. as the senior choir presents “The Lenten Sketches” by Joseph M. Martin, a series of tableaus illustrating the final days of Christ’s earthly ministry: the triumphal entry; the Last Supper; the garden of Gethsemane; and the crucifixion. These events have inspired artists through the ages, and their wonderful creations in turn are the inspiration for this Lenten cantata. Featuring a wind quintet and concert percussion, this cantata promises to stir the Spirit with brilliantly written music as we continue our journey to the Cross and ultimately the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Everyone will gather in front of the church on Palm Sunday and process in with palm crosses, weather permitting.

Maundy Thursday services on April 2 at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary with Holy Communion at both services. At the conclusion of the evening service, the chancel is stripped reminding us of the New Covenant that God made with his people in the bloody sacrifice and death of his Son our Lord, Jesus Christ, at Calvary.

Our Good Friday, April 3, services at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. reminds us of the passion of Holy Week, as we walk with Christ to His sacrificial death on the cross. Through Christ’s death, our sins are forgiven and Jesus conquered death.

The Easter Services will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, April 5, with the Sunrise Service including special music and Holy Communion. The Easter Breakfast will begin following the Sunrise Service in the Fellowship Hall and served by our youth groups. Contributions will be accepted for the breakfast to help with the youth activities during the year. After the breakfast, everyone is invited to Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Our Easter Service will begin at 10:30 a.m., again celebrating the triumphant resurrection message with special music and Holy Communion. Weather permitting, both services will be concluded in the cemetery. Plan to be present on the holiest day of the Church year as we celebrate Christ’s victory over the grave.


Northside Church of God of Prophecy

East Spencer — Holy week services begin at Northside Church of God of Prophecy, 729 N. Long St., with the distribution of the palms on Palm Sunday at 11 a.m., followed on Thursday at 7 p.m. with remembering the Passion with the Seder meal followed by communion and footwashing. On Good Friday at noon is The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross with special guest speakers and music. The Easter Sunday sunrise service is at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast and t he regular service at 11 a.m.

Host pastor is Bishop James D. Lott II.


The Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Association

East Spencer — The Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Association will conduct Fifth Sunday services on March 29 at the Guiding Light Convention Center, 308 Boundary St. Guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service will be the Rev. Rodney B. Eldridge. Spaghetti dinners will be available following the morning service for $5. The host is the Rev. John E. Jones, moderator.


The Vineyard Worship Center

The Vineyard Worship Center will be celebrating its second anniversary on Sunday, March 29. The speaker for the 11 a.m. service will be Evangelist Markci Metcalf of Fort Washington, MD. Evangelist Metcalf holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware and a juris doctorate degree of law from The American University, Washington College of Law.

He serves as the ethics officer for the federal government’s second largest land management agency. Evangelist Metcalf has served as a Sunday school teacher, interim pastor, youth leader, men’s ministry chairman, intercessory prayer lead, minister of music, praise and worship leader, choir member, soloist and revivalist. He is also an author. He has been preaching for more than three decades.

The speaker for the 3 p.m. service will be Pastor Dwight Moore of Disciples for Christ Outreach Ministries in Charlotte. Pastor Moore founded this healing ministry nine years ago. He has been ministering to God’s people for 19 years, the last 11 years in pastorate.

Pastor Alice H. Perry is the pastor and founder of The Vineyard Worship Center which is located at 2655 Dunns Mountain Road.


First United Church of Christ

Palm Sunday services will be observed at First United Church of Christ, 207 West Horah St., at 11 a.m., beginning with a procession of Palms by the adult choir and the children. The anthem “All Glory Laud and Honor” will be sung by the Chancel Choir. “Come to the Feast: Fed by New Hope” will be presented by the Rev. Carol Hallman. Holy Communion will be served. For more information, call 704-633-2723.


Landmark Church

Landmark Church, 1910 Mooresville Highway, celebrates Palm Sunday at 11 a.m. with “Find Me An Answer, “ a youth program presented by the church youth under the direction of Kenneth Shoaf, and assisted by Sandy Sawyer. The program was compiled by Shoaf and Merritt Robinson and focuses on the question, “Who is Jesus of Nazareth?”

April 2: Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. includes Holy Communion.

Saturday April 4: Annual Easter egg hunt for children up to 12 from 2-4 p.m. Contact the church office at 704-633-8200 for more information.


Cedar Grove AME Zion 

Cleveland — YACM Observance at  Cedar Grove AME Zion Church on Sunday during the 11 a.m. morning worship. Brother Raymondo Brady, local preacher at Sills Creek AME Zion Church, will be the guest speaker.

Quinta Ellis, local director of CED along with the YAMC’s will participate in the service.  The Rev. Dr. Bertha Pittman is host pastor.


St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church fundraiser

Rockwell — On Sunday at 3 p.m., St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church, 508 Watkins St., will host “Fill The Pews,” a fundraiser featuring the Lexington Community Mass Choir. Host pastor is John K. Geter. SMMBC invites all churches, congregations, and communities to join in the celebration of a successful fundraiser in worship, praise and song. Bring a donation to help us meet our goal.


Centerview Baptist

Kannapolis — The choir of Centerview Baptist Church and special soloists present “The Easter Song,” a musical rendering of Jesus’ Passion. The cantata will be presented Sunday at 6 p.m., 415 Walter St. Visit centerviewbaptist.com for more information.


Fifth Sunday singing at Emmanuel

The fifth Sunday night singing at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2300 Bringle Ferry Road, will feature Darrell Connor and the Country Music Legends Band leading a night of gospel music beginning at 6 p.m.. Interim pastor is Andrew Misenheimer.


Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship

My preference would be this week since its all a part of Holy Week services.

Granite Quarry — Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship of Rowan will hold Holy Week services at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on Hwy 52 where Rickey Johnson is the pastor.

Service times are 7 p.m. nightly.

Monday – Pastor Timothy Bridges of Shady Grove Baptist Church, East Spencer

Tuesday – Pastor Carolyn Bratton of Moores Chapel AME Zion, Salisbury

Wednesday – Bishop Ronald Hash of Loves Christian Center, East Spencer

Thursday – Pastor Nasby Mills of Outreach Progressive Ministries, Salisbury. Communion will be served.

Friday – “The 8 Events That Led to the Cross.” Associate ministers from various area churches will preach.

Easter Sunday sunrise service is at 6:30 a.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Salisbury. Dr. Nilous Avery will host the service. Dr. Grant Harrison, Presiding Elder of Salisbury District AME Zion Churches, will bring the message.

For more information contact Pastor Dee Ellison weekdays at 704-782-0072.


Resurrection Life Church

On Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m., Resurrection Life Church, 216 S. Main St., will conduct its annual Maundy Thursday candlelight service, reflecting upon the life and resurrection of Jesus. Holy communion will also be observed. The Rev. Jerry Snipes is pastor, 704-638-0002.


Community Easter egg hunt

Rockwell — A community Easter egg hunt will be held at St. James Lutheran Church, 131 West Main St., on Friday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. Children are welcome to bring a basket and join in the fun.


Shady Grove 

East Spencer — At Shady Grove Baptist Church, 600 S. Long St., Good Friday services will be held April 3 at noon, featuring The Seven Last Sayings of Christ, sponsored by the Missionary Ministry. Speakers are Sister Shay Geter of Full Gospel Baptist Church, Elder Pamela Jackson of Citadel of Faith in Thomasville, Minister Cathy Marlin and Sister Faith Howell of Fairview Heights Baptist Church, Sister Tara White of Dorsett Chapel, Minister Nozeley Krider of Ambassador Christian Church and Minister Angela Smith of Shady Grove Baptist Church. The Rev. Timothy Bridges Sr. is host pastor.


Ramah Presbyterian 

Ramah Presbyterian will hold an Easter celebration on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with an Easter egg hunt, Easter craft making, snacks and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Plus, find the golden egg for a special surprise. This event is free and is for children ages 1 through 3rd grade. Bring your own basket.


St. Paul’s UCC and RED Heart Ministries

China Grove — St Paul’s United Church of Christ and RED Heart Ministries will host a free community lunch Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ family life center, 811 N. Enochville Ave. Kids can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny between 11:45 and 12:30, and there will also be an Easter basket raffle.


Family Fest featuring helicopter egg drop

Saturday, April 4 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Cornerstone Campus, 315 Webb Road. Activities for all ages: rock climbing wall, dunking booth, bounce houses, puppet show, car smash and more.

Wristbands are required for all activities: $10 or 10 non-perishable items (beat the rush and save 50% if you register by April 1; only $5 or 5 non-perishable items)

All items will be donated to Rowan Helping Ministries. This event is open to the public. Sponsors: Chick-fil-A, Sweet Frog, Kannapolis Intimidators and Cornerstone Child Development Centers.


Movie at Kirkwood

KANNAPOLIS — Kirkwood Presbyterian Church features Christian movies on the first Saturday of each month. On Saturday, April 4 at 6 p.m. see “Monumental” with Kirk Cameron. These movies will be free along with popcorn and a drink. The church is located at 900 Klondale Ave. The Rev. Debra Madden is pastor.


Financial Peace University

Salisbury Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 305 Rudolph Road, will be offering Financial Peace University classes beginning April 7 at 6:30 p.m. Taught by Dave Ramsey, this life-changing class has brought financial freedom to millions of people by helping them achieve their financial goals. Visit www.salisburysdachruch.org or call 704-633-1282 for more information.



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