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Faith Briefs Sunday, August 22

Church Women United annual Area II celebration

Church Women United in North Carolina is holding its annual Area II celebration today from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Trinity Wesleyan Church. Speakers are Deidra Helms with Family Crisis, the Rev. Carolyn Bratton of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church and the Rev. Barrie Kirby of First Baptist Church in Spencer.
Free ladies’ clothing give-away today

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1570 N. Long St. Ext.
Free church safety and security seminar

Is your church or house of worship safe? Has your church prepared for emergencies? We will discuss historical events and the need for a safety and security plan and team. Held at the Rowan County Rescue Squad, 1140 Julian Road on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. This is a free seminar. More information is available at www.carolinatac.com


Backpack blessings at First UCC 

First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St., will celebrate the opening of the Salisbury/Rowan school academic year at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. Blessings of the Backpacks, donated school supplies and blessings on all teachers will be part of the service. All youth are invited to bring their backpacks and supplies.

The Rev. Carol Hallman is the Resident Minister.


Turner to speak at Love Christian Center

EAST SPENCER — Co-pastor Patricia Turner will speak Sunday at 4 p.m. at Love Christian Center, 102 N. Long St.

Elder Turner holds a bachelor of arts degree from A & T State University, Greensboro; two master’s degrees from NC Central University, Durham: and a master of divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary. She has taught every grade from 6th grade through junior college; and she retired in 2002 after a teaching career of 35 years, with 24 of those years at Knox Middle School.

She was ordained an elder in 2000 and has served as treasurer of the Western NC District Convocation, vice-president of the Missionary Dept. of the Western NC District, and president and vice-president of the Western Sub-District of the Western NC District Convocation.

She is married to Rev. William D. Turner, pastor of the Tower of Power United Holy Church, where she serves as co-pastor.

Pastors of Love Christian Center are Bishop W. Ronald and Lotis Hash. For additional information call 704-433-1474.


Women’s Day at Sandy Ridge

LANDIS — Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church will celebrate its annual Women’s Day on Sunday during the 10 a.m. service.

This year as a part of the church’s sesquicentennial observance, various services, programs and events with be held to commemorate its 150 years of existence. The theme for the Women’s Day Service is Celebrating Women of Sandy Ridge: Past, Present, and Future – 150 Women in White.

The featured guest speaker will be Sister Donna Cuthbertson of Sills Creek AME Zion Church, Mooresville.

A specially formed women’s choir under the direction of Janet Murdock will provide music for the service. Jackie Hester will preside over the order of service. Other participants will include: Deborah Shaw, Vickie Griffith and Bettye Russell. A special liturgical dance presentation will be performed by Mary Sheely and Maggie Propst.

Rosella Caldwell, a 97-year-old member, will reflect on the past. Mary Sheely and Fidelina Jackson with reflect on the future and Taylor Wiggins a youth member, will project what the future will hold for Sandy Ridge. Cecelia McCorkle is the program coordinator.

The hospitality ministry is providing a luncheon. The Rev. Clarence J. Shuford Jr. is pastor.


First Calvary observes Deacon and Deaconess Day

The Deacon and Deaconess Boards of First Calvary Baptist Church, 400 S. Long St., will celebrate their anniversary at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. The Rev. Dr. Kendal Mobley will be the speaker.

Dr. Mobley graduated from Charleston Southern University, earned a masters of divinity degree at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained in Louisville, Ky.

Dr. Mobley is published author of a book on the life and work of social reformer Helen Barrett Montgomery, has served as pastor of Enon Baptist Church and as interim pastor of Kerr Memorial Baptist Church in Concord. Currently, he is an assistant professor of religion at Johnson C. Smith University.

The Rev. Lemon E. Brown is host pastor.


Immanuel Lutheran to have blessings of the backpack

ROCKWELL — Immanuel Lutheran will celebrate the beginning of another school year with a Blessing of Backpack Service on Sunday, at 11 a.m. All students and school personnel are invited to bring backpacks, book bags, and lunch boxes for a special dedication and blessing.

Teachers, assistants, principals, other administrators, secretaries, cafeteria staff, librarians, janitors, and bus drivers are invited.

Anyone who is able to bring extra school supplies is asked to do so to assist the Irene Beaver Circle. These items will be collected and delivered to the Outreach Ministry Program at Organ Lutheran Church.

Due to the church remodeling, the service will be held in the fellowship building across the street from the church.


178 years at St. Stephen’s Lutheran

OLD HILL — St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 4401 St. Stephen’s Church Road, will celebrate 178 years of gospel ministry at homecoming on Sunday.

Rev. Geoffrey Hoy will be the guest preacher at the 11 a.m. worship service. Hoy is a retired ELCA Lutheran pastor who lives in Salisbury.

Hoy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He earned a master of divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has experience in campus, urban, suburban, and small town rural ministries. He is currently a leader in neighborhood, community, county and church concerns. He is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury.

After worship will be a covered dish meal in the fellowship hut, featuring  a display  of the rich farming history in the St. Stephen’s community.

Rev. Darrell Norris is the pastor.


Homecomng at Lyerly Evangelical

ROCKWELL — Dr. Chuck Brawley will preach at the homecoming service at Lyerly Evangelical Church, 1320 Crescent Road, on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Currently the senior pastor of College Avenue Baptist Church in Lenoir, Dr. Brawley pastored Faith Baptist Church from 1989-2006. He received his doctorate from Gardner-Webb University in 2004.

Rusty Fisher and Amery Barton will lead praise music at the service. A covered dish luncheon will follow.

Lyerly Evangelical Church was chartered in 1891 as Bethany Reformed Church by the late Dr. J.M.L. Lyerly, who also founded Nazareth Children’s Home. Dr. W.C. Gaither is pastor.


Homecoming and revivial at New Bethel

MOCKSVILLE — New Bethel Baptist Church, 3727 US Highway 601 South, will celebrate homecoming and revival beginning Sunday, with lunch being served at 1:30 p.m. The speaker for the 3 p.m. service will be the Rev. Clarence Marlin, pastor of Fairview Heights Baptist Church of Salisbury.

Revival services are Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 24-26, at 7 p.m. nightly. The speaker for these services will be the Rev. Dr. Claude Forehand II, pastor of 1st Baptist Church of Kannapolis.

The Rev. Dr. William Cowan is host pastor.


Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist holds homecoming

Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will observe its annual homecoming services on Sunday. The 11 a.m. service will be conducted by the Rev. Perry J. Dye, pastor of Henderson Grove. Lunch will follow.

The guest speaker at the 3 p.m. service will be the Rev. Rickey Johnson, pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Granite Quarry.

Revival services will be held Aug. 24–28 beginning nightly at 7:30 p.m. The guest evangelist for the week will be the Rev. Burrell Brooks, pastor of St. John Baptist Church in Statesville.


Homecoming at St. Matthew’s Lutheran

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church,9275 Bringle Ferry Road, will celebrate homecoming on Sunday. The 10:30 a.m. speaker will be the church’s 1999-2000 intern, Jeremy Magoon. Sunday School will be at 9:30 a.m. and Camper Service will not be held on this date. The last Camper Service for this summer will be held at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 30. Bring covered dishes and desserts for lunch and fellowship in the family life center immediately following the service.

Jeremy holds two masters degrees, one from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and another from The University of Pittsburgh. He currently serves as an on-call librarian at Dickinson College and library assistant in Carlisle, Pa. He, his wife Tara and son David will soon move to Hockessin, Del. where Tara has accepted a call to Grace Lutheran Church.

The Rev. Gary Goble is host pastor, 704-639-6996.


Cedar Grove observes homecoming

Cedar Grove will observe its annual homecoming on Sunday. Minister Everette Ellis of Universal Missionary Baptist Church of Philadelphia Pa. will bring the 11 a.m. message. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.

The Rev. Dr. Grant Harrison Jr., presiding elder of the Salisbury District, will be the 3 p.m. speaker and the Salisbury District Choir will accompany him.

Revival services run Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 25-27, at 7 p.m. nightly. Speakers for the three-night revival will be:

Tuesday: the Rev. Dr. Deborah Hall, pastor of New Hope AME Zion Church, Spencer;

Wednesday: the Rev. Dairl Scott, Jr., pastor of Union Chapel AME Zion Church, Lexington;

Thursday: the Rev. Jordan Boyd, pastor of Rockwell AME Zion Church, Charlotte.

The Rev. Dr. Bertha E. Pittman is host pastor.


122 years at New Zion Missionary Baptist 

New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road, will observe its 122nd church anniversary and annual homecoming on Sunday at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Reginald McConneaughey, pastor of God’s Tabernacle For Believers in Rockwell.

There will be a four-night revival Monday through Thursday, Aug. 24-27 at 7 p.m. nightly. The guest speaker for the week will be Bishop Derek Kelly, pastor of New Faith Full Gospel Fellowship Center in Lexington. The theme of the revival is “A Call To Action: Sowing Seeds of Peace in our Community”.

Various area church choirs will render music. Host pastor is the Rev. V. Patrick Jones Sr.


Citadel Ministries hosts Internal Holy Conclave

Citadel Ministries International (CMI) will observe its 1st Holy Conclave Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 27–30.

Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship will host the conclave, Bishop Dr. George B. Jackson, Presiding Prelate. Citadel churches represented are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North and South Carolina and India.

The conclave will have workshops, worship services, a late night musical concert and a consecration of bishopric elevation.

Apostle Jerome Dumas, High Point Church of the Living God, High Point, NC is preacher Thursday, Aug. 27; Bishop O. T. McCray, Morris Chapel Baptist Church, Greenwood, SC is preacher Friday, Aug. 28; and Pastor Barbara Battles, The Greater Tabernacle and Praise Tabernacle, High Point, NC is preacher Saturday, Aug. 29. Night services begin at 7 p.m. and there will be services throughout the day.

Free breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday, with lunch and dinner provided for a small fee.

On Sunday, Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. is the bishop consecration service. Bishop-elect Van Johnson, Union Baptist Church, Thomasville, will be consecrated.

For more information go to www.thecitadelministries.net or call 336-476-7218.


Mt. Tabor UMC holds blessing of the backpacks

At 11 a.m. Sunday Mount Tabor United Methodist Church (just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road) will host a special Blessing of the Backpacks. Everyone who is starting a new school year is invited to bring their school bag to church for a time of prayer and blessing. We will also ask the question “Are. You. READY?” Call 704-633-7484 to learn more about our Blessing of the Backpacks, our upcoming Financial Peace University or visit us online at www.mounttaborumc.org or on Facebook (mtumc) or Twitter (@MountTaborUMC).


Spencer Presbyterian hosts guest speaker

SPENCER — Dr. Stephen Moss will be guest preacher at Spencer Presbyterian Church, 113 1st St., on Sundays Aug. 23 and 30.

Dr. Moss served as a U.S. Naval officer for fourteen years before attending seminary. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and now is a retired Presbyterian minister of Salem Presbytery. His last pastorate was the Thyatira Presbyterian Church at Mill Bridge, in Rowan County.

Worship is at 11 a.m. The church is located across from the entrance to the North Carolina Transportation Museum.


Picking for the Master 

Picking for the Master is hosted by Trading Ford Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28.

The Gospel Plowboys will play the opening set and afterward, all pickers are invited to join in a jam session that will conclude the evening.

Concessions will be available and doors open at 6 p.m. There is no admission charge, but the hat will be passed to help bring in more talent 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 Pastor Mike Motley for more information at 704-633-5986.
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