Faith Briefs Saturday,Sept. 5

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 5, 2015

Appreciation service for Elder Krider today

A musical appreciation service will be held for Elder Norzely Krider this evening at 7:30 p.m. at Ambassador Christian Church, 726 Lincolnton Road.


Christiana installs new youth director

Brittney Barnhardt will be installed as the new youth director of Christiana Lutheran Church during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday. Barnhardt will lead Christiana’s youth program under the name Thrive Youth Ministry. This will include a number of programs.

THRIVE@5 is the youth group meeting on second and fourth Sundays. Thrive Tutoring is the new outreach program involving free Wi-Fi and tutoring to students of the area elementary, middle and high schools. Tutoring takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6:30 p.m.

Barnhardt’s position is currently part time, as her full-time job is teaching social studies at China Grove Middle School. She is a resident of China Grove and a graduate of South Rowan High School, Catawba College, UNCC and The University of Phoenix. She served as the youth director for Providence House in Concord before beginning her teaching career.

Christiana Lutheran is located on Highway 52, diagonally across from Erwin Middle School and East Rowan High School. The Rev. Carl Haynes is pastor.


Maranatha Bible Church kicks off kids’ prgram

Maranatha Bible Church, 2320 Statesville Boulevard, is kicking off its Fall program for children and teens, grades 1 through 12. Good News Club begins Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. with a light meal, games, music and Bible study. For more information, call 704-637-1995.


Mount Zion UCC

CHINA GROVE – During the 10 a.m. summer worship service, Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 S. Main St., will host a Gospel and Song worship time. Under the leadership of Jason Harwood, minister of music and Martha Isley, church musician, the worship of God in music and song will be the focus of the day. For more information visit or call 704-857-1169. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is host pastor.


Bruce and Ellis service is Sunday

The Bruce and Ellis family reunion is today at Kelsey Scott Park and the Sunday worship service is Sunday at 11 a.m. at Hall’s Temple church, N. Long St., Salisbury. The Sunday dinner and meeting follow at Kelsey Scott Park at 1:30 p.m.


White Rock AME Zion 

GRANITE QUARRY — White Rock AME Zion Church, 785 White Rock Ave., will celebrate its annual homecoming on Sunday. The 11 a.m. speaker will be White Rock’s pastor, the Rev. Thomas D. Lee. An old fashioned covered dish lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.

Rev. Clarence J. Shuford Jr., pastor of Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church of Landis will be the 3 p.m. speaker.

Revival services will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 8-10, at 7 p.m. with the following evangelists:

Tuesday: The Rev. Johnny McClure, Price Memorial AME Zion Church, Concord;

Wednesday: The Rev. Clarence Marlin, Fairview Heights Baptist Church;

Thursday: The Rev. Alice Perry, Vineyard Worship Center Church.


Jerusalem Baptist

Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1570 N. Long St. Extension, will celebrate homecoming and revival.

Revival services are Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 2-4 at 7 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Serenus T. Churn Sr. will be the evangelist all three nights. Dr. Churn is originally from Camden, N.J. and currently the pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Winston-Salem. A published author, Rev. Churn has a B.S. degree from Morgan State University of Baltimore, Md., a master’s degree from Howard University of Washington, D.C. and a doctorate degree from Drew university, Madison, NJ.

Homecoming will be celebrated Sunday during the regular 11 a.m. service with speaker the Rev. Wallace Powell, associate minister of Galilee Baptist Church of Winston-Salem. Music will be rendered by the combined choirs of Jerusalem under the direction of Keith Holland, minister of music. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Dr. David Bracken is host pastor.


Mt. Mitchell’s 150th anniversary events

KANNAPOLIS — Organized in 1865, Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church has been celebrating its 150thanniversary this year with recognitions and historic remembrances. The church is located on the corner of Lane Street and Old Salisbury-Concord Road.

The celebration will now focus on four Sunday morning services in September featuring four former organists who will return to share their talents: Charlotte Penland on Sept. 6, Roger Laney on Sept. 13, Brandon Cook on Sept. 20, and Don Simmons on Sept. 26. These celebrations are open to the community.


Mt. Tabor UMC

Guest preacher Dr. Michael Turner will speak Sunday at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church (just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road) Sunday at 11 a.m. Turner is associate professor of the history of Christianity and director of United Methodist studies at Hood Theological Seminary.

Call 704-633-7484 to learn more about the upcoming Financial Peace University or homecoming or visit or Facebook (mtumc) or Twitter (@MountTaborUMC).


Old Smith Grove

LINWOOD — Old Smith Grove will be having its annual homecoming revival beginning Sunday at 3 p.m. guest speaker will be the Rev. Darryl Scott Jr. of Union Chapel AME Zion of Churchland.

Guest speaker from Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. will be Bishop John C. Parks of Winston-Salem. Sunday morning speaker will be host pastor the Rev. James Ledbetter III.


Lilly’s Chapel

Lilly’s Chapel Church of God, 618 W. Thomas St., will have a First Lady Service for its co-pastor, Dr. Doris Clawson, on Sunday at 3 p.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Patricia Turner, co-pastor of Tower of Power United Holy Church of Salisbury.


Fairview Heights

Special speaker: Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor a program titled “Lord, thank you for new grace and mercy” on Sunday at 3 p.m. Evangelist Geraldine Mills will be the guest speaker.

Musical program: The Pastors Appreciation Committee of Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road, will sponsor a musical program on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. The groups are The Messengers from Morgantown, the Mighty Heavenly Aires, The Gospel Travelers, The Brothers of Faith of Asheville, the new Voices of Faith, the Shady Grove Praise Team and the Men’s Chorus of Gethsemane Baptist Church.

The Host pastor is the Rev. Clarence E Marlin.


In My Father’s House Outreach Ministries

In My Father’s House Outreach Ministries, led by the Rev. Roosevelt Jenkins, continues its series on The Purpose Driven Life, on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Innes St. The ministry meets the first two Thursdays of each month. For more information, call 704-492-6086.


Free Christian dance classes for girls

The free Christian dance classes for girls offered by In His Steps now have a location in Salisbury at Salisbury Christian Fellowship, 210 W. Ritchie Road. Going into their eighth year, In His Steps is a non-profit ministry for girls that offers free dance classes for girls ages pre-K through 12th grade. Exact class times can be found at under “class times.” In His Steps offers weekly dance classes free of charge, along with spiritual development through biblical-based devotions. For more information contact founder Donna Smith at 704-650-4089 or or or


Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church

KANNAPOLIS — The once-a-month Sunday evening seminar series titled “Later Life Decisions” will start in late September with guest presenters. Topics include Medical Insurance Issues Sept. 20; Wills, Trusts & Stuff Like That Oct. 11; Financial Planning Nov. 15; Medical Care Jan. 24; Funeral Services, Burial & Cremation Feb. 2016; Transition Preparation & Planning March 2016 (aging parents, signs of need, moving, etc). Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church is located at 101 Vance St. Call 704-933-4101 or visit


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