Faith Briefs Saturday, Sept. 19
Yadkin Grove installs new pastor
Yadkin Grove Baptist Church will celebrate the installation of the Rev. Stanley Rice as its new pastor on Sunday at 3 p.m. Rev. Stanley James Rice graduated from West Rowan High School , served six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has been employed with Freightliner’s Cleveland Truck Manufacturing Plant for more than 20 years. Rev. Rice was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church for 25 years and served in many capacities, including deacon for 18 years, associate minister, moderator, trustee and deacon board chairman. He was ordained by the Rowan Baptist Association in 2014. Rev. Rice was unanimously voted in as senior pastor of Yadkin Grove Baptist Church on June 20.
Maranatha Bible Church homecoming
Maranatha Bible Church will celebrate God’s faithfulness at its 42nd homecoming on Sunday. Pastor Peter Newell, current pastor since February of 2013, will speak at 10 a.m., followed by a covered dish dinner after the service.
There will be no evening service. Maranatha Bible Church is located at 2320 Statesville Boulevard.
Homecoming at Pine Ridge
Pine Ridge Baptist Church will celebrate its 67th homecoming on Sunday. Because it is a special day, the schedule has changed. The service will begin at 10 a.m. with music by 4Ever 4Given from Richfield.
At 11 a.m. Brother Todd Tucker from Richfield will bring the message, followed by lunch in the fellowship hall. There will be no Sunday school and no evening worship.
For more information call Pastor George Bradshaw at 704-279-0574.
CLEVELAND — Lebanon Lutheran Church, 1200 Thompson Road, will celebrate its 122nd homecoming on Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Judy Klusman will be the guest minister. A covered dish meal will be served in the fellowship hall following the service.
Mission House Church begins
Mission House Church will launch its weekly worship gatherings at Isenburg Elementary School on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. “Make War” is the title of the new series that begins on Sunday.
MissionKIDS will begin its new series, “Suit up,” in the new meeting place. All kids, ages birth through 5th grade, are invited to wear a favorite superhero shirt or costume and be ready to learn about God’s armor.
Dustin Wilson is pastor. Contact www.missionhousenc.com or call 336-688-2567.
Christiana Lutheran 144th homecoming
PIC Christiana Lutheran Church will celebrate its 144th homecoming on Sunday. The Rev. Dr. John Bradosky, Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church, will be the guest preacher. Bishop Bradosky was re-elected Bishop for a second term at the NALC convocation in Dallas, Texas. Bishop Bradosky has 36 years of pastoral experience and is a graduate of Hamma School of Theology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa.
The homecoming festivities at Christiana will begin at 9 a.m. with breakfast in the basement where Bill Burgin and Nathan Coyle will present Christiana’s master site plan.
10:30 a.m. worship will be led by the Rev. Carl Haynes. Bishop Bradosky will preach, Ann Shive will be the guest organist and the Chancel Choir will sing. Following worship will be a covered dish luncheon.
The Rev. Carl M. Haynes is pastor and Becky Morris is the music director. Christiana is located five miles east of Interstate 85 at 6190 US Highway 52near East Rowan High School.
Third Creek AME Zion
CLEVELAND — The Christian Education department of Third Creek AME Zion Church, 415 E. Main St., will observe Christian Education Sunday tomorrow. The theme for 2015-16 is “Excellence without Excuse.”
The speaker for the 11 a.m. service will be newly appointed Christian Education Director of the Salisbury District, Jeanette Rankin, who is a member of South Iredell AME Zion Church in Troutman. The Rev. Harold Jordan is pastor.
Gospel Voices at Shiloh UMC
LEXINGTON — The Gospel Voices with newest member Matthew Weaver, will perform on Sunday at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 943 N. NC Hwy 150. This is a fundraiser to benefit the West Davidson food pantry weekend feeding program.
Calvary Lutheran Homecoming
SPENCER — Calvary Lutheran Church, 303 Fifth St., will observe its 110th anniversary and 30th homecoming on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The Rev. Randall Cauble, who served as pastor from 1986-1991, will return to be guest preacher. Pastor Cauble is currently the pastor at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Hickory. A covered dish luncheon will follow the service.
Homecoming at Grace Lutheran
Homecoming at Grace Lutheran Church will be Sunday. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Smith, Bishop of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will be the guest preacher. Bishop Smith is the grandson of Grace’s former pastor, the Rev. James Walker. There will be special music and the celebration of Holy Communion. Following the service will be a covered dish luncheon at the church shelter, weather permitting.
Lake Community Church celebrates at Dan Nicholas
Lake Community Church celebrates its first year anniversary with a worship gathering at the Dan Nicholas Park Amphitheater on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
100th G.A. at Lilly’s Chapel Church of God
The 100th annual General Assembly for the Northern, Northwestern and Southern Dioceses of The Church of God Founded by Jesus Christ Inc. will convene at Lilly’s Chapel Church of God Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 27. Services will be held daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Evening services are at 8 p.m.
Attending will be Bishop Joseph Mitchum, Presiding Prelate; Bishop James Davis, Vice Bishop; chairman of the board Presiding Elder William Smith; Presiding Elder Thomas Clawson, host pastor.
Lilly’s Chapel is located at 618 W. Thomas St. Call 704-637-6788 for more information.
Hall’s Chapel homecoming and revival
Hall’s Chapel Primitive church will celebrate its 70th homecoming on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Host pastor Elder Richard Johnson will deliver the message at 11 a.m.
The guest speaker for the 3 p.m. service will be the Rev. John Geter, pastor of St. Matthew Baptist Church of Rockwell. Lunch will be served after the morning service.
Revival services begin on Monday, Sept. 21 and go through Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. nightly. Elder Timothy Lyons of St. John’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church of Charlotte will be the evangelist for all three nights of revival.
First Calvary observes Men’s Day
PIC First Calvary Baptist Church will observe Men’s Day at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday. The Rev. John K. Bankhead Jr. will be the speaker.
Rev. Bankhead received his license at First Baptist Church of Kannapolis and was ordained by the Lane Creek Association of Ministers. He is currently serving as associate minister at Jerusalem Baptist Church of East Spencer under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. David L. Bracken. Rev. Bankhead, a native of Kannapolis, is a much decorated veteran of the U. S. Army and is also a chef with Embassy Suites of Concord.
First Calvary is located at 400 S. Long St. The Rev. Leamon E. Brown is pastor.
Homecoming Sunday at Mt. Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE – The 11 a.m. service at Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 S. Main St., features the musical gifts of Graham Carlton on guitar and vocals, Melissa Benfield Adams on fiddle and vocals, Mary Gillespie on guitar and vocals, Corky Waugh on bass and Mt. Zion’s own Bonnie Sims on piano. Afterward there will be a covered dish dinner in the new building. For details visit mtzionchinagrove.com or call 704-857-1169. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is pastor.
St. Mark’s Lutheran celebrates homecoming
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5202 Mooresville Hwy., will celebrate its 20th homecoming on Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. St Marks of Salisbury was organized in 1880. Guest Speaker Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator for Lutheran Churchs in Missions for Christ, will deliver the sermon. A covered dish lunch will follow.
CLEVELAND — Coffee and doughnuts are served at 9:15 a.m. in the parish house at Christ Episcopal Church, 3430 Old US Hwy 70. Afterward, on the first and third Sundays at 9:30 a.m., there is a discussion group on “Digging deeper into St. Paul’s Epistles and the current history of Christ Church” and on the second and fourth Sundays is Christian Education for adults and children at 9:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by the Rev. Sarah Blaies, Priest-in-Charge.
On Sept. 27 Christ Church will host an ice cream social under the shelter, weather permitting, from 2-4 p.m., otherwise in the parish house.
On the first through the fourth Thursday evenings in October beginning at 6 p.m. will be a potluck supper followed by a DVD presentation and discussion group on “The Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.”
Visit http://christchurchcleveland.dionc.org/ or call 704-278-4652 for more information.
Moore’s Chapel AME Zion turns 130
CLEVELAND — Moore’s Chapel Ame Zion Church, 5890 S. River Church Road, will celebrate its 130th anniversary on Sunday. Visiting pastor will be the Rev. Rudolph Cornelius of Zion Wesley Ame Zion Church of Troutman.
Moore’s Chapel is located at the corners of Cool Springs and South River Church Roads. The Rev. Eddie L. Fortson is host pastor.
St. Luke Baptist hosts music service
St. Luke Baptist Church, 410 Hawkinstown Road, will host Brother Albert Stout and Sister Rebecca Stinson in concert on Sunday at the 3 p.m. service at the annual Missionary Day.
The church’s own young adult Tyrek Woods will give a sermonette. The theme is “Love Ye One Another.” The St. Luke praise dancers will also participate. Light refreshments will be served. The Rev. Arthur Heggins is host pastor.
United Baptist homecoming
KANNAPOLIS — United Baptist Church homecoming and revival services will be held at United Baptist Church, 3001 Clermont Ave., Sunday through Friday. The Rev. Clarence Marlin pastor of Salisbury’s Fairview heights Church will lead the homecoming service at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Rev. Tate, pastor of Southern City AME Zion Church of East Spencer will lead revival services Monday through Friday, Sept. 21-25, 2015 each night at 7 p.m.
The Rev. John Edward Jones is host pastor.
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Men’s Day on Sunday at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Henry Diggs, pastor of Faith Triumphant Ministries in East Spencer. The host pastor is the Rev. Perry Dye.
West Rowan Bible Teachers benefit concert
MT. ULLA — This outdoor concert is scheduled for Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Back Creek Presbyterian Church, 2145 Back Creek Church Road. Bring finger food or dessert and a chair and enjoy of evening of music with The Back Creek Bluegrass Boys, The Jones Sisters and The Bemus Kids. An offering will be taken to support the WRBTA.
For more information, call 704-278-9549.
First Baptist Church of Cooleemee
COOLEEMEE— The Haskell Cooley family, Haskell and JoLee, will present a gospel music program called “A Time For Refreshing” on Sunday at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 204 Marginal St. Several albums on which Haskell is pianist have been nominated for Grammy Awards and he has been nominated as Best Gospel Musician by the The Gospel Music Association.
New Creation Baptist
STATESVILLE — New Creation Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Statesville Civic Center, 300 S. Center St. The speaker will be Minister James Miles from God’s Tabernacle for Believers. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m. Revival is Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 21-23, at 7 p.m. nightly at the church. Revivalist will be Pastor Reginald McConneaughey Sr. from God’s Tabernacle for Believers. The church is located at 792 Glover St. and host pastor is the Rev. Joseph Robinson.
United Ministerial Alliance
The United Ministerial Alliance will host its joint fellowship service at 7 p.m. Sunday at Fairview Heights Baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road, where the Rev. Clarence Marlin is pastor.
Elder Thomas Clawson, pastor of Lilly’s Chapel Church of God of Salisbury, will deliver the message.
The Hinkle Family to sing at nursing homes
The Hinkle Family gospel singers will be in concert Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of Bethamy Retirement Center, 909 N. Salisbury Ave. in Spencer. The free concert is hosted by Resurrection Life Church. A love offering will be received, and guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
The Hinkle Family will be visiting and singing at the following nursing homes on Monday, Sept. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 22. Contact Pastor Jerry Snipes at 704-433-8776 with any questions.
10:30 a.m., Brightmoor Nursing Center
2:15 p.m., Magnolia Gardens
3:30 p.m., Carillon Assisted Living Center
10:30 a.m., Heritage Plantation
2:15 p.m., Genesis Healthcare
3:30 p.m., Liberty Commons
Kimball Blessing of the Animals
KANNAPOLIS — Saturday, Sept 26, at 11 a.m. Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church will give thanks to God for furry, feathered, and scaled companions. This short outdoor service is a remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church is located at 101 Vance St. Call 704-933-4101 o visit www.kimballchurch.org
Poor Folk’s Meal
KANNAPOLIS — Second Presbyterian Church, 1578 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., will host a Poor Folk’s Meal for $5/plate that includes pinto beans, cabbage, fatback or franks, cornbread, cookie and drink.
The meal is from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. All proceeds go to the Kannapolis Bible Teaching Association. The meal is sponsored by Kannapolis Area Presbyterian Men.
Epworth UMC concert
CONCORD — Epworth United Methodist Church, 1030 Burrage Road, NE, will be hosting a free concert on Sept. 26 at 5 p.m., followed by a reception.
This gospel concert will feature the Joyful Hearts Trio. In the spring of 1999, Pastor Charles Patton of First Wesleyan Church in Mooresville asked three men in his congregation to prepare a song for their church family. What started out as three men singing about Jesus soon transformed into a ministry of singing and in June of 1999, Joyful Hearts was born. Visit www.epworthnc.com for more details.
Prayer service at Charity Baptist
KANNAPOLIS — Charity Baptist Church, 2420 Brantley Road, will be hosting a prayer service on Saturday, Sept. 26 at noon for Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is imprisoned along with three other American Christians in Iran. This is a nationwide prayer vigil at varied churches in the United States sponsored by ACJL. More information is on the website Www.saeedprayervigil.com
New study at Prospect Presbyterian
MOORESVILLE — “An Evening Walk With Christ” begins at Prospect Presbyterian Church, 9425 WNC 152, on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for nine weeks. This includes fellowship, a light meal and worship. The series, a discussion-based study for men and women, examines the lives of nine “bad girls” of the Bible including Eve, Potiphar’s wife, Rahab, Delilah, Jezebel, the woman at the well and others.
For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-664-1514. The church is located just beyond the intersection of Highways 150 and 152 on Hwy 152 heading toward China Grove.
Advance directives workshops in Concord
CONCORD — Workshops conducted by Carolinas HealthCare System Hospice will facilitate the completion of a living will and healthcare power of attorney, with free notarization.
• 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 10 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 248 Tournament Drive, SW. RSVP to 704-786-2096 or 704-788-3815.
• 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12 at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 11 Elm Ave. RSVP to 704-782-1109.
Free ministers’ luncheon
The Ministers Association will hold a free luncheon for area ministers from noon until 1 p.m. Tuesday at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, 612 Mocksville Ave. The meeting is hosted by Dari Caldwell, president of the medical center, and James Cook, chief chaplain. The group will receive information on congregational health ministries, holistic perspectives and crisis intervention. There will be a brief roundtable discussion and a meet and greet. Ministers of all faiths are invited. To make a reservation, contact volunteer manager Jill Rabon at JARabon@novanthealth.org or 704-210-5157; or contact Chairman Fleming Otey at 704-640-0242.
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