Faith Briefs Saturday, Oct. 3
Lyerly Evangelical missions conference
ROCKWELL — “On Wings of Prayer” is the theme of the annual missions conference at Lyerly Evangelical Church, 1320 Crescent Road, which begins today. Fourteen missionaries will be in attendance, and another will participate via Skype.
Larry Bradley will preach at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday. He and his wife Pat minister in Southeast Asia. Two of the church’s missionaries who serve in Africa will also participate, Mawuli Togbi-Wonyo from Togo and Justin Sauder from Zambia.
The conference begins at 4:30 p.m. today and resumes at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Dr. W.C. Gaither Jr., is pastor of the church, which supports 22 missionaries/ministries on a monthly basis.
World of Faith Outreach services
World of Faith Outreach Ministries is hosting a series of Appreciation Services through Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. nightly at 5370 Stokes Ferry Road.
Men’s Day at Word of Life Center
Word of Life Family Worship Center, 726 East Liberty St., will have a Men’s Day Celebration on Sunday during the 10 a.m. service. The guest speaker will be Evangelist Russ Hosey of Houston, Texas.
Rev. Hosey has served as evangelist, pastor, marriage counselor, chaplain, television and radio host, seminar instructor, song writer and recording artist. He was public relations director for KAIM Christian Radio; a Billy Graham affiliated station in Hawaii and as director of evangelism for a major church denomination in Illinois.
In 2012 Russ won the AMG “Duo of the Year” music award along with his late wife Sandy Hosey.
Dr. Martha and Elder Clinton Starks are the host pastors. For transportation or information call the church at 704-633-2431.
Communion class at Holy Cross Lutheran
MOCKSVILLE — Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1913 Hwy 601 S., will offer a First Holy Communion class on Sunday, at 10:15 a.m. and each Sunday throughout October. In addition, on Sundays in October will be a Bible study on marriage and the Bible. This will begin at 5 p.m. with a light supper.
Holy Cross is located at the corner of Holy Cross Church Road and 601 S.; 336-751-5419.
First Baptist of Cooleemee homecoming
COOLEEMEE — First Baptist Church of Cooleemee will celebrate homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 4. Pastor Chris Williams from Woodleaf Baptist will be the guest speaker for the 10:30 a.m. service, with special music by Risen Son. A covered dish dinner will be held on the grounds following the service.
The Rev. Allen Mullins is pastor.
Men and Womens’s Day at Northside Church of God
EAST SPENCER — Northside Church of God of Prophecy, 730 N. Long St., is celebrating Men’s and Women’s Day Sunday in the 11 a.m. service. The theme is “A Leader’s Steps are Ordered By God.”
Speakers will be Bishop James Lott II, pastor, and First Lady Brenda Scott Lott.
At the 4 p.m. service, speakers are the Rev. Jerry Miller, pastor at Macedonia Baptist Church of Enon church Road, and First Lady Loveta Miller.
Congregations, choirs and praise dance groups are welcome; call to RSVP if your group will join us.
First UCC celebrates world wide communon
First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St., will join Christians around the world to celebrate World Wide Communion at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. The Neighbors in Need offering will be received during the worship service.
WOW Wednesday returns beginning Oct. 7. The adult Bible study will begin at 11:30, and family Bible study will begin at 6:30. The book “The New Jim Crow” will be the focus of the Bible Study and copies are available for pick up in the church office.
The Rev. Carol Hallman is resident pastor, 704-633-2723.
30th anniversary at Friendship Baptist
Friendship Baptist Church, 100 Porter Road, will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Sunday. Founding pastor Rev. Jim Harris has been invited to speak in the 11 a.m. services. Dinner on the grounds will follow.
A time capsule will be buried in the prayer garden following the meal.
Host pastor is Jason Pierce.
Outreach Christian Ministries fundraiser
Outreach Christian Ministries Intl. is holding its Pocketbook Sale 2015 fundraiser which will include brand name purses. The event is Sunday from 2 p.m. until.
Mt. Moriah’s Blessing of the Animals
CHINA GROVE — On Sunday at 2 p.m., Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church will gather to give thanks to God for the animals that we love, at Efird’s Shelter on the church grounds at 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road. The short outdoor service is a remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. The community is invited to bring their cats, dogs, fish and other pets . Please ensure that your pet is secured in some manner. Pastor Joseph Tallent will preside. Call 704-857-5034 with questions.
Blessing of the Animals at Gloria Dei
On Sunday, Oct. 4, from 2 -4 p.m. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd., will host a service to impart a blessing to our pets in honor of Saint Francis, who cared for all of God’s creatures.
All pets are welcome and must be on a leash or in a crate. Last year’s event drew cats, dogs and even a chicken with special guests from the Rowan Co. Human Society joining the event. Treats will be provided to all pets and light refreshments for their leash holders. With questions call the church office at 704-636-8354.
Blessing of the animals at Christ Episcopal Church
CLEVELAND — Christ Church, 3430 Old US Hwy 70, invites all to bring their to the annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Children’s Chapel.
Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by the Rev. Sarah Blaies.
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.” For more information, visit http://christchurchcleveland.dionc.org/ or call 704-278-4652.
Women’s Day at Henderson Grove
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Women’s Day on Sunday at 3 p.m. . The guest speaker will be Min. Sherry Ford of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church. The host pastor is the Rev. Perry Dye.
New Zion Baptist choir anniversary
The Senior Choir’s 85th anniversary will be observed at New Zion Baptist Church, 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road on Sunday at 3 p.m. The guests will include visiting choirs from out of town. Host pastor is the Rev. V. Patrick Jones.
Homecoming and revival at St. John AME Zion
MOCKSVILLE — St. John AMEZ Church family, 145 Campbell Road, will celebrate with homecoming and revival services beginning Sunday at 3 p.m. with Pastor Nettye Ijames-Barber from New Jerusalem Apostolic Church as guest speaker. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. .
Revival services are at 7 p.m. nightly Oct. 5-7. Revivalists include:
Monday: the Rev. Patrick Jones of Salisbury’s New Zion Baptist Church;
Tuesday: the Rev. George Erwin of Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church, Cornelius;
Wednesday: the Rev. Clarence Shuford Jr. of Sandy Ridge AMEZ of Landis.
Nazareth Community Church tent revival
ROCKWELL — Nazareth Community Church, 856 Crescent Road, will be hosting a tent revival Sunday through Tuesday, Oct. 4-6 at 6:30 p.m. Call 704-279-0505 for details.
Milford Hills Pumpkin Patch is open
The Milford Hills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch, 630 Statesville Blvd., is open Monday-Friday noon-6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.– 6 p.m. from Oct. 2-30 (closing at 3 p.m. Oct 30).
Money raised supports missions, local and beyond. The pumpkins come from a Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, providing employment on the reservation.
A spot is available for families to take photos. New this year: a Fun Fair on Saturday Oct. 17, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. with free children’s’ games, bouncy house, baked and canned goods, crafts to buy and do, as well as coffee and donuts in the morning and hot dogs at lunch. Student groups and senior citizen groups interested in visiting the Pumpkin Patch should schedule a time at 704-636-0471.
Revival at Solid Rock Church of God
Solid Rock Church of God, 1004 Locke St., will be in revival Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 6-8, at 7 p.m. nightly. The guest preachers are:
Tuesday: the Rev. Clarence Marlin, pastor of Fairview Heights Baptist Church;
Wednesday: the Rev. Reginald McConneaughey Sr., pastor of God’s Tabernacle for Believers, Rockwell;
Thursday: the Rev. David A. Lockhart, pastor of First Church of God, Concord.
The Rev. Samuel A. Washington is host pastor.
Dominion Counsel forms new regional intercessory group
A new group of prayer warriors/intercessors is forming to pray for this region. We are starting in Rowan County, which will remain the hub. An introductory meeting is on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Hurley Room at the Rowan Public Library on 201 W. Fisher St. This is not a function of, nor sponsored by, the Rowan Public Library. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 704-762-9251.
Ramah hosts barbecue
HUNTERSVILLE — Ramah Presbyterian Church, 14401 Ramah Church Road,will host a Port-a-Pit chicken barbecue on Friday, Oct. 9, beginning at 11 a.m. For advance tickets, call 704-875-6683 ext. 10. All proceeds go to the missions fund.
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 Thursdays 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. The next meeting is Oct. 8 For more information, call 704-492-6086.
Nov. 5 and 12
Dec. 3 and 10
Grace Lutheran annual fish fry
Grace Lutheran Church’s seventh annual fish fry fundraiser is Saturday, Oct. 10 from 4 p.m. until.
This year’s recipient is Ava Reece, a 4-year-old from Kannapolis who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
There will be basket raffles, a half and half raffle and auction. Dine in or carry out. Parking shuttle service is available. There will be a bounce house, corn hole, a playground and music by the Extraordinaires.
Fish Fry tickets are $10 in advance or at the event. Grace Lutheran Church, 3020 Grace Church Road, 704-857-8641.
Youth of St. Luke Baptist anniversary
The Youth of St. Luke Baptist Church on Hawkinstown Road will celebrating their anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. The youth Praise dance and chorus will participate as well as other church groups. Choirs and dancers from other churches are invited to participate.
The Rev. Arthur Heggins is host pastor.
RSVP for annual Veteran appreciation dinner
The annual Veteran appreciation dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 6-10 p.m. in the former JCPenney space at the West End Plaza. RSVP by by calling or texting 704-639-4321 or sign up at Thelma’s Restaurant in West End Plaza, 704-267-6219.
Donations may be made to Thelma Luckey or Duran Merrell at 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., A10.
Sign up by Nov. 1.
75 years at Jackson Park Pentecostal
Jackson Park Pentecostal Holiness Church is celebrating its 75th year with a weekend of events Oct. 16-18, including:
Friday, Oct 16: Memory Lane Cook-out, sponsored by the Men’s Ministry and a walk down memory lane with a historic video and pictures from the past 75 years.
Saturday, Oct. 17: “Singing through the Decades” where many who have been part of the church family will again bless us with a gift of music.
Sunday, Oct. 18: Homecoming service with Bishop Talmadge Gardner, World Missions Director of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Talmadge is also the son of Dr. James Gardner, who was the pastor at Jackson Park from 1977-1982.)
For more information, call the church office at 704-938-3153.
Advance directives workshop
CONCORD — First Congregational United Church of Christ and Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County offer a free workshop on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at First Congregational UCC, 248 Tournament Drive, SW.
Those attending will be able to complete a living will and healthcare power of attorney, and have them notarized at no charge. Refreshments will be provided. Limited seating. Call Margaret Koker at 704-786-2096 or Virginia Adams at 704-788-3815.
Catawba’s first choral concert of the 2015-16 season is Sunday
The choirs of Catawba College will present their first concert of the 2015-2016 academic year at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The program, “Out of This World,” will feature music with themes related to realms beyond our own.
A wide variety of musical styles and texts featuring the heavens, the moon, and stars will be offered by the Catawba Singers, the Catawba Chamber Choir and Catawba PopAC, as well as musical accompaniments including a percussion ensemble, guitar and bass, piano, celeste, and even wine glasses.
Catawba’s newest ensemble, PopAC, will premier two new arrangements written by fellow students Conway Hahne and Caleb Garner.
Student conductors Robert Thornton and Hunter Safrit will be leading the ensembles in several selections.
The Catawba Choirs are under the direction of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, Assistant Professor of Music, and accompanied by Jacob Hahn and Susan Trivette.
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