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Faith Briefs Saturday, Oct. 10

Installation service

An installation service was held on Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Salisbury First Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Greg Mason, District Superintendent, installed Pastor Daniel Mercado as the new pastor of the Salisbury church. Pastor Mercado relocated to Salisbury from Monroe, Louisiana. He is joined by his wife, Pastor Linda Mercado, and their ten-year old son, Christian (Chris). The Nazarene Church is located at 224 West 12th St.


Service cancelled

The Salisbury-Rowan Pastor’s aid Union Sunday evening worship service is cancelled. The Monday night business and fellowship meeting is 7 p.m. at Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. The Rev. Richard Johnson is host pastor.


The Youth of St. Luke Baptist

The Youth of St. Luke Baptist Church on Hawkinstown Road will celebrate their anniversary today at 4 p.m. The youth will have a fund raiser prior to the program from 3-4 p.m. They will be selling sandwiches, hot dogs, and wings. Special guests will be the Rev. Gardner and the youth church of New Waves of Joy Church in Charlotte.


Providence UMC reschedules bazaar 

Due to the weather conditions last Saturday, Providence United Methodist Church will hold its bazaar today starting at 8  a.m. All proceeds go to missions and church projects.


South China Grove

CHINA GROVE — South China Grove United Methodist Church, 230 Rose Ave., will hold its annual Celebration Sunday at the regular 9:30 a.m. service with guest preacher Dr. Larry Goodpaster, Bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC. Following the service is a fellowship meal at 11:30 a.m. Dr. S. B. “Doc” Warner is host pastor. For information call 704-639-9165 or 704-647-1299.


Clergy appreciation at Word of Life

On Sunday at the 10 a.m. service, Word of Life Family Worship Center, 726 East Liberty St., will recognize Dr. Martha and Elder Clinton Starks, pastors, with a clergy appreciation service. Dr. Starks has served as Senior Pastor of Word of Life for over 36 years. Prior to serving as Senior Pastor she served as the Youth Pastor for 10 years, Assistant Pastor for two years and Interim Pastor for one year. Currently, her radio broadcast “Victory In The Word” can be heard Monday-Friday at 10:30 am on 93.3 WordNet. Elder Starks has worked faithfully with Pastor Starks in the ministry during her tenure. They have been married 43 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

Minister Virginia Brown will be the speaker for the service. She graduated from Shaw University with a Bachelors of Arts in Religion and Philosophy, and is also a Biblical Studies graduate from the Institute of Biblical Studies in Lynchburg, Virginia.

For transportation or additional information call 704-633-2431.


Anniversary at Love Christian Center

The anniversary for Bishop Ronald and Mother Lotis Hash will be Sunday at 10 a.m. with guest speaker Evangelist Tonia Miller Bluie. Evangelist  Buie is a native of Salisbury, where she graduated from Salisbury High School. She has been active in ministry since her youth, serving in the youth, Sunday school, and evangelism ministries. Tonia began her pulpit ministry in 1998 at Love Christian Center.

The afternoon service will start at 4 p.m. with speaker Dr. Carl Turner, founder and senior pastor of Faith Soldiers Word Ministries in Charlotte, and Carl Turner Ministries, the global evangelical outreach. Faith Soldiers Word Ministries was founded in 1985 by Turner and is located in the inner-city of Charlotte.

Bishop Hash has been the Pastor of Love Christian Center, 102 N. Long St., for 23 years. For additional information call 704-433-1474.


Trading Ford

Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, will hold Fall revival with services on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday nights. Nursery will be provided. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Perry Brindley, director of missions at Buncombe Baptist Association of Asheville. For more information call 704-633-5986 or visit at www.tradingford.net


Mt. Moriah  Evangelical

CHINA GROVE — Mt. Moriah Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate its 191st homecoming on Sunday wtih guest pastor the Rev. Kay Overcash. Pastor Overcash was born in China Grove and grew up in Kannapolis. He was reared in the faith at Mt. Moriah Lutheran. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, he received his Master of Divinity from Lutheran Southern Seminary. Pastor Overcash served the congregations of St. Paul’s in Dallas, Texas and Emmanuel in West Columbia, S.C. Upon retirement in 2007, he and his wife Glenda returned to Rowan County. He is currently serving as Interim Pastor for Prince of Peace Lutheran in the Bostian Heights community. Following the 10:30 a.m. service will be fellowship and lunch at Efird’s Shelter on the church grounds. Mt. Moriah is located at 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road. The Rev. Joseph Tallent is host pastor.


Lutheran Chapel

CHINA GROVE — Lutheran Chapel Church will celebrate homecoming on Sunday with Rev. Tony Bradshaw as guest preacher. Pastor Bradshaw currently serves as senior pastor at Saint James Lutheran Church in Concord. Prior to coming here he spent 12 years as pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Lenoir, NC. He is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. He was baptized at Lutheran Chapel in May of 1955. He and his wife Debbie live in China Grove.

Music will be under the direction of Gail Deal, organist, and Phyllis Daugherty and Sharon Connelly, choir directors. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. with no early service on that day. Sunday School will be at the regular time. A picnic lunch will follow the service in the fellowship building.


Antioch Baptist Church of Iredell

STATESVILLE — Antioch Baptist Church, 968 Triplett Road, will  hold its annual usher anniversary on Sunday at the 11 a.m. service with guest speaker the Rev. Eric Imes of Shiloh Baptist Church of Concord. The Rev. David Leaven is host pastor.

Homecoming at Christ Episcopal

CLEVELAND — Christ Church will celebrate its annual homecoming on Sunday with a pot luck luncheon following the service. Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by the Rev. Sarah Blaies. Christ Church is located at 3430 Old US Hwy 70.

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 information.


Emmanuel Baptist

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2300 Bringle Ferry Road, hosts Frederick “Dale” Kinley as preacher at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. Pastor Kinley comes from Hillside Park Baptist Church in Thomasville.


Eastwood Baptist Church homecoming

KANNAPOLIS — Eastwood Baptist Church, 320 Cook St., will be having a homecoming service Sunday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Gary Norris will be the guest speaker. A meal will follow the service. For more information call 704-933-8326.


60 Year Homecoming at Lane Street 

KANNAPOLIS — Lane Street Baptist Church, 2532 Lane St., will celebrate its 60th year on Sunday with guest pastor Danny Craig speaking at the 11 a.m. service in the family life center. A covered dish dinner will follow. There will be a special display of memorabilia from earlier church years history.


Antioch Missionary

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 602 S. Salsibury Ave., will celebrate Men’s Day on Sunday during the 11 a.m. service. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Andrew Davis, associate pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church of East Spencer. the Rev. Rickey Johnson is host pastor.


Pastoral Anniversary at the Vineyard

The second pastoral anniversary for Pastor Alice Perry will be held at The Vineyard Worship Center on Sunday. The Rev. Rodney Eldridge of Salisbury will be the speaker for the 11 a.m. service. At  the 3 p.m. service will be the Rev. Carolyn Bratton of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church. Alice Perry is pastor and founder of The Vineyard Worship Center, 2655 Dunns Mountain Road.


Homecoming at Third Creek AME Zion

CLEVELAND — Third Creek AME Zion Church, East Main Street, will celebrate its 132nd homecoming on Sunday. Minister for the 11 a.m. service will be the Rev. J.C. Byers. The Gospel Choir will provide music and lunch will be served at 1:30. The Rev. Steven Howard of Watkins Chapel AME Zion Church of Mooresville will be in charge of the afternoon service.

Revivial will began on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Timothy Bridges of Shady Grove Baptist Church. Wednesday: the Rev. Eddie Fortson of Moore’s Chapel of Cleveland. Thursday: the Rev. Arthur Heggins of St. Luke Baptist Church. Host pastor is the Rev. Harold L. Jordan.


Providence AME Zio

Providence AME Zion Church’s annual Woman’s Day Celebration is Sunday, at 3:30 p.m. Guest speaker is LaDorsa W. Willis, daughter of the late Rev. Herbert Warren and Carrie Warren.


Southern City program

EAST SPENCER — The Stewardess Board of Southern City Church, 940 S. Long St., will host a program on Sunday at 4 p.m. Bishop Terry McCaskill and the members of Mt. Sinai World Outreach of  Greenville, S.C., are guests for the program. Valiere Foxx serves as chairperson of the Stewardess Board.


Darrell Connor and the Country Music Legends Band

Darrell Connor and the Country Music Legends Band will be the second Sunday singing group at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, at  7 p.m. They will present a mix of traditional, country, bluegrass and southern gospel songs and music. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church is located at 9275 Bringle Ferry Road.


Kimball Memorial Lutheran seminar

KANNAPOLIS —  Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church, 101 Vance St., will host a special seminar on Sunday from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on wills and trusts. Thsi is a free program on estate issues, planning and processes. Visit www.kimballchurch.org or call 704-933-4101.


Hall’s Temple

Hall’s Temple Church on Long Street will hold its annual revival services Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Guest speaker will be Bishop Derek Kelly, pastor of New Faith Full Gospel Center in Lexington. Host pastor is the Rev. E. Bruce.


Rock Hill AME Zion

CONCORD — The music department of Rock Hill AME Zion Church,  3620 Rock Hill Church Road, will host a four-day Worship & Arts Symposium on Oct. 15,-18. Minister Charles Caldwell along with a number of others will be conducting the symposium. There is a $15 registration fee that includes lunch on Saturday. Psalmists, musicians and worship and arts leaders are invited. For dates, times and costs, contact Tyesia Walker at 704-425-4112 or email tyesia_walker@yahoo.com   Host pastor is the Rev. Samuel C. Blanks, rockhillamezion@yahoo.com


Saint James hosts benefit dinner

Saint James Episcopal Church, 851 Shinnville Road, will host its annual spaghetti dinner on Friday, Oct. 16 from 4-7 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. One-half of the proceeds will be donated to Shepherd School. Patrons may participate in a 50/50 drawing and also contribute to the Brody Thompson Scholarship Fund, a project of the Shepherd Community Athletic Association. The church phone is 704-664-7115.


Milford Hills UMC Fun Fair

The Fun Fair  at Milford Hills United Methodist Church, 1630 Statesville Blvd., is Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. There will be food for sale plus games and a bouncy house as well as craft items, canned foods and home-made baked goods. The Pumpkin Patch continues is open Mondays -Fridays noon–6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.–6 p.m. through Oct. 30 (closing at 3 p.m. Oct 30). Money raised supports church mission teams, local non-profits and disaster relief. The pumpkins come from a Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, providing employment on the reservation. For information, call 704-636-0471.


L.E.A.F. festival 

LEXINGTON — Meadowview Reformed Presbyterian Church will be hosting its annual L.E.A.F. (Loving Everyone Abundantly Freely) Community Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17, at One Grace Way Drive, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. rain or shine. There will be chicken stew, homemade ice cream, kettle corn and old-time music from Grammy award-winning musician David Holt and acoustic music star Josh Goforth s well as a puppet show, world champion balloon sculpture artist Michael Decker, “Holy Swamp Water and the Kingfishers” and some surprise performers. There’s also antique tractors and cars, fire trucks, children’s train, cake walk, jumbo slide, bounce house, games and prizes, volleyball, flag football, corn hole, bingo and face painting.

There is no charge for admission, food or entertainment. Attendees will be eligible for door prizes throughout the day. For more information visit www.meadowviewpca.org or call 336-249-2680.


Holy Ghost Encounter Event 

There will be a two night Holy Ghost Encounter Event Oct. 16-17 at 7 p.m. at the World Outreach Church, 5295 S. Main St. Evangelist H. J. Freeman is the host pastor along with Chief-Apostle Vanessa Taplah of The Blessing of God Ministry of Lexington. The tag-team event of theseason. Seating is limited.

Southern City

EAST SPENCER — The Missionary Dept. of Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 940 S Long St., is sponsoring a program titled “The Bad Girls of Bible” on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. The Rev.  Patrick Tate is host pastor.


Annual Veteran appreciation dinner

From 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7: The annual Veteran appreciation dinner will be held in the former JCPenney space at West End Plaza.

RSVP by Nov. 1 to 704-639-4321 or sign up at Thelma’s Restaurant, 704-267-6219.

Donations may be made to Thelma Luckey or Duran Merrell at 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., A10.


Flu shot clinic

MOORESVILLE — Prospect Presbyterian Church, 9425 W. Highway 152 Mooresville just inside Rowan County, is having a flu shot clinic on Saturday, Oct.17, from 10 a.m.-noon. It is free for those on Medicare and a small charge for others. For questions and reservations call 704-664-1514.


How to submit a Faith Brief

Free Faith Briefs are for special events (not the regular order of services), and run in the Faith Section every Saturday.  Send submissions to: faith@salisburypost.com, subject line: Church News, deadline: 1 p.m. on Thursday. In order to make room for everyone, free Faith Briefs run once.



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