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Faith Briefs Saturday, Oct. 31


At The Cross Ministries

Noon-5 p.m.: Hallelujah Fall Festival at 1915-17 W. Innes St. Ste 103. Board games, basketball, prizes for best Biblical costume, most original costume, team spirit and more, lunch and a movie, music, snacks, pinata. Food available for purchase, benefitting the ATC building fund.

Whosoever Will Let Them Come Ministries

SPENCER — 1-4 p.m.: Hallelujah Day with indoor and outdoor games, food and activities including face-painting. Clothing giveaway plus bags of canned soup will be given away. WWLTC Community Life Center, 601 S. Iredell Ave. 704-633-3876 or ministrycorrespondence@wwltcministry.org

Vision Baptist

ROCKWELL — 5 p.m. hotdog meal, 6 p.m. Trunk or Treat: Family fun. Old Beatty Ford Road.

Franklin Baptist 

5-8 p.m.: Games, obstacle course blow up, bounce house, hayride, karaoke/singing, face painting, costume contest for babies through 5th grade judged on Most Biblical, Most Creative, and cutest. Kiddie and adult cake walks, hot dogs, candy. Franklinbaptistchurch.org

Stallings Memorial Baptist

5-7 p.m.: Family friendly fun at annual Trunk or Treat with volunteers handing out candy to trick or treaters, a bounce house, popcorn and more. Front parking lot at 817 S. Main St.

Southside Baptist

5-9 p.m.: Food, games and candy. 500 Morlan Park Road, at the intersection of Jake Alexander Blvd. and Morlan Park Road.

Mt. Mitchell UMC 

KANNAPOLIS — 6-8 p.m.: Trunk or Treat for all ages includes hot dog cookout, games, s’mores, bonfire, trunk or treating and drawing to give away two kids’ bicycles and other prizes. Yost Park, 6001 Old Salisbury Concord Road.

Kirkwood Presbyterian

KANNAPOLIS — 6-7:30 p.m.: Trunk or Treat for all ages, held in the back parking lot at 900 Klondale Ave.

First UMC of Landis

LANDIS — 6-8 p.m.: 209 E. Mill St., in the fellowship hall, rain or shine. Games, candy, bounce house, costumes welcome!

Lake Community Church

6:30-8:30 p.m.: Trunks of Treats for families. Hot-dogs, shaved ice, candy, and cakes. Bringle Ferry Road.

St. Matthew’s Lutheran 

6 p.m.: Trunk or Treat in the parking lot located at 9275 Bringle Ferry Road. Pizza served in the family life center.

Liberty UMC

GOLD HILL — 6 p.m.: Trick or Trunk at ball field across from church. 3940 Liberty Road.

Immanuel Lutheran

ROCKWELL —5:30-7:30 p.m.: Rockwell. Annual Trunk or Treat in the fellowship building parking lot. Free entertainment and concessions include two bounce houses with slides from Team Bounce, hot dogs, drinks, Trunk or Treat, other sweet treats. Dollar tickets may be purchased for the dessert walk. Sponsored by the Immanuel Youth.

Rockwell Christian School

3-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7: 401 Depot St., Rockwell. Fun-filled family event with games, prizes, and shopping. Pork barbecue and chicken and dumplings available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Rockwell Christian School.



Knox Chapel UMC annual bar-b-que today

CLEVELAND — Knox Chapel UMC, 3520 Amity Hill Road, annual bar-b-que 11 a.m.-6 p.m., serving sandwiches and plates, with homemade desserts and drinks.

Not Just Franks today

Today 1 p.m. until, Sunday 11 a.m. until. Proceeds benefit Hearts & Women of Joy Ministry, sponsored by Deanna Corpening, Praise Dance director for Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church. Hotdogs, chicken wings, baked, bbq or fried, sieds, desserts. 704-754-1458.

Complete spaghetti meal

KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis Area Men’s complete spaghetti meal at Second Presbyterian Church, 1578 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. $7 per plate; under age 6 free. Spaghetti, salad, garlic toast, beverage, dessert. Eat in or take out. Proceeds go to My Fathers House of CCM.

Poor Man’s Supper at God’s Church of Faith

KANNAPOLIS — God’s Church of Faith, 809 Elm St.: Poor Man’s Supper on Friday, Nov. 6 from 4:30-7 p.m. Orders/information at 704-933-9433. All proceeds will go to foreign missions in peril.

45th Annual Louisiana Turkey Gumbo

1 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Brincefield Hall, 385 Lumen Christi Lane. $8 meal includes gumbo, rice, salad, punch bowl cake, drink, roll. Quarts $10. Also handmade centerpieces.

Young Family Project

GASTONIA — 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 at two Gastonia locations to benefit the Young family. First Freewill Baptist Church, 2316 Union Road and Ranlo Church of God, 1825 Spencer Mountain Road. $8/plate for bbq, slaw, beans, dessert. Email to theyoungfamillyproject.org



Holy Cross Lutheran

MOCKSVILLE — Holy Cross Lutheran Church, US Highway 601 south of Mocksville, will be celebrating All Saints’ Day on Sunday. The 9 a.m. morning worship includes Holy Communion. Alice Rucker will be celebrating her First Communion during this service. There will be a Fall fellowship pot luck brunch afterward, with drinks and dessert provided.

First Presbyterian

On Sunday First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury (corner of S. Fulton St. and W. Innes) will celebrate All Saints’ Day. Communion will be served during the 8:50 a.m. Life Center worship in Lewis Hall. Worship in the sanctuary is at 8:30 and 11 a.m. During all three worship services bells will be rung and names of our fellow disciples who have died in the past 12 months will be spoken.

Salisbury FUMC

First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., will host a Service for All Saints with Holy Communion on Sunday at 11 a.m., officiated by the Rev. Dr. Mark Conforti and will include the Naming of Saints, members of First Church who entered the Church Triumphant this past year. Relatives and friends of the deceased will be invited to stand as their name is read. Music will be led by the Chancel Choir will include John Rutter’s setting of the TE DEUM accompanied by brass, organ, and timpani. Other music includes Geraint Lewis’ setting of “The Souls of the Righteous” and soprano Lurline Richardson will sing Handel’s “Eternal Source of Light of Divine.” Hymns will include a newly-commissioned arrangement from noted Boston composer, Richard Webster. Visit www.fumcsalisbury.org

First UCC

On Sunday at the 11 a.m. service, First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St., will celebrate Holy Communion. In celebration of All Saints Sunday, candles on the altar will be lit in memory of those who have died during the past church year. There will be time to reflect on the many blessings that we have each received from God and it will also be time to reflect on what it means to follow Jesus in the world we live in today. Following the service, the annual meeting and covered dish lunch will be held in the fellowship hall. The Rev. Carol Hallman is resident minister.

Mount Tabor UMC

Mount Tabor United Methodist Church (just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road) will hold a special All Saints Sunday worship service Sunday at 11 a.m. There will be an opportunity to light a candle in the name of a loved one who has passed away. Call 704-633-7484 or visit www.mounttaborumc.org or Facebook (mtumc) or Twitter (@MountTaborUMC)

Immanuel Lutheran 

Immanuel Lutheran will observe All Saints Sunday during the 11 a.m. service. Church and community members who have died during the past year will be remembered as family members light candles. Those “saints” who will be memorialized include: Edna Trexler, Lonie Misenheimer, Betty Shipton, Carrie Brown, David Steele, Jack Trexler, Robert Lesley, Ben Brown, High Fisher and Peggy Earle. Josh Trexler, history teacher at Carson High, will be the featured soloist. The Rev. Bruce Sheeks is host pastor.


Program tonight at Cedar Grove 

CLEVELAND — The Missionary Department of Cedar Grove AME Zion Church will sponsor a Four Gospel Program tonight at 6 p.m. Speakers will be:  Deacon Chris Sherrill of Shiloh Baptist Church, Concord, Brother Jeff Ramsey of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, Cleveland, Brother Michael Gillespie of Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church, Statesville and the Rev. Clayton Ruggs of Fairview Heights Baptist Church, Salisbury.  The Rev. Dr. Bertha Pittman is host pastor.

Enochville CoG holds revival services

KANNAPOLIS — The Blythe Family and Sister Rita will be leading revival services at Enochville Church of God, 199 N. Enochville Ave., Nov. 1-4.  Sunday services are at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Services on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday begin at 7 p.m. The Blythe family will be preaching and singing at all services.

Guest speaker at Emmanuel Baptist

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2300 Bringle Ferry Road, will welcome back the Rev. Dale Kinley as guest speaker at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday. Rev. Kinley will be coming from Hillside Park Baptist Church in Thomasville.

Solid Rock pastoral anniversary

Solid Rock Church of God, 1004 Locke St., will celebrate the eighth pastoral anniversary of Rev. Samuel A. Washington on Sunday at 11 a.m. with Minister Anthony McCullough, associate minister of youth and Christian education at Solid Rock. The 4 p.m. guest preacher is the Rev. Cornelius N. Atkinson, pastor of Wilson Heights First Church of God in Charlotte and chairman of the NC General Assembly of the Church of God of Anderson, Ind. Dinner will be served following the morning service. The Rev. Samuel A. Washington is host pastor.

Men’s Day at Trinity Presbyterian Church

On Sunday at 3 p.m., the Men of Trinity Presbyterian Church USA will observe Men’s Day with speaker the Rev. James William Banks of Reeder, associate minister at Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte. Rev. Banks holds degrees from Faith Evangelical College in Tacoma, Wash. and Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland Ohio, and is a graduate of Hood Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree. He was ordained from the American Baptist Churches USA in 2004. Accompanying Rev. Banks will be the Mime Dance Group from Reeder Memorial and there will also be selections from the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Choir.

Men’s Day at Knox Grove Baptist

CLEVELAND — Men’s Day at Knox Grove Baptist Church will be observed Sunday at 3 p.m. with four guest speakers. Speaking on Matthew will be Cynthia Linney; speaking on Luke will be Darlene Cowan; speaking on John will be Darlene Moore; and speaking on Mark: Guess Who?

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, Nov. 5 and 12 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. December meetings will be on the 3rd and 10th.

Surviving the Holidays seminar

KANNAPOLIS — “Griefshare: Surviving the Holidays” is for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. The seminar is Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon a Central Baptist Church, 1810 Moose Road. There is no charge. For more information call 704-467-2795 or email office@centralbaptistkannapolis.com

The Gospel Plowboys at Nazareth

ROCKWELL — The Gospel Plowboys will lead a time of song and testimony at Nazareth Community Church, 856 Cresent Road on Sunday at 6 p.m.

The New Voices of Faith

The New Voices of Faith of Mocksville will celebrate their 18th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Henderson Grove Baptist Church. There will be gospel singing featuring Brother Ron Tyree and The Vessels of Faith of Charlotte, The Shady Grove Baptist Church Praise Singers of East Spencer, The Messengers for Christ of Salisbury, and Divinity of Kannapolis. Roland Carter will be the emcee. The program is free.

Kirkwood movie

KANNAPOLIS — Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 900 Klondale Ave., will show a movie Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. “Dreamer” stars Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning. Free movie, popcorn and coke.

Adopt A Village

Make a difference for a community of orphans through the Mushayamunda Christian Development Trust. The event, hosted by Kristin Dillard, will be a night of music, fellowship and dinner. Salisbury’s Adopt A Village campaign is Saturday, Nov. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 217 S. Church St. To learn more about the trust, go to www.mcdforphans.org/ and view a video of the village. RSVP is required at 704-603-4355. Tax deductible donations of $25 minimum per person is requested for the village.


St. John’s hosts Jazz Vespers


St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., will host Jazz Vespers at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Chapel. Musicians this year include the Larry Draughn Group with vocalist Jay Renee. St. John’s began its tradition of sponsoring two Jazz Vespers services per year after the St. John’s African Descent Strategy Team was formed in the spring of 2010 with the purpose of creating a church environment that is welcoming to people of African descent. So what is Jazz Vespers and how does the musical genre of jazz play into a worship environment? Rev. Norm Freeman (jazzministry.org) says, “The evening Office of Vespers has roots extending into the worship life of the Jewish people … The Jazz Vespers Service is itself a synthesis of several traditions, each finding a unifying voice through the unique musical heritage that we call jazz. The makers of jazz develop consummate technical achievement as both a composer and a performer. The virtuosity of the performer is not an end unto itself. The musical tradition is about the task of giving voice to the hopes, dreams, frustrations and pain that expresses human experience. Jazz is the musical incense that collects and carries the prayers of a people.” According to the 2015 title, “Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion,” by Jason Bivins, N.C. State professor of Religious Studies, a movement began around the late ’50s where jazz compositions were created for sacred ritual settings. He says, “In the years leading up to the Second Vatican Council, experiments with popular music and liturgy became more commonplace.” For instance, George Lewis wrote “Jazz at Vespers”; Lalo Schifrin and Paul Horn co-wrote Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts; David Amram and Langston Hughes wrote a “Jewish Cantata,” “Let Us Remember”; and Vince Guaraldi wrote music for the Episcopalian Eucharist at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. One influential composer of sacred jazz is Duke Ellington and his composition of Sacred Concerts. These works were composed as he experienced a personal crisis following his mother’s death. Around this time, jazz became integrated into church services – the most notable being New York’s famous Saint Peter’s Lutheran, the jazz church. The Rev. Rhodes Woolly, senior pastor; Rob Durocher, minister of music.


David Michael Carrillo in concert at New Hope Lutheran


KANNAPOLIS — On Sunday, Nov. 8 at the 10 a.m. service, New Hope Lutheran Church, 1615 Brantley Road, presents David Michael Carillo in concert. A free will offering for his missionary work in Latvia will be taken up. Carrillo is an ordained pastor, musician and conference speaker who has been serving the Lord for over 25 years as a full time “Musicianary.” Growing up, he faced the challenges of having ADHD and rejection by his peers. As a Musicianary, he has a heart for the country of Latvia and the Eastern European countries and works closely with East European Mission Network that has out reaches in Latvia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia and other Eastern European nations.


Holiday Faire, Salisbury’s Christmas Show


The Holiday Faire, Salisbury’s Christmas show, will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m., in the large gym of the First Ministry Center, 220 N. Fulton St.  There are more than 50 crafters and vendors registered to participate, offering items to make Christmas shopping easier. Santa will be appearing around 10:30 a.m. and staying the remainder of the day. First Baptist Carolers will sing throughout the day. Admission is $2, children under 16 admitted free. There will be door prizes, food for purchase and free parking. The event is sponsored by The Singled Out Sunday School Class of First Baptist Salisbury. After expenses, all profits will go to the Good Shepherd’s Clinic.


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