Faith Briefs Saturday, Nov. 14

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 14, 2015

Churches offer free Thanksgiving meals

Outreach Christian Ministries, 722 W. Horah St.

Saturday Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or until food is gone. Seventh annual dinner. Our aim is to provide guidance to anyone desiring to enhance their lives spiritually, as well as to help meet the basic needs of those right in our own backyard. 704-637-9955.

Providence Baptist Church, 620 Andrews St.

Thanksgiving Day. Dine-in, carry-out, delivery. Providence Baptist will also distribute free winter coats to those in need. Coats can be picked up at meal time or delivered with a meal. Delivery requests must be placed by Friday, Nov. 20 at 704-209-6454, 704-224-8209 or 704-603-8041.

 True Holiness Church of God, 309 Rosemont Ave., Kannapolis

Thanksgiving Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m., take out available, delivery available upon request. Orders for delivery should be placed no later than Nov. 24. Call 704-938-3972 or 704-932-3053 or 704-938-9221.

Love Christian Center, 102 N. Long St., East Spencer

Thanksgiving Day 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Love Christian Center has been providing the free meals since 1997. Minister Edith Downs started it and sponsors the meal in honor of her mother, Mary Hancock, who passed away in 1996. Free delivery available, call 704-267-8648.

Churches and organizations may submit free Thanksgiving meal info by Nov. 19 to



St. Stephen’s chicken noodle dumpling dinner 

4 p.m. until, Nov. 14: St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 4401 St. Stephen’s Church Road, $8 plate for soup, drink, crackers/bread, drink dessert. Proceeds go to charities of the WELCA chapter of Gold Hill. Info 704-279-3768.

Landmark chicken BBQ

Saturday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. until sold out, at Landmark Church, 1910 Mooresville Road. Eat in: 1/2 chicken, slaw, baked beans, dessert, bread, drink. Take out: same menu, no drink included. Hot dogs available. All donations go to missions. Call 704-633-8200.

New London spaghetti dinner

Saturday, Nov. 14, 4-7 p.m., United Methodist Men of New London United Methodist Church, 206 S. Main St., New London, dine-in or takeout.Cost: donation to the United Methodist Men. All proceeds will assist UMM with local mission projects.

Harvest Festival Church of God BBQ

Saturday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., BBQ pork or chicken dinner. Adults $8, children 12 and under $4. Craft/cake Sale 9 a.m., silent auction 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Harves Festival Church of God, 413 N. Franklin St., China Grove, 704-754- 0109.

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Boston Butt meal

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, 930 S. Main St. $35 for Boston Butt, one quart slaw, container of dip. Pick up between 3-6:30 p.m. Nov. 25 (day before Thanksgiving.) $5 extra to have the meat chopped. Proceeds benefit the building and maintenance fund. Enter from W. Harrison St., exit onto S. Church. Email order to or leave message at 704-431-4406.


Mt. Zion UCC

CHINA GROVE – Today at 2 p.m. at the home of Alan Cress, Mt. Zion UCC Youth will participate in a Polar Plunge to help raise money for their 2016 Summer Summer mission trip to Valdosta, Ga. Hot chocolate will be served after the plunge. The Sunday 11 a.m. service will include a special time to honor our Veterans. Afterward, members and friends are invited to a Veterans Day Banquet, after which Mt. Zion UCC Youth with youth minister Drew Laurens will deliver Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes to Samaritans Purse. Mount Zion UCC is located at 1415 S. Main St. Visit or call 704-857-1169. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is pastor.

Domestic violence awareness event 

CONCORD — Today at 2 p.m., Rock Hill AME Zion Church, 3620 Rock Hill Church Road, will present a Domestic Violence Awareness Event, beginning with a panel discussio. with women that have lived through domestic violence. It will be followed by up with a play at 4 p.m. This is free to the community but donations will be accepted.

N. Main Baptist observes Thansgiving 

North Main Baptist Church, 1501 N. Main St., will celebrate Thanksgiving on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Dr. Dale Robertson will bring a message and Crystal Laughter, the pastor’s wife at FBC Rockwell, will provide the special music.

First Presbyterian

During all three Sunday morning services at First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury, the congregation will dedicated its tithes for this upcoming year and ask that God bless them. The Catawba Praise Team band will lead the 8:50 a.m. service in Lewis Hall. The Catawba Praise Team is a small group that is a part of the Worship Arts concentration program at Catawba College which is designed to prepare the student to function successfully as a musical ensemble director, performer, and/or administrator in the worship arts.

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist

A service of celebration and ministry dedication will be held Sunday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church during the 11 a.m. worship service. Speaker for the occasion is the Rev. Dr. J. Vincent Terry Sr., senior pastor of Mount Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Raleigh. Dr. Terry, a native of Rockingham, entered the ministry at the age of sixteen. He was called to be the pastor of Mount Peace at the age of nineteen, where he has served for the last thirty-two years. Dr. Terry is a member of the executive board of the General Baptist Sate Convention of NC and holds the office of Second Vice President.  Established in 1867, Mount Zion, the second oldest African-American Baptist Church in Salisbury, moved from its National Historic site on North Church Street to its present location, 1920 Shirley Ave. in 2004, phase I of a multi-phased plan for future growth and expansion. The service marks the ten year anniversary of this move. Pastoring Mount Zion for 28 years, Dr. Nilous M. Avery II is the 32nd President of the General Baptist State Convention of NC. During the service, current and new members of the Trustee Ministry will be commissioned. Music will be rendered by the Mount Zion music ministry. Call 704-637-0954 for more information.

Artist at Gloria Dei

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd., is hosting a celebration of how we use our time and talk to glorify God. The 11 a.m. service on Sunday features local artist Dick Lapham, whose collective works give glory to God in many expressions. Several of his paintings have received awards on the local and the state level. Lapham will tell his story of faith and how God continues to influence his artwork. A display of his work will follow in the fellowsh hall. Host pastor is the Rev. John Tucker. Visit

Southern City 

Southern City AME Zion Church will celebrate Dr. Willa Mae Rice 2015 Young Adult Missionary Society Founder’s Day Observance on Sunday at 11 a.m. with guest speaker the Rev. Marissa R. Farrow, native of Baltimore and current student at Livingstone College. The Rev Patrick Tate is the pastor and YAMS president is Andrea Noble.

Henderson Grove pastor anniversary

Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the fifth pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Perry Dye and First Lady Cassandra Dye on Sunday. The 11 a.m. speaker will be the Rev. Lewis Walker, pastor of Rose of Sharon Holiness Church. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. The guest speaker for the 3 p.m. service will be the Rev. James Ledbetter III, pastor of Old Smith Grove Baptist Church in Linwood.

Prince of Peace homecoming

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3070 NC 152 East, will celebrate homecoming on Sunday with guest pastor, the Rev. Bruce Sheeks. Pastor Sheeks was born and grew up in Salisbury. He holds a masters of divinity from Lutheran Southern Seminary. In 1981 he accepted a call to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rockwell and  has been their pastor now for 34 years. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is currently being served by the Rev. Kay Overcash, interim. Following the 11 a.m. service will be fellowship and a covered dish lunch.

United Baptist appreciation service

KANNAPOLIS — United Baptist Church, 3001 Clermont Ave., will celebrate Pastor and Mrs. John E. Jones with an appreciation service on Sunday starting at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Jerry Miller, pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Salisbury, will be the preacher of the hour.

New Bethel Baptist

MOCKSVILLE — New Bethel Baptist Church, 3727 Hwy. 601 South, will celebrate its annual Rainbow Tea Program on Sunday at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Call 336-284-2990 for details.

6th annual Old Fashioned Hymn Sing

CONCORD — The 50-voice Piedmont Choral Society will present its annual Old Fashioned Hymn Sing on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. N. Older beloved hymns and hymn stories will be featured, with lots of audience participation and anthems and special music by the choir. Joe Judge of Albemarle, professor of music at Pfeiffer University, is director and Dr. Don Simmons of Kannapolis is accompanist. Johnny Lazenby of Kannapolis will direct this event. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. The program is free, but attendees are asked to bring canned good for Cooperative Christian Ministry Crisis Center. Call 704-699-6053 or email for details.

Hall’s Temple anniversary

Hall’s Temple Church on North Long Street will be celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Rev. Elder Bruce Jr. on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with guest speaker the Rev. Reginald McConneaughey, pastor of God’s Tabernacle for Believers of Rockwell.

Concert at New London UMC

NEW LONDON — New London United Methodist Church, 206 S. Main St., will host Rod Almond for a vocal concert entitled “Songs of Life and Love” on Sunday beginning at 4:30 p.m. This concert is part of New London UMC’s Music in Mission Concert Series. While there is no admission fee, a love offering will be received to assist Brandon Hearne, who is battling bone cancer, with his medical expenses.

Weaver and Lunsford at Grace UMC

Matthew Weaver and Clay Lunsford will be in concert Sunday at 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 846 Faith Road. The concert is free and a love offering will be taken.

Dr. Brad Whitt to lead revival

Beginning Sunday and continuing through Wednesday, Nov. 18, Calvary Baptist Church will be in revival. Dr. Whitt will speak at the 6 p.m. services. Monday through Wednesday services begin at 7 p.m. Special emphases include Sunday school Night on Monday; Children’s night and youth night will be on Wednesday. Activities are planned for children and youth prior to the evening services and begin at 6 p.m. Dr. Brad Whitt, pastor of Abilene Baptist Church, Augusta, Ga., will be the  guest speaker for the week. Whitt is a graduate of Union University (B.A.), Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div.), and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D. Min.) Calvary Baptist Church is located on East Ridge Road, just beyond Ellis crossroads, 704-633-2567.

United Ministerial Alliance joint service

The United Ministerial Alliance will host its joint worship service at 7 p.m.  Sunday at Mount Calvary Holy Church, 1400 Standish St. The Rev. Rose C. Harrell, associate minister at The Tower of Power United Holy Church, will deliver the message. Bishop Harvey Rice Sr., is the host pastor.

St. Matthew’s hosts ERHS Honors Chorus

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road, will host the East Rowan High School Honors Chorus in concert Sunday at 7 p.m. The ERHSHC is an auditioned group of students under the direction of Dean Orbinson, and has amassed numerous awards under his leadership. The chorus consistently receives superior ratings at state festivals in the highest level of music competition and was named Grand Champion Choice in national festivals in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. For more information, call 704-639-6996.

Welcome aboard ‘The Old Ship of Zion’

EAST SPENCER — “The Old Ship of Zion,” a musical, will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1570 N. Long St. Ext. It will be directed by the Rev. Barbara J. Barbour and is sponsored by the ministerial staff. The Rev. David L. Bracken is host pastor.


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