Faith Briefs Saturday, Jan. 16

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 16, 2016

 Comedian/musician/evangelist Barry McGee

ROCKWELL — Lyerly Evangelical Church, 1320 Crescent Road, will host Christian comedian/musician/evangelist Barry McGee this evening at 7 p.m., and again on Sundy at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The three-time “Comedian of the Year” uses humor and costuming to portray Biblical characters, which captivates audiences of all ages. He has performed with Lee Greenwood, Ricky Skaggs, and Charlie Daniels, and is a shop chaplain for NASCAR teams.

Each of the three events this weekend will be a different presentation. A love offering will be received to defray McGee’s costs.

Dr. W.C. Gaither Jr., is host pastor. For more information, call 704-279-5152.


Anniversary celebration includes stage play tonight

ROCKWELL — Pastor John K. Geter and First Lady Emma Geter’s fourth  pastoral anniversary will be celebrated at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, 508 Watkins St.

The family stage play “Prayer Changes Things — When We Pray” will be presented at the Pastor’s Anniversary Family Night Out Celebration this afternoon at 4 p.m. The play is sponsored by SMMBC Youth, Family and Friends.

Special services continue on Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest speaker the Rev. James Milton II, pastor of Pleasant Grove AME Zion Church in Concord.

Dinner will be served at 1:30  p.m.


Mount Tabor UMC

Mount Tabor United Methodist Church (just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road) begins a special series on Sundays at 11 a.m. regarding Sabbath rest and 24/6 living. Guests receive a free book.

On Mondays at 7 p.m. the church will host a Coffee and Conversation about what it means to take a real day of rest each week. All are invited to bring their questions and join in. Call 704-633-7484 or visit or Facebook (mtumc) or Twitter @MountTaborUMC.

Liberty AME Zion celebrates 138 years

COOLEEMEE — Liberty AME Zion, 271 Gladstone Road, will observe its 138th anniversary on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The theme of the celebration is “Looking Back Over the Years.”  Lunch will be served at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Daran Mitchell, pastor of Trinity AME Zion of Greensboro, is the guest speaker.

Host pastor the Rev. David Smalls. Call 336-284-2508 for more information.


New Beginning Church of God’s Gospel Fest

CONCORD — New Beginning Church of God, 5717 Alexander Road, hosts Gospel Fest 2016 on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. In concert will be The Whitely Family of Kannapolis, The Gospel Deliverers fromf Mooresville, Robert Horton of Albemarle, Trinity THREE from Mooresville, Men of God of Kannapolis and Concord, The Gospel Lyrics from Salisbury, The Messengers of Shady Grove, Mt. Ulla and The Gospel Traveliers of the Carolinas. Host pastor is Bishop Gene Roseman.


UMA of Salisbury-Rowan honors MLK Jr.

The United Ministerial Alliance of Salisbury-Rowan   will “Honor the Life and Legacy” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Tower of Power United Holy Church, 601 E. Cemetery St., where the Rev. William D. Turner is pastor.

Bishop W. Ronald Hash serves as President of the UMA.  The guest preacher is the Rev. Dr. Clifford A. Jones Sr., pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte.

Dr. Jones has a bachelor of science degree from Maryland State College; the master of divinity and master of theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest and the doctor of ministry degree from Boston School of Theology. He studied at Regents Park College, Oxford, England and Baptist Theological Seminary, Ruschlikon, Switzerland. He has served as the Senior Minister of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, since 1982.


MLK prayer breakfast at Sandy Ridge

Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church will celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a community prayer breakfast on Monday at 9 a.m., in the Aggrey Building adjacent to the sanctuary.   The theme for the program is “We’re Dreaming with Dr. King.”  Donte’ Hill, a youth member of the church and student at South Rowan High School, will be the speaker for the event. Other participants will be Jaise Rivens, Isaiah Harrison, Taylor Wiggins and Andre’ Sheely.

The Rev. Clarence J. Shuford Jr. is host pastor, Michael Allison and Adrain Scott are youth ministry directors,  Terry L. Jackson Jr. is the prayer breakfast coordinator, which is sponsored by the Young Adult Christian Ministry (YACM) of the church.


Matthew Weaver to perform benefit concert

GOLD HILL — “The Gospel Voices with Matthew Weaver” will perform in a benefit concert to help the Rowan One Church One Child Ministry collect diapers. It will be held at Liberty United Methodist Church, 3940 Liberty Road, on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Please bring a donation of diapers. For more information about One Church One Child visit, email Hunter at or call him at 704-216-7914.


GQ family dinner night in the works

GRANITE QUARRY — Granite Quarry Fellowship,  111 S. Salisbury Ave., is making plans to serve the community a free dinner from 6-8  p.m. the last Friday of every month, starting Jan. 29, so that families can benefit from time together at no cost. Those who don’t have family to eat with are invited to come and become part of the GQ Fellowship family. Call 704-796-3222 for details.


In My Father’s House 

In My Father’s House Outreach Ministries, led by the Rev. Roosevelt Jenkins, continues its series on The Purpose Driven Life, on the first two Thursdays of each month, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Innes St.

The next meeting is Feb. 4. For more information, call 704-492-6086.



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