Faith Briefs Saturday, April 16

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 16, 2016

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Gospel Explosion at Lilly’s Chapel today

Lilly’s Chapel Church of God, 618 W. Thomas St., is hosting a Gospel Explosion today at 6:30 p.m. There will be various soloists, groups, praise dancers and mime ministries participating. Also, Lilly’s Chapel musician Brother Thomas Clawson Jr. will be honored during the service.

For more details, contact Brother Rawls at 919-279-0339 or the church at 704-637-6788.

See ‘The War Room’ at Lyerly Evangelical

ROCKWELL — Lyerly Evangelical Church, 1320 Crescent Road, will show the movie “The War Room” this evening at 7 p.m. Released in 2015, the movie stars T.C. Stallings, Priscilla Shirer, Alena Pitts and Karen Abercrombie. The family is struggling when a stranger encourages them to find happiness through prayer.

Free refreshments. Dr. W.C. Gaither Jr. is host pastor.

Youth Sunday at First Presbyterian 

At the 8:50 a.m. Life Center worship and the 11 a.m. sanctuary worship at First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury (corner of W. Innes and S. Fulton St.), the youth of the church will lead the sercives.

Their theme this year is “Keep Pounding: Christian Perseverance in the Faith.” The 12th grade youth will speak about their spiritual journeys and how God is right there with them.

A traditional worship service will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Host pastor is Dr. Jim C. Dunkin.

Fourth Sunday at Mount Zion UCC

CHINA GROVE — Sunday at Mount Zion UCC,1415 S. Main St. begins at 9:30 a.m. with breakfast, prepared by Pat Corriher and team.

The regular Fourth Sunday program is at 10 a.m. with guest speaker Judy Davis from Water Mission International. Davis will be talking about the April 24 “Walk for Water” 3 p.m. gathering at Trinity Lutheran Church in Landis, regarding what women the world over do daily to provide water for their families.

For more information check or call 704-857-1169. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is host pastor.

Turner in concert at Landis First Assembly

LANDIS — Gospel bass singer Ken Turner will be in concert at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Landis First Assembly, 302 E. Corriher St.

Turner once sang with the famous Blackwood Brothers Quartet as well as the Palmetto State Quartet and the Dixie Echoes.

His first RCA recording with the Blackwoods won a Grammy award. Several years later, their radio single, “Learning to Lean,” smashed all existing records. With Turner as bass singer, the quartet appeared on programs such as “The Barbara Mandrell Show” and “Hee Haw.” They also sang at the Presidential prayer breakfast for former President Jimmy Carter and at several Billy Graham crusades.

First UCC hosts youth Sunday 

First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St., celebrates Youth Sunday at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. Using instruments including percussion, tambourine, guitar, as well as dance scarves, the youth will share their message with the congregation. The prelude and postlude are original works written by youth member Ashley Goad. Time with Adults will be presented by Sam Reeder, and James Satterwhite is Lay Reader. The Chancel Choir Catawba Scholars will serve as greeters and ushers. The First UCC Children’s Choir will sing the benediction.

Following worship, a spaghetti lunch will be served with proceeds going to help defray the cost of the trip in July to the National Youth Event at Disney World. Lydia Price is youth director and the Rev. Carol Hallman is host pastor. For more information, call 704-633-2723.

Sills Creek AME Zion holds Women’s Day

 MOORESVILLE — Sills Creek AME Zion Church, 3165 Bradshaw Road, will celebrate Women’s Day on Sunday, April 17. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. followed by the service at 3 p.m. The Rev. Carolyn Bratton of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church is the guest speaker.

Additional program participants include: Reverends Bobbie Samuels, pastor of South Iredell AME Zion and Tamica Robinson, pastor of St. John AME Zion; Ernestine Cornelius, member of Zion Wesley AME Zion; Dr. Da’Tarvia Parrish and Seven Hazel Boone and Company, member of New Hope AME Zion.

The Rev. Morgan Glenn is host pastor. Email or visit the church’s facebook page.

Women in White at Trinity Presbyterian

The women of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Caldwell St., will present “Women In White” on Sunday at 4 p.m., sponsored by the Lend-A-Hand Women’s Circle.

Guest speaker will be Lady Selenea Fowler Barker of Refuge Community Church in Cooleemee, where she serves as Sunday school teacher, praise and worship leader, advisor to ministries and correspondence secretary.

The theme of the program is “Walking By Faith.” All ladies are asked to wear white.

Bettye Holt is chair of the program, Carolyn Holmes is president of Lend-A-Hand and the Rev. Olen V. Bruner is host pastor.

Pre-anniversary at Mt. Calvary Holy

A pre-anniversary service will be held at Mt. Calvary Holy Church, 1401 Standish St., on Sunday, April 17 at 5 p.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Larry Blackwell of Move of God Ministries, Greensboro.

Revival at China Grove Church of God

CHINA GROVE — At China Grove Church of God, 413 Franklin St., revival services will be led by Evangelist Michael Ball from LaGrange. Services are Sunday, April 17 through Wednesday, April 20, all starting at 7 p.m.

United Ministerial Alliance joint service

STATESVILLE – The United Ministerial Alliance will host its joint worship service at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 17 at New Creation Baptist Church, 792 Glover St. The Rev. Joseph Robinson is host pastor. The Rev. Gena Long, pastor of Potter’s House Outreach Ministries, is the guest preacher.

The United Ministerial Alliance meets at noon every third Saturday at Tower of Power United Holy Church, 601 E. Cemetery St.

Mission conference at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church will hold its 2016 Mission Conference, “The Churches Response in Critical Times,” on Saturday and Sunday, April 23 -24. There will be workshops beginning with registration and a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday presented by The Rev. Dr. David Bracken, the Rev. Harold Johnson and the Rev. Sherman Mason. Workshop topics are Responding to Disasters, Responding to the Loss of a Loved One and Developing Strategies for Visitation. The Rev. Annie H. Dalton from Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Winston Salem will be the Sunday morning speaker for the conference. With questions contact the church at 704-633-5057.

Concordia Lutheran will walk for MD

Concordia Lutheran Church will participate in the 2016 Muscle Walk, sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, on April 23 in Cornelius. Concordia’s team will be walking in honor of church member and friend Zachary Smith. This is an annual fundraiser for local MDA camps and to assist patients with medical and equip needs.

Concordia is located on Hwy 152 West in China Grove;pastor is the Rev. Kenneth W. Reed Jr.

Southern Gospel concert at Kirkwood

KANNAPOLIS — Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 900 Klondale Ave., presents a Southern Gospel concert featuring the Burris Family, a local group. The concert is free and a love offering will be received. Refreshments will be served following the concert. It will be held in the Sanctuary on Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m.

Livingstone College Prayer Meeting Choir Alumni

The reunion celebrating the 56th anniversary of the Livingstone College Prayer Meeting Choir, honoring former director and pianist Shipps L. Washington, will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 7 the Little Theater of Livingstone College.

Special guests include Chosen From Atlanta, Ga., the C-3 Praise Ministry from Richmond, Va., the L.C. Gospel Choir, Elder Owen Forbes and others.

Sweet Adelines to appear at St. John’s

The Charlotte A Cappella Show Chorus, a member group of the Sweet Adelines, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Faith Center of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., Downtown Salisbury. The chorus performs female barbershop harmonies, and a freewill offering will benefit Sudan Rowan.

‘Women in Hats’ program at Boxwood

MOCKSVILLE — The annual Women in Hats program at Boxwood Missionary Baptist Church will be next Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. Guest speaker will be Pastor Ruby Clark of Shiloh Baptist Church of Mocksville. Boxwood’s pastor is Gary S. Milton.

Saint James Male Chorus at Franklin

The Saint James Male Chorus will perform at Franklin Presbyterian Church, 280 Franklin Church Drive, April 24 at 6 p.m.

The Saint James Male Chorus has been spreading the Gospel through music since 1956, representing multiple churches, denominations, and communities, with 25-31 men singing for the purpose of glorifying God through song.

The Saint James Male Chorus will present a free one hour musical testimonial of Old Time Southern Gospel Music at 6 p.m., followed by a fellowship meal at 7 p.m.

L-R, Newberry choirs present joint concert

CHARLOTTE — In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, the combined choirs of Lenoir-Rhyne University and Newberry College will present a collaborative concert next Sunday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Charlotte. Carter Woolly, a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Salisbury, is a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir.


Clergy and public invited to luncheon to honor Ralph Ketner

A luncheon to honor Dr. Ralph W. Ketner will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 10, in the Ketner building on the Catawba Campus on West Innes St.  It will be sponsored and hosted by the Salisbury-Rowan Ministers Association (SRMA). Presenting guests include Salisbury Post Editor Elizabeth Cook and country singer Marie Norway Clanto. Special guest is Mr. W. C. “Bill” Stanback. Bishop Ronald W. Hash presides as 2016 president of both the Salisbury-Rowan Ministers Association and the United Ministerial Alliance UMA. All mayors, former mayors and other dignitaries are invited.

Due to limited seating everyone is asked to call or send an email with names of churches and guests. A short documentary, “Founding of Food Lion,” featuring honoree Dr. Ralph W. Ketner, will be shown. RSVP to Rev. Dr. Fleming Otey, 704-645-0077, or; or; or; or The Ketner School of Business c/o Angela Bates, 704-637-4405,

Past presidents, officers and advisors include: Reverends Sandra Kern, William Ragsdale, Dr. Laura Washington, James Cook, Dr. Carroll Fisher, Dr. Randy Kirby, Dr. Andrew Whitted, and Rev. Arthur Lee Heggins and Pres. Emeritus Robert Freeman. The clergy and pastors of this area met and organized near the beginning of World War II. The purpose of the SRMA has been a gathering of clergy of many faith and religious traditions to provide community enrichment and collegiality. It includes sharing of food and co-sponsoring diverse cultural and spiritual programs.


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