Faith Briefs Saturday, May 7

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 7, 2016

Breakfast at BUMC today

MOCKSVILLE — Bethel United Methodist Church, 353 Bethel Church Road, is hosting a pre-Mother’s Day full breakfast today from 7-10 a.m. Donations go to Summer Food Bags. Host pastor is the Rev. Tony Owens.

Fish fry and chicken  sale today 

The Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church  Ushers Board Ministry, 704 Old Concord Road, is holding a fish fry with chicken sandwiches and homemade desserts today, from noon until.   All proceeds will go to the building fund and Usher Board ministry.

Echoes for Christ Anniversary today

Fairview Heights Baptist Church, 704 Concord Road, will be celebrating the fourth anniversary of the musical group Echoes for Christ this afternoon at 5 p.m. The Rev. Clarence Marlin is host pastor. For more information, call 704-433-1807.

Resurrection Life Church

Matthew Weaver will be in concert on Sunday, May 8 at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Life Church, 216 South Main St. The service will honor our mothers during this Mother’s Day Celebration, and a love offering will be received. Contact the Rev. Jerry Snipes at 704-433-8773 for more information.

Southern City Tabernacle 

EAST SPENCER — Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 940 South Long St., will be having a Mother’s Day Celebration. The speaker will be Beverly Imes from First Baptist Church of Harmony, during the morning service which start at 11 a.m.

Immanuel to Celebrate Moms

ROCKWELL — Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2070 Emanuel Church Road, will celebrate Mother’s Day with red and white carnations, special music and tributes to mom.  There will be special music by Kendra Evans   and Josh Trexler. Mandy Shulenburger, coordinator for the Mother’s Day event, will honor the memory of women in the congregation who have died this past year, and  present gifts to those women in the congregation who have reached certain milestones on their life journeys. The Rev. Bruce Sheeks is host pastor.

Mount Zion UCC

CHINA GROVE —  During the 11 a.m. service Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 S. Main St., will celebrate Mother’s Day with a candle ceremony in honor and remembrance of our mothers.  Carnations will also be shared.  The Mt. Zion UCC Children’s Choir will sing a special song for their mothers. For more information visit or call 704-857-1169. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is host pastor.

South China Grove UMC

CHINA GROVE  — South China Grove United Methodist Church, 230 Rose Ave., will celebrate Mother’s day with the Rev. Ruth Atkinson, retired United Methodist pastor, as guest speaker. The Rev. Atkinson has two sons; one is a pastor in Georgia and the other has helped several United Methodist Churches start youth groups. Rev. Atkinson will be honored at this service.  Doc Warner is host pastor. Call 704-857-4010 for more information.

In My Father’s House Outreach Ministries

Pastor John Leazer from Macedonia Baptist Church of Condord, will be the guest preacher on May 12, at In My Father’s House Outreach Ministries. Led by the Rev. Roosevelt Jenkins, the ministry meets the first two Thursdays of each month. The next meeting is May 12, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Innes St. For more information, call 704-492-6086.

Breakfast at Solid Rock Church of God 

The Women’s Ministry of Solid Rock Church of God, 1004 Locke St., will host its annual prayer breakfast next Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m.  Candice Cherry-Lee will share information on domestic violence. She has served as Advocate Director with the Family Crisis Council. The Rev. Frenchie McConneaughey, co-pastor of God’s Tabernacle for Believers in Rockwell, will break the bread of life. She serves in ministry with her husband, The Rev. Reginald D. McConneaughey, Sr. The Rev. Samuel A. Washington is host pastor.

Spring Fling 2016

Sherrills Ford Road Baptist Church, 6455 Sherrills Ford Road, will host a Spring Fling on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  with hayrides, sack races and a bouncy house for the little ones. There will also be name brand vendors and homemade crafts for the adults. Smart Start Rowan will be on hand with activities. Hotdogs, chips and a drink are available for free for lunch, but donations are welcome. Carmel Baptist will put on a puppet show at 1 p.m.

First Calvary Baptist musical concert

The Sunday School Department of First Calvary Baptist Church, 400 South Long St., will present Samuel R. Wilkins Jr. and Friends of Charlotte in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Wilkins will be accompanied by his wife and cellist, Sharon Wellington-Wilkins. Wilkins earned a master of music and music education degree from George Mason University. He has held musical positions in churches in Washington, DC, Kentucky, Harrisburg and Davidson. He currently serves as musician for First Calvary’s senior and men’s choirs. Both musicians are employed in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. The Rev. Leamon E. Brown is host pastor. For more information, call 704-633-2818.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Salisbury, 223 N. Fulton St., will present The Gospelaires in concert on Sunday, May 15 at 6 p.m. This is a free concert with a love offering being taken. It will be held in the chapel at FBC Salisbury. Enter the church at the back door and come to the second floor.

Salisbury Bible Methodist Church welcomes new preacher and family


Salisbury Bible Methodist Church, 1645 St. Luke’s Church Road, announces the arrival of their new pastoral family. Pastor Jonathan Kline and his wife Karen are parents of nine children, most of whom are joining them in the lively parsonage.

In addition to the church, Pastor Kline will be overseeing the Salisbury Christian School, the church’s K-12 school affiliated with the ACE School of Tomorrow.

Pastor Kline attended Hobe Sound Bible College and is currently continuing his education at God’s Bible School in Cincinnati. Learn more about the Klines at or the church Facebook page.

St. John’s Lutheran Church Men’s Chorus

St. John’s Lutheran Church Men’s Chorus will present its 21st annual spring concert, “Praise,”  at 4 p.m. next Sunday, May 15, in the sanctuary of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St.  The Inner Voices, an auditioned ensemble of chorus members, will also perform.

Special guests will be Kent Bernhardt and John Brincefield, who will serve as co-narrators and also sing several duets.

Bernhardt is the production coordinator for the Performance Racing Network, headquartered at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and has been with the network since 2000.  He has voiced numerous commercials and award-winning features for the network and is heard in TV and radio commercials throughout the region. He is a familiar face on stage, appearing in many productions for Piedmont Players and Lee Street Theater including “Spamalot” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” He is also a frequent columnist for The Salisbury Post. His daughter, McKenna, lives and works in Springdale, Utah.

A native Salisburian, Brincefield has been involved in the Rowan County Arts scene for more than 40 years. He has performed in numerous plays and musicals with Piedmont Players and Lee Street Theatre. He has served as cantor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church over that same period, where he has sung for hundreds of weddings and funerals. He also sings at many other churches and venues throughout the area. Brincefield has served on the board of Piedmont Players, and is currently serving on the boards of Lee Street Theatre and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. He recently released his first CD, “Thankful,: a collection of spiritual and inspirational songs. He lives in Salisbury with his wife, Cris.

Rosemary C. Kinard, St. John’s associate parish musician, directs the Men’s Chorus.  Accompanist is Janie R. Rollins. Instrumentalists will include Rob Durocher, minister of music; Michelle Trivette, Sarah McCourt, Daniel Trivette, and a percussion ensemble. Also featured will be the Luther Ringers handbell choir, directed by Kimberly Lentz.

“Praise” will feature many selections for male voices, celebrating the festival day of Pentecost with many familiar spirituals and gospel songs, such as “Precious Lord,” “Wade in the Water,” “Now Let Me Fly” and “Praise His Holy Name.” The audience will join the chorus and instrumentalists in singing two favorites, “Come, Thou Fount” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

The Men’s Chorus was formed in 1994 as a part of the fellowship ministry at St. John’s,  and quickly grew into a community group, composed of men from the Salisbury-Rowan area who enjoy singing all styles of music. The group rehearses on Sunday afternoons in the fall and spring, and performs for many local events, local and out-of-town churches, civic events, and many concerts to benefit the Community Care Clinic and Rowan Helping Ministries.

During the concert, the audience will be invited to contribute to a special offering for The Community Care Clinic during the program.  This benefit performance is free and open to the public, and a nursery will be provided.

United Christian Fellowship Church International 

United Christian Fellowship Church International, 118 Miller Chapel Road, presents the Nehemiah Enrichment Center, providing summer academic enrichment and fun. Camp is June 20-Aug. 5; application fee is $25/family; early registration is $75/week if registereed by May 23; season registration is $85/week if registered by June 8. Includes free breakfast and lunch, physical activites and instruction, weekly field trips, personalized academic plans, games, crafts and team building activites. Visit or call 704-633-0893 or email


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