Faith Briefs Saturday, May 21
Unity United Methodist Family Fun Fest
KANNAPOLIS — Unity United Methodist Church, 8505 Unity Church Road, will host a Family Fun Fest today beginning at 11 a.m. with a bouncy house, bake sale, fun games and events, and a corn hole tournament. Proceeds support Unity’s ministries and missions. Call 704-932-7605 or visit unity-umc.org for more information.
Cedar Grove AME Zion
CLEVELAND — Family and Friends Service at Cedar Grove AME Zion Church is on this evening at 6 p.m. Minister Alice H. Perry, pastor of The Vineyard Worship Center, will be the guest speaker. In addition, the Heavenly Voices of Charlotte will be in concert. The Rev. Dr. Bertha Pittman is host pastor.
12 Tribes at Erwin Temple CME
The Pastors Aid Ministry of Erwin Temple CME Church, 155 Erwin Temple Church Road, will present the 12 Tribes of Israel Program Sunday at 3 p.m. Area guest churches are invited to participate in representing the Tribes. Gospel singing will be provided by each Tribe group during the presentation. The Rev Ervin L Hannah is host pastor.
Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church
CLEVELAND – Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 5890 South River Church Road, will be celebrating the first anniversary for Pastor and First Lady, the Rev. Eddie L. and Mrs. Barbara E. Fortson on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service will be Elder Kevin Stockton from Freedom United Church of God in Woodleaf. Speaker at 3:30 p.m. will be Evangelist Cathy Marlin from Fairview Heights Baptist Church. Lunch will be served at 2 p.m.
St. Luke Missionary Baptist
St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating Family & Friends Day on Sunday. The 11 a.m. speaker is the Rev. Arthur L. Heggins. Lunch will be served after the morning service. Family and friends are requested to wear their family colors or shirts. Call 704-636-8947 for more information.
Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 611 E. Monroe St., celebrates the 26th anniversary of Elder Richard L. Johnson on Sunday at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Elder Phil Martin of Lexington.
Jerusalem Baptist celebrates pastoral anniversary
Jerusalem Baptist Church celebrates the 15th pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Dr. David L. Bracken and First Lady Jacqueline Bracken on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Dr. Bracken established the first JBC Tutorial Program and computer lab, JBC Educational Golf Tournament, and a scholarship program for graduating high school students. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Akron, Ohio; a masters of divinity degree from Shaw University Divinity School; and a doctorate of ministry from Drew University. He is the former moderator of the Rowan Baptist Association and currently serves as fire chief for the city of Reidsville.
Guest speaker for the anniversary celebration is the Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Johnson Sr., senior pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, Harlem, N.Y. Dr. Johnson is the fourth pastor in Canaan’s 83-year history. Currently Dr. Johnson serves as the vice-president at large of the New York Progressive Baptist Convention.
A picnic honoring Dr. and Mrs. Bracken will be held this afternoon at Dan Nicholas Park.
Immanuel Lutheran celebrates its grads
ROCKWELL — College graduates Victoria Roseman Armour, Madison Hall, Kristen Hatley and Suzanna Stirewalt will be honored during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran.
Victoria, daughter of Terri and Chris Morgan, graduated from Catawba College. Madison, daughter of Mitzi Hall and Mike Sharpe, graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina. Kristen, daughter of Carol and Scott Hatley, graduated cum laude from Pfeiffer University. Suzanna, daughter of Rhonda Stirewalt graduated cum laude from North Carolina State University.
Six other college students will be recognized as $500 scholarship recipients from the Immanuel scholarship fund: Erin Hatley, daughter of Carol and Scott Hatley, Pfeiffer University; Dominique Karriker and Michaela Karriker, daughters of Dana and Dwayne Robertson, Catawba College and Barton College; Ally Mills, daughter of Marlene and Alan Mills, Pfeiffer University; Steffi Sides, daughter of Carol and Mike Sides, Guilford College; and Taylor Trexler, daughter of Sheri and Tracy Trexler, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
Christy Trexler will provide music during the service and the Irene Beaver Circle will host a reception afterward.
Lilly’s Church of God, 606 W. Thomas St., will celebrate its 101st church anniversary on Sunday at 3 p.m. The speaker is Bishop Tyrone Washington, pastor of New Freedom Holiness Church in Kannapolis.
Host pastor is the Rev. Thomas H. Clawson.
Women’s Day at Oak Grove Baptist
CHINA GROVE — Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1205 S. Main St., will observe its annual Women’s Day on Sunday at 3 p.m. The speaker will be evangelist Minnie Buster from Bethel Baptist Church in Kannapolis. All ladies are asked to wear white. Host pastor is the Rev. Dr. Keith Curry.
Men’s Day at Union Chapel
LEXINGTON — Union Chapel AME Zion Church, 4329 Sowers Road, will celebrate Men’s Day on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Rev. Maurice Maxwell of Buncombe Baptist Church will be the guest speaker. Host pastor is the Rev. Dairl Scott Jr.
Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church will have Pastor’s Appreciation Day on Sunday. Lunch will be served after the morning worship service.
Bradley A. Taylor, senior pastor of Outreach Christian Ministries Intl., will deliver the 3 p.m. message. Pastor Taylor was raised in Salisbury and hails from a family filled with singers and ministers. He is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University where he earned his bachelor of science degree in Business Administration. In 2012, Pastor Taylor became the senior pastor and apostolic covering of Outreach Christian Ministries Intl. which covers more than 45 churches in the US as well as countries in East and West Africa.
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist
The Usher Board at Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its anniversary on Sunday at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dale Wilson, pastor of Campbell Missionary Baptist Church in Mooresville. The host pastor is the Rev. Perry J. Dye.
Women’s day at Love Christian Center
East Spencer — Love Christian Center, 102 N. Long St., will celebrate Women’s Day on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Speaker for the 10 a.m. service will be Minister Renea Choate from Clemmons. She pastored Mt. Sinai Church in Innes, NC for four years and currently attends Agape Faith Church in Clemmons. Choate is the sister to the first Lady of Love Christian Center, Mother Lotis Hash.
The 4 p.m. speaker with be Pastor Cathy White of Bethel Power of Faith Ministries. She is the founder and CEO of the Gateway Freedom Center, which provides transitional housing and mentoring programs for women, men, and children battling substance abuse, homelessness or addictions.
She serves on the oversight committee of the Rowan Veteran Housing Task Force and on the leadership team of the Rowan Veteran Housing Task Force, and participates on the committee of the Robertson Family Foundation West End Initiative for the Purpose Built Community.
White is a native of and resides in Salisbury. She is pursuing her master of divinity degree at the Beacon Institute of Ministry. She holds a BA in business administration from UNC-C.
Host pastor is Bishop W. Ronald Hash. For additional information call 704-433-1474.
2016 camper service kick-off
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road, is sponsoring a camper service kick-off with an evening of country, blue grass and southern gospel music in the Family Life Center on Sunday at 6 p.m.
St. Matthew’s camper services will begin May 29 at 8:30 a.m. and extend through Sept. 4. The informal worship services are held in the Family Life Center. Regular church services follow these services.Host pastor is the Rev. Gary Coble.
New pastor at New Smith Grove
PIC LEXINGTON — Smith Grove Baptist Church will install the Rev. Rodney B. Eldridge as pastor on Sunday at 6 p.m. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Michael Henderson, senior pastor of New Beginnings Church in Matthews. The church is located at Highway 8 and Smith Grove Church Road. Rev. Eldridge resides in Salisbury with his wife, Cathy Eldridge.
Bethel Colony of Mercy Men’s Choir
ROCKWELL — On Sunday at 6 p.m. Bethel Colony Church will be having a night of worship and testimonials at Saleeby-Fisher YMCA, 790 Crescent Road. Nonperishable food items and/or love offerings for Bethel Colony are requested. Fisher Street Baptist Church Extension is hosting. For more information, visit www.bethelcolony.org
Worship & Praise Night
On Sunday at First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton St., at 6:30 p.m. a collection of local Christian vocalists will combine to benefit the Robbins family who are about to adopt a child from China. Admission is free, a love offering will be taken up.
Old Fashioned Sunday at Liberty
GOLD HILL — Liberty United Methodist Church, 3940 Liberty Road, will be having Old Fashion on Sunday with a covered dish lunch to follow service.
Hotdog and bake sale
KANNAPOLIS – From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, First Wesleyan Church, 301 Bethpage Road, will be having a hotdog and bake sale, with proceeds to benefit the renovation fund. Homemade slaw, chili, desserts will be available.