Faith briefs Saturday, Aug, 20

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2016

Today: BTS Bash

Concord — Today from 11 a.m.- until, there will be food, fun, school supplies and educational guest speakers as Rock Hill AME Zion Church celebrates a new school year. Rock Hill Ame Zion Church, 3620 Rock Hill Church Road, 704-782-9625.

Cook-out and outreach event today 

Tower of Power’s annual community cook-out/outreach is today from 10 a.m-2 p.m. There will be free food, music by gospel band Heirs of Salvation, an NAACP membership drive, pre-needs assessments, voter registration opportunities, vendors and door prizes. Held at 601 E. Cemetery St., call 704-636-1244 for details.

Tonight: The Gospel Plowboys

Cleveland — The Gospel Plowboys will be appearing at Third Creek Presbyterian Church, 2055 Third Creek Church Road, this evening at 7 p.m., for a night of singing and testimonies. A light reception follows with a meet and greet with the group. Admission is free.

True Holiness Church of God service 

Kannapolis — True Holiness Church of God, 309 Rosemont Ave., will be having a service at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The pastor of the church is Renwick V.E. Fisher. For much information call the church at 704-938-3972.

UCF Church anniversary

United Christian Fellowship Church International’s 19th church anniversary will be celebrated Sunday at 10 a.m. and continuing at the 4 p.m. afternoon service.

Guest pastor will be the Rev. George Cook Jr., pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Charlotte.

United Christian Fellowship Church International, 118 Miller Chapel Road. Sonya T. Ellerbe is the host pastor.

Service will be available on live stream at

Family & Freinds Day at Moore’s Chapel

Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 500 Partee St., will celebrate Family & Friends Day on Sunday.

Guest preacher for the 10 a.m. service will be the Rev. George Erwin, recently retired minister from the AME Zion Church.

Rev. Dr. Bertha Pittman, Pastor of Cedar Grove AME Zion Church, Cleveland, will be the guest preacher for the 2:30 p.m. service.

Dinner will be served at 1 p.m.  in the fellowship hall.  The Rev. Carolyn D. Bratton is host pastor.

Lyerly Evangelical homecoming

Rockwell — Lyerly Evangelical Church, 1320 Crescent Road, will celebrate its 125th anniversary at homecoming on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The church was organized in 1891 with 24 charter members by Rev. C.B. Heller and Dr. J.M.L. Lyerly. Dr. Lyerly served as its first pastor until 1908.

He continued his humanitarian contributions in the small Crescent community by founding the Crescent Academy and Business College in 1896 and Nazareth Orphans’ Home in 1906.

Dr. Steve Disher will be the homecoming preacher. He was senior pastor of St. Paul’s Reformed Church in Newton for 32 years. Currently he is Regional Director of the Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches.

Lyerly Evangelical Church is a non-denominational congregation of former members from many denominational affiliations. Dr. W. C. Gaither, Jr. is host pastor.

Homecoming  at Luther’s Lutheran

RICHFIELD – Luther’s Lutheran Church, 4955 Richfield Road, will celebrate its annual homecoming on Sunday at 11 a.m.

The guest preacher will be the Rev. George L. Simmons who served the congregation from 1969- 1975. There will be a covered dish luncheon after the worship service.

Homecoming at Union Chapel

Linwood — Homecoming and Revival at Union Chapel AME Zion Church, 4329 Sowers Road, Sunday begins at 11 a.m. with pastor Rev. Dairl Scott Jr. delivering the message. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. The 3 p.m. speaker will be Rev. Samuel Blanks of Rock Hill AME Zion Church of Concord.

Revival will run from Monday through Friday, Aug. 22-26. at 7 p.m.

Speakers are as follows:

Monday: Rev. John Cade of Files Chapel Baptist Church, Lexington;

Tuesday: Rev. Dairl Scott Sr of New Hope AME Zion Church, Lewisville ;

Wednesday: Dr. Timothy Williams of Yadkin Star Baptist Church, Lexington;

Thursday: Rev. Morgan Glenn of Sills Creek AME Zion Church, Mooresville;

Friday: Dr. Claude Forehand of First Baptist Church, Kannapolis.

Rev. Dairl Scott Jr. is the host pastor.

St. Luke Missionary Baptist anniversary

St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Hawkinstown is celebrating the 24th pastoral anniversary of Pastor Arthur Lee Heggins and First Lady Vanessa Moser Heggins on Sunday.

Anniversary activities begin with the 11 a.m. service which will be conducted by the Rev. Joseph Robinson of New Creations Baptist Church. The Rev. Robinson, a Livingstone graduate, has pastored at Galilee AME Zion, Morven, and Simfield AME Zion, Matthews and was the President of the Salisbury/Rowan Ministerial Alliance from 2011 -2015.

Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. and the  Rev. John N. Leazer  will head the 3 p.m. service.

The Rev. Leazer has been pastor at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Concord since 1997.

South Iredell AME Zion homecoming

Troutman — South Iredell AME Zion Church 201 Winford Road, will be having its annual homecoming on Sunday. The Rev. Bobbie Samuels, pastor, will bring the message at 11 a.m. and at 3 p.m. the Rev. Dr. Kay Hines, pastor of Caldwell Chapel AME Zion Church, Mt. Mourne will be the afternoon preacher. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.

Revival begins Monday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. The Rev. Carolyn Bratton, pastor of Moore’s Chapel, will be the preacher on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday night the Rev. Rudolph Cornelius, pastor of Zion Wesley AME Zion Church, Troutman, will bring the message.

BLITZ at Immanuel Lutheran

Rockwell—Immanuel Lutheran will host BLITZ Sunday (Bring Lots of Items To Zap—hunger and poverty) this week during the 11 a.m. worship service. The congregation is asked to bring school supplies to contribute to the Organ Lutheran Outreach Ministries.

Specific items requested include: heavy duty bookbags/backpacks for middle school/high school students, college ruled notebook paper, college ruled composition books (not spiral bound), plain pencils (no designs), mechanical pencils, quart and gallon sized Ziploc bags, index cards, and Crayola crayon packs of 24.

The items will be brought to the altar during the worship service.

United Baptist Church anniversary

Kannapolis — On Sunday at 3 p.m., United Baptist Church, 3001 Clermont Ave., will celebrate  Pastor and Mrs. John E. Jones’ 42nd anniversary.

The Rev. Rodney Eldridge, pastor of New Smith Grove, church will be the speaker at 3 p.m.

Miller’s Chapel AME Zion homecoming

 Miller’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 920 Miller’s Chapel Road, will  host its annual homecoming and revival Aug. 21-23.

The pastor will speak at the 11 a.m. service and dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.

The 3 p.m. speaker will be the Rev. Zacharias Allen Sr., pastor of Providence AME Zion Church.

Revival services are  Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 22-24 at 7 p.m.  The Rev. Dr. Calvin  L. Miller, Presiding Elder of the Winston-Salem District, will be the guest preacher.

Dr. Miller is a graduate of North Rowan High School and Rowan Technical College.

He holds a bachelor of arts from Livingstone College; a master of divinity from Hood Theological Seminary; and PhDs from Carolina University of Theology, Manassas, Va. and from Hood.

The Rev. Hezekiah Lawson is host pastor.

Kerr Memorial Baptist concert

CONCORD – The Piedmont Singing Men will be performing on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Kerr Memorial Baptist Church, 25 S Hwy 29. This is a free concert.

United Ministerial Alliance joint service

The United Ministerial Alliance will host its joint worship service at 7 p.m., Sunday at Potter’s House Outreach Ministries, 119 A & B Clancy St. The Reverends Reginald and Gena Long are the host pastors. Dr. Laura A. Washington, Solid Rock Church of God is the guest preacher.

The United Ministerial Alliance will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday Aug. 20, at Tower of Power United Holy Church, 601 E. Cemetery St. Clergy are welcome.

Preaching Mission at St. Matthew’s

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road, will have Preaching Mission, Sunday through Tuesday, Aug. 21-23, at 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Rev. D.J. Lura, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Pastor Lura received a bachelor of science degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo, and a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

He served congregations in North Dakota, Minnesota and Pennsylvania before being called to St. Paul’s. He is the author of a book about the Augsburg Confession titled “So What’s  a Lutheran, Don’tcha Know.”

Rev. Lura’s mission theme is “Lutherans are Evangelicals.

The services are informal, opening with a hymn singing each night. The Rev. Gary Coble is host pastor.

Trinity Presbyterian usher anniversary

Trinity Presbyterian Church USA will be hosting its annual Usher Board Anniversary Aug. 22 at 4 p.m.

 The event will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Caldwell St., with guest speaker Pastor Vincent Patrick Jones Sr. of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Pastor Vincent Patrick Jones Sr. was installed as the senior pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in 2013. He is the son of New Zion’s former pastor, the Rev. Paul Jones, Sr. and Mrs. Alma Leach Jones. He was licensed and ordained by the Rowan Baptist Association.

Griefshare begins
at First Baptist

CHINA GROVE – First Baptist Church, 302 Patterson Street, will start another cycle of GriefShare on Aug. 22.

It will meet every Monday from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22 through Nov. 21. For details call 704-857-5415.

Mt. Vernon holds revival services

Woodleaf — Revival begins at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian church, 435 Carson Road, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and continues through Thursday, Aug. 25, with 7 nightly service. Revival evangelist are:

Tuesday: Rev. Rudolph Cornelius, pastor of Zion Wesley AME Zion Church in Troutman;

Wednesday: Bishop Willie Joe Gray, pastor of Freedom United Church of God and New Jerusalem Holiness Church in Woodleaf;

Thursday: Rev. Dominique Grate, pastor of Calvary CME Church in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina.

Homecoming will be observed on Sunday, Aug. 28. Dr. Emery Rann will preach the 11 a.m. sermon. Lunch will be served following service.

The afternoon service will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion, baptisms and a financial report plus a litany of dedication for the newly installed steeple. The steeple will be dedicated in honor of Herbert Chunn and in memory of Brenda Chunn. (Brenda was Mt. Vernon’s project manager for the steeple drive and she was instrumental in seeking financial donors for the project.)

Anniversary at Bethel Power of Faith

Bethel Power of Faith Ministries celebrates Bishop J.C. and Apostle Charlene Kellam’s 29th pastoral anniversary.

Services are as follows:

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. Pastor Kimberly Bost, World of Faith;

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. Apostle Wade Danner, Pentecostal House of Praise, Newton;

Thursday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. Pastor Beatrice Vaughters, Ambassador for Jesus Christ, Cleveland;

Friday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. Apostle Bradley Taylor, Outreach Christian Ministries;

Sunday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m. Apostle Kenneth Kates, Christ Deliverance Temple, Dublin, Ga.

Call for performers at Immanuel Lutheran 

Rockwell—The members of the Irene Beaver Circle of Immanuel Lutheran will support the Immanuel Youth by sponsoring a “Back to School Talent Show” on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the church.

The show will be open to all ages including adult participants whether performing in groups or individually. During the event, there will be a Basket Silent Auction. The show is open to the public, and admission is by donation.

If someone would like to participate in the Talent Show or donate items for the Silent Auction, they may call 704-642-2776 for information. This event is solely for fun and fellowship and is not a competition; so prizes will not be awarded. All proceeds will be given to the Immanuel Scholarship Fund.

Community services book bag giveaway

EAST SPENCER – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 27 at Royal Giants Park on Robinson Road. For children grades K-12. Must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by The Town of East Spencer and Grateful Heart Community Services. Details at 704-636-7111.

Mt. Zion Missionary Women’s Weekend begins

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley Ave., will celebrate Women’s Weekend starting on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. with  uplifting workshops, a “Hat Parade” and  lunch.  Be an example of Proud Women of all ages displaying their CROWNS.

Host pastor is the Rev. Dr. Nilous M. Avery.

DivorceCare group

Rockwell — Lyerly Evangelical Church, 1320 Crescent Road, will offer a DivorceCare group beginning Aug. 29, meeting on Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. under the leadership of Darren Custer, a trained DivorceCare facilitator.

The course outline includes video seminars, group discussions, and personal workbooks to provide support for individuals recovering from the pain of separation or divorce. Each session is self-contained, so participants can begin the program at any time.

Contact Darren Custer at 704-925-9869 to enroll or get more information, or go to

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

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