Faith Briefs Saturday, September 10
Today at Halls Chapel
Fish fry fundraiser at Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church starting at 11 a.m. at 611 E. Monroe St.
Today at First Wesleyan
KANNAPOLIS — First Wesleyan Church fundraiser, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 301 Bethpage Road. Grilled hotdogs, homemade slaw and chili, drinks, desserts. Proceeds go to church renovation fund.
Remembrance at First Reformed Church of Landis
LANDIS — First Reformed Church of Landis, 210 N. Central Ave., will host a special Patriots Day/ Remembrance Service on Sunday at 8:15 and 11 a.m.
Area police, fire and rescue personnel will be honored, and those lost on September 11, 2001, will be remembered. Speakers will include Jody Burleyson, Rowan County Sheriffs Officer and Pastor David Franks.
A special presentation will be made to each emergency service personnel present, and all area personnel and their families are invited and asked to meet at the church fifteen minutes before each service, dressed in uniform. A processional by our “home-town heroes” will begin the services.
Call 857-7119 for more information.
North Main Baptist homecoming
North Main Baptist Church, 1501 North Main St., will celebrate homecoming on Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service with special music by the NMBC Choir and the Men’s Ensemble.
A fellowship meal will follow, along with the dedication of the newly renovated sanctuary.
Dr. Dale Robertson is host pastor.
Salem Lutheran homecoming
Salem Lutheran Church (NALC), 5080 Sherrills Ford Road, will be celebrating 166 years with homecoming on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. The Rev. Carl Haynes, pastor at Christiana LutheranChurch, Granite Quarry will be the guest pastor. Special music will be provided by Salem Spirit Musicians & Singers, The Koinonia Bell Choir and the Chancel Choir.
Lunch will follow in the picnic shelter. Salem is located at 5080 Sherrills Ford Road,Salisbury.
Visit www.salemlutheransalisbury.org for more.
Homecoming at Providence UMC
Providence United Methodist Church, 6450 Bringle Ferry Road, will have its homecoming celebration Sunday. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a time of praise and worship. The message will be delivered by the the Rev. Kevin Honbarger.
Providence will have one service at 10:30 a.m. on Homecoming Sunday. Following the service there will be a covered dish luncheon.
145th homecoming at Calvary Baptist
Calvary Baptist Church will celebrate its 145th year as a church with homecoming on Sunday. One Focus, a professional musical group from Greenville, will provide Southern Gospel and Contemporary music concert at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch for all.
Host pastor is Rick Cockerham. Calvary Baptist is located on East Ridge Road just beyond Ellis crossroads, 704-633-2567.
First Calvary observes Grandparents Day
First Calvary Baptist Church, 400 South Long St., will observe Grandparents Day on Sunday at the 11 a.m. service. Evangelist Cathye Verdell Marlin, associate minister of Fairview Heights Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker.
Evangelist Marlin is a native of East Spencer and was educated in Rowan County schools. She serves in various capacities at Fairview Heights where her husband, The Rev. Clarence Marlin, is pastor.
Special recognition will be given to grandparents during the programs.
The Rev. Leamon E. Brown is host pastor.
Liberty UMC homecoming
GOLD HILL — Liberty United Methodist Church, 3940 Liberty Road, will be hosting homecoming on Sunday at 11 a.m. with special guests retired pastor Rev. De Hillyer and wife Bonnie. He is a graduate of SMU, UNC-W and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. A covered dish meal in the fellowship hall will follow.
Remembrance at Mt. Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — Returning to its regular 11 a.m. service time, worship on Sunday at Mount Zion UCC, 1415 South Main St., will include a special time of remembrance of 9/11 and thanksgiving for all First Responders who watch over us.
Children/youth fellowships start the Fall season at their regular 4:30-6 p.m times.
Visit mtzionchinagrove.com or call 704-857-1169. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is pastor.
New Hope homecoming and dedication
SPENCER — The Senior Bishop and the Presiding Prelate of the Piedmont Episcopal District of theAME Zion Church, the Right Rev. George E. Battle, Jr., will dedicate capital improvements at New Hope AME Zion Church, Spencer, to the glory of God after he delivers the message during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday.
Capital improvements include a paved parking lot, unisex bathroom, handicap accessible ramp at the side and front entrances, landscaping and light fixtures in the sanctuary and fellowship hall. In addition to the dedication of capital improvements at the church, the membership will be celebrating the church’s 130th anniversary and its 61st homecoming. The theme for the occasion is “Revitalized by our Past, Inspired by the Present, Devoted to the Future work of Our Lord.” Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the service. The Rev. Dr. Debra J. Hall is pastor.
Blaine Smith to speak at Second Presbyterian
Second Presbyterian, 732 Lincolnton Road next to Salisbury High School, will have a special worship service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, led by the gifted and talented Blaine Smith.
Smith grew up in Archdale and attended Trinity High School. His family has a long history with Archdale Friends Meeting, a Quaker church that has been a cornerstone of the Archdale community for many years. Blaine still practices and embraces many of the fundamentals of faith instilled through the Society of Friends.
He attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, played baseball there and participated in the 1978 College World Series. A 13th round draft choice of the Houston Astros in 1979, he played three years of professional baseball.
Growing up in a musical family, Blaine began playing trumpet at an early age and later found his passion in the guitar. He played for 20 years in a popular beach music band before starting a family. His band, The Part Time Party Time Band, was inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
In recent years, Blaine has led the Praise Band at First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury. He also created a vocal group, Voices of Praise, that introduced contemporary worship to traditional churches in the area. That led him to Second Presbyterian Church of Salisbury, where he was director of music for an interim period.
Blaine’s work has included mission trips, youth retreats, confirmation classes, and the annual Voices of Hope Concert produced by the Michael Yang Foundation.
Homecoming at Mt. Tabor UMC
Mount Tabor United Methodist Church (just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road) will hold its homecoming celebration on Sunday.
The Rev. Curtis Goforth returns as guest preacher.
Call 704-633-7484 or visit www.mounttaborumc.org or on Facebook (mtumc) or Twitter (@MountTaborUMC).
Remembrance at South China Grove
CHINA GROVE — South China Grove United Methodist Church, 230 Rose Ave., will remember 9/11 by honoring all types of first responders and emergency personnel on Sunday.
Speakers will share information to help us better understand their responsibilities. Stephanie Taylor, who has been an emergency medical technician for 27 years and has also received her emergency rescue certification and is a member of Linville Central Rescue. It takes numerous hours of recertification each year.
Detective R. T. Taylor has been an officer for 20 years with Granite Quarry/Faith Police and has returned to school many times to update his certification. In addition he is with the Bostian Heights Fire Dept.
A fellowship time with brunch will follow the service where people can ask questions of the professionals who are able to remain with us for that time.
Doc Warner is host pastor; 704-639-9165.
Remembrance at Immanuel Lutheran
ROCKWELL — Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2070 Emanuel Church Road, will hold a Service of Remembrance Sunday to memorialize the 15th anniversary of the tragic events which occurred in our nation on September 11, 2001. During the service, the congregation will memorialize those who lost their lives and commemorate the heroism of emergency workers and citizens who worked valiantly that day to save their fellow citizens as many sacrificed their own lives so that others may survive.
Because the theme of the service will revolve around President Abraham Lincoln’s quote, “Any nation that does not honor its heroes, will not long endure,” the congregation invites those who are currently serving, or those who have retired, in emergency services to wear their uniforms, badges, hats or other insignia.
This includes EMTs, firefighters, 911 operators, highway patrol workers, doctors, nurses, Red Cross workers, medical technicians or office personnel.
These Every Day Heroes will receive a special blessing for their service to God and their country.
F.A.C.T. (Families and Communities Together) will have its second Blessing of the Children worship service on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Crown In Glory Lutheran Church, 517 E. Bank St.
The theme of the service is “Gifted Hands, Gifted Service.” The program will feature the children and youth choir of Crown In Glory; Deneka Cherry of First Calvary Baptist Church; Praise Dancers of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church; and a mime dance by Anointed Vessels of El Shaddia of Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church.
The Rev. Kevin Griffin, a student at Hood Theological Seminary, will present the object lesson and the Meditation and Blessing of the Children will be given by the Rev. Donald E. Anthony, pastor of Crown In Glory.
Woman’s Day at Word of Life
Word of Life Family Worship Center, 726 East Liberty St., will celebrate with a Woman’s Day Program at 3 p.m. on Sunday, sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship Outreach Ministry. The Women’s Fellowship consists of four groups: The Women of Power & Endurance, Women of Excellence, Prayer Warriors & Women of Integrity, and Triumphant Women of Christ. All women are asked to wear white for this special service.
Minister Gwen Morrison of Statesville will be the speaker for the program. There will be special tributes of praise and worship sponsored by the women, and the fellowship groups during the service.
For additional information or transportation call 704-633-2431.
Women’s Day at Solid Rock Church of God
The Women’s Ministry of Solid Rock Church of God, 1004 Locke St., will celebrate Women’s Day on Sunday at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served following the morning worship service.
The Rev. Louise Warren, associate pastor of Stokesdale Church of God, Stokesdale, is the guest preacher.
She was licensed and ordained by Church of God, Anderson, IN and through the NC Ministerial and Campground Association of the Church of God, formerly located in Chapel Hill. Rev. Warren served as interim pastor of her church for a year and recently retired from the Stokesdale School System after 24 years of service.
The Rev. Samuel A. Washington is host pastor.
Free concert at Outreach Christian Ministeries
Outreach Christian Ministeries Intl. will be hosting a free concert on Sunday at 5 p.m. The concert will also be a pre-birthday celebration for the church’s pastor, Bradley Taylor.
Second Sunday Singing at St. Matthew’s Lutheran
Darrell Connor and The Country Legends Band will perform on Sunday as a part of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church’s Second Sunday Singing at 7 p.m. in the family life center.
Connor has been a part of the music scene for decades in Rowan County and beyond. He plays the banjo, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass and the 10-string pedal steel guitar-a tough instrument that requires the use of both feet, knees and hands. St Matthew’s is located at 9275 Bringle Ferry Road. For information, 704-633-3770.
Moore’s Chapel Fall revival
Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 500 Partee St., will have its Fall Revival, Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 12-14, at 7 p.m. nightly.
Guest preachers will be:
Monday – Rev. Jarrett Fite, pastor of St. John AME Zion Church, Rutherfordton;
Tuesday – Rev. Dairl Scott Jr., pastor, Union Chapel AME Zion Church, Linwood;
Wednesday – Rev. Leamon E. Brown, pastor, First Calvary Baptist Church, Salisbury.
Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church is located at 500 Partee St.
The Rev. Carolyn D. Bratton is host pastor.
Anniversary at Tower of Power
The Tower of Power UHC Family will celebrate the 46th anniversary of its pastors, the Revs. William and Patricia Turner, on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15-16, respectively.
Thursday night’s speaker is Dr. Martha Starks, pastor of Word of Life Family worship center of Salisbury; Friday night’s speaker is Bishop Derek Kelly, pastor of New Faith Full Gospel Worship Center in Lexington. Services begin at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, the anniversary activities will culminate with a retirement banquet for the Turners, at 5 p.m. at the Livingstone College School of Culinary Arts and Management, 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. The speaker for this occasion is Bishop Gregory Hargrave, president of the Western NC District of the United Holy Church of America Inc., Burlington.
Thyatira to host Community breakfast
Thyatira Presbyterian Church, 220 White Road, will host a breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 6:30-9:30 a.m. Cost for adults is $6, children 10 and under $3. Eggs, sausage, country ham, biscuits, gravy, grits, drink. All prceesd go to local community projects and church needs.
Giveaway event at First Church of the Nazarene
Salisbury First Church of the Nazarene, 224 West 12th St., will host an outreach “Give Away” event on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A “Give Away” is an opportunity to share Jesus with people in the community by giving. Quality items will be given away as well as light refreshments.
Free gospel concert at Epworth UMC
CONCORD — A fun musical event on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1030 Burrage Road, NE, will showcase the talents of music director Brittany Bethel, who has been a member of the acting company and later served on the board of directors at the Permian Playhouse, acted in 12 musicals and three operas, directed and/or musically directed seven musicals.
She and Epworth organist/accompanist Matthew Davis, who is also employed at Brookdale Senior Living Center and Opera Carolina (where he has performed in a number of operas and musicals), will be sharing their talents. Davis is also a former student at the NC School of the Arts.
There will be a reception with refreshments following the concert.
The Arbor UMC
The Arbor United Methodist Church is located at 5545 Woodleaf Road. Homecoming speaker on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. is the Rev. Sybil Perrell. A covered dish meal will follow.
Save the date
Community Health and Ministry Fair coming Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Christiana Lutheran Church, 6190 US Hwy 52.