Faith Briefs Saturday, September 17
UMA meeting today
The United Ministerial Alliance will meet at 11 a.m. today at Tower of Power United Holy Church, followed by a community meeting at noon.
Community Day today at First Calvary
First Calvary Baptist Church, 400 S. Long St., will host its annual Community Day Celebration today from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include storytelling, youth praise dance lessons, indoor board and outside field games, lunch and school supply give-a-way.
Annual Youth Day will be observed Sunday, at the 11 a.m. service. The guest speaker will be Dr. Alvin Summers, pastor of college and career students at First Baptist Church in Indian Trail.
For more information, contact Janeria McCullough at 704-633-1558.
Sherrills Ford Road Baptist homecoming
Two days of homecoming celebration services at Sherrills Ford Road Baptist Church, 6455 Sherrills Ford Road, begin today at 6 p.m. with coffee , cake and fellowship. At 7 p.m. the Smokey Mountain Gospel Singers will lead the singing.
Sunday worship is at 10 a.m. with the Smokey Mountain Gospel Singers and at noon, the homecoming meal will be served.
Join us for worship and 2 days of celebration.
Jim Harnish coming to First Methodist
The Rev. Dr. James A. Harnish will preach at First United Methodist Church of Salisbury, 217 S. Church St., Sunday at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. A prolific author, Harnish is one of the denomination’s leading voices. His sermon will focus upon living within God’s grace.
43rd homecoming at Maranatha
Maranatha Bible Church, 2320 Statesville Boulevard, will celebrate God’s faithfulness at its 43rd homecoming on Sunday.
Bruce Woodman (or, as he is known in ministry, Brus del Monte, his Spanish name) will speak at 10 a.m. Under his leadership, Impact International proclaims the Gospel throughout Central and South America with city-wide crusades, television and radio ministries. A covered dish dinner will follow the morning service. There will be no evening service. Call 704-637-1995 for more information.
Homecoming at Milford Hills
Homecoming at Milford Hills United Methodist Church is Sunday. The Rev. David Hockett, who was pastor from 2003-2009, will deliver the message at the 10 a.m. service. There will be a covered dish lunch following the service along with a special note burning in the courtyard.
Homecoming at Rockwell UMC
ROCKWELL — On Sunday at 10 a.m., Rockwell United Methodist Church will celebrate homecoming. The Rev. Fred Jordan, adjunct professor of United Methodist Studies at Hood Theological Seminary, will be the guest preacher. A potluck meal following at 11 a.m.
Christian Education day at Ardis Chapel
Ardis Chapel AME Zion Church will observe Christian Education Day on Sunday, with the pastor, the Rev. R. Nathan Bratton, bringing the 10 a.m. message. Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m.
The Rev. Trishaun Kendell, pastor of St. Matthews AME Zion Church in Rock Hill, S.C., will be the guest preacher for the homecoming service at 3 p.m.
Revival services are Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 19-21, with the Rev. James Milton II, pastor of Pleasant Grove AME Zion Church in Concord, as guest preacher each night. Praise and worship starts at 7 p.m. each night.
St. Enoch Lutheran homecoming
KANNAPOLIS (Enochville) — The 181st homecoming celebration at St. Enoch Lutheran Church is Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Grady Beaver as guest speaker.
A covered dish meal will follow the worship service.
First UMC China Grove homecoming
CHINA GROVE — First United Methodist China Grove will observe homecoming worship and fellowship on Sunday with guest speaker Sarah Langford Stephens. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. with special music provided by the church’s music ministries, and followed by a covered dish meal afterward, in the fellowship hall.
Homecoming at Lebanon Lutheran
CLEVELAND — Lebanon Lutheran Church, 1300 Thompson Road, will celebrate homecoming on Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. The Rev. Gene Bruce of Amity Lutheran Church will be guest pastor. A covered dish meal will be served afterward in the fellowship hall.
Revival at Landis First Assembly
LANDIS — Revival services with Prophet/Evangelist Donald Moore of Charlotte are scheduled at Landis First Assembly, 302 E. Corriher St., on Sunday at both the morning (10:30 a.m.) and evening (6 p.m.) services.
Moore is an Assemblies of God evangelist who founded and leads Steps to Victory Ministries, and is a plain-spoken preacher of the Word. Host pastor is Bill Coughlin.
Homecoming at Mt. Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — During the 11 a.m. service Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 South Main St., will be celebrating homecoming Sunday. Highlights includes recognizing past 100 year old members, “Golden” members of 50 years or more and covered dish dinner to follow.
For more information, visit mtzionchinagrove.com or call 704-857-1169. The Rev. Mark L. Burns is host pastor.
Speaker at First Presbyterian Salisbury
On Sunday, First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury will welcome the Rev. Dr. Barry Sang. Dr. Sang will be preaching at all three worship services (sanctuary at 8:30 and 11 a.m., Lewis Hall at 8:50 a.m.). The Bell Tower Ringers will present special music during the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services.
Dr. Sang is professor of religion, chair of the religion and philosophy department, and accreditation liaison at Catawba College where he has taught since 1985.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Carroll College in Wisconsin, a master of divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Theological Seminary in New York state, and a masters of philosophy and doctorate of philosophy in Biblical studies from Drew University in New Jersey.
Dr. Sang’s textbook in Old Testament studies was recently published.
Christian Education day at Cedar Grove
CLEVELAND — Cedar Grove AME Zion Church will observe Christian Education Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship service. The speaker, Jonathon Basinger of Homestead Baptist Church, Kannapolis, will be giving his amazing testimony. His pastor is Mitch Thomas.
The Rev. Dr. Bertha E. Pittman is host pastor.
New series at Mt. Tabor UMC
Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road, will talk about “Beautiful Things” on Sunday at 11 a.m., exploring the arts throughout the Bible including music, pottery, painting, and movement. Guest musicians Called by Name will kick off the series.
Call 704-633-7484 or visit www.mounttaborumc.org or on Facebook (mtumc) or Twitter (@MountTaborUMC).
Moss at John Calvin Presbyterian
The Rev. Steve Moss will be preaching at the 11 a.m. service at John Calvin Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) this Sunday and the next, Sept. 25. Rev. Moss is a retired minister from Thyatira Presbyterian Church.
The church is located at 1620 Brenner Ave. in front of the Hefner VA Medical Center.
GLS welcomes Blankenship as new pastor
CHINA GROVE — Gospel Light Church, 435 Concordia church Road, announces the Rev. Clarence Leroy Blankenship II as its new senior pastor. Blankenship became pastor of the church on Sept. 11. He has been been serving as associate pastor for the last year.
There will be an official installation service at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, followed by a covered dish luncheon.
Pastor Blankenship lives in Mooresville with with wife Karri, daughter Abby and sons Zack and Dakota.
Homecoming at Hall’s Chapel
Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church will observe homecoming on Sunday. At the 11 a.m. service, the speaker will be Dr. T.W. Samuels, Pastor Emeritus of the Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church in Charlotte.
Elder Harry Love III of Liberty Primitive Baptist Church of Concord speaker at the 3 p.m. service. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.
Revival services run Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 19-21 with guest speaker Elder Timothy L. Lyons, State Presid ent of the NC-VA State Primitive Baptist Convention and pastor of St. John’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Charlotte.
Elder Richard Johnson is host pastor.
Trinity Presbyterian meets at Dan Nich
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 300 South Caldwell St., will have Sunday morning worship service at Dan Nicholas Park, Shelter number 2, beginning at noon.
Homecoming and revival at UBC
KANNAPOLIS — Homecoming and revival services will be held at United Baptist Church, 3001 Clermont Ave.
The Sunday morning service will be led by the pastor, John E. Jones, and the 3 pm. homecoming service will be done by the Rev. Reginald Dean McConneaughy Sr., pastor of God’s Tabernacle for Believers of Rockwell.
Bishop Harvey Rice of Mount Calvary Holiness Church of Salisbury will lead the week of revival services on Sept. 19-23, each night at 7 p.m.
Homecoming at New Creation Baptist
STATESVILLE — New Creation Baptist Church will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Statesville Civic Center, 300 S. Center St., with guest speaker the Rev. James Miles from God’s Tabernacle for Believers, Rockwell. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m.
Revival services are Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 19-21, at the church, located at 792 Glover St., at 7 p.m. nightly. Pastor Reginald McConneaughey Sr., from God’s Tabernacle for Believers, will be the revivalist.
Host pastor is Rev. Joseph Robinson.
Men’s Day at Henderson Grove
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Men’s Day on Sunday at 3 pm. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Clarence Marlin, pastor of Fairview Heights Baptist Church. The host pastor is the Rev. Perry Dye.
Moore’s Chapel AME Zion holds Pew Rally
CLEVELAND — Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 5890 South River Church Road, observes its 131st church anniversary / Pew Rally on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Speaker for the occasion is the Rev. Kinston Jones Sr., pastor of Stephens AME Zion Church of High Point. Lunch will be served at 2 p.m.
The Rev. Eddie L. Fortson is host pastor.
Pig pickin’ at Grace Lower Stone
A Pig Pickin’ with Barbecue And Bluegrass Music happens Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church sports complex, located at the corner of Lower Stone Church Road and Beatty Ford Road. A freewill donation will be collected.
Darrell Connor at Franklin Presbyterian
Franklin Presbyterian Church hosts an evening of music and food on Sunday at 5 p.m. featuring Darrell Connor and the Country Legends Band, who will perform an arrangement of country spiritual and classic country music..
A covered dish meal will follow in the church fellowship hall.
A night of music and mime at Kirkwood
KANNAPOLIS — At 6 p.m. on Sunday, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 900 Klondale Ave., Demarcus Russell will be presenting a mime routine and the Jones Sisters Bluegrass Band will be in concert.
United Ministerial Alliance service
The United Ministerial Alliance will host its joint worship service at 7 p.m., Sunday at Tower of Power United Holy Church, 601 E. Cemetery St. The Rev. William D. Turner, pastor, will be preaching and celebrating his retirement.
Spaghetti supper at Bethel UMC
MOCKSVILLE — Bethel United Methodist Church/Mocksville, 353 Bethel Church Road, will host a spaghetti supper Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 5 -7 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad, homemade cobblers, coffee and tea. Donations will help to provide Thanksgiving Meals for “A Storehouse for Jesus.”
The Rev. Tony Owens is host pastor.
Shady Grove Baptist holds give-away
EAST SPENCER — The Missionary Ministry of Shady Grove Baptist Church, 600 S. Long St., will have a clothing and household item give-away on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon.
101st General Assembly at Lilly’s Chapel Church of God
The 101st annual General Assembly for the Northern, Northwestern and Southern Dioceses of The Church of God Founded by Jesus Christ Inc., will convene at Lilly’s Chapel Church of God, 618 West Thomas St., Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 21-25. Services are daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Evening services are at 8 p.m.
Special guests are Bishop Joseph Mitchum, Presiding Prelate; Bishop James Davis, Vice Bishop; and chairman of the board and Presiding Elder, William Smith.
Dr. Doris Clawson is co-pastor.
Trinity Presbyterian fish dinner
Trinity Presbyterian Church will have a three-piece fish dinner sale for $10 (croaker or flounder) at Inland Point, 940 W. Innes St., on Thursday, Sept. 22, from noon-5 p.m.
Events at Mt. Calvary Holy Church
Pre-First Lady’s Day Service at Mt. Calvary Holy Church, 1401 Standish St. , Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Pastor Renee McClain of Poplar Springs AME Zion Church in Lincolnton.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. or until sold out, Mt. Calvary Holy Church will sponsor a fish/chicken fry fundraiser at the corner of Monroe and Partee Streets.
C-Fest at the East Rowan YMCA
ROCKWELL — 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24: Family-friendly fun festival held at the East Rowan YMCA, 790 Crescent Road. This free event features live entertainment from magician Fish The Magish and comedian Barry McGee plus activities and food. Closing concert by Southern Gospel band The Chapeleers. Sponsored by the Saleeby-Fisher YMCA and area churches. Info at 704-279-1742.
Ebenezer UMC community breakfast
MT. ULLA — Ebenezer United Methodist Church will host a community breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8-10 a.m., and from 10 a.m.-noon lunch will be served. The meals are by donation only.
Mark McRacken is host pastor. Call 704-929-7840 for more information.
Volunteers welcome at hunger event at Providence UMC
Providence United Methodist Church and Providence AME Zion are hosting a Stop Hunger Now event Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at Providence UMC, 6450 Bringle Ferry Road. Volunteers will be packaging 10,152 meals to be shipped around the world to school feeding programs and crisis relief. All volunteers are welcome.
Community Health and Ministry Fair
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Christiana Lutheran Church, 6190 US Hwy 52.
A fun filled and educational day learning the best way to take care of yourself and the ones you love, physically and spiritually. There will be health screenings for BMI, blood pressure checks, and glucose at no charge. Appointments are available for the the Novant Mammography Unit. Insurance is accepted and grant funds are available for those without. Call 704-642-1658 to schedule an appointment. Community businesses will share information and there will be a martial arts demonstration. More than a dozen local church ministries will be represented. There will be face painting for children and a mobile hot dog shack will be on site. There will also be free raffles.