Faith briefs Saturday, Oct. 8
Unity in the CommUnity block party
KANNAPOLIS — Three area churches are hosting a Unity in the CommUnity Block Party today from 1-5 p.m. The three churches, predominantly African-American, Hispanic and White, are coming together at Centerview Baptist Church, 415 Walter St. The other two churches are Conquerors Shield of Faith and Iglesia Bautista Discipulos de Cristo. There will be music, bouncy houses, free hot dogs and popcorn, testimonies and a TV giveaway. Details at 704-785-0549.
Youth department anniversary at St. Luke Baptist
The youth department of St. Luke Baptist Church is celebrating its anniversary today at 4 p.m. The youth have invited other song, dance and praise teams to participate. Minister Marcus Fairley of Gethsemane Baptist Church will speak on the theme “It’s going to get better — God is in charge.” Host pastor is Rev. Arthur L. Heggins.
Poor man’s supper at Liberty UMC
GOLD HILL — Liberty United Methodist Church, 3940 Liberty Road, will host a Community Poor mans Supper today at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Liberty’s preschool.
Liberty will host a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. at the ball field across from Morgan Elementary School.
On Sunday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. is revival with the Rev. Jay Belk, and Oct. 10-12 at 7 p.m. Music on Sunday is by Raising Glory; on Monday Marti Lakey with Mike and Gaynell Lambert; Tuesday with Matthew Weaver; Wednesday with Rockwell UMC Choir.
First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury
First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury welcomes the Rev. Brant C. Piper to the pulpit Sunday. Rev. Brant is a pastor and pastoral psychotherapist specializing in clinical work with couples, families, and male adolescents.
He holds degrees from Duke University, Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va. and the Carolina Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training and has a certificate as an advanced pastoral specialist.
Rev. Brant will preach at all services, 8:30, 8:50 and 11 a.m.
Celebration at South China Grove UMC
CHINA GROVE — South China Grove United Methodist Church, 230 Rose Ave., will hold its annual celebration Sunday, during the 9:30 a.m. service with special guest Matthew Weaver. This unique service will feature Matthew playing the prelude, and will continue with Matthew’s music intertwined throughout the service. Instead of preaching, the sermon will be in music and will include a duet between pastor Doc Warner and Matthew. The service will be followed by Sunday School and a fellowship dinner at 11:30. Those not attending Sunday school can fellowship until meal time. Call 704-639-9165 for more information.
Resurrection Life hosts Ray Gouge
Resurrection Life Church, 627 Newsome Road, will host guest speaker Ray Gouge at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday.
Ray is a 1970 graduate of South Rowan High School, and currently lives in Jefferson. He will be sharing about the Miracles of God that have blessed his life after a deadly battle with two different types of cancer. Ray shares his inspiring story on Sunday. For more information, contact Pastor Jerry Snipes at 704-433-8776.
Franklin Presbyterian celebrates 188 years
Franklin Presbyterian Church celebrates its 188-year history with a heritage/homecoming service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with a bagpipe and drum processional. The service will mirror the original Scottish Reformed service. Afterward, an authentic Scottish meal will be served in the fellowship hall.
Mt. Moriah Evangelical Lutheran
CHINA GROVE — Mt. Moriah Ev. Lutheran Church, 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road, will welcome Phil Tonnesen as guest pastor for its 192nd homecoming celebration on Sunday. Pastor Tonnesen is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He served at Cross and Crown Lutheran in Matthews before joining the NC Lutheran Synod staff as the Bishop’s assistant. The service is Sunday at 10:30 a.m. A picnic lunch will follow at Efird’s Shelter on the church grounds. The Rev. Joseph Tallent is host pastor.
Homecoming at Lutheran Chapel
CHINA GROVE — Lutheran Chapel Church will celebrate homecoming on Sunday with the Rev. William Connelly preaching. Music will be under the direction of Gail Deal, organist, and Phyllis Daugherty and Sharon Connelly, choir directors. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. with no early service on that day. A picnic lunch will follow the service in the fellowship building.
Fall revival at Homestead Baptist
KANNAPOLIS — Fall Revival at Homestead Baptist Church will feature evangelists Randy and Mary Perry. The revival will begin Sunday at the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services.
On Oct. 10-13 the services will be at 7 p.m. The Perrys will be singing on Oct. 13 at the 7 p.m. service. Homestead Baptist Church is located on the corner of West 22nd and North Main Streets.
Woman’s Day at New Creation Baptist
STATESVILLE — Annual Women’s Day will be held on Sunday at 11 am. at New Creation Baptist Church, 792 Glover St. Guest speaker is Minister Rosilyn Anderson from God’s Tabernacle for Believers in Rockwell. Women are asked to wear black or red. Host Pastor is the Rev. Joseph Robinson.
Homecoming at Smith Chapel
CLEVELAND — Smith Chapel Apostolic Holiness Church, 1735 Mt. Tabor Church Road, will hold its annual homecoming. Host pastor Bishop Wayne Brown will deliver the morning message and lunch is served at 1:30 p.m.
The 3 p.m. guest speaker will be Dr. John Parker of True Temple Church of Statesville. Other guests include Overseer Dr. Ivey Cowan, pastor of Woodleaf and Candor Emmanuyel Pentecostal Churches, and Pastor Donald Brown of Shepherd Church of God of Mooresville.
Homecoming at Third Creek AME Zion
CLEVELAND — Third Creek AME Zion Church, 415 E. Main St., will celebrate homecoming on Sunday. The morning message will be delivered by host pastor Rev. Harold Jordan. The 3 p.m. service will be led by the Rev. Derrick Anderson of Soldiers Memorial Church.
Revival will follow on Tuesday evening with the Rev. Timothy Bates, pastor of Cameron Presbyterian of Statesville;
On Wednesday with the Rev. Dr. Debra Hall, pastor of New Hope AMEZ of East Spencer;
On Thursday with the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Buford, pastor of Zion Wesley AMEZ Church of Mt. Pleasant.
Third annual Singing for WDFP Children
TYRO — 6 p.m. Sunday: The communities of Tyro, Reeds and Churchland present The WDFP Gospel Singing with Matthew Weaver and the Gospel Voices. Donations go to West Davidson Food Pantry to supplement the school children’s weekend backpack program. Held at Tyro UMC, 4484 S. Hwy 150, Tyro. Info: 704-213-4404.
The Vineyard Worship Center
The Vineyard Worship Center, 2655 Dunns Mountain Road, will celebrate the third pastoral anniversary of Pastor Alice Houston Perry on Sunday. Pastor Ytasha McNeil of New Restoration, Kannapolis will be the 11 a.m. speaker. Pastor William Abel, Morrows Creek, Winnsboro, S.C. will be the 3 p.m. speaker.
Southern City Church
EAST SPENCER — Southern City Church, 940 S Long St., will observe Men’s Day Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship service. The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Swindell Edwards.
Rev. Dr. Edwards serves as the Regional Clinical Chaplain II for the Piedmont, South Central and Western Regions of North Carolina Department of Public Safety. He holds degrees from St. Augustine’s College, Duke University, Valdosta State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Jefferson International.
Rev. Albert Johnson is chairman for Men’s Day and the Rev. Patrick Tate is host pastor.
The F.A.C.T. (Families and Communities Together) monthly “Blessing of the Children Worship Service” will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Calvary Baptist Church, 400 S. Long St.
A Q & A session will be held with questions being posed by children and youth in attendance. A panel of local adult experts will direct the session.
The children and youth from First Calvary Baptist Church will be in charge of the order of service.
Talent participants will be: Jonathan McCullough, Soloist of First Calvary Baptist Church; Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church Children & Youth presenting an overseas mission skit; a musical selection from the Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church Children & Youth and a mime dance from Alicia Donaldson of Mt. Calvary Holy Church.
Rev. Leamon E. Brown is host pastor.
Installation at Ursinus UCC
Ursinus United Church of Christ in Rockwell announces the installation of Rev. Catherine Costello. Pastor Costello received her Master of Divinity at Andover Newton School of Theology in Newton Massachusetts. She was born in New Jersey, raised in Florida, then settled in Massachusetts to raise her family.
The installation service is Sunday at 3 p.m. followed by a reception.
Hall’s Temple Church
Hall’s Temple Church, North Long St., will hold its annual revival services Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Guest speaker will be Bishop Derek Kelly Sr., pastor of New Faith Full Gospel Center of Lexington.
Host pastor is the Rev. Elder Bruce Jr.
In My Father’s House Outreach Ministries
In My Father’s House, led by the Rev. Roosevelt Jenkins, meets the first two Thursdays of each month. The next meeting is Oct. 13, 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.
Rock Hill AME Zion
CONCORD — The music department of Rock Hill AME Zion Church, 3620 Rock Hill Church Road, hosts its second annual Back 2 The Basics: Worship & Arts Symposium, taking place Oct. 13-16. Minister Charles Caldwell will be conducting the symposium.
There will be a $15 registration fee which includes lunch on Saturday. For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-782-9625. The Rev. Samuel C. Blanks is host pastor.
HUNTERSVILLE — The Mission team at Ramah Presbyterian Church, 14401 Ramah Church Road, is having a Port-a-Pit chicken BBQ fund raiser on Friday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per plate for dine in or take out. To order, call 704-875-6683, ext. 10.
St. Luke’s Lutheran
MT. ULLA — St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 11020 Hwy 801, will host its annual fish fry fund raiser on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
There will be gospel and bluegrass music. Donations benefit various congregation and community needs.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19 is “Life and Faith with Cystic Fibrosis” with a simple meal at 6:30 p.m.
Grace Hodge (WRHS, 9th grade) shares about life with Cystic Fibrosis, its symptoms and treatments, and how she sees God’s purpose and calling for her. See http://stlukesmtulla.org for more.
Rose of Sharon Holiness Church
The appreciation service for Pastor Lewis G. Walker will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. at Rose of Sharon Holiness Church, 255 Camp Road. Guest speaker will be Pastor Bruce of Hall’s Temple Church. Host minister is Julia C. Walker.
Musical program at Fairview Heights
The Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Usher board Ministry will be sponsoring a musical program next Saturday, Oct. 15 beginning at 2 p.m. Various groups will perform including the Unity and Praise and Oak Grove Mass Choir. Food will be available in the fellowship hall starting at noon. Host pastor is the Rev. Clarence E. Marlin. The church is at 704 Old Concord Road.
St. Stephen’s Lutheran WELCA
GOLD HILL — WELCA-LMIM of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 4404 St. Stephens Church Road, are sponsoring a BBQ chicken dinner on Oct. 22 , 11 a.m. until. All proceeds go to charities of the church.
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