Faith Briefs Saturday, Oct. 29

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 29, 2016

Immanuel Organist retires after serving two decades


Rockwell—Immanuel Lutheran will pay tribute to Nettie Hill Loflin, organist and choir director, on her last day of service to the church this Sunday, Oct. 30, which will also be a celebration of homecoming Sunday and the Reformation. During the special service, some of Miss Nettie’s friends and former students will present special musical selections and tributes. Those making musical tributes include: Nikki Goodman, Judy Harwood, Jordan Owen, Christy Trexler, Kayla Trexler and Josh Trexler. The Uhwarrie Golden Strings will also play under the direction of Miss Nettie and those members include: Marie Hatley, Teresa Hunsucker, Janie Kepley and Ellen Smith. Rev. Bruce Sheeks, pastor, will pay homage to Miss Nettie during the service, and after the service a luncheon will be given in her honor. RSVP to Immanuel Lutheran at 704-639-5247, if you plan to attend.

Unity in the CommUnity

KANNAPOLIS — Four area churches are hosting a “Unity in the CommUnity” Block Party today from 1-5 p.m. The four churches are predominantly African-American, Hispanic and White, but are coming together to show that regardless of race, language and culture, unity can be found through Jesus Christ. The block party will be held at Centerview Baptist Church, one of the participating churches, 415 Walter St. The Rev. Willie Rash is pastor. The other three churches are Conquerors Shield of Faith, Bishop Tony Hall; Iglesia Bautista Discipulos de Cristo, Pastor Barry Matos; and Trinity United Methodist, Pastor Kirk Tutterow.

The community event will consist of Christian music from various cultures, bouncy houses, free hot dogs and popcorn, testimonies from church and civic leaders, a TV giveaway and more. For more information contact one of the host churches or call 704-785-0549.

Ardis Chapel hosts tea today

Today Ardis Chapel AME Zion Church’s Missionary Deptartment  Life Members will host a Friendship Tea from 4-6 p.m. Ardis Chapel is located on 1640 Old Mocksville Road. The Rev. R. Nathan Bratton is host pastor.

Union Chapel

LEXINGTON — The Christian Education Department of Union Chapel AME Zion Church, 4329 Sowers Road, will hold a football program today at 6 p.m. After the service there will be a tailgate party in the fellowship hall. Wear your favorite NFL team attire or just come in casual attire.

New London UMC

New London United Methodist Church will worship on Sunday  at Morrow Mountain State Park at Shelter B, beginning at 10 a.m. Daniel Dickens will lead the music, and the Rev. Jim Pyatt will preach. Following the service there will be a covered dish luncheon. Bring a lawn chair and a covered dish and come worship.

Mt. Zion UCC

CHINA GROVE —  An ensemble of worship arts students from Catawba College will participate in the Sunday morning service at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 South Main St.

Students in the ensemble are either majoring or minoring in the worship arts concentration which was officially added as a new academic program at Catawba in 2014.

Catawba students included in the ensemble are Destiny Stone of Holly Springs, Miss.; Mia Schuster of West Fargo, N.D.; Madeline Henderson of Mequon, WI.; Reshaud Brown of Greenwood, S.C.; Jordan Ennis of Concord; Dustin Chapman of Whiteville; and Casey Whitt of Dobson.

For more information visit or call 704-857-1169.

The Rev. Mark L. Burns is host pastor.

Eastwood Baptist

KANNAPOLIS — On Sunday at 11 a.m. at Eastwood Baptist Church, 320 Cook St.,  there will be a  homecoming music service featuring the Back Creek Blue Grass Boys with Tori Jones. A home coming meal will follow  the service.

Next Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the church is sponsoring a car show with hamburgers and hot dogs. Proceeds will help with the pastor’s medical expenses. Pastor Randall Ritchie recently had a kidney transplant after several years on dialysis.

The Guiding Light 

EAST SPENCER — The Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Association will hold Fifth Sunday Fellowship service on Sunday at the Guiding Light Convention Center, 308 Boundary St. The 11 a.m. guest speaker will be Evangelist Penny Denny of United Missionary Baptist Church of Kannapolis. The host is the Rev. John E. Jones, moderator.

Locke FD dedication 

Locke Township Fire Department will host its Firefighters’ Memorial Dedication and Open House on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Held at Locke Station no. 62, 5405 Mooresville Road.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

Macedonia Missionary Baptist 

CONCORD — Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 6740 Macedonia Church Road, will hold its anual mass choir concert. This exciting praise experience will be held on Sunday beginning at 3 p.m. at the church. Join with our minister of music, Minister Mark Williamson, our choir director, Sister Denise Butler and our dynamic Mass choir as we Celebrate Jesus! The choir will offer traditional selections that will stir your memory of yesteryear and vibrant song selections from today’s favorites.

John N. Leazer is host pastor. Office phone: 704-786-7308.

Fairview Heights

The United Usher Board of the Rising Star will be hosted at Fairview Heights Missionary baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road on Sunday at 3 p.m. Host pastor is the Rev. Clarence E. Marlin

First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury will hold a Service of Wholeness and Healing on Sunday  at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary. This service is open to the community and we invite everyone to join us for this special service.

“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord” James 5:14.

Emmanuel Baptist 

Emmanuel Baptist Church will host gospel singer Brad Hamilton of Thomasville performing on Sunday at 6 p.m. The church is located at 2300 Bringle Ferry Road.

Landis First Assembly

LANDIS — Servants Voices will be in concert Sunday at 6 p.m. for a combined worship service at Landis First Assembly, 302 E. Corriher St. This men’s Southern gospel trio from Statesville formed only a few years ago.

The combined worship service is one of four held each year on the last Sunday night of January, April, July and October at different participating churches. Currently, about four churches are involved, but other churches are invited to join this interdenominational fellowship. Host pastor at First Assembly is the Rev. Bill Coughlin.

WWLTC Ministries

Due to an out-of-town Missions trip, Whosoever Will Let Them Come Ministries (WWLTC) is not having church services on Sunday, Oct. 30

Join us next Sunday for services at 11 a.m. and Wednesday Bible Study at 7 p.m. For more information, contact 704-633-3876 or

WWLTC Ministries is headed by Bishop Chris and Pastor Patricia Brown.

Church Women United

Salisbury-Rowan Unit of Church Women United invite will hold its Community Day Celebration on Friday, Nov. 4 at noon. The theme is “sharing at the table.” It will be held at  First Presbyterian Church, 308 W Fisher St. Lunch is $8. RVSP to Gloria Bradshaw, 704-267-6923. Sunday is the deadline.

Pine Ridge Baptist

CHINA GROVE — Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 880 Old Linn Road, invites families with children to enjoy a treat on Monday, Oct 31 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Pine Ridge will offer a bowl of warm soup or chili beans along with a dessert and beverage. Each child will be given a treat bag with a fresh mountain apple and candy.

Note: Sunday morning worship time has been changed. The  camp meeting-style service begins at 10 instead of 11 a.m. These services feature old time hymns, special music, testimonies and preaching.

United Baptist

KANNAPOLIS — United Baptist Church, 3001 Clermont Ave., will have missionary revival on  Monday, Oct. 31, Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2, each night at 7 p.m. The Rev. John E. Jones is host pastor.

Trinity Presbyterian 

Trinity Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 300 S. Caldwell St., will hold its Fall revival on Nov. 1 and 2 starting 7 p.m. The theme is “The Word On The Street.”

Guest speakers are as follows:

Nov. 1: the Rev. Harvey “Chip” Rice Jr. of Maranatha Fellowship Church, High Point;

Nov. 2: the Rev. Marcus Fairley, associate minister Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church of Salisbury.

In My Father’s House

In My Father’s House, led by the Rev. Roosevelt Jenkins, meets the first two Thursdays of each month at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St.

The next meetings are Nov. 3 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., held in the second floor conference room number 4, and Nov. 10, held in the Hurley Room.

Rev. Jenkins is continuing in the study of “The Purpose Driven Life’ and will begin a series on the book “The Love Dare.”

For more information, call 704-492-6086.

Hot dog fundraiser

KANNAPOLIS — Rodgers Park Reformed Church, 704 East 22nd St., will host a hot dog fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Proceeds will be used for local and world missions and special church projects. For more information, call 704-932-8301.

46th Louisiana Turkey Gumbo

Sacred Heart Catholic Daughters host the 46th annual Louisiana Turkey Gumbo from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 385 Lumen Christi Lane. Eat in or take out. $8 meal includes gumbo, rice, salad, punch bowl cake, drink, roll. Quarts (gumbo only, rice not included) $10. Also, handmade centerpieces for sale. All proceeds support CDA service projects such as church functions and local charities. For more information contact Vickie Kotlarz at 704-647-2080 or Kathy Seybold at 704-637-6484.

The Arbor UMC 

The Arbor United Methodist Church, 5545 Woodleaf Road, will hold its semi- annual Fall BBQ on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. BBQ chicken plates and pork plates cooked on premises; pork sandwiches, 1/2 chickens available also. Desserts are homemade. Extra desserts and homemade extra slaw available for purchase also. Proceeds go to missions.

Health Fair 

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5

Dorsett Chapel UCC will host a Community Health Fair, the goal of which is to connect with, serve, and promote a healthy community by providing awareness of the services available.

Screenings and educational prevention management services include blood pressure testing, glucose testing, mobile mammography, body mass index (BMI), height and weight measurements, dental and oral health, nutrition resources, family planning and mental health services.

To schedule a mammogram appointment or for vendor information, contact Demeka Kelly at 980-234-2314 or

GriefShare seminar

KANNAPOLIS — “Surviving the Holidays” seminar is scheduled for Nov. 5 for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. To be held at Central Baptist Church, 1810 Moose Road. No child care available. This seminar is free.

For more information, call Julia Pope at 704-467-2795 or email

First Baptist Church Salisbury

First Baptist Church of Salisbury is proud to present The Brothers Redeemed Quartet in concert on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. This is a free concert with a love offering being taken. It will be held in the Chapel of the church. Use the rear entrance.



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