Faith Briefs Nov. 5

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 5, 2016

Rev. Norton and family join Oakdale


SPENCER — Oakdale Baptist Church, 200 Charles St. is pleased to welcome Pastor Jeffrey T. Norton to be our senior pastor. There will be an installation service on Sunday, Nov. 6 during the 11 a.m. worship service.

Pastor Jeff comes to us from Rock Hill, S.C. where he was serving as associate pastor of College Park Baptist Church. Pastor Jeff is married to Caron and they have six children.

Pastor Jeff is committed to prayer and verse by verse teaching of the Bible. He loves to visit and is a hands-on leader who will be involved in the activities of Oakdale. He believes a successful church and pastor are those that are faithful to the Word of God and growing in the Word.

First Presbyterian welcomes Dr. LaBonte


First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of S. Fulton and W. Innes Streets, welcomes its new senior pastor, transitional, Dr. Tom LaBonte, to the pulpit Sunday.

Prior to obtaining credentials from Union Presbytery in Charlotte, his background was in corporate banking and human resources. He holds a Doctor of Education with proven leadership as a Marine in Vietnam, along with 21 years combined service in the US Marine and Army Reserves, retiring at the rank of Major. He has a passion for ancient history, is an Eagle Scout, and a published author. Tom and his wife, Starann, live in Huntersville.

On Sunday is also All Saints’ Sunday with a time of remembrance for members who have died in the last year. Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary and at 8:50 a.m. in Lewis Hall. Holy Communion will be served during the 8:50 service.

Fall BBQ at Liberty

GOLD HILL — Today from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or until sold out. Chicken and pork available. Quilts available for sale by Liberty Quilters Club. Liberty United Methodist Church, 3940 Liberty Road.

St. Paul’s UCC

CHINA GROVE — St. Paul’s UCC, 811 N. Enochville Ave., is having its 61st annual chicken noodle supper with hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade desserts, and a bake sale today from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., dine in or carry out. Proceeds go to Mt. Pleasant High School Bible Teaching and Missions. Call 704-932-5909 for more information.

Church fund raiser

Finger lickin’ good church fund raiser, 5370 Stokes Ferry Road, today at 11 a.m.

Gospel festival/car & bike show

MOORESVILLE — Today from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. there will be a car and bike show with food, festivities and live music, at 3165 Bradshaw Road. Bring lawn chairs and fellowship in the field and enjoy poetry, mime, praise dance and singing. Food will be available for purchase: fish, chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers. Register for the car and bike show with Jeff Pinkston at 704-920-0756.

Rainbow Tea

The Pastor Appreciation Committee of Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road, is sponsoring its first Rainbow Tea today at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. The Tea will be held in the fellowship hall. Host pastor is the Rev. Clarence E. Marlin.

New Voices of Faith

The New Voices of Faith of Mocksville will celebrate their 19th anniversary at Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Henderson Grove Church Road today at 5 p.m. featuring The Original Sensational Aires of Lexington, Brother Ron Tyree & The Vessels of Faith of Charlotte, The Tears of Joy of Charlotte, The Echoes for Christ of Salisbury, The Mighty Pilgrimaires of Salisbury, The Messengers For Christ of Salisbury, and the honorees.  The program is free. Host pastor is the Rev. Perry Dye.

Veteran Recognition Service
Word of Life Family Worship Center, 726 E. Liberty St., will have its annual Veteran’s Recognition Service on Sunday during the 10 a.m. service. Veterans and Active Duty Members of the military will be recognized for their service to the country.
Dr. Martha Starks, pastor, will speak. Patriotic music will be provided by the Gospel Choir as well as special solos.
For additional information or transportation call 704-633-2431.

Outreach Christian Ministries

Outreach Christian Ministries, 722 West Horah St., will be hosting Pastor Arthur J. Otim from Uganda, East Africa on Sunday for the 11 a.m. worship experience and the 4 p.m. evangelistic service.

FUMC All Saints Service

First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., will recall members of its congregation who entered the Church Triumphant this past year with a Service for All Saints and Holy Communion on Sunday, at 11 a.m.

The Chancel Choir, led by Matthew Michael Brown, will offer excerpts from Maurice Duruflé’s setting of the Requiem, Op. 9, accompanied by cello, harp, and organ. Other music includes Gabriel Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine,” Massenet’s “Méditation” from Thaïs and Duruflé’s “Fugue sur le nom d’Alain” as the closing organ voluntary.

Host pastor Rev. Dr. Mark Conforti will administer the sacrament of Holy Communion. Call 704-636-3121 or visit

Immanuel Lutheran to honor Veterans

ROCKWELL— Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2070 Emanuel Church Road, will celebrate Veteran’s Day on Sunday during the 11 a.m. service. Special guest speaker will be Immanuel member Staff Sergeant Lewis “Buddy” Leazer, a United States Marine who served six years of active duty near the end of the Vietnam War. Leazer’s sister, Judy Harwood, will sing the National Anthem. Veterans may wish to wear their uniforms or any insignia indicating the branch of service in which they served.

The Rev. Bruce Sheek, host pastor, will administer the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Solid Rock Church of God

Solid Rock Church of God, 1004 Locke St., will celebrate the ninth pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Samuel A. Washington, ThM, on Sunday. Rev. Anthony McCullough, associate minister of youth and Christian education, will deliver the 11 a.m. message. At 4 p.m., the Rev. Cornelius N. Atkinson, pastor of Wilson Heights First Church of God in Charlotte and chairman of the NC General Assembly of the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), will be the guest preacher.

Dinner will be served following the 11 a.m. service.

Mt. Vernon Presbyterian

WOODLEAF – Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, 435 Carson Road, will observe its 146th church anniversary on Sunday at 11 a.m. The theme for the anniversary is “ Continuing On The Mt. Vernon Journey 1870 – … A Work in Progress”. Dr. Emery Rann, current pastor, will preach. The first church structure was built in 1870 with John Marlin Sr. as carpenter. The current church structure was erected in 1890 under the pastorate of Rev. Crawford The land upon which the building stands was purchased for $4.00.

Lunch will be served following the morning worship.

Conquering Voices of Fairview Heights

The Conquering Voices of Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating its ninth choir anniversary on Sunday at 3 p.m. In- and out-of-town groups will participate. The church is located at 704 Old Concord Road. Host pastor is the Rev. Clarence E. Marlin.

Revival at Mt. Calvary

Mt. Calvary Holy Church will host a three-day revival at 1401 Standish St. Services on Sunday, are at 4 p.m., and on Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Pastor Reginald Holiday of Bethany Fellowship Church in Greensboro.

Host pastor is Bishop Harvey L. Rice.

The Piedmont Singing Men

KANNAPOLIS — The Piedmont Singing Men will be performing a patriotic concert on Sunday at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St. This is a free concert.

Bethel UMC open for prayer

MOCKSVILLE — Bethel United Methodist Church/Mocksville will be open election day, Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. for a time of prayer either before or after you vote. Bethel United Methodist Church is located at 353 Bethel Church Road.

The Rev. Tony Owens is host pastor.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal

MOORESVILLE — On election day, Nov. 8, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 165 Fairview Road, will be open from 3-8 p.m. for individual prayer and meditation for reconciliation.

Assemblies & Lifeline has crusade 

HIGH POINT — Assemblies & Lifeline United, 301 East Lexington Ave., will be hosting crusade services Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 9-11. Pastor Timothy Starkey of Greater King’s Chapel will be ministering nightly at 7:30 p.m.

Day sessions are with Evangelist N. Bailey on Wednesday and Evangelist M. Olvera on Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m.

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 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Innes St.

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.

Sunday school convention at Fairview Heights

The Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church Association Sunday school convention at Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. It is open to the public.

Veteran’s program at Shady Grove

EAST SPENCER — On Saturday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m., the Men’s Ministry of Shady Grove Baptist church will have a special program to honor all Veterans. A light lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served afterward.

Life strategy information session

The Salisbury Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is sponsoring an information session on “Options for Planning Your Life’s Strategy for Unexpected and Long term Care Events” on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-noon in the fellowship hall of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St. Susan Glenn, Independent Agent from Troutman is the presenter. Free and open to the community. For more information call 704-633-3367.

Horizon Church hosts fall festival

STATESVILLE — On Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Horizon Church, 316 Signal Hill Drive, will host a Family Fall Festival and donate much of the proceeds to a local non-profit ministry for girls, In His Steps. There will be food, baked goods, games, cake walk, face painting, local vendors and entertainment by Philip Hamrick and At The Well Experience. Donna Smith founded In His Steps, now in its ninth year, as a way to reach out to girls and provide free weekly dance classes and events. For more information, contact Smith at 704-650-4089 or or

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church

GOLD HILL — St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 4401 St. Stephen Church Road, is holding its annual chicken noodle dumpling dinner on Nov. 12 at the Family Center starting at 4 p.m. Eat in or take out. All money is used for charities of the church.


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