Faith Briefs Saturday, Nov. 12

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hotdog fundraiser

KANNAPOLIS — Hotdog fundraiser today from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at First Wesleyan Church, 301 Bethpage Road. Grilled hotdogs, homemade slaw, chili, desserts, baked goods.

Creation seminar at Franklin Baptist

Dr. (Rev.) Steve Levinson will give a Creation Seminar on Sunday at the 8:30, 10 and 11 a.m. services. Dr. Levinson is a graduate of Liberty University and has pastored adults and youth and worked with at-risk youth in over 50 schools. He will speak on how the Book of Genesis is foundational to the rest of the Bible, how the doctrines in Genesis are being undermined and how evolution is affecting the culture.  The first two services will be the same but the 10 a.m. service will be different. He will speak again at 6 p.m. on fossils, Noah’s ark and dinosaurs and will bring his huge fossil collection to illustrate the truth of the global flood.

South China Grove UMC

CHINA GROVE — South China Grove United Methodist Church will honor all veterans at the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday. Veterans are encouraged, but not required, to wear their uniforms. The church will donate $10 to Main Street Mission for each member of the congregation that is a veteran and for each visiting veteran. Call Doc Warner, pastor, at 704-639-9165 for more information.

The Noblemen Southern Gospel Quartet

CLEVELAND —The Noblemen Southern Gospel Quartet from Chattanooga, Tenn. will perform at Unity Presbyterian Church, 885 Woodleaf-Barber Road, on Sunday at 10 a.m. A love offering will be taken, and a covered dish lunch will follow the performance. Call 704-278-4248 for details.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal

MOORESVILLE — At St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 165 Fairview Road, the 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship will focus on reconciliation following Tuesday’s election.

Mount Zion Missionary

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church,1920 Shirley Ave., will recognize Veterans on Sunday at  the 10:45 a.m. service. Veterans will be recognized in severa; ways.  Join us in thanking our Veterans for their service. Host pastor is Rev. Nilous M. Avery II.

St. Luke Missionary Baptist

St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Hawkinstown is celebrating Women’s Day on Sunday. The women of the church will be socializing today by attending a movie, bowling, and eating out. Tomorrow the entire church will honor them with a special service at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Margaret Roberson Anderson of Soldier’s Memorial AME Zion Church. Rev. Anderson is a native of Spencer and the Hawkinstown community and is the daughter of Lester and Mary Ruth Houston Roberson. She graduated from North Rowan High School and attended Livingston College. She graduated from the University of Louisville, retiring from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system with 40 years of service in 2015. She is the wife of the Rev. Dr. Derrick Anderson, pastor of Soldier’s Memorial and is an associate minister there. The Rev. Arthur Heggins is host pastor.

New Creation Baptist Men’s Day

STATESVILLE — Men’s Day will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m. at New Creation Baptist Church, 792 Glover St. Guest speaker will be Minister Deon Anderson, from God’s Tabernacle for Believer’s, Rockwell. The Rev. Joseph Robinson is host pastor.

Revival at Calvary Baptist Church

Calvary Baptist Church, on East Ridge Road, just beyond Ellis Crossroads, will hold revival services Sunday through Wednesday. Sunday services are at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Evangelist for the week is the Rev. Dr. Don Whitt from Jackson, Tenn.

Dr. Whitt holds a B.A. degree from Carson-Newman, a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministries degree from Luther Rice Baptist Theological Seminary.

Over the past 30 years of ministry, Whitt has pastored several churches, was the director of evangelism for the Ohio Baptist State Convention, and has preached in more than 1,000 church revivals, several area-wide crusades, state pastor’s conferences, and state evangelism conferences. For more information, call 704-633-2567.

WWLTC appreciation service

SPENCER — Whosoever Will Let Them Come Ministries (WWLTC) will host an appreciation service for Bishop Chris F. Brown and Pastor Patricia A. Brown, marking their ninth year in the ministry. The service is Sunday at 11 a.m. at 318 8th St. For more information, call 704-633-3876 or email

Immanuel Women’s Sunday features authors

ROCKWELL — Susan King and her son, Patrick, authors of “Optimism for Autism,” will be the guest speakers for the Women’s Thankoffering Service on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran, sharing how their family has coped with Patrick’s autism. He is currently enrolled in the master’s program at UNC-C after graduating from Pfeiffer University with scholarships in academics and athletics.

Women’s Sunday is sponsored and led by the Irene Beaver Circle with a special emphasis on Autism Awareness. Patrick will sing during the service, and others participating  include: Jo Fowler, Barbara Harwood, Macheal Humes, Kathy Lyerly, Kay Meilinger, Debbie Miller, Marlene Mills, Kim Sheeks, Mandy Shulenburger, Angela Starnes, Christy Trexler and Helen Trexler.

Lilly’s Chapel Church of God

Lilly’s Chapel Church of God, 618 W. Thomas St., will hold a special Memorial Service for the late pastor, Dr. Thomas H. Clawson, on Sunday.

Speakers are: 11:15 a.m. Elder Robert Albritton of Lilly’s Chapel;

3:30 p.m. Bishop Willie Littlejohn, pastor of Mt. Calvary Worship and Praise Ministry, Wake Forest.

New Bethel Baptist

MOCKSVILLE — The New Bethel Spiritual Choir will be celebrating its choir anniversary on Sunday at 3 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church, 3727 US Hwy 601 South. All soloists, choirs, quartets and groups are welcome to sing. With questions, call the church at 336-284-2990 or visit

Blessing of the Children service

F.A C.T. (Families and Communities Together) monthly “Blessing of the Children Worship Service” will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Holy Church,  1400 Standish St.

“It’s Harvest Time” is the theme and the Object Lesson will be presented by the Rev. Antonio Smith, student at Hood Theological Seminary. Children and youth from Mt. Calvary Holy Church, St. Luke Baptist Church and Trinity Presbyerian Church will share poetry reading and liturgical dance.

Evangelist Jamie McKnight and Elder Eric Susong will participate in the service. There will be special recognition of students who made the all A and A & B Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance and Good Citizenship. Students are asked to bring their report cards with them.

Canned goods to benefit  Rowan Helping Ministries are also requested. Bishop Harvey Rice is host pastor.

Erwin Temple veterans’ service

The annual veterans appreciation service is Sunday at Erwin Temple CME Church, 155 Erwin Temple Church Road, at 3 p.m. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be Xavier Zasarmani of Statesville and Dorene Jenkins of Fort Bragg. There will be other special guests. Gospel singing and music will be rendered throughout the service. In honor of our Veterans we ask all that can, to wear red, white or blue. The Rev. Ervin L. Hannah Jr. is host pastor.

Piano dedication

WOODLEAF — Needmore Baptist Church, 1620 Mt. Vernon Road, will dedicate its new baby grand piano to the glory of God on Sunday at 3 p.m. The piano was given to the church in memory of Margaret and James Snider. Former pastors, music directors and pianists will participate in the service. Several piano solos will be featured along with scripture readings and hymn singing. Pastor David Smith will lead the prayer of dedication.

Hall’s Temple

Hall’s Temple Church on N. Long Street, will hold its First Founder’s Day Program on Sunday at 4 p.m. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Carrie Bolton and on program is Bishop Tony Carter. Everyone who worked closely with her or if your ministry started under her leadership, you are invited to take part in this service. Remembering Mother Hall with this special program. Host pastor is the Rev. E. Bruce.

The Piedmont Singing Men

KANNAPOLIS — The Piedmont Singing Men will be in concert on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Ben Avenue Free Will Baptist Church. The church is located at 611 Ben Ave.

The Noblemen Gospel Quartet

SPENCER —The Noblemen Southern Gospel Quartet from Chattanooga, Tenn. will perform at Oakdale Baptist Church, 200 Charles St., on Sunday at 6 p.m. A love offering will be taken.

Liberty UMC

GOLD HILL — Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Liberty United Methodist Church, 3940 Liberty Road, welcomes Matthew Weaver and The Gospel Voices for its Fall Mission Concert. The church will be taking clothing to send to the Appalachian Mountains.

Milford Hills community brunch

On Tuesday, Nov.  15 at 10 a.m. is the Milford Hills Community Brunch featuring Debbie Yokley, featuring good food and good singing. Milford Hills Baptist Church, 1238 East Colonial Drive, 704-633-1423.

Missionaries at New London UMC

NEW LONDON — On Wednesday, Nov. 16, New London United Methodist Church will host Jacques Akasa Umembudi and his wife Poto Valentine Shutsha for a program on their mission work, beginning at 6:30 p.m. They are natives of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and serve as missionaries of the United Methodist Church, working with Wings of Caring Aviation Ministry in the Central Congo Annual Conference.

As a pilot-mechanic and program director of the Wings of Caring, Jacques flies people and supplies to various missions in the region. Valentine serves in many capacities, including radio operator, bookkeeper, flight tracker and guesthouse manager. A love offering will be received for the support of Wings of Caring.

The opioid epidemic in our community

MT. ULLA — Wednesday, Nov 16 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 11020 NC Hwy 801, Dr. Jason Connelly will share a presentation on the heroin/opioid epidemic in our community, including assumptions and misconceptions, paths to addiction, risk factors, treatments and impacts on families. Begins with light meal at 6:30 p.m. at no charge. For more information, call 704-278-2710 or visit

New Beginning Church of God

CONCORD — New Beginning Church of God, 5717 Alexander Road, celebrates the 14th pastoral anniversary of Bishop Gene and Evangelist Willie Roseman. Services begin on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. with speaker Pastor R. Powell of P3 Ministries, Troutman.

Saturday at 7 p.m. the speaker will be Apostle S. Gillespie of Tabernacle of Joy Ministries, Mooresville.

Services conclude on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m., with speaker Dr. Bishop C.R. Minor of Mt. Calvary Apostolic Holiness Church, Statesville.

Annual chicken noodle dinner

CONCORD — After the Concord Christmas parade, Epworth United Methodist Men will host its annual chicken noodle dinner Saturday, Nov. 19 from 4-7 p.m. The cost is $3 for chicken and noodles, slaw, crackers and beverage with desserts available for an additional cost. Proceeds benefit missions of the United Methodist Men. Epworth UMC is located at 1030 Burrage Road NE.
Donations of new toys

Doing the Word Ministry is in the process of gathering donations of new toys for the less fortunate for Christmas. For more information, call Patricia McConneaughey at 704-267-9970. Donation deadline Dec. 8.


Outreach Christian Ministries, 722 W. Horah St.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 19

8th annual Thanksgiving dinner. Our aim continues to be to provide guidance to anyone desiring to enhance their lives spiritually, as well as to help meet the basic needs of those right in our own backyard.
Providence Baptist Church, 620 Andrews St., East Spencer

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

Free to anyone who needs; held at the church fellowship hall. If you need one delivered, call Sy Ponds at 704-637-6629, Jason Brown at 704-603-8041 or Sam Adams at 704-209-6454; give the address and number of meals. Leave a message if necessary. RSVP at least one week in advance and if a large number of meals is desired, two weeks in advance.
To have your free Thanksgiving dinner listed in Faith Briefs, email to by Thursday noon.


Discover the quiet light of Christ healing


“The original star of Bethlehem was visible to millions but only noticed by a few. What did it take to actually see and follow this light?” With this question, international speaker, Chet Manchester, begins his exploration of “The healing light of Christmas.” Based on his travels to the Holy Land and on his own spiritual journey, Manchester takes audiences back to the first Christmas Eve to reflect on its meaning today.

In his hour-long talk, to be given at 10Thread, 1024 S. Fulton St., (park in the rear), on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m., Manchester shares how the spiritual light of Christ heals and transforms today as naturally as two millennia ago. Among many examples, he relates his healing of a serious illness while living in Africa and how a woman was healed of cancer when she had all but lost hope.

Manchester is a Christian Science practitioner and lecturer who helps people of all walks of life find healing through prayer. His talk is inspired by Mary Baker Eddy’s discovery of Jesus’ spiritual method of healing. The book she wrote, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, explains this healing as “divinely natural” rather than miraculous. His talk is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Salisbury.

For more information on the event, call the church at 704-636-9465.

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