Faith Briefs Saturday, Nov. 26

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tops-N-Ties Brunch today

EAST SPENCER — Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 940 S. Long St., will host its Tops-N-Ties Brunchtoday at 11:30 a.m. The Christian Education Department is sponsoring this event. Tickets are $10. Ladies are asked to wear their favorite hat and men are asked to wear their favorite tie or bow tie. Call 704-637-9043 to learn more.

Advent at Mt. Zion

CHINA GROVE —  During the new 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 South Main St.,  will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent with the lighting of a candle – the candle of Hope.  The Alan Cress Family will be Advent readers and candle lighters.  Laura Agner of Salem College is guest musician.  Following worship the Mt. Zion middle and senior high youth will be delivering Thanksgiving fruit bags. For more information call 704-857-1169 or visit

The Rev. Mark Burns is host pastor.


Jerusalem Baptist celebrates deacons, deaconesses and trustees

Jerusalem Baptist Church will celebrate Deacon, Deaconess and Trustee Day on Sunday during the regular 11 a.m. service.

The Rev. Wallace Powell Jr. will be the guest speaker. Rev. Powell, a native of Greensboro, is a retired officer of the US Navy. He was the long-term  interim pastor of Clark’s Chapel Baptist Church and is now the associate pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in High Point. Special music will be provided by JBC’s combined choirs under the direction of Keith Holland. All auxiliary members are asked to wear the proper atttire.


UCC advent service

Pastor Carol Hallman will lead the 11 a.m. service on the first Sunday of Advent tomorrow at First United Church of Christ,   207 West Horah St. The 2016 Advent sermon series is entitled God Bless Us Everyone: The Redemption of Scrooge. Matthew Newton is director of the chancel choir and Susan Trivette is organist. The first Advent Candle of HOPE will be lit with special litany led by the Greg Alcorn family.

Call 704-633-2723 for more information.


John Calvin names Wilkerson as interim 

A former pastor at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1620 Brenner Ave., has been named interim pastor to lead the church in its search for a new permanent minister.

Rev. John Wilkerson served JCPC from 1983 until 1990. While pastor at JCPC he was an organizer and past chairman of the  Crisis Assistance Network of Rowan County.  He was an organizer and past president of Rowan Helping Ministries.

After his graduation from Lynchburg College (BA, philosophy and religion) and Union Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity and Doctor  of Ministry), he  served multiple Presbyterian churches since 1962.  He served as Interim Stated Clerk and Interim Executive Presbyter for Salem Presbytery from 1998-2000.

He served as a member of the former Governor James Martin’s Task Force on Racial and Religious Violence.

Since 1990 he has specialized in Interim Ministries having served 14 different churches as an Interim Minister while they searched for a permanent pastor.

He will begin his new interim ministry at JCPC on Sunday, at the 11 a.m.  service.

Afterward there will be a reception in the fellowship hall welcoming him and his wife Marge back to the church, as well as welcoming two new members on his first Sunday.

JCPC is located in front of the Hefner VA Medical Center.


Union Chapel’s 143rd church anniversary

LEXINGTON — Union Chapel AME Zion Church, 4329 Sowers Road, will be celebrating its 143rd church anniversary on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dwayne Walker of Little Rock AME Zion Church of Charlotte. The Rev. Dairl Scott Jr. is host pastor.


Hall’s Chapel Matron’s Anniversary

Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 611 E. Monroe St., will hold its Matron’s Anniversary program on Sunday at 4 p.m. Speaker of the hour is Marvin Deon Anderson, assoicate minster of God’s Tabernacle for Believers in Rockwell. Host pastor is Elder Richard L. Johnson.


The Shepherd Family in concert

CHINA GROVE —  On Sunday at 6 p.m. China Grove Church of God, 413 N. Franklin St., will  host the  Shepherd Family in concert for a night of worship and the Word brought by Mr. Shepherd. Call 704-857-0200 or 704-754-0109 for more information.

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 at Rowan Public Library.

The next meetings are Dec. 1, in the Hurley Room, and Dec. 8 in second floor conference room number 4. Rev. Jenkins is continuing in the study of “The Purpose Driven Life’ and will begin a series on the book “The Love Dare.”


Port-a-Pit at Moore’s Chapel

CLEVELAND — On Friday, Dec.  2, from 11 a.m. until, Port-a-Pit chicken and barbecue ribs  dinners will be sold at Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, at the corner of Chenault and Cool Springs Roads. Chicken plate $10, rib plate $12. Call 704-278-2885. Eat in or carry out.


Visit a Bethlehem marketplace for Christmas

Travel back 2000 years to a place called Bethlehem.  A Roman centurion will guide you as you experience prophecy, angelic visitations, a visit to the marketplace, a very full inn, and the stable birthplace of Jesus Christ.

Show dates are Friday Dec.  2 from 6-8 p.m.; Saturday Dec.  3 from  4-8 p.m.; and Sunday Dec.  4 from  4-8 p.m.

Totally free admission; handicapped accessible. Held at North Main Baptist Church, 1501 North Main St., 704-637-2929 or


Christmas concert benefits Rowan One Church One Child

SPENCER — At 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, a live concert featuring Raising Glory Band benefits Rowan One Church One Child Ministry and is hosted by Oakdale Baptist Church, located at 200 Charles St.

Find out how you can make a difference in the life of a Rowan County child or teenager receiving Child Protective or Foster Care Services.

Bring a toy to give to a child for Christmas, give a love offering to help purchase a bed for a child or even become a foster parent or adoptive parent to a Rowan County child.

Learn more at the concert or email for more information.


‘Christmas in the City’

KANNAPOLIS — He’s Alive Church, 1310 N. Cannon Blvd., presents “Christmas in the City” on Friday and Saturday, Dec.  9-10. The dinner theater, at 6:30 p.m., is $25/person

On Sunday, Dec.  11 is the show only, at 6:30 p.m., for  $10/person.

This Christmas worship musical and dinner theater features a small symphony, choir, soloists, quartet, worship dance and  drama. Dinner will will be served banquet style with music playing in the background until the show begins.

Get tickets at or on Sunday mornings at the information desk or call 980-781-4920.



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