Faith Briefs Saturday, Jan. 7

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 7, 2017

Union Chapel AME Zion

LINWOOD — Union Chapel AME Zion Church, 4329 Sowers Road, will host its 6th Annual Gospel Fest today. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and feature gospel soloists and groups from North and South Carolina. Roland Carter, originally of Lexington, will be the master of ceremony. This event serves as an annual fundraiser for the Steward Board of Union Chapel. All are welcome to attend and participate.


St. John’s hosts the Alpha course 

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., Downtown Salisbury, will host the Alpha course beginning Jan. 11.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each class explores a different question and is designed to create conversation in a safe space.

Session topics include:

• Who Is Jesus?

• Why Did Jesus Die?

• Why and How Should I Read the Bible?

• Who Is the Holy Spirit?

• Why and How Do I Pray?

• Does God Heal Today?

Beginning at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 11, the group will meet in the fellowship hall for dinner. The class begins at 6:30 p.m., and includes a teaching video and small group discussion.

You may attend dinner and class, or just the class. For details or to sign up, email

The Rev. Rhodes Woolly is senior pastor of St. John’s, and the Rev. Danielle DeNise is pastor for discipleship.


Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist

Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road,will conclude its 16th pastoral anniversary for Pastor Clarence E. Marlin and First Lady Evangelist Cathye Marlin on Sunday, Jan. 8. The guest preacher for the 11 a.m. service is Minister Michael Mitchell, associate minster of Southern City AME Zion Church in East Spencer. Dinner will follow in the fellowship Hall.

The service will resume at 3 p.m. with Elder Timothy Lyons of St. John Primitive Baptist Church in Charlotte as the guest preacher.


5th annual MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast

CONCORD — The Christian Education Dept of Rock Hill AME Zion Church, 3620 Rock Hill Church Road, will host its 5th annual MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16 beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets are $5, payable at the door.

The theme is “Infinite Hope and Meaningful Action.” The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Calvin L. Miller, Presiding Elder of the Winston Salem District of the Western NC Conference of the AME Zion Church. To learn more, call J. Darrell Rollins at 704-224-1817 or Ruby Pearson at 704-425-8364.


New Year New You Women’s Conference

LEXINGTON — Journey Church of Lexington, 61 Biesecker Road, will host the New Year New You Women’s Conference on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The event includes a complimentary health screening and a health and wellness expo, as well as praise and worship. The speakers, Adrian Jessen of FIT for Service and Sharon Glasgow with Proverbs 31 Ministries, will offer insights on physical, spiritual, and mental health and fitness. Breakout sessions will provide take-home resources to help start the new year off right and continue heading in that right direction.

Preregister at


Immanuel Lutheran welcomes ‘Dr. Rob’ As new director of music


ROCKWELL — Immanuel Lutheran announces the addition of Dr. William Dwayne Robertson, “Dr. Rob,” as the director of Music, and his debut in this capacity is slated for this Sunday.

A graduate of UNC-Greensboro, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education and school administration including a doctorate in education.

Currently, Dr. Rob is Music Specialist at Salisbury Academy and director of the Salisbury Music Conservatory.

Nationally board certified, he has served as a music educator in the following school systems: Rowan-Salisbury, Iredell-Statesville, Davie County and at RCCC and Mitchell Community College and as a Pfeiffer University student teacher supervisor.

Previous church positions include service at Grace Lower Stone, Rockwell and in Statesville area churches: Cool Spring United Methodist, Fifth Creek Presbyterian, New Salem United Methodist and Wesley Memorial United Methodist.

Having received numerous awards, Dr. Rob’s most recent is the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.


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