Faith briefs Saturday, January 14
‘Liberty AME Zion
COOLEEMEE — Liberty AME Zion Church, 271 Gladstone Road, will hold its 139th church anniversary program on Sunday at 3 p.m. on the theme of “This is the New Season.” The celebration starts today at 6:30 p.m. with spiritual singing. The Rev. Dr. Grant Harrison, Presiding Elder of the Salisbury District, will be the guest speaker.
St. Matthew Missionary Baptist
ROCKWELL — St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church of Rockwell will observe the fifth pastoral anniversary of the Rev. and First Lady John Geter on Sunday. The 11 a.m. speaker will be the Rev. Tommy Knox, associate minister of Third Creek AME Zion Church of Cleveland. The 3 p.m. speaker will be the Rev. Perry Dye, pastor of Henderson Grove Baptist Church.
Dorsett Chapel UCC
SPENCER — Dorsett Chapel UCC, 1280 Hollywood Drive, is celebrating the Rev. Rick and Lady Sonya Galloway’s first pastoral anniversary on Sunday. The Rev. Antonio Smith of The Park Church, Charlotte is the 11 a.m. guest speaker. The Rev. Anthony Pass of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Ringgold, Va. is the 4 p.m. speaker.
New Beginning Church of God
CONCORD — On Sunday at 3 p.m. New Beginning Church of God, 5717 Alexander Road, will host its annual Gospel Fest featuring Robert Horton and Voices of Many Waters of Albemarle; Gospel Lyrics of Salisbury; Gospel Deliverers from Mooresville; Trinity THREE of Mooresville; Men of God from Kannapolis/Concord; Heavenly Voices of Concord; Young Messengers from Cleveland; and The Gospel Traveliers of the Carolinas.
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
In “Keeping the Dream Alive,” Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley Ave., will host the 40th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration and Humanitarian Service Award Program, Sunday at 3 p.m. Dr. Leonzo D. Lynch, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Charlotte, will be the guest speaker.
The Humanitarian Service Award recipients are: Rev. Debra Ellison and husband, Julian Simmon; Otis Gibson, community leader from East Spencer; and Abe Daniels of J.C. Price American Legion Post 107 and F.A.C.T. (Families and Communities Together), a community outreach program sponsored by Soldiers Memorial and other local AME Zion churches.
Jaylen Brown, graduate of NRHS and a freshman at Winston-Salem State University, will receive the S. R. & Eva H. Johnson Memorial Scholarship.
United Ministerial Alliance
United Ministerial Alliance of Salisbury-Rowan will “Honor the Life and Legacy” of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at 7 p.m., Sunday at Tower of Power United Holy Church, 601 E. Cemetery St.
The guest preacher is Dr. Derrick R. Anderson, pastor of Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church. He became pastor at the Western NC Annual Conference in June, 2016. He spent ten years in Soldiers Memorial as his father, the late Rev. Herman L. Anderson (Bishop of the AME Zion Church, 1980-1995) was pastor from 1962-1972.
ROCKWELL — A new DivorceCare class begins on Monday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Lyerly Evangelical Church, 1320 Crescent Road. Group leader Darren Custer uses videos, group discussions and personal workbooks to help those hurting from separation or divorce. Children may also come and participate in DivorceCare for Kids. For more information or to register for the free courses, call Darren at 704-925-9869.
On ‘Science and Faith’
MT. ULLA — St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 11020 Hwy 801, hosts Dr. Sandy Stewart on Wednesday, Jan 18, at 7 p.m. Science and Faith are not incompatible – they simply answer different questions. Holding a bachelor of science, master of science and doctor of philosophy, Stewart is a widely published and highly respected scientist. He is a research assistant professor and tobacco specialist at NC State University. The presentation/discussion is at 7 p.m., with a simple meal at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at www.stlukesmtulla.org or 704-278-2710.
Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist
Due to the inclement weather last week, Pastor Clarence E. Marlin and First Lady Evangelist Cathye Marlin’s 16th pastoral anniversarywas canceled. Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road, will resume its celebration on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. when the Rev. Alonzo Williams of Rhema Praise Worship Center will speak. On Sunday, Jan. 22 guest preacher will be Michael Mitchell, associate minster of Southern City AME Zion Church in East Spencerat 11 a.m. Dinner will follow at 1:30 p.m. The 3 p.m. service will conclude the celebration with Dr. Clary Phelps of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.
Southern City Tabernacle
Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 940 S. Long St., will host a HBCU Colors Tea on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. The YAMS Dept. of the Missionary Dept. is sponsoring this event. Wear your favorite HBCU attire. There is no admission fee, but a free will donation will be accepted. Andrea Noble serves as the YAMS Director and Patrick Tate is host pastor.
ROCKWELL —The postponed events at Immanuel Lutheran will take place this Sunday. Dr. William Dwayne Robertson, “Dr. Rob,” makes his debut as music director. New Church Council members will be installed and this is BLITZ Sunday for Organ Lutheran Outreach Ministries. BLITZ (Bring Lots of Items To Zap). Bring scarves, gloves, hats and undergarments for the Ministry. The youth will join the Church Council for an evening covered dish supper.