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Faith Briefs Saturday, Feb. 25

Today: blood drive and fundraiser
8 a.m.-2 p.m., Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road. Also hot dogs and hamburgers, vendors and more. Proceeds benefit Women of Joy. Info: Traci, 704-223-1567.

Today: Soup event
The annual soup smorgasbord is today at noon, hosted by the Missionaries of Third Creek AME Zion Church, 415 E. Main St., Cleveland. The Rev. Harold Jordon is host pastor.

Dinner cancelled
Gethsemane Missionary Bapist Church Down Home Dinner for Sunday, Feb. 26 has been cancelled. Call 704-633-5057 for info.

Organ Lutheran services
Organ Lutheran Church, 1515 Organ Church Road, will have an 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday. Both services will be in the new church.

Bost at Love Christian Center
EAST SPENCER — Minister John A Bost Sr. will speak Sunday at Love Christian Center, 102 N. Long St., on Sundayat 10 a.m.
Bost is associate pastor of New Life Covenant Fellowship of Fayetteville and a former member of Love Christian Center where he served as church administrator, deacon, Sunday school superintendent and more.
Host pastor is Bishop W. Ronald Hash, 704-433-1474.

Mardi Gras Sunday at Mt. Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — The 10:30 a.m. service will ring with Dixieland Jazz music on Sunday at Mt. Zion UCC, 1415 South Main St. The Dixieland jazz Band includes Jay Meachum on trumpet, Dave Reid on clarinet, Wiley Porter on banjo and Steve Griggs on helicon. On Tuesday from 5:30-7 p.m. is the Fat Tuesday pancake dinner. The Rev. Mark Burns is host pastor. Call 704-857-1169 or visit mtzionchinagrove.com

Barry McGee at Lyerly
ROCKWELL — Christian comedian/musician Barry McGee will appear at Lyerly Evangelical Church, 1320 Crescent Road,at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday.
Barry has appeared with Lee Greenwood, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Daniels, and others, and has won numerous awards from gospel music and comedian associations. The event is free, but a love offering will be taken for Agape Ministries.
Dr. W.C. Gaither Jr. is host pastor.

Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist
In recognition of Black History Month, Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Family and Friends Day on Sunday, at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Raymondo Brady, associate minister of Sills Creek AME Zion Church in Mooresville. Lunch will follow. The Rev. Perry J. Dye is host pastor.

History program at St. Luke Baptist
St. Luke Baptist Church in Hawkinstown will host a Black History program Sunday during the 11 a.m. service. Members of the youth will present spoken word arrangements of historical figures. The group Triple Threat will present a dance for the occasion.
Minister Latasha Wilks, associate minister at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, is the guest speaker. She holds a B.A. degree from Ashford University and DeVry Institute of Technology.

New pastor at Sherrills Ford Road
Sherrills Ford Road Baptist Church has happily accepted Travis Connor as its new pastor. Worship is Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

History program at Rock Hill AME Zion
CONCORD — At Rock Hill AME Zion Church 3620 Rock Hill Church Road, on Sunday the Christian Education Department hosts a Black History Observance with a Soul Food Café and Black History Exhibit Hall dinner at 1 p.m. Dinner is $10. At 3 p.m. is the Rhapsody in Black Gospel Worship Experience with Evangelist Natalie Kirkpatrick as mistress of ceremonies. At the 10 a.m. service that day our favorite era in clothing will be represented with door prize awarded to the best dressed. For more info call 704-224-1817.

Boxwood Missionary hosts Witherspoon
On Sunday at 2 p.m., Boxwood Missionary Baptist church welcomes guest speaker Elder Donnie Witherspoon of New Birth of All Nations Ministry of Salisbury on the topic of “Pray, don’t worry; worry, don’t pray.” Host pastor is Gary S. Milton

Assemblies & Lifeline United history event
HIGH POINT — Assemblies & Lifeline United., 301 E. Lexington Ave., will host “Celebrating Men & Women of Color Extravaganza,” at 3 p.m. Sunday with Overseer Annie L. Smith, senior pastor. Ther will be song, word, tributes, dance, and moments of reflection. The Young Adult Department will sell food. For details call associate pastor T. Enoch at 704-433-4542.

Deacon, Trustee and Deaconess program
Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road, will host its annual Deacon, Trustee and Deaconess Program on Sunday at 3 p.m. with speaker the Rev. Rodney Eldridge of New Smith Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington. Host pastor is the Rev. Clarence E. Marlin.

Shoe Rally at Liberty AME Zion
COOLEEMEE — Liberty AME Zion Church, 271 Gladstone Road, will be holding a Shoe Rally on Sunday at 3 p.m. on the theme “ What kind of Shoe are You?” wtih speaker the Rev. Carolyn Bratton of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church. The Rev. David T. Smalls is host pastor.

God’s Will Be Done Ministries
Apostle Charlene Kellam of Bethel Power of Faith Ministries will speak on Sunday at God’s Will Be Done Ministries on Bringle Ferry Road at 4p.m. Call 704-232-9148 for details.

Annual Crossover Kannapolis
KANNAPOLIS — Seven area churches, predominantly African-American, Hispanic and White, are participating in the 20th annual Crossover Kannapolis service on Sunday at 6 p.m. to celebrate Race Relations Month. A love offering will be taken for Refuge of Hope Soup Kitchen in Kannapolis.
The service will be held at Centerview Baptist Church, 415 Walter St., Rev. Willie Rash, pastor.
Other participating churches are Bethel AME Zion, Rev. Dr. Charles Wilson; First Evangelical Methodist, Rev. David Hayes; Iglesia Bautista Discipulos de Cristo, Pastor Barry Matos; Marable Memorial AME Zion, Rev. Dr. William McKenith; Sandy Ridge AME Zion, Rev. Clarence Shuford; and Trinity United Methodist, Kirk Tutterow. To learn more, call 704-785-0549.

Immanuel Lutheran Lenten season
ROCKWELL — On Sunday the Immanuel Lutheran Church Chancel Choir will lead the congregation in the finale of celebratory events such as Christmas and Epiphany complete with Mardi Gras props and festivity. The congregation will begin its observance of the Lenten Season at 7:30 p.m. on Ash Wednesday with a service of the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. The Rev. Bruce Sheeks is host pastor.

Mount Tabor UMC
Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road will hold an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Call 704-633-7484 to learn more or visit www.mounttaborumc.org

Speak U.P. Teen Forum
Speak U.P. (Under Pressure) Teen Forum presents Youth Revival “Lights OUT” — Dare 2B Different. Admission is free for ages 12-18 and youth must be signed in.
Monday, Feb. 27 from 6-9 p.m. at Eastsquare Artworks, 120 East Innes St. Youth can submit questions ahead of time to Speak.up@hotmail.com
The forum features inspirational speaker Apostle R. Matthew Vaughters Jr. of NLRCC of Mocksville, as well as the Shop Radical Praise Team of Kannapolis, Gordon “Trueson” Patterson Jr. of Salisbury and special guests Paul Scott & One Way of Greensboro. The forum is hosted by Ministers Gordon and Iesha Patterson. Learn more at 980-202-9695.

Annual shamrock run
MOCKSVILLE — On Saturday, March 4 the Storehouse for Jesus will benefit by the 29th annual Shamrock run and walk sponsored by St. Francis Church of Mocksville. Register at www.ShamrockRunNC.com or cal 336-751-2973.

Semi-annual BBQ
10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, At The Arbor United Methodist Church, 5545 Woodleaf Road, will offer chicken and pit cooked pork BBQ plates, sandwiches and by-the-pound, plus homemade desserts. Proceeds go to missions.

Pancake supper Episcopal women
CLEVELAND — The Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church, 3430 Old US Hwy 70, host a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper 5-7 p.m. Tuesday in the parish hall. The supper will beneift the ECW’s ministry. Free; donations are welcome.

Pancake supper Gloria Dei
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd., will host a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on Tuesdayat 6 p.m. Free; donations are welcome.

Pancake supper Holy Cross Lutheran
MOCKSVILLE — Pancake Supper at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 601 south of Mocksville, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Offerings will benefit Relay for Life.

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