Faith Briefs Saturday, April 15
Today: In Memory of Ayanna
On Saturday, April 15, Southern City AME Zion Church, 940 S. Long St., is hosting the inaugural Youth Empowerment Bible Study for ages 7-17. The group will meet every Saturday from noon-1 p.m. There will be pizza, chips and drinks. Other community churches are invited to participate and host the study on a rotating basis. Call Rev. Michael Mitchell at 704-245-0729 to learn more.
Today: Mt. Moriah Lutheran
CHINA GROVE — Mt. Moriah Lutheran church, 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road, will host an Easter egg hunt today from 2-4 p.m.
On Sunday the sunrise service is at 7 a.m. followed by a donation breakfast by Lutheran Men. The Easter Festival Service is at 10 a.m. Host pastor is Joseph Tallent.
Today: Mt. Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — Today at 10 a.m. is the annual Mt. Zion UCC, 1415 S. Main St., Easter egg hunt.
On Sunday morning the 6:45 a.m. sunrise service is in the Historic Cemetery and the Easter Service is at 9 a.m. Note the time change on Easter Sunday. Host pastor is Mark L. Burns. For more information visit www.mtzionchinagrove.com
Providence United Methodist Church’s sunrise service at Dan Nicholas Park starts at 7 a.m. Sunday at the amphitheater. This is an outdoor service, so dress accordingly, and bring a blanket or seat cushions. In case of inclement weather the service will be held at Providence Church. Breakfast follows the service in the fellowship hall. There will also be a Celebration Service at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Providence is located at 6450 Bringle Ferry Road
Mt. Tabor UMC
Easter Sunday at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, 4520 Old Mocksville Road, will host a 7 a.m. Ellis Community Sunrise service at Ellis Park. Mt. Tabor will also host a traditional Easter service at 11 a.m. at the church. Questions? Call 704-633-7484 or visit www.Mt.taborumc.org
FAITH — Faith Lutheran Church will celebrate Easter Sunday beginning with a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service at Faith Baptist Church. Faith Baptist, Shiloh Reformed and Faith Lutheran combine each year to have a service for the whole community. Randy Drafts, pastor of Faith Lutheran, will deliver the message.
Afterward, Faith Lutheran’s Stewardship and Evangelism Teams will sponsor the SonRise Breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Christian Education will sponsor a Sunday school fair at the same time where each Sunday school class displays information on what they are currently studying and what ministries they provide. Everyone is invited to bring fresh flowers to decorate a living cross that will be displayed on the church lawn.
The Easter Resurrection service at 10:30 a.m. includes a handbell prelude and choir processional. and a presentation by the Chancel Choir under the direction of Tony Herrin and accompanied by soloist Daisy Bost. Holy Communion will be celebrated. Faith Lutheran Church is located at 205 South Main St. in Faith.
Sherrills Ford Road Baptist
Sherrills Ford Rd Baptist Church, 6455 Sherrills Ford Road, starts its Easter celebration on Sunday with a service at 8 a.m. followed at 9 a.m. with a hot breakfast and a service at 10 a.m. There will be no Sunday School.
The Arbor UMC
The Arbor United Methodist Church, 5545 Woodleaf Road, will hold an Easter Sunday sunrise service at 7 a.m. with Sunday school at 8:30 and morning worship at 9:30 a.m. Note the change in the usual times for Sunday school and worship that day.
On Sunday, Luther’s Lutheran church will host an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. with breakfast at 8 a.m. and the regular Easter service at 11 a.m. Luther’s Lutheran is in Rowan County at the corner of Stokes Ferry and Richfield Roads.
On Sunday at 6:30 a.m., is the sunrise service at Christiana followed by breakfast and then the regular service of Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. Christiana Lutheran Church is located at 6190 US Highway 52, 704-279-4655, www.christianaelc.org
ROCKWELL — The Immanuel Lutheran Easter Sunday sunrise service begins at 6:30 a.m. in the sanctuary with a formal procession and the re-lighting of the Lenten Cross. The choir, under the direction of Dr. Rob, will perform a mini-cantata of Easter selections featuring Judy Harwood as soloist.
The Easter Bunny will visit during the children’s sermon. Afterward is a complimentary breakfast prepared by the Men’s Sunday school class. There will be no Sunday school or 11 a.m. service. The Rev. Bruce Sheeks is host pastor.
Lilly’s Chapel hosts joint service
Lilly’s Chapel, Rose of Sharon and The Potter’s House will have a joint sunrise service at Lilly’s Chapel Church, 613 West Thomas St., on Sunday at 6:30 a.m. The speaker is Pastor Reginald Long. Breakfast will be served.
First Presbyterian Church, 308 W. Fisher St. at the corner of S. Fulton and W. Innes Streets, will have three services on Easter Sunday: Sanctuary services: 8:30 and 11 a.m.; Life Center Worship: 8:50 a.m.
At 10:15 a.m. is the Feed the Fish finale in the courtyard and at 10:30 a.m. is the Butterfly Release in the courtyard. The Bell Tower Ringers and Resurrection Brass ensembles will assist in leading worship during the 11 a.m. service (prelude music begins at 10:45). Call 704-636-1321 or visit www.salisburyfirstpres.org
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul’s Church Road, Easter services begin at 6:30 a.m. with the sunrise service including special music and Holy Communion. Easter breakfast follows in the fellowship hall, served by the youth groups. Contributions will be accepted the youth program.
The Easter service will begin at 10:30 a.m. with special music and Holy Communion. Weather permitting, both services will be concluded in the cemetery.
He’s Alive Church
KANNAPOLIS — Easter services at He’s Alive Church, 1310 N. Cannon Blvd., are at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Call 980-781-4920 to learn more.
Sunrise service at Camp Barnhardt
NEW LONDON — Several of the churches in the New London community will join together for an Easter Sunrise Service at Camp Barnhardt at the amphitheater on Sunday, April 16, beginning at 6:45 A.M. The Rev. James L. Pyatt, pastor of New London UMC, will be preaching, and Mr. Daniel Dickens, a Music Educator at Richfield and Aquadale Elementary Schools and pianist at New London UMC, will lead the music.
Easter sunrise service at Organ Lutheran Church, 1515 Organ Church Road, is at 7 a.m. in Old Historic Organ Church.
A country ham breakfast immediately follows in the fellowship hall. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to send children to Confirmation Camp. At 9:30 is Sunday school and at 10:30 is the worship service in the new church. The Rev. Carlin Ours is host pastor.
On Easter Sunday at Landmark Church, 1910 Mooresville Road, the Easter cantata titled “Amazing Love How Can It Be” will be performed at the 11 a.m. service by the Landmark Choir, directed by Mary Williams. Call 704-633-8200 to learn more.
White Rock AME Zion
GRANITE QUARRY — White Rock AME Zion Church will host a joint sunrise service with Antioch Baptist Church on Easter Sunday at 6 a.m. Rev. Ricky Johnson of Antioch Baptist Church will deliver the message. Breakfast will be served immediately after service. Rev. Thomas D. Lee is host pastor.
Mt. Olivet UMC
CONCORD — Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church will host a sunrise service on Sunday at 6:48 a.m. at Carolina Memorial Gardens by the Tower. Breakfast will follow in the fellowship hall.
The Easter Sunday service is at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 301 Mt. Olivet Road. Host pastor is Rev. Cheryl Skinner, 704-782-8846
Resurrection Sunday Program
The Word of Life Family Worship Center Drama Ministry will honor Resurrection Sunday with a special program during the 10 a.m. service. There will be a skit “He’s Alive”, and special music by the Resurrection Choir and the Word of Life Praise Team. Dr. Martha Starks is the host pastor. For information or transportation call 704-633-2431.
Transformation Church, 1350 Old Stone house Road, will celebrate Easter beginning with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday followed by the normal service structure. Transformation life classes are at 9:30 and worship is at 10:30 a.m. Call 704-633-6588 for more information.
South China Grove Baptist
CHINA GROVE — A Resurrection Celebration will be held at South China Grove Baptist Church on Sunday beginning with a sunrise service at 7:15 a.m. in the parking lot in back of the church, followed by breakfast in the Family Life Center. The worship service at 10:30 a.m. features the choir presenting the Easter cantata “Because He Lives,” by Dennis and Nan Allen. The church is located at 501 Haney Street, one block off Thom Street between Hwys. 29 and 29A. The Rev. Tony Wagoner is host pastor. Call 704-857-3611 for more information.
Landis First Assembly
LANDIS — Landis First Assembly, 302 E. Corriher St. just off S. Chapel Street, will present “The Easter Story” at a special 10 a.m. service on Sunday. The script and music were write by Jeri Beck and the presentation is co-directed by Beck and Katheryn Earnhardt.
The cast features seven scene introducers: Kevin Banos, Sandy Banos, Joseline Diaz, Perry Kesler, Sara Mendoza, Isaac Raye and Tyler Raye. Character parts are played by Chris Hudson (Jesus), Rick Jordan (Barabbas), Audina Banos (angel), Yolanda Raye (angel), Charissa Blount (Mary), Greg Blount (Pilate) and Perry Kesler (Roman soldier). Pastor Bill Coughlin and Dr. Gary Price will serve communion.
Holy Cross Lutheran
MOCKSVILLE — The Easter sunrise service at Holy Cross Church, US Highway 601 South. The is at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast, prepared and served by the men of the congregation. At 9 a.m. the traditional Easter worship service will be held, with Holy Communion. Host pastor is the Rev. Dr. David P. Nelson, interim pastor.
Soldiers Memorial women’s meeting
Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church Women’s Fellowship will meet Monday, April 17 at 11 a.m. in the church’s Enrichment Center at 306 N. Church St. A health and fitness trainer will provide valuable information. Lunch will be served.
Revival at Moore’s Chapel AME Zion
CLEVELAND — Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 5890 South River Church Road, will hold Spring Revival titled “Prayer” Monday, April 17 – 20 at 7 p.m. nightly. Evangelist for the week will be the Rev. Kinston Jones Sr., pastor of Stephen AME Zion Church in High Point. The Rev. Eddie L. Fortson is host pastor.
Brunch at Milford Hills Baptist
Milford Hills Baptist Church, 1238 East Colonial Drive, is having its monthly Community Brunch on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 a.m., hosting good food and Christian entertainment on the third Tuesday of every month. This month’s featured musician is Kirby Adcock.
First Calvary Baptist Gospel Explosion
First Calvary Baptist Church is hosting a Gospel Music Explosion Saturday, April 22, at 5 p.m., held in memory of its founder the late Charles McGee, who sponsored the event annually as a part of First Calvary’s Gospel Choir Anniversary Celebration. McGee was known in Salisbury, Rowan and surrounding counties for his personal ministry through music and as a member of several musical groups.
Program participants include The Carriers of Joy, Unity in Praise, Fairview Heights Gospel Choir, Keith Holland and Friends N Christ, and Echoes for Christ. McGee served on the Deacon and Trustee Boards, and was a member of the Men’s, Adult and Gospel choirs at First Calvary. He worked with youth sports leagues for many years and received several awards, including the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Humanitarian Award. This annual tribute to his memory is free and family friendly. Rev. Leamon E. Brown is pastor of First Calvary which is located at 400 S. Long St. For more information, call 704-633-2818.
Christians United for Israel
HICKORY — Lenoir-Rhyne University hosts Minster David F. Bares II and Deacon Dijon Mobely with special guest Rabbi Dennis Jones in a spiritual convocation on Tuesday, April 25 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., held in the Cromer Center on campus. The discussion topic is “Has God actually forsaken Israel as so many denominations falsely teach?” Call 828-362-6991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Rose of Sharon prayer breakfast
Rose Of Sharon Holiness Church, 255 Camp Road, will host a prayer breakfast on Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. The speaker will be Minister Julia C. Walker of Rose of Sharon. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, see any Rose of Sharon member.
CONCORD — Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 6740 Macedonia Church Road, invites church choirs, praise teams and praise dancers to join its three-day musical workshop, beginning Friday, May 5 with the finale concert on Sunday May 7. The cost is $5 per person and early registration is in progress. Pre-register at www.macedoniaofconcord.com/musicalworkshlp2017. Charles Caldwell of Detroit will be conducting the choirs and Macedonia’s Sis. Kenya Jordan will lead a workshop in dance. For those who are registering for the dance, indicate age and gender. With questions contact Min. Mark Williamson 704-779-9197 or Sis. Denise Butler 704-712-0284.