Faith Briefs Saturday, May 6
Local churches host musical services
Oak Grove Baptist
CHINA GROVE — Oak Grove Baptist Church held a special program sponsored by the Pastor’s Aide Circle on April 30. The guest speaker was Elder Eric Thompson from Jonesville Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga. The host pastor was Rev. Dr. Keith Curry. The church is at 1205 S. Main St.
Today: Fairview Heights
Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church Usher Board Ministry, 704 Old Concord Road, will have food available for purchase in the fellowship hall beginning at 11 a.m. today. Host pastor is the Rev. Clarence E. Marlin.
Today: Mount Tabor UMC
Second Blessing Saturday at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, 4520 Old Mocksville Road, means giving away clothing, household items, books and toys today from 8-11 a.m. With questions call 704-633-7484 or visit www.mounttaborumc.org
Today: Mt. Zion Lutheran
RICHFIELD — Give and Take Event: Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 111 East Church St. in Richfield, will hold a Give and Take Event today beginning at 8 a.m. A variety of toys, clothes, and household items are available free for anyone who can use them. Call 704-463-7280 or visit www.mtzionrichfield.org. Change in Sunday schedule: The Sunday schedule at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Richfield is changing. Beginning May 7, Sunday school will begin at 10 a.m. and worship will begin at 11 a.m. Host pastor is Ruth Ann Sipe.
Today: New Beginning
KANNAPOLIS — Chavis Maxwell’s 13th appreciation service at New Beginning Church is today at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Jamaine Smith from First Baptist Church. #givinghonor
Today: Echoes for Christ
Echoes for Christ’s Fifth Anniversary celebration is at 5 p.m. today at Fairview Heights Baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road. For details, call George Heggins at 704-433-1807. Rev. Clarence Marlin is host pastor.
St. Luke Baptist
St. Luke Baptist Church in Hawkinstown is pleased to announce that Rev. Marcus Fairley of Gethsemane Baptist Church will be the guest pastor for the month of May. Rev. Fairley is the youth pastor at Gethsemane Baptist Church.
89th homecoming at SCG
CHINA GROVE — South China Grove Baptist Church, 501 Haney St., will be celebrating its 89th year during homecoming service on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. (earlier than normal). There will be special singing, and the guest speaker is former member Rev. Jeff James. He currently serves as Family Pastor at Revolution Church in Kannapolis. Afterward is a covered dish meal in the church Family Life Center. The church is located one block off of Thom St. between Hwy 29 and South Main St., 704-857-3611, www.scgbc.com. Rev. Tony Wagoner is host pastor.
Mt. Zion Baptist
MT. ULLA — Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1765 White Road, will be celebrating the seventh pastoral anniversary for Pastor Corey Barr on Sunday. The 11 a.m. speaker will be Rev. Deon Jones from Higher Hope Ministries in Kernersville. The 3 p.m. speaker is Rev. Brent Bailey of Grace Kingdom Life Ministries, Wilkesboro.
St. Matthew Missionary Baptist
ROCKWELL — St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church will observe its annual Woman’s Day on Sunday. The 11 a.m. speaker will be Valarie Watkins, a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Spencer, where Rev. Dr. David Bracken is pastor. The 3 p.m. speaker is Rev. Dr. Debra Hall, pastor of New Hope AME Zion Church in Spencer.
ROCKWELL — Immanuel Lutheran will collect a freewill offering during the 11 a.m. Sunday service for one of its members who has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. That member and his wife will be leaving soon for the National Cancer Institute in Atlanta. The Immanuel members will honor this family on Sunday with cards, signs and monetary donations. Anyone who wishes to make a contribution should make checks payable to Immanuel Lutheran. Learn more from Rev. Bruce Sheeks at 704-639-5247.
Mt. Calvary Holy Church
Mt. Calvary Holy Church presents a pre-anniversary dinner sale on behalf of Bishop Harvey L. Rice, running Sunday from 12:30-5 p.m. at 1401 Standish St. Fried or grilled chicken, potato salad, green beans, roll and dessert is $7 and drinks are 75 cents. Pre-order at 980-643-7000. Orders of six or more can be delivered.
New Zion Baptist
The annual Men’s Day will be celebrated at New Zion Baptist Church, 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road, on Sunday at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be Rev. Frank R. Butler Jr., pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Taylorsville. Host pastor is Rev. V. Patrick Jones Sr. Details at 704-637-9324.
The Usher Board of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 2865 Enon Church Road, will celebrate its ushers’ anniversary on Sunday at 4 p.m. Guest speaker will be First Lady Ernestine Avery Cornelius, of Zion Wesley AME Zion Church in Troutman. The Rev. Jerry R. Miller is host pastor.
Outreach Christian Ministries
On Sunday at 4 p.m. Outreach Christian Ministries Intl., 722 W. Horah St., will be having a Shepherd’s Care service with guest speaker Pastor Alice Perry, from The Vineyard Worship Center.
CLEVELAND — The Chapeleers Gospel Group will perform at Unity Presbyterian Church, 885 Woodleaf-Barber Road, on Sunday at 6 p.m. A love offering will be taken, and refreshments will be served following the concert. Call 704-278-4248 for details.
St. Matthews Lutheran
St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road, presents The East Rowan Honor’s Chorus on Sunday at 7 p.m. This is the “Kick Off to Camper Service” which begins on May 28.
John Calvin Presbyterian
Interim minister Rev. Dr. John Wilkerson of John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1620 Brenner Ave., in front of the Hefner VA Medical Center, is presenting a five sermon series on “Faithful Practices of Fruitful Congregations” that continues through May 28.
The series of sermons is based on the book by UMC Bishop Robert Schnase. The sermon titles are Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service and Extravagant Generosity. While the titles are provocative in sound, the subjects deal with practices that are common to the congregational life of the church as it moves forward.
Revival at Bethel UMC
Bethel United Methodist Church, 2380 Long Ferry Road, will host revival services Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, May 7-9 at 7 p.m. nightly, with guest speaker Rev. Christ Bennett. There will be a meet and greet reception at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. Casual dress is welcome.
Deadline Monday for clergy training session
Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and the Salisbury Fire Department are co-sponsoring a clergy training session on May 11. The clergy are to respond to Chaplain Cook by May 8 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church Women’s Fellowship will meet Tuesday, May 9 at 11 a.m. in the Enrichment Center at 306 N. Church St. Excerpts from “The Glory Trains” will be presented. Lunch is provided. The public is invited.
Hot dog sale
KANNAPOLIS — The monthly hot dog sale fund raiser is Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at First Wesleyan Church, 301 Bethpage Road. There is also homemade chili, slaw and desserts. Proceeds benefit youth group camps.
In My Father’s House
In My Father’s House, led by the Rev. Roosevelt Jenkins, meets the first two Thursdays of each month from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The next service will be May 11 in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library.
First UMC FirstARTS
The FirstARTS series of First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., continues its ninth season by partnering with the Carolina Artist Guild to present “Light and Life: A Gallery of Sunrises and Sunsets” in the Fisher Street Addition beginning May 11 at 7 p.m. with a public gala opening. More than 100 pieces of art featuring sunrises and sunsets will be on display. The Carolina Artist Guild will donate 15 percent of all art sold to the Family Crisis Council of Rowan County. In addition on May 14 at 11 a.m. is a Service of Music featuring Ola Gjeilo’s “Sunrise Mass.” For more information, call the music office at 704-636-3121.