Faith Briefs Saturday, August 5

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 5, 2017

Today: Cedar Grove Gospel Choir 60th Anniversary

Saturday only, beginning at 6 p.m. at Cedar Grove AME Zion Church, Cleveland. In and out of town groups will participate. Rev. Bertha Pittman is  pastor of Cedar Grove.

Today: Southern City AME Zion youth Bible study

SPENCER — Southern City AME Zion Church will host a youth-empowered Bible study session in memory of A’yanna Allen. The Bible study session will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 12 – 1 p.m. The church is located at 940 N. Long St. The host pastor is the Rev. Patrick Tate. For more information call 704-245-0729.

Today: Kimball Memorial Lutheran prayer breakfast

KANNAPOLIS — Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church, 101 Vance St.,  hosts its annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. All ladies of the community are invited to a buffet breakfast and fellowship. The Rev. Lucille “Cecee” Mills will speak on  “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life.’” The freewill offering will benefit the Women In Need Fund and G. W. Carver Elementary School’s “Scholarships for Field Trip Fund.” Childcare will be available if necessary;  call the church office at 704-933-4101.

The Arbor honors music director

Carol Julian has been the organist and music director at The Arbor for the past 30 years. During the service on July 30, she was presented a monetary gift and a framed plaque by Darlene Angel, co-chair of the PPR committee, upon her retirement. The Arbor’s new music director is George Mobley.

Christian Outreach

STATESVILLE — Christian Outreach is looking for a worship service drummer  Sundays and Wednesdays plus possible special events. Contact by email:,  call Bobbie at 704-267-8289  or visit

Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church collects a “noisy offering”

Submitted by Pastor Sean Barrett

The children at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church have been busy all year collecting change for a “noisy offering” each week. Over this past year, they have given almost $1,000. Additionally, produce from the church’s garden has been made available to the Community Care Clinic in Salisbury. Money given for this produce has been added to the noisy offering.

These funds were used to purchase school supplies for children in need. The upcoming North Carolina Missions of Mercy dental program will also be promoted by handing out toothbrushes and floss given by Dr. Robert Ogden in Granite Quarry. These items are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the East Branch of the Rowan Public Library in Rockwell from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12.

Neel Road Baptist holds Wednesday service 

Worship on Wednesdays began on Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. This additional weekly worship opportunity includes a time of inspirational singing, expository preaching and intercessory prayer. It also affords an opportunity for those who have to work on Sundays to worship with their family in Christ.

Fun and Fellowship will be held on Aug. 8 at 5:45 p.m. and will feature the Colours Band (Terry Bedford, Tim Laughridge and Rodney Setzer) who will provide  gospel music.

Vacation Bible School, directed by Emalee Simmons, was a big success. 242 pounds of food  was collected to be donated to Rowan Helping Ministries.

Milford Hills Baptist special series

Sunday mornings beginning in August Milford Hills Baptist Church, 1238 East Colonial Dr., will study verse-by-verse the Book of Revelation, led by Dr. Bruce Beck. Worship service starts at 11 a.m.

Mt. Zion UCC mission trip Sunday

CHINA GROVE — Sunday during the 10 a.m. service is Mission Trip Sunday at Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 S. Main St. Youth who participated in this summer’s mission trip to Pocahontas, Va., will share their experiences along with a slideshow highlighting their journey. This year’s participants included Ally Cress, Colby Cress, Dawson Mushala, Ethan Bancroft, Alex Lizarazo and the Rev. Mark Burns. For more information visit or call 704-857-1169.

Salisbury Macedonia Missionary 

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Salisbury  will observe homecoming on Sunday. The speaker for the 11 a.m. service is the Rev. Evelyn Litaker,  associate minister. Speaker for the 3 p.m. service is the Rev. Nilous Avery, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.

Revival services will be held Monday-Friday, Aug. 7-11, at 7 p.m.

Monday: Rev. Timothy Bates of Calvary and Cameron Presbyterian Churches of Statesville.

Tuesday: Rev. Clarence Marlin of Fairview Heights Baptist Church.

Wednesday: Rev. Nathan Bratton of Ardis Chapel AME Church.

Thursday: Rev. David Bracken of Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Friday: Rev. Rudolph Cornelius of Zion Wesley AME  Statesville.

Oak Grove Baptist homecoming and revival

CHINA GROVE — Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1205 S. Main St., will celebrate its homecoming on Sunday at 3 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Maurice Maxwell, Pastor at Buncombe Baptist Church in Lexington. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.

Revival services will be held Monday-Thursday, Aug. 7-10, at 7 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Dayhige Wright, pastor at Living Water Baptist Church in High Point.

Host pastor is the Rev. Dr. Keith Curry.

New Life Independent Baptist homecoming concert 

CONCORD — On Sunday at 5 p.m at New Life Independent Baptist Church, 1281 Biscayne St., the Multi-Culture Community Student Union (MCCSU) Choir will hold its 30th annual homecoming and reunion concert titled “I Remember the Times” presented by the Rev. Ruth Brooks, founder, and under the direction of Maestro Eddie Brown Jr., and Michael Walker. The concert will also feature The Multi-Culture Dance Ministry, Dana Chambers and Unified Praise, Praise and Worship Leader Jeremy Kirkpatrick and Company and Minister Marquise Beatty Sr., guest psalmist. All alumni from 1988-present will be honorees for the afternoon. Host pastor is the Rev. Tommy Steele.

Unity and Praise Singing Ministry

GRANITE QUARRY — Unity and Praise Singing Ministry will elebrate its 12th anniversary on Sunday  at 5 p.m. at White Rock AME Zion Church, 785 White Rock Ave.

Members are Candace McNeely, Betty Jones, Karen Hicks, LaTrice Robb, LaTricia Lockhart and Nancy Turner. Mistress of ceremony will be the Rev. Alice Houston Perry of Vineyard Worship Center.

Lupus support group to begin meeting

A lupus support group will meet from 3-4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the J.F. Hurley YMCA  on Jake Alexander Blvd. The first meeting is Aug. 9. For more information, contact Alicia Allison at 704-963-1621. LUPUS: Living Under Pressure Ultimately Surviving

My Father’s House meets on Thursday

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 on Aug. 10 in Room Number 4 on the second floor of the Rowan Public Library (meetings in September will return to the Hurley Room.)

 Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion homecoming and revival

EAST SPENCER — Homecoming and revival at  Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 940 Long St. Revival services will be held Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 9-11, at 7 p.m.

Wednesday: the Rev. Dr. George Banks, pastor of Goler Memorial AME Zion Church of Winston-Salem.

Thursday: the Rev. Patrick Jones, pastor of New Zion Baptist Church.

Friday: the Rev. Rick Galloway, pastor of Dorsett Chapel United Church.

The homecoming service is Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. The homecoming speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Debra Hall, pastor of New Hope AME Zion Church of Spencer.

Men’s gathering at  Blessing of God Ministry

LEXINGTON — Coming Out of Egypt Men’s Gathering will be held at the Blessing of God Ministry, 412 Westside Drive on Aug. 10-11 from 6-8 p.m. and on Aug. 12 from 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m. Guest speakers are Larry Medley, Johnny Beas and Brian Charles. The event is free and open to all men.

Back to School event at Gethsemane Missionary 

Gethsemane Missionary Church, 719 S. Caldwell St., will host a Back-to-School Book Bags and More giveaway on  Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The giveaway is first come, first served, and some items may be limited. Host pastor is the Rev. Dr. C.L. Phelps.

Tower of Power United Holy Church prayer summit

Tower of Power United Holy Church, 601 E. Cemetery St.,  will host a Global Prayer Summit on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is free to all, and lunch will be served.



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