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Faith Briefs Saturday, Feb. 17

TODAY: Grand re-opening, open house

At the Gateway Freedom Center Men’s Facility, 1315 N. Main St. Open house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; the ceremony starts at 1 p.m.

Pastor Kathy White, executive director. www.gatewayfreedomcenter.org

TODAY: Gospel Fest

The Men of Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N. Church St., will host a Gospel Fest today at 3 p.m. Details at 704-577-6746.

TODAY: Expressions of Love Gala

Mt. Zion CME Church, 124 Lloyd St., is hosting the Expressions of Love Gala this evening at 6 p.m. Guest speakers are Rev. Patricia Turner of Salisbury and Rev. Annie Pagan of Charlotte.

Copeland at Milford Hills 

Milford Hills United Methodist Church welcomes Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland, executive director of the NC Council of Churches, as guest speaker on Sunday at the at 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. Dr. Copeland was a pastor to SC United Methodist churches, and was the United Methodist Chaplain at Duke University where she continues to teach. She is also an author, often contributing to The Upper Room Disciplines.

The Parables for Christ

Music at Pine Ridge Baptist

CHINA GROVE — The Parables for Christ will sing on Sunday at the 10 a.m. service at Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 880 Old Linn Road. There will be no Sunday school. Following the service, lunch will be served.

Because of road construction, the bridge is closed on Pine Ridge Road. Old Linn Road can be reached from Daugherty or Lentz, right on Arant, right on Pine Ridge and Left on Old Linn. For information call 704-279-0574 or 704-857-3182

Roberts at NorthGate

NorthGate Church, 1255 W. Ridge Road, will host guest speaker Doug Roberts on Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. Doug farmed and ranched in Oklahoma for 25 years. Since that time Doug has ministered in many countries and throughout the United States.

Monday and Tuesday evening sessions of the the annual FLAME (First Light Apostolic Mandate Empowered) Conference are open to the public at 7 p.m. both nights. Guest speakers include Roberts and Frank Harvey, former senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Clyde. Learn more at www.northgatesalisbury.com

Lent at Mt Zion UCC

CHINA GROVE — During the 10:30 a.m. service the first candle of Lent, the Candle of Welcome, will be lighted at Mt. Zion UCC, 1415 S. Main St. Church musician Martha Isley will be honored on her retirement for her 44years of service. A covered dish dinner in her honor will follow. Donations are still being collected on behalf of the Souper Bowl of Caring. Mark L. Burns is host pastor. See www.mtzionchinagrove.com

Men’s Day at White Rock 

GRANITE QUARRY — White Rock AME Zion Church will celebrate Men’s Day on Sunday at 11 a.m. Bro. Raymondo Brady, local preacher at Sills Creek AME Zion Church, will be the guest speaker. Lunch will be served following the morning service.

Annual Men’s Day at Soldiers Memorial

The annual Men’s Day program at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N. Church St., is Sunday during the 11 a.m. service.Guest speaker is the Rev. Arthur Lee Heggins, retired pastor of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Metrolina Seminary in Charlotte, and has been involved in community organizations in the Salisbury-Rowan area. The Men’s Day Choir under the direction of Kay Wright Norman will furnish the music. Rev. Dr. Derrick R. Anderson is host pastor.

Inspirational Voices Gospel Choir of Winston-Salem University

College Sunday at St. Luke

St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 410 Hawkinstown Road, will hold its annual College Sunday program during morning worship at 11 a.m. and is sponsored by our College Ministry. Music will be provided by The Inspirational Voices Gospel Choir of Winston-Salem University. Dinner will be served following the service. Rev. Marcus L. Fairley is host pastor. Info 704-636-8947

Pastor’s 14th anniversary

GRANITE QUARRY — On Sunday Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 602 South Salisbury Ave., will celebrate 14 years of ministry and vision of Pastor Rickey Johnson and first lady Peggy Johnson. At 11 a.m. Elder Timothy Lyons of Charlotte will deliver the message. At 3 p.m. the Rev. George Steele Sr., pastor of Halleburgh Baptist Church, High Point, will lead the service.

Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.

FUMC temporary location

First United Methodist Church of Salisbury will worship in Catawba College’s Omwake-Dearborn Chapel Sunday at 11 a.m. due to the church building’s heating system undergoing repairs.

Christ Lambs Church Ministries

For three years Christ Lambs Church Ministries Inc. has been partnering with the Christian community of Salisbury and other parts of North Carolina and the United States.On Sunday at 1 p.m. the CLCM Mission, under the leadership of Rev. Hamlet B. Kollie Sr. and Lady Hawa Sirleaf-Kollie, will be dedicating another sanctuary, located at 803 S. Railroad St.

Ministering will be Bishop Dr. W. Ronald Hash of Love Christian Center, Spencer; with the act of dedication by Bishop Rosetta L. Cox of Rock International Church VA/ Liberia, Rev. Kollie Sr. and co-pastor Sirleaf-Kollie, general overseers of CLCM- Missions.

Immanuel Lutheran BLITZ Sunday

ROCKWELL— This Sunday is another BLITZ collection during the worship service for Organ Community Outreach Ministries. Desired items include: shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, toothbrushes, and soaps — no clothing at this time. Immanuel is one of several congregations which partner with Organ Lutheran in providing the community outreach services. Rev. Bruce Sheeks is host pastor.

Choir anniversary at Erwin Temple CME 

The Mass Choir of Erwin Temple CME Church, 155 Erwin Temple Church Road, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary Sunday at 3 p.m. Guest choirs from various churches are invited to participate including Mt. Vernon Presbyterian of Woodleaf; Sills Creek AME Zion of Mooresville; New Shepherd Baptist of Cooleemee; New Bethel Baptist of Mocksville Hwy. 601; Chosen Church of Faith of Woodleaf; Refuge Community of Cooleemee and the Contempory Choir of First Calvary Baptist, Salisbury. Host pastor is Rev. Ervin L. Hannah Jr.

Ardis Chapel Men’s Day

Annual Men’s Day at Ardis Chapel AME Zion Church is Sunday at 3 p.m. with speaker Marvin Moore, principal of Isenberg Elementary School. Men’s Day “Helping Hands Award” for community service honorees will be the Ellis Cross Roads Country Fire Department, and Darrin C. Turner, teacher and the athletic director at Knox Middle School.

Home Missions Revival at Ardis Chapel is Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 19-21 at 7 p.m. nightly. Rev. Dr. Calvin L. Miller, elder of the Winston-Salem District, and his wife, Rev. Dr. Karen R. Miller, pastor of Bethania AME Zion Church, Winston-Salem, will be the guest preachers.

Union Chapel AME Zion

LINWOOD — Union Chapel AME Zion Church, 4329 Sowers Road, will celebrate its Steward and Trustee Day Sunday at 3 p.m. Guest preacher is Rev. Jimmy Griffin of New Jersey AME Zion Church of Linwood. Host pastor is Rev. Michael Frencher Jr.

Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion

EAST SPENCER — On Sunday at 3 p.m. Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 940 South Long St., celebrates the life of Nehemiah Hawkins, who has served Southern City as Preacher Steward, and has been a member of Southern City Church since childhood. Dinner will be served immediately after the morning service. All proceeds will be contributed to the Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Scholarship Fund. RSVP to Barbara Mallett at 704-636-1600 or Deborah Pearson at 704-636-5010.

Patrick Tate is host pastor.

Windsong  Ensemble at Grace Lower Stone

The Windsong Recorder Ensemble will perform at Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church, Rowan County’s oldest house of worship in continuous use, on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., offering a prelude for a Community Lenten Service, which begins at 6 p.m.

A Lenten hymn, “Es Ist Vollbracht!” (“It Is Finished!”, anglicized,) found in a German hymnal used by the congregation in the late 1700s, will be sung by John Allmon during the service.

Speakers at First UCC

First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St., will host guest speakers each Sunday at 6 p.m. as they journey through the season of Lent.

This week’s guest is Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis, PhD, adjunct faculty member of several seminaries and consultant with Faith Trust Institute. Host pastor is Carol Hallman.

UMA at Lilly’s Chapel

The United Ministerial Alliance’s joint worship service is at 7 p.m., Sunday at Lilly’s Chapel Church of God, 618 W. Thomas St., with Prophet V.M. Boney, pastor of Word of Power Church in Salisbury. Elder Dr. Doris Clawson is host pastor.

The UMA’s business meeting is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Tower of Power United Holy Church, 601 East Cemetery St.

Lent at Organ Lutheran

Organ Lutheran Church, 1515 Organ Church Road, on Feb. 21 will hold a Lenten Bible Study 6 Meal sponsored by The Social Ministry Committee at 6:30 p.m., with Bible study by Rev. Carlin Ours.

Lent at Gloria Dei Lutheran

The theme for weekly Lenten services at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd., is “Broken Places.” Rev. Kevin Conley, interim pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church, will speak on “Broken Marriages” Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Mercy’s Well

Scottssing presents Mercy’s Well for CF

GOLD HILL — Scottssing presents Mercy’s well in concert Feb. 24 at First Baptist Church of Gold Hill. This will be a free concert with a love offering going to the cure of Cystic Fibrosis. Learn more at www.scottssing.com or call 704-239-6134.

2018 Prayze Riot 

KANNAPOLIS — Maestro Eddie Brown Jr. will host the annual 2018 Prayze Riot Musical Fellowship/Birthday Celebration on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Jaquayle Stevenson is emcee.

Held at Marable Memorial AME Zion Church; 400 Huron St.

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