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Faith Briefs Saturday, Feb. 24

Postponed: Shady Grove event

EAST SPENCER — Shady Grove Baptist Church’s Men’s Ministry Oratorical Experience schedule for today has been postponed to a later date.

TODAY: Fairview Heights outreach

The outreach ministry of Fairview Heights missionary Baptist Church based at 704 Old Concord Road will be at Brightmoor Nursing Home, 610 W. Fisher St., today at 2 p.m. The speaker will be Veronica Rankin.

TODAY: Soup smorgasbord at Third Creek

CLEVELAND — The Soup Smorgasbord in the fellowship hall of Third Creek AME Zion Church at noon today, is sponsored by the Missionaries. Third Creek is located on East Main Street. Rev. Harold Jordon is host pastor.


Jackson Park United Methodist Church aids graduating seniors

KANNAPOLIS — On Saturday, Feb. 17, Jackson Park United Methodist Church, 715 Mable Ave., sponsored a hamburger fund raiser to benefit
upcoming seniors who are having a hardship purchasing their caps and gowns for graduation ceremonies.

Wonder-Burgers and Cap and Gown-Cheeseburgers were sold through the Jackson Street hut drive-through. The financial goals were exceeded and the church is very appreciative of all who supported the fundraising efforts.

Happy Graduation A. L. Brown High School Wonders!


First UMC is back home

First United Methodist Church of Salisbury will resume worship at its downtown location, 217 S. Church St., on Sunday at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. The congregation is thankful to the Catawba College community for graciously welcoming them over the past three weeks.

New series at Resurrection Life

Resurrection Life Church, 627 Newsome Road, will begin the Overcoming Life series with Jimmy Evans on Sunday. These five life-changing sessions on “Exposing the Enemy” are free of charge. Sessions are Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 26 through Wednesday, Feb. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. each night. For more information contact host pastor Rev. Jerry L. Snipes at 704-433-8776 or the church office at 704-638-0002.

Black History program at Rock Hill AME Zion

CONCORD — The Rock Hill AME Zion Church Christian Education Department, 3620 Rock Hill Church Road, celebrates Black History Month on Sunday at 10 a.m. at morning worship followed by the annual Soul Food Luncheon and Heritage Exhibit Hall from 1-2:30 p.m. The meal is $10 for adults; $5 for children.

At 2:30 p.m. is the Rhapsody in Black Gospel program. For more info call J. Darrell at 704-224-1817 or Ruby at 704-425-8364.

Black History program at Sandy Ridge

On Sunday Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church will celebrate African-American History, with a program in the 10 a.m. service, and the annual program of one of the long-standing boards of the church.

During the morning service, a program will be presented by the Mass Choir, featuring narration and historical songs. The program was created and is directed by associate minister of music Janet Murdock.

At 4 p.m., Stewardess Board 2 will have its annual program. The current president, Rosella Caldwell, is 99 years of age, and continues to provide leadership to the board. This year the program will feature a concert by the Heavenly Voices Gospel Group, which includes generational males from Landis, China Grove, Kannapolis, and Concord. Rev. Clarence J. Shuford Jr. is host pastor.

Lewis series at First Presbyterian

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, First Presbyterian Church, 308 W Fisher St. at the corner of South Fulton and West Innes Streets, hosts Unified Worship with Lewis Preaching Series guest speaker Rev. Susan Sparks, senior pastor of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church NYC. Sparks is a lawyer, author, comedian, and pastor and will be speaking about Laughing Your Way to Grace.

Conley at Bethel Evangelical 

Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 355 East Ridge Road, will hold two services on Sunday, the morning service at 10:30 a.m. where the adult choir will sing, and the evening service at 7 p.m. featuring guest minister Rev. Kevin Conley from Unity Presbyterian Church of Woodleaf.

Revival at Friendship Baptist 

Friendship Baptist Church, 100 Porter Road, will hold revival services on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. with Mike Austin, and continuing Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. with Scott Matthews.

Covington at Thomas Street Church of Christ

Thomas Street Church of Christ, 700 W. Thomas St., will host a fellowship meeting on Sunday with guest speaker Bro. Chris Covington of Country Club Drive Church of Christ in Fayetteville. Lunch will be served. Sunday school is at 10 a.m., morning worship at 11 a.m., lunch from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and afternoon worship at 3 p.m.

Black History program at Henderson Grove 

In honor of Black History Month, Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Family and Friends Day on Sunday at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Rev. Timothy Bridges. Rev. Perry Dye is host pastor.

Lent at Immanuel Lutheran

ROCKWELL — During the Lenten season, Rev. Bruce Sheeks will conduct a study during the 11 a.m. morning and evening services on the seven “I Am…” sayings of Jesus. The two evening services are in the fellowship building with a covered dish meal at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 and March 11.

Black History program at Providence AME Zion 

Providence AME Zion Church hosts a Black History Month program on Sunday at 11 a.m. with speaker Dr. Ethel Reavis and music by Theresa Moore-Mitchell.

Prophet Gianer at Blessing of God 

LEXINGTON — Need answers? Want to be encouraged? Jesus offers hope. Prophet James Gianera of North Wilkesboro will be speaking at the Blessing of God Ministry, 412 Westside Drive on Sunday at 11 a.m. This service is free and open to the public. Chief Apostle Vanessa Medley is sponsoring this service.

Black History program at Faith Temple Triumphant

EAST SPENCER — Faith Temple Triumphant Ministries, 900 Pinetree Drive, celebrates Black History Month at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, with a poem by Elder Edna Coleman, Alysia McCain and Clara Corry

• Reflection on Black history facts by Joann P. Diggs, Alivia McCain, Alysia McCain, Daniel Corry, E.P Caldwell and Mary Black

• Tributes to great leaders by Patricia McCalop, Lydia Tunstall, Gloria Boler, Preston Clark and Albert Fairley

• Remembrance of activists by Tremayne Diggs, Andre McCain, April Blackwell, Evan Caldwell, Myles Moore, Terrence Diggs and Bobby Chambers

• Spiritual meditations by Rev. Alexis H. Allen and Pastor Dr. Henry C. Diggs

• Blessing prayer by Dr. Yen-Wan Hung

• Musical tributes by Jonathan T. Diggs.

Dr. Henry C. Diggs is host pastor.

Deacons Day at Fairview Heights

Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road, hosts its annual Deacons, Trustees, and Deaconess service on Sunday at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Guest preacher will be Rev. Roger Williamson of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Mt. Ulla. Host Pastor is Rev. Clarence E. Marlin.

Harper at Moore’s Chapel AME Zion

CLEVELAND — On Sunday at 3 p.m. is a program featuring Pastor Lonnie Harper of Miracle Tabernacle Church of Statesville as guest speaker at Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 5890 South River Church Road. Rev. Eddie L. Fortson is host pastor.

Music program at Rhema Praise and Worship

SPENCER — Rhema Praise and Worship Church, 117 Long Ferry Road, hosts its annual musical program on Sunday at 3 p.m. Guests include The Willing Travelers of Mooresville, The New Life Mass Choir of Lexington, The Williams Family of Rhema Praise and Worship Church and the Rhema Praise and Worship Choir. There will also be Praise and Worship Dancers and guest soloists. Host pastor is Rev. Alonza Williams Sr.

Black History program at St. Luke Missionary Baptist

St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 410 Hawkinstown Road, observes Heritage Sunday during morning worship and will be followed by a Black History Program sponsored by the youth and young adults.

The service is Sunday at 3 p.m. Youth groups, mime groups or youth choirs that would like to take part in this service are invited. Contact the church office to sign up, 704-636-8947. Rev. Marcus L. Fairley is host pastor.

Woman’s Day at Liberty AME Zion

COOLEEMEE — Liberty AME Zion Church, 271 Gladstone Road, observes Woman’s Day on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Rev. Dianne Williams of Cedar Grove AME Zion Church, Rev. Andrea Polk of Third Creek AME Zion Church and Sister Brenda Withers of New Life Baptist Church of Concord will speak on the theme of “Woman of God, Speak for Me.”

Black History program at Word of Life

The Education and Drama Ministries of Word of Life Family Worship Center, 726 East Liberty St., will celebrate Black History Month during their 25th annual Black History Program at 3 p.m. on Sunday which will include special music, dance, readings and skits commemorating great African American achievers. Proceeds from the program will be used to fund the church scholarship fund.

For information or transportation call 704-633-2431. Dr. Martha Starks is host pastor.

‘Hear America Sing’ free concert

4 p.m. Sunday: An afternoon of choral music by combined 80-voice ensemble of Catawba Singers, PopAC, Chamber Choir at Omwake-Dearborn Chapel, Catawba College features well-known works by classical American composers plus Gospel and popular genres.

The combined ensembles are under the direction of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, associate chair of the Music Department, and accompanied by Jacob Hahn and Susan Trivette.

Piedmont Singing Men in concert 

CONCORD — The Piedmont Singing Men will present a free concert Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 301 Mt. Olivet Road.

Guest 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. Julie Peeples, pastor of Congregational UCC in Greensboro. Host pastor is Carol Hallman.

Lent at Organ Lutheran

Organ Lutheran Church, 1515 Organ Church Road, will host a Lenten Bible Study with meal at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, sponsored by the Family Life Committee. At 6:30 p.m. the Bible study will be led by Rev. Ken Reed.

Lent at Gloria Dei

Wednesday at 7 p. m. is the Lenten service held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd., on the theme “Broken Children,” with guest speaker Rev. Susan Bame, pastor of Lutheran Chapel.

In My Father’s House hosts Purpose Driven Life classes

Purpose Driven Life classes, led by the Rev. Roosevelt Jenkins, will continue from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library. The next study dates are Thursdays, March 1 and 15.


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