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Faith Briefs Saturday, March 24

TODAY:
The Outreach Ministry of Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church of 704 Old Concord Road, will be at Brightmoor Nursing Home, 610 W. Fisher St., today at 2 p.m. with speaker Rev. Jerome Allison, associate minister of Fairview Heights.

TODAY:
T.O.P. Men’s monthly Prayer Breakfast – 8 a.m., 601 E. Cemetery St. Guest speaker Rev. Park Alexander, pastor of Miracle Outreach Ministries of Lexington. Info: Rev. William Turner, 704-636-1244 or 704-928-7097.

The Palm Sunday procession of Palms commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified.
Stripping of the altar symbolizes the humiliation of Jesus by the chief priest guards and Roman soldiers.
Tenebrae focuses on scripture readings leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus,  accompanied by the gradual extinguishing of candles,
until all light is extinguished at the point of Jesus’ death.

Jerusalem Baptist NoonDay services
Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1570 Long St. Extension, hosts a week-long event of Holy Week NoonDay services Monday-Friday,  March 26-30, at noon. After each 20-minute sermonette, a bag lunch will be provided.
Monday, March 26: Rev. John Bankhead, New Bethel Baptist Church, Mocksville.
Tuesday, March 27: Rev. Marcus Fairley, St. Luke Baptist Church, Mocksville.
Wednesday, March 28: Rev. Ruby Steele, Gethsemane Baptist Church, Salisbury.
Thursday, March 29: Communion, Rev. Leamon Brown, First Calvary Baptist Church, Salisbury.
Friday, March 30: Rev. David Bracken, Jerusalem Baptist Church, Salisbury.

The Vineyard
The Vineyard Worship Center, 2655 Dunns Mountain Road, will celebrate their 5th church anniversary on Sunday. The 11 a.m. speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Richard Gray II. At the 3 p.m. service the speaker is Pastor Donald Gray of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Catawba. Host pastor is Alice H. Perry

Holy Cross Palm Sunday
MOCKSVILLE — On Palm Sunday the choir at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1913 US Highway 601 South, will present a Cantata of Lenten music during the sermon time. The choir is directed by the church musician, Charles Fulton. The worship service will be led by Joseph Valliere.

New Covenant Baptist
KANNAPOLIS — Don Herbert will be singing at new Covenant Baptist Church, 1400 Stone St., on Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. Host pastor is Roger Steadman.

Luther’s Lutheran
RICHFIELD — Luther’s Lutheran Church, at the corner of Stokes Ferry and Richfield Roads.
Palm Sunday service March 25 at 11 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, meal with service at 6 p.m.
Good Friday service, March 30 at 7 p.m.
Easter Vigil service Saturday March 31 at 7 p.m.

The Sunlight Choir of United Baptist
KANNAPOLIS — The Sunlight Choir of United Baptist Church, 3001 Clermont Ave. will celebrate their anniversary on Sunday at 3 p.m. Rev. John E. Jones is host pasto.r

Mt. Moriah Lutheran
CHINA GROVE — Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road, 704-857- 5034.
Palm Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m.  with procession from front steps of church, weather permitting.
Maundy Thursday Worship at 7 p.m. with Holy Communion.
Good Friday Worship at 7 p.m.

Organ Lutheran
1515 Organ Church Road
Palm Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. with sacrament of Holy Communion.
Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.

The Arbor UMC
Good Friday Service at The Arbor UMC is at 7 p.m.  5545 Woodleaf Road. Rev. Craig Sefa is host pastor.

Neel Road Baptist
The Neel Road Baptist Church Missions Ministry focus for March is the Annie Armstrong Offering for North American missions. 100 percent of funds received   will be used for support of missionaries in North America.
A Women’s Ministry is being launched on Monday, headed up by Kristy Burleson.
Spring Family Fun Day is Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with fun, food and games.

Resurrection Life
On Sunday at 7 p.m. “An Evening At The Cross” at Resurrection Life Church will feature testimonies and special Easter music.
Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m.: candlelight Holy Communion service with special music.
Resurrection Life Church, 627 Newsome Road. Host pastor Jerry Snipes, 704-433-8776 or church office at 704-638-0002.

Trinity Presbyterian
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 300 South Caldwell St. will have a Good Friday Luncheon   at noon with “A Few Words from The Cross” presented by Rev. Patrick Jones of New Zion Church in Granite Quarry, Rev. Rick Galloway of Dorsett Chapel United Church of Christ in Spencer, Rev. Damien Mason, and Rev. Olen V. Bruner, pastor of Trinity.
 
‘The Blood of Jesus Speaks for Me’
KANNAPOLIS — The combined choirs of North Kannapolis Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Salisbury and orchestra will present the musical “The Blood of Jesus Speaks for Me” on Palm Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at North Kannapolis Baptist Church, 312 Locust St., 704-933-2125.

 Mt. Zion Lutheran
RICHFIELD — Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 111 East Church St., Palm Sunday worship at 11 a.m. with the procession of palms and a congregational reading of the Passion according to St. Mark.
Sunday, a light supper at 6 p.m., followed by a Chicago Folk Mass service at 7 p.m.
Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion, and Good Friday services begin at 7:30 p.m.
Info 704-463-7280 or visit www.mtzionrichfield.org

St. Stephen’s Lutheran
GOLD HILL — St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 4401 St. Stephen’s Church Road. Palm Sunday worship includes a procession of palms and Holy Communion, at 9:15 a.m.
Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion and Good Friday services begin at 6 p.m. www.ststephensgoldhill.org

Love Christian Center
EAST SPENCER — Bishop Charles T. Hash will speak Sunday at 10 a.m. at Love Christian Center, 102 N Long St.
Bishop Charles Hash has been preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ for over 48 years. In 1995 he was appointed as the 1st Vice Overseer of the Churches of God Apostolic in Winston-Salem.
Host pastor is Bishop Ronald Hash.

Gloria Dei
Maundy Thursday service with communion at 7 p.m., concluding with the stripping of the altar.
Two services on Good Friday are at noon and at 7 p.m.

Shady Grove Baptist
EAST SPENCER — At Shady Grove Baptist Church on Good Friday at noon, the Willingworkers Missionary will sponsor the Seven Last Sayings of Christ. The speakers are from various churches.

Henderson Grove Spring concert
The All Male Community Choir of Statesville will present its annual Spring Concert at Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday at 3 p.m. The choir is known for its “down-home style” gospel singing. Host pastor the Rev. Perry J. Dye.

Immanuel Lutheran
ROCKWELL — Immanuel Lutheran will observe Palm Sunday with a Procession of the Palms and the extinguishing of the sixth candle on the Lenten Cross.
7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday  service with Holy Communion and  the stripping of the altar.
7:30 p.m. Good Friday service will be a continuation of the Maundy Thursday service, and the last candle on the Lenten Cross will be extinguished. Rev. Bruce Sheeks is host pastor.

Guiding Light MBA
EAST SPENCER — The Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Association, 308 Boundary St., Passion Week services are March 28-30, at 7 p.m. nightly.
Wednesday: Rev. Jerry R. Miller of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.
Thursday: Rev. William Moody, pastor of Bread of Life Baptist Church, Kannapolis.
Friday: a guest speaker. Host pastor is Rev. John E. Jones.

Bethel Evangelical Lutheran
Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 355 East Ridge Road.
Palm Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with the procession of palms and the reading of the passion story according to Mark plus an anthem by the adult choir.
5 p.m. March 28 : Individual confession;
7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service;
7 p.m. Good Friday service.
 
St. Luke Missionary Baptist
St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 410 Hawkinstown Road.
Good Friday fellowship, 1-4 p.m. Fish, food, fun, egg hunt for the children at 2 p.m. Free. Rev. Marcus Fairley, host pastor.

Calvary Lutheran
SPENCER — Calvary Lutheran Church, 303 Fifth St.
Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion service;
7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service;
7 p.m. Good Friday service.

First United Church of Christ
Palm Sunday breakfast and Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. Lenten sermon Series: “Reclaiming Sin.” Worship at 11 a.m.
Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.  First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St.

New London UMC
NEW LONDON — New London UMC, 206 S. Main St, Maundy Thursday worship service at 7 p.m
Daniel Dickens will present a dramatization of Judas. This service will also celebrate Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.
Good Friday Tenebrae service at 7 p.m.

Third Creek AME Zion
CLEVELAND — Creek AME Zion Church, 415 E. Main St. will host a ​Seven Last Words of Christ​ program on Good Friday at 6 p.m., along with Rev. Bobbie Samuels and the South Iredell AME Zion Church.
Speakers: Julia Allison of South Iredell AME Zion;
Paul Cuthbertson and Sylvester Culbertson of Liberty AME Zion;
Terry Jackson of Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church;
Ramondo Brady of Sills Creek AME Zion;
Yolanda Price of Providence AME Zion;
Minister Lavonda Jones of Fairview Heights Baptist Church.
Host pastor is Rev. Harold Jordan.

Piedmont Unitarian Universalist
At the Salisbury Gathering of Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church on March 25 at 12:45 p.m., PUUC will host a viewing of The Iron Bird Flies, a documentary about Buddhist meditation, as an introduction to the weekly meditation class. Located at Temple Israel, 1600 Brenner Ave.

Easter Sunday services will be listed in next Saturday’s Faith Briefs.

FUMC hosts St. John Passion
As part of its 10th anniversary FirstARTS series, First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., will host a performance of Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion on Sunday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m.
This performance, under the direction of Matthew Michael Brown, will feature the Chancel Choir and soloists accompanied by brass quintet, organ, timpani, and strings. Soloists include tenor Wade Henderson singing the role of The Evangelist, baritone Scott MacLeod singing the role of Jesus, bass Jason McKinney singing the role of Pontius Pilate, and soprano soloists Anyée Farrar and Alden Pridgen.
The concert is free and open to the public. Info at 704-636-3121 or www.fumcsalisbury.org

First  Presbyterian presents Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem
The Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Fulton and Innes Streets, presents Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem on Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
The entire work, written between 1887 and 1890, will be accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra and will be sung using John Rutter’s English translation.The service will conclude with Holy Communion followed by the Service of Shadows (Tenebrae).
Info: 704-636-1321 or www.salisburyfirstpres.org

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