Faith Briefs Saturday, March 31
A’yanna Allen Bible Study
EAST SPENCER — From noon-5 p.m. today the A’yanna Allen Bible Study celebrates its one-year anniversary with food, fun and fellowship including a bounce house, face painting, Easter egg hunt, balloon release, popcorn, cotton candy and food. At Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 940 S. Long St. The Bible study meets every other Saturday. Info at 704-245-0729.
CHINA GROVE — Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 4914 Old Beatty Ford Road, performs its 55th annual presentation of the outdoor drama “Christ’s Cross and Crown” today and again on Easter Sunday.
Performances are 8:30 p.m. each night. From 7-8 p.m. each night there will be free hot dogs for all. Bring a chair or blanket, sit on the hillside, and go back in time to the first Easter weekend.
The church is at the corner of Old Beatty Ford and Old Concord-Salisbury Roads.
Gospel Benefit program
WOODLEAF — Today at 5 p.m. is the Gospel benefit program sponsored by The Pilgrimaires for Velvie Gray, member and Deacon at Freedom United Church of God at 1555 Hart Road in Woodleaf.
On program will be Unity and Praise of Salisbury, The Echoes for Christ of Salisbury, The Nu Revelations, The Messengers for Christ of Cleveland, Cedar Grove Gospel Choir of Cleveland, The New Voices of Faith of Mocksville, The Mighty Pilgrimaires of Salisbury and others. Roland Carter will be the emcee.
LINWOOD — The Church will have its March Madness Program today at 5 p.m. The Four Speakers are Dorian Scott (Duke) on Guard; Aletha Holmes (WSSU) on Overtime; Leslie Dalton (UNC) won Block; and Sister Angelica Sweat (Livingstone) on Three Pointer. Feel free to show your favorite college team some love that evening as well. The address is 4329 Sowers Road. Rev. Michael Frencher Jr. is host pastor
Luther’s Lutheran Chrch
RICHFIELD — Luther’s Lutheran Church, at the corner of Stokes Ferry and Richfield Roads will hold an Easter Vigil service today at 7 p.m.
The sunrise service on Easter Sunday is at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and the regular Easter service is at 11 a.m.
Love Christian Center
EAST SPENCER — Love Christian Center, 102 N. Long St., will have Sunrise service beginning at 6 a.m. The speaker will be Minister Hamlet Kollie, pastor of Christ Lamb Ministries International of Salisbury. Breakfast will be served. Host pastor is Bishop Ronald Hash. Info at 704-433-1474.
Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road, will lead a community sunrise service at 7 a.m. at Ellis Park Gazebo. The outdoor service will be followed by a breakfast.
For Sunday’s 11 a.m. Easter Celebration people are encouraged to bring flowers to place on the outdoor cross. Info at 704-633-7484 or www.mounttaborumc.org
Miller’s Chapel AME Zion
Miller’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 920 Miller’s Chapel Road, will be having Easter Sunrise service at 7 a.m. Rev. Hezekiah Lawson is host pastor.
Dunn’s Mountain Park
Meet us at the mountaintop at 6:45 a.m. for a sunrise celebration. Shuttle service will be available to the top of the mountain for those who need assistance. Breakfast will follow at Salisbury Christian School, 225 Majestic Drive. Sponsored by Salisbury Community Bible Church. Info at 704-953-7677 or SalisburyCommunityBible.com
Mount Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — The sunrise service at Mount Zion UCC, 1415 S. Main St., is at 6:45 a.m. in the historic cemetery. Easter breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. in the new building. The Easter service will be at 9 a.m., which will include Communion. Mark L. Burns is host pastor. Info at www.mtzionchinagrove.com
Today at 10 a.m. is the annual Easter egg hunt for preschool thru early elementary children.
New Hope AME Zion
A joint Easter Sunrise service hosted by New Hope AME Zion Church with Moores’ Chapel AME Zion Church and Soldiers’ Memorial AME Zion Church is at 6 a.m. The Rev. Robert Kelley Jr., pastor of Moores’ Chapel, is in charge of the service. Breakfast will be served. The Rev. Dr. Debra J. Hall is host pastor.
Trading Ford Baptist
“Christ the Redeemer,” the Easter cantata and worship service at Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, is Sunday at 10 a.m.
GOLD HILL — Liberty United Methodist Church, 3940 Liberty Road, beside organ Elementary School, will hold Easter sunrise service on Sunday at 7 a.m. with breakfast to follow.
The regular service will be at 8:30 a.m.
On Monday, April 2 from 2-4 p.m., Liberty will be having its annual Easter egg hunt at Liberty Ball field.
On Saturday, April 7is the Liberty annual Spring BBQ.
Bethel Evangelical Lutheran
At Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 355 East Ridge Road, the sunrise service will begin at 7 a.m. Breakfast will be served beginning at 8 a.m., followed by Sunday School and the Easter Festival Communion Service at 10:30 a.m. An anthem will be presented by the adult choir,. Host pastor is Darrell Norris.
ROCKWELL — Lyerly Evangelical Church, 1320 Crescent Road, will begin its Easter celebration with an outdoor meditation at 7:45 a.m., followed by a country ham breakfast at 8 a.m.
Worship begins at 9 a.m. with the Easter cantata, “Worthy is the Lamb.” Soloists include Darlene Custer, Julianne Fowler, and Julie Koontz. Holy Communion will be celebrated.
Dr. W. C. Gaither Jr. is host pastor.
FAITH — Faith Lutheran Church, 205 S. Main St. in Faith, celebrates Sunday at 7 a.m. with a community Easter “Sonrise” service in the Gathering Room, followed by breakfast.
At 10:25 a.m. (note special start time) is traditional worship featuring a festival prelude, a processional, a choir anthem and holy communion.
Host pastor is Richard Myers. Info at 704-279-2500.
Holy Cross Lutheran
pic? The Rev. Kelly Moore has recently been called to serve as Pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She will begin her call on Easter Sunday by officiating at both the sunrise service at 7 a.m. and at the 9 a.m. service of Holy Communion. Breakfast will be served following the sunrise service. It will be prepared by the Lutheran Men in Mission at Holy Cross.
First Calvary Baptist joint service
Antioch Missionary Baptist of Granite Quarry, pastor Rickey Johnson, will join in the sunrise service at First Calvary Baptist Church-Salisbury at 6:30 a.m. The messenger will be Pastor Debra Ellison of At The Cross Ministries. Breakfast will be served afterward. Host pastor is Leamon Brown.
Mount Olivet UMC
Mount Olivet UMC’s sunrise service will be h eld at Carolina Memorial Park on Sundayat 7:10 a.m. Bring a chair or blanket.
The Easter egg hunt is today at 10 a.m.
Info at 704-782-8846 or www.mtochurch.com
The Easter sunrise service at Landmark Church, 1910 Mooresville Road, is at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and then Sunday school. The worship service at 11 a.m. features the Easter Cantata “Because He Lives” performed by the Landmark Choir under direction of Mary Williams
The Easter Egg Hunt is today from 2 -4 p.m. for toddlers through age 12. Info at 704-633-8200.
On Easter Sunday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, the children of the church will celebrate with their families at an Easter breakfast. The regular Easter service will begin at 11 a.m.
ROCKWELL — The Immanuel Lutheran Easter sunrise service begins at 6:30 a.m. in the sanctuary with a formal procession and the-lighting of the Lenten Cross led by Callie Trexler. The Chancel Choir under the direction of Dr. Rob will perform a mini-cantata of Easter selections. Kayla Trexler will perform Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Following the service is a complimentary breakfast prepared by the Men’s Sunday school class. There will be no Sunday School or 11 a.m. service. Rev. Bruce Sheeks serves is host pastor.
On Easter Sunday at First United Church of Christ, Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. and at 11 a.m is worship and Holy Communion.
SPENCER — Calvary Lutheran Church, 303 Fifth St., will host on Sunday the Festival of the Resurrection / Easter.
From 9-10 a.m. is the congregational breakfast sponsored by Men In Mission and at 10:30 a.m. is the Holy Communion Easter service.
South China Grove Baptist
CHINA GROVE — A Resurrection Celebration will be held at South China Grove Baptist Church, 501 Haney St., on Sunday. beginning with the sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. in the parking area in back of the church. Following the service is breakfast in the Family Life Center. Sunday School is 9:30 a.m. Note: the morning service will begin at 10:30 a.m., including the choir presentation of the Easter cantata “Blessed Redeemer” by Dennis and Nan Allen. The church is located one block off Thom St. between Hwys. 29 and 29A. Host pastor is Rev. Tony Wagoner. Info at 704-857-3611 or SCGBC.com
The Arbor UMC
WOODLEAF — The Easter sunrise sService at The Arbor, 5545 Woodleaf Road, is at 7 a.m. Sunday with a light breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Sunday school at 8:30 and worship at 9:30. Rev. Craig Sefa is host pastor.
On Sunday, April 8 during the 10:30 a.m. service, Pastor Criag Sefa will share his recent mission trip with the African Rescue Ministries. They help youth from both refugee families and disadvantaged communities in Africa develop the skills needed to strengthen their families and communities. There will be a first-hand look during the presentation of the work being done in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The church will worship via video wih the congragation of the Family of God Church in Zakheni Village.
Mt. Moriah Lutheran
CHINA GROVE — Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road, will have its Easter Sunday sunrise service at 7 a.m., followed by the Lutheran Men’s Breakfast (by donation) and the Resurrection Celebration at 10 a.m. Info at 704-857-5034.
Jerusalem Baptist and Yadkin Grove joint sunrise service
Jerusalem Baptist Church will be hosting the joint sunrise service with Yadkin Grove Baptist on Sunday at 7 a.m. The speaker will be Rev. Stanley Rice of Yadkin Grove Baptist Church. The service will be held at Jerusalem Baptist, 1570 Long St. Extension.
First Presbyterian Church, 308 W. Fisher St. at the corner of Fulton and Innes, will celebrate Easter Sunday in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. and in the Life Center at 8:50 a.m. in Lewis Hall.
The Feed the Fish finale and Butterfly Release will be held at 10 a.m. in the Courtyard. and worship in the sanctuary will be at 11 a.m. Info at www.salisburyfirstpres.org
Organ Lutheran Church, 1515 Organ Church Road, will hold Easter sunrise service in th e Old Historic Organ Church at 7 a.m. featuring the sacrament of Holy Communion. A country ham breakfast will be served afterward. At 10:30 a.m. is the Easter worship service, with the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Easter will be celebrated at Calvary Baptist Church, 2255 East Ridge Road, on Sunday at 8 a.m. with the “He is Risen” service, followed by breakfast at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. Bible study and the 11 a.m. worship service. Host pastor is Rev. Scott Faw. Info: 704-633-2567 or www.calvarysalisbury.org
Trinity Presbyterian Church USA, 300 South Caldwell St., will have its sunrise service at 6 am. with speaker Rev. Dr. Alberta McLaughlin, pastor of Sandhills Church of Christ in Aberdeenand supply pastor at Allen Temple Presbyterian Church, Cleveland. After the service breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall.
Purpose Driven Life classes hosted by In My Father’s House
Purpose Driven Life classes, led by the Rev. Roosevelt Jenkins, will be conducted from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Hurley Room at Rowan Public Library. The next study dates are Thursday, April 5 and 19.
Saturday, April 7: Join in a gathering of all ages, denominations, and backgrounds in prayer, a time for Christians to come together to call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy. 10-11 a.m. at the Hurley Family YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd West. Info: email@example.com or Tonya Skelly, 843-991-4142 or https://www.facebook.com/prayrowan/
St. Luke Missionary Baptist run/walk
St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church’s inaugural 5K Run/Walk promoting “Health/Wellness in the Community is Saturday, April 7, at 8:30 a.m. The race will begin and end at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. We will be assisted by Salisbury Runners along with church staff and volunteers. Please arrive at 8 a.m. for registration.
IMF scholarship deadline
The deadline for the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF) Treasure Feamster Scholarship is April 6. The scholarships are available for high school seniors who are members of an IMF-affiliated church, regardless of their chosen field of study. Check with your guidance office or church for applications or information. All applications must be postmarked by April 6. For additional information, call 704-639-1894 or 704-433-3277.
Ladies in the War Room
Coming April 14 to God Will Be Done Ministry, 1401 Bringle Ferry Road — a power event taking place from noon-5 p.m.
The seminar is hosted by Julia Stewart of United Bible Way Church of Lancaster, SC, accompanied by guest speakers Rev. Mary Burnell, associate pastor of Fishers of Men Ministry of Pageland, SC and Dr. Patience A. Montgomery of Plippin’ the Script Ministries in Fort Mill, SC.
Registration is from 11-11:45 a.m.
For more information, contact Julia Stewart at 1-980-293-6546.
MLK Memorial Peace Conference
THOMASVILLE — The Martin Luther King Social Action Committee Inc. (MLK-SAC) will host the 15th annual MLK Memorial Peace Conference on Wednesday, April 4. The Conference’s events will begin at 5 p.m. with a free Peace Meal in the fellowship hall at Citadel of Faith Christian Fellowship, 108 Salem St. After the Peace Meal there will be “Real Talk,” a conversation between a diverse group of Thomasville High School students led by Junior class president Jacquez Johnson on the topic “Enough is Enough.” Dr. Dennis W. Bishop, pastor of First Waughtown Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday.
The Conference observes the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme is, “We will not be Divided.”
If you would like to attend or for more information, contact MLK-SAC, Dr. George B. Jackson, Chairman, at 336-476-7218, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mlksac.com