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Faith briefs Saturday, June 2

TODAY: SLMBC youth car wash
Today from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 102 Fairson Ave. Sponsored by St. Luke Baptist Church youth.

TODAY Pray Rowan
Pray Rowan, a gathering of all ages, denominations and backgrounds, will meet for prayer from 10-11 a.m. at Livingstone College, 701 W Monroe St. For more information email prayrowan@gmail.com or call Tonya Skelly 843-991-4142 or visit https://www.facebook.com/prayrowan/

TODAY: Bethel Wesleyan Country Fair
KANNAPOLIS — Bethel Wesleyan Church, 4036 Old Salisbury-Concord Road, will be hosting a Country Fair event today from 3-7 p.m. with hot dogs and chips, a train ride, a bounce house, games, face painting, cotton candy and ice cream, prizes and more. Free for everyone.

Gloria Dei outdoor service
This Sunday’s summer outdoor service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd., begins at 8:30 a.m., offering a time of meditation and Holy Communion.

‘Celebrate God’ event at Ursinus UCC
ROCKWELL — “Celebrate God” on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with Ursinus United Church of Christ, 116 West Main St. There will be worship on the lawn, food, fun, fellowship, games and live music by the Gospel Plowboys.

Pastor’s anniversary at White Rock AME Zion
GRANITE QUARRY — White Rock AME Zion Church will celebrate it s Pastor’s Anniversary on Sunday at 11 a.m. Karen B. Hicks will be the guest speaker. Mrs. Hicks is a native of Granite Quarry, and a member of White Rock. A cookout will follow the morning service. Rev. Thomas D. Lee is host pastor.

Missionary speaker at Homestead Baptist
KANNAPOLIS — Sunday is homecoming at Homestead Baptist Church, at the corner of West 22nd Street and Hwy 29.
Missionary John Tangub will deliver the sermon and his family will be singing at the 11 a.m. service.

Men’s Day at St. Matthew Missionary
ROCKWELL — St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church will observe annual Men’s Day on Sunday. The 11 a.m. speaker will be Deacon Kenneth Abel, a member of Fairview Heights Baptist Church in Salisbury.
The 3 p.m. speaker will be Rev. Tim Bates, pastor of Cameron Presbyterian Church and Calvary Presbyterian Church, both in Statesville.

Summer guest musicians at First UCC
First United Church of Christ-Salisbury will host guest musicians this summer. This Sunday the 11 a.m. service features Emily Owens, a student at Catawba College earning a degree in musical theatre with a minor in dance. She recently competed in voice competitions such as NATS and was a semifinalist in the Heafner Williams Classical Voice Competition last spring. She has also soloed with the Rowan County Choral Society, has performed in churches throughout Salisbury and was in the ensemble of Catawba College’s production of “Anything Goes.”

Luther’s Lutheran guest speaker
RICHFIELD — Luther’s Lutheran Church, at the corner of Stokes Ferry and Richfield Roads, hosts guest speaker Father Jim Bernacki on Sunday at the morning service.

Bethel Lutheran choir event
Bethel Lutheran Church, 355 East Ridge Road, celebrates Church Music Sunday at 10:30 a.m. featuring the choir, the youth and adult chime choirs and a hymn sing during worship including readings by Susan Palo Cherwien, all on the theme “Make a Joyful Noise.”

Immanuel Lutheran celebrates grads
ROCKWELL —Immanuel Lutheran honors graduates this Sunday.
High school and college graduates will be specially recognized, including Amie Capano (UNC-C), Madison Hall (University of South Carolina), Mack Freeman (East Rowan High School) and Cortney Miller (East Rowan High School). Each graduates will receive a special gift from the congregation. Vickie Goodman, chair of the Immanuel Scholarship Committee, will present scholarships to those students continuing their pursuit of higher education. Immediately following the service, the Irene Beaver Circle will host a reception in honor of the graduates. Rev. Bruce Sheeks is host pastor.

Men’s Day at Union Chapel
LINWOOD — Union Chapel AME Zion Church, 4329 Sowers Road, will celebrate Men’s Day Sunday at 3 p.m. Rev. Van Johnson, pastor of Union Baptist Church in Thomasville, will be the guest speaker. Rev. Michael Frencher Jr. is host pastor.

Fairview Heights Baptist Men’s Day
The annual Men’s Day program at Fairview Heights Baptist Church, 704 Old Concord Road, is Sunday at 3 p.m., with guest speaker Rev. Eric Susong, pastor of Mt. Calvary Holiness Church. Rev. Clarence E. Marlin is host pastor.

Pastor’s anniversary at Old Smith Grove Baptist
LINWOOD — Old Smith Grove Baptist Church, Linwood Southmont Road, is celebrating the fourth anniversary of service for Rev. James A. Ledbetter III, on Sunday at 3 p.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Daryl R. Napper from First Baptist Church of Lexington.

FUMC Choral Evensong
The Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church offers a Service of Choral Evensong Sunday at 4 p.m., officiated by Rev. Dr. Mark Conforti, with music under the direction of Matthew Michael Brown, accompanied by organist Stephen Gourley.
The choir will sing music of English composers, including “Preces and Responses” by Richard Ayleward, Herbert Murrill’s “Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in E”, and Herbert Howells’ anthem, “O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.”
A reception, hosted by Betty Mickle, will follow at Rowan Museum’s 1815 Utzman-Chambers House, 114 S. Jackson St. The church is located at 217 S. Church St. For more information, call 704-636-3121.

Fellowship at Outreach Christian Ministries
Outreach Christian Ministries Intl., 722 W. Horah St., will be having a fellowship service on Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. with Pastor Nasby Mills from Progressive Outreach Missionary as the speaker.

Graduates honored at The Arbor UMC
On May 27, The Arbor UMC, 5545 Woodleaf Road, observed Graduation Sunday by honoring graduating members.
Those graduating from high school include Dillon Simpson and Isaac Lingle, both from West Rowan.
Elijah Brown is graduating from Livingstone’s College of Culinary Arts and Jessica Gaskill Ijames with a master’s in business administration.
Rev. Craig Sefa is host pastor.

Purpose Driven Life classes at 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, June 7 and June 21.

‘Global Teaching and Preaching’ mission trip
The pastors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, central Africa, are facing desperate times. Their area is war-torn, impoverished and disease-ridden, and they consider themselves fortunate if they have even one meal a day. Most cannot afford a formal education. Despite these circumstances, they are driven to live out their calling to preach the Gospel.
Through week-long institutes, Global Teaching and Preaching brings to them the courses they need to be effective pastors in their villages and cities. We expect to teach between 600-800 pastors this summer. We will also preach in some of their churches on weekends. We leave June 29 and return on July 16. Please help provide resources they will need in to bring healing to their country.
To help financially, please go to my Go Fund Me page which is also on my Facebook page. Thank you for your prayers and help with the ministry.
Jeff Richards, 237 Richmond Road, Salisbury, NC 28144 • 704-798-1324 • Globalteachingandpreaching.comJeffrichards7@gmail.com

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