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Faith Briefs Friday, Aug. 17

Joint community cookout
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a joint community cookout at the Tower of Power at 601 E. Cemetery St. sponsored by the Tower of Power and the local NAACP. Other activities planned are: NAACP membership-voter registration drive, gospel singing by Cliff Roseboro and the Heirs of Salvation, light lunch, vendors, door prizes, and short remarks by Mayor Al Heggins, Deputy Police Chief Shon Barnes, Joe Fowler, and others. Call Rev. Turner at 704-636-1244 for information.

Everybody’s Birthday Party
CLEVELAND — The Annual Everybody’s Birthday Party will be held at the Third Creek AME Zion Church fellowship hall on Saturday at 3 p.m. Host pastor is Rev. Harold L. Jordan.

Prayer seminar at North Kannapolis
KANNAPOLIS — Dr. Chris Schofield, director of the Office of Prayer for the Baptist State Convention of NC, will conduct a prayer seminar at North Kannapolis Baptist Church, 312 Locust St., on Aug. 18-19. First session will be Saturday at 6 p.m. in McMurray Hall.
Sunday’s schedule includes continental breakfast from 8:30-9:25 a.m. in McMurray Hall; combined adult Sunday school from 9:30-10:30 in the sanctuary; service at 10:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. Call 704-933-2125 for information or reservations.

Moore’s Chapel Day
“Moore’s Chapel Day” will be observed on Sunday at Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 500 Partee St. Pastor Rev. Robert N. Kelley Jr. will bring the message at the 10 a.m. service.
Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. and the afternoon program is at 4 p.m. with guest preacher Rev. Dairl Scott Jr., pastor of Center Grove AME Zion Church of Tobaccoville.

John Calvin’s Ten at 10
Guest speaker at John Calvin Presbyterian Church’s Ten at 10 Summer service (1620 Brenner Ave.) on Sunday at 10 a.m. will be Rev. Bill Sosebee of Lexington. For more information visit johncalvinpres.com

Women’s Day at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist
On Sunday, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley Ave., will celebrate its annual Women’s Day during the 11 a.m. service with speaker Minister Sherry Smith, associate minister at Shady Grove Baptist Church of Mt. Ulla.
Minister Smith has served as Director of Blood Services for the American Red Cross and Director of Client Services at Rowan Helping Ministries.
Women are asked to wear white and pearls. Music will be rendered by the Sanctified Sisters Women’s Day Choir under the direction of Minister Deborah Johnson. Host pastor is the Reverend Dr. Nilous M. Avery II.

Homecoming and revival at Union Chapel
LINWOOD — Union Chapel AME Zion Church, 4329 Sowers Road, celebrates homecoming and revival starting on Sunday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Anita Morgan delivering the morning message. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m.
Rev. Kenneth James of Walls Memorial AME Zion Church of Charlotte is the guest speaker for the 3 p.m. service.
Revival runs Monday through Friday, Aug. 20-24 at 7 p.m.
Monday: Rev. Dairl Scott Jr. of Center Grove AME Zion Church;
Tuesday: Rev. Jimmy Griffin of New Jersey AME Zion Church;
Wednesday: Rev. Marcus Fairly of St. Luke Baptist Church;
Thursday: Rev. Carolyn Bratton of St. Stephens AME Zion Church;
Friday: Rev. Ty Quan Alston of Swift St. AME Zion Church.
Rev Michael Frencher Jr. is host pastor.

76th anniversary at Messiah Lutheran Church
Messiah Lutheran Church in Salisbury will celebrate its 76th anniversary on Sunday during the 11 a.m. service with guest speaker Lucas Safrit, grandson of Rev. and Mrs. Don Safrit. Lucas will be entering the seminary at Wake Forest in the fall. A covered dish dinner immediately follows in the Parish House. There will be no Sunday School on that day. The current pastor of Messiah is Rev. Don Safrit.

Homecoming at Miller’s Chapel AME Zion
Miller’s Chapel AME Zion Church, 920 Miller’s Chapel Road, will observe homecoming on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The 11 a.m. preacher is pastor Rev. Hezekiah Lawson. The 3 p.m. preacher is Rev. Martha Greene, newly appointed pastor of Ardis Chapel AME Zion Church of Salisbury. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m.
Revival services will be held Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 20-22, at 7 p.m. with preacher Rev. Dr. James A. French, Presiding Elder of the Laurinburg District of the AME Zion Churches.

Pastor and First Lady Jones 44th anniversary
KANNAPOLIS — United Baptist Church, 3001 Clermont Ave., celebrates Pastor John E. Jones and First Lady Sister Gladys Jones’ 44th anniversary starting Sunday at 3 p.m. Pastor Trent G. Edwards of Greater Triumphant Center will be the preacher.

Missionary Day at New Bethel Baptist
MOCKSVILLE —New Bethel Baptist Church, 3727 US 601 Hwy South, will hosting its Missionary Day program on Sunday, at 3 p.m. with guest speaker Rev. Joe Clark, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Mocksville, on the theme of “Answering the Call to Mission.”
Rev. John Bankhead Jr. is host pastor. 336-284-2990, www.newbethelbaptistchurch.webs.com

Shady Grove celebrates Williams’ anniversary
MT. ULLA — Shady Grove Baptist Church, 220 Shady Grove Baptist Church Road, will celebrate Pastor and First Lady Williamson’s 30th service anniversay on Sunday at 4 p.m. The guest speaker will be Pastor Clarence Marlin of Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church.

Marriage seminar at St. Luke’s Lutheran
MT. ULLA — “Make Your Marriage Better.” Married? Planning on it? Thinking about it? St. Luke’s Lutheran, 11020 NC Hwy 801, is hosting a free seven-session series for stronger marriage, based on Mark Gungor’s “Laugh You Way to a Better Marriage” and Danny Aiken’s “A Biblical Marriage in a Broken World.”
Sessions are 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday evenings on Aug 19 and 26, then on Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 6.
No RSVP is required. Childcare may be arranged with advance notice. For more information call 704-278-2810, visit www.stlukesmtulla.org or email office@stlukesmtulla.org

Super Sunday nights at Calvary Baptist Church
Calvary Baptist Church, 2255 East Ridge Road, continues its Super Sunday Nights of Summer at 6 p.m. Sunday with guest speaker Mike Whitson of First Baptist Church in Indian Trail. There will be special music by the First Baptist Indian Trail Singers.
Call 704-633-2567 or visit www.calvarysalisbury.org

United Ministerial Alliance joint service
The United Ministerial Alliance will host its joint service at 7 p.m., Sunday, at Potter’s House Outreach Ministries, 119 A & B Clancy St.
Rev. Marcus L. Fairley, pastor of Saint Luke Baptist Church, will deliver the message. Revs. Reginald and Gena Long are host pastors.
The UMA’s business meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Tower of Power United Holy Church, 601 East Cemetery St.

St. Matthews Lutheran Preaching Mission
St. Matthews Lutheran Church Preaching Mission is Sunday through Tuesday, Aug. 19-21, at 7:30 p.m.
Guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Nathan Yoder of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road.

SRowan NCabarrus Fellowship Association Revival Services
KANNAPOLIS — The South Rowan North Cabarrus Fellowship Association Revival Services will be held at New Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1000 Chapel St., where Rev. Tracey Caldwell is host pastor.
Services run Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 20-22 at 7 p.m.
Dr. J. Sander Parks, interim pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church, will be the preacher.

BTS events

Pray for Our Schools
6:30 p.m. Aug. 20:
Join in prayer for our schools, children, and their leaders. We will ask God’s blessing on the new year of learning and discovery. All are welcome. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St. 704-636-3431, stjohns-salisbury.org

Third annual BTS Giveaway
Noon-4 p.m. Aug 18: Sponsored by Saving Our Youth NC and Woman Up Wednesdays. Held at Kelsey Scott Park, 1920 Old Wilkesboro Road. Backpack giveaway (pre-K-2nd grade), student one-to-one tech voucher fee giveaway for iPad or Macbook Air users (3rd-12th grade). First come first served. Free hair cuts, spa diva (nails), food trucks, games, live by DJ Neak, fire truck, vendors and more. For info, to donate or volunteer contact savingouryouthnc@gmail.com or 704-267-6777.

Back to School Jam
3-6 p.m. Aug. 18
SPENCER — Dorsett Chapel United Church of Christ, 1280 Hollywood Drive, is hosting a Back to School Jam on Saturday. The theme of this event is “Fired Up” (1 Samuel 17:32).

Annual Back-to-School Bash at Rockwell Park
1-4 p.m. Aug. 25:
Bounce house and Zorb ball for kids, school supplies, many vendors. Exhibits include Fire Department’s Smoke House and 911 Bus. Shaved ice for purchase, Girl Scout Troop 2370 selling food and drinks, music by the Rick Thomas Band. Hosted by VFW 9134 Auxiliary. Info: 704-232-0010.

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