Faith briefs Friday, Aug. 24

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 24, 2018

Soldiers Memorial AME Zion
On Saturday from, Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N. Church St., hosts a free community-wide event, “Back to School…Learning Life Skills Through Magic” featuring magician Glenn Yost, plus Wal-Mart gift cards for school age children and youth, and hot dogs and beverages. Sponsored by Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church Men’s Boosters Ministry. RSVP to George Washington Sr. at 704-536-1386. Host pastor is Rev. Dr. Derrick R. Anderson.

Cedar Grove AME Zion homecoming and revival
Cedar Grove AME Zion Church will hold its annual picnic, homecoming and revival. The picnic is Saturday at 11 a.m.
Homecoming is Sunday, with Sister Quinta Ellis delivering the 11 a.m. message. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. The afternoon service begins at 3 p.m. with speaker Rev. Margaret Anderson, associate pastor of Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church.
Revival services run Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 28-30 at 7 p.m. with speaker Rev. Patrick Tate, pastor of Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church, East Spencer. Rev. Dr. Bertha Pittman is host pastor.

Fairview Heights outreach ministry
Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church outreach ministry will be at Brightmoore Nursing Center, 610 W. Fisher St., at 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring speaker Evangelist Shelia Bush.

Gethsemane Men’s Choir
The Men’s Choir of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 South Caldwell St., celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, the GMBC Men’s Choir hosts several musical groups. On Sunday, the Men’s choir will be in concert with special guest Keith Holland and Friends in Christ.
Eugene Nunn is president of the Men’s Choir and Thelma Cuthbertson serves as Minister of Music.

John Calvin Presbyterian’s Ten at 10
Guest speaker at John Calvin Presbyterian Church’s Ten at 10 Sunday Summer Worship Service, at 1620 Brenner Ave., will be Rev. Alicia Wilson. For more information, visit

127 years at Lyerly Evangelical
pic ROCKWELL — Lyerly Evangelical Church, 1320 Crescent Road, will celebrate its 127th anniversary Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service.
Founded in 1891 by Dr. J.M.L. Lyerly and Rev. C.B. Heller, the church was originally Bethany Reformed Church. Dr. Lyerly later chartered Nazareth Orphans Home close to the church.
Dr. Allen Tyndall will be the guest preacher. Dr. Tyndall is executive director of PastorCare, a nonprofit organization to support clergy experiencing a difficult time in their lives and/or ministry.
Dr. W.C. Gaither Jr. is host pastor.

St. Matthews Lutheran homecoming
On Sunday at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 9275 Bringle Ferry Road, at the 10:30 a.m. service, Rev. Bill Ketchie will be the guest speaker. A covered dish luncheon will follow.

Blessing of the Children at Mt. Zion UCC
CHINA GROVE — During the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 S. Main St., a Blessing of the Children Service will be celebrated. For more information visit

BTS at The Arbor UMC
The Arbor UMC will conduct its annual Back to School worship served on Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. service. Collected school supplies will be blessed and a fund raising dinner will be held afterwards in the fellowship hall.

181 years at St. Stephen’s Lutheran
GOLD HILL — St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 4401 St. Stephen’s Church Road, will celebrate 181 years of ministry at its annual homecoming on Sunday, as well as the 15th anniversary of St. Stephen’s Playschool. Former pastor Rev. Constance J. Garrett will be the guest preacher and lead a special Sunday school class at 9:45 a.m.
The worship service is at 11 a.m., with a covered dish meal afterward.

Homecoming and revival at New Bethel Baptist
pics MOCKSVILLE — New Bethel Baptist Church, 3727 US Highway 601 South, will celebrate homecoming on Sunday with host pastor Rev. John Bankhead Jr. delivering the 11 a.m. message. Rev. Dr. David L. Bracken, pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church of East Spencer, is the guest speaker at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.
Revival services run Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 27-29 at 7 p.m., with Rev. John Leazer, pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Concord as guest speaker. This year’s theme is “Follow And Listen To His Voice.”

Homecoming and revival at Henderson Grove
Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming on Sunday. The 11 a.m. service will be conducted by host pastor Rev. Perry J. Dye. Lunch follows at 1:30 p.m. and the speaker for the 3 p.m. service is Rev. Rodney B. Eldridge, pastor of New Smith Grove Baptist Church in Lexington, and a former pastor of Henderson Grove.
A five-night revival will be held Aug. 28-31 beginning at 7 p.m. The evangelist will be the Rev. Dr. Nilous M. Avery II, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Salisbury.

Backpack blessing at Mt. Tabor
Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, just north of Ellis Park on Old Mocksville Road, will hold a Blessing of the Backpacks service on Sunday at 11 a.m. Students, teachers and staff are invited to bring school bags to the service for a time of dedication.
Call 704-633-7484 or visit

178 years at Historic St. Andrew’s
WOODLEAF — The annual homecoming service at Historic St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will be held Sunday at 11:15 a.m. A covered dish lunch will follow at Unity Presbyterian Church (Woodleaf-Barber Road off Highway 801) in Woodleaf. The service will celebrate the 178th anniversary of the consecration of St. Andrew’s on the last Sunday in Aug., 1840. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Rhonda M. Lee, regional canon for the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in the Charlotte and Sandhills regions.
For more information, contact or 919-619-8588.

Afternoon fellowship at Faith Temple Triumphant
EAST SPENCER — Faith Temple Triumphant Ministries, 900 Pinetree Drive, will host its third Sunday Afternoon Fellowship Services at 3 p.m. Pastor Dee Ellison of At The Cross Ministries will be the afternoon preacher.
Host pastor is Dr. Henry C. Diggs

Homecoming and revival at New Zion Baptist
New Zion Baptist Church, 2785 Dunn’s Mountain Road, will observe homecoming on Sunday at 3 p.m. with guest speaker Bradley Taylor, pastor of Outreach Christian Ministries.
Revival services run Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 27-29 at 7 p.m. Monday’s speaker is Rev. Marcus Fairley, pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church, Salisbury;
Tuesday-Wednesday’s speaker is Rev. Carolyn Bratton, pastor of St. Stephens AME Zion Church of Gastonia.
Area churches will attend each night and their choirs will render music. Host Pastor is Rev. V. Patrick Jones Sr.

Homecoming and revival at Sills Creek
MOORESVILLE — Sills Creek AME Zion Church, at Highway 150 and 3165 Bradshaw Road, is celebrating homecoming on Sunday. Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. and the service starts at 3 p.m. with guest speaker Rev. Harold Jordan of Third Creek AME Zion Church in Cleveland.
Revival services are Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m.
Aug. 28: Dr. Calvin L. Miller, spouse of Sills Creek pastor Dr. Karen Roberts Miller and Presiding Elder of the Winston Salem District;
Aug. 29: Rev. J. Ruth Davis, pastor of Shiloh AME Zion Church, Statesville;
Aug. 30: Rev. Timothy Bates, pastor of Cameron and Calvary Presbyterian Churches, Statesville.

Hall’s Temple Holiness Church
Hall’s Temple Holiness Church, 1129 N. Long St. in Salisbury, will celebrate Founders Day with a service at 3;30 p.m. on Sunday. Guest speaker will be Bishop Gary Graham.

Twelve Tribes program at Liberty AME Zion
MOCKSVILLE — On Sunday at 5 p.m. Liberty AME Zion Church, 271 Gladstone Road, will have a Twelve Tribes program. Various churches will participate.
The newly appointed pastor of Liberty is Rev. Michael Mitchell.

The Jordan Family Band

The Jordan Family Band
KANNAPOLIS — The Jordan Family Band will be in concert at Homestead Baptist Church, corner of West 22nd Street and Hwy 29A, on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Super Sunday Night at Calvary Baptist
Calvary Baptist Church, 2255 East Ridge Road, hosts another Super Sunday Night of Summer at 6 p.m. with guest speaker Dr. Lee Pigg of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe and special music by Greg Cook and his choir, praise band and praise team, also from Hopewell Baptist Church. See to learn more.

Lay leader service at Haven Lutheran
Haven Lutheran Church, 207 West Harrison St., will have a service lead by Lay Leaders on Sunday. Church members will assist with the service including Mike Clawson as Lector and Jim Stirewalt as Cantor.

Pray Rowan
On Saturday, Sept. 1, from 10-11 a.m. at Omwake-Dearborn Chapel at Catawba College, 2300 W Innes St., join in a gathering of all ages, denominations and backgrounds in prayer. Contact or 843-991-4142 or

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 10-11 a.m. on the first and second Thursday of each month, at Brookdale Assisted Living, 2201 Statesville Blvd. The next study dates are Sept. 6 and 13.

Homecoming and revival at Jerusalem Baptist
Jerusalem Baptist Church will celebrate a three-day revival (Wednesday through Friday) beginning Aug 29 at 7 p.m. with speaker Rev. Dr. Paul Lowe of Winston-Salem, past moderator of the Rowan Baptist Association and a member of the NC Senate.
Homecoming will be held Sunday, Sept. 2 during the regular 11 a.m. service. The speaker will be Rev. Theresa Hardy, associate pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence.
Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m.

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