Faith Briefs and Christmas events at church Dec. 6-8

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 6, 2019

Gethsemane hosts Youth 4 Christ Concert
Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church will host Youth 4 Christ Friends and Family Mass Choir Gospel Concert on Saturday at 5 p.m.
This year’s program celebrates five pioneer ministers in the Rowan County area: Rev. Dr. Lemon Brown, First Calvary Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. Nilous Avery, Mt. Zion Baptist Church; Rev Dr. David Bracken, Jerusalem Baptist Church; Bishop Harvey Rice, former pastor of Mt Calvary Holiness Church; Rev. Paul Jones, former pastor of New Zion Baptist Church.
Emcee: Roland Carter. Soloists: Kosha Hasty, Janet Shuford, Jalen Walker, Minster Wonda Shaw, Diane Neely, Shanita Davs, Angela Ford, Wanda Cuthbertson Katherine Fleming, Dr Mary Steltz.
Guest directors: Emery Susong, Dr. Mary Steltz, Eddie Brown, Stephanie Vonda-Bruce.
All proceeds benefit the adopt a family at Christmas program and our youth. Entire concert is in memory of Rev. Latasha Wilks. Milton Griffith is the founder and director of Youth 4 Christ.

Women’s Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran

ROCKWELL — Immanuel Lutheran Women will focus on the theme “God’s Work Our Hands” during the 11 a.m. service by highlighting their various church ministries — giving special emphasis to that of the Immanuel Chrismon Crusaders, who, led by Carolyn Trexler, not only handcraft Chrismons for the Advent/Christmas season, but gift Chrismons to others for special life-journey occasions. Immanuel has a personal connection with the original Chrismon hand-crafter, Frances Kipps Spencer, a personal friend of Immanuel members, the late Rufus and Blanche Beaver when they were members of Ascension Lutheran in Danville, Va. where Spencer implemented the use of the first Chrismon tree.
Those participating in this special service: Debbie Cope, Dana Robertson, Macheal Humes, Maria Freeman, Mandy Shulenburger, Christy Trexler, Kay Meilinger, Vickie Goodman, Pam York, Debbie Miller, Mitzi Miller, Betty Wilhelm, Carol Hatley and Barbara Harwood. Jo Fowler is service coordinator.

UBC choir annviersary
KANNAPOLIS — The Gospel Choir of United Baptist Church, 3001 Clermont Ave., celebrates its 46th Choir Anniversary with songs of praise on Sunday Dec 8 at 3 p.m. Rev. John E. Jones is host pastor.

Family & Friends Day at Third Creek
CLEVELAND — The Stewardess Board of Third Creek AME Zion Church, 415 E. Main St., will host its elebrating its annual Family And Friends Day celebration on Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m.
Guest speaker will be Minister Tangela Lane of Mt. Zion Baptist Church Boyden Quarters in Mt. Ulla.
Dinner will be served in the Glen G. Grayson Fellowship Hall at 1:30 p.m.
Special music will be provided by the Echos for Christ.
Rev. Harold L. Jordan is host pastor.

Men in Ties, Women in Hats at Boxwood
MOCKSVILLE — The Pastor’s Aid Ministry of Boxwood Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring the program, Men in Ties, Women in Hats on Sunday at 3 p.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Richard Johnson of Hall’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.
Host pastor is Rev. Gary S. Milton.

Missionary Baptist State Rally
Held on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Greater Galilee Baptist Church of Winston Salem/ Charlotte. Rev. Dr. Robert L. McGowens is guest pastor.

RDCDA celebrates with Rainbow Tea
The Rowan and Davie County Deacons Alliance is hosting a Rainbow Tea on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. It will be held at the Salisbury Civic Center, 305 S. MLK Jr. Ave.
Proceeds go to benefit those in need in our community. Deacon Reginald C. Weeks Sr. is RDCDA president.

The Punches in concert at Trading Ford Baptist
Music Night at Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, on Sunday at 6 p.m. features a concert performed by The Punches — parents and two daughters — who will also share their music and mission. Held in the Worship Center of the church.

Christmas events at church

Send your church’s Christmas program information to

Living Christmas Tree at First Baptist
Dec. 6-9
First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton St. Check ticket availability at

Piedmont Choral Society Christmas concerts
7 p.m Dec. 6 • 4 p.m. Jan. 4
CONCORD — 75-voice Piedmont Choral Society’s annual free Christmas concerts accompanied by 22-piece professional orchestra. Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St North. Familiar carols and songs of the season. 704-699-6053 or

Fridays@First: An Advent Series
Noon Dec. 6
Matthew Michael Brown, organist. First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St.

Annual Bethlehem Marketplace
4- 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8
North Main Baptist Church, 1501 N. Main St. Go back 2000 years to the tiny village of Bethlehem, a carefully recreated 1st century marketplace, bustling with customers and merchants. Totally free, handicap accessible and indoors.

Rockwell UMC presents ‘The Colors of Christmas’
10 a.m. Sunday Dec. 8
ROCKWELL — The Chancel Choir of Rockwell United Methodist Church, Hwy 52, presents “The Colors of Christmas,” created and arranged by Marty Parks. Featured will be soloist John Rainey and a duet by Mitzi Jackson and Sandy Barnes. The Chancel Choir is under the direction of Randy Maness and the Handbell Choir is under the direction of Tina Odom.
Host pastor is Rev. Charlie Curtis.

Trinity Presbyterian presents ‘Bethlehem’s Child’
4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8
The Senior Choir of Trinity Presbyterian Church USA, 300 S. Caldwell St., presents its annual Christmas cantata, titled “Bethlehem’s Child,” as well as an arrangement of Christmas carols. Soloist is Monica Green, narrator is Rev. Olen V. Bruner, host pastor.
Accompanist is Betty Wilson. Organist and pianist for Trinity is Sharon W. Wilkins.

St. John’s Men’s Chorus Christmas Concert
4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8
“And a Little Child Shall Lead Them,” directed by Jason Harwood, accompanied by Janie Rollins. Features St. John’s Luther Ringers, instrumentalists, meditations and readings from children. A freewill offering benefits a local charity.

Live Nativity at Mt.Moriah
6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
CHINA GROVE — Mt.Moriah Lutheran Church, 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road, will have a Live Nativity Sunday evening.

Blue Christmas worship at St Luke’s Lutheran
7 p.m. Dec. 12
MT. ULLA — Sometimes Christmas just isn’t a happy-party time of year. Grief, illness, job loss, broken relationships make our hearts and spirits heavy. The Blue Christmas service is a time when we can give God our burdens that are hard to carry. For more information contact St Luke’s Lutheran Church, 11020 NC Hwy 801, 704-278-2710,

FirstARTS presents Bel Canto Company
8 p.m. Dec. 12
NC’s premier professional chorus in concert at First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St.

Living Christmas Cards
6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13
KANNAPOLIS — Blackwelder Park Baptist Church and Kingdom Kids Preschool, 2299 N. Main St., presents life-size Christmas Cards come to life. Stop for a free cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider. Rain date Dec 19-20.

Fridays@First: An Advent Series
Noon Dec. 13
David Hamilton, tenor, in concert with Matthew Michael Brown, pianist. First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St.

‘Christmas in the City’
6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 15
KANNAPOLIS — Stunning variety show featuring creative arts to entertain and inspire the soul with the beautiful message of Christmas. $10. He’s Alive Church, 1310 N Cannon Blvd., 980-781-4920 or

Jubilee Choir Christmas Concert
5 p.m. Dec. 15
The Jubilee Community Choir will present the 33rd Annual Christmas Concert “Shout for Joy” at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N. Church St. Soloists are Doris Goodman, Phyllis Partee, Walter James, and Rebecca Stinson. Dancers are Natalia House and Jalissa Allen. Sharon Wilkins with cello accompaniment,  Jerome Heggins on drums. Narration by Dr. Ethel Bamberg-Revis. Refreshments following the concert. Kay Wright Norman, music director.

St. John’s Lutheran Service of Lessons and Carols
11 a.m. Dec. 15
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St..  Chancel Choir, St. John’s Men’s Chorus, St. John’s Women’s Ensemble, soloists and Instrumental Ensemble. Choirs directed by Rob Durocher with Rosemary Kinard, Deanna Boksleitner accompanying. Jason Harwood directs the Men’s Chorus, accompanied by Janie Rollins. Pastor Rhodes Woolly, Pastor Laura Henrik, and readers will narrate. See event/lessons-and-carols/

Fridays@First: An Advent Series
Noon Dec. 20
Deborah Busby Coclanis, pianist, in concert at First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St.

Bethlehem Prayer Service
9-11 a.m. Dec. 21
Live broadcast of the Advent prayer service simulcast with Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Held at St. John’s Lutheran, 200 W. Innes St.,

Oakdale Baptist Church Christmas Cantata
11 a.m. Dec. 22
SPENCER — The Oakdale Baptist Church Adult Choir will present the cantata “Silent Night, Holy Night.” The church is located at 200 Charles St.

Prevent Child Abuse Rowan is sponsoring its 2019 Adopt-a-Child program. Tags for children the agency serves are now available at its offices, 130 Woodson St.
Bring unwrapped gifts to the agency by Dec. 16.
Other donations that help:
• Wrapping paper and tape
• Money
• Baked goods
• Gift cards for food, clothing and $5 gas only cards
• Tickets for movies, bowling, or other activities
For more information call the Terrie Hess House at 704-639-1700.


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