Canton Baptist

Sunday was Baptist Men’s Day. The prayer to open the service was done by Greg Blake with the congregational hymn of “Tell It To Jesus” following that. Special music was given by the Men’s Choir. The special speaker was Brent Shoe with special music sung by Mike, Kevin, Andrew and Doug. The next special speaker was Doug Eudy.

Flowers on the communion table were in memory of Helen Lambert by Rayven, Joan, Connie and Rhonda. A special “thank you" to the Baptist Men for the barbecue dinner Saturday.

Canton on Mission will be Sunday at 6 p.m. with the emphasis on the offering for the N.C. Baptist homes, followed by a meal of chicken stew. Please bring desserts. Our winter revival will be Feb. 24-27. The “Canton Chronicle” will be coming in February.

Charity Baptist

Sunday, the morning worship began with the choir singing “Sanctuary.” Special music was provided by Gary Miller singing “Please Come Down to Me” and Valarie Lord and Amanda Vander-burg singing “In the Sky.” Pastor Lanier gave his message on “You are Better than Your Past” from 1 Corinthians 12:30.

The evening service began with the choir singing “Days of Elijah.” Special singing was provided by Cindy Mauney, Jeremy and Christi Holt singing “One More Time will Do It” and Blenda sang “At the Shepherds Side.”

Pastor Lanier’s evening message was titled “Don’t let your Talents Go Unused,” which came from 1 Corinthians 12:31.

Upcoming events

There will be a Sweetheart Banquet this Friday. Please sign up if you haven’t already done so.

Pine Grove U.M.C.

Sunday, the Hymn of Praise was “The Church’s One Foundation” and the children’s sermon followed. The sermon was given by Rev. Lovelace.

Upcoming events

Saturday, approximately 100 area ARC citizens will be gathering in our fellowship hall for their annual Valentine Dance. They are excited about the event and welcome you to drop in and join their group for a short visit during this important event.

Feb. 23, 7-10 a.m. - We would like to invite everyone to the Community Breakfast.


Grove Baptist

Sunday, the congregational hymn was “Love Lifted Me” followed by the Adult Choir singing “In the Name of Love.” The morning message was given by a visiting Gideon speaker, Ken Whitley. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Ken Whitley and his wife, Carolyn.

Please continue to remember Pastor John Lindsay and his family in the death of his mother, Helen Lindsay.

Upcoming events

The Older Youth will be going to a Super Bowl Party. Permission slips and details will be given out this week.

St. Martin’s



Sunday, the opening hymn was “Alleluia, Song of Gladness.” Pastor Judy used Matthew 4:12-23 for the message. Peter, Andrew, James and John left their families to go with Jesus to become “fishers of people.” They followed Jesus the rest of their days, proclaiming the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God is at hand, and each of us can make a difference. We must continue to keep Christianity alive.

The altar flowers, beautiful pink roses, are given to the glory of God and in loving honor of Susan Clemmer Andrews by Sara Cox.

Upcoming events

Sunday - Our youth will hold soup pots at church doors on Super Bowl Sunday. They will collect money for those who are hungry and hurting. Please support the youth of our church in this effort to “love our neighbors” by dropping your dollar in the soup pot.

Feb. 5 - JOY Fellowship will be going to Gaffney, S.C. They will meet at the church at 8:30 a.m. and carpool down for a day of shopping and fun.

The time is already here. Tuesday, we will be having our always well attended Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Don’t miss this great fellowship event and beginning of our Lenten program.

Girl Scouts will be doing the Clothing Drive for the SCCM again this year and will collect clothes at the Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday. It’s a great time to get rid of clothes you never wear.

Feb. 9, 6 p.m. - The KFC and J-Team are hosting a Sweetheart Dinner in the Fellowship Hall. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

Church history No. 4

The first recorded Lutheran service, in this immediate area, was conducted at the home of Jacob Efird in 1814. This service was conducted by a traveling ordained Lutheran minister by the name of David Henkel.

Pastor Henkel’s records indicate that on May 17, 1817 he conducted a service at the Efird home at which time about 30 people communed and 18 were confirmed.

The Efird home had now became a regular stop for Pastor Henkel along with many other scattered Luthe-ran groups in North Caro-lina, South Carolina, Tennes-see and Virginia.

The congregation was becoming recognized and would soon become officially organized. Paintings of the Efird home where these first services were held are hanging in the educational wing.

Church services

We would like to remind everyone that we have two services each Sunday. There is a contemporary service at 8 a.m. where the dress is casual and the music is contemporary. At 10:30 a.m. we have a traditional service with traditional music.

Vine Life Baptist

Sunday, was the Baptist Men’s Day and music was provided by the Men’s Choir singing “Are You Washed In The Blood.”

The adult sermon was given by Deacon Daryel Sanders of New High Springs Baptist Church of Gastonia called “What is a Happy Man?” with the scripture coming from Psalm 1.

Vine Life reported a good crowd of home folks and guests from New High Springs Baptist Church in Gastonia were on hand to hear Deacon Daryel Sanders bring the adult sermon. Also visiting were Scott and Matthew Gardner, Larry McIllwaine, Gary McIll-waine and others.

The Stanly County Prays Together Day held Jan. 27 at the Stanly Agri-Civic Center was a big success. Prayers were lifted up for county, school, state and nation. We appreciate people who give so much of themselves to pray for others.

Upcoming events

Saturday, 9 a.m. - Women’s Prayer Breakfast.

Please look at the Church Clean Up calendar and pick a month to volunteer to clean the church. Thanks to everyone who participates in this important ministry.

Armed Forces

Please remember our church members who are also in various Armed Forces and unable to be here day to day because they are helping to protect us and this country. They are: AJ Barringer, serving in Georgia; Kyle Efird, serving in Iraq; Daniel McIlwaine, serving in Iraq; and Bradley Williams, serving at Camp Lejuene in Jacksonville, all of St. Martins; and Chris Lord, serving in Iraq, of Charity Baptist Church.

If you know of any other service personnel, please let me know.


Cassidy Austin, Taylor Honeycutt and Dolan Tucker (Jan. 27); Linda Griffin, Brittany Purser and Kristie Sullivan (Jan. 28); Dan Tucker (Jan. 29); Dustin Porter, Amanda Sullivan (Jan. 30); Adam Slaughter (Jan. 31) and Lib Burleson (Feb. 1).


Gary and Barbara Pinion (Feb. 1).

Prayer Concerns

Dean Allen, Geraldine Alexander, Sam Alimonti, Jeanette Almond, Louise Barbee, AJ Barringer, Ollie Barringer, Carol Bennick, Jerry Berkline, David Blue, Marty Bowers, Michael Bowers, Muriel Brooks, Kevin Brummit, Dan Bur-gess, Ashley Burleson, Caroll and Betty Burleson, Hillary Burleson, May Burleson, Meneika Burle-son, Mildred Burleson, New-man Burleson, Raymond and Boots Burleson, Reggie Bur-leson, Donna Griffin Burris, Jimmy and Brookie Burris, Pauline Burris, Carmaletha Butler, Ed Cannon, Mike Church, Amy Cody, Amanda Cole, Wayne and Louise Clark, Waldon Coleman, Don Coltrane, Doris and Hubert Cook, Marie Cook, Viola Cook, Donna Cran-ford, Wayne Crews, the Cris-co family, Larry Daniel, Lisa Deese, Pam Diggs, Doris Drake, Joe Early, the Early family, Joe Efird, Kyle Efird, Lyndsey Efird, Pattie Efird, Ricky Efird, Steve Efird, Harry Elsworth, Etta Eudy, Dana Foster, Connie Fowler, Margaret Furr, Everette Gardner, Don Garmon, Ed Griffin, Jean Gross, Joe Guoclman, Leora Hahn, Kenny Harris, Lisa Hartsell, Alice Harward, Nancy Hat-ley, Mary Hedrick, Jayvee Helms, Joe Helms, Bob Hinson, David Hinson, Max Hinson, Ramelle and Floyd Hinson, Robert Hinson, Roy Holbrook, Simon Holland, Kayden Hopkins, Jason Houser, Haskel Howard, James Howell, Lillie Huney-cutt, Wanda Huneycutt, Bea-trice Hunsucker, Pauline Hussey, Howard and Billie Kessler, Peggy Koepfer, Charlie Lambert, Laura Lambert, Lindsey Laney, Ray Lanier, Mae Ledbetter, Margaret B. Lee, Pastor John Lindsay and family, Jerry Little, Chris Lord, Grady Love, Rae Lynch, Alli Mabry, Dwight Mabry, Joyce Mauldin, Mike Mc-Duffy, Sherry McGuire, Daniel McIlwaine, Lena Kate McKracken, Sharon Metts, Tanya Milton, David Morgan, Jerry Morgan, Larry Morgan, Tracy Mor-gan, Virginia Morgan, Will-iam Morgan, Kathy Morrison, Horace Morton, Janet Morton, Paul Mullis, Mullis family, Norris Nash, Barbara Nejelski, Bob Newman, Mary Elizabeth Norton, Jack Nunn, Bob Parker, Ethyl Parker, Missy Parker, Pearl Paul, Faye Plemons, Jared Poplin, Judy Price, Vivian Richards, Josh Richardson, Rogell Rummage, Edith Russell, Dwight Scott, Anita Sedberry, Maxine Sherrill, Ethel Simmons, Madge Sim-mons, Aaron Smith, Jerry Smith, Garin Stepp, Peggy Stevens, Bethany Thomas, Gay Thompson, Ronnie Thompson, Tommy Thomp-son, Sherman Tucker, Sara Underdown, Hazel Under-wood, Cynthia Walters, Robert Ward, Carolyn Wat-son, Jack Westbrook, Cam-eron Whitley, Gavin Whit-ley, Bradley Williams, Amon Wise, and our leaders, nation, schools, troops and youth.

Endy News is written by Kelly Smith. Call (704) 982-8551 or e-mail

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