Church with hip-hop vibe launches in Huntersville

HUNTERSVILLE – Quinn Rodgers, the pastor of Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist in Huntersville, will start a new church that incorporates hip-hop music, graffiti, turntables and poetry.

The church, called GeneratiONE, will strive to present the message of Jesus Christ while also providing a platform for artistic expression.

“We are committed to transforming an 8-track ministry into an MP3 ministry, changing the method without transforming the Message,” Rodgers said.

The church will also maintain a “socioeconomic consciousness” and “kingdom approach,” Rodgers said, and will partner with nonprofits.

Rodgers received a master’s degree in Christian leadership from Gordon Conwell Seminary and trained under the leadership of Bishop Claude Alexander of The Park Church.

GeneratiONE church will gather 5-7 p.m. Saturdays, beginning May 31, at Lake Forest Church-Huntersville, 8519 Gilead Road, in the white building called The Box.


Motor Racing Outreach sells tickets for NASCAR race suite

CONCORD – Motor Racing Outreach is offering a “suite” deal at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

People can buy tickets for a front stretch suite to watch the All Star Race on May 17 or the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25, while helping support the programs of Motor Racing Outreach.

Tickets not only give you the best seat in the house, but also full catering/beverages, infield access for the pre-race concerts and pre-race pit access for both the All Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.

Tickets cost $250 for the All Star Race cost and $300 for the Coca-Cola 600. A parking pass comes with purchase of four or more tickets.

The suite offers a family-friendly atmosphere without alcohol. A parent or legal guardian must accompany and sign a release waiver for minor guests.  

Details: Missy deSouza, or 704-455-3828.


Bookstore offers online inspiration to music ministers

CHARLOTTE – Lifeway Bookstore, which has a branch at Northlake Mall, offers inspiration to ministers of music. The Choir Room is a free online reading session where ministers of music can see and hear the very latest releases from LifeWay Worship without having to leave the comfort of their office, home or coffeehouse.

Meet arrangers, writers, and recording artists. Chat with other worship leaders and special guests. Ask ministry questions and have experts respond live. Take advantage of special discounts and win prizes. Register at

The next Choir Room is at 11 a.m. May 20.


First Baptist discusses ‘remote-control parenting’

HUNTERSVILLE – The Stephen Ministry and Children’s Ministry of First Baptist Huntersville are co-hosting an educational session on parenting.

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends are welcome.

Cheryl Markland, childhood evangelism and discipleship consultant with the Baptist State Convention in North Carolina, will present “Remote Control Parenting.”

The talk starts at 12:30 p.m. May 18 in the Family Life Center gym of the church, 119 N. Old Statesville Road. Lunch before the speaker will be 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m..

Childcare will be available. RSVP at the church office at 704-875-6581.


Church provides job help

CORNELIUS – The monthly Job Assistance Workshop at Community in Christ Lutheran will feature “Interview Mistakes to Avoid.” 

Get tips on how to conduct yourself professionally during an interview. The Job Assistant Ministry Support (JAMS) is a support group for those who are underemployed, unemployed or in a career transition. 

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 13 at the church, 7621 Norman Island Drive. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month. To confirm your attendance, call the church office at 704-892-0120.


Cornelius Presbyterian holds yard sale

CORNELIUS – Mark your calendars for the Community Yard Sale hosted by Cornelius Presbyterian, Tables will be set up on church grounds. Proceeds will go towards church programs.

The event takes place 7 a.m.-noon May 24. 

Call the church office at 704-892-5577 or e-mail if you would like to donate items for the sale.


Students help Stop Hunger Now 

CORNELIUS – Volunteers were joined by third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Mount Zion United Methodist Church to package 32,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now, which ships food to disaster areas.

The church received enough donations to buy 32,000 meals.