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After months of prayer, Christopher and Sara-Rose Sykes felt God’s calling to move to Taiwan for four years to learn the language and culture and to plant churches among the working-class Taiwanese people. “There is great spiritual need in Taiwan, a country steeped in the religions of Buddhism, Taoism and ancestor worship. We want to be part of God’s plan to bring His hope to the working-class people of this precious island,” said Sara-Rose.
After months of prayer, Christopher and Sara-Rose Sykes felt God’s calling to move to Taiwan for four years to learn the language and culture and to plant churches among the working-class Taiwanese people. “There is great spiritual need in Taiwan, a country steeped in the religions of Buddhism, Taoism and ancestor worship. We want to be part of God’s plan to bring His hope to the working-class people of this precious island,” said Sara-Rose. COURTESY OF TONY SMITH

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Horizon Church, Statesville

Missionaries called: Christopher and Sara-Rose Sykes, who attend Horizon Church, are preparing to serve as missionaries to Taiwan with OMF International. Their four-year term will begin in July. Both fluent Spanish speakers, Christopher and Sara-Rose have been on several mission trips and were appointed to plant a Hispanic Baptist mission in Mocksville. After traveling to Taiwan in 2013, Christopher felt God’s calling to preach the gospel there. The church will host a yard sale fundraiser for their work 7 a.m.-1 p.m. April 18. The couple is scheduled to speak at Christian Outreach of the Piedmont in Statesville on May 31. Horizon Church is at 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville. www.horizonchurch.net.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Fundraiser: The church’s women’s group is having its annual fundraiser, a card and game party. Bring your friends, your cards or games and enjoy desserts, door prizes, raffle and more. $10 per person. Proceeds benefit the church and our community outreach programs. 1-4:30 p.m. April 30 in the parish life center. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. www.sainttherese.net.

Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

Special event: Pastor Jan Brittain will lead “Keeping Sabbath: A Day Apart.” We will consider together what the Bible says about Sabbath, explore some ways of keeping Sabbath and end with a commitment to Sabbath-keeping that fits our own lives and schedule. Free child care provided. 9 a.m.-noon April 18. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. Register at www.willchapumc.org/register.

New Hope Lutheran, Mooresville

Ministry: Lifetree Café is part of a national network of locations offering participatory events related to life and faith. Events typically include a short original film and guided conversation on topics such as loneliness, immigration, angels, guilt, prayer, and life after death. Snacks and drinks available. Free admission. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The topic for April 21 is “Inside the Gun Debate.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. Information at www.LifetreeCafe.com.

Central United Methodist Church, Mooresville

Youth mission funderaiser: Nine youth will travel to Honduras in July with Carolina Cross Connection to work in orphanages. The cost per person is $1,600. A 5K and Fun Run will be held 8:30-9 a.m. May 9 at Bellingham Park. $20 for 5K or $12 for Fun Run; sign up at www.cumcmooresville.com. Register by April 25 to be guaranteed a shirt.

You can mail your check to CUMC Attn: Edward, 214 N. Academy St., Mooresville, NC 28115. Details: email runforhonduras5k@gmail.com or call 704-664-5429.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Midweek worship service: “Noon Grace” service is for business folks during their lunch break. Join us for a meal, message and music. Bring your own meal; a limited number of box lunches will be available. Offering will be collected to help pay for lunch. 12:15 Wednesdays. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Sunday morning groups: Humanist discussion group, adult discussion group, and youth spiritual exploration meet at 9:45 a.m. most Sundays. Humanist discussion group will continue its discussion of Phil Zuckerman’s book, “Living the Secular Life.”

Service: The Rev. Amy Brooks and member Dylan Kirk will present “How Can I Be a Better Steward of the Earth?” Children age four and up go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. April 19. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

The Bridge Church, Mooresville

Preschool: The Bridge Academy is now enrolling children age 2 through transitional kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. Classes are 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday. 2940 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. For information, call Sonya Byrd at 704-658-0241. www.thebridgeacademylkn.com.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 18 at Saint Therese Catholic, 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. www.cbcc.us.

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