Faith notes for June

First Presbyterian offers summer lunch for children

MOUNT HOLLY – The session of First Presbyterian Church, 133 S. Main St., approved a summer lunch program for community children, and the church will provide lunch on Tuesdays, from June 21 through the middle of August.

Church volunteers will serve lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those Tuesdays. Nearly 30 people attended an organization meeting at the church.

The church is serving lemonade and cookies on the lawn before the 11 a.m. worship service on June 5 and 26.

The church will hold its Shake It Up vacation Bible school July 31 through Aug. 4, a Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Registration forms are now available at the church office.
Find more information at the church’s website, www.fpcmountholly.org, or call 704 827-0521,

Hopewell men sponsoring congregational breakfast June 9

HUNTERSVILLE – The Men of the Church group at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Road, are holding a fellowship breakfast for the congregation June 9, a Thursday, at 7 a.m. in the Family Life Center. No sign-up is necessary.

The church begins its summer worship schedule Sunday, June 5, with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and a single worship service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday night worship time also switches to the Evensong format on June 8, with worship, songs, prayers and Communion at 7 p.m. in the chapel.

The Hopewell golf outing, sponsored by the Men of the Church on May 21 in Mooresville, drew a good response, and the winning teams were:
• First: Gary and Jimmy Farmer, John McGraw and Joe Sailers.
• Second: Bud, Jeremy and Harvey Poole and Sam Tesh.
• Third: Jeff DePalmo, Dave and David Moss and Mike Pacer.
• Closest to the pin: Jimmy Farmer, Mike Pacer, Jeremy Poole and Gary Redmon.
• Youngest player: Zan Barnette.

Hopewell’s Presbyterian Women circles held their annual joint meeting June 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The group chose officers for the 2011-12, and members of the Mary Torrence Circle provided a supper.

Find more information on church activities at Hopewell’s website, www.hopewellpresbyterian.com.

Assurance United hosts grief support

HUNTERSVILLE – Assurance United Methodist Church, 9700 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, will begin a 10-week grief support group June 9, a Thursday, and welcomes anyone in the community.

The group will meet weekly from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Karen Gray, director of Adult and Community Life Ministries for the church, asks anyone interested in participating to email her at karen@assuranceumc.org.

Gray and Susan Mawhinney will lead the group, using Alan Wolfelt’s book, “Understanding Your Grief.” Those participating will get a copy of the book at the first meeting.

“We will work through understanding such things as being open to your loss, dispelling misconceptions about grief, looking at feelings of loneliness and healing,” Gray said in a news release. Find more information about church activities at its website, www.assuranceumc.org.

A Mighty Fortress Lutheran to celebrate Pentecost

CHARLOTTE – A Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church, 8200 McClure Circle, will celebrate Pentecost Sunday on June 12 and is asking all members of the congregation to participate.

The Rev. David Misenheimer, pastor at A Might Fortress from 1974 to 1980, will lead the event. Activities begin with the worship service at 10:20 a.m., followed by a meal and then a Dream & Do gathering “for positive and realistic sharing regarding the current and future ministry and mission” of the church.

The church barbecue sponsored by Lutheran Men in Mission, raised $2,038. Terry Saunders coordinated the fundraiser. Lutheran Men in Mission will hold its breakfast meeting June 11 at 8:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Officers for 2011 are Glenn Collins, president; Richard Lautensleger, vice president; and Chuck Mick, secretary-treasurer.

Also, during the Wednesday Lenten community worship service and lunch, held March 9 through April 20, the church raised $1,745.41 for Jacob’s Ladder, a local, nonprofit, job-training program. That money paid one client to complete a four-week job readiness program and provided 25 clients with weekly bus passes.

Find more information about the church at its website, www.amightfortress.org.

Northside City Church in midst of prayer meeting series

CHARLOTTE – Northside City Church, 8015 Bellhaven Blvd., opened a 10-day prayer meeting beginning June 2, and nightly services continue at 7 through June 11.

The church will hold its vacation Bible school July 25 through 29, a Monday through Friday, from 6:30 to 8:30 nightly for 3- to 11-year-olds. The PandaMania program costs $12 per child. For more information or to register, contact Cady 704-395-8637 or cady@northsidecitychurch.com.

Find more information about church activities at its website, www.northsidecitychurch.com.

Cook’s Memorial sponsoring Charity Horse Show

CHARLOTTE – Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church is sponsoring the 2011 Charlotte Charity Horse Show from June 30 through July 2 at the Latta Plantation Equestrian Center. The show takes place from 6 to 9 nightly.

The equestrian center is located at 6201 Sample Road, Huntersville. Call the center, 704-992-1550, for more information.

The church is still selling advertisements in the show’s printed programs as well as sponsorships, which include an advertisement in the program. Anyone interested should call Barbara Foxx, 704-258-4566; Bob Yarbrough, 704-399-8964; Christine Bogojevich, 704-398-0737; and Sherri Cook, 704-756-0195.

The Rev. Timm High lead a four-day revival at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3413 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, May 22 to 25.

High favors riding a motorcycle, and the church labeled its special services as its Rev Up Your Spirit Revival For more information about church activities, call the church at 704-399-7735.

St. Mark’s plan summer send-off for families

HUNTERSVILLE – St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 8600 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, will wind up Sunday school instruction for the year with an summer send-off event for families June 12.

The church will hold one worship service at 9:30 a.m. on the church grounds. Holy Spirit Coffee Hour to follow at 10:45 a.m., and during the final Sunday school hour, children and parents work on crafts.

Church members will hold a Christian Formation Planning Day June 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone who plans to attend should contact May Kendrick.

The church’s Outreach Committee will hold its second Operation Sandwich event July 12, a Tuesday, at 7 p.m. At the first sandwich-building event on April 12, church members contributed 68 sandwiches to Urban Ministries, which provides food to homeless in Charlotte. Urban Ministries serves about 800 sandwiches daily to those in need.

The Outreach Committee has a sign-up sheet in the parish hall for those who want to participate or contact Tonia Shelton through the church at 704-399-5193 or life@stmarksnc.org.

HollyHunter holding blood drive June 16

CHARLOTTE – HollyHunter Baptist Church, 4316 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, will host a blood drive June 16, a Thursday, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The church hopes to sign-up at least 25 donors from our community. Anyone willing to participate should schedule an appointment by calling the church office at 704-399-3316. Walk-ins also are welcome. Anyone who is unsure if he or she is eligible to donate due to illness, age, or other circumstance, should call the church.

Pleasant Grove holding Bible school June 26-30

CHARLOTTE – Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 1915 Oakdale Road, will hold its vacation Bible school from June 26 through 30, Sunday to Thursday.

The church is using the “PandaMania – Where God is Wild About You!” curriculum and invites children from rising kindergartners through fifth-graders. The church charges a $5 activity fee, which includes a light supper in the Family Life Center from 5 to 5:30 nightly. Activities last from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The church asks parents to registered their children in advance. Get registration forms at the church office or by emailing Beverly Reece pgbeverly@carolina.rr.com.

Find more information at the church’s website, www.thegrovetoday.com, or call the church at 704-392-2387.

Second Calvary vacation Bible School starts June 20

CHARLOTTE – Second Calvary Baptist Church, 114 Nelson Ave., will hold its We Are Worshipers vacation Bible school from June 20 through 23, from 6:30 to 9 nightly.

The program is offers activities for adults and children of all ages, starting with a nightly worship assembly. Classes in crafts, music and fellowship follow, and each evening ends with a meal.

The final night, the church will hold “Putting Worship Into Play” game night for everyone. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief of Police Rodney Monroe is scheduled to speak at the church that night and about safety. For more information, call the church at 704-399-0378.

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