Church News for November

‘Give thanks’ with New Covenant United Methodist

MOUNT HOLLY – New Covenant United Methodist Church, 14514 Lucia Riverbend Highway, holds a Thanksgiving service with Hills Chapel United Methodist Church Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at New Covenant. The churches invite the entire community to join them.

Amy Barnett, breast cancer risk navigator for CaroMont Health, will be at the church Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon to discuss breast cancer risks and the importance of early detection. Call the church office at 704-827-4468 to register.

New Covenant will host a blood drive on Dec. 16 and invites members of the community to come out and give blood. Call the church office at 704-827-4468 for more details.

Presbyterian Foundation invites churches to symphony performance

CHARLOTTE – The Presbyterian Foundation Group invites Charlotte-area Presbyterian congregations to a privately sponsored performance of “Magic of Christmas” by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

The event takes place Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center at 130 N. Tryon St.

For each ticket sold, the foundation makes a donation to churches in attendance. During the past four years, more than $90,000 was donated to congregations whose members purchased tickets.

Tickets cost $25 for general seating and $50 for grand tier seating, which includes a pre-concert reception and free parking. Call the Charlotte Symphony box office at 704-972-2000 to purchase tickets.

Help Paw Creek Presbyterian provide cookies for troops

CHARLOTTE – The Paw Creek Presbyterian Church’s Presbyterian Women group sponsors “Cookies For the Troops” Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the church’s parlor.

The group invites members to join them for a light breakfast and to help assemble boxes to mail to members of the military. Bring homemade cookies that do not contain nuts. Boldly label cookies that contain peanut butter. Other items, such as flavored water packets, chap stick, hard candy and wipes also are appreciated. Those who can’t bake may help by donating money for mailing.

If any Paw Creek Presbyterian members have a family member who is actively serving in the military, call the church at 704-392-0329 so he or she can receive a box.

The church holds a churchwide Christmas party Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Winners of the church’s election include:

• Session Class of 2014: John Riggins, Kay Scearce, Eddie Chapman, David Turner, Jim Pinkston and Ken Scott

• Cemetery Committee: Cody Joy and Tommy Caldwell

• Endowment Committee: Ashley Brown and Ron Mathews

Pleasant Grove United Methodist visits Twin Living Christmas Trees

MOUNT HOLLY – On Dec. 3, Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church will take its second annual Christmas trip to Twin Living Christmas Trees at First Baptist North Spartanburg.

The cost is $25 per person and includes the event, meal and gratuity and transportation via a Christian Tours Motorcoach or church van. The group departs the church at 3 p.m. and plans to return around 11 p.m.

The trip is open to all who regularly attend Pleasant Grove, but friends and family may be invited if space is available. Payment should be paid to the Sunday School treasurers or the church office.

The New Horizons class is selling last year’s pecan pieces at a discounted price of $7.50 per bag. Pre-orders for this year’s pieces will be made available soon. Contact Tommy Grey or Shellie Monteith for more information.

Those interested in purchasing United Methodist Women cookbooks may contact any member of the Church’s United Methodist Women group or Debbie Schroeder. The price is $15.

United Methodist Women Circle No. 6 will sponsor a country ham breakfast Dec. 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the family life center. Cost is $6 per ticket, and the menu includes eggs, country ham, grits and biscuits. All proceeds go toward the remodeling of the kitchen in the fellowship hall. See any member of Circle No. 6 to get tickets.

Help St. Mark’s Episcopal meet food bank donation goal

HUNTERSVILLE – The congregation of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is about three-quarters of the way to collecting 1,495 pounds of food for the Loaves and Fishes food bank for 2011. The congregation hopes to meet its goal by the end of the year.

The church asks those that are able to remember to pick up canned goods, 100 percent juice and soup while grocery shopping and bring contributions to the church on the last Sunday of each month. A collection bin is located in Osborne Hall or donations may be left in the name tag/greeter board area of the church. No glass containers.

Christian Formation is hosting an Advent Festival Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. The festival will feature a light suppers and family craft- and Advent wreath-making. Contact Mary Kendrick to help with the event.

Christian Formation also is still seeking teachers for children’s Sunday school teachers. Upcoming units include: Epiphany Preparations, Old Testament Heroes, The Works of Paul and Abundant Life – Stewardship of God’s Creation. Those interested should contact Mary Kendrick.

Chaytor Chandler and her family invites church members to join their team for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 12 at Symphony Park in Southpark. She encourages members to either join her team, “ChayPeg Walkers,” donate money to help support the cause or create their own team.

To join the team, go online to and scroll down to Charlotte’s link. Directions on how to join the team will be available. Those with questions should contact Chandler.

Church musicians who wish to lead the congregation in musical worship may sign-up to do so in Founders Hall. Members may sign-up to perform a song during the worship services at communion or select an appropriate song and ask someone to sing or play. Pieces may be vocal, instrumental or both. Songs must be appropriate for worship service. Contact Mary Lou Haraburd, the church’s vestry worship liaison, for more details.

Eat at Sonic, help Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian groups

CHARLOTTE – Visit Sonic Drive-In, 265 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, on the first Monday of each month to help support Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church Prime Timers and youth group.

The restaurant has agreed to partner with the church and donate 10 percent of proceeds from customers who tell staff they are with the church. Before ordering, customers must pick up a postcard from the church office or website. A Sonic staff member will then complete and collect the card.

The church holds a cleanup day Nov. 5. Come out at 8:30 a.m. to help get the building organized.

The church office closes Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving.

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