Students find spiritual growth in morning seminar

GASTONIA –  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Gastonia recently held seminary graduation for 165 seniors from nine Latter-day Saints (Mormon) congregations.

Graduating seniors for the Mountain Island Ward, which meets at 7036 McIlwaine Road, were Holly Ross and Chandler Draughon.

Seminary is a four-year program, in which high school students study the New Testament, Old Testament, Book of Mormon and church history. Students meet at 6 a.m. each school day.

“Seminary is a great way to start off the day, not only with friends but with the gospel, too,” Holly said. “I sure learned how to manage my time to go to bed at a reasonable hour, but I also learned important scripture stories and lessons that I may not have learned in my own study.”

Beth Webb, the church’s seminary supervisor for the Gastonia Stake, said the seminary teaches students the gospel of Jesus Christ by precept and by example.

“It seeks to provide a spiritual and social climate and to prepare young people for effective service,” Webb said. “They may not remember every lesson, but they will recognize those scriptures when they hear them again.”

Holly is the daughter of Rob and Nicola Ross. Chandler is the daughter of Beth and Barry Draughon.

Both are recent home-schooled graduates and will attend Brigham Young University-Idaho this fall.

Cook’s Memorial launches community meal

CHARLOTTE – Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church is working with the Oats family to sponsor a community meal once a month.

The Oats family and Homestead United Methodist Church have been hosting the meal for several years. Anyone can attend the dinner.

The first meal will be held 5:30-7 p.m. July 18 in the fellowship hall, 3413 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road.


Mountain Island Church of Christ launches series

CHARLOTTE – The Mountain Island Church of Christ has launched a summer series of sermons.

Study lessons from Proverbs 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. The summer’s lineup will feature guest speakers discussing topics including wisdom, friendships, poverty and the human heart.

Sermons are as follows:

• July 3, guest speaker Jim Pharr discusses wisdom and Proverbs 4:7.

• July 10, Steven Miller discusses pride and Proverbs 16:18.

• July 17, Jeff Trotter discusses anger and proverbs 16:32.

• July 24, Leslie James discusses hatred and Proverbs 10:12.

• July 31, Curtis Gilbert discusses self-control and Proverbs 4:23.

• Aug. 7, Jeff Cannon discusses the tongue and Proverbs 18:21.

• Aug. 15, John Foster discusses “Poverty & Wealth” and Proverbs 22:2.

• Aug. 22, Les Bonnett discusses “A Good Name” and Proverbs 22:1.

• Aug. 29, Kirk Sams discusses friendships and Proverbs 17:17.

The church is at 4205 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road.

Audio sermons will also be available online at

Details: 704-392-6494.

Billy Graham Library hosts children’s journey program

CHARLOTTE – Families, children’s church groups and summer camp groups are invited to experience “The Greatest Journey” program at the Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte.

Guides will lead children ages 4 and older on “The Greatest Journey” and talk with them about “God’s Great Gift” and “Walking with God.” There will also be a special craft activity for children.

The library will hold two programs at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. July 16. The event is free, but registration is required. Call 704-401-3256 or email to register.


St. Mark Catholic appoints pastor

HUNTERSVILLE – The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte has announced that Father Roger Arnsparger will replace Monsignor Richard Bellow at St. Mark Catholic Church.

Arnsparger serves as pastor of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Gastonia.

St. Mark Catholic Church is at 14740 Stumptown Road.


Butterfly Ministries 4U provides hope for abused women

MOUNTAIN ISLAND – The mission of Butterfly Ministries 4U is to encourage women who have gone through various types of abuse by offering Biblical and real life teachings, which can lead to a purpose-driven life.

The head of the nonprofit ministry, Betty Sable, often communicates lessons learned on her own journey of abuse and faith. The ministry is web-based, found at

Details: Betty Sable, or 888-548-8399.

New Covenant UMC presents Bible School, youth concert

MOUNT HOLLY – New Covenant’s United Methodist Church will hold a Vacation Bible School, called “Everywhere Fun Fair,” 6-8 p.m. July 7-12, for ages 2 through rising fifth-graders.

Registration is available online at Details: 704-827-4468.

Youth JAM 2013 will be 4-10 p.m. July 27. Enjoy free hamburgers and hotdogs, live Christian praise music, speakers and a extreme 250-foot water slide. Children younger of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Details: or call event organizer Donnie Lanham at 704-363-8387.

New Covenant UMC is at 14514 Lucia-Riverbend Hwy.

Faith author Jonathan Cahn to sign books in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE – The Billy Graham Library will hold a book-signing July 20 with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn.

Cahn is the author of The New York Times Bestseller, “The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future.” He is the senior pastor and rabbi of the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel in Wayne, N.J. He leads Hope of the World Ministries, an outreach of Jew and Gentile, bringing the word of God and projects of compassion to the unreached and needy throughout the world.

Books will be available to buy in Ruth’s Attic Book Store, or you may bring your own. There will be a limit of two items signed per person.


Catawba Heights Baptist launches community mission week

MOUNT HOLLY – Catawba Heights Baptist Church will host “Mission Serve Charlotte” July 7-13.

The event is an opportunity for the church to minister to more than 250 people from all over the region, including some from Georgia, South Carolina and Maryland.

Guests will come to work in surrounding communities and will be staying in the church while they visit.

For more information on how to help, email Youth Minister Justin Shultz at

Catawba Heights is at 311 Belmont Mt. Holly Road.

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