Seven Lakes Baptist

Seven Lakes Baptist Church announces its holiday services.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, there will be a Christmas music celebration, and at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, there will be a special family Christmas service. A Christmas Eve Communion service will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 24.

The church is located at 1015 Seven Lakes Drive, West End. Visit

Candlelight Service

Sandhills Christian and Missionary Alliance Church will be having a Christmas Eve candlelight service Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.

Sandhills Christian and Missionary Alliance Church is located at 111 Trotter Drive in Pinehurst.

Harvest Home Service

St.James Lutheran Church in Southern Pines will have a harvest home service on Sunday, Dec. 1,  at 3 p.m. A  celebration meal will follow the service.

Community Congregational

The Men's Fellowship at Community Congregational Church in Southern Pines is embarking on a new program. The Helping Hands Ministry is designed to assist those who have a small job to complete but for whatever reason, need some help. There is a team of people at the Church who have signed up to participate. Anyone from the congregation is encouraged to contact the Men’s Fellowship and a team will be assembled to complete the designated task. Recently Pastor Michael Dubbs, Richard Dana and Bob Coates were able to help a church member complete a yard project. 

“We were happy to assist this individual,” says Dubbs. “One-time projects like this is exactly the purpose of this group. We’re happy to assist with yard projects as well as fix-it tasks within the home. If someone just needs a hand, we hope they’ll contact us for assistance.”

The church is again participating in the Toys for Tots program which is sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve. In Moore County Business leaders and area churches play a key role by hosting collection boxes where new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off. Multiple charitable organizations are then involved in distributing the toys that have been donated. The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program began in Los Angeles in 1947 when a retired Marine major and several other Marines reservists, collected and distributed more than 5,000 toys that year. Two years later the Marine Corps Reserve picked up the program and established it as their national charity. Church members are encouraged to contribute to his worthwhile cause.  

Community Congregational Church, The Church of Wide Fellowship, is located at 141 North Bennett St. in Southern Pines. Sunday worship is held at 9 a.m. (contemporary service) and 11 a.m. (traditional service) each week, with Communion on the first Sunday of each month.

For more information, call the church office at (910) 692-8468 or visit s

Christmas Drama

Crossroads Community Church presents the Christmas drama “The Final Stand” Dec. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each evening. Admission is free.

The church, located at 780 Bibey Road, Carthage, will seat hundreds so large church groups are welcome, according to a spokesman.

For information, call (910) 949-3971.

Community Bible Study

Community Bible Study, a nondenominational study, meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Class is held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 1517 Luther Way, Southern Pines.

On Dec. 3, we will begin a 6-week study of the book of James. Two following 6-week studies will include Job and Philippians. Each CBS study is written by Bible scholars, based on Scripture, and encompasses a three-part approach with a personal study book, a core group of a maximum of 15 people facilitated by trained leaders, and a weekly teaching session. All women and men are invited. Concurrent related programs for infants and children of all ages are available for enrolled parents or guardians.

We welcome new class-members throughout the class year (September to May). The registration fee is $35 per adult and $10 per child; scholarships are available as needed. For questions and more information, email Online registration is available at

Culdee Presbyterian

On Thursday, Nov. 28, at 7 a.m., the Culdee Presbyterian Men will be serving breakfast prior to the Thanks Offering program.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., the children of Culdee, along with their farm friends, will present the Christmas musical “It All Happened in the Country.” The program will have children’s choir, puppets, soloist, storytelling and lots of down home farm fun. Refreshments will be served afterward in the fellowship hall.

On Tuesday, Dec. 24, there will be a candlelight Communion service at 7 p.m.

Culdee is located at 916 N.C. 73, West End. Call (910) 295-6685.

Sandy Grove

Sandy Grove Bible Church of God will host a Christmas program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the church, which is located at 158 Sellars St., Vass.

GriefShare Programs

Community Presbyterian Church will present a special program titled “Loss of a Spouse,” on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the Fannie B. Gray Parlor in the main church at 125 Kelly Road in Pinehurst. This program is designed specifically for those who are grieving the death of their spouse.

These are open community events, and you do not need to attend the church to participate.

“Light refreshments will be provided as we gather to share in the discussion,” says a spokesman. “Other than introducing yourself, no one will ask you to speak. We ask everyone to respect the confidences of all who participate. We offer you a safe place to come and learn, and be comforted, surrounded by prayer and God’s love.”

RSVP to the Community Presbyterian Church at (910) 295-6848.

GriefShare is a Christian-based international program. Their website is

Vass UMC

The church offers a traditional worship service each Sunday at 11 a.m. A nursery and children’s church are provided during the worship service. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. The popular “your choice” Hymn Sing begins at 10:45 a.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Vass United Methodist Church is located at 111 Alma St. in Vass, across the street from the Rescue Squad and Fire Department on N.C. 690.

St. Anthony of Padua

The St. Anthony Advent parish coat drive, for new or lightly used coats of any size, began Sunday, Nov. 24. There are large boxes ready in the back of the church for donations.

Father Francis Katuta, a Franciscan missionary, will visit St. Anthony during December to direct Advent preparation for Christmas. He will preach the Christmas novena, hear evening confessions, hold Mass in the evening and offer the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The church office is located at 175 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. The church is located at 160 E. Vermont Ave., Southern Pines.

West End UMC

The Chancel Choir at West End UMC presents its annual Christmas cantata Sunday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m.

Bread of Life Ministry at West End UMC meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This ministry is for seniors (widows, widowers and the elderly). It is a time of fellowship and devotion with a wonderful home-cooked meal provided at a charge of $5 per person.

Worship services are held at 8:30 and 11 a.m., with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Children’s church will be Sunday, Nov. 17, during the 11 a.m. service.

The church is located at 4015 N.C. 73, West End.

Carthage UMC

Carthage United Methodist Church at 401 McReynolds St. in Carthage holds services at 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sundays, with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

The early church service, called “Morning Glory,” is a smaller and more intimate gathering in the chapel; the later service is a traditional service in the sanctuary, often with instrumental and always with choral offerings. There is a nursery available for all young children at both services.

The care ministry provides home visitation and Communion for those who are unable to come to church. Contact the church at (910) 947-2705 to request a visitation.

On Dec. 1, at 9:45 a.m., the Adult Sunday School Class will begin studying “The Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent.”

On each Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., the chapel is open for directed prayer for family and friends. If you are in the need of prayer, we have prayer members who are available to intercede for you and those you love.  Do not hesitate to contact the church to place names on our prayer list or come to our time of intercession. 

Once each month on the third Sunday, all young people will be served a full delicious pancake breakfast followed with fellowship. This is open to all youth!

“We are forming a carpool caravan for those interested in the amazing Jazz Nativity at West Market Street, UMC in Greensboro on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.,” says a spokesman. “Come see and hear the Christmas story told through song and jazz.”

There will be a Bible- and faith-based book study Tuesdays, at 11 a.m. in the church’s Shaw Room.

The Carthage Food Pantry at 108 Bruce St. in Carthage is open to residents of Carthage, Cameron and Vass, with food distributions on the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. A library area is located in the pantry for children to hear stories and receive books at no charge.

Carthage UMC is privileged to be the home base of two local Girl Scout troops. Contact the church for information.

The church pastor is the Rev. James Bolyard. He may be reached at (910) 947-2705.

Page Memorial UMC

Page Memorial United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Main and Poplar streets in downtown Aberdeen. Traditional worship is held at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The Wednesday evening service includes Holy Communion each week and is a come-as-you-are service. Services are led by church pastor, the Rev. Mamie Alley. Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. 

The United Methodist Men gather for a breakfast meeting the first Sunday of each month at 7 a.m. in the fellowship hall. 

A Faith and Fitness Class is offered from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday in the Education Building. All fitness levels are welcome, and you do not need to be a member of the church to participate.

The church’s soup kitchen offers a free meal on Mondays and Tuesdays in the fellowship hall from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Computer classes through Sandhills Community College are available on Monday afternoons from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 

Wednesday night supper is offered from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. each week. The cost is $6 per person/$3 per child, maximum cost per family $20. To sign up, call the church office.

A free Thanksgiving meal will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Page Memorial United Methodist Church will celebrate the beginning of the Advent season with a special “Hanging of the Greens” worship service Sunday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m.

“The historic sanctuary will be decorated for the season as we sing carols, light the first candle on the Advent wreath, and light our Chrismon tree,” says the Rev. Mamie Alley. “All are welcome.”

During the Reindeer Fun Run in downtown Aberdeen Saturday, Dec. 7, the church will have a free cookies and cocoa booth along with Christmas caroling in the sanctuary.

“We will begin a new session of carols led by Pastor Mamie every 15 minutes during the Fun Run,” says a spokesman.

A traditional Children's Christmas Program “The Best Story Ever Told” will be offered during 11 a.m. worship Sunday, Dec. 22. 

Christmas caroling for all ages will be offered Sunday, Dec. 22, at 5 p.m. “We will gather in the fellowship hall before caroling,” says the spokesman. “Everyone is welcome to join us. “

“We will offer a Christmas Eve ‘Service of Lessons and Carols,’ along with candlelight and Holy Communion at 11 p.m. in the sanctuary,” says Alley.

For more information, call the church office at (910) 944-1093. The church office is open on Mondays and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pinehurst UCC

Congregational Church of Pinehurst enters this Advent season with a celebration of “Joy to the World,” the carol that turns 300 this year.

In CCP’s potluck discussions through the November season of stewardship and thanksgiving, members explored the question, “What brings you joy?” 

Dec. 1 is the First Sunday of Advent, and the 10 a.m. worship service will include Communion. Scripture readings are from Isaiah 2:1-5 and Romans 13:11-14. The Rev. Terry Yasuko Ogawa’s sermon is titled “Prepare Him Room: Hopeful Joy.” Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments will be served in the Hearth Room immediately following the service.

On Wednesday evening, Dec. 4, volunteers will gather at 8 p.m. for wassail, cookies, and a sanctuary decorating party. Choir members will join in after their weekly rehearsal, so expect to do some singing too.

For Advent II on Sunday, Dec. 8, author Donald Schmidt will lead our worship and preach. After the service, he will offer a study of his latest book, “Birth of Jesus for Progressive Christians.” If you are interested in reading the book beforehand, it is available for purchase directly from Woodlake Publishing in digital or paper format.

The Worship and Education Committee is looking for intrepid folks with strong voices to partake in an Advent puppet show on Dec. 22. They also need volunteers for an encore performance of last year’s No-Rehearsal Pageant, which will be part of the Christmas Eve worship service at 4 p.m. If interested, please contact Beth Walker or Katherine Stevenson.

The church is located at 895 Linden Road, across from Elliott’s. For more information, visit call the church office at (910) 295-2243 or visit the Facebook page.

Chapel in the Pines

At Chapel in the Pines on Sunday morning, Dec. 1, we will join for worship on the First Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time when Christians anticipate the incarnation of God as a baby born in a manger by celebrating the hope, peace, joy, and love that his birth will bring to the world. For the next four Sundays at 3 p.m., we will celebrate each of these gifts in our Bible study called “Almost Christmas.” All are welcome for this study and you may reserve your spot by calling Sherry at (910) 400-5188.

“From Darkness to Light; A Meditative Christmas Service” will take place in the chapel sanctuary Thursday afternoon, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. Considering the frantic pace of Christmas, when Christ is often the last thing on our minds, this service offers a time of silence and quiet reflection on the true meaning of the Christmas season. Candles will be lit, Holy Communion will be celebrated, and we will all take a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to focus on the coming incarnation of Christ. A covered dish supper of soup, bread, and dessert will follow.

“If you need a moment to just breathe and be in the presence of God while all the world is rushing around you, this is the service for you,” says Pastor Paul James.

The Chapel in the Pines is located at 581 Seven Lakes Drive in West End. For more information, call (910) 400-5188, email or visit http://

Our Saviour Lutheran

Our Saviour Lutheran Church holds worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays in the sanctuary and a more informal worship service on Wednesdays at noon in the chapel. Both worship services include Holy Communion. “Wednesday has its own unique service, so please come for both,” says a spokesman. (There will be no Wednesday workshop on Nov. 27.)

Sunday School starts at 9 a.m. with “JAM: Jesus and Me!” Visit for more details on Sunday School start times.

“Join us on Sunday, Dec. 8, after worship (11:30 a.m.) for a Christmas potluck and wreath-making party,” says a spokesman. “Bring the dish you are most famous for at the holidays.”

Craft items are now being collected for wreath-making in a box located under the mailboxes.

“We need ribbon, ornaments and decor of any kind to make wreaths for the Christmas for Moore families,” says the spokesman. “This is free event.”

The church will host a dual pianists concert Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., featuring Anastasia Bryant and Lubov Borisova. The program consists of selections from “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” a variety of classics and pieces from the “Nutcracker Suite.” Hot apple cider and cookies will be served after this free event. A free will offering will be collected to help support the musicians and the rest donated to charity.

A Christmas Eve service will be held at Tuesday, Dec. 24, beginning with special music at 6:30 p.m., followed by a worship service.

Our Saviour Lutheran Church is located at 1517 Luther Way in Southern Pines. The new mobile app can be downloaded on the Google Play or Apple stores by searching Our Saviour Lutheran Church SP.

Call (910) 692-2662, or visit for directions and more information.

Christian Science

The Christian Science Society is holding a Thanksgiving service on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Civic Club, 105 S. Ashe St., in Southern Pines. The Society maintains a Reading Room at 173A NE Broad St. in Southern Pines, where there are helpful articles on a range of subjects, reports of healing accomplished through prayer alone, and resources for Bible study.

The Reading Room is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Call (910) 692-7759.

First Presbyterian, Carthage

First Presbyterian Church, Carthage, is located at 110 South Ray St., Carthage. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. The contemporary worship service is the first Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. The contemporary service will meet in the Family Life Center. The remaining Sundays at 11 a.m. will be the traditional worship service in the sanctuary. A church nursery is provided. The Rev. Rick Martindale is the church pastor.

The church office number is (910) 947-2924. The email address is Visit

Youth Group takes place Sundays from 5: to 6:30 p.m. All youth from grades 7-12 are invited to come. It will include Bible study, eating, reaching out to help others, and having fun. 

“What’s Up Wednesday” is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The program begins with a meal at 5:30 p.m., followed by crafts, Bible study, and recreation for children ages 4 through sixth grade.  

The Women’s Circle and Bible Study is called “Love Carved in Stone” and is a fresh look at the Ten Commandments. This will take place at 11 a.m. in the church conference room the first Thursday of each month. There will also be an evening circle the second Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.


SoPines UMC, known as the “Church in the Curve,” is located at 175 Midland Road in the curve coming from Southern Pines. A contemporary service is held at 9 a.m., with a traditional service at 11:15 a.m. Nursery services begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Holy Communion is offered every Tuesday at noon in the chapel.

Miss Sunday School and the start of the church-wide study about Advent called “The Gift of the Nutcracker”? Don’t worry, the Advent study continues in LifeGroups, SmallGroups, and as a sermon series beginning Dec. 1st. The weekly sermons will be accompanied by discussion questions for all groups or anyone else wanting to deepen their faith. Worship sermons and discussion questions not only for this but also for the last sermon series can be found on the website media page.

All angels were successfully adopted, however, the Angel Tree Adoption campaign still continues with a church goal to get (75) Food Lion $25 gift cards donated by Dec. 8. Gift cards can be dropped off to the church office during open hours. All wrapped gifts, both students and families, need to be returned to the fellowship hall on the tables by Dec. 8.

Holiday services are as follows

Beginning Sunday, Dec. 1, the Advent sermon series in conjunction with Sunday School, LifeGroup, and SmallGroup studies, “The Gift of the Nutcracker” will begin. The sermon series will be Dec. 1, 8, 22, and 24.

On Dec. 7, the church will have a float in the Southern Pines Christmas Parade. Gather at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Southern Pines.

The children’s Christmas play “The Case of the Reluctant InnKeeper” will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, at both worship services.

The choir will perform its Christmas cantata Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. (only one worship service). The Susana Wesley Fundraiser brunch follows in the fellowship hall.

Also on Dec. 15, the youth group presents a live nativity at 5 p.m., featuring an assortment of animals.

The Blue Christmas service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. Yes, blue as in “the blues” or “I am feeling blue.” This service is specifically for folks who have experienced or are experiencing loss and desire to acknowledge that loss while celebrating Jesus Christ! It will be a time of remembrance, conversation, and celebration. Anyone is welcome to attend. Warm beverages will be served along with sweet holiday treats.

On Sunday, Dec. 22, there will be one worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday School begins at 9 a.m. Advent Sermon Series continues.

On Dec. 24, at 5 p.m., the Candlelight Christmas Eve Service will be held.

Food Pantry distribution is every Monday at 10 a.m. in the lower parking lot of the church. Holy Communion is every Tuesday at noon in the chapel located in the lower level of the church.

To learn more about the worship services, missions and church events, visit or call the church office at (910) 692-3518.

St. Mary Magdalene

Sunday services are held at 9.30 a.m., with a Tuesday prayer and healing service at 11 a.m.

The annual meeting will be held Sunday, Dec. 1, following the morning service. It will include a report from those who attended the annual diocesan convention.

The Rev. Stephen D. Becker is the church vicar.

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church is located at 1145 Seven Lakes Drive, Seven Lakes. Call (910) 673-3838 for information or visit

St. Paul

St. Paul Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod holds services at 9 a.m. Sunday, with Bible study at 3 p.m. Thursdays. The pastor is John Melms.

The church is located at 3253 Niagara-Carthage Road, Whispering Pines. For information, call (910) 949-2345.

West End Presbyterian

On Sunday, Dec. 1, as the congregation enters, the sanctuary will be beautifully decorated for the Advent season. The music and worship ministry team thanks everyone who took time during the busy week of Thanksgiving to make this happen.

The following Sunday the children of the WOW after-school program will share Christmas joy as they present their annual Christmas program. The musical this year is titled “The Incredible Adam Angel.” It depicts the story of a brainy kid scientist who longs to be the angel who announces the birth of Jesus. All are invited to come on Sunday, Dec. 8, to support these talented children at this first Advent event. It will be held at the Crawford Center on the church campus.

The deacons will be hosting a covered dish supper with many delicious choices at 6 p.m. The ticket in is bringing a favorite dish to share be it an entree, a side, a salad or a dessert. The deacons will do the set up, clean up and provide the beverages. The performance will follow the dinner.

West End Presbyterian Church is located at 275 Knox Lane. Contact the church at (910) 673-4341 or at


The 10 a.m. Sunday morning potluck breakfast at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills on Dec. 1 will be followed by a brief service.  Because children are included in this intergenerational brunch, there will be no religious education program or childcare.

The Book Discussion Group completed “Just Mercy” last Sunday and will meet Dec. 15 to decide on a book for January/February’s discussion.  Anyone is welcome to attend. 

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills holds Sunday Services at 10 a.m. at 1320 Rays Bridge Road in Whispering Pines, in the Community Building. Learn more about UUCS at

Pinehurst UMC

Pinehurst UMC offers three worship services every Sunday: traditional worship at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., and contemporary worship at 9:40 a.m. Multiple Sunday School classes are offered at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for all age levels (including preschool). Free nursery care for children up to age 4 is available.

In the craze of the holidays, in the midst of overwhelming obligations and too many gifts, we’re all aching to find something priceless, something timeless. A Pinehurst UMC spokesperson invites everyone in our community to “join us for Senior Pastor David Beam’s December sermon series as we counter the culture and focus on gifts that don’t break. We’ll marvel at the miracles of God, and watch as words like hope, love, joy, and peace come alive again.”

Pinehurst UMC welcomes everyone to its free annual Christmas concerts: Dec. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Dec. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. Concert-goers are encouraged to make plans to arrive early as both performances have filled the sanctuary to capacity in years past.

Continuing its tradition, Pinehurst UMC welcomes everyone in the community to celebrate Christmas in worship in the perfect setting: a barn. On Christmas Eve, three worship services (a family service at 3 p.m. and two candlelight services at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.) will be held.

This year, 100 percent of every donation will be presented to the Moore Free and Charitable Clinic to help it continue the vital and amazing work it does here in Moore County serving people desperately in need. Additional information will be provided in upcoming weeks.

All individuals (school-aged and older) seeking renewed meaning in their lives are welcomed to Pinehurst UMC, which offers ongoing small- and large-group opportunities to worship, learn, and serve that encompass the full spectrum of interests, including fellowship and music.

Pinehurst UMC is located at 4111 Airport Road in Pinehurst. The website is The church phone number is (910) 215-4559.

Bethesda Presbyterian

Bethesda Presbyterian Church is located behind the lake at 1002 N. Sandhills Blvd. (U.S. 1) in Aberdeen.

Sunday morning prayer is at 9 a.m. in the chapel. Morning fellowship and breakfast is at 9:15 a.m. Sunday School classes for all ages are at 9:45 a.m., followed by the worship service at 11 a.m.

Bethesda is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day meal on Nov. 28, from noon to 2 p.m. This meal is open to everyone, especially those in need or someone who would like some company to share their meal with on this day. If you would like to volunteer to help at this meal, please call the church office and they can give you more information.

The Hanging of the Greens will be celebrated during our morning service on Dec. 1. The Bethesda Presbyterian Concert Band will be performing during the morning worship service. The service will be followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon in the fellowship hall.

The Sunshine Club will meet at noon Dec. 10 at the Longhorn Steakhouse. Those interested in going to lunch with the seniors group should call the church office.

For questions about activities or service times at the church, call the church office at (910) 944-1319 or visit

Community Presbyterian

Community Presbyterian Church has returned to two separate worship services each Sunday. At 9 a.m. in the newly renovated sanctuary, there will be a traditional service with a more formal worship style, a full choir, organ music and traditional hymns. At 11 a.m. the service is more casual in the newly refurbished fellowship hall with a full choir, more contemporary songs and screen projections. Pastor Rod Stone and the congregation welcome guests. Nursery and child care are provided. The 10 to 11 a.m. hour offers a variety of classes.

The Children’s Ministry has a fall program to explore the life and ministry of Jesus. Using stories and activities the study will address the culture of Bible times and where this ministry took place. For pre-school to fifth grade contact

Youth Fellowship is held most Sundays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Youth Loft for middle and high school students.

The Angel Tree provides clothing, toy and book gifts for two nonprofit organizations in Moore County when folks take paper angels and shop for the children. Return the gifts by Dec. 1. To volunteer contact Barbara Yearby at (910) 673-5046.

An active Stephen Ministry serves the congregation and area with care giving for those in depression, grief, family situations, job loss or any of life’s rough spots.

Many classes, groups, committees and opportunities for volunteer tutoring and community outreach help members and friends become involved days and evenings all week long.

New parking lots are now available, located in Pinehurst Village, at the corner of Everette and Kelly Roads, off Midland Road. For more information call (910) 295-6848 or visit

For more information call (910) 295-6848 or visit the website

The Village Chapel

The Thanksgiving Eve Service this year, open to all, will be a joint service with Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) and will be hosted at The Village Chapel. Pastor John Kinyon, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian, will be this year’s guest speaker. Kinyon was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and became a Christian as a teenager through the ministry of Young Life. A graduate of Cornell University and Vanderbilt Law School, Kinyon was employed as a Wall Street banker and an attorney while ministering in the collegiate and community-based ministries of The Navigators and Campus Crusade for Christ, before heeding God’s call to full-time church ministry.

The joint service will be Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Canned food donations for the Sandhills Coalition will be accepted as part of this special time of thanksgiving and Christian fellowship.

The Hanging of the Greens service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, with dinner at 5:45 p.m., at a cost of $10, in Chapel Hall and the service at 7 p.m., in the sanctuary. Reservations for dinner are required. Register

on the website (to pay by credit card) or call the church office at (910) 295-6003. Early reservations are recommended to secure your space for the dinner and service.

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group, open to all, meets each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. to noon, in Room 101. For more information contact Pat Soler at or call (925) 708-3691.

The Village Chapel live streams its 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services each Sunday, as well as select special services and concerts throughout the year. Links to live streams are posted on The Chapel’s Facebook page, and on the webpage at

The church is located at 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Sunday worship services are 8:15 a.m. (Communion); 9:30 a.m. (family service with children’s sermon, with Communion the first Sunday of the month); 11 a.m. (traditional, with Communion the first Sunday of the month). Communion is open to all Christians. Nursery care is available during all services.

For information on any of The Village Chapel’s weekly, regular programs and activities, or upcoming Christian education classes, call (910) 295-6003. Visit

Brownson Presbyterian

Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church PC (USA) is located at 330 South May St., Southern Pines. The church office number is (910) 692-6252. Services are at 9 and 11:10 a.m., with classes at 10 a.m. September through May.

“If you are looking for a church home, we welcome you to visit,” says a spokesman. “If you are interested in more information, contact Marilyn Baxter, director of Member Ministries at (910) 692-6252 or

Sunday School, children and youth activities and Bible studies are in full swing. For details, visit Kids Connect for children grades K-5 meets Sunday evenings at 4:30 p.m. and Youth Group, grades 6-12 meet Sundays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall, members will celebrate Advent with a covered dish breakfast, carols and an Advent Calendar craft.

Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. – Christmas in Southern Pines. A festive musical presentation by the Brownson Church Choir, featuring Moore County Brass. The event is free and open to the public with donations being taken at the door. Child care is provided.

Christmas Eve Services include a 4 p.m. service for families, a 6 p.m. traditional service with Communion, and a 9 p.m. service with Lessons and Carols.

For more information, visit

Trinity Christian Fellowship

Trinity Christian Fellowship, an interdenominational church located at 425 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst, offers a broad range of Sunday morning family worship services.

“The Rev. Matt Stillman and the Rev. Ellis Brooks welcome everyone to come as you are and join us in growing closer to God,” says a spokesman.

The 8 a.m. Daybreak service uses the liturgy from the Anglican Eucharistic Service (1928 Prayer Book) and celebrates Holy Communion every week. At 9 a.m., the New Song service celebrates family worship and is led in singing by a praise team. The 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone service is a traditional service and features the adult choir. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month for both the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. Nursery for children 2 and under is offered at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services.

Trinity is now accepting winter registration for the Mother’s Morning Out program beginning in January. The cost is $15 per day for children ages 16 months through 4 years old.

Father’s House

There is a free clothing closet every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Father’s House, 536 Bascom Chapel Road, Robbins. There are also household items available.

The annual Christmas toy giveaway will be held Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “In order to make this event a great one, we are in need of new and gently used toys, candy and donations to help buy fruit for the bags,” says a spokesman.

Christ Church Anglican

Christ Church Anglican is one of 20 parishes in the Diocese of the Holy Cross; its bishop and cathedral are in Columbia, S.C. Its liturgy and theology are expressed in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Members use the 1940 Hymnal and the authorized versions of the Holy Scriptures (King James and Revised Standard Versions of the Bible) as the basic for services.

Adult Bible study is held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, with Communion services at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 750 Fairway Drive in Southern Pines. For further information, visit

First Baptist, Carthage

Services on Sunday begin with a 9:45 a.m. opening, followed by Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. Youth group (grades 7-12) meets at 3 p.m.

Wednesday services include prayer meeting and Bible study as well as a youth group meeting, both beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The church is located at 108 McNeill St., Carthage. For information, call (910) 947- 2456.

FBC Pinehurst

First Baptist Church Pinehurst has two Sunday morning services (8:30 and 11 a.m.), with Pastor Chuck Vickers preaching. Sunday School classes are available for all ages, as is a nursery for young children.

Weekly activities include youth programs, Bible studies for both men and women, a Wednesday night supper ($5, children under 5 free), followed by prayer meeting, Sunday night discipleship classes, choir and praise group practices, and a support group for college students, which is held on Sundays. For more information, call the church office at (910) 295-7022.

The church is located on N.C. 211, across from the Pinewild entrance.

First Baptist, S.P.

The Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church, Southern Pines, presents “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in the church sanctuary. It features the music of Hal Hopson, John Rutter, Andre Thomas, Michael Praetorius and Lloyd Larson. There will be accompaniment on strings and percussion.

First Baptist Church of Southern Pines holds services Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m., with Bible study for all ages from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Age-graded classes are offered for preschoolers and kindergartners. Children and youth classes are designated by grades. Handbells and choirs for children ages 3 through sixth grade are held Wednesday afternoon and evening during the school year as well as for youth, grades 7-12, on Sunday afternoons.

Youth group gathers on Wednesday and Sunday evenings during the school year. A covered dish meal for senior adults is offered the second Monday evening of each month; a monthly outing for widows and widowers, on the fourth Thursday.

A midweek meal is served on Wednesday evenings from September through May, followed by music and missions activities for children and youth. Small groups are offered for adults. The sanctuary choir meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

The church is located at 200 E. New York Ave., Southern Pines.

For more information, call (910) 692-8750 or visit

Ives Memorial

Ives Memorial Baptist Church invites the community to eat with members for free on Wednesday nights. Dinner is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will vary and can be found on the website.

“Please take a moment to RSVP so we can be sure to have enough food,” says a spokesman. “You can call or sign up online at” 

Ives Memorial Baptist Church is a vibrant growing church in Pinebluff. Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9 a.m., followed by a blended worship at 11 a.m. Every Wednesday night, there is a low-cost dinner, corporate prayer time and Bible study, and/or mission groups for all ages starting at 5:30 p.m.

The church is located at 365 E. Philadelphia Ave. in Pinebluff, just minutes south of Aberdeen off U.S. 1. Check us out at There you can find sermons, events and ministries happening at IMBC. Also, feel free to visit or call (910) 281-3247.

St. John Baptist

St. John Baptist Church is located at 703 Harris St. in Aberdeen. Sunday School for all ages is at 10 a.m., followed by worship at 11 a.m. Prayer service and Bible study are held Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m.

For information on any of St. John Baptist’s services or upcoming events, call (910) 944-7895.

Bible Study

All women are invited to attend Bible Study Fellowship for the 2019-2020 year to study Acts of the Apostles. Classes are Thursdays, at First Baptist Pinehurst, from 9:30-11 a.m. There is limited availability for the preschool Bible program for children birth to 5. This class is a satellite group supported by the Fayetteville Women’s Day Class.

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is an in-depth, interdenominational Bible study that helps people know God and equips them to effectively serve the Church throughout the world. Each week thousands of groups meet in more than 70 countries for chapter-by-chapter Bible study. The mission of Bible Study Fellowship is global, in-depth Bible classes producing passionate commitment to Christ, His Word, and His Church.

For more information and to register, visit or email Registration can also be completed in class.

Community Bible Study

Community Bible Study, a nondenominational Bible study, meets each Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., through early May 2020, at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 1517 Luther Way, Southern Pines.

This year, the 30-week study will include “Christian Living, James, Job and Philippians.” Each CBS study is written by Bible scholars, based on Scripture, and encompasses a three-part approach with a personal study book, a core group of a maximum of 15 people facilitated by trained leaders, and a weekly teaching session. All women and men are invited. Concurrent related programs for infants and children of all ages are available for enrolled parents or guardians.

The registration fee is $35 per adult and $10 per child; scholarships are available as needed. For questions and more information, email

Online registration is available at

New Study Course

John 8:31 Ministries announces a new study course offered by the Sandhills School of Discipleship, which began on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m.

Classes offer practical down-to-earth studies through Bible-based, nondenominational academic-level courses. The life-changing curriculum provides interactive studies in an exciting, non-threatening learning environment. There is no tuition, and no registration is required. Free will donations are appreciated.

The new class being offered this fall is a study on spiritual gifts, which will examine and explain the use of spiritual gifts in the Church today. Spiritual gifts are God’s tools for the Body of Christ. In order to understand the inner workings of the New Testament Church, this study uses tools as a point of illustration. The purpose of tools is to build things, maintain things, and repair things. When God gave birth to the New Testament Church in the Book of Acts, it came with the following instructions: “Some Assembly Required.”

Classes are being held at Sandhills Alliance Church in Pinehurst (111 Trotter Drive), which is located behind the Exxon station at the intersection of Trotter Drive and N.C. 5 (near the Pinehurst post office).

Classes are taught by the Rev. Ken Owen — pastor, author, teacher, conference speaker and missions executive. Owen also served for 26 years as the president of Christian Motorsports International and for 20 years as the official chaplain for the National Hot Rod Association.

John 8:31 Ministries is a 501(c)(3) faith-based, not-for-profit, nondenominational ministry.

For further information, contact Ken Owen at or call him at (910) 639-0198.

Cross Talk

“Come and share your thoughts and questions about the Christian faith in a casual atmosphere at Panera Bread, Aberdeen, every Monday at 11:30 a.m.,” says a spokesman for the ministry. “Look for the crosses on our table.” For information, call Doug at (910) 568-2325.

Gospel Show

Rose Highland-Sharpe Gospel Show- Radio/TV is a community service and airs 24 hours a day on the Rose Highland- Sharpe YouTube Channel. If you’d like to be a guest, share your music, or provide community or church announcements, contact her at rose, or leave a voicemail or text at (910) 528-0718.


Apostle Ronnie Moore holds a service with singing and preaching each Sunday at Campbell House in Southern Pines. He also makes CDs. For information, call (910) 759-9782.

Caregiver Support

A support group for caregivers will be held each Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the library of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 1517 Luther Way, Southern Pines.

“The purpose of this ministry is to provide compassionate weekly support for the caregivers of those suffering from dementia-related diseases in our community, through education, counseling and spiritual guidance,” says a spokesman. “No religious affiliation is required.”

The group offers a place to exchange information, support and friendship with others whose lives are affected by dementia; a forum for sharing practical tips and strategies for coping with the many changes connected with the disease; a place to express feelings and be reassured that these feelings are normal and expected; an opportunity to decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness; a place to find a positive outlook on things without being misunderstood; the chance to regain some control in the face of a disease that cannot be controlled; and a place to find a sense of hope.

Email or for information.

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