Bach’s Lunch Turns 10

The 10th season of the Bach's Lunch Series at Emmanuel Episcopal Church will kick off with a concert Friday, Sept. 20, at noon in a program of jazz standards featuring the Bach’s Lunch Quintet. 

Led by saxophonist John Hatcher, the program will feature music in celebration of the autumnal equinox, such as “September Song” and “Autumn Leaves.” Other members of the quintet include Tim Haley, percussionist and longtime music faculty member at Sandhills Community College; vocalist Meghan Causey, who is currently pursuing a degree in vocal performance at Campbell University and sings with The Tritones throughout the Raleigh area; bassist Rick Wolff, who is the founder of City Lights Jazz in Raleigh, and pianist Jonathan Markow.  Born in the Bronx, Markow, formed his first jazz trio at a young age and has continued his dedication to jazz performance ever since. Jonathan has played with some of NYC’s finest club and studio musicians, including Eliot Zigmund, Iris Ornig, Gary Guzio, Ron McClure, Milt Hinton, Sean Smith, Brian Hurley, David Smith, and many others. 

The Friday concert is free and open to the public and attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch with them to enjoy during the music. For further information, contact the parish office at (910) 692-3171.

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 to all young children at the later service and during the Sunday School hour.

There will be a Bible and faith-based book study Tuesdays, at 11 a.m., beginning at 11 a.m. The study begins Sept. 17 and continues for six weeks. The book is titled “Becoming More Than a Good Bible Girl,” by Lisa Terkeurst, and is available online at numerous sites, according to a spokesman.

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.

The Giving Tree Ministry this month is collecting items for the Project Agape Christmas Shoe Boxes for Armenia.  Project Agape is the only ministry that sends boxes into Armenia.

Carthage UMC also is privileged to be the home base of our local Girl Scout Troop.  Again, call the church for information.

On Thursday, Sept, 12, CUMC hosted the first meeting of The Pastors Gathering for churches interested in working as One United Body of Christ in Carthage to bring healing and revival to our beautiful community. For more information, please call (910) 722-2113 and ask to speak with Nancy. Leave a message if there is no answer.

Youth Sunday will be held on Oct. 13, when the young people will lead the worship service.

CUMC will celebrate the Hispanic and Latin cultures in worship on Sunday, Sept. 29, and then at 3 p.m. that same day there will be a conversation about the realities at our southern border and the plight of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. 

“This event is open to all so please come and participate in this very important conversation,” says the spokesman.

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

Gospel Sing

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 632 McCrimmon Road, Carthage, will host a gospel singing feature the Wisecarvers at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

For information, call (910) 676-1320.


The First Pentecostal Holiness Church will be celebrating its 69th homecoming Sunday, Oct. 6. The church is located at 217 S Pinehurst St., Aberdeen.

“We invites everyone to come out, have lunch and listen to the best of Southern Gospel Music,” says a spokesman.

The Heritage Quartet from Lancaster, S.C. will be the guest singers for our annual event. They are celebrating 40 years in the music ministry proclaiming the love of God through song. Their travels carry them all over the southern states and areas beyond. With more than 75 years of combined music experience, they closely resemble the quartets of the old days with the low bass, high tenor and the smooth tight harmony in the middle.

Visit the church website,, and on the video page, one can see the Heritage Quartet sing a medley that brings the best out of their singing capabilities.

First Baptist, West End

First Baptist Church of West End will celebrate homecoming Sunday, Oct. 6, at the 11 a.m. worship service, with the Rev. Sherrell Dunn bringing the message.

“If you are a member or former member or friend, you are welcome,” says a spokesman.”

Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall.

Middle Cross Baptist

Middle Cross Baptist Church will hold its Bluegrass Church Thursday, Sept. 19,with the featured band the Hill Family Band, Food and fellowship begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by music at 6:30 p.m., with a message and jam session afterward. For information about the bluegrass, contact Doug McKenzie at (910) 215-7170.

Homecoming will be celebrated Sunday, Sept. 29, with special singing during the Sunday School hour and a message from Pastor Roy Little, with a covered dish lunch to follow

The church is located at 440 Lucas Road, West End.

Family and Friends Day

Greater Harvest House of Prayer Ministries, located at 760 Midway Road, Aberdeen, will be celebrating Family and Friends Day at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. The speaker is Pastor Latasa Thomas, from Winning Souls for Christ Breakthrough Deliverance Ministry.

McDonalds Chapel

McDonalds Chapel is honored to have the Coastal Carolina Presbytery’s General Presbyter and Stated Clerk the Rev. Jerrod Lowry lead its 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Sept. 22.

The church will host a pot-luck luncheon afterward to celebrate his visit.

“Please join us if you can,” says a spokesman.

McDonalds Chapel is located at 1374 Foxfire Road, out Linden Road from Pinehurst. Call (910) 709-1398 for more information.

Culdee Presbyterian

The Culdee Chancel Choir, will be having a fall yard sale Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds will go to support their trip to Carnegie Hall in 2020.

The annual Harvest Festival will be held Oct. 19, featuring chicken and dumplings. Culdee quilters have made a quilt in “The Patriot” pattern for the raffle. Tickets are now available at $1 each. The men also have tickets to see for a chance at three denominations of gift cards.

Culdee Presbyterian is located at 916 N.C. 73, West End. For information, call (910) 295-6685.

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.

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Baptist Church will hold sessions of “Financial Peace” at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, continuing through Oct. 23. These are open to the community.

Volleyball games will be held Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. through Sept. 26. These are open to church teams and the community. Register now. “We will be accepting donations at the end of the season for upkeep of the volleyball court,” says a spokesman.

A final tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning at 9 a.m.

The church is located at 2280 Nicholson Road, Cameron. For information, call (919) 499-9632.

Synagogue of Christ

Men’s Day will take place Sunday, Oct. 13, at Synagogue of Christ on Stage Road, in Carthage.

Fall GriefShare

Aberdeen First Baptist Church will be hosting the fall session of GriefShare continuing through Nov. 6. Meetings will be on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, which is located at 700 Sandhills Blvd., Aberdeen.

GriefShare is a support group that helps those who have experienced the death of a loved one (spouse, child, parent, sibling, close friend) to face the challenges of loss and move toward rebuilding your life. The program is nondenominational and features biblical concepts for healing from your grief. Meeting weekly, the program provides videos consisting of guidance from top experts on grief as well as testimonies from individuals who have experienced loss. There is time for support group discussion as well as personal study and reflection guided by workbook exercises during the week. Visit for more information.

Registration fee is $15. For further information or to sign up, call the church office at (910) 944-1421.

Pinehurst UCC

On Sept. 22, Pastor Terry Yasuko Ogawa will lead the service and preach her sermon titled “A Prayerful Life,” reflecting on this Sunday’s scripture reading from 1 Timothy 2:1-7. The congregation is reminded that this is the third Sunday of the month when the offertory collection includes bags of fruit for children at Hope Academy in Robbins. Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments will be served in the Hearth Room immediately following worship.

CCP has a new website Thanks to the Communications Committee and especially to chair Mariann Murphy, the church has an up-to-date public face. Visit

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

West End UMC

The Youth Group at West End UMC meets on Sundays at 5 p.m. All youth are encouraged to attend and bring a friend. The Youth Ministry program will provide a safe, fun place for youth to experience fellowship, get answers to questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Supper is provided during the meetings. If you have any questions or want more information, contact Matthew Peele at or call (910) 709-3207. 

The United Methodist Women will be hosting a craft sale and Brunswick stew lunch at West End United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft vendors include Purse Unique, handmade jewelry, custom corn hole boards and woodworking, crochet items, yard decor and much more.  Lunch includes homemade Brunswick stew, cornbread, dessert and tea for $6, or you can purchase pints/quarts in containers. Call (910) 215-6203 for information.

Bread of Life Ministry at West End United Methodist Church meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This ministry is for seniors (widows, widowers and the elderly) and 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.

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

Ives Memorial

Ives Memorial Baptist Church invites the community to eat with members for free on Wednesday nights starting in September. 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.

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

Chapel in the Pines

In worship Sunday, Sept. 22, Pastor Paul James will continue a series of six sermons on the parables of Jesus by exploring new insights into the parable of the Good Samaritan. For this special service we welcome the Chapel Adult Choir that is returning to worship after their summer break.

The Seven Lakes Community Choir also returns to practice on Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. to prepare for the annual Christmas Cantata. Everyone who loves to sing is invited to join this community choir directed by Edward Lee and accompanied by Tamara Lee. More information can be found at

Pastor Paul James welcomes everyone to a six session, small group Bible study called “Short Stories by Jesus; The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi”

on Sunday mornings from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Register by calling the Chapel office at (910) 400-5188 or by emailing Sherry at Each session is self-contained so you may join the group at any point.

The first edition of the church newsletter, Chapel Chimes, is now available to be read on our website

Chapel Movie Night will be on Friday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. Snacks and beverages are provided. This month we are showing “Unbroken, The Path to Redemption.” which was included in the top 10 faith-based movies of 2018. This is a follow up to Angelina Jolie’s movie “Unbroken,” which continues the story of World War II hero and Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini.

Homecoming weekend for the Chapel in the Pines will be Sept. 28-29. There will be a tennis tournament, a golf tournament, and a pingpong tournament.

“After worship on Sunday we will celebrate with a luncheon to honor all of our members who will return for the celebration,” says a spokesman. More information is on our website or by calling or emailing the Chapel office.

The Memory Loss Support Group for caregivers meets at the Chapel on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. led by the Rev. Fran Stark and others from Aging Outreach.

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

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.

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.

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

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Sly Fox Pub, there will be “Bible, Bites and Bevs.” Child care is provided. “Join us for some fellowship, community, Bible study, and good food and drinks,” says a spokesman. “Come for the entire event or just part. It’s very casual, but let us know you are coming so we know how many seats to hold.” Visit

Our Saviour Lutheran Church will be sponsoring “Mahjongg Mania” on Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. Call or email Rita Cioppi at or (910) 684-8741 for details.

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.

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 offers a Mother’s Morning Out program on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children 16 months through 2 years and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Trinity also holds troop meetings for the faith-based American Heritage Girls program, ages 5 to 18 years old, on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m

Christian Science

“Matter” is the subject of the Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon for Sunday, Sept. 22. The Christian Science Society service begins at 10 a.m., and will be held at the Civic Club, 105 S. Ashe St., 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.

West End Presbyterian

The middle and high school youth have been busy planning events and activities starting with the month of September. The main September event will be a new format for a fundraiser. T.A.C.O. (talent, auction, chow, oh-my ) Night will feature Talent is performed by volunteers who will share their gifts as singers, dancers, instrumentalists and poetry readers to mention just a few. Sign up at the church. Others may have an item or a service they can offer to the silent auction. Those who are interested can contact the Rev. Maggie Beamguard at or at the church office at (910) 673-4341.

Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for children, with a family cap of $25. Come one come all and bring your neighbors and friends to the Crawford Center on the church campus on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. It is promised to be an extraordinary night to support the youth and their missions.

“If you are unable to come to the dinner, you still can support the youth by donating an item or service for the auction or making a financial donation toward the cost of the TACO night expenses,” says a spokesman.

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

First Baptist, S.P.

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.

For more information about fall adult small groups, visit

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

First Presbyterian, Carthage

First Presbyterian Church, Carthage, is located at 110 South Ray St., Carthage. It is the red brick church across from the Carthage post office. 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 6:30p.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. It will begin at the church on Sept. 15.

“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. It begins at the church on Sept. 11. 

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 if there is enough interest.

The Presbyterian Women will meet at The Market Place in Pinehurst’s Olmsted Village for “Ladies Lunch” on Sept. 19, at 11:30 a.m.  

The annual fall picnic will be Sunday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers and homemade ice cream will be served.

A member of the church asks that you mark your calendars for the church Fall Festival that will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a chili cook-off, baked goods, silent auction, yard sale, plant sale, bouncy house, quilt raffle, kids’ games, face painting, and Buggy Town Coffee will serve from 8 a.m. noon and Kona Ice will serve from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live music by Larry Allen and Emily Whittle.


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.

SoPines UMC Lifegroups have begun. “If you are looking for a place to connect with other Christians and grow spiritually, one of these groups is for you,” says a spokesman.

The church’s Sunday night programs are resuming Sept. 22, beginning with children's choir at 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 4 to fifth grade. Sunday Night Live will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Youth Group also begins at 5:30 p.m. for students in grades 6-12.A new women’s Bible study is starting on Sept. 25. This 7-week study is every Wednesday morning from 9:05 to10:45 a.m. in the Ezra Room. This study is “Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength” by Priscilla Shirer. Cost is $15 for the study guide. Register with Daniell Carter at (931) 265-0518 or Please note if childcare will be needed.

The church’s music ministry Christmas Cantata rehearsals have begun. All rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m. in the sanctuary. If you are interested in joining, contact David Smith, director of choirs.

The church’s Sunday night programs are resuming Sept. 22, beginning with children’s choir at 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 4 to fifth grade. Sunday Night Live will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Youth Group also begins at 5:30 p.m. for students in grades 6-12.

A new sermon series will begin Sept. 22, lasting four weeks, asking the question, where does the “Cross Fit” into your life and into society?

The church will be celebrating World Communion Sunday, Oct. 6, at both worship services.

Would you like to know more about SoPines UMC? Starting Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall will be SPUMC 101 for visitors, new members, and even current members.This is for anyone wanting to learn more about the church.

The food pantry is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon, in the lower parking lot of the church.

Holy Communion is offered every Tuesday at noon in the chapel.

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

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.


Lay-leader Dan Myers will present “Spirit of Life, Come unto Us” on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills.   The message will look at why one could argue that Carolyn McDade’s hymn, “Spirit of Life,” is as close to a UU theme hymn as we have in our tradition. 

The Children’s Religious Education program will present a look at “Lessons for Life.”

UUCS is an emerging congregation seeking others who are comfortable with the thought that while there may be questions with no readily available answers, there may also be religion without dogma. 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

This Sunday, Pinehurst UMC’s Senior Pastor David Beam and Associate Pastor Sarah Swandell continue their September sermon series, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” A church spokesperson says, “In an age when we move every two years and spend more time online with friends than actually in person with friends, it’s increasingly difficult for many of us to know the people who literally are our neighbors. What does God say about how we love those next door? Are we being called to a new way of neighboring? Together we’ll find ways to bless the homes around us and see God transform Moore County, one front stoop at a time.”

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.

All interested singers (from middle school through adult) who value intergenerational friendships are welcome to join the Pinehurst UMC Worship Choir. This choir sings at Pinehurst UMC’s traditional worship services, its annual winter and spring concerts, and for assisted living communities at different points throughout the year. Opportunities also exist for especially motivated singers and musicians to participate in smaller ensembles and to perform as soloists. Several projects are currently unfolding. Contact the church office for more information.

On Oct. 10, at 2:30 p.m., at Pinehurst UMC, Dr. Karen D. Sullivan, Ph.D., ABPP, continues presenting a series of monthly 75-minute afternoon lectures titled “Care for Your Brain.” Each of the nine sessions costs $20 per person and includes a special 68-page companion workbook. Call the church office for more information about registering to attend.

Pinehurst UMC welcomes all individuals school-age and older seeking renewed meaning in their lives by offering ongoing small- and large-group opportunities for fellowship and mission that encompass the full spectrum of interests. Contact the church office for details.

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.

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

Our Bring a Friend Bible Study is continuing. It is based on the book “The Early Christian Letters for Everyone,” by N.T. Wright. In this penultimate volume of the New Testament for Everyone series, Tom Wright explores the early Christian letters, also known as the general or catholic epistles.

There will be three different opportunities each week to take part: Sept. 18, at Panera Bread at 7 p.m.; Sept. 19, from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gracious Living Retirement Community in Southern Pines in the third floor chapel; and Sunday, Sept. 22, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the parlor at the church. Books are available, and you can get one by calling the church office at (910) 944-1319 and speaking to the Rev. Sue Hudson.

A weekly prayer meeting will be held in the parlor from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Sunshine Club event in September will be a return to the Temple Theater in Sanford, for a performance of “Oliver.” The show is based on Charles Dickens’ novel “Oliver Twist” and brings to life the mean streets of Victorian England in a true musical theater performance. The date is Thursday, Sept. 19, for the 2 p.m. matinee. We have the second and third row seats on the main floor at a cost of $27 per seat. We have also planned to have lunch in Sanford at Mrs. Lacey’s Magnolia House at noon. Meet at the church at 11 a.m. to ride in the van. Contact our church office if you would like to attend this event with the Sunshine Group.

The Men of the Church will meet Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Glenn Green, director of Bethesda House, a residential living facility in Aberdeen for men 18 years or older who have finished an addiction treatment program, and are re-entering society. They are assisted with seeking employment and establishing healthy life skills. Those interested in attending should call the church office. 

Those having items to donate to our annual youth auction in November should call the church office.“We can pick up any items that you would like to donate,” says a spokesman.

Community Presbyterian

Community Presbyterian Church will return 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 is provided.

An all-church lunch celebration will be on Sept. 29 after worship. Fried chicken will be provided, and others are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.

A Youth Council is forming and open to any youth parents and any rising high school juniors and seniors. Contact Mary Ellen at

Fourteen members of the church and community will be led by Pastor Rod Stone on a mission trip to Kenya in September. The medical contingent will be serving at a hospital and the non-medical members will be involved in building a Presbyterian church for a local community with work at several orphanages.

The Salt and Pepper Dinner Group gathers monthly in the homes of members. The group of six or eight take turns being the host, who makes the entree, with others bringing the appetizer, salad or vegetable or dessert. For information, call Pam Hylton at (910) 295-2896 or email

Small group leadership training, an eight-week program on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., has begun. Call the church office for more information.

“Letters to the Church: Then and Now” will be held Sept. 17 to Oct. 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with Pastor Rod Stone.

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.

Interior renovations are nearing completion, but the church campus awaits landscaping. Grading is to begin soon.

CPC is located in Pinehurst village at the corner of Everette and Kelly roads, off Midland Road. For more information call (910) 295-6848 or visit the website

The Village Chapel

The Village Chapel will host a presentation by Daniel Massieh, a Christian convert from Islam and an international evangelist, Wednesday, Sept. 18. Call the church office at (910) 295-6003 for more information.

The Village Chapel Music Series kicks off its sixth season with violinist Amanda Ferguson Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. Admission is free, with donations accepted. There will be music of Fritz Kreisler, Ludwig van Beethoven, Eduardo Lalo and a special performance of a work composed by Stephen Gourley, director of music for The Village Chapel.

At Break Night Wednesday, Sept. 25, the speaker is Frank Schlier, a former Navy officer and member of the Deparatment of Defense team that negotiated the INF treaty under President Ronald Reagan; senior vice president of Mastercard, Inc., and a regular speaker at The World Economic Forum and the Bilderberg Group. He will speak on global economic and technological concerns. The evening begins with a meal ($8) by reservation (call (910) 295-6003) at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend the program free of charge even if not participating in the meal. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations for the dinner are required by Monday, Sept. 23.

On Oct. 2, The Village Chapel will be hosting the bluegrass band Sassafras, along with a meal of pulled pork, chicken and all the trimmings. The youth of the Chapel will be having a bake sale at the event as well. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Proceeds will go toward the children’s and youth ministries and the building fund.

On Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Pastor John will lead a class on C.S. Lewis and “The Screwtape Letters.” The class meets in the administration building’s conference room, and all materials will be provided. This class is open to the community.

The Men’s Thursday Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 4 p.m. The interdenominational group meets at the Care Cottage (55 Community Road, Pinehurst) each week and is led by Pastor Ashley Smith. This semester’s study will be a chapter-by-chapter study of the Book of Acts. There is no cost or registration required, and it’s open to all men of the community.

The Seminary Lecture Series, a DVD/discussion group, will meet weekly to watch lectures by Dr. Jodi Magness (UNC professor and archaeologist) titled “The Holy Land Revealed.” Led by Pastor Ashley Smith, at 10 a.m., the group meets in the large conference room of The Village Chapel. This class is for anyone who wants to learn more about Israel’s historical and biblical contexts and is a great precursor for those going on the Holy Land trip in 2020. There is no cost or registration required. Handouts will be provided each before class.

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

The Youth and Children’s Sunday School ministry begins during the 9:30 a.m. family service. The Youth Sunday Bible devotion and fellowship, which includes middle and high school students, meets Sunday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m., at 55 Community Drive (in the village). For more information about our Children and Youth ministries, contact Vickie Smith at (910) 992-8309.

Adult Sunday School programs meet in the Care Cottage, located at 55 Community Road, at 10:45 a.m., and in Chapel Hall after the 9:30 a.m. service.

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 A Facebook account is not needed to access the page.

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.

“We have vibrant youth programs for all ages as well as a full service nursery,” says a spokesman. “If you are looking for a church home, we welcome you to visit. If you are interested in more information, we are offering a Discovery Class on Sept. 18.”

For information on membership, contact Marilyn Baxter, director of Member Ministries, at (910) 692-6252 or email

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, meets Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Presbyterian Women Artisan Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Proceeds benefit scholarships and missions. There will be high quality hand-made items, along with holiday gifts, food decorations, themed baskets and more.

Brownson is seeking a paid nursery worker on Sunday mornings and occasionally for other church events. Contact Kelli Garbett ( for more information.

For more information, visit www.

Page UMC

Page Memorial UMC is located on the corner of Main and Poplar streets in downtown Aberdeen. Two services are offered each Sunday morning. There is a contemporary service at 8:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall with breakfast offered at 8 a.m. The traditional service is at 11 a.m. in the main sanctuary.

Sunday School for all ages is held at 9:45 a.m. There is a nursery for Sunday School and for the traditional service at 11 a.m.

Wednesday night supper will start at 6 p.m. The cost is $6 per person, $3 for children from 3-12, and no more than $20 per family.

For more information on Page Memorial and its missions and ministries, call the church office at (910) 944-1093.

St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church has Holy Communion each Sunday at 9:30 a.m., with a healing service at 11 a.m. Tuesdays.

The church is located at 1145 Seven Lakes Drive, Seven Lakes. For 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.

Vass UMC

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. 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 singing begins at 10:45 a.m. on the fourth Sunday each month.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. “All are welcome. No religious affiliation is required; our goal is to provide caregiver support.”

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 and session dates.

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.

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