First Baptist Aberdeen

Aberdeen First Baptist Church, located at 700 N. Sandhills Boulevard (U.S. 1), will host an Easter egg hunt and Easter celebration on Wednesday evening, April 17. Everyone will meet in the church parking lot at 5:15 p.m. to car pool or ride on the church bus to the Rosy farm (south of Aberdeen), then ride back to the church for a hot dog supper with desserts and crafts. Children ages 2-10 will need to have a parent or guardian attend with them.

On Easter Sunday, April 21, there will have two Easter worship services — a traditional service at 8:30 a.m. and contemporary worship at 11 a.m. Small group Bible studies will be held at 9:45 a.m. for adults and children of all ages.

Youth Event

First Missionary Baptist Church, 315 S. Gaines St., Southern Pines, will hold an Easter event for young people Saturday, April 20, from noon to 5 p.m., featuring Pammie and Friends. The free event includes an egg hunt, food, games, crafts and more.

Gospel Sing

Red Branch Baptist Church, located in Carthage, will host Trinity Quartet Sunday, April 28, at 7 p.m.

Admission is free.

St. James Lutheran

Holy Week activities at St. James Lutheran  Church are as follows: Thursday, April 18,  at 7 p.m., a Maundy Thursday worship service with Holy Communion and stripping of the altar. On Good Friday, April 19, there will be a worship service at 7 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 21, there will be a worship service with Holy Communion at 11 a.m. 

For information, call (910) 528-1574.

Emmanuel Episcopal

Emmanuel Episcopal Church invites all to worship this Easter weekend. Worship services include Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 21, at 6:30, 9 and 11 a.m. There is no 5 p.m. service this Sunday. At 10 a.m., come to the Memorial Garden for “Easter in the Garden.”

“There will be cake, cookies, lemonade and an egg hunt, so don't forget a basket,” says a spokesman.

Emmanuel Episcopal is located at 350 E. Massachusetts Ave., Southern Pines. Call (910) 692-3171 or email eec@emmanuel-parish.org.

Community Congregational

On Sunday, April 7, Community Congregational Church celebrated Homecoming Sunday. This date marked the 124th anniversary of the founding of the church. In 1895 a group of devoted Christians comprising local businessmen and winter visitors from New England, met and formed the First Congregational Church in Southern Pines.

Many churches became “community churches" where everyone, regardless of religious background, was welcome.  Such was the mission of the First Congregational Church of Southern Pines. In the early 1920s this church became known as “The Church of Wide Fellowship.”  From the beginning Community Congregational Church has had as its primary focus, serving the community in which it rests. In 1967 the church was renamed the Community Congregational Church to reflect this commitment to being a church open to all. 

Church members, former members, friends and the community were all invited to attend this significant occasion in the life of Community Congregational Church.  Following the 11 a.m. worship service, a celebratory pot luck luncheon was served. 

Pastor Michael Dubbs reminded those attending, "We have been blessed and we recognize our continuing responsibility, with God's aid and guidance, to serve this community. For many of you, Community Congregational Church has been your home for many years. This is where your family and friends have shared joy as well as sorrow. We have prayed together and made a joyful noise to the Lord together. This is our church family."  

Community Congregational Church welcomes all members of the community to join us for worship on Maundy Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Easter services will be celebrated at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21. The church is located at 141 North Bennett St., in Southern Pines. 

For more information, call (910) 692-8468.  

McDonalds Chapel

McDonalds Chapel Presbyterian Church announces the schedule of its 2019 Holy Week.

The church will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18. This service is a dramatic recreation of Christ’s betrayal, trial and crucifixion. Holy Week ends with the church’s traditional sunrise Easter service at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 21. This service will be held outside in the cemetery, if weather permits. If not, the service will be held in the sanctuary.

“Please bring a flower or a flowering branch to help flower the cross, and also bring a dish for the covered dish breakfast afterward in the fellowship hall,” says a spokesman. “The church will not hold its regular 11 a.m. worship service on this day.”

McDonalds Chapel is located at 1374 Foxfire Road, Aberdeen (out Linden Road from Pinehurst). For more information, call Jill McCloy at (910) 692-5094.

‘Christ in the Passover’

Jesus’ Last Supper was actually a Jewish Passover. Asher Korycka, of Jews for Jesus, will re-create the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection in a presentation called “Christ in the Passover” at The Village Chapel on Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Korycka will set a table with items traditionally used at the Passover meal and detail their spiritual significance. He will also explain the connection between the events of the first Passover in Egypt and the redemption that Jesus accomplished, as well as the deep bond between the ancient Passover feast and the Christian communion celebration today.

Jews for Jesus has presented “Christ in the Passover” at more than 38,000 churches. It has been enthusiastically received by Christians who appreciate learning more about the Jewish backgrounds of their faith. Moishe Rosen, who founded Jews for Jesus in 1973, has also co-written the book “Christ in the Passover,” with his wife, Ceil. This seminal work includes a look at Passover in ancient times and how it is practiced today. It will be available after the presentation. Also available will be a DVD of the presentation with David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, officiating.

Brickner, a fifth-generation Jewish believer in Jesus, succeeded Rosen as executive director in 1996. Brickner has kept Jews for Jesus on the cutting edge as the ministry has expanded and established branches in 11 countries, including the United States, Brazil, Israel, Russia, France and South Africa. “We exist to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide,” Brickner says. “There are still a few that haven’t heard of us!”

Korycka will be happy to answer questions after the presentation. Call (910) 295-6003 or visit http://tvcpinehurst.com/ for more information.

There is no admission charge.

Stone Chapel

Stone Chapel in Carthage will have a Good Friday service Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. and a “Son Rise” service Saturday, April 20, at 10 p.m. at the church, located at 2236 U.S. 15-501.

The Sisterhood of Stone Chapel will be having its annual Women's Conference Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18. Evangelist Linda Gillespie, from St. Ruth UCOG in West End, will be preaching Friday night, and Prophetess Tina Moore, from The Overflow Worship Center, Carthage, will be bring the message Saturday night.

Services will be begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Hot dog plates will be sold each night following the service (two beef hot dogs, chips and a drink - $5).

Gospel Singing

Emmanuel Baptist Church will host a gospel sing at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, featuring The Bledsoes. The church is located at 632 McCrimmon Road, Carthage. A love offering will be taken.

Easter Egg Hunt

St Paul Lutheran Church is having an Easter egg hunt for the entire community Saturday, April 20, at the church, located at 3253 Niagara-Carthage Road, Whispering Pines. Fun and games will begin at 9 a.m.

Victory Community Baptist

Victory Community Baptist Church, 915 Brinkley Road, Carthage, holds Sunday School at 10 a.m. Sundays, followed by a worship service at 11 a.m. The evening service is at 6 p.m.

On April 21, the church will have a sunrise service at 7 a.m., followed by a light breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The Easter cantata will be after the 9 a.m. service.

Union Presbyterian Church

Union Presbyterian Church in Carthage announces its Holy Week services:

Maundy Thursday service with Communion will be held Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. A new Good Friday service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19. Easter Sunday, April 21, begins with a sunrise service in the church cemetery at 7 a.m., with breakfast following, and regular worship at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary.

“All are invited to attend all the above services with special music by the choir and preaching by Dr. R. Shane Owens, pastor of the church,” says a spokesman.

Pinehurst UCC

Come celebrate Easter with the Congregational Church of Pinehurst with Easter potluck breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Easter worship at 10 a.m., an outdoor Easter egg hunt for the kids, and fellowship time for all. The congregation is reminded to bring freshly cut flowers to decorate the wooden cross in Memorial Garden. This is where the worship service will begin.

“With joyful prayer and song, we will process into the sanctuary carrying the festooned cross,” says a spokesman.

At CCP, the season of Lent has been presented as a liturgical journey of “Working Our Way Back to Alleluia”. The Rev. Terry Yasuko Ogawa notes, “These words seem to imply that Alleluia is our usual state — one of joyful praise — and that Lent is the unusual state of wilderness and shadows, temptation and grief. Funny, with the way the world is today, it feels the opposite at times.”

On Good Friday, April 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the church offers a Tenebrae service. Tenebrae is the Latin term for darkness. “This is a service of lessons leading to Jesus’ crucifixion and burial in the tomb accompanied by the gradual extinguishing of lights. Thus we prepare for Easter morning.”

The title of Pastor Terry’s Easter sermon is “Back to Alleluia.” Jesus comes to a world that is imperfect, and showers the only perfect thing on it: love and Divine presence. With his simple words to Mary Magdalene at the tomb, “Woman, why are you weeping?” (John 20:15) Jesus invites each one of us to lift our faces out of our hands, buried in tears, to look up into the face of God, and realize that not death but divine, abiding Love has the last word.

Congregational Church of Pinehurst is an official Open and Affirming faith community that welcomes everyone, regardless of where they might be on their faith journeys. 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.

Easter Camp Meeting

Crossroads Community Church will hold its Easter camp meeting Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, with services beginning at 7 p.m. There will also be a sunrise service Sunday, April 21, at daybreak.

The Bobby Deal Family is Friday night’s featured group; Carla and Redemption perform Saturday night.

Food will be available in the fellowship hall for a modest price from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The church is located at 780 Bibey Road, Carthage. Call (910) 949-3971 for more information.

Culdee Presbyterian

The Maundy Thursday Communion service will be held at 7 p.m. April 18, at Culdee Presbyterian Church. On Friday, April 19, the church will be open for personal reflection and Scripture will be provided.

On Sunday morning, April 21, at 7 a.m., there will be a sunrise service in the Rose Garden with breakfast following in the fellowship hall. The men of the church will provide the breakfast.

The only service on Easter Day is the 11 a.m. worship service, but Sunday School will be held at 9:45 a.m.

Culdee is located at 916 N.C. 73, West End.

For more information, call (910) 295-6685.

TFC

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

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

A Maundy Thursday service will be held at 5 p.m. April 18.

The regular 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 each 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

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 and a more informal worship service on Wednesdays at noon. Both worship services include Holy Communion. 

Bible study and Sunday School for all ages will be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Sundays. The spring session of adult Bible study of the Book of Romans has begun in classrooms 1 and 2.

Maundy Thursday services will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 18; Good Friday services at noon and 7:30 p.m. April 19; and Sunday, April 21, a 7 a.m. sunrise service and 10:30 a.m. worship service.

The 2018-2019 Concert Series presents the Blackwood Quartet in concert Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. The group tours regularly and brings the word of Christ through song, to both believers and non-believers alike. The quartet has had the privilege of performing with Willie Nelson and many other great artists.

The event is free to attend and a free will offering will be collected, with a portion going to support the Northern Moore Family Resource Center.

Bible & a Beer returns on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at Southern Pines Brewery. “Please RSVP so we know how many tables/chairs we will need,” says a spokesman. “Pastor Linn will be leading the discussion on the book ‘Brew for Jesus: A Beer-Based Bible Study.’”

Email staff@oslcsp.org to RSVP.

Agape Day Camp is returning to Our Saviour Lutheran Church this summer, July 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers will enjoy a week of games, songs, crafts, nature activities, Bible studies and fun, led by trained summer counselors from Agape Kure Beach Ministries. This year’s theme is “Spirit Power.” Agape Day Camp is for rising first- through eighth-graders. The cost is $135 per child.  Early registration before April 30 will receive a $30 discount. 

A separate day camp for preschoolers will also be available July 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 3 to 5. The cost per child is $75 with an early registration discount of $25 before April 30.  There will be a $250 cap for families registering multiple children. To register, visit www.oslcsp.org and click on Day Camp Forms in the menu. Camperships are available. Contact Donna Knight at (910) 692-2662 Ext. 206.

Our Saviour Lutheran Church is located at 1517 Luther Way in Southern Pines. Call (910) 692-2662 or visit oslcsp.org for directions and more information.

GriefShare Session

The Christian grief recovery seminar and support group GriefShare meets at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 425 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst, Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. through June 6.

GriefShare seminars and support groups are designed to help people rebuild life after losing a loved one. Caring people who have experienced grief and successfully rebuilt their lives lead the program.

The program includes encouraging videos featuring leading grief recovery experts followed by small group discussion. Journaling and personal study exercises reinforce the weekly session topics.

For more information or to register for this session, call (910) 215-5775 or email info@trinitycf.net.

Christian Science

“Doctrine of Atonement” is the subject of the Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon for Sunday, April 21. 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

As the celebration of Easter approaches, special services will be held at the church. Members of the congreagation and the community are encouraged to attend.

The Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m. on April 18. This service of Communion recalls Jesus’ last gathering with the disciples before his death.

On Easter Sunday during the Sunday School hour, the annual Easter egg hunt for the children will take place. All children up through fifth grade are welcome to participate. The children are asked to gather in the first two rows of pews in the sanctuary before 10 a.m. Following instructions, they will go out as a group to the egg hunt locations.

At the 11 a.m., a worship service led by the Rev. Maggie F. Beamguard, Jesus' Ressurection will be celebrated. As in the past, those attending are asked to bring some flowers from home to adorn the cross in front of the church. This beautiful cross becomes a symbol that “Christ is Risen.”

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

The next big project for the youth is their yard sale, scheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many items have been donated for this event. All proceeds go to the Youth Mission Fund, which supports mission trips and conferences including trips to Mexico, Massenetta, Montreat and other local missions.

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

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 Presbyterian Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, for lunch  at Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House in Sanford.

On Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m., the Maundy Thursday/Tenebrae service will be held in the sanctuary. On April 21, there will be a 7 a.m. Easter sunrise service at the FPC Cemetery and a church breakfast following. During the Easter Sunday worship service there will be Communion and also a collection for “One Great Hour of Sharing.”

Youth group takes place on Sundays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All youth from grades 7 to 12 are invited to come.  It will include Bible study, eating, reaching out to help others, and having fun. On April 27, at 4 p.m. the youth will participate in a Coalition Pack-the Pick-Up.  

On Saturday, April 27, there will be a church cleanup day starting at 8 a.m.

A spokesperson suggests that you mark your calendars now for FPC Vacation Bible School. The theme is “Power Up,” inspired by vintage video games — think Pac-Man, Tetris, etc. The dates are Friday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9, during the 11 a.m. worship service time for the VBS celebration in the Family Life Center with a covered dish meal afterward. Registration, which is free, is available online at the church website.

Christian Faith Yoga meets weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:45-9:45 a.m. using mats and 10:15-11:15 a.m. for chair yoga.

The church office number is (910) 947-2924.  The email address is infofpc@yahoo.com. Visit: fpccarthage.com.

S.P. UMC

Southern Pines UMC (@SoPinesUMC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) is located at 175 Midland Road, in the curve coming from Southern Pines.

To learn more about worship services, missions and events, visit www.southern pinesumc.org, find us on social media @SoPinesUMC (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), or call the church office at (910) 692-3518.

Holy week services are: Wednesday at 7 p.m. will be the healing service, the Maundy Thursday service is at 7 p.m., featuring a Living Last Supper and Easter cantata by the ensemble choir, and a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday will have a sunrise service at 7 a.m., and traditional worship service at 10 a.m.

Hey, parents, what would you do with three hours kid-free? Fun Friday is April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per child and ages 6 months to fifth grade can participate. You can find more details or to register on Facebook or signupgenuis.com. You must be registered to attend.

The food pantry is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon, and Holy Communion is offered every Tuesday at noon in the chapel. Visit www.southernpinesumc.org for all 2019 events and news.

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

UUCS

Guest minister the Rev. Karen Matteson will offer her message titled “Passing Over, Rising Up” on Sunday, April 21, at 10 a.m. to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills. Matteson comments, “In this week of the central holy-days of both Judaism and Christianity, Passover and Easter, we take a look at the stories they tell to find what they may have to teach us in our time.”   In her more than 25 years as a Unitarian Universalist minister, Matteson has served congregations in Alabama and Chicago, South and North Carolina and, most recently as interim minister of a Fellowship in Florida. Now retired, she lives in Cary.

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 www.uucsandhills.org.

West End UMC

A Maundy Thursday service is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, with a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19. A Easter sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 21, on the grounds of the church, followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall and a worship service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.

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).  It is a time of fellowship and devotion with a wonderful home cooked meal provided at a charge of $5 per person.

The United Methodist Men are hosting their annual spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the church. The cost of each plate is $8, which includes spaghetti, salad and a dessert. Plates are available for dine-in or takeout. See a member of the United Methodist Men or contact the church office at (910) 671-1371 to purchase a ticket. All proceeds will benefit our local Boy & Girl Scout Troops.

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.

Pinehurst UMC

Pinehurst UMC holds three worship services every Sunday: conventional worship at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., and contemporary worship at 9:40 a.m. Pinehurst UMC offers multiple Sunday School classes at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for all age levels (including preschool). Contact the church office for more information. Free child care is available.

The public is invited to Pinehurst UMC for these upcoming free fellowship and worship opportunities:

Holy Week services are as follows: Maundy Thursday Communion service, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., which includes a reflection on the Stations of the Cross, with original lino-cut prints on wood by Durham artist Janice Joy Little; Good Friday service, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.; Easter sunrise service, April 21, at 6:30 a.m. at the outdoor chapel and regular services at 8:15, 9:40 and 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m. Jeff and Sissie D’Jernes, a missionary team that has serving in Papua, New Guinea, for many years, will speak at a free “information dinner.” They will share an overview and highlights of their missionary experiences with Wycliffe Bible Translators as well as answer questions. Child care is available. 

Details are being finalized for the last week in April at Pinehurst UMC with an opportunity for the public to “Stuff the Truck” from Sandhills Habitat for Humanity.

There will be a spring concert May 19, at 4 p.m., as the worship choir and special guests celebrate spring with an hour of stirring songs and moving music. Free child care will be available.

According to a church spokesperson, “Pinehurst UMC welcomes all those seeking renewed meaning in their lives by offering numerous on-going, as well as special, seasonal small group activities. There are typically various opportunities for fellowship spanning the age spectrum (from preschool to post-retirement) across a wide-variety of interests. The church office will be pleased to provide details upon request.” Call (910) 215-4559.

Pinehurst UMC is located at 4111 Airport Road in Pinehurst. The website is www.pinehurstumc.org. 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. For questions about activities or service times at the church, call the church office at (910) 944-1319.

The community is invited to attend and participate in the Good Friday Worship Service at Old Bethesda on April 19, at noon. We will meet in the old sanctuary as the service begins with Dr. Larry Arnold playing, “Were You There?” The Bethesda Bells will ring to signal it is time for worshippers to move to the next of seven Stations of the Cross. Volunteers will carry a life-size cross to each station. The service will conclude back at the church in silence.

The community is invited to return to Old Bethesda for our interdenominational Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. Bethesda is hosting this service and welcomes everyone to join us as we celebrate God’s raising Jesus from the dead! Breakfast will be served at Bethesda at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall at 1002 N. Sandhills Blvd. At 11 a.m. we will worship in the sanctuary and people are invited to bring fresh flowers from home to adorn the cross.

The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be received on Easter Sunday, April 21. Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians to share God’s love with people in need. Your gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, food for the hungry, and community development that helps people find safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen their families and communities.

The Men of the Church will be meet Wednesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. The program will be “Perspectives of the Past.” The program is built around interviews with Martha MacLeod and Bob Page.  If you would like to attend this program, call the church office at (910) 944-1319.

The Coalition’s Pack the Pickup Food Drive will be held Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed in two hour shifts each day to solicit food donations at area grocery stores. 

Friends of Camp Monroe Day will be held April 27, from 3 to 6 p.m. Dinner will be held at 4 p.m., followed by a program at 5 p.m.

Visit www.bethesdapres.church or call the church office at (910) 944-1319.

Community Presbyterian

Community Presbyterian Church celebrates one worship service each Sunday at 10 a.m. in the newly renovated fellowship hall with a full choir while the sanctuary undergoes its renovation. Pastor Rod Stone and Associate Pastor Jim Ewing officiate and welcome guests. Child care is provided.

Holy Week Services: Palm Sunday, April 14, at 10 a.m.; Maundy Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m.; Good Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday worship, April 21, at 9 and 11 a.m., with large choir and orchestra. Guests are welcome. Child care is provided.

Many classes, groups, committees and opportunities for volunteer tutoring and community outreach help members and friends become involved.

Located in Pinehurst village at the corner of Everette and Kelly Roads, off Midland Road, the church has new parking available near the church For more information call (910) 295-6848 or visit the website www.communitypres.com.

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.

Holy Week services include a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 18; a Good Friday service at 1 p.m. April 19, and 9:30 a.m. Easter Sunday.

The vestry meets at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

The Rt. Rev. Bishop Sam Rodman III will visit St. Mary Magdalene’s Thursday, April 25, at 4 p.m. to install the Rev. Stephen Becker as the church’s new vicar. A reception will follow. RSVP to Kim Doolitte at ekdoolit@gmail.com

St. Mary Magdalene’s Spring Charity Golf Tournament will be played at Foxfire Golf & Country Club on May 5. Sign in is at 11:30 a.m., with food and prizes awarded after golf, which begins at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $60 per person, which includes greens fees and cart, plus food. For more information contact Bob Rinaldi at brinaldi1614@gmail.com. “If you don’t play golf, consider sponsoring a hole for $50,” says a spokesman. “ Again, for details contact Bob Rinaldi.”

Net proceeds will go to our local Moore County missions.

“The March yard sale was a great success and all net proceeds will fund outreach in Moore County,” says the spokesman.

The church is located at 1145 Seven Lakes Drive, Seven Lakes. For information, visit www.stmm.episdionc.org.

The Village Chapel

Holy Week and Easter worship schedule at The Village Chapel includes regular worship schedule for Palm Sunday, April 14; Maundy Thursday dinner and program, 5:45 p.m., and Stripping of the Altar in the sanctuary, following the program on Thursday, April 18; noon worship service on Good Friday, April 19; Easter egg hunt, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20; Easter, April 21, a sunrise service at the Carolina Hotel, 6:30 a.m., and regular schedule for Sunday worship at the church.

Pastor Ashley and Vickie Smith will lead a group from the Chapel and community on a 10-day trip to Israel from Jan. 21-30, 2020. The cost is $3,398, which includes round-trip airfare from RDU; four-star hotels; full buffet breakfast and dinner daily; transportation by air-conditioned motor coach. For a brochure and more information, call or text Pastor Ashley at (910) 992-8308 or email him at ashleyneilsmith@aol.com.

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 The Village Chapel office at (910) 295-6003. Visit www.tvcpinehurst.com.

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. For information on membership, contact Marilyn Baxter, director of Member Ministries, at (910) 692-6252 or members@brownsonchurch.org. A new member discovery class will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.

A Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service will be held April 18 at 7 p.m., featuring Moore County Brass. A Good Friday self-guided prayer vigil will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Easter Sunday services are at 9 and 11:10 a.m.

An ecumenical musical presentation, “St. John’s Passion,” by a combined choir from Brownson, Emmanuel Episcopal Church and The Village Chapel, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the Brownson sanctuary.

Sunday School and adult small groups are in session with a full listing available on our website.

Preschool Praise will be held the first Sunday of each month through May for children ages 2-4. Kids Connect is each Sunday evening from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for children kindergarten through fifth grade. Youth group for 6-12 grade happens on Sunday nights from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Visit the website for more information.

Ives Baptist

Ives Memorial Baptist Church, along with Pinebluff United Methodist Church, will host an Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 20, starting at 9:30 a.m. with registration. Egg hunt is at 10 a.m., followed by prizes and a free hot dog lunch.

Pinebluff United Methodist is located at 275 E. Philadelphia Ave. and Ives Memorial Baptist is located at 365 E. Philadelphia in Pinebluff. For more information go to imbcworship.org 

Ives Memorial Baptist Church will hold the following special events for Holy Week: Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m., worship and fellowship; Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. worship and Communion; Friday, April 19, 7 p.m. worship and fellowship; Saturday, April 20, 12:30 p.m., Motorcycle Ride to Morrow Mountain (please contact church to ride); Sunday, April 21, sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at 40172 U.S. 1, South, followed by Easter fellowship breakfast at Ives and a resurrection service at 11 a.m.

Ives Memorial Baptist Church is located at 365 E. Philadelphia Ave. in Pinebluff, just minutes south of Aberdeen off U.S. 1.

Call (910) 281-3247 or visit www.imbcworship.org

Page UMC

Page Memorial UMC is located on the corner of Main and Poplar 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.

There is an open Bible study Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. The title is “Places in the Bible.”

There will be a Holy Thursday service on April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

Easter Sunday Service will be at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.

The United Methodist Men have a breakfast meeting Sunday, May 5, at 7 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

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

Chapel in the Pines

Seven Lakes Chapel in the Pines is an interdenominational church welcoming Christians of all faiths. The chapel is located at 581 Seven Lakes Drive in West End.

For further information, call the church office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily at (910) 400-5188.

First Baptist, S.P.

First Baptist, Southern Pines offers a contemplative service of Scripture, prayer and Communion from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church, during Lent. 

A Maundy Thursday service of Communion, music and Scripture will be April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Two Easter services are offered on April 21 at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Dr. Gregory Collins will speak on the topic of “Addiction and Grace” on Wednesday, April 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Collins is a psychiatrist with FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Behavioral Health and has dedicated his professional career to the treatment of drug and alcohol problems.  Collins will speak on the roles of faith and grace as they relate to mental illness and addiction.

Jon Decker, PGA teaching professional with New Albany Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, will share about his love of golf and Christ, on Wednesday, May 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Copies of his book, “Golf is My Life: Glorifying God Through the Game,” will be available for purchase.

These presentations will be in the sanctuary. There is no cost and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, call (910) 692-8750.

Carthage UMC

Carthage United Methodist Church holds worship services at 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sundays, with Sunday School in between at 9:45 a.m. The “Morning Glory Worship” at 8:45 a.m. is intimate and informal, while the 11 a.m. service is traditional in nature.

The annual car show will be held Saturday, March 30, at Cooper Ford. For more information, call the church at (910) 947-2705.

The church sponsors a food pantry which is open to residents of Carthage, Cameron and Vass and distributes food on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The location is 108 Bruce St. in Carthage.

Carthage UMC is located at 401 McReynolds St. in Carthage. For information, contact the church at (910) 947-2705 or at carthageumc@embarqmail.com.

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.

The church is beginning its 100th year and plans a celebration in May.

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 christchurchanglican.us.

Manly Presbyterian

Manly Presbyterian Church is located at 544 Yadkin Road, Southern Pines. Sunday services are held at 9:30 a.m. and are conducted by Pastor Ronald Holmes. Wednesday evening Bible study is held at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

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 or email st.johnbaptistchurch@outlook.com.

Bible Study Fellowship

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.

“We are so excited to announce Moore County has its very first Women’s BSF Satellite Group, meeting Thursdays, from 9:30-11 a.m., at First Baptist Pinehurst,” says a spokesman. “The group is open to those who have never read the Bible and those who have been studying for years. We invite all women to come fellowship with other women while inductively studying the Word of God.”

This year’s study is focused on “People of the Promised Land.”

For more information, contact Chelsea Sloneker at cjsloneker@gmail.com, or just show up on Thursday.

God’s Closet

God’s Closet Ministries will open its free clothing and household goods closet Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 311 Browns Chapel Road, Robbins.

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.

Meetings are held weekly.

“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 dalek1948@gmail.com or pj.soler@hotmail.com for information and session dates.

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 rosesharpe37@gmail.com, rosehighlandsharpe@gmail.com or leave a voicemail or text at (910) 528-0718.

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 a new ministry. “Look for the crosses on our table.”

For information, call Doug at (910) 568-2325.

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