The clergy and adult choir of Emmanuel Episcopal Church will offer a service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m.
Choirmaster Dr. Homer A. Ferguson III will lead the choir in the offering of Charles Wood’s Advent anthem, “O Thou the Central Orb,” and “Evening Canticles,” by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange.
Of special note will be the offering of a newly commissioned set of Preces and Responses, prayers ancient to the church, composed by L’Estrange in honor of Dr. Ferguson’s 10th anniversary as organist and choirmaster at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. This exquisite setting of these prayers has been published the Royal School of Church Music in Salisbury, UK.
Stephen Gourley will serve as organist, and the prelude will begin at 4:50 p.m. A sherry reception in the Parish Hall foyer will follow the service. All are The church is located at 340 S. Ridge St., Southern Pines.
Union Presbyterian Church announces special services and events for the 2019 Advent/Christmas season.
A series of Advent services with preaching and lighting of the Advent Candles will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, 15, and 22, at 11 a.m. in the historic sanctuary.
The youth and children will present their Christmas program Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. in the historic sanctuary. Refreshments will follow in the Stewart Building.
The Adult Choir will present their program of Christmas music and Scripture on Sunday, Dec. 15, in the historic sanctuary. Refreshments will follow in the Stewart Building.
The Advent Actors series continues on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. in the historic sanctuary with preaching by Dr. R. Shane Owens, pastor.
The annual Christmas Eve service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. in the historic sanctuary. This event will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and the lighting of candles.
The church is located at 2000 Union Church Road, Cameron.
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 www.slbcnc.com.
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.
Community Congregational Church
This Christmas season, Community Congregational Church in Southern Pines is once again participating in the Angel Tree program through the Christmas For Moore organization.
Christmas For Moore began in 2015 originally to fill the gap left by the Empty Stocking Fund in Moore County. The intent was to insure that families in need in Moore County would not be forgotten at Christmas. Families are matched with area sponsors who provide gifts of household items, clothing, toys, educational items, and food. All family members, including each adult, compile a wish list of items that sponsors will provide. Each September families requesting assistance undergo a face-to-face application process. Local businesses, churches and other organizations will then “adopt" these families in need.
Since the start of the program in 2015, Christmas for Moore has successfully matched every qualified family with a sponsor for a total of more than 5,000 people having received Christmas gifts. Last year, Community Congregational Church assisted 22 families, totaling 75 individuals. The program’s success was evidenced by the numerous personal thank you notes received as well as phone calls from the families the church assisted.
“I am so pleased that our church is participating in this program," said Pastor Michael Dubbs. “It’s a blessing to be able to help others in our community.”
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 https://www.communitycongregational.org/
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 six-week study of the Book of James. Two following six-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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Online registration is available at pinehurst.cbsclass.org.
On Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., the children of Culdee Presbyterian Church, 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.
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 continues. 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.
Family Movie Night will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, featuring the family favorite “The Christmas Chronicles.” “Come in your pajamas for dinner and homemade holiday treats,” says a spokesman. “You are welcome to bring your pillow and blanket, but be sure to bring your Christmas spirit.”
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.
The church is located at 4015 N.C. 73, West End.
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 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.
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.
Congregational Church of Pinehurst continues to observe this Advent season through a celebration of “Joy to the World,” the carol that turns 300 this year.
Sunday, Dec. 8, is Advent II, which has a special emphasis on Creation. The Scripture reading is from Matthew 1:1-17. “We will welcome to our pulpit Rev. Donald Schmidt, whose recent book, ‘Birth of Jesus for Progressive Christians,’ looks at closely held Christmas stories and the traditions that have gathered around them, getting to the heart of the biblical narratives and the meanings they hold for our lives today,” says a spokesman. “Schmidt will also offer a book study after the service.”
Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments will be held in the Hearth Room immediately following the worship service.
Under Mission, Peace, and Justice Committee’s lead, CCP is again participating in the Northern Moore Family Resource Center Santa's Workshop. Two weeks ago, congregants picked slips with gift wishes from an angel tree in the sanctuary. They shopped for those items and brought them to church on Sunday, Dec. 1. Now the MPJ Committee is transporting the gifts up to Robbins where they will be displayed in the NMFRC “store” where Hope Academy parents will be able to visit and select a toy, book, coat, pants and shoes for each of their children. Opportunities to help set up the shop are coming soon. See Kathy Nekton with questions or offers of help.
The CCP congregation is also encouraging each other to participate in Advent Calendar Offerings of Food. Get a large box and decorate it as a Christmas gift. Each day add one food item to the box. The Food Bank has provided a helpful “Advent Calendar” of high demand items. “On Dec. 22, bring the box with you to church, as we will be gathering them to take to The Food Bank,” says the spokesman.
The church is located at 895 Linden Road, across from Elliott’s. For more information, visit www.congregationalchurchpinehurst.org call the church office at (910) 295-2243 or visit the Facebook page.
Chapel in the Pines
“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.
The Almost Christmas Bible Study, which began last Sunday, will continue for the next three Advent Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall. “Everyone is welcome to join us as we explore the hope, peace, joy, and love that we experience as we anticipate the birth of Christ,” says the Rev. Paul James, church pastor.
The Lunch Bunch meets Wednesday, Dec. 11, at noon. All single seniors in the community are invited to a meal and a time of fellowship at no cost. Reservations can be made by calling Sherry at (910) 400-5188. Mollie Wilson and her singing group will provide seasonal music to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
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 oslcsp.org 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 oslcsp.org for directions and more information.
“God the Only Cause and Creator” is the subject of the Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon for Sunday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m., at the Civic Club.
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.
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. The Youth Group will not meet when schools are closed for winter break.
“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. However, the morning group will not meet in December. There is also an evening circle the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The evening circle will meet on Dec. 12, at 6:30.
There is a newly formed men’s group that meets the first and third Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. in the conference room of the Family Life Center. The next two sessions will meet Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Christian Faith Yoga meets on Mondays and Wednesdays in the multipurpose room of the Family Life Center. The floor yoga class begins at 8:45 a.m. and the chair yoga class begins at 10:15 a.m. Dec. 8, the second Sunday in Advent, will be celebrated with worship service in the sanctuary at 11 a.m., followed by a Christmas lunch provided by the Presbyterian women. After lunch will be caroling, as members and friends travel to church members’ homes and nursing homes.
The third Sunday in Advent, Dec. 15, will be the 11 a.m. Christmas cantata.
The fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 22, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. service in the sanctuary as well as a 5 p.m. Christmas in the Barn service at the Moore County Fairgrounds. On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 9 p.m. will be the Christmas Eve service in the sanctuary.
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.
Are you in the church-wide Advent study, “The Gift of the Nutcracker”?
You can get involved through the sermon series, Sunday School class, LifeGroup, SmallGroup, or by downloading the sermon and questions for self-study 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.
The Angel Tree Adoption campaign continues with a church goal to get (75) Food Lion $25 gift cards donated by Dec. 8.
“We currently have 26 gift cards,” says a spokesman. “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.”
For 36 years now, the United Methodist Men have sponsored the Christmas Clothing Project. The goal of this project is to provide needy children at Southern Pines Primary School with new clothing. This year’s shopping date will be Dec. 12.
“We also have a goal to raise $5,800 to help as many children as possible,” says the spokesman. “Please mark your checks or envelopes “Christmas Clothing Project.” If you would like to volunteer as a shopper, please contact Tom Aubrey for more information.”
Holiday services are as follows:
The Advent sermon series in conjunction with Sunday School, LifeGroup, and SmallGroup studies, “The Gift of the Nutcracker” has begun. The sermon series will be Dec. 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 www.southernpinesumc.org 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 smm.dionc.org.
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 Nov. 17, 1912, West End Presbyterian Church was established with 21 charter members. On Nov. 17, 2019, a congregational meeting was called to receive the report from the associate pastor nominating committee delivered by Lois Ann Eisel, chair. This group of six adults and two youth unanimously and enthusiastically voted to call the Rev. Denton Todd Davidson as associate pastor with the primary responsibility for children, youth and families. The vote of the members attending the congregational meeting was unanimous as well.
Davidson graduated from Virginia Tech in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He began working with youth in both Methodist and Presbyterian churches starting while at Virginia Tech. In 2007, he felt a call to ministry earning a Master of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2011. He most recently served as an associate pastor for youth, mission and contemporary eorship at a Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va.
“Todd, his wife Erin and sons Caleb and Isaac will be warmly welcomed to become part of the family that is West End Presbyterian Church,” says a spokesman.
West End Presbyterian Church is located at 275 Knox Lane. Contact the church at (910)-673-4341 or at www.westendpres.church.
The Book Discussion Group of the UUCS 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 www.uucsandhills.org.
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.
Pinehurst UMC welcomes everyone to its annual free Christmas concerts: Dec. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8, beginning at 4 p.m. The 45-member Pinehurst UMC Worship Choir, its Interpretative Choir, and its Handbell Choir will be joined by 15 orchestra members performing heart-warming, entertaining, inspirational carols, songs and musical arrangements that celebrate the magic and the blessing of the Christmas season. 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.
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.”
All individuals (school-age 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 www.pinehurstumc.org. The church phone number is (910) 215-4559.
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.
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.
On Dec. 15, the Chancel Choir will present their annual Christmas cantata titled “Have You Heard: A Celtic Christmas Celebration,” by Joel Raney. The cantata will be presented during the morning worship service.
Bethesda will be hosting the Community Christmas Eve Service at 5 p.m. Dec. 24. At 11 p.m., there will be a candlelight Christmas Eve service.
For questions about activities or service times at the church, call the church office at (910) 944-1319 or visit www.bethesdapres.church.
Community Presbyterian Church has two separate worship services each Sunday. At 9 a.m., there is a more formal worship with a traditional service in the newly renovated sanctuary, with a full choir, organ music and traditional hymns. The 11 a.m. service is a more casual service 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. The 10 to 11 a.m. hour offers a variety of classes.
On Dec. 16, from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Advent Labyrinth will be set up in fellowship hall for self-guided times of prayer to escape the busyness and noise of the month and find a quiet time of reflection and quiet. Brochures available on site. All are welcome, children and youth as well.
On Dec. 8, Music Sunday involves the entire music ministry along with a chamber orchestra of local musicians in the theme “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” The focus will be on how each of us living in a divided world can be peacemakers. Both services are in the fellowship hall.
On Dec. 11, at 3:45 p.m. in the fellowship hall, the “Dust and Ashes” duo of Mary Lou Troutman and Tom Page will talk and sing about the meaning and stories behind some favorite Christmas Carols.
On Dec. 19, College and 20-Somethings Christmas Party will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Call Mary Ellen at (910) 585-9159 for information.
On Dec. 22, the PAWS (children’s Praise and Worship) will present a musical at both services in the fellowship hall.
The Christmas Eve Services on Dec. 24 will be at 5 and 7 p.m., both in the sanctuary.
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 the village of Pinehurst at the corner of Everette and Kelly roads, off Midland Road. For more information, call (910) 295-6848 or visit www.communitypres.com.
The Village Chapel
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 Uprising Theater Company's "Dickens and His Christmas Carol, will be performed at The Village Chapel on Dec. 18-20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at ticketmesandhills.com.
On Dec. 24, the Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. is a family service with children’s pageant and the 9 p.m. service is holy Communion by candlelight.
A service of holy Communion will be held at The Village Chapel at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day.
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 email@example.com 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, www.facebook.com/tvcpinehurst and on the webpage at www.tvcpinehurst.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 (910) 295-6003. Visit www.tvcpinehurst.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org..
Sunday School, children and youth activities and Bible studies are in full swing. For details, visit brownsonchurch.org. 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 to 7:30 p.m.
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 www.brownsonchurch.org.
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.
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 christchurchanglican.us.
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.
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 www.fbcsp.org.
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. RSVP by calling or online at online at imbcworship.org.”
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 imbcworship.org. 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, call (910) 944-7895.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Online registration is available at pinehurst.cbsclass.org.
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, nonprofit, nondenominational ministry. For further information, contact Ken Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (910) 639-0198.
“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.
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 email@example.com, 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.
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.