Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Communities of faith across Moore County are joining hands, hearts and voices in an Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving on the Sunday before the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m.

This year’s host site is Congregational Church of Pinehurst, 895 Linden Road, Pinehurst. Everyone is welcome and participants are invited to linger for music and refreshments following the service to enjoy fellowship with their neighbors.

This is the 14th year of the annual Thanksgiving community gathering, which was first held in 2006 and jointly sponsored by Sandhills Jewish Congregation/Temple Beth Shalom, Jackson Springs Presbyterian Church, and McDonalds Chapel Presbyterian Church. Since then the gathering has grown to also include these sponsoring congregations: Community of Mindful Living in the Pines, Congregational Church of Pinehurst, Seven Lakes Chapel in the Pines, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills, Saint Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, and Masjid Al-Madina Muslim Congregation. Representatives from each faith community design the service to invite neighbors into a worship setting in which various faith traditions express their shared gratitude for the blessings of this community, nation and world.

Using familiar hymns, sharing words and prayers from the faiths represented and Native Americans, the service will offer worshippers an opportunity to share their faith traditions and give thanks together for our many blessings. There will be an interfaith choir with members from each of the congregations. Musicians from the community will also provide string and vocal music for the service. Judy Boroughs, from Jackson Springs Presbyterian Church, will deliver the Thanksgiving message this year.

Worshippers are asked to bring non-perishable foods as a “thanks offering,” to be donated to the Food Pantry at the West End Methodist Church, which provides food for local families.

Sandy Grove

Sandy Grove Bible Church of God will hear special speaker Apostle Shirley Robinson, of Lumberton, at the 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.

On Dec. 1, a Christmas program will be held at 3 p.m. at the church, which is located at 158 Sellars St., Vass.

Revival

Community Friends Church, 3879 U.S. 15-501, Carthage will hold revival Nov. 21-23 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 24, at 10:30 a.m., featuring Evangelist Kenny Greenway. Luncheon will be held after the Sunday morning service.

For information, call (910) 585-0655.

GriefShare Programs

Surviving the Holidays

Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst presents “Surviving the Holidays,” a special two-hour GriefShare program for those who are grieving the death of a loved one.

The holidays are times when families and friends come together to celebrate. But those same holidays bring the painful emotions of grief and make the joy of being with others even more challenging than usual. Trying to “put on a happy face” seems almost impossible in the face of grieving our loved one’s death.

You are invited to join the GriefShare program facilitators for “Surviving the Holidays” on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Fannie B. Gray Parlor in the main church at 125 Kelly Road in Pinehurst. All who are grieving the death of a loved one are invited. This is an open community event, and you do not need to attend the church to participate.

The afternoon will include a special GriefShare DVD presentation followed by open conversation and insights by those who facilitate GriefShare. Light refreshments will be provided as we gather to share in the discussion.

Community Presbyterian Church will present a special program titled “Loss of a Spouse,” on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Fannie B. Gray Parlor in the main church at 125 Kelly Road in Pinehurst. This program is designed specifically for those who are grieving the death of their spouse. With trained facilitators of the GriefShare program, the session will include some insightful thoughts of professional grief counselors as well as those who have had personal experience in the death of their spouse offered through a well-designed video produced by GriefShare and small group discussion led by GriefShare facilitators.

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

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

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

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

Anniversary

Stone Chapel will be honoring and celebrating Overseer William Russell and Apostle Carolyn Russell for another year of faithful service. Services will be held Nov. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. nightly and will conclude Sunday, Nov. 10, at 11:45 a.m. The church is located at 2236 U.S. 15-501 N. in Carthage.

West End Presbyterian

On Sept. 14, 220 volunteers from West End Presbyterian Church and partner churches Chapel in the Pines, Seven Lakes Baptist Church and West End United Methodist Church as well as others from the community came together to package 55,080 meals at the Rise Against Hunger event. This response and result indicate a caring community giving time in an effort to end worldwide hunger.

“Many thanks for the leadership of Mac Clark, who organized the event, and all who contributed that morning, including Chisholm Electric in West End for meeting the power requirements that are needed for this event as they have in the past,” says a spokesman.

A report was recently received from Rise Against Hunger announcing that the meals packaged here were part of a shipping container holding 285,120 meals sent to Madagascar to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency there. This organization nourishes lives through food assistance and other services in Madagascar. Featured in the notice was a picture of a 12 year old boy sharing his gratitude in these words: “Now that I benefit from the Rise Against Hunger meals, I eat lunch at school and no longer feel hungry during classes. Eating meals at school is also joyful because I can sit with my friends and talk about funny things while eating.”

The report also noted that since 2005, volunteers have helped in the distribution of over 455 million meals worldwide. West End Presbyterian Church has sponsored this event since 2012 supported by local partner churches. The contributions from the local West End/Seven Lakes area now total 399,280 meals.

Piney Grove

The Calvary Gospel Singers will celebrate their anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Piney Grove Church, in the Windblow community of Ellerbe.

Vass UMC

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

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

White Elephant Sale

Looking for a bargain? Chances are you will find it at the annual White Elephant Sale to be held at Sacred Heart Church, Pinehurst. The pre-sale is Friday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. The sale and raffle will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will be in Founders Hall, next to the church, located at N.C. 211 and Dundee Road, Pinehurst.

Purchase of a raffle ticket, available at the door, is required for admission to the pre-sale. The raffle will take place at the close of the sale on Saturday. A single raffle ticket costs $2. Or, you can buy six for $10. Grand prize is $500 with many other prizes to be awarded.

Sponsored by the Women of Sacred Heart and the Knights of Columbus, this event raises funds to support charitable organizations in Moore County while providing shoppers with the opportunity to purchase gently used goods at reasonable prices.

For more information on the sale, visit the parish website, sacredheart
pinehurst.org.

West End UMC

The United Methodist Men of West End UMC will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the fellowship hall to enjoy a home-cooked breakfast and time of fellowship. A brief devotional and discussion of upcoming projects will follow.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m., West End UMC will offer the opportunity to watch “Financial Peace Live.” A potluck meal will be served, and childcare is available. Call David or Brooke Bowman at (910) 690-9934 for information.

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

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

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

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.

The week of Thanksgiving, the Soup Kitchen will be open Monday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as usual, but will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 26. A free Thanksgiving meal will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

“We will begin the season of Advent with ‘Hanging of the Greens’ during 11 a.m. worship  on Sunday, Dec. 1,” says the Rev. Mamie Alley. “This special service includes many familiar hymns sung by the congregation as the sanctuary is decorated for Advent. All are welcome.”

The Children’s Christmas Program will be offered in 11 a.m. worship on Sunday, Dec. 22, and all are invited to join members for Christmas caroling at 5 p.m. that afternoon.

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.

Carthage UMC

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

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

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

The Giving Tree Ministry this month is collecting for the Carthage Food Pantry as it prepares for Thanksgiving.

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.

Pinehurst UCC

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Congregational Church of Pinehurst will gather for worship at 10 a.m. Scripture readings for the week are Psalm 63:1-8 and John 12:20-25. As the church continues its stewardship theme of “Potluck!”, Pastor Terry Yasuko Ogawa will preach a sermon titled “Setting Some Aside.” The service will also include a celebration of new members joining. Finally, in honor of Veterans Day, there will be special prayers of healing and dignity for all veterans who are suffering the injuries of war.

Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments will be served in the Hearth Room immediately following the service.

A series of potluck suppers are being hosted by church members throughout October and November. Anne and Richard Agnew hosted the first — a spirited, fun evening. Check the sign-up rosters posted in the Hearth Room and add your name for one of the remaining dates — Nov. 7, 13 and 19. Or RSVP to Katherine Stevenson at stevenson@nc.rr.com.

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

This Sunday in worship will be the final day of the 2020 stewardship season, with its theme of “Gather, Grow, Give, Go!” “We’ll spend our time exploring how to differentiate between what is the ‘small stuff’ that we shouldn’t sweat over and what is the God ordained ‘big stuff’ that should consume our time, talents and treasure,” says the Rev. Paul James, pastor of Chapel in the Pines. “This will lead us to worship on Nov. 17, Pledge Sunday, when we will recommit ourselves to the ministries of the Chapel and to being faithful disciples of Christ.”

The Lunch Bunch is an outreach ministry of the Chapel for single seniors in our community to share a meal together and enjoy a variety of informative programs. The Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at noon. Make a reservation by calling the Chapel office at (910) 400-5188.

The Gathering scheduled for this month will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel fellowship hall. “We will enjoy a covered dish meal and the informal worship service that follows will be our seasonal celebration of Thanksgiving, showing our gratitude for all God’s blessings,” says the pastor.

The Chapel in the Pines will host a benefit for Matt Northcutt Saturday, Nov. 16, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., with all monies raised going to assist with Matt’s medical bills and expenses. Matt is a former fireman and EMT in the Seven Lakes community and is suffering with ALS. The benefit will include a barbecue lunch, a classic car cruise-in, a raffle, a silent auction and music will be provided by The McKenzie Brothers Band. More information can be found on the Chapel website, 7lakeschapel.com.

The Seven Lakes Community Choir continues its practice for the annual Christmas Cantata each Wednesday at 6 p.m. 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 sevenlakessings.org.

The Chapel Senior High Youth Group meets each Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. for fun, fellowship, and discussions that help maturing high schoolers grow in their faith. If you would like to be a part of this welcoming and inclusive group of young people just give Sherry a call at (910) 400-5188.

The Chapel in the Pines is located at 581 Seven Lakes Drive in West End. For more information call (910) 400-5188, email citp10@7lakeschapel.com or visit http:// 7lakeschapel.com.

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.

On Sunday, Nov. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans and s’mores at a free event that includes activities for the kids! There will be a pie contest and caramel apple making. Event starts after the worship service ends. Volunteers are needed!

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.

Christian Science

“Adam and Fallen Man” is the subject of the Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon for Sunday, Nov. 10. 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.

First Presbyterian, Carthage

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

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

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

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

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

S.P. UMC

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.

“Prayers for the SoPines UMC Youth group and their annual trip to Pilgrimage for safe travels and for open hearts as they convene with other youth in fellowship,” says a spokesman.

Angel Tree Selection Sunday is here! Sunday, Nov. 10th, and Nov. 17th, following both worship services, “Angel” selection will happen! This is a long-standing Christmas tradition of giving! This year the church is sponsoring 20 families of three, three families of five, and 30 “at-risk” high school students. For the past two years, almost all of the angels were chosen after first Selection Sunday’s early worship service! More details can be found on Facebook/@SoPinesUMCAngelTree or the website.

Monday, Nov. 18, the church is hosting a RedCross Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments can be made online through the church website events page.

Children’s choir rehearsal is Sunday afternoons for ages 4 years to fifth grade at 3:45 p.m. If you are interested in joining any part of the music ministry, contact the director of choirs, David Smith. Sunday Night Live follows at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for ages 3 to fifth grade. Youth group starts at 5:30 p.m. for students 6th-12th grade.

The church’s music ministry is in full fall swing. Wednesday night rehearsals begin at 6 p.m. with handbells, 6:45 p.m. is Christmas Cantata rehearsals, Chancel Choir follows at 7:15 p.m., and ends with Praise Band rehearsals at 8 p.m.

Beginning at the end of November will be a church-wide study about Advent called “The Gift of the Nutcracker” during the Sunday School hour for all ages. Weekly sermons will be based on this study with discussion questions for all groups meeting in December. Worship sermons and discussion questions not only for this but also for the last sermon series can be found on the website media page.

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

St. Mary Magdalene’s Fall Golf Tournament, to be held at Foxfire Golf & Country Club is open for registration through Monday, Nov. 11. “Please consider building a team and come enjoy an afternoon of golf and camaraderie,” says a spokesman.

The cost of $65 includes green fees and cart, a buffet of pizza, wings, salad dessert and beer. For Active military the cost is $55. There are foursome prizes of rounds of golf at local golf courses, gift certificates for “Closest to the Pin,” and items to be raffled. The net proceeds will be distributed among local military organizations such as Vietnam Veterans and Military in Action. For more information (or if you have less than four persons in your group) contact Bob Rinaldi at brinaldi1614@gmail.com. He will also sign up those who wish to sponsor a hole.

“We are grateful to all our sponsors who participate in such a worthwhile cause,” Rinaldi says. “You will be provided with a picture of your golf hole sponsorship and included in our local newspaper advertising. Please join us for an enjoyable game of golf and give support to a worthy cause.”

Plans for the annual Merry Market are well underway. Held at the church on Saturday, Nov. 23, the Merry Market is a venue for artisans and crafters to sell their wares. Along with familiar faces, there will be new vendors including a metal worker. The fair is from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. There are still a few table available to vendors. The cost is $20 per table.

“The Merry Market is good place to kick-off your holiday shopping,” says a spokesman.

For more details contact Julia at (910) 673-0425 or julia205@live.com.

“Coffee & Contemplation,” is suspended until after Thanksgiving.

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

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

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 or visit www.stpaulinthepines.com.

UUCS

Guest minister the Rev. F. Nelson Stover visits the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, with his message, “Why Us?” This sermon will highlight the unique characteristics of a smaller congregation of religious liberals  When a liberal and open-minded approach is taken to traditional religious wisdom, past spiritual understandings have the possibility of empowering contemporary living.  When individuals take seriously their deep relationship with each other, the world can see an embodiment of compassion in action. 

Stover is involved in ecologically friendly activities in Greensboro (working with a non-profit called Emerging Ecology). He is associated with N,C, Interfaith Power and Light statewide and conducts worship services twice a month at the Downtown UU Church in Greensboro.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

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.

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount continues to be the focus of Pinehurst UMC’s Senior Pastor David Beam and Associate Pastor Sarah Swandell in their November sermon series. The pastors invite anyone “new” to Pinehurst UMC and/or Moore County to join them for coffee at 10:40 am or at noon to meet fellow visitors, learn about Pinehurst UMC, and to ask them anything you’ve been curious about. The meetings will be held in room 114-C.

On Sunday, Nov. 24, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Pinehurst UMC welcomes everyone in the community to an evening of fellowship and fun followed by a free dinner. A church spokesperson says: “At 4 pm, everyone gets busy making Christmas ornaments and Advent wreaths — some for you to bring home, others for our youth to use to spread joy throughout our community this December by sharing them with residents in assisted living facilities. Then, at 5:15 pm, everyone is invited to enjoy a meal together.” RSVP to the church office at (910) 215-4559.

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

All individuals (school-aged and older) seeking renewed meaning in their lives are welcomed to Pinehurst UMC, which offers on-going 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

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.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, the Women of the Church will hold their annual Thank Offering Luncheon in the Fellowship Hall, following the morning Worship service. For more information on this, call the church office.

We are accepting donations for school supplies for Aberdeen Primary School: No. 2 pencils, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, dry erase markers, pocket folders, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, ziplock bags (gallon/quart), disinfecting wipes, Lysol spray. There will be donation boxes located in the narthex and fellowship hall. They will be collected and delivered by the end of the month. Please consider donating some of these supplies to make sure all of our school children have what they need for a great school year.
If you have items you would like to donate to our  Youth Auction, please call the church office. 

Bethesda is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day meal on Nov. 25. Lunch will be served at the noon hour. This meal is open to everyone, especially those in need or someone who would like some company to share their meal with on this day. If you would like to volunteer to help at this meal, please call the church office and they can give you more information.

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

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

The Children’s Ministry has a fall program to explore the life and ministry of Jesus. Using stories and activities the study will address the culture of Bible times and where this ministry took place. For pre-school to 5th grade contact jpitts@communitypres.com.

Youth Fellowship meets most Sundays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Youth Loft for middle and high school students. Presbytery Senior High Retreat is scheduled Nov. 16-17 at Camp Kirkwood for all ninth- through 12th-graders. The cost is $60 per person. Submit information and permission forms as soon as possible to mvernon@communitypres.com.

“Learn About Labyrinths” Thursday, Nov. 21, at 3:30 p.m. at Everette House with Mary Ellen Vernon. A large Labyrinth canvas will be available for

the Advent season as a tool for prayer.

Operation Christmas Child Nov. 18-25 asks folks to fill shoeboxes for children around the world with small items and prayers. The goal for this year is 225 boxes.

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

GriefShare presents “Surviving the Holidays” for those in grief Saturday, Nov. 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. This is an open community event that will include a DVD, conversation and insights with facilitators in a confidential and comforting environment with God’s love and prayer. RSVP to the church office.

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.

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

The Village Chapel

“Join us for food, fellowship, and an informative presentation by Vivian R. Jacobson, “Chagall and Israel - The Spiritual Legacy,” at our Break Night at The Village Chapel, Wednesday, Nov. 6,” says a spokesman.

Vivian Jacobson was honored to work closely with Chagall on major international projects during the last 11 years of his life. In 2001, she was appointed a speaker on Marc Chagall for the North Carolina Humanities Council Forum in conjunction with the National Endowment of the Arts.

The grant was extended through 2018. She has lectured for art groups, museums, churches, synagogues, colleges and schools nationally as well as in Europe and Israel. Those with

prior reservations for the dinner ($8) are reminded that it begins at 5:45 p.m. The presentation, which is free, will be held form 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

At Break Night on Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Rev. Paul Murphy, Senior Pastor of Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church of Southern Pines, will be the featured speaker. The evening begins with a meal ($8) by reservation (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, Nov. 11.

Parents' Night IN at The Village Chapel will be Friday, Nov. 15, as Pastor Ashley Smith leads a discipleship and relationship building ministry for young adults and parents of the Chapel and surrounding community. The ministry runs congruently with Parents' Night OUT, led by Pastor Vickie, which meets from 6 to 8 p.m. in Chapel Hall. The young adults and parents meet at the Care Cottage (55 Community Rd., Pinehurst) from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“You are encouraged to bring a covered dish and/or a dessert to share with everyone; beverages will be provided,” says a spokesman. “The parents with children (Nursery to 5th Grade) are encouraged to drop off their students in Chapel Hall by 6 p.m. before arriving at the Care Cottage. Parents with youth (6th-12th grade) are encouraged to consider allowing your student(s) to serve as volunteers to help Pastor Vickie Smith.”

This ministry is offered monthly on days and times that are sensitive to the needs and availability of young adults and parents. The group will first cover “Spiritual Gifts” (which includes a spiritual gift assessment), before moving into various discipleship curricula focusing on Bible study, marriage, and parenting. For more information or questions, contact Ashley Smith at ashleyneilsmith@aol.com or (910) 992-8308.

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 pj.soler@hotmail.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 Presbyterian

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

“If you are looking for a church home, we welcome you to visit,” says a spokesman. “If you are interested in more information, contact Marilyn Baxter, director of Member Ministries at (910) 692-6252 or members@brownsonchurch.org. The next Member Discovery Class will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13.”

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. Parking is available behind the church. Proceeds benefit scholarships and missions. There will be high quality hand-made items, along with holiday gifts, food decorations, themed baskets and more.

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 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.

Father’s House

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

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

Christ Church Anglican

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

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

FBC Pinehurst

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

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

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

First Baptist, S.P.

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, call (910) 692-8750 or visit www.fbcsp.org.

Ives Memorial

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

“Please take a moment to RSVP so we can be sure to have enough food,” says a spokesman. “You can call or sign up online at 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 on any of St. John Baptist’s services or upcoming events, call (910) 944-7895.

Bible Study

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

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

For more information and to register, visit bsfinternational.org or email pinehurstsdg@gmail.com. Registration can also be completed in class.

Community Bible Study

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

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

The registration fee is $35 per adult and $10 per child; scholarships are available as needed. For questions and more information, email cbssecretary@yahoo.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, not-for-profit, nondenominational ministry.

For further information, contact Ken Owen at john831ministries@gmail.com or call him at (910) 639-0198.

Cross Talk

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

Gospel Show

Rose Highland-Sharpe Gospel Show- Radio/TV is a community service and airs 24 hours a day on the Rose Highland- Sharpe YouTube Channel. If you’d like to be a guest, share your music, or provide community or church announcements, contact her at rose sharpe37@gmail.com, or leave a voicemail or text at (910) 528-0718.

Service

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

Caregiver Support

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

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

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

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

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