Organ Spooktacular Concert

On Friday, Oct. 18, at noon, the Fayetteville-Sandhills Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will host an Organ Spooktacular Concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines as part of the parish’s Bach’s Lunch Recital Series. 

The concert will feature six of the area’s finest sacred musicians, offering music in celebration of Halloween. Dr. Homer A. Ferguson III, organist and choirmaster of Emmanuel, will open the concert with a performance of the famous “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor,” by Johann Sebastian Bach on the C.B. Fisk pipe organ. 

Dr. Monica Sparzak will perform the “Quick Fix Toccata,” by Dr. Carol Williams and “Ayre for the Dance,” by Winston-Salem composer Dan Locklair. 

Stephen Gourley, organist and choirmaster at The Village Chapel, Pinehurst, will perform the brooding “Te Deum,” by Charles Tournemire as transcribed by Maurice Duruflé. 

Pianist Cathy Wilson will perform the “Funeral March from Sonata No. 2 in B-flat,” by Chopin on the 2014 Steinway B piano and Andrew Sanchez will offer an arrangement of “Sally’s Song,” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Organist Connor Larson will play one of the “little” preludes and fugues attributed to Bach and there will be a few additional surprises along the way. Attendees are welcome to dress in costume.

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 large selection of furniture, jewelry, lawn and garden, tools, holiday decorations, small appliances, linens, sport equipment, baby items, toys and more will be offered at reasonable prices. An assortment of home baked goods, jams jellies and preserves will also be available for purchase.

A single raffle ticket costs $2. Or, you can buy 6 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 web site at sacredheartpinehurst.org.

Homecoming

Summer Hill Baptist Church of Carthage will celebrate its 90th homecoming Sunday, Oct. 20, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Egbert Craven will be the guest speaker.

Marley Family Gospel Sing

Robbins First Wesleyan Church will hold a free old-time gospel singing hosted by the Ben Marley Family Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. “Anyone is welcome to come and sing,” says a spokesman.

The corner of N.C. 705 and Moore Street in Robbins.

Bluegrass Church

Middle Cross Baptist Church will hold the monthly Bluegrass Church Thursday, Oct. 17, beginning with hot dogs at 5:30 p.m., with singing by Little Bit of Grace beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wayne O’Quinn will be the special speaker. For information, contact Doug McKenzie at (910) 215-7170.

West End Presbyterian

The annual Trunk or Treat, organized by middle and high school youth for the children of the church and community, is planned for Sunday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m.

Church members and others volunteer to decorate the trunks of their cars in a Halloween theme and bring candy to pass out to the children in the parking area near the Crawford Center. Others help by donating extra candy for this event.The youth also plan activities and games for the children.

The deacons assist by preparing a light supper for the participants. A goodwill offering to benefit the Youth Fund will be taken. These funds are used to offset expenses of conferences and mission trips.

The children from the church are encouraged to invite their friends and neighbors.

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

Piney Grove

Piney Grove Church, in the Windblow community, Ellerbe, celebrates its annual Family and Friends Day at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

The Calvary Gospel Singers will celebrate their anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.

Vass UMC

The congregation of Vass United Methodist Church will host a rummage sale Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Among the items for sale will be household items, seasonal decorations, books, DVDs, homemade jams and jellies, and baked goods. Hot dogs and beverages will be available.

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.

Gospel Singing

Harmony Baptist Church will host a gospel singing Sunday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. featuring The Pioneers, located at 3624 N.C. 73, West End. Call (910) 639-3256.

West End UMC

West End UMC will hold trunk or treat at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27,. The Disney film “Coco” will be shown. All children and youth are invited to attend and wear their Halloween costumes. Hot dogs, chips and other refreshments will be served.

Youth group meets at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. For more information contact Matthew Peele, youth director at mrpeele0321@gmail.com or (910) 709-3207.

Bread of Life Ministry meets each Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This ministry is for seniors and provides a home-cooked meal at $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.

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. 

K.I.D.'s Club (Kids In Discipleship) meets on Sunday afternoons from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for children ages 3 years old through fifth grade. “Their time together includes Bible Stories, crafts, music, snack, fellowship, and fun,” says a spokesman. 

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 Trunk or Treat & Fall Festival will be offered on Sunday, Oct. 27. Trunk or Treat will be available from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and Fall Festival (including a hayride and a variety of booths) will be available from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

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.

‘Surviving the Holidays’

First Presbyterian Church, Carthage, will hold a one-time, two-hour program called, “Surviving the Holidays,” Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. This program includes a student guide, DVD of 40 minutes, and a discussion after the video.  

The study guide articles and video include real-life stories to help participants learn how to reduce stress, minimize loneliness, and navigate the holiday season.”

First Presbyterian Church, Carthage, is located at 110 S. Ray St., Carthage

For questions or to preregister, call (910) 949-6549 and ask for Bill or Doris, who are facilitating the program, or call (910) 947-2924, at the church, and ask for Shelley or Rick. 

Anniversary

Greater Harvest House of Prayer Ministries, 760 Midway Road, Aberdeen, will celebrate its 14th church anniversary Oct. 30-Nov. 3.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., the speaker will be Bishop Larry Sanders, of Shady Grove Holiness Church; on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m., Eldress Louise Kiniel, of Synagogue of Christ Church, will be the featured speaker; Bishop Norris Mills, of Mount Moriah Holiness Church, is the speaker at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1; and Elder Mitchell Baker, of New Jerusalem Church, speaks at 4 p.m.

The host pastor is Elder Walter Thomas.

Community Bible Study

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

The 2019-20 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.

“We welcome new class members throughout the class year (September to May),” says a spokesman. 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.

St. Anthony of Padua

The Hispanic community of St. Anthony of Padua invites you to their autumn festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds. There will be food and fun for the whole family. 

The church is located at 160 El Vermont Ave., Southern Pines.

Pickin’ and Preachin’

There will be a special service featuring Cross Connected Ministries’ Pastor and Evangelist Ron Freeland Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1323 South Carbonton Road, Sanford. There will be live worship music and a free pig picking The event, which begins at 3 p.m., is hosted by the Mashburns.

“Bring a lawn chair,” says a spokesman.

For information, call Freeland at (910) 366-9812.

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.

Sandy Grove

Sandy Grove Bible Church of God will host Pastor Carl Thompson at 7 p.m. Oct. 18.

On Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Douglass Community Center, in Southern Pines, there will be an appreciation service for Pastor Elwood Hooker.

The church is located at 158 Sellar St., Vass.

Plate Sale

The Sisterhood of Stone Chapel will be having a fish and chicken plate sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 11 a.m. Plates are $8 each and will include two sides, bread, dessert and a drink.

The church is located at 2236 U.S. 15-501 N in Carthage.

Carthage UMC

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

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

There will be a Bible and faith-based book study Tuesdays, at 11 a.m. 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.

The Giving Tree Ministry is collecting items this month to send to our college students and deployed military. In addition, funds and tools are being collected to support Pinckney School students and Habitat for Humanity as together they build a home in Carthage during the school year.

Carthage UMC is the home base of the local Girl Scout Troop, which meets at 6 p.m. Thursdays in the Sinclair House. Call the office for more information.

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

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Baptist Church will hold a Fall Fun Fest Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a bonfire, food, games, fun and candy.

“Please, no scary costumes,” says a spokesman.

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

Fall GriefShare

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

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

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

Pinehurst UCC

On Sunday, Oct. 20, the 10 a.m. worship service at Congregational Church of Pinehurst will include the baptism of Evelyn Hively. The Rev. Terry Yasuko Ogawa will lead the service and preach her message titled “From Childhood.” The week’s scripture readings are from Genesis 32:22-31 and 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5.

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

All-Church Clean-Up Day is Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Don Harnum is in charge and says, “Come one, come all, to help wash windows, straighten shelves, tidy the sanctuary, gather pinecones and haul away dead tree limbs. We all see different things, so if you have a job that you think needs doing or are willing to be a lead for a team like kitchen clean-up, pinecone scuttling, or cobweb eradication, please email harnumdj@gmail.com.

Inquirers’ classes, with soup and bread lunch, will be offered for three consecutive Sundays, starting Oct. 20. Those considering membership at CCP or simply interested in learning more about this church are encouraged to participate. The sessions will take place in the sanctuary after worship and be led by the pastor. A new members joining celebration will take place during worship on Sunday, Nov. 10. Those who want to join, should plan to attend all three classes. Questions? Contact the pastor at (910) 295-2243 or pastor.pinehurstcongregational@gmail.com.

Halloween is almost here, which means that planning for The Garden Montessori School’s annual Family Halloween Picnic is well underway. CCP’s Worship and Education Team will be hosting another trunk or treat for the gathering, noon on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Decorate your car’s trunk for Halloween and join the fun.

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.

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 imbc worship.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.

Chapel in the Pines

In worship this Sunday, Pastor Paul James will complete a series of six sermons on the parables of Jesus by exploring new insights into the “Parable of the Widow and the Judge.” This small group study meets on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

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 sevenlakes sings.org.

Movie Night at the Chapel is free and open to everyone in the community. This month’s movie is “At Eternity’s Gates,” a biographical drama about the final years of Vincent van Gogh’s life and will be shown on Friday evening, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m.

The Gathering is the Chapel’s monthly alternative worship experience that is relaxed and informal and welcoming to all. In October, The Gathering will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m., on the grounds of the Seven Lakes Cemetery. “We will celebrate the beauty of God’s creation as we experience the change of seasons that lead us to All Hallow’s Eve,” says a spokesman. “Come and stay for the bonfire and the hayrides!”

The second edition of the church newsletter, Chapel Chimes, is now available to be read on the website 7lakeschapel.com.

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 part of this welcoming and inclusive group of young people, call Sherry 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.

Trunk or Treat will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. This free event, which is held rain or shine, offers food, fun, candy and costumes.

Sunday Funday Oktoberfest will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. There will be German food, music, a beer garden, contests and activities for adults and children. Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and up; 12 and under admitted free. Tickets may be purchased Sundays after worship. A limited number of tickets will be available at the event. To purchase other days, call the church at (910) 692-2662 or stop by the welcome center.

Our Saviour Lutheran Church will be sponsoring “Mahjongg Mania” on Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. Call or email Rita Cioppi at RandClar1225@nc.rr.com or (910) 684-8741 for details.

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

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

Christian Science

“Doctrine of Atonement” is the subject of the Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon for Sunday, Oct. 20. 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 Baptist, S.P.

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

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

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

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

For more information about fall adult small groups, visit www.fbcsp.org.

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

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.

Harvest of Love began Oct. 13. Bags with the items list will be available in the Narthex. An item list is also available on the website. All bags help support the food pantry distribution held every Monday at 10 a.m. in the lower parking lot of the church.

The church is a supporter of the Family Promise of Moore County house. Oct. 30-31 is the church's night to host, and volunteers are needed. “You could make a meal, be an evening host, or an overnight host,” says a spokesman. Contact Yvonne Peterson to volunteer.

The final Fun Friday of the year takes place Oct. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. This is open for ages 6 months to fifth grade at a cost of $5 per children. You must be registered (or cancel by Oct. 22). Register through Facebook or singupgenuis.com.

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

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. 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.

A trunk or treat will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, there will be a special reformation service at 6 p.m.

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

UUCS

 Lay-leader Brenda Murphy will offer her presentation of “A Service of Readings, Songs, and Reflections” Sunday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills.

Childcare is available at each service, and the Religious Education program is offering a service project to participants. The Book Discussion Group will meet at 11:20 a.m. on Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy.”

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.

Pinehurst UMC

This Sunday, Pinehurst UMC’s Senior Pastor David Beam and Associate Pastor Sarah Swandell continue their sermon series, “Forgiveness!”

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.

A spokesperson for The Connections Band invites you to “come to Pinehurst UMC’s popular contemporary Connections service to experience traditional mainstream Protestant values in an altogether different, stirring way, whether you choose to raise a joyful voice by singing along with each week’s featured songs or prefer to just absorb the music, the moment, the message, and the fellowship.”

Practices for the annual Pinehurst UMC Christmas concert are underway. All music enthusiasts are welcome to join the worship choir to practice for the two concert performances on Dec. 7-8. According to a church spokesperson, “This has become a wonderful tradition each December for the Worship Choir and full orchestra. Not only are those who attend blessed, but our singers are deeply enriched, too.”  Wednesday concert rehearsals take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Part predominant rehearsal tracks will be available. Contact the church at (910) 215-4559.

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

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.

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

Our Bring A Friend Bible Study based on the book, “The Early Christian Letters for Everyone,” by N.T. Wright, continues, with three different opportunities each week to take part in this Bible study. On Oct. 16, the group meets at Panera Bread at 7 p.m.  On Oct. 17, the meeting place is  Gracious Living Retirement Community in Southern Pines. The meeting will be from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m in the third floor Chapel. On Sunday, Oct. 20, during normal Sunday School hour of 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., attend the study in the Parlor on the first floor of the Sunday School building. We encourage everyone to bring a friend to any and all sessions. Books are available and you can get one by calling the church office (910-944-1319)  and speaking to the Rev. Sue Hudson.

Bethesda’s Evangelism Committee is excited to offer a new outreach program for college students, ages 18-25. “We aim to offer a sense of belonging and spirituality to our young adult/student population,” says a spokesman. “Our new College Ministry Group looks forward to hanging out together, studying Scripture, discussing real-life issues from a Biblical perspective, and finding ways to give back to our community. We plan to meet for lunch every Wednesday in October at 12:15. We’ll also meet occasionally on the weekends.”

Weekday lunch locations and weekend meetings are yet to be determined, so contact Samantha Cunningham at (910) 691-4007 to receive updates. 

The Men of the Church will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. Tim Price, the new director of Moore Buddies will be the guest speaker. Vall the church office if you would like to come and hear Tim Price speak on this wonderful organization.

The Sunshine Group will travel to Bear Creek, and visit the Southern Supreme store on Friday, Oct. 25. The group will leave from the church at 9 a.m. and should arrive at the Southern Supreme store around 10 a.m. The store is famous for its fruit cakes, but also sell a variety of candies, jellies, baked goods and more. The group will head home around 11:30 a.m. and will stop at the Thai Orchid in Aberdeen for lunch. Call the church office if you would like to attend this outing with the Sunshine Group.

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.


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 is 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 preschool to fifth 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 12-graders. The cost is $60 per person. Submit information and permission forms as soon as possible to mvernon@communitypres.com.

“Letters to the Church: Then and Now” continues through Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 with Pastor Rod Stone.

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

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

The Village Chapel

At Break Night on Wednesday, Oct. 16, Pastor John Jacobs will provide a photographic presentation on C.S. Lewis in Oxford and Cambridge.Those with prior reservations for the dinner ($8) are reminded that it begins 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.

At Break Night on Wednesday, Oct. 23, Gene Liechty, educational consultant for classical Christian schools, will be speaking on educational concerns for Christian children and youth in America. The evening begins with a meal ($8) by reservation (call the church office) 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, Oct. 21.

The Village Chapel Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat is Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. Come out for an evening of fun, games, bouncy house, food, and trunk or treating for the whole family.

The next Parents’ Night IN will be held Friday, Nov. 15. Pastor Ashley Smith will lead a discipleship and relationship-building ministry for young adults and parents of the Chapel and surrounding community called “Parents’ Night IN.” The ministry will run 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 will meet at the Care Cottage (55 Community Road, 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 fifth grade) are encouraged to drop off their students in Chapel Hall by 6 p.m. before arriving at the Care Cottage. Parents with youth (grades 6 to 12) are encouraged to consider allowing your student(s) to serve as volunteers to help Pastor Vickie.

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

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

The Village Chapel live streams its 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services each Sunday, as well as select special services and concerts throughout the year. Links to live streams are posted on The Chapel’s Facebook page: 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. We have vibrant youth programs for all ages and we serve all generations. Brownson also offers a full-service nursery.

For more information, visit us on the web at brownsonchurch.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, meets Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Christian Faith Yoga meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in Fellowship Hall from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. using mats and 10:15-11:15 for chair yoga. Classes strengthen your core in faith and body while enjoying a fun time of fellowship, Classes are led by Lynda-Lea Goodall, a certified Christian Yoga instructor. All ages are welcome and beginners are encouraged. Suggested donation: $5 per class.

All are welcome to join us for Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 3-5 p.m. in the Massachusetts Street lot. Fun games and lots of candy will greet your children for safe and fun way to trick or treat.

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.

St. Mary Magdalene

In November, St. Mary Magdalene will hold its semiannual golf tournament at Foxfire Golf and Country Club on Nov. 17. Net proceeds will go to our local military organizations. The cost is $65 per person, $55 for active military personnel. This cost includes green fees and cart, buffet and beer. Sign-in at noon for mulligans, raffle and snacks, with a scramble format and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Following completion of the golf, pizza, wings, salad, dessert and beer will be served and prizes awarded.

Sign-up sheets are available from Bob Rinaldi. For more information (or if you have less than four persons in your group), contact Bob at brinaldi1614@gmail.com. Checks should be made payable to St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church and received no later than Nov. 4.

Don’t play golf? Ask Bob about sponsoring a hole for $50 and have your business/name in our post play ad/announcement.

Last week we were calling all crafters to participate in our Merry Market, held each year the Saturday before Thanksgiving, this year Nov. 23. It’s not too late to rent a table for $20. Just call Julia at (910) 673-0425.

“We continue our spiritual conversations after our Sunday service during ‘Coffee and Contemplation,’” says a spokesman. “Currently we are discussing Max Lucado’s ‘Anxious for Nothing.’”

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.

Culdee Presbyterian

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

On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Culdee Presbyterian Church will hold its trunk or treat.

“In addition to the trunk or treat, there will be fun activities for the children and a yummy hot dog and chips dinner,” says a spokesman.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

First Baptist, Carthage

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

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

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

Vass UMC

Vass United Methodist Church is located at 111 Alma St. in Vass, across the street from the Rescue Squad and Fire Department on N.C. 690. The church offers a traditional worship service each Sunday at 11 a.m. A nursery and children’s church are provided during the worship service.

Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. The popular “your choice” hymn singing begins at 10:45 a.m. on the fourth Sunday each month.

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.

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