Jazz Pianist Remembered

A program to celebrate the life of Court Stewart will be held in the Parish Hall of Emmanuel Episcopal Church Sunday, Sept. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Stewart, who died Jan. 13, was a talented jazz pianist who accompanied several jazz ensembles in central and eastern North Carolina and beyond. He also taught piano privately and at Sandhills Community College. Stewart was also a piano tuner-technician.

In his memory, fellow musicians who often performed with Stewart will play many of his favorite songs.

The Tom Bernett Swing Street Little Big Band, a group of 10 musicians including Paul Murphy, piano; Rob Hill, trumpet; Chris Dunn, trumpet; Chris Shaw, trombone; Terry Blalock, also sax; Mark Epstein, baritone sax; Miles Griffiths, tenor sax; Larry Arnold, bass; Winslow Stillman, guitar; and Tom Bernett, drums/vocal, will play.

The Bach's Lunch Quintet with Jonathan Markow, piano; John Hatcher, sax and harmonica; Rick Wolff, bass; Tim Haley, drums; and Meghan Causey, vocals, will also perform. Mark Benard, vocalist, will sing with Stan Benard accompanying.

Other groups will be The Jazz Kings with Bob Henderson, piano;  Jim Gaddy, drums; John Hatcher, sax; and Dan Jordan, bass.

The Fred Brush and Lynn Nelson duo will also perform.

Dr. Homer Ferguson, organist and choirmaster of Emmanuel will serve as master of ceremonies.

Several members of Stewart’s family from Christianburg, Va., are planning to attend.

Those who wish to donate toward restoration of Emmanuel's vintage Chickering piano that will be dedicated in Stewart's memory may do so.

Women’s Day

Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church in Southern Pines will be hosting Women’s Day at the 11 a.m. service Sunday, Sept. 15.

Church Yard Sale

The Women’s Ministry from the First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 217 South Pinehurst St., Aberdeen, will be conducting a yard sale Thursday and Friday, Sept. 12 and Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Proceeds from the yard sale will go toward making and distributing Christmas stockings and other personal gifts for area nursing home residents. Among the many items anticipated for sale will be household items, decorating items, quality name-brand clothing, sports equipment, decorative mirrors, golf bags, decorative baskets, storage baskets, like-new area rugs and many other items.

Family and Friends Day

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

Community Congregational

On Sunday, Sept. 15, Community Congregational Church in Southern Pines will be hosting its sixth annual First Responders Recognition at the 11 a.m. worship service, followed by a luncheon in the Church Fellowship Hall.

“Our church recognizes and appreciates the value of first responders everywhere,” says Pastor Michael Dubbs. “We are all so dependent on these committed citizens within our communities.  Anyone who has had a first hand experience with these individuals knows how important their immediate response is in an emergency situation. We welcome all first responders to join us this Sunday as well as visitors from within our community.” 

Bible study continues at 10 a.m. Tuesday mornings with the study of “God's Crime Scene,” an analysis by former homicide detective J. Warner Wallace, who uses the same techniques employed in the investigation of any crime scene to conclude that in fact the universe was created by the divine hand of God.

Community Congregational Church, The Church of Wide Fellowship, is located at 141 North Bennett St., in Southern Pines.  Sunday worship is held at 9 a.m. (contemporary service) and 11 a.m. (traditional service) each week with Communion on the first Sunday of each month.  For more information, call the church office at (910) 692-8468 or visit our website at http://www.communitycongregational.org

Yard Sale

There will be a yard sale Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1711 Stubby Oaks Drive, in Aberdeen, benefiting the Father’s House Closet in Robbins.

All proceeds will go to buy food for needy families.

McDonalds Chapel

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

The church will host a potluck luncheon afterwards to celebrate his visit.

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

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

Culdee Presbyterian

On Sunday, Sept. 15, Culdee Presbyterian Church will celebrate 133 years of worship. A covered-dish luncheon will follow the 11 a.m. worship service, with revival beginning that evening at 7 p.m. and continuing through that Wednesday with a different minister each night, along with special music.

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

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

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

New Study Course

John 8:31 Ministries announces the beginning of a new study course offered by the Sandhills School of Discipleship, beginning on Sunday night, 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.”

Therefore, these God-given gifts were used to build the early Church, maintain it on a daily basis, and repair things that broke, and these same tools are essential for growing the Church today. Each tool has a specialized purpose, and that purpose enables each individual tool to effectively accomplish the overall purpose of building a healthy dynamic New Testament Church.

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).

For the first meeting on Sept. 8, there will be a casual fellowship dinner to allow everyone to get acquainted. The dinner begins at 6 p.m.

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.

Beaver Creek

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

Volleyball games will be held Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5–26. These are open to church teams and the community. Register now. “We will be accepting donations at the end of the season for upkeep of the volleyball court,” says a spokesman.

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

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

Synagogue of Christ

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

Fall GriefShare

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

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

The Congregational Church of Pinehurst, United Church of Christ celebrates the human spirit by welcoming all to its family of faith. Sunday morning worship begins at 10 a.m. and runs approximately one hour, featuring CCP’s choir directed by Robert Cox. On Sept. 15, Pastor Terry Yasuko Ogawa will lead the service and preach. Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments is served in the Hearth Room immediately following worship.

On Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. the community will gather for a memorial service celebrating the extraordinary life of their friend, Paul Clark. His obituary is posted on the church Facebook page and also available on The Pilot website.

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

West End UMC

The Men at West End United Methodist Church will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the church fellowship hall and enjoy a home-cooked breakfast and a time of fellowship. After breakfast, there is a brief devotional and the men discuss projects to assist both the church and the community. Any man of the church or the community is welcome to attend.

The Youth Group at West End UMC meets on Sundays at 5 p.m. All youth are encouraged to attend and bring a friend. The Youth Ministry program will provide a safe, fun place for youth to experience fellowship, get answers to questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Supper is provided during the meetings.  If you have any questions or want more information contact, Matthew Peele at mrpeele0321@gmail.com or phone (910) 709-3207. 

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

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

Worship services are held at 8:30 and 11 a.m., with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

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

Ives Memorial

Ives Memorial Baptist Church invites the community to eat with members for free on Wednesday nights starting in September. Dinner is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will vary and can be found on the website. “Please take a moment to RSVP so we can be sure to have enough food,” says a spokesman. You can call or sign up online at 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.

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 

Chapel in the Pines

The Adult Chapel Choir of the Chapel in the Pines has returned from its well-deserved summer break and will sing at The Gathering on Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. and for the first time in Sunday morning worship at 9 a.m., Sept. 15.

The Gathering, a monthly, informal worship service, will be on Thursday, Sept. 12, beginning with a hot dog and hamburger picnic at 5:30 p.m. with games for all ages. The worship service to follow will include the celebration of Communion. Everyone is invited to bring a side dish or a dessert to share.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the congregation of the Chapel in the Pines along with other churches in the Seven Lakes area will be participating in Rise Against Hunger hosted by West End Presbyterian Church. We will be packaging 45,000 meals to be sent to those in need. Volunteers are needed and you can sign up on site. There is more information at 7lakeschapel.com.

Pastor Paul James begins a six-week sermon series on the Parables of Jesus on Sunday morning Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. in an exploration of insights into the associated parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son.

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

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

The 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

FBC Pinehurst

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

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

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

Our Saviour Lutheran

Our Saviour Lutheran Church holds worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays in the sanctuary and a more informal worship service on Wednesdays at noon in the chapel. Both worship services include Holy Communion.

“Wednesday has its own unique service, so please come for both,” says a spokesman.

Sunday School starts at 9 a.m. with “J.A.M.: Jesus and Me!” Visit oslcsp.org for more details on Sunday School start times.

“Join us after worship for our first Sunday Funday, Sept.15, in the fellowship hall, immediately following worship, for ‘Back to School: A School Cafeteria Style Lunch and Food Fight,’” says a spokesman. “We will be collecting school supplies for the teachers at lower income schools in our area. A list of most needed supplies will be provided on our Facebook page closer to the event date. Your entry to the event is a donation of school supplies.”

On Wednesday Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Sly Fox Pub, there will be “Bible, Bites and Bevs.” Child care is provided. “Join us for some fellowship, community, Bible study and good food and drinks,” says a spokesman. “Come for the entire event or just part. It’s very casual, but let us know you are coming so we know how many seats to hold.” Visit https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2937474/true#/invitation

Our Saviour Lutheran Church will be sponsoring “Mah Jongg 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.

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.

Christian Science

“Substance” is the subject of the Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon for Sunday, Sept. 15. The Christian Science Society service begins at 10 a.m., and will be held at the Civic Club, 105 S. Ashe St., Southern Pines.

The Society maintains a Reading Room at 173A NE Broad St. in Southern Pines, where there are helpful articles on a range of subjects, reports of healing accomplished through prayer alone, and resources for Bible study.

The Reading Room is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Call (910) 692-7759.

West End Presbyterian

The Women’s Circles will resume their meetings in September in the Hogan Youth Center. They each will be using Presbyterian Women's Horizons Bible Study materials. The Morning Circle has chosen “God's Promise, I Am With You". They meet the first Monday of each month with the exception of September.

The Evening Circle meets on the third Monday at 7:30 p.m. Their study this year is “Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments.” Each month the study focuses on one of the commandments, embracing how these ancient words can contribute to personal restoration as well as how that impacts our communities and worldwide.

The purpose of Presbyterian Women is to nurture faith through prayer and Bible study, supporting missions of the church both locally and worldwide. Both circles fulfill this purpose through dues given toward worldwide neds and locally by supporting youth and other mission projects. Women of the church and the greater community are invited to participate sharing fellowship and study each month.

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

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.

Retreats, mission trips and special events are offered throughout the year.

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. It is the red brick church across from the Carthage post office. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. The contemporary worship service is the first Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. The contemporary service will meet in the Family Life Center. The remaining Sundays at 11 a.m. will be the traditional worship service in the sanctuary. A church nursery is provided. The Rev. Rick Martindale is the church pastor.

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

Youth Group takes place Sundays from 5: to 6:30p.m. All youth from grades 7-12 are invited to come. It will include Bible study, eating, reaching out to help others, and having fun. It will begin at the church on Sept. 15.

“What’s Up Wednesday” is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The program begins with a meal at 5:30 p.m., followed by crafts, Bible study, and recreation for children ages 4 through sixth grade. It begins at the church on Sept. 11. 

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

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

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

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


SoPines UMC, known as the “Church in the Curve,” is located at 175 Midland Road in the curve coming from Southern Pines.

A contemporary service will be held at 9 a.m., with a traditional service at 11:15 a.m. Nursery services begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.

SoPines UMC Lifegroups are starting back and will kick off with a covered dish dinner on Sept.15, at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Childcare and activities will be provided.

The church’s music ministry rehearsals have resumed on Wednesday nights. Handbell choir practice is at 6 p.m. in the choir room, and the chancel choir practice is at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Cantata rehearsals will begin on Sept. 15, from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Children’s choir will resume Sept. 22 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 4 years to fifth grade. If you are interested in becoming part of the music ministry, contact David Smith, director of choirs. Are you looking for a Christian community where you can connect relationally and grow spiritually? SoPines UMC Lifegroups are starting back and will kick-off with a covered dish dinner on Sept.15, at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Childcare and activities will be provided.

The Senior Adult Fellowship Luncheon will meet at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17,  at Table on the Green, Midland Road, Southern Pines. The program will be  presented by Ms. Susan Hicks, Moore County's Clerk of Court. Choice of luncheon will be cashew chicken with steamed or fried rice, salad and a spring roll or salmon salad ,blackened or plain. Cost of lunch is $10, plus tip. Contact Lin Heimrick at (910) 315-4090 by Sunday, Sept. 15.

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

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

To learn more about the worship services, missions and church events, visit 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.

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


The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills welcomes guest minister Jay Abernathy, who offers his message, “Faith and Fear: Salvaging Hope in Modern Times” on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. Abernathy has been active in the Unitarian Universalist ministry since graduating from Trinity College (Toronto) in 1972.  He was ordained and installed as associate minister by the First Unitarian Church, Columbus, Ohio. He has since served congregations in both the United States and Canada, from New Hampshire to Florida.  After retirement, Jay  and his wife,  Eileen Schlemmer, moved to Greensboro in 2016.

The UUCS Book Discussion Group will have its first meeting on Bryan Stephenson’s “Just Mercy” at 11:29 a.m., following fellowship.

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

Pinehurst UMC offers three worship services every Sunday: traditional worship at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. and contemporary worship at 9:40 a.m. Multiple Sunday School classes are offered at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for all age levels (including preschool). Free nursery care for children up to age 4 is available.

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

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

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

Pinehurst UMC is located at 4111 Airport Road in Pinehurst. The website is 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 is continuing. It is based on the book “The Early Christian Letters for Everyone,” by N.T. Wright. In this penultimate volume of the New Testament for Everyone series, Tom Wright explores the early Christian letters, also known as the general or catholic epistles.

There will be three different opportunities each week to take part: Sept. 11, at Panera Bread at 7 p.m.; Sept. 12, from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gracious Living Retirement Community in Southern Pines in the third floor chapel; and Sunday, Sept. 15, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the parlor at the church. Books are available, and you can get one by calling the church office at (910) 944-1319 and speaking to the Rev. Sue Hudson.

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

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

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

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

Community Presbyterian

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

An all-church lunch celebration will be on Sept. 29 after worship. Fried chicken will be provided, and others are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.A Youth Council is forming and open to any youth parents and any rising high school juniors and seniors. The first meeting will be in late August for planning upcoming events. Contact Mary Ellen at mvernon@communitypres.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Mary Magdalene

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

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

The Village Chapel

Ten Thousand Villages will return to The Village Chapel Sept. 14-15 for an international craft sale with fair-trade hand-crafted items. Call the church office for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group meets each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon each week in Room 101 and is open to all. For more information, contact Pat Soler at 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. A Facebook account is not needed to access the page.

The church is located at 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst. Sunday worship services are 8:15 a.m. (Communion); 9:30 a.m. (family service with children’s sermon, with Communion the first Sunday of the month); 11 a.m. (traditional, with Communion the first Sunday of the month). Communion is open to all Christians. Nursery care is available during all services.

For information on any of The Village Chapel’s weekly, regular programs and activities, or upcoming Christian education classes, call (910) 295-6003. Visit 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 as well as a full service nursery,” says a spokesman. “If you are looking for a church home, we welcome you to visit. If you are interested in more information, we are offering a Discovery Class on Sept. 18.”

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

Sunday School, children and youth activities and Bible studies kick off the week of Sept. 15. For details, visit brownsonchurch.org.

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

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

For more information, visit www.

Page UMC

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

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

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

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

 Carthage UMC

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

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

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

First Baptist, Carthage

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

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

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

Vass UMC

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

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

Christ Church Anglican

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

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

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.


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

Father’s House

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

St. John Baptist

St. John Baptist Church is located at 703 Harris St. in Aberdeen. Sunday School for all ages is at 10 a.m., followed by worship at 11 a.m. Prayer service and Bible study are held Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m.

For information on any of St. John Baptist’s services or upcoming events, call (910) 944-7895.

Caregiver Support

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

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

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

Email 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.

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