Inquiry Open House

The RCIA of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Pinehurst is sponsoring an Inquiry Open House, a no-strings attached evening where you are invited to inquire with your spiritual questions and doubts and your desires for a spiritual home. This gathering is open to baptized or unbaptized adults interested in learning more about the Catholic way of life for themselves and their children, as well as baptized Catholics seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, and to those inactive Catholics seeking a path to return to the fullness of the sacraments and the Church.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the church, in Founders Hall. For further information or to register, email Christine Mimms at camimms@gmail.com or call (336) 312-2556.

Synagogue of Christ

Family and Friends Day will take place Sunday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. at Synagogue of Christ on Stage Road, in Carthage. Men’s Day will be held Sunday, Oct. 13.

Fall GriefShare

Aberdeen First Baptist Church will be hosting the fall session of GriefShare beginning Aug. 14, and 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.

Summer GriefShare Sessions

GriefShare is a 13-week program of “help and encouragement” for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, and includes a video featuring an array of speakers and a workbook, “Your Journey from Mourning to Joy.”

The program is offered this summer at First Presbyterian Church in Carthage. The church location is 110 S. Ray St. and is the red brick church across the street from the Carthage post office.  

Doris and Bill Russell have agreed to facilitate this cycle of GriefShare.

The Russells say, “If you have experienced the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend, we will all walk together through this path, using the weekly video, personal workbook, and group discussion.”

The sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., through Sept. 3.

Visit www.griefshare.org and contact Doris and Bill Russell at (910) 949-6549 or russell_doris@hotmail.com.

West End UMC

The Youth Group at West End UMC will be having an End of Summer Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 25, 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 about Youth Group, you can contact Matthew Peele, youth director, via email at mrpeele0321@gmail.com or phone at (910) 709-3207. 

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 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., starting Sept. 3, 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.

Chapel in the Pines

Last Sunday in worship members of the congregation of Seven Lakes Chapel in the Pines considered the idea that faith should not be confused with certainty.  “This Sunday, Aug. 18, we continue with our discussion of faith at 9 a.m.

The Seven Lakes Chapel in the Pines, founded in 1976, is an interdenominational congregation welcoming good people of all religious backgrounds.

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

Pinehurst UCC

At Congregational Church of Pinehurst, the “Mysteries of Faith” sermon series continues with the Rev. Terry Yasuko Ogawa responding to questions submitted by parishioners. For Sunday, Aug. 18, she tackles “How do we explain the resurrection of Jesus, his birth, etc. to nonbelievers who think these are fairy tales that only foolish people believe?” Worship begins at 10 a.m., runs about one hour, and is followed by fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments served in the Hearth Room.

“The congregation was deeply saddened to learn that Paul Clark died in his sleep the evening of July 27,” says a spokesman. “His obituary in The Pilot this week details the amazing life journey of this extraordinarily kind, intelligent and accomplished man.” A Memorial Service for Paul will be held at CCP Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m, everyone is invited to a free screening of “Paris To Pittsburgh,” inspiring stories of local, private sector, and community leaders across the U.S. who are continuing to take action to transition to a clean energy economy, regardless of federal inaction. Kathy Nekton, chair of CCP’s Mission, Peace & Justice Team says, “It’s a must see for people of faith concerned about the future of U.S. climate action.” BYO snacks and drinks. “We hope to engage many in our community, so encourage friends and neighbors to attend with you.” This free screening is made possible by Interfaith Power and Light in partnership with Bloomberg and Radical Media.

The final date for CCP’s Beach Party is Saturday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 8 pm. Low country boil, music, games, dancing and more. Tickets are available now.

Congregational Church of Pinehurst is an official Open and Affirming faith community that welcomes everyone, regardless of where they might be on their faith journeys. The Open and Affirming designation recognizes a core principle: “We value and respect differences in all people’s religious backgrounds, personal experiences, gender definition and cultural experience.”

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.

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.

Christian education is on summer break and will start back Sept. 8, with a series for adults titled “Pray Big,” while the children will explore the Bible theme of God’s loving justice. Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. for children, 9:30 a.m. for middle school/confirmation, and 9:20 for adults.

OSLC will hold a free block party Saturday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will have live music, food trucks, activities for kids and adults, and raffles. Raffles will be raising money for Matthew 25 and the OSLC Preschool. Open to the community.

“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.”

 Our Saviour Lutheran Church is located at 1517 Luther Way in Southern Pines.

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

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.

“We are now accepting registrations for children 16 months through 4 years old for the Mother’s Morning Out program,” says a spokesman. “Come to an open house Monday, Aug. 12, or Tuesday, Aug. 13, both at 10 a.m.” Classes resume Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Christian Science

“Soul” is the subject of the Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon for Sunday, Aug. 18. 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 WOW after-school program is now accepting registrations for the 2019-2020 school year. The program begins on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

“There is a limit of 25 participants due to space and staffing constraints as we adhere to our Safe Sanctuary policy, which requires two adults with each group of children,” says a spokesman. “Church members will receive priority for sign up and have been asked to sign up as early as possible so those spots can be filled first. Then registration will be open to children in the community. There is a significant amount of preparation involved before WOW begins so early sign ups are very helpful.”

Registration packets were sent home with last year's WOW children. Additional packets are available in the office or online at www.westendpres.church. Volunteers are always welcome, even on an occasional basis. If you have any questions, call the office at (910) 673-4341 to leave a message for the appropriate person.

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

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.

A spokesperson from the church asks that you make note of some changes for the upcoming summer schedule:

Grief Share will be held Tuesdays, now through Sept. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at FPC this summer. Facilitators Doris and Bill Russell say that Grief Share is a friendly, caring group of people who walk alongside you during one of life’s most difficult times using video, workbook, and discussions. You may join at any point during the 13-week session.

The last Summer Community Bible Study is being held Thursday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m., using the devotional “One Thousand Gifts,” by Ann Voskamp. This Bible study will meet at Aroma Cafe and Bakery in Carthage. Attendees may come early and purchase a tasty treat at the cafe, followed by a restorative time of reflecting upon how the weekly devotions have touched hearts and inspired prayers with God. “Since it is the last session, it would be nice to have lunch together downstairs in Aroma around 11:30 a.m.,” says a spokesman.

Christian Faith Yoga meets on Monday and Wednesday mornings, a time to strengthen your core in faith and in body while enjoying a fun time of fellowship, spiritual growth and physical challenge. Led by Lynda Lea Goodall, a certified Christian Yoga instructor who is recognized by the Yoga Alliance, classes are held in the Family Life Center. All ages are welcome, and beginners are encouraged. Floor class is held from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Chair class is 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Classes are $5.

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

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 will be held at 9 a.m., with a traditional service at 11:15 a.m.

Life Groups are starting back up. If you would like to sign up for one the SPUMC Cottage Meetings, visit the website events page for the registration link or contact the Rev. Sandy Kim for details.

The annual Outreach Committee “Back to School supply drive” is going on through this weekend. Donations of book bags and school supplies are being collected to help S.P. Primary and Pinecrest at-risk students. Visit the website events page for a list of items for students and teachers.Drop off all donations to the fellowship hall by Aug. 18.

The Summer Choir continues through August. Rehearsals are Sundays at 10 a.m. before the service. “There’s no commitment required,” says a spokesman. “Sing when you can.”

Youth Sunday is Aug. 18 at both the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services. The youth will share their recent mission trip experiences.

An informal Senior Adult luncheon will be held on Aug. 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Pik-N-Pig, located at 194 194 Gilliam McConnell Road, Carthage.RSVP by Aug. 19 to Nancy Scaggs at (910) 255-3778. The formal meetings will begin again in September at 11:30 a.m. at Table on the Green.

Fun Friday is Aug. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per child for ages 6 months to fifth grade. Register through Facebook or signup genius.com. “You must be registered to attend,” says a spokesman.

On Sept. 8, SoPines UMC is teaming up with Feed the Hunger to pack 20,000 meals for international and domestic distribution to help those in need. The packing takes place 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Please visit the website events page or Facebook to register for the event, as well as signup to help set up or tear down.

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.

Manly Presbyterian

Manly Presbyterian Church is located at 544 Yadkin Road, Southern Pines. Sunday services are held at 9:30 a.m.

UUCS

The UUCS annual fundraiser for this year will be a multi-family yard sale to be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1320 Rays Bridge Road Whispering Pines. Hundreds of items will be available, including artwork, jewelry, small appliances, household, crafts, holiday, tools, and games and puzzles.

Guest minister the Rev. Karen Matteson will offer her message titled “It’s a Journey…A Summer Reflection” Sunday, Aug. 18, to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills. In her more than 25 years as a Unitarian Universalist minister, Matteson has served congregations in Alabama and Chicago, South and North Carolina and, most recently as interim minister of a Fellowship in Florida. Now retired, she lives in Cary.

UUCS is an emerging congregation seeking others who are comfortable with the thought that while there may be questions with no readily available answers, there may also be religion without dogma. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills holds Sunday services at 10 a.m. at 1320 Rays Bridge Road in Whispering Pines, in the Community Building. Learn more about UUCS at www.uucsandhills.org.

Pinehurst UMC

This Sunday, Pinehurst UMC’s Senior Pastor David Beam and Associate Pastor Sarah Swandell continue their sermon series, “Little People of the Bible,” examining stories of the seemingly small characters who are tucked into forgotten chapters of the Bible. A church spokesperson says, “These fascinating stories can deepen our faith in big, often surprising ways.”

Pinehurst UMC offers three worship services every Sunday: traditional worship at 8:15 am and 11 am 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 pre-school). Free nursery care for children up to age 4 is available.

From 3 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 14), Pinehurst UMC is hosting a Community Blood Drive. Contact the church office for information about donating.

On Aug. 18, between 9:30 a.m. and noon, a spokesperson indicates Pinehurst UMC invites volunteers of all ages from the public interested in joining us as we pack meals to be distributed to children in desperate need of food. Learn more about Feed the Hunger at feedthehunger.org. (Note: this opportunity takes place during Sunday School hours so volunteers who wish to lend a hand will still be able to attend their preferred worship service.)

Beginning Sept. 12, Dr. Karen D. Sullivan PhD, ABPP, an esteemed local expert, begins presenting an enlightening 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-aged and older seeking renewed meaning in their lives by offering on-going 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: Aug. 14 at Panera Bread at 7 p.m.; Aug. 15, from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gracious Living Retirement Community in Southern Pines in the third floor chapel; and Sunday, Aug. 18, 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.

Coastal Carolina’s Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering will be Saturday, Aug. 17, at First Presbyterian Church in Laurinburg.  All women of the church are invited. Call the church office for information.

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 on the van. Contact our church office if you would like to attend this event with the Sunshine Group.

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 celebrates one worship service each Sunday at 10 a.m. in the newly renovated fellowship hall while the sanctuary undergoes its renovation. Pastor Rod Stone and the congregation welcome guests. Child care is provided.

Children’s Summer Sunday School will be creating colorful and uplifting art projects based on Bible stories and Scripture Sundays 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the Children’s Ministry area. Contact Ginny Hobgood at vlwoodlief@yahoo.com or Julie Pitts at jpitts@communitypres.com.

The Youth Ministry will be hosting weekly high school Bible study sessions on Wednesdays, open to rising ninth-graders through rising college freshmen who will use journaling, annotating and analyzing Bible passages. There will be an emphasis on how to tackle stresses using uplifting verses and artistic outlets. All materials and breakfast provided. Email questions to meganpetero@gmail.com.

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.

The church 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

The annual Peach Festival at The Village Chapel will follow the combined service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. The 8:15 a.m. service will be held as usual. Lunch will be set up and served following the combined service. The menu will include fried and roasted chicken with all the sides, desserts and peach ice cream. Members and church visitors are welcome. Call the church office for information.

On Aug. 28, The Village Chapel will host a presentation by Daniel Massieh, Christian convert from Islam and an international evangelist. More information will be available soon.

A confirmation class will be offered at The Village Chapel to students in fifth through eighth grades on Sundays beginning on Sept. 8, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the Care Cottage. Contact Pastor Vickie Smith for more information at vickie@tvcpinehurst.com, or by calling the church office at (910) 295-6003.

The Men’s Thursday Bible Study begins Thursday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m. The inter-denominational group meets at the Care Cottage (55 Community Rd, 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.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, 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.

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

Summer Sunday School is now in session with one 10 a.m. Christian Discipleship class.

The church picnic will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. Tickets are $12.50 per person; children 7 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at brownsonchurch.org/registration.

For more information, visit www.brownsonchurch.org.

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 rosesharpe37@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.

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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