Sandy Grove

Sandy Grove Bible Church of God will hold its annual Ladies in Red at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. The church is located at 158 Sellars St., Vass.

Vass UMC

Vass United Methodist Church is hosting a Valentine dinner Saturday, Feb. 8. Guests will have a choice of marinated chicken breast for $15 or a 12-oz ribeye steak for $20, accompanied by baked potato casserole, tossed salad, home-baked rolls and an assortment of desserts. Dinner will be served in the church fellowship hall. Guests may purchase tickets for the 4:30 or the 7 p.m. seating by contacting Bill Frye at (910) 690-4192 or David Coore at (910) 603-0727.

Vass UMC 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.

West End UMC

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

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

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

Carthage 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. This year’s theme is “Love Defines Us.”

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

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

On each Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., the chapel is open for directed prayer for family and friends. If you are in the need of prayer, we have prayer members who are available to intercede for you and those you love. Do not hesitate to contact the church to place names on our prayer list or come to our time of intercession. 

Once each month on the third Sunday, all young people will be served a full delicious pancake breakfast followed with fellowship. This is open to all youth.

There will be a Bible- and faith-based book study Tuesdays, at 11 a.m. in the church’s Shaw Room. A new study began Feb. 4.

The Adult Sunday School class will begin studying the Book of Romans during Sunday School hour.

The Giving Tree Ministry this month is collecting items for the Moore Humane Society. All contributions can be left at the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.

The Carthage Food Pantry at 108 Bruce St. in Carthage is open to residents of Carthage, Cameron and Vass, with food distributions on the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. A library area is located in the pantry for children to hear stories and receive books at no charge.

Carthage UMC is privileged to be the home base of two local Girl Scout troops. Contact the church for information.

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

Page Memorial UMC

Page Memorial United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Main and Poplar streets in downtown Aberdeen. Traditional worship is held at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The Wednesday evening service includes Holy Communion each week and is a come-as-you-are service. Services are led by church pastor the Rev. Mamie Alley.

A light breakfast is offered from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall prior to Sunday School. Assembly time is held at 9:30 a.m. and includes a word of Scripture, hymn and prayer. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:45 a.m.

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.

Computer classes through Sandhills Community College are available on Monday afternoons from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 

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.

Pinehurst UCC

On Feb. 9, the Rev. Terry Yasuko Ogawa will lead the 10 a.m. worship service, celebrating the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany. Scripture readings for the day are Isaiah 58:1-9a and Matthew 5:13-20. Pastor Terry’s sermon title is “To Share Your Bread, Your Light.”

The agenda for 2020 Annual Meeting on Feb. 9 follows: review of CCP’s annual report; approval of new council members and officer nominations; approval of the 2020 budget; update on building fund; and approval of final church sign design with Rainbow Comma. Member participation is important, according to a spokesman.

A spring round of ordering memorial bricks to be installed in CCP’s Memorial Garden is underway and will continue though Sunday, Feb. 16. Order forms are available on the Narthex table. If you have questions or need assistance with your order, contact Tim Maroney in church or at (910) 585-5458.

The church’s 2020 Adult Education series is underway with a five-week class on “Christology.” Paul Hammock, a member of the congregation, is leading the exploration and discussion on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., through Feb. 24. Contact Paul directly at (910) 295-5378 if you would like to attend.

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, visit call the church office at (910) 295-2243 or visit the Facebook page.

Chapel in the Pines

“This Sunday in worship at The Chapel in the Pines, we continue into the Season of Epiphany as we hear a familiar scripture allowing that believers are the salt of the earth and the light of the world,” says Pastor Paul James. “Please join us at 9 a.m. so that we might see how God’s love brings out the myriad of flavors and the rainbow of colors in God’s world.”

On Feb. 15, the youth will host a board game day and spaghetti dinner at the Chapel to fund their youth activities for the year. Tickets are on sale by calling the Chapel office at (910) 400-5188.

Chapel in the Pines Lunch Bunch presents a special Valentine’s party on Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. “Everyone in our community is invited to come and enjoy the New Horizons Band, each other’s company, and some Valentine treats,” says James.

The Seven Lakes Community Choir begins practice for its Easter cantata on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Chapel in the Pines. This community choir is directed by Edward Lee and accompanied by Tamara Lee, and all singers in our community are welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information go to

The newsletter Chapel Chimes is now available to be read on the website

The Seven Lakes Chapel in the Pines, founded in 1976, is an interdenominational congregation welcoming seekers and people of all denominational backgrounds. The primary worship service is at 9 a.m. on Sundays, when sermons by Pastor Paul James are delivered with hope and joy. A monthly informal worship service called The Gathering is held the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 beginning with a shared meal.

The Chapel in the Pines is located at 581 Seven Lakes Drive in West End. For more information, call (910) 400-5188, email or visit

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 for more details on Sunday School start times.

There will be a Father/Daughter Dance Friday, Feb. 21, from 6-8 p.m. with a DJ. Along with dancing, there will be a photo booth, appetizers, sweets and more. Daughters (of any age) are admitted free; tickets for dads are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Tickets go on sale Feb. 1.

“Get all dressed up and come dance the night away,” says a spokesman. “Everyone is welcome.”

The OSLC concert series presents VIDA Strings at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines Sunday, Feb. 23, from to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults; children 12 and under are admitted free. Proceeds benefit the concert series and church ministries.

There will be a drawing for a private VIDA Strings concert. Each $5 donation earns an entry into the drawing. Drawing entry and donations will be open the night of the event only. The winner will be responsible for transportation costs.

Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite, at the theater day of the event, or during coffee at the church on Sunday, Feb. 2, 9, and 16.

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 for directions and more information.

Christian Science

“Spirit” is the subject of the Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon for Sunday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m., at the Civic Club.

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

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

First Presbyterian, Carthage

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

The church office number is (910) 947-2924. The email address is Visit The Rev. Rick Martindale is the church pastor.

Youth Group takes place on 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 is also an evening circle the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

There is a men’s group that meets the first and third Tuesday nights at 6:15 p.m. in the conference room of the Family Life Center. 

Yoga Faith is held in the multipurpose room Mondays and Wednesdays. Floor class is at 8:45 a.m. and Chair class is at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $5 per class. The class promotes spiritual and physical growth.


SoPines UMC, known as the “Church in the Curve,” is located at 175 Midland Road in the curve coming from Southern Pines. A contemporary service is held at 9 a.m., with a traditional service at 11:15 a.m. Nursery services begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Holy Communion is offered every Tuesday at noon in the chapel.

Sunday Funday afternoon activities for all SoPines UMC kids and youth will resume Feb. 9. Children’s choir starts off the fun at 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. followed by Sunday Night Live 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. The children’s choir is for ages 4 years to fifth grade. Contact David Smith at for more information. Sunday Night Live, or SNL, is for ages 3 to fifth grade. Contact Erin Shore with questions. The youth group is for grades 6-12 led by Youth Pastor Todd Handell. They will meet at 5:30 pm downstairs in the youth room.

On Feb. 18, the church is excited to be hosting the annual meeting of 100MooreMen, a group of Moore County Men who care so much about their community’s charities that they gather together to learn about three local charities. The men vote on the most deserving charity, and the one with most votes walks about with a $100 check from each gentleman. Moore Free and Charitable Clinic, Sandhills/Moore Coalition, and MALES of Distinction are the charities presenting at this year's gathering. The goal is $10,000, so 100Men with $100Checks are needed! Visit the church website or for more details or to register for the meeting. To learn more about 100Mooremen, the selected charities, or to join, visit

Camp VBS is back for another year, and Special Early Bird registrations specials are happening now. Camp VBS will be June 22-25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. If you register your camper by Feb. 16, the cost is $85 for the Super Early Bird special. Early Bird Registration is Feb. 17-March 29 for $95 per camper. After March 30, the cost is $120 per camper until May 24. Registration cost includes all activities, snacks, T-shirt, and music CD or download. Campers will need to bring a lunch each day. No refunds will be given after May 24. More information and registration form are available on Facebook or the webpage.

On Feb. 23, there will be a unique joint service at 4:30 p.m. with Trinity A.M.E. Zion in celebration of Black History Month at SoPines UMC. Both church choirs will present special music, and Dr. Paul Murphy will preach. Everyone attending is invited to the “Bring A Dish to Share” meal following in the fellowship hall. 

The short term study “Starting Point” continues on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. during the Sunday School hour in RH-4. Register by emailing or call (910) 692-3518.

“Spiritual Disciplines” will resume on Feb. 9 at 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. and conclude the following week. This study is led by Pastor Sandy Kim exploring Richard Foster’s book and accompanying podcast “Celebration of Discipline.” Podcast links are available on the website or Facebook. For more information, email

The winter clothing drive continues and is accepting donations until Feb. 16, supporting the Sandhills Coalition for Human Care. All donations can be left in the fellowship hall in the corresponding boxes labeled Winter Clothing Drive. Food pantry distribution is every Monday at 10 a.m. in the lower parking lot of the church.

To learn more about the worship services, missions and church events, visit or call the church office at (910) 692-3518.

St. Mary Magdalene

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

The 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

St. Paul Lutheran

St. Paul Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod holds services at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by refreshments in the fellowship hall. Bible study is held at 3 p.m. Thursdays.

The church council meets Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

Communion is held each Sunday. “Join us afterward in the fellowship hall for a beverage and goodies,” says a spokesman. “You will be able to meet and converse with fellow worshippers.”

A monthly meet and mingle potluck dinner with members and other guests is usually held the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. “We would love to have you join us on Feb. 10,” says the spokesman. “Guests need not bring anything to the potluck other than themselves.”

Lenten services will begin on Feb. 26, on Ash Wednesday, when ashes will be applied on the forehead by the pastor to begin the season of repentance. Services will be every Wednesday at 7 p.m., with a soup and bread supper at 6 p.m. each Wednesday before the service.

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


On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills will meet at 10 a.m. for a video message from the Rev. Angela Herrera of the First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque. Herrera’s message is titled “Forgiveness,” which she describes as “letting go of the event requiring forgiveness.” 

The children’s Religious Education program will participate in the Spirit of Adventure series with Lesson 19, “Take Apart Party.” Child care will also be available for the younger children.

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

Pinehurst UMC

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

“In February, Pinehurst UMC will welcome a children’s choir from Africa, see 24 youth make their commitment to this church family, celebrate our preschoolers’ graduation, and hear a word preached by one of our own teens,” says a spokesman. “Through Feb. 23, join PUMC for its new sermon series, ‘Let the children come!’, honoring the gifts of these kids by showcasing the leadership of children in the Bible. Come learn how to have faith like a child.”

Chocolate lovers, mark your calendars for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8, for Pinehurst UMC’s biennial Chocolate Festival. Admission is free. Returning attractions include the gift boutique featuring Valentine- and chocolate-themed gifts; the doughnut and chocolate bar; cooking and decorating with demonstrations led by chefs Martin Brunner and Sueson Vess; and the Festival’s legendary fudge.

New attractions include a cake walk; children’s “chocolate chase”; fun run (weather permitting); silent auction; and chocolate-themed photo booth.

The 2020 Festival will benefit Friend to Friend, Linden Lodge, and Methodist Home for Children and promises to be better than ever.”

Pinehurst UMC invites the public to worship with the internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir, Feb. 16, during two very special worship services at 9 and 11 a.m.

Join PUMC for a sermon series, “Let the children come!” honoring the gifts children share with us by showcasing the leadership of children in the Bible.

All individuals (school-age and older) seeking renewed meaning in their lives are welcomed to Pinehurst UMC, which offers ongoing small- and large-group opportunities to worship, learn, and serve that encompass the full spectrum of interests, including fellowship and music.

Pinehurst UMC is located at 4111 Airport Road in Pinehurst. The website is 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.

Starting on Feb. 12, Bethesda will begin a Lenten Bible Study, meeting Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Panera Bread’s new location near IHOP and Sundays at 10 a.m. beginning Feb. 16 in the parlor.

The Sunshine Club will have lunch at 11:15 a.m. at the Dewberry Deli in Cameron on Feb. 14. The church van will leave at 10:30 a.m. RSVP to the church office at (910) 944-1319.

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 23, grades K-5 will be combined during the Sunday School hour.

In coordination with the fellowship committee, we will provide a light breakfast at 9:15 a.m., music in the chapel at 9:45 and Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Bethesda’s fifth annual pancake eating contest will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Bethesda will be collecting boxes of raisins for BackPack Pals of Moore County. We will have a new basket in the narthex for the collection beginning Feb. 23.

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

Community Presbyterian

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

Grief Share meets every Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. in Everette House, adjacent to the main church, for those who have experienced the death of a loved one and continues through April. This is a non-denominational, Christian-based program that many find helpful in rebuilding their lives.  Registration is $15. Call the church office or Faye Urello at (910) 235-0712.

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

Many classes, groups, committees and opportunities for volunteer tutoring and community outreach help members and friends become involved days and evenings all week long.

New parking lots are now available located in the village of Pinehurst at the corner of Everette and Kelly roads, off Midland Road. For more information, call (910) 295-6848 or visit

The Village Chapel

On Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Pastor John leads a class on “C.S. Lewis and The Great Divorce.” As a vision of heaven and hell, many have found it to be Lewis’ most controversial book. The class meets weekly in the administration building’s conference room, and all materials will be provided at no cost. This class is open to the community.

The Men’s Thursday Bible Study, which meets on Thursdays at 4 p.m., is currently on break until Feb. 6. The inter-denominational group meets at the Care Cottage (55 Community Road, Pinehurst) each week and is led by Pastor Ashley Smith. There is no cost or registration required, and it’s open to all men of the community.

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 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 5-7 p.m., at 55 Community Road. 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 9:30 a.m. and 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, and on the webpage,

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

Brownson Presbyterian

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

“If you are looking for a church home, we welcome you to visit,” says a spokesman. “If you are interested in more information, contact Marilyn Baxter, director of Member Ministries, at (910) 692-6252 or

Sunday School, children and youth activities and Bible studies are in full swing. For details, visit Kids Connect for children grades K-5 meets Sunday evenings at 4:30 p.m. and Youth Group, grades 6-12 meet Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A Valentine dinner, sponsored by The Chancel Choir, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, the fellowship hall. “Come and enjoy dinner, music, a reverse auction, and fun entertainment,” says a spokesman. “Purchase your tickets online at or in the church office. Last year the event sold out, so get your tickets early!”

For more information, visit

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 has open enrollment for their Mother’s Morning Out program for children ages 16 months through 4 years old.

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.

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

First Baptist, Carthage

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

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

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

FBC Pinehurst

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

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

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

First Baptist, S.P.

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

The church is located at 200 E. New York Ave., Southern Pines.

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. RSVP by calling or online at online at” 

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 There you can find sermons, events and ministries happening at IMBC. Also, feel free to visit or call (910) 281-3247.

St. John Baptist

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

For information, call (910) 944-7895.

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 or email Registration can also be completed in class.

Community Bible Study

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

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

The registration fee is $35 per adult and $10 per child; scholarships are available as needed. For questions and more information, email

Online registration is available at

New Study Course

John 8:31 Ministries announces a study course offered by the Sandhills School of Discipleship, which is an ongoing class.

Classes offer practical down-to-earth studies through Bible-based, nondenominational academic-level courses. The life-changing curriculum provides interactive studies in an exciting, non-threatening learning environment. There is no tuition, and no registration is required. Free will donations are appreciated.

The new class being offered this fall is a study on spiritual gifts, which will examine and explain the use of spiritual gifts in the Church today. Spiritual gifts are God’s tools for the Body of Christ. In order to understand the inner workings of the New Testament Church, this study uses tools as a point of illustration. The purpose of tools is to build things, maintain things, and repair things. When God gave birth to the New Testament Church in the Book of Acts, it came with the following instructions: “Some Assembly Required.”

Classes are being held at Sandhills Alliance Church in Pinehurst (111 Trotter Drive), which is located behind the Exxon station at the intersection of Trotter Drive and N.C. 5 (near the Pinehurst post office).

Classes are taught by the Rev. Ken Owen — pastor, author, teacher, conference speaker and missions executive. Owen also served for 26 years as the president of Christian Motorsports International and for 20 years as the official chaplain for the National Hot Rod Association.

John 8:31 Ministries is a 501(c)(3) faith-based, nonprofit, nondenominational ministry. For further information, contact Ken Owen at or call him at (910) 639-0198.

Cross Talk

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

Gospel Show

Rose Highland-Sharpe Gospel Show- Radio/TV is a community service and airs 24 hours a day on the Rose Highland- Sharpe YouTube Channel. If you’d like to be a guest, share your music, or provide community or church announcements, contact her at rose, 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.

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 for information.

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