Women of Grace

Grace Church of Southern Pines will hold its Women of Grace IF Gathering on March 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“This event features a one-day simulcast conference, without the noise of the world encroaching on us,” says a spokesman. “We will listen to renowned IF speakers teaching the Word and encouraging the forming of casual IF Gatherings in homes and meeting places. This year’s featured speakers will be Jada Edwards, Jo Saxton, Bianca Juarez Olthoff, Beth Moore, and Ann Voskamp.”

With the church team, there will be study, prayer, live worship, lunch and other events.

“An ‘IF Gathering’ involves a group of women meeting together to learn more about who God is and to help disciple women ‘right where they are,’” says the spokesman. “Women can share their hearts in a non-threatening, safe environment while learning more about Jesus.”

Jennie Allen is a Christian mom and author who had a vision that “IF God is real, then we need to do whatever we can to gather, equip, and unleash disciples in our generation on earth.” Women’s IF Gathering and IF Tables were born from this idea.

To sign up for this Women of Grace event, go to www.gracechurchsp.org and find the Events tab. You can also find a link to sign up on the Facebook page, or sign up at our registration table between our Sunday morning services. The cost is $10 for a Panera lunch.

“Many thanks to High Octane for donating coffee for us,” says the spokesman. “We will also provide light snacks and great giveaways.”

You do not need to be a member of Grace Church to attend. This year’s theme is “Risky Obedience.” The key scriptures are Romans 8 and Galatians 6:9.

Sandy Grove

Sandy Grove Bible Church of God will hold a “Night-and-White” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1.

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

Anniversary

The Crystalaires, of Hoffman, will celebrate their 37th anniversary March 7-8 at Fletcher’s Chapel, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The church is located at U.S. 1 in Hoffman.

Ladies’ Brunch

The women of Christ Fellowship Church are hosting a ladies’ brunch Saturday, March 21, at 11 a.m.

“Enjoy our inspiring guest speaker Nancy Manley, and make some new friends,” says a spokesman.The cost is $5, which will be paid at the door. Call (910) 692-5155 for reservations.

Christ Fellowship Church is located at 1425 Midland Road, Southern Pines.

Emmanuel Episcopal

Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines will be hosting a few events for the months of February and March.

On Feb. 26, Ash Wednesday services are as follows: 8:15 a.m., chapel service with imposition of ashes at Emmanuel Episcopal Church; noon, ecumenical service at Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church, at 6 p.m. Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes.

The Lenten Supper and Book Study Series begins March 4, and will be every Wednesday night for the month of March and the first Wednesday in April. It will start at 6 p.m.; there is no charge, but donations are appreciated. This will be held in the Parish Hall.

“We have a fifth Sunday Breakfast on March 29, at 10:10 a.m. in our Parish Hall,” says a spokesman. “Please bring a dish to share.”

Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 350 E. Massachusetts Ave., Southern Pines. The church phone number is (910) 692-3171.

West End Presbyterian

The Tuesday Tutoring program began in September 2004. As a third-grader, Javier Bustos Jaimes, was part of that initial group. He continued in the program through middle school. A recent report in The Pilot had a small piece on local graduates who completed their studies following the Fall semester in 2019 at Clemson University. Listed there was Javier Bustos Jaimes, who graduated with a master’s degree in industrial engineering. West End Presbyterian Church and the Tuesday Tutoring program celebrate his accomplishments and those of many other students. A student last year was a member of the National Honor Society, graduated with honors and is currently in the nursing program at Sandhills Community College. Another high school student wrote a note telling her tutor, “You have been a blessing to my life.”

This year, the program has 35 students on the roll. Each one has a designated tutor. These tutors are church members, friends and neighbors, men and women of many different faiths, who have a loving heart and a commitment to help a child. New activities this year are a “Read Aloud” time for elementary children and speakers sharing experiences about careers with middle school students.

Nine members of the Leadership Team oversee the program and the Rev. Todd Davidson, associate pastor, serves as staff liaison.

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

Culdee Presbyterian

Culdee Presbyterian Church will hold an Ash Wednesday service Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.

On Feb. 27, the Culdee Men will be at 7 p.m. for a meal and fellowship.

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

Sacred Heart

Dr. Scott Hahn, a renowned biblical scholar, theologian and author of 40-plus books, will speak at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

His talk is titled “Unveiling the Mysteries.” Tickets, which are $15, are available online at stpaulcenter.com/Pinehurst or (740) 264-9535.

The church is located at 300 Dundee Road, Pinehurst.

Five-Part Series

“Life in the Son (Christ)” is a five-part series that offers information about what the Bible says about certain topics. The sessions are from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Southern Pines Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave., followed by a question and answer session and refreshments.

The first session is Feb. 29, and discusses “Conflict of the Ages: The Conflict of Good and Evil.” Session two is March 1 and asks the question “What Is a Soul?” The third session is “Life in Christ” and takes place March 8. Session four is March 14 and the topic is “Spiritualism.” The final session is March 15, and discusses “No More Sin.”

For information, email burgundycolors@live.com.

Vass UMC

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.

First Baptist S.P.

At First Baptist Church of Southern Pines, two worship services are offered on Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Small group Bible study is offered for all ages from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.  

Music, Bible study, and fellowship opportunities are offered for youth (grades 7-12) on Sunday afternoons and evenings. Mission projects and retreats are also offered through this ministry. 

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.

Men’s breakfast meets the third Saturday of each month at Golden Corral in Aberdeen, at 8 a.m. Women gather for breakfast the first Saturday of each month at Golden Corral at 8 a.m.

A monthly senior adult covered dish meal is offered the second Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the church hall.

On Wednesdays during Lent, a quiet service of prayer, Scripture, and Communion will be offered in the sanctuary at 6:30 pm.The church is located at 200 E. New York Ave., Southern Pines. Visit fbcsp.org for more information.

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.

A Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be held Feb. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It is open to everyone, and donations are welcome to benefit the youth program.

Ash Wednesday services will be held at noon Feb. 26, followed by a lunch. An evening service will be held at 7 p.m. Both services will offer the imposition of ashes.

The annual car show will be held Saturday, March 28, at Cooper Ford. Contact the church for information.

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.

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.

The Giving Tree Ministry this month is collecting items for care packages to college students and deployed military.

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.

The church’s soup kitchen is open every Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. “Join us for a free meal, a brief devotion, and fellowship,” says the Rev. Mamie Alley.

There will be an Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. that will include imposition of ashes. 

Pinehurst UCC

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 26. For the past few years, Congregational Church of Pinehurst has partnered with other local churches for an ecumenical service at mid-day. Participating congregations include Brownson Presbyterian, First Baptist Southern Pines, Emanuel Episcopal, and Trinity A.M.E. Zion. The tradition continues at noon today when Trinity A.M.E. Zion (972 W Pennsylvania Ave, Southern Pines) hosts the gathering. CCP’s Pastor Terry Yasuko Ogawa will preach the message.

Congregational Church will host a second Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 p.m. that evening, which will include the imposition of ashes. During this ancient ceremony, ashes are placed on the foreheads of the faithful with the words from Genesis: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

On Sunday, March 1, the Rev. Terry Yasuko Ogawa will lead the 10 a.m. worship. Scripture readings for the day are Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 and Matthew 4:1-11. Pastor Terry’s sermon title is “Beyond Our Known Borders.” “In this first Sunday of Lent, we enter the wilderness through the tales of Adam, Eve, and the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and Jesus’ temptation. Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments will be served in the Hearth Room immediately following the service.

“Deliver Us” is a new Lenten Devotional guide offered by the UCC for 2020. The Worship and Education Committee will have copies available for purchase next week at a cost of $4. The pastor is recommending this for those who are seeking Biblical text, reflection, and prayer for each day of Lent.

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

Chapel in the Pines

Tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m., the Chapel in the Pines will mark the beginning of the season of Lent with its community-wide Ash Wednesday service featuring the Imposition of Ashes.

“Together we will begin a six-week period of self-examination that will prepare us for the sorrow, joy, and hope of Holy Week,” says Pastor Paul James. “This is a special time of worship for the children and youth of our community as we gather to ‘hide the alleluias’ until once again revealed during the celebration of the resurrection on Easter Sunday.”

This Sunday is the first of a six-week Lenten sermon series based on Matt Rawle’s book “The Grace of Les Misérables.”

“Each Sunday we will explore one of the characters and one of the concepts in Victor Hugo’s novel,” says James. “This Sunday we will begin with the story of Jean Valjean and the concept of God’s grace received and used to transform our lives.”

During the season of Lent, the Chapel will engage in a congregation-wide teaching by Matt Rawle based on the Victor Hugo novel “Les Miserables.” This program will be integrated into our adult small group Bible studies, Sunday morning worship, and youth program. In preparation for these sessions, multiple opportunities to refresh our memories of the characters and plot will be given by showing the latest film version of “Les Miserables.” Whether or not you plan to attend these studies, the community is invited to come and enjoy the powerful message and music of “Les Miserables” Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

This study will be taught by Pastor Paul James and offered on five Monday mornings at 10 a.m. beginning on March 2, or on five Thursday evenings at 5:30 beginning on March 5. The sixth lesson will be incorporated into our Maundy Thursday Service on April 9. “The goal will be to draw parallels between the iconic story of ‘Les Misérables’ and our Christian calling, inspiring us to both understand our faith and live it out in the world,” James says. Call the Chapel office at (910) 400-5188 to reserve a spot on Monday mornings or Thursday evenings, and ask for Sherry.

The Seven Lakes Community Choir has begun its practice for an Easter cantata and will continue each Wednesday at 6 p.m. through March 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 the area are welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information go to sevenlakessings.org.

The newsletter Chapel Chimes is now available to be read on the website 
7lakeschapel.com.

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 citp10@7lakeschapel.com or visit http://7lakeschapel.com.

Our Saviour Lutheran

Our Saviour Lutheran Church holds worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays in the sanctuary and a more informal worship service on Wednesdays at noon in the chapel. Both worship services include Holy Communion. “Wednesday has its own unique service, so please come for both,” says a spokesman.

Sunday School starts at 9:15 a.m. Visit 
oslcsp.org for more details on Sunday School start times.

“Ash and Dash” offers an opportunity to receive ashes and request prayer, Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Cars will line up at the overhang at the main entrance.

Ash Wednesday services are at noon Wednesday, Feb. 26, at noon and 7 p.m. for imposition of ashes and Communion in the sanctuary.

On Wednesdays March 4 through April 1, Lenten supper will be served at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by a time of exploration of the book “The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church,” by Reggie McNeal.

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

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

Christian Science

“ Christ Jesus” is the subject of the Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon for Sunday, March 1, 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 infofpc@yahoo.com. Visit fpccarthage.com. 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.

S.P. UMC

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

Along with the traditional Ash Wednesday services at noon and 7 p.m., the church will have its first-ever prayer labyrinth. It will be set up in the Fellowship Hall and is open church hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

The Family Ministry group invites everyone to their first-ever Chili Cook-Off contest event on March 1, in the fellowship hall at 12:30 p.m. There are three chili contest categories: spicy, vegetarian and unique. If you don’t want to enter the chili contest, you can bring cornbread or dessert. Contact Leah Hershman for details.

Pastor Tommy Sweeley is joining the Sunday School time slot once again with a Lenten Bible study beginning Sunday, March 1, studying in RH-4. “Embracing the Uncertain” invites us this Lent to engage and wrestle with life’s uncertainties, not ignore them. This 6-week study will point us forward to a Cross that can show us how to follow Jesus with courage, hope, and obedience. Register by emailing tlsweeley@nccumc.org. All Sunday school classes, including this study, begin at 10:15 a.m.

“Spiritual Disciplines” has one session left on March 1. 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 mkim@nccumc.org.

ZOE Empowers will be hosting a full breakfast on March 3, at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Barbara Matsanga will be speaking at breakfast. She is the Zimbabwe country manager of ZOEempowers.

Sunday Funday is happening every Sunday for kids from 4 years to 12th grade. Children’s choir begins at 3:45 p.m. in the choir room, followed by SNL, Sunday Night Live both for ages 4 years to fifth grade. The youth group meets at 5:30 p.m. downstairs in the youth room.

The SoPines UMC Youth group is gearing for a fun-filled March Madness themed month. March 1 is youth worship night; March 8 is “Bring a Friend Night”; March 15 is St. Patrick’s Night; March 22 will be a night of service and March 29 is billed as “You Own the Night.” Email Youth Pastor Todd Handell, sopinesumcyouth@gmail.com, to join.

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. Early Bird Registration is through 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.

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 www.southernpinesumc.org or call the church office at (910) 692-3518.

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.

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.”

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 council meets at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

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

UUCS

The 10 a.m. Sunday, March 1, potluck breakfast at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills will be followed by lay-leader Dennis McCracken’s presentation of “The Anthropomorphic Supernatural As Hypothesis, Part I,” an exploration of the anthropomorphic supernatural as best explanation in an ancient historico-cultural context. Material from the Babylonian (Enuma Elis) and Abrahamic (Torah and Quran) traditions will be used with science as the modern context.

Because children are included in this intergenerational brunch, there will be no Religious Education program or childcare.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills holds Sunday services at 10 a.m. at 1320 Rays Bridge Road in Whispering Pines, in the Community Building. Learn more about UUCS at www.uucsandhills.org.

Pinehurst UMC

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

The musically based “Connections” contemporary service offers an opportunity to experience traditional mainstream Protestant values in an unexpectedly stirring way. The “Connections Band” invites anyone whose faith journey has somehow “grown stale” to join them in worship. Each week they perform different songs featuring new arrangements that seek to rhythmically renew, reinvigorate, and re-inspire faith.

Two special Ash Wednesday services are offered at Pinehurst UMC — at 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (An ecumenical service will be held at noon at Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church.)

A Pinehurst UMC spokesperson asks: “Have you ever struggled with lust, gluttony or greed? Of course not, right? But, for everyone else, we’re offering a sermon series on those wild places inside us, the ones we can’t tame or crate-train. From March 1-29, join Pastor David Beam and Associate Pastor Sarah Swandell for weekly messages on some of the deadliest sins — and some of the hardest virtues in a special sermon series titled, ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’”

Thursday evenings during Lent, Pinehurst UMC members are invited for a meal followed by a brief (30 minute) conversation guided by Pastor Beam previewing the upcoming sermon in the series examining “Seven Deadly Sins.”

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 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.

A Lenten Bible Study continues on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at Panera Bread (the new location near IHOP) and on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. in the parlor.

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 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.

The Ash Wednesday service, with the imposition of ashes, will be Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

A Capella Sunday will be celebrated Sunday, March 1.

On March 14, there will be a Chili Cook Off and an evening of bingo in the fellowship hall. The festivities will start at 6 p.m. Call the church office if you are interested in entering the chili cook off.

On Sunday, March 15, church members will celebrate the morning worship service with the Gift of Women service.

On March 20,, nine youth and several adult leaders will take a weekend mission trip to Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, for their CROSS Urban Plunge Mission Experience.

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

Community Presbyterian

Community Presbyterian Church has 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.

On Feb. 26, the Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel will mark the beginning of Lent.

Lenten church-wide focus will be “Exploring Forgiveness.” Instead of “giving up” something the offer will be to “take up” forgiveness. There will be interactive stations, teaching, discussion, worship and personal reflection to more deeply consider forgiveness as an essential spiritual discipline.

On Sunday, March 1, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall, all ages will explore eight stations, each with a creative way to consider and reflect upon forgiveness by slowing down and listening for what God wants to reveal to us. This is suitable for all ages to do individually or as a family.

From March 4 to April 1 (with the exception March 24), on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., meet in Fannie Gray Parlor class to explore what we need to know to practice the spiritual discipline of forgiveness. This class will conclude with a brief worship service in the chapel with songs, prayer and reflections.

On March 11 at 3:45 p.m. Admiral Leighton Smith, U.S. Navy (ret.), who was commander in chief of U.S., Europe and Allied Forces during the Yugoslavia War, will give an engaging talk. The movie “Behind Enemy Lines” featured Gene Hackman as the admiral. 

On March 25, the Gracias Gala will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall with Hispanic food booths, live music, silent auction, raffles, cake sales, photo booths and more.

The entrance fee is $30 per family. All funds raised go to support STEM summer camp and enrichment programs for CALL students. 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 located all around the church which is in the village of Pinehurst on the corner of Kelly and Everette roads just off Midland Road.

For more information (910) 295-6848 or visit www.communitypres.com.

The Village Chapel

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, there will be two Ash Wednesday services at The Village Chapel. Imposition of ashes will be administered at noon and 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 29, noted evangelist Daniel Massieh, a Christian convert from Islam, will lead a seminar on sharing Christ with Muslims at The Village Chapel (in Chapel Hall) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch provided. Admission and lunch are free. Massieh has instructed thousands of

Christians in this ministry of evangelism that has never been so timely and relevant.

The 12th annual Spring Tea at The Village Chapel will be held Tuesday, March 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. This elegant and annual event, sponsored by the Women of the Chapel, will feature Helen Von Salzen, speaking on “Faith, Fellowship, and Tea.” Reservations ($21) are due by March 13, to the church office. For more information, contact the church office at (910) 295-6003 or janissholtis@gmail.com. To register online, see the website at tvcpinehurst.com.

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 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. 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 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 5-7 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, www.facebook.com/tvcpinehurst and on the webpage, www.tvcpinehurst.com.

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

For information on any of The Village Chapel’s weekly, regular programs and activities, or upcoming Christian education classes, call (910) 295-6003. Visit www.tvcpinehurst.com.

Brownson Presbyterian

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

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

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

Beginning on March 1, Brownson will kick off its 2020 Lenten Small Group Series. This year we are studying the theme of forgiveness, an idea at the heart of the Christian life. As the worldly embodiment of Jesus’ ministry, the church seeks to model forgiveness for itself and for the rest of the world. It’s central to our faith yet hard to practice. What would our lives be like if we learned to practice forgiveness — at work, with our families, ourselves, and with God? What would the world look like if the Christian community embodied forgiveness?

“We hope many of you will decide to join one of these groups this year,” says the spokesman.

Registration will begin soon. For more information, contact Austin Vernon in the church office or email him at discipleship@brownsonchurch.org.

For more information, visit www.brownsonchurch.org.

Trinity Christian Fellowship

Trinity Christian Fellowship, an interdenominational church located at 425 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst, offers a broad range of Sunday morning family worship services.

“The Rev. Matt Stillman and the Rev. Ellis Brooks welcome everyone to come as you are and join us in growing closer to God,” says a spokesman.

The 8 a.m. Daybreak service uses the liturgy from the Anglican Eucharistic Service (1928 Prayer Book) and celebrates Holy Communion every week. At 9 a.m., the New Song service celebrates family worship and is led in singing by a praise team. The 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone service is a traditional service and features the adult choir. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month for both the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. Nursery for children 2 and under is offered at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services.

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

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.

West End UMC

On Ash Wednesday (Feb. 26), West End UMC will offer an Imposition of Ashes services at noon  and a service at 7 p.m.

Gloria Moore, a certified yoga instructor, teaches Christian yoga at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. these classes in the Fellowship Hall at West End UMC.  All you need is a towel or yoga mat and a desire to improve your physical, mental, and spiritual health.  You may pay per session or for a set of sessions at a discount; $10 per class or $75 for a package of 10 classes. Family members of the same household may share a class pass.  A portion of the proceeds is donated to Smile Train, the international children’s charity that repairs cleft lip and palate.  If you have an interest or know someone who might be interested, contact Gloria at (910) 638-4314.  Both men and women participate. 

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.

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.

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 smm.dionc.org.

Ives Memorial

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

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.

There will be an Eggstravaganza and silent auction March 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as food and games. Each child will receive an Easter basket.

“Come out and join us for our Easter egg hunt,” says a spokesman. “There will gift baskets, gift cards, homemade crafts and pottery available during the silent auction.”

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.

Cross Talk

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

Gospel Show

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

Service

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

Caregiver Support

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

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

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

Email dalek1948@gmail.com for information.

Bible Study

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

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

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

Community Bible Study

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

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

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

Online registration is available at pinehurst.cbsclass.org.

New Study Course

John 8:31 Ministries announces a 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 john831ministries@gmail.com or call him at (910) 639-0198.

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