GriefShare’s “Surviving the Holidays”

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

Bill and Doris Russell say that “The participants will, no doubt, be flooded with memories of happier holiday celebrations that were held, prior to the loved one’s death.The study guide articles and video include real-life stories to help participants learn how to reduce stress, minimize loneliness, and navigate the holiday season.”

First Presbyterian Church, Carthage is located  at 110 S. Ray St., Carthage It is the red brick church across from the Carthage Post Office.

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


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

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

The host pastor is Elder Walter Thomas.

Community Bible Study

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

The 2019-20 study will include “Christian Living, James, Job, and Philippians.” Each CBS study is written by Bible scholars, based on Scripture, and encompasses a three-part approach with a personal study book, a core group of a maximum of 15 people facilitated by trained leaders, and a weekly teaching session. All women and men are invited. Concurrent related programs for infants and children of all ages are available for enrolled parents or guardians.

“We welcome new class-members throughout the class year (September to May),” says a spokesman. “The registration fee is $35 per adult and $10 per child; scholarships are available as needed. For questions and more information email”

Online registration is available at

Singing Anniversary

The United Gospel Singers of Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church, in Hoffman, will celebrate their 72nd singing anniversary Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the church, located at 108 McCoy Drive.

Pinebluff UMC

Homecoming Sunday at Pinebluff United Methodist Church will be held Oct. 13, with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m., with a covered dish lunch after workshop. District Superintendent the Rev. Ray Broadwell will be the guest speaker.

The church is located at 275 E. Philadelphia Ave., Pinebluff. For information, call (910) 281-3468.

St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony of Padua, 160 E. Vermont Ave., Southern Pines, will hold a Rosary Rally in the church parking lot, 160 E. Vermont Ave., Southern Pines, Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon with an hour of public prayer and hymns led by Deacon Stephen Dozier.

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

Blessing of the Pets

Christ Fellowship Church will offer a Blessing of the Pets at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The church is located at 1425 Midland Road, Southern Pines.

Pickin’ and Preachin’

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

“Bring a lawn chair,” says a spokesman.

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

Bible Study

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

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

For more information and to register, visit or email Registration can also be completed in class.

Sandy Grove

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

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

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

Plate Sale

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

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

Carthage UMC

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

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

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

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

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

The “Pastors’ Gathering’ will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. This event is for pastors who long to unite believers to become “one working body of Christ” in Carthage. All pastors are welcome. For information, call (910) 722-2113 and ask to speak with Nancy, the church’s prayer leader.

Youth Sunday will be held on Oct. 13, when the young people will lead the worship service.

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

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

Beaver Creek

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

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

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

Fall GriefShare

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

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

Pinehurst UCC

On Sunday, Oct. 13, all members of Congregational Church of Pinehurst UCC are asked to stay after the 10 a.m. service for a congregational meeting. The agenda, announced by Council Chair Don Harnum, is brief but important: votes on a new council member and new interim council chair; discussion of a proposal to display a “Be the Church” banner outside the building; and the sharing of information about CCP’s process for evaluation of our staff and pastor.

The Rev. Terry Yasuko Ogawa will lead the 10 a.m. worship service. The week’s scripture readings include Psalm 111, 2 Kings 5 and Luke 17:11-19. Her sermon title is “Come On In, The Water’s Great!.” During the service, the congregation will thank outgoing council members and make covenant with the incoming leaders. Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments will be served in the Hearth Room immediately following worship.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Eastern North Carolina Association Southern Conference UCC Annual Gathering is being held in Rockingham. This year’s theme is “Woven Together in Love ... #Tapestry of Love.” The Rev. Terry Ogawa will be preaching on “Love for Creation.” Anyone interested in attending the gathering should to contact Pastor Terry immediately.

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

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

West End UMC

The Youth Group at West End United Methodist Church meets on Sundays at 5 p.m. All youth are encouraged to attend and bring a friend. The Youth Ministry program will provide a safe, fun place for youth to experience fellowship, get answers to questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way. Supper is provided during the meetings. If you have any questions or want more information, contact Matthew Peele at or call (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).  It is a time of fellowship and devotion with a wonderful home cooked meal provided at a charge of $5 per person.

Sunday morning services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. Child care is available.

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

Ives Memorial

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

“Please take a moment to RSVP so we can be sure to have enough food,” says a spokesman. “You can call or sign up online at imbc” 

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.

Chapel in the Pines

The Chapel celebrated its homecoming this past weekend with a golf tournament, a tennis tournament, and a pingpong tournament. Returning choir members joined in singing and everyone was treated to a special luncheon following worship. Friendships were renewed, old stories were told, and members from the past and current attendees celebrated a common faith in God and a love for the Chapel.

In worship this Sunday, Pastor Paul James will continue a series of six sermons on the parables of Jesus by exploring new insights into the Parable of the Mustard Seed. This series of sermons is inspired by the current Bible study that is being enjoyed by the adults called “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.” This small group study meets on Sunday mornings at 10:30, and it is not too late to join in the discussion.

The Seven Lakes Community Choir continues its practice for the annual Christmas Cantata each Wednesday at 6 p.m. Everyone who loves to sing is invited to join this community choir directed by Edward Lee and accompanied by Tamara Lee. More information can be found at sevenlakes

The Chapel Men’s Fellowship will meet for breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8 a.m. At this meeting, the men will be making final plans for the second annual Chapel Campout on Oct. 19. This campout has games, food, worship, hay rides and a bonfire to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve.

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

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

The Chapel Senior High Youth Group meets each Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. for fun, fellowship and discussions that help maturing high schoolers grow in their faith. If you would like to be part of this welcoming and inclusive group of young people, call Sherry at (910) 400-5188.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christian Science

“Are Sin, Disease and Death Real” is the subject of the Christian Science Bible lesson-sermon for Sunday, Oct. 13. The Christian Science Society service begins at 10 a.m., and will be held at the Civic Club, 105 S. Ashe St., Southern Pines.

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

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

First Baptist, S.P.

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

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

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

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

For more information about fall adult small groups, visit

For more information, call (910) 692-8750 or visit

First Presbyterian, Carthage

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

The church office number is (910) 947-2924. The email address is Visit

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

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

The Women’s Circle and Bible Study is called “Love Carved in Stone” and is a fresh look at the Ten Commandments. This will take place at 11 a.m. in the church conference room the first Thursday of each month. There will also be an evening circle the second Thursday evening beginning Oct. 10.

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

“Surviving the Holidays,” a special GriefShare program, will be held in the Family Life Center Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. “Learn how to deal with emotions around the holidays, what to do about traditions, helpful for surviving social events and how to find hope for the future,” say facilitators Bill and Doris Russell.


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.

Sunday is the last installment of the current sermon series “CrossFit: Where doe the Cross Fit’ into your life and society. You can access this series, as well as all sermons on the "Media" page of the church website.

Three sessions of SPUMC 101 remain. Whether a new member, current members, or a future member, learn more about SoPines UMC.

There are two Oct. 13 deadlines. The $50 deposit for the Marriage Retreat on Nov. 1-3 at Sunset Beach, is due. The other is for the Youth Group "Pilgrimage" retreat to Fayetteville Nov. 8-10. Visit the events page for information on both events.

Faithful Families will be at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.

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

There are two Oct. 13 deadlines. The $50 deposit for the Marriage Retreat on Nov. 1-3 at Sunset Beach, is due. The other is for the Youth Group "Pilgrimage" retreat to Fayetteville Nov. 8-10. Visit the events page for information on both events.

The Senior Adult Fellowship Luncheon is Oct. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Table on the Green, Midland Road, Southern Pines. The program will be presented by Associate Pastor Sandy Kim. Menu choices are cashew chicken with steamed or fried rice, salad, and a spring roll or broccoli/bacon quiche. Cost of luncheon is $10, plus tip and includes the choice of beverage. Contact Lin Heimrick at (910) 315-4090 with your menu choice if you plan to attend.

The church will have its Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for kids and include unlimited games; adult tickets are $3. All tickets include dinner.

The church’s music ministry is in full fall swing. Wednesday night rehearsals begin at 6 p.m. with handbells; 6:45 p.m. is Christmas cantata rehearsals; Chancel Choir follows at 7:15 p.m.; and ends with Praise Band rehearsals at 8 p.m.

The children’s choir rehearsal is on Sunday afternoon for ages 4 years to fifth grade, at 3:45 p.m. If you are interested in joining any part of the music ministry, contact David Smith, the director of choirs. Sunday Night Live is back for the fall beginning at 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Youth Group starts at 5:30 p.m. for students from sixth through 12th grade.

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

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

St. Paul

St. Paul Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod holds services at 9 a.m. Sunday, with Bible study at 3 p.m. Thursdays. The pastor is John Melms.

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


On Sunday, Oct. 13, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Sandhills will meet at 10 a.m. for a video message titled “What Is Unitarian Universalism?” from the Rev. Angela Herrera of First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque.

The following Sunday, Oct. 20, Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy” is the topic of the Reading Discussion group. Stevenson is a major figure in bringing more justice to our justice institutions, and the personal stories he relates are eye-opening. The group meets after the service, from 11:20 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. All are welcome.

The Children’s Religious Education program for Oct. 13 will feature Lesson No. 4 from the Spirit of Adventure series, “The Good and the Bad.”

This month’s meeting of the book discussion group will be on Sunday, Oct. 20. Part 2 (Chapters 6-10) of Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy” will be the topic.

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

Pinehurst UMC

This Sunday, Pinehurst UMC’s Senior Pastor David Beam and Associate Pastor Sarah Swandell continue their sermon series, “Forgiveness!” According to a church spokesperson: “Often we don’t want to give forgiveness. And we don’t want to make a big show out of someone giving it to us. Yet forgiveness is at the core of how God shows love to us – it’s how we then show love to others.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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: Oct. 9, at Panera Bread at 7 p.m.; Oct. 10, from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gracious Living Retirement Community in Southern Pines in the third floor chapel; and Sunday, Oct. 13, 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.

“We are blessed that eight of our partners in ministry from Tabasco, Mexico, are spending five days with us in early October,” says a spokesman. “On Sunday, Oct. 13, we are planning a big day for our congregation to enjoy. We will be cooking a hot breakfast for our guests, their host families and our Sunday school participants on Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall. From 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall, we will gather for a joint Sunday school class with our eight guests. A dear friend and former member of Bethesda, Marty Prince, will be our guest teacher on that day. Members of all Sunday school classes are welcome.

During the 11 a.m. worship service, the Rev. Francisco Magana, (translated by Marty Prince), will preach on: “The Test of Faith,” based on I King 1: 1-7. Introducing the theme for his message, the Rev. Mangana writes: “The Bible says in James 5:17, Elijah was a man subject to similar passions as ours, and prayed fervently for what? He prayed it wouldn't rain, and it didn't rain on the earth for three years and six months. The prophet Elijah is a clear example of what the sincere prayer of a righteous man or woman can be. As John Bunyan said, ‘In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.’ Such a prayer can do or achieve amazing things!”

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

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

Participation in this ministry group is open to college students, regardless of their church affiliation (or lack thereof). 

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

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

The Children’s Ministry has a fall program to explore the life and ministry of Jesus. Using stories and activities the study will address the culture of Bible times and where this ministry took place. For preschool to fifth grade, contact

Youth Fellowship meets most Sundays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Youth Loft for middle and high school students. Presbytery Senior High Retreat is scheduled Nov. 16-17 at Camp Kirkwood for all ninth through 12 graders. The cost is $60 per person. Submit information and permission forms as soon as possible to

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

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

Starting Oct. 9, at 3:45 p.m. and the second Wednesday of each month thereafter, the group OWLS (Older Wiser Learning Still) will offer programs on a wide variety of interesting topics. The first will feature Paul Dunn, author and expert on Abraham Lincoln, in the Abraham Room, off the fellowship hall and is open to all.

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.

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

The Village Chapel

At Break Night on Wednesday, Oct. 9, a photographic presentation on C.S. Lewis and his early years in Belfast, Ireland, will be provided by Pastor John Jacobs. Those with prior reservations for the dinner are reminded that it begins at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend the program free of charge even if not participating in the meal. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

“Please join us on the lawn of The Village Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., as we celebrate St. Francis’ Day with our annual Blessing of the Animals,” says a spokesman. “If your pet does not play well with others, you may use a carrier or bring a picture of your pet. All are welcome, and there will be treats for both two- and four-legged animals.”

At Break Night on Wednesday, Oct. 16, Pastor John Jacobs will provide a photographic presentation on C.S. Lewis in Oxford and Cambridge. Our evening begins with a meal ($8) by reservation (295-6003) at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend the program free of charge even if not participating in the meal. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations for the dinner are required by Monday, Oct. 14.

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

The next Parents Night IN will be held Friday,Nov. 15. Pastor Ashley Smith will lead a discipleship and relationship building ministry for young adults and parents of the Chapel and surrounding community called “Parents’ Night IN.” The ministry will run congruently with “Parents’ Night OUT” — led by Pastor Vickie — which meets from 6 to 8 p.m. in Chapel Hall.

The young adults and parents will meet at the Care Cottage (55 Community Road, Pinehurst) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. “You are encouraged to bring a covered dish and/or a dessert to share with everyone; beverages will be provided,” says a spokesman.

The parents with children (nursery to fifth grade) are encouraged to drop off their students in Chapel Hall by 6 p.m. before arriving at the Care Cottage. Parents with youth (grades 6 to 12) are encouraged to consider allowing your student(s) to serve as volunteers to help Pastor Vickie.

This ministry will be offered monthly on days and times that are sensitive to the needs and availability of young adults and parents. The group will first cover “Spiritual Gifts,” which includes a spiritual gift assessment, before moving into various discipleship curricula focusing on Bible study, marriage and parenting. For more information or questions, contact Pastor Ashley at or (910) 992-8308.

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

On Fridays, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Pastor John Jacobs leads a class on C.S. Lewis and “The Screwtape Letters.” The “letters” are filled with wit, irony, satire and humor. Many have found it to be Lewis’ most accessible book. Meet in the administration building’s conference room, and all materials will be provided at no cost. This class is open to the community.

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group meets each Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon each week in Room 101 and is open to all. 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 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: and on the webpage at 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

Brownson Presbyterian

Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church PC (USA) is located at 330 South May St., Southern Pines. The church office number is (910) 692-6252. Services are at 9 and 11:10 a.m., with classes at 10 a.m. September through May. We have vibrant youth programs for all ages and we serve all generations. Brownson also offers a full-service nursery. For more information, visit us on the web

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

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, meets Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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

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

For more information, visit

St. Mary Magdalene

In November, St. Mary Magdalene will hold its semiannual golf tournament at Foxfire Golf & Country Club on Nov. 9. Net proceeds will go to our local military organizations. The cost is $65 per person, $55 for active military personnel. This cost includes green fees and cart, buffet and beer. Sign-In at 8 a.m. for mulligans, raffle and snacks, with a scramble format and shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Following completion of the golf, pizza, wings, salad, dessert and beer will be served and prizes awarded.

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

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

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

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

Sunday services are held at 9:330 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

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.

Culdee Presbyterian

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

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

Synagogue of Christ

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

New Study Course

John 8:31 Ministries announces a new study course offered by the Sandhills School of Discipleship, which began on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m.

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

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

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

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

John 8:31 Ministries is a 501(c)(3) faith-based, not-for-profit, nondenominational ministry.

For further information, contact Ken Owen at or call him at (910) 639-0198.

Community Bible Study

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

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

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

Online registration is available at

FBC Pinehurst

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

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

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

Trinity Christian Fellowship

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

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

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

Trinity offers a Mother’s Morning Out program on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children 16 months through 2 years and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Trinity also holds troop meetings for the faith-based American Heritage Girls program, ages 5 to 18 years old, on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

First Baptist, Carthage

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

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

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

Vass UMC

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

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

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

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.

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 misnderstood; 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 or 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.