Davidson UMC hopes to provide 300 Thanksgiving meals

DAVIDSON – Davidson United Methodist Church will provide 300 families with a Thanksgiving meal, which amounts to 900 bags of groceries.  

People can donate a shopping bag of groceries that contain cans or boxes of fruits, vegetables, gravy, stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, frosting, as well as cake, cornbread, biscuit or muffin mix. Bags of rice are OK, too.

People can also donate $25 gift cards toward the purchase of turkeys.

Following the 11 a.m. service Nov. 24, the church will load the bags onto a truck. People will hand out the groceries to families 8:45 a.m.-noon Nov. 26 at the Ada Jenkins Center.

Contact Kelly or Dirk Baker at baker6@carolina.rr.com or 704-517-2644.


Shop holiday bazaar at Hopewell Presbyterian

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell Presbyterian Church will host its 26th annual Holiday Bazaar in November.

For several months of the year, people work hard canning vegetables and pickles, making jellies, baking cakes and pies, and making beautiful handmade crafts. At the bazaar, you can find cookbooks, Christmas cards, fall and Christmas wreaths and many other gift items.

The silent auction this year is the largest ever with more than 225 items.  These include admission to events in locations around the Carolinas, Florida, and Tennessee, and many restaurant and hotel items are also available.  Shop for your entertainment, food, golf, home and pets.

Senior high youth will have a “Trash and Treasure” room upstairs.

Profits raised will be used to buy equipment and furnishings for the church and to assist members of the church and community in times of financial need.

Shop 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 23 at the church, 10500 Beatties Ford Road, across from Latta Plantation Park.  Breakfast opens at 7:30 am. 

Details: Joan Andersen, 704-875-3233 or joan.andersen@usa.com.


Mt. Zion UMC hosts arts, crafts show

CORNELIUS – Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Extravaganza.

The annual arts, crafts and gifts show will feature more than 30 regional artists and crafters.

Gift and accessory dealers will offer items in the country store. The store will also sell homemade, baked and canned goods.

The “Zion Café” will serve breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Proceeds will benefit Mt. Zion’s children’s ministries and the community.

The show will be held 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the church, 19600 Zion St. Also, studio quality holiday photos with Santa will be set up 4-7 Nov. 22 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 23.


St. Mark puts on Christmas bazaar

HUNTERSVILLE – At St. Mark’s Christmas bazaar, crowds will enjoy raffles, a bake sale, handmade crafts, pony rides and 75-plus booths, including gently used purse and costume jewelry booths.
There will also be a special shopping area for children.

Admission costs $1. Concessions will be sold. Free goody bags go to the first 500 attendees. 

This year's bazaar will be held 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m., Nov. 23 at the church, 14740 Stumptown Road. 

Details: www.StMarkChristmasBazaar.org.


Conference promotes disaster preparedness

CORNELIUS – Charlotte Back to the Basics will hold a conference at Grace Covenant Church.

Speakers and product booths will cover disaster preparedness, such as canning, suturing, HAM radio operation, secret gardening, classes for women only, triage, solar energy, fire making, butchering, outdoor kettle cooking and navigation.

The Doomsday Castle Family, as seen on National Geographic Channel’s reality show, will be special guests. James Wesley Rawles, Rick Austin, Richard W. Davis Jr., Matt Gibson and Survivor Jane will speak at the event. 

The conference will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the church, 17301 Statesville Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Admission costs $10.

Details: www.charlottebacktothebasics.com.


Bethel Presbyterian offers grief workshop for holidays

CORNELIUS – Bethel Presbyterian’s health ministries team will host a Surviving the Holidays grief share workshop because the holidays can be difficult for those who are grieving.

Light refreshments will be served. 

Workshop will be held 9-11 a.m. Nov. 23 in the church’s fellowship hall, 19920 Bethel Church Road. Call Beth Moss at 704-892-05646 or email griefshare@bethel-pc.org to reserve your place.


First Baptist begins Operation Christmas Child

HUNTERSVILLE – First Baptist Huntersville is once again serving as a drop-off center for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child delivers shoebox gifts to children around the world. More than 103 million boxes have been shipped since the program began in 1993.

Shoebox drop-off times are as follows:

• Nov. 18-19, 5-7 p.m.

• Nov. 20, 5-8:30 p.m.

• Nov. 21-22, 5-7 p.m.

• Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Nov. 24, noon-5 p.m.

• Nov. 25, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

First Baptist Huntersville is located at 119 N. Old Statesville Road.

Details: 704-875-6581.