Davidson UMC holds benefit auction

DAVIDSON – The United Methodist Women and Guatemala Mission Team of Davidson United Methodist Church will host an evening to benefit women and children in the Lake Norman area and families of the Guatemalan Highlands.

The gala, “The Joy of Giving,” will feature an appetizer and dessert buffet, as well as a live and silent auction.

Since 2007, DUMC’s Guatemala Mission Team has ministered in the mountains of Guatemala, building a church, teaching Bible School classes for children and repairing homes. 

In 2011, the Guatemala mission team began sending a medical team and recently started a one-week sports camp, ongoing language classes and computer classes.             

United Methodist Women raise money to support charities that focus on women and children, including soup kitchens, summer camp opportunities, the Ada Jenkins Center and Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission.

The event will be held 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in the church’s fellowship hall, 233 S. Main St. Tickets for “The Joy of Giving” cost $10 each or $15 for two in the church office during normal business hours.

Details: Gerri Sampson, gerrisam@aol.com or 704-591-0545.


Moravian Church hosts Lovefeast

HUNTERSVILLE – New Beginnings Moravian Church and Huntersville United Methodist invite the community to a Thanksgiving Lovefeast. 

The Lovefeast dates back to 1727, in which celebrants sing hymns while partaking of a lightly sweetened bun and sweetened mug of coffee. It’s a way to usher in the season of Advent.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at 201 Seagle St.

Details: 704-992-2003.


Speaker addresses Islam, the West

DAVIDSON – Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s next Even Sunday program features former Republican Congressman and Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Mark Siljander.

Siljander’s book, “A Deadly Misunderstanding,” recounts how he became committed to healing the rift between Islam and the West as he studied the scriptures and traveled to some of the most remote and hostile places in the world: Libya, Sudan and Pakistan.

Organizers aim for a respectful discussion of one of the hottest topics of the day – how the West relates to those of the Muslim faith.

The free event will be held 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in the church parlor, 100 N. Main St.


Mormon church presents Community Nativity Festival

HUNTERSVILLE – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor its sixth annual Community Nativity Festival in December.

The display will feature more than 400 nativities from around the world. Additionally, children may dress in nativity costumes to enact the holy night and make a craft to take home. 

All are welcome to visit 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5-7 at 7036 McIlwaine Road. Musical performances will be held 6-9 p.m. Admission is free.

Details: www.nativityfestival.com.


St. Jude’s Anglican begins eight-week Tim Keller study

HUNTERSVILLE – St Jude's Mission, an emerging Anglican Church, is beginning an eight-week study by Tim Keller, entitled “Gospel in Life: Grace Changes Everything.” 

Keller is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City, a flagship evangelical church. He is the author of the popular “The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism.”

The study begins at 10:50 a.m. Nov. 24, after the 9:15 a.m. worship service, at the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Old Statesville Road.

Details: www.stjudesmission.org.


Unitarian Universalism explained at coffee gathering

DAVIDSON – Have you ever wondered what Unitarian Universalism is?

Find out at Coffee and Conversation, where members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman will cover the principles and beliefs of Unitarian Universalism.

The event starts at 9:45 a.m. Dec. 1, at The Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop.  

Details: www.uulakenorman.org. RSVP: membership@uulakenorman.org.


Hear about Haiti mission work

DAVIDSON – Huntersville Presbyterian Church will give a presentation about Embrace Haiti, its village “make-over” project that began in 2009. 

Jeff Godkin, who recently returned from a mission trip, will show pictures and describe what Embrace Haiti does.

The event will be held noon-1 p.m. Nov. 22 at The Business Center in South Main Square, 442 S. Main St. RSVP to jeffgodkin@gmail.com or 704-906-5792.

Service celebrates various faiths 

CHARLOTTE – Mecklenburg Ministries will put on the 38th annual citywide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Covenant Presbyterian.

Ron Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University, will present the Thanksgiving message. The children’s message will be given by Srikanth Rajagopalan, representing the Hindu tradition.

The Mecklenburg Ministries interfaith adult and children’s choirs will perform.

Bring canned goods to the service to benefit Loaves and Fishes.

The service starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at Covenant Presbyterian, 1000 E. Morehead St.

Details: meckmin@meckmin.org or 704-565-5455.