DUMC gives comfort to those grieving this season

DAVIDSON – The holidays can be a particularly challenging time for the bereaved. Davidson United Methodist Church will offer two opportunities for those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. 

The Rev. John Rowe, director of the counseling center at DUMC, will lead a grief and healing dialogue. 

Participants will address the relevant questions that come to mind during this time:

• Where is God in the midst of grief? 

• What help can I expect from others, including the church? 

• Can I nurture a connection with my beloved? 

• What spiritual resources can I rely on within myself to facilitate healing?

Afterward, the Rev. Katie Lineberger will lead a Service of Hope and Healing for those dealing with loss during the holidays. This service is for those seeking encouragement or comfort this holiday season, with an opportunity for reflection and personal prayers. 

The Grief and Healing Dialogue will be held 5:30-6:45 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Purcell Room, 233 S. Main St. The Service of Hope and Healing will follow at 7 p.m. in the chapel, 304 S. Main St.

Childcare is available for both sessions by calling the church office in advance.

Details: 704-892-8277.


Community in Christ Lutheran embraces Montagnards

CORNELIUS – Community in Christ Lutheran Church will hold a Montagnard Christmas Festival.

The Montagnard people are refugees from Vietnam who live in West Charlotte.

A traditional Christmas worship service will be infused with music and dance from the Montagnard people. A dinner buffet will follow with American and Montagnard food.

The St Joseph’s Lion Dancers will perform with colors, drums and costumes. The Montagnard Tribal Dancers will perform dances handed down for hundreds of years, and the Montagnard Hip Hop Dancers will add to the energy. The Montagnard ESL Parents Choir will sing in their native language, and the Montagnard Mission Children’s Choir will also sing. 

The service starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 in the sanctuary, 7621 Norman Island Drive.


Evening blends biblical, modern-day Christmas

CORNELIUS – The Bethel Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and Acts of Renewal will present “Rediscovering Christmas,” a funny and moving presentation that brings to life many biblical and modern-day aspects about the season.

The free, family-friendly evening is appropriate for children 8 and older. Childcare will be provided for younger children.

Acts of Renewal, made up of husband-and-wife team, Jim and Carol Shores, creates theater that glorifies God, leading audiences toward hope, goodness and a hunger for Christ. They also work as professors at Montreat College in Black Mountain.

“Rediscovering Christmas” starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the church, 19920 Bethel Church Road. A reception will follow where attendees can meet Jim and Carol Shores.

Details: www.actsofrenewal.com.


Pageant collects food for needy

DAVIDSON – Davidson College Presbyterian Church will gather for a White Gift Christmas Pageant, a celebration of the nativity.

At the end of the service, all will be invited to approach the manger with gifts of food. Food will be distributed to families in the community through Loaves and Fishes at the Ada Jenkins Center.

The church is asking for specific kinds of food this year: a canned ham, boxed stuffing, boxed potatoes or canned yams. These foods will help recipients eat a holiday meal. 

The pageant start at 5 p.m. Dec. 15 in the DCPC sanctuary, at 100 N. Main St.


Huntersville Presbyterian performs live nativity 

HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville Presbyterian Church will present a live nativity as part of Christmas in Huntersville.

The youth group will play the parts of the Christmas story, while people narrate with readings and live music from the Praise Band. Free hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn will be served.

Showtimes for the live nativity are 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 on the church’s front lawn, 201 S. Old Statesville Road.


Mt. Zion presents contemporary Christian musical

CORNELIUS – The Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Praise Team will present Chris Barron’s contemporary Christian musical, “Have No Fear.”

The contemporary Christian musical blends Christmas favorites, praise, worship and new songs meant to remind us of the compelling message that because of the coming of Jesus, we no longer need to be afraid.

The event takes place 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Family Life Center, 19600 Zion St.

Details: www.mtzionumc.net.


Concert tells ‘Heart of Christmas’

CORNELIUS – Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will present a concert featuring its chancel choir, hand bells, chamber music and the Pepper Choplin’s.

The Heart of Christmas tells the timeless story that we remember each year in a creative, profound way, by probing the hearts of those most directly involved in St. Luke’s account of that first Christmas.

The event takes place 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 22 in the church sanctuary, 19600 Zion St.

Details: www.mtzionumc.net.


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