Davidson College Presbyterian hosts speakers on gun violence, Earth Day

DAVIDSON – The Westminster Fellowship of Davidson College, Davidson College Democrats, and the Campus Ministry Committee of Davidson College Presbyterian Church will offer a presentation by Jim Atwood, entitled “The Gun Empire and the Perfect Storm: The Beginnings of a Spiritual Awakening and a Social Movement," at 7 p.m. April 18.

Atwood is a retired Presbyterian minister, pastor emeritus of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Arlington, Va., and the author of "America and Its Gun: A Theological Expose.” A resident of Springfield, Va., he is presently chairman of Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington, a faith-based ecumenical movement that encourages gun shops to adopt a code of conduct that deters illegal purchasing and the trafficking of handguns.

The event will be held in the 900 Room of the Alvarez Student Union at Davidson College. Copies of Atwood’s book will be available for purchase.

On Sunday April 21, Dennis Testerman will speak as part of Earth Day at 9:45 a.m. in the Congregation House. Testerman is a representative of Interfaith Power and Light of N.C., a branch of the North Carolina Council of Churches. NCIPL’s mission is to work with faith communities in North Carolina to address the causes and consequences of global climate change. The organization promotes practical, hope-filled responses through education, outreach and public policy advocacy.

For more information, please call Linda Steber at 704-892-5641. Davidson College Presbyterian is located at 100 N. Main St.


Grace Covenant, Mt. Zion and Bethel Presbyterian gather to pray for nation

CORNELIUS – Local churches will gather May 2 at noon on the steps of the Cornelius Town Hall to pray for the nation. The first Thursday of May was designated The National Day of Prayer by Congress in 1952. Anyone in the community is invited to come and pray for leaders, schools and the community. Church leaders from Grace Covenant Church, Mt. Zion United Methodist and Bethel Presbyterian will lead portions of the community program.

Contact Nick Fry, Communication Director at Grace Covenant, for more information at 704-892-8005, ext. 246, or nick@gracecovenant.org.

Grace Covenant is located at 17301 Statesville Road; Mt. Zion, at 19600 Zion Ave.; and Bethel Presbyterian, at 19920 Bethel Church Road.


Lake Forest worships through blues music

Lake Forest begins its fifth annual Hope in a House of Blues, a four week series about finding hope amidst the reality of the blues, with national artists playing gospel, bluegrass, rock and Americana worship music. Experience this balm for the soul on Sundays April 14-May 5 at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at both the Huntersville and Davidson campuses.

“We hope it will be a powerful, transformative and ultimately healing experience for every person who walks in our door,” lead pastor Mike Moses said.

On April 21, Kerry Kearney, a slide guitar master, plays his unique blues at the Huntersville campus, and Concord’s Jim Avett, father to Seth and Scott of The Avett Brothers, brings his country tunes to the Davidson campus.

Bluegrass banjo player Stevie Barr will perform with The Church Sisters in Huntersville on April 28 and in Davidson on May 5.

Also on May 5, Mike Farris comes to Huntersville for the finale of the series. Mike Farris was winner of the 2010 Dove Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year.”

For more information on Hope in a House of Blues, contact Susan Arrington at 704-650-2009 or sarrington@lakeforest.org, or visit the website at http://lakeforest.org.

Also at Lake Forest on April 20 at the Lake Forest Huntersville, Mark Oestreicher will speak about teenage blues. From 9 a.m.-noon, student ministry leaders can hear about “Shifts in Youth Culture.” From 2-4 p.m., parents can hear about “What’s Going on with My Teen?” The event is free. RSVP at http://lfcteenageblues.eventbrite.com/#.

Lake Forest Huntersville is located at 8519 Gilead Road. The church's Davidson campus meets at Davidson Elementary, 635 South St.


Lake Norman Baptist presents fashion show and speaker

HUNTERSVILLE – The church will hold a women’s fashion show called “Fashioned by Faith” from 2-4 p.m. April 27.  Lynn Marshall will be the guest speaker. Tickets cost $10 and can be bought through April 22 in the church’s gathering room on Sundays and in the church office during week.

Lake Norman Baptist is located at 7921 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville.

Church plans faith-based musical 

The Primary and Junior choirs of Davidson College Presbyterian Church will combine to present “Life of the Party!” on May 1.

The performance is musical play about Mary and Martha which shows how two sisters can be very different in the ways that they show their love for Jesus.

The show and dinner begins at 5:45 p.m. May 1 at the Congregation House. Make reservations by noon April 29 by calling the church at 704-892-5641.