Mayors Swain, Woods to speak at DCPC’s Even Sunday

DAVIDSON – Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain and Davidson Mayor John Woods will address local government issues as guests of Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Even Sunday gathering.

The Rev. Lib McGregor Simmons will moderate the discussion.

DCPC’s Even Sunday program offers a space for honest and respectful dialogue from a faith perspective on “hot topic” issues. In this time of “uncivil discourse” in the public square, DCPC hopes to be a church where people can converse with courage and conviction about important issues, while maintaining an atmosphere of respect.

Even Sunday with the two mayors will be held 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the church parlor, 100 N Main St. The free program is open to the public.


St. Mark Catholic attends March for Life 2014

HUNTERSVILLE – Parishioners from St. Mark Catholic Church, along with Father Roger Arnsparger and Father Matthew Codd, will travel by motor coach to Washington, D.C. for the 2014 March for Life.

They will march up Constitution Avenue past the Capitol to the Supreme Court to speak up for the protection of the unborn child.

The parishioners will have a Mass, celebrated by Codd at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Va., and a Mass with the Charlotte and Raleigh Diocese of North Carolina at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The March for Life is a peaceful rally that has taken place annually since 1973 when abortion was legalized through Roe v. Wade. This year’s event, as in most years, is on Jan. 22, the actual date of the Roe v. Wade decision and will occur on the National Mall. A concert will be followed by a rally with speakers and the march up Constitution Avenue.

An all-night National Prayer Vigil for Life, which began in 1979, takes place the night before the rally at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


St. Therese Catholic breaks ground on new sanctuary

MOORESVILLE - St. Thérèse Church broke ground Dec. 7 on a new sanctuary.

The larger worship space will accommodate the rapidly growing parish, which has 3,400 registered families, according to the Catholic News Herald.

The new building will provide more than double the existing seating capacity, expanding from 500 to 1,145.

The new sanctuary will cost $7.7 million. Fundraising for the project began two years ago and will run for two more years. The campaign has raised $3.6 million since its kickoff in summer 2010.

The new 20,000-square-foot sanctuary will be situated on the existing property and include a modern steeple with a large cross. The cross needed approval from the Mooresville Board of Commissioners because its height of 53 feet exceeded the zoning limits by 18 feet.

Construction is expected to take a little more than a year. The new church will be dedicated in early 2015.

The church is located at 217 Brawley School Road, just east of Talbert Road and Interstate 77 Exit 35. Jesuit Father Vincent Curtin serves as pastor.


Life Fellowship Church launches new service times

DAVIDSON – To accommodate growing numbers, Life Fellowship Church has changed its worship service times and added an early service.

The church now offers three service times at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. At 9:30 and 11 a.m., two separate services are offered: The main service in the front entrance of the Community School of Davidson and The Venue around the back of the Community School of Davidson building, where the sermon is streamed through video but with a live band and staff pastor.

The church is engaged in a sermon series called, "Kingdom Life," exploring Jesus' most famous message, The Sermon On The Mount and Jesus’ vision for a life full of meaning, purpose and fulfillment.

Life Fellowship services are held at the Community School of Davidson, 565 Griffith St.


Davidson UMC to host new women’s Bible study

DAVIDSON – A women’s Bible study group at Davidson United Methodist Church will begin a seven-week study of “Gideon:  Your Weakness. God’s Strength,” by Priscilla Shirer.

The study costs $20 and childcare is provided. Participants are asked to register by calling the church office at 704-892-8277 by Jan. 31.

The seven-week study will run 9:30-11 a.m., beginning Feb. 5, in the fellowship hall, 233 S. Main St.   


Huntersville ARP hosts chili cook-off

HUNTERSVILLE –  Huntersville ARP will host a chili cook-off to support its missions team.

The fee to enter a pot of chili is $25. The church will accept donations for the all-you-can-eat dinner to raise money for its mission trip.

The event takes place 5 p.m. for judging and 6-8 p.m. for dinner Jan. 25 at the church, 200 N. Old Statesville Road.

Details: Jill Gazzaway at


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