Elevation Lake Norman holds first services at new campus

CORNELIUS – Elevation Church will launch its ninth campus in the Charlotte area Jan. 11 at the old Palace Theatre.

The new Elevation Lake Norman will offer three services: 5 p.m. Jan. 11, as well as 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 12.

The church is located at 8325 Copley Drive in Kenton Place.


Boy Scout Troop moves from Grace Covenant to Journey Church

HUNTERSVILLE – In December, Boy Scout Troop 323, which had previously been chartered at Grace Covenant in Cornelius, moved to Journey Church in Huntersville.

Cub Scout Pack 323 had already transitioned to Journey Church in September.

Grace Covenant ended its sponsorship of these units after the Boy Scouts of America adopted a new policy of admitting openly gay Scouts in May 2013. The new policy went into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

The BSA policy now allows for gay Scouts but not gay Scout leaders.

The BSA Hornets Nest District awarded Dave and Heather Valeri with the Golden Nest Award for their contributions in founding the new Pack and awarded the Chartered Organization of the Year Award to Journey Church. 

Both the Pack and Troop will meet on Tuesday nights at Journey Church.


Counseling Center at Davidson UMC presents several courses

DAVIDSON – The Counseling Center at Davidson United Methodist Church will offer three courses starting in January.

• “Teens Helping Teens” is an eight-week group for teens ages 13-18 and provides a non-judgmental and confidential environment for teens to discuss topics, such as grief and loss, self-esteem, family dynamics, coping skills, social skills, peer pressure, substance use and career/college preparation. The group, led by licensed counselors Shannon White and Christine Wisdom, will meet 7-8 p.m. Mondays, beginning Jan. 13. The group costs $400. Scholarships are available. Details: Shannon White, 704-892-6135.

• “Dreamwork: God's Forgotten Language” will be taught by the Rev. John Rowe, director of the counseling center, and Doris Snyder, spiritual director. The two will introduce Carl Jung’s concept of dreams as a spiritual discipline and path towards growth. This free event will be held 7-9 p.m. Jan. 14 at the DUMC Chapel, 304 S. Main St., Davidson. There will be an opportunity to sign up for an eight-week, in-depth course for those interested in further study. RSVP and request childcare by Jan. 10 by calling 704-892-6135.

• “Building Confidence & Self-Esteem” is a 12-week group for women, taught by Christine Wisdom. The group will be introduced to a variety of techniques proven to help enhance self-esteem. The discussions will be useful for women struggling with issues of self-doubt, depression, anxiety, body image or life transition. The group, limited to eight members, will meet 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 16.The group costs $40 per session. Prior assessment is required. Details: Christine Wisdom, 704-892-6135.  


Methodist agency for mentally disabled names new president

HUNTERSVILLE – The United Methodist Agency for the Retarded, or UMAR, announced that Marilyn Garner will serve as the nonprofit’s new president and CEO.

Garner moves to her new position from her role as UMAR’s chief development officer and interim president. 

For 30 years, UMAR has promoted community inclusion, independence and growth for more than 400 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization provides group homes, day programs, cultural enrichment and vocational services throughout the western North Carolina region, including Huntersville, Cornelius, Charlotte and Concord.

Details: www.UMARinfo.com.


Men in Balance offers men’s group

CORNELIUS – Men in Balance holds breakfast sessions for men Tuesdays at 7 a.m. at the Cook House Restaurant, 20936 Torrence Chapel Road.

Davidson United Methodist Church is also offering sessions on Sundays at 11 a.m. in room 211, 233 S. Main St., Davidson. 

Men in Balance is a non-denominational faith-based nonprofit that provides support for men seeking balance and integration in their occupational, spiritual and personal lives. The organization promotes conversations held in churches, synagogues, web forums, men's networking groups and small self-directed discussion groups.

Any church or synagogue can start a group by calling 704-895-8976 for more information.

Details: www.meninbalance.org.


Davidson College Presbyterian hosts improvisational organ concert

DAVIDSON – Organ at Davidson presents Patrick Scott in recital.

The unique feature of this concert will be an improvisation by the artist. He will be handed a piece of paper with a melody on it, which he has not seen before. He will then improvise a piece based on that theme, developing it as he plays. This difficult skill is only achieved by a few organists.

All Organ at Davidson programs are free, with donations encouraged to expand the series.

A meet-the-artist reception follows the recital.

For the full 2013-14 schedule, visit www.dcpc.org and click on Music. Guest recitalists receive an honorarium derived solely from donations.

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the sanctuary of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St.

Job search ministry looks at LinkedIn

CORNELIUS – Community in Christ Lutheran Church’s next job assistance workshop will focus on using LinkedIn to look for jobs.

The group meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the church, 7621 Norman Island Drive.  

RSVP to attend.

Details: jobassistanceworkshop@gmail.com or 704-892-0120.