Grace Covenant begins Trail Life boys program

CORNELIUS – Grace Covenant Church has affiliated with Trail Life USA, a national scouting program out of Orlando, Fla.

Trail Life Troop 7777 began meeting at Grace Covenant on Jan. 7. Activities are designed for adventure, character and leadership, all with a Christian emphasis.

The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man's skills and allow him to grow as a role model and as a leader for his peers. 

The Boy Scouts of America adopted a new policy in 2013 admitting openly gay Scouts.

In contrast, Trail Life’s Statement of Values includes purity, defined as “to reserve sexual activity for the sanctity of marriage, a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.”

The other three values are service, stewardship and integrity.

Trail Life Troop 7777 meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Grace Covenant Church, 17301 Statesville Road.

Details: or


United Way event to inspire women

DAVIDSON – The United Way of Central Carolinas invites the community to an evening in which two women talk about overcoming tragedy with the support of United Way-funded agencies.

The event takes place 6-8 p.m. March 12 at River Run Country Club, 19125 River Falls Drive. Wine, beer and heavy appetizers will be served. Register by March 5.

Details: 704-664-2284 or


Lions Club helps blind with pancakes  

HUNTERSVILLE – The Huntersville Lions Club will use proceeds from its annual pancake breakfast to help the blind and visually impaired.

The breakfast takes place 7-11 a.m. March 1 at Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road.

Lions will serve pancakes with various fruit and syrup toppings, sausage and a drink for $8 for adults and $4 for school-agers. There is no cost for children younger than 5. The menu includes biscuits and sausage gravy.

Proceeds from the breakfast go to programs that support the blind and visually impaired, which includes Camp Dogwood for the Blind on Lake Norman and the Lion’s Services Eye Clinic on North Tryon Street.

A silent auction will include many community gift certificates and gift baskets. Lions will also have on hand a supply of the organization’s famous brooms.


Huntersville UMC offers Fireproof couples’ class

HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville United Methodist Church will host a six-week Fireproof class for couples.

The class will look at God-designed gender differences, God's love, a lifelong covenant, temptations, forgiveness and unconditional love.

The class meets 4 p.m. Sundays, beginning March 2, at the church, 14005 Stumptown Road.

To register, contact Tabitha at 704-875-1156 or by Feb. 21.


Marriage conference connects couples

HUNTERSVILLE – Couples are invited to Calvary Chapel’s daylong marriage conference “Marriage ROCKS! Doing Marriage God's Way.”

Enjoy a day of encouragement with couples that can identify with the struggles of marriage. Invest in a time of instruction under Pastor Sandy Adams, author of “Welcome to the Family of God” and senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Stone Mountain. 

Find out about having a happy marriage by building it on a stronger foundation.

The conference takes place 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8, at Calvary Chapel, 17609 Old Statesville Road.

Admission costs $79 per couple, which includes breakfast, lunch and conference registration. Childcare is available. Register in advance.



DCPC presents organ concert

DAVIDSON –The final Organ at Davidson program for 2013-14 is the popular Annual Bach Birthday Bash on March 11, featuring Jane Cain on organ with singers and instrumentalists performing Bach’s “Coffee Cantata.”

Organ at Davidson programs begin at 7:30 p.m. at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N Main St. 

Concerts are free with donations encouraged to expand the series. A meet-the-artist reception follows the recital. Guest recitalists receive an honorarium derived solely from donations.



Life Fellowship offers Financial Peace course next month

DAVIDSON – Life Fellowship will begin a Dave Ramsey course, Financial Peace University, in March. The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.

Each week, a different lesson is taught by Ramsey on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

Dave Ramsey has written four New York Times best-selling books: “Financial Peace,” “More Than Enough,” “The Total Money Makeover” and “EntreLeadership.”

The classes start at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, beginning March 23, at Life Fellowship, which meets at Community School of Davidson, 565 Griffith St.. Register in advance.

Details: Kerry Belcher, 704-895-0450, or