Churches rely on three VBS publishers

DAVIDSON – Lake Norman churches will be hosting week-long vacation bible schools for kids this summer, and most will rely on materials produced by three publishing houses.

• Group Publishing: The most widely used publisher in our area is Group, a branch of Christian Book Distributors. Its 2014 VBS is called “Weird Animals, Where Jesus’ Love is One of a Kind.” This program is being used by many churches, including Grace Covenant, Mt. Zion United Methodist, Bethel Presbyterian, Huntersville Presbyterian, Community in Christ Lutheran and Cornelius Presbyterian.

Group also offers a “Totally Catholic” version of “Weird Animals,” from which St. Mark has based its program called “For We Are All God’s Masterpiece.” St. Therese in Mooresville is also using the “Weird Animals” Catholic version. Group works in conjunction with Our Sunday Visitor, a Catholic publisher.

Another Group option this summer is called “Wilderness Escape,” about God’s guidance and provision for Moses and the Isrealites. Davidson College Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Huntersville will offer this program.

• LifeWay: Another VBS resource is LifeWay, which is offering “Agency 3 D, Discover, Decide, Defend.” Lake Norman Baptist, Christ Community and Independence Hill Baptist are among the Lake Norman churches offering “Agency 3 D.”

• Gospel Light: The oldest of the three VBS publishers, Gospel Light, has created “Son West Roundup” for this summer, which will teach about the Old Testament stories of Moses to discover God’s ultimate plan of salvation in Jesus. Asbury United Methodist will use this curriculum.  

Gospel Light also publishes a Catholic version of its programs in conjunction with Ligouri Publications.


Jewish holiday disrupts exam schedule

CHARLOTTE – In respect to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools did not allow final exams on June 4 and 5.

CMS students took exams Monday and Tuesday that week, but no exams were given on Wednesday and Thursday. Students were expected to attend full school days.

Exams and the half-day schedule resumed on Friday and Monday. On Wednesday and Thursday teachers were not permitted to review for exams because exams had already begun.

Shavuot, also called the Festival of Weeks, marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. During the holiday, the Ten Commandments are read in synagogues and no work is permitted.


Baptist churches study healthy eating

HUNTERSVILLE – Over the summer, women will gather at Lake Norman Baptist and Independence Hill Baptist to study the book “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst.

The book’s subtitle is “Satisfying your Deepest Desire with God not Food.”

The book explores spiritual empowerment for healthy living and addresses making peace with your body, replacing rationalization with wisdom and reaching healthy goals while growing closer to God.

The Lake Norman Baptist study will run 6:15-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, June 18-Aug. 6, in the Lake Norman Baptist fellowship room, 7921 Sam Furr Road. A bonus Body & Soul exercise demo will be a part of each meeting. The study costs $20, including book and participant’s guide. Childcare is available for children ages 0-2; Bible Study, games, and crafts are available for children ages 3-12. Register by June 6.

The Independence Hill Baptist study will be held 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays, starting June 19, in room 504 at the church, 10220 Independence Hill Road.

A children's Bible program will be available for birth-age 10. Register for the studies and children's program at

The discussion-based study is six weeks long, with light homework. Books cost $10. Another women’s study will be held at the same times and study Stephen Furtick’s book “Crash the Chatterbox.”


Bethel Presbyterian supports Alzheimer caregivers

CORNELIUS - The Bethel Health Ministries Team sponsors an Alzheimer’s Support Group for caregivers of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. A group of Alzheimer’s patients meets simultaneously in another room.

The group meets 3-4:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month in the church activity center, 19920 Bethel Church Road.

Details: Beth Moss, or 704-892-0546.


Lutheran church hosts resume workshop

CORNELIUS – This month’s Job Assistance Workshop at Community in Christ Lutheran will focus on “Successful Resumes and Cover Letters.”

Monica White, a career consultant, will discuss how to catch an employer's attention with your resume. Participants will learn about accomplishment-based resumes, successful formats, and standout cover letters.

This month’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 10 at the church, 7621 Norman Island Drive.  

The workshop covers different topics at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month.

For questions call the church office, 704-892-0120, or email

RSVP if you plan to attend.