I fell in love with... ...Loaves and Fishes the day I offered to pray for a woman I was serving. At my Amen, she looked up at me and asked, "Now may I pray for you?" ~ Jennifer Basquin ...kids because they are God’s own beloved children. Tutoring is our opportunity to have a positive impact on their characters and academic careers. ~ Tom Strohl ...the generosity of the Persian Pickles. They share their cross-stitching, sewing, knitting, quilting and crocheting skills, helping one another with personal projects and charitable ones. They’ve made bookmarks for the confirmands, prayer shawls for our congregation and for hospice, quilts for charities, toys for children, pillowcases for summer camp and much, much more. What’s not to love? ~ Dotty Dysard ...Dr. Matt Brown’s Bible Study! I will not hesitate to admit that I love the Bible Study conducted by Dr. Matt Brown. I find the small group setting in which it takes place non-threatening and a wonderful opportunity to listen, learn, and share. By sharing I realize the nurturing of spiritual growth and the constant reminder of "who we are and Whose we are". My advice: Please give this study a try. You, too, could just fall in love with it. ~ Hilreth Dyce
@ South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church
WORSHIP 8:10 a.m., Chapel 9:10 a.m., Sacred Space, Sanctuary 10:30 a.m., Traditional Worship, Sanctuary
CLASSES: CHILDREN NURSERY
Birth - Kindergarten Sunday Mornings & Special Events These rooms are staffed with professional nursery personnel, as well as parent disciples, providing our children with consistent and attentive care. As appropriate, nursery care includes Bible stories, songs, and crafts.
CHILDRENÊS SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Spark Classroom is a Bible-centered approach with ageappropriate materials that emphasize active learning. Every lesson follows a four-part sequence: Gather, Open the Bible, Activate Faith, and Send. Each week, kids and their leaders gather together to explore their Bibles, enjoy fun activities, pray, and grow in faith. Three-Year-Olds - Kindergarten Children may be dropped off at 9:00 a.m. in their classrooms in the preschool wing of the Palmer Building. Each room is marked above the door by age group. First - Fifth Grades Children gather in Mecklenburg Hall at 9:00 a.m. for worship, then are escorted to their classroom for the lesson. 10:00 a.m.: Collect your child at their classroom.
CLASSES / STUDIES: ADULTS ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
Sundays, 9:00 a.m., Room 206 Discussions of contemporary Christian issues. Study: Women and the Church Brenton Hartman, firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Strohl, email@example.com
NEW: DISCIPLE FAST-TRACK
Sundays, 9:00 a.m., Room 302 This is an overview of the Disciple Bible Course. It is ideal for adults of every walk of life and experience (or non-experience!) with the Bible. Kari Case, firstname.lastname@example.org
DR. MATT BROWNÊS BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., Session Room & 6:30 p.m., Room 204 Join us as we discuss the scripture passages for the upcoming week's sermon. Dr. Matt Brown, matt@SMPChome.org
JOY CLASS (JUST OLDER YOUTH)
Sundays, 9:00 a.m., Room 301 Study: Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet by Adam Hamilton Mary Ann Christian, email@example.com
MENÊS MORNING BIBLE STUDY
Fridays, 6:30 a.m., Room 202 Study: The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard Aarik Eberhardt, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! MONDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
Mondays, 9:45 a.m., Room 206 September 18 - November 13 In the Beginning: Perspectives on Genesis by Celia Brewer Sinclair Melissa White, email@example.com
NEW: MODERN FAMILY VALUES
Age 4 - Third Grade This service is held in the Chapel during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The children will leave the Sanctuary after the Anthem and return at the Doxology to conclude the worship service with their families.
Sundays, 9:00 a.m., Room 204 This class will be exploring some modern family values (like compassion, abundance, and community) using various methods — Bible study, videos, books, and conversation.
CLASSES / MUSIC: YOUTH
PARENTS OF FIRST GRADERS
Patty Stevenson, firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Confirmands, Middle & High School Students - The Cottage Curriculum: Spark Classroom
Sunday Evenings, (Times Vary by Event), Mecklenburg Hall
YOUTH FALL KICK-OFF
Sunday, September 10, Mecklenburg Hall 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Middle School 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., High School
Jessica Tidwell-Weinzierl, jessica@SMPChome.org
Sundays, 4:30 p.m., Choir Room Middle & High School Youth
Audrey McConnell, email@example.com
Rebecca Guzman, rebecca@SMPChome.org Drew McCoy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundays, October 1, 8, & 15, 9:00 a.m., McQueen Room This three-week class prepares to help their children experience all aspects of worship, to teach faith at home, and to connect with the parents of their children’s peers. Rebecca Guzman, rebecca@SMPChome.org
NEW: PRAYER WITHOUT SITTING STILL
Tuesdays, October 3-24, 7:00 p.m., Room 206 This class explores practical ways to connect with God that don’t involve sitting still or whispering! Rebecca Guzman, rebecca@SMPChome.org
SMALL GROUP MINISTRY: ADULTS BALLANTYNE BUSINESS GROUP
1st & 3rd Wednesday Each Month, 12:15 p.m., Room 204 A fellowship lunch group for those who work in Ballantyne. David Huss, email@example.com
BOOMERS (50a and 60s)
Couples and singles welcome.
Nancy Metzler, nancy@SMPChome.org
Gather with others whose children are off to new pursuits. Nancy Metzler, nancy@SMPChome.org
We are excited for the start of a new SMPC Preschool year! If you shop at Harris Teeter, we can earn money for our preschool when you link your VIC card to our school. You can do this next time you are out shopping by giving our school code at the check out; our number is 4902.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK GROUP
1st Thursday Each Month, 6:30 p.m., Session Room Visit www.SMPChome.org for the 2017-2018 Reading List. Kathy Paquette, firstname.lastname@example.org
FaB (FORTY & BEYONDS)
MUSIC: ADULTS CHANCEL CHOIR
Events include adults-only nights and family parties.
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., Choir Room Leads the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services in worship through song.
Meg Garand, email@example.com
3rd Friday Each Month, 7:00 p.m. Exploring international cuisine at Charlotte area restaurants.
Wednesdays, 6:20 p.m., Handbell Room, Beginning 9/13 Contact Audrey McConnell by 9/1 if you would like to ring.
JOB SEEKERS SUPPORT GROUP
Alice Tyler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., Room 202 Meetings consist of sharing successes, job tips, and barriers that are impeding the job search. Jim Korth, email@example.com
JOY (JUST OLDER YOUTH) SOCIAL GROUP (65 and up)
Meets quarterly for a meal and a program with a seasonal theme. Thursday, October 26, 10:30 a.m., Speaker: Rev. Carol Hassell Ruth Ann Engle, firstname.lastname@example.org
LADIESÊ NIGHT OUT
Meets quarterly in homes for fellowship and service projects. Nancy Metzler, nancy@SMPChome.org
LETÊS DO LUNCH
2nd Monday Each Month, 11:45 a.m. Join us for lunch at area restaurants!
Mary Anne Thacker, email@example.com
Audrey McConnell, firstname.lastname@example.org
LOAVES & FISHES FOOD DRIVE
October 1-29. Bags available September 24. Jennifer Basquin, email@example.com
CROP HUNGER WALK
Saturday, October 14, 9:00 a.m. NEW DAY & TIME! Be part of a nationwide endeavor to alleviate hunger and poverty in this country and overseas. Bob Cushman, firstname.lastname@example.org
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
November 11, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Mecklenburg Hall Register to give the gift of life! Kara Guy, email@example.com
McAlpine, Indian Land, & Walter Bickett Elementary Schools Help children achieve personal and academic success. Tom Strohl, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m., The Commons A ladies’ sewing, knitting and quilting group.
CENTER OF HOPE
Dinner served on the first Saturday of each month. Breakfast served on the third Saturday of each month. Sign up to help at www.SMPChome.org.
Dotty Dysard, email@example.com
Classroom Instruction & Photo Shoots All skill levels welcome; the goal is to learn and improve together. Tom Schellin, firstname.lastname@example.org
RAIN OR SHINE MOMSÊ GROUP Second & Fourth Thursdays, 8:00 p.m., Room 206 This group will meet at the church every 2nd and 4th Thursday September-November to study Shauna Niequist’s Present Over Perfect. Rebecca Guzman, rebecca@SMPChome.org
THE VILLAGE Join others in their mid-20s to mid-40s for fellowship and service. Kara Guy, email@example.com
YÊALL COME EAT!
Join this casual, Dutch-treat fellowship for lunch after church Sally Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Salvation Army Shelter for Women & Children
SPOON IT UP OFFERING The fourth Sunday of each month. We collect this special offering that provides meals for the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte.
NONPROFIT U.S. POSTAGE *PAID PERMIT # 2953 Charlo e, NC
Coming Sunday, October 1 5:00 p.m., Mecklenburg Hall
Kathy Izard Author of The Hundred Story Home The Hundred Story Home leads you on an inspirational journey that begins with a question, "Where are the beds?" and ends with over on hundred formerly homeless people living in homes of their own. Author, Kathy Izard, was enjoying a comfortable existence when she came face to face with the reality that while her dedicated service at the community soup kitchen might be feeding her soul, it would never solve the bigger needs of the homeless population. Confronting the question of where are the beds? Kathy realized that she had been called to take on what seemed like an insurmountable taskto build housing for Charlotte's homeless. Woven together with this uplifting story of a call to social action is Kathy's personal struggle with faith, forgiveness and fulfillment. In telling her story, Kathy invites you to consider your rewriting your own. What's calling you? And as crazy at it seems, it may be crazier not to try. Kathy Izard will speak at 5:00 p.m. in Mecklenburg Hall, followed by a reception and book signing. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to purchase Christmas gift cards for the residents of Moore Place. Learn more about Kathy Izard at www.kathyizard.com.