A new summer discussion course aimed at progressive Christians in the Lake Norman area will begin this Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Tapestry Retreat Center in Davidson. The Christian band Last Flight Out plays a Youth Week concert Tuesday night, Aug. 7, at Davidson United Methodist Church. Meanwhile, Davidson College Presbyterian Church will host a Trivia Night on Wednesday night, led by emcee Pat Millen. For those and other church events, read on.
PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN COURSE
Lake Progressive Christians will start a new summer course this Sunday, Aug. 5, called “Honest to God … Honest to Jesus,” aimed at those who consider themselves “religious progressives.” The 8-week course will meet Sundays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Tapestry Retreat Center, 111 Potts St., Davidson
Organizer Dan Carrigan describes the course as “a guided discussion of a new progressive interpretation of the Jesus tradition.” Readings include Father Thomas Berry, progressive theologians Lloyd Geering and Marcus Borg, Elaine Pagels, and Bishop John Shelby Spong. (Mr. Carrigan said Bishop Spong will be at Davidson College this fall, an appearance sponsored by Lake Progressive Christians and college’s Vann Ethics Center.)
Meetings will include a brief presentation followed by discussion and Q&A. Only a few seats remain and registration is required. Email Dan Carrigan at email@example.com.
Mr. Carrigan’s Tapestry of Davidson retreat center is across the railroad tracks from Davidson fire department. Parking is recommended along or in one of the lots along Jackson Street. More about the group: lakeprogressivechristians.wordpress.com.
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LAST FLIGHT OUT PLAYS DUMC
As part of “Youth Week 2012″ activities, Davidson United Methodist Church will host a concert Tuesday night, Aug. 7, by the band Last Flight Out. The performance is at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the church, 233 S. Main St., Davidson. A free-will donation of $10 to $15 is suggested. All proceeds will benefit missions in the Lake Norman area.
“Last Flight Out was formed to spread the message about God and what he has to offer to anyone who will listen! We believe the Lord has given us a ministry and a special way to spread that message through our music and we welcome the opportunity to worship with you,” says the band’s website (http://www.reverbnation.com/lastflightout).
The band has played alongside nationally known artists such as Side Walk Prophets, Matthew West, and Calling Glory. Members are Jordan Mason, acoustic guitar and lead singer; Zach Hall, back-up vocals, bass, keyboards; Jeremy Campbell, lead guitar, back-up vocals; and Caleb Busie, drums.
TRIVIA NIGHT AT DCPC
Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Common Grounds Café will present Trivia Night on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Congregation House, 208 Concord Road, Davidson. Join emcee Pat Millen for a fun-filled evening of trivia, intergenerational fellowship, and fun. Light sandwich dinner served. Donations accepted to cover food costs. Reservations: 704-892-5641, or online at DCPC.org. All proceeds will go to Amigos de Cristo, which provides academic support to children in the Latino/
Church members also are assembling back-to-school backpacks for Amigos de Cristo. Backpacks filled with supplies may be brought to the church on or before the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 12. Contact the church office with questions, 704-892-5641.
DUMC STUDIES BUILDING NEEDS
Davidson United Methodist Church’s Building Study Committee has been working with ADW Architects for the past 18 months sifting through data gathered from the congregation and church staff to develop a conceptual plan for new facilities on its Davidson campus. The committee has planned three town hall-type meetings to present their findings to the congregation. The meetings will be Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19, 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m., all in the Fellowship Hall.
GETHSEMANE BACK TO SCHOOL DAY
Gethsemane Baptist Church of Lake Norman will hold its annual Back 2 School Community Outreach Event on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free school supplies to students in grades K-12, as well as food, prizes and entertainment. The church is at 565 Jetton St. in Davidson. Visit www.gbcLakeNorman.org for more information or call the church office at 704-892-1635.
FREE SHOES FROM SAMARITAN’S FEET
Volunteers from several local churches will be helping out Saturday, Aug. 11, when the nonprofit Samaritan’s Feet gives away hundreds of pairs of shoes at Ada Jenkins Center. Read more about the event and how to participate in our Aug. 2 news story, “Samaritan’s Feet to give away shoes at Ada Jenkins.”
BLUEGRASS AT CORNELIUS PRESBYTERIAN
Cornelius Presbyterian Church will present is annual music series again in September. Not Strictly Bluegrass – BBQ, Bluegrass and Beyond!” will run Saturdays Sept. 15 and 22, 10:30 a.m., at the church, Catawba Avenue and Church Street, Cornelius.
Come enjoy free music on the lawn from some of the region’s most exciting performers and sit down to some mouth-watering BBQ. Music both weeks begins at 10:30am with the barbecue fundraiser starting at 11:30am.
Performers this year are The Barefoot Movement (Sept 15), Owen Poteat (Sept 15), Michael Reno Harrell (Sept 22) and Rusty Knox (Sept 22).
For more information call the church at 704-892-5577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHOIR REGISTRATION TIME
Davidson United Methodist Church is now registering singers for its choirs this fall. Register at www.davidsonumc.org/musicministry or by contacting Patty Gruce (email@example.com or 704-892-8277. The groups include:
Children’s Choirs – Wednesdays beginning Sept. 5, 5:45-6:30 p.m. Children ages three through fifth grade are invited to join in singing, sharing God’s love, and learning age-appropriate spiritual and musical concepts.
Celebration Ringers – (Intergenerational Ringing Choir) – Thursdays beginning Sept. 6, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Learn to read music notes and rhythms and songs to play for worship. No musical experience is required. Participants must be at least a rising second-grader, but all ages are welcome – including adults!
Rainbow Ringers – Wednesdays beginning Sept. 5, 4:30-5:15 p.m. (Same as above, but for children)
BIBLE STUDY BEGINS
Davidson College Presbyterian Church will begin its 2012-2013 Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible Study on “Dispatches to God’s Household: The General Epistles” on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 am to noon in the Congregation House on Concord Road. Greg Snyder, Professor of Religion at Davidson College, will give an introduction. Teaching and leading tips will be offered by Linda T. Steber, the church’s Doctor of Educational Ministry. To sign up, call the church office 704-892-5641 or email to to sign up. Registration is $5. More information about the church at www.dcpc.org.
PFLAG MEETING AT DCPC
PFLAG (Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays) of Davidson and Cornelius meets on the first Thursday of each month in Room 201 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. The next meeting is Sept. 5. Meetings run from 7-9 p.m. All are invited to attend this group which offers information and support in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
UU FELLOWSHIP NOW WEEKLY
UU Fellowship of Lake Norman has begun meeting weekly. Services begin at 11 a.m. Sundays in the Lodge at Woodlawn School, off Presbyterian Road, just north of Davidson. Religious education begins at 9:45 a.m., and a nursery for children up to 4 years old opens at 10:45 a.m. UU Fellowship describes itself as “an inclusive community embracing individual spiritual growth, living our beliefs through works.” For more information and directions, visit their website at UULakeNorman.wordpress.com”
MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST
Men of all ages are invited to a Community Men’s Prayer Breakfast held each Wednesday from 7-8 am at the Cookhouse Restaurant, at 20936 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius. It is led on alternate weeks by the ministerial staffs of Mt. Zion UMC and Bethel Presbyterian Church.
WOMEN OF ZION
Women of Mount Zion United Methodist Church meet monthly on the first Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m., at Acropolis Restaurant, 20659 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Show up, or reserve a seat by emailing Elizabeth Coker, firstname.lastname@example.org
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