Davidson College Presbyterian Church Associate Pastor Shelli Latham is leaving in a few weeks to become Associate Pastor for Preaching at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in West Chester, Pa. Also below: news from Davidson United Methodist Church, a new faith community organizing in the Lake Norman area, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, and St. Albans Episcopal Church.
DCPC SAYING FAREWELL TO LATHAM
Davidson College Presbyterian Church Associate Pastor Shelli Latham is leaving in a few weeks to become Associate Pastor for Preaching at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in West Chester, Pa.
Rev. Latham has been at DCPC for about five years, currently serving as associate pastor for youth and missions. In a letter to the congregation June 6, she said: “It has been one of the great blessings of my life to have served at Davidson College Presbyterian Church – to have been your pastor, friend, and co-traveler on the great faith journey.”
“This new position will stretch me in fresh ways as I serve as the primary preaching voice in two contemporary worship services each Sunday. I will also have opportunities to participate in and lead traditional worship and further explore my passion for missions,” Rev. Latham said. “I would only have left DCPC for a church which places high priority on creative and bold acts in worship and outreach, and I believe Westminster is the church to allow me to tap into my passions and my talents. ”
Rev. Latham is the latest in a series of departures from the DCPC staff. Mary Margaret Shepherd announced she was leaving in March as interim director of campus ministry. Associate Pastor Julie Hill also left in March, to become a minister in Albemarle. And in April 2009, the Rev. Kathy Beach-Verhey left to become co-pastor – with husband Tim Beach-Verhey – of Faison Presbyterian Church in Faison, N.C.
The church plans a celebration after the 11 a.m. service on July 18, Rev. Latham’s last day at DCPC.
RELIGION AND POLITICS DISCUSSION SUNDAY
On Sunday, June 27, Davidson College Presbyterian Church will host a discussion on religion and politics from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Davidson College professors Dr. Mary Thornberry and Dr. Anne Blue Wills will lead the discussion titled “Religious Ideals and Political Realities.” They will cover the relationship of church, state, and the Constitution. Other discussion topics include what constitutes an ideal society; what the church, government and individual Christians should do to realize this ideal; and what the boundaries should be for each. The event is free and open to the public.
NEW COMMUNITY OF FAITH IN DAVIDSON
The New Faith Community of Lake Norman: Encouraging Your Search for a Resonant Jesus Faith Experience invites all to participate in two upcoming small group opportunities. The first opportunity is a five-week, small group discussion of A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren. Meetings will be held on both Sundays and Mondays; the first Sunday meeting will be July 25 at 11 am and the first Monday meeting will be July 26 at 11 am.
Meetingd will be at Davidson United Methodist Church, 233 South Main Street, Davidson or in Room 211 of the Alexander Education Building. On Wednesdays for 6:30 to 8:30 pm, the New Faith Community holds a “Living the Questions” discussion of faith journeys at DUMC, Room 214. All are welcome to attend. RSVP and request childcare for either opportunity to NFCLKN@gmail.com. The New Faith Community of Lake Norman is a progressive Christian community that anticipates weekly worship to begin in the fall. For more information on what is forming go to http://NFCLKN.blogspot.com.
DAVIDSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Community Garden’s First Harvest – DUMC’s community garden at Potts Street and Catawba Avenue produced 15 pounds of food in the first harvest of the summer. Volunteers took squash, lettuce, radishes, and about 30 hot peppers to the Ada Jenkins Center’s Loaves & Fishes food pantry on June 11. For more information about the garden or volunteering, contact Connie Beach at Beachclub@MI-connection.com or 704-892-4050.
Vacation with a Purpose - DUMC and Williamson’s Chapel have created a trip to the Nashville area July 11-17 to help with reconstruction after last month’s floods. The team is open to anyone age 16 and older; no skills necessary! The cost is $200.00 per person; scholarships are available. Contact Chris Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-677-6464) for more information.
Copa Mundial, Y’all - David and Rachel Steber, children of Linda Steber, director of Christian Education, and four friends from the University of North Carolina are traveling in South Africa. Among their friends is Andrew Otey, son of Rush Otey, former Davidson College chaplain. They will enjoy the atmosphere surrounding the World Cup soccer championships and attend a few games. To follow their travels, check out their blog at http://copamundialyall.wordpress.com/.
MT. ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Elementary Music and Arts Camp – This camp is for rising 1st through 5th graders and will take place July 12-16 from 9 am to noon. The children will enjoy activities including devotion, hand bells, singing, drama, and art. They do not need to be Mt. Zion members to join, however, space is limited to 40 children. Please reserve a spot by emailing Marcy at email@example.com or calling her at 704-892-8566. Registration forms will be emailed once we reserve your space.
Vacation Bible School – Mt. Zion will host a “High Seas Adventure” themed Vacation Bible School from Monday, Aug. 2 to Friday, Aug. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Activities will include Bible stories of adventures on the high seas with Paul, crafts, games, video, music, and worship. Children will be grouped by age: groups for preschool children – Ages 3, 4 and 5 years and groups for elementary children – rising 1st-5th graders. To register your child contact Sherry Washam at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704 892-8566.
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church is at 19600 Zion Street in Cornelius.
ST. ALBANS HOSTS COSTA RICAN PRIESTS
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, will host two priests from Costa Rica from Saturday, June 26, through July 26. Jorge Urrutia Castro and Melvin Gerardo Chaves Mora are here for an English immersion class at Queens College. They will be celebrating Holy Eucharist with St. Alban’s and presenting a Cristo banner to the church. We will honor them at a post-worship 10 a.m. worship reception on Sunday, June 27. Parishioners who might be interested in hosting a lunch, dinner, shopping excursion or other social event for them are asked to email Jill at email@example.com.
The church is hold its 2010 Vacation Bible School “Galactic Blast!” - a cosmic adventure praising God – from Sunday, June 27 through Wednesday, June 30, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Each evening will begin with a simple supper.
St. Alban’s will have a Hymn Sing on Sunday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. Details coming later.
A team of gardeners is being assembled to help cultivate and maintain existing gardens on the St. Alban’s church campus, excluding the community garden. The team will meet the second Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. All necessary tools will be supplied by the Garden Angels and brought each month by a team member, depending on the task. They’ll also work on an occasional Saturday, if needed, to include folks only available on weekends. To volunteer, please contact Pat Stenhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-895-1900.