Churches raise $13,000 for boy’s cancer care
MONROE – Oakland and Lakeview Baptist churches raised more than $13,000 last week for the family of Joshua Loftis, a 12-year-old boy fighting a rare form of cancer.
The money raised Saturday, March 24, during the combination gospel concert and fish fry, will be used to pay for treatments as the boy battles primitive neuroectodermal tumors, a cluster of inoperable tumors on his brain and spinal cord. He was diagnosed with the disorder in May 2011.
More than 400 people turned out for the fish fry at Oakland Baptist Church and more than 700 packed the pews at Lakeview for the gospel event.
The Loftis family has attended both churches.
Donations are still being accepted. To give to the treatment fund, call Oakland Baptist Church at 704-283-5656 or visit www.meetjosh.org.
Mint Hill Baptist Church will hold a fundraiser Saturday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for Joshua’s care.
The church will host a large attic sale and raffle at the church, 7835 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
Our Lady of Grace to open fund for new facility
WAXHAW – Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church will kick off its capital campaign to fund construction of a new, 30,000-square-foot church along Waxhaw Highway.
The church meets weekly at the Indian Land Recreation Center, at 8286 Hwy 521, but is rapidly outgrowing that space. Services began four years ago and have quickly grown to include more than 400 active families.
The fundraising will begin April 14. Donations of money and construction equipment are being sought.
The parish will need to raise $4.1 million to build the new facility, but construction can begin once organizers raise $2.1 million, church leaders said.
For more information about the church or how to donate, call 803-283-4969.
Waxhaw Bible Church hosts new member classes
WAXHAW – Waxhaw Bible Church will host a class Sunday, April 1, for anyone interested in becoming a member.
The class begins at 4 p.m. in the main building, at 6810 Pleasant Grove Road. For more information call John McMurray at 704-517-8993.
Southbrook Church holds workshop on suffering
WEDDINGTON – Southbrook Church will host a discussion on suffering and overcoming adversity on Good Friday, April 6.
Called Secret Church, the discussion is held at the 5607 Monroe-Weddington Road church and costs $5.
Topics include: Why am I suffering? Where is God when I suffer? When will my suffering end? How can God be good and allow such evil in the world?
Organizers plan to use Good Friday as an example of Christ’s suffering on the cross.
The discussion begins at 7 p.m. and is for people 13 or older.
For more information visit www.southbrookchurch.com or call 704-814-7372
Bethany Church delays women’s meeting
WEDDINGTON – Bethany Church has postponed its Ladies 1st meeting until April 18. The group normally meets on the first Wednesday of the month.
The next meeting will feature a baby shower to benefit the Women’s Crisis Ministry.
Glenstone Chapel to host parenting seminar
WAXHAW – Glenstone Chapel will hold a five-week seminar on parenting starting next month.
The classes, held at Marvin Ridge High School, 2825 Crane Road, will feature lessons on what the Bible says about parenting, how to parent in the 21st century, how to speak to your children and other topics many parents struggle with.
The classes are held every Sunday April 15 through May 20, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Class will not be held April 29.
To register for the classes visit www.glenstonechapel.org/events.