Faith Notes: July 13

Bethlehem-UMC receives grant for backpack program

WAXHAW — One local church recently received grant money from The Duke Endowment to support a local food ministry program.

Bethlehem United Methodist Church received $6,500 to support their backpack program that provides weekend snacks and meals for children while school is in session.

The year-old program provided meals for around 50 students from Rocky River Elementary School last year. The church hopes to use the money to help keep their food pantry fully stocked so the program can expand to other area elementary schools.

The Duke Endowment, which is based in Charlotte, approved $5.5 million this year to fortify faith communities and their leaders. The program supports United Methodist churches and helps expand church outreach across the region. Other newly approved faith grants will also support after-school tutoring and affordable housing for low-income families.

Spirit of Joy to host the Art of Marriage

WEDDINGTON — Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church will host The Art of Marriage, a six-session video event that lays out God’s design for marriage in a fresh, engaging way.

The two-day event, August 11 and 12, Saturday and Sunday, will include videos, a helpful manual, fellowship with other couples, food and a fun date night on Saturday night.

The cost of the event is $50 per couple. Saturday events are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with an optional dinner and date night activity from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Couples can register online at or at a table in the church’s Narthex building, 8600 Potter Road. Call John and Mary Hejka at 704-846-4426 or Tom and Tammy Zielke at 704-635-8596 for more information.

Amazing Grace offers prayer training course

WAXHAW — Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and Crossroads are sponsoring a training course on prayer called An Adventure on Prayer, Wednesday nights, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The course, which focuses on meditation and prayer as life skills to enrich the spiritual life, is open to anyone who wants to develop a deeper and more joyful walk with God. Bill Fleming, director of pastoral studies at New Life Theological Seminary in Charlotte will lead the studies.

The sessions started Wednesday, July 11 and will run until August 22. People can register by emailing There is a $10 registration fee per person for class materials. The church is located at 416 W. North Main St.

Preschool VBS to be held at First Presbyterian

MONROE — First Presbyterian Church will host their preschool Vacation Bible School July 16 through July 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to noon.

The VBS, “Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep With God,” is for children age 2 to 4 or who recently completed transitional kindergarten. Each day, students will go on a deep-sea adventure as they encounter different stories in the Bible. The stories are:
• Day 1: Noah depends on God
• Day 2: The servant girl dares to care
• Day 3: John proclaims Jesus
• Day 4: The disciples choose to follow Jesus
• Day 5: Paul delivers good news

Cost of the VBS is $10. Registration is required as space is limited. People can call the church office at 704-289-2574, ext. 1 or email to register.

The church is located at 302 E. Windsor St.

Christian Convoy to host benefit breakfast

MONROE — The Christian Convoy, a men’s ministry committed to the ministry of benefit meals, will host a fundraiser breakfast at Emmanuel Baptist Church, July 28, a Saturday.

The event will benefit Mason Honeycutt, 10-month old son of John and Erin Honeycutt. Mason was born in April with renal failure and has received multiple surgeries. He will eventually need a kidney transplant, but doesn’t yet weigh enough.

Because of the extreme financial burden, the Christian Convoy will serve grits, eggs, biscuits, gravy, sausage, ham, bacon and beverages for a minimum $7 donation. All money will go to the Honeycutts to help with their mounting expenses.

The breakfast is from 6 to 10 a.m. at the church, 3816 Morgan Mill Road.

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