Faith Notes: July 24

Spirit of Joy garden in need of helping hands

WEDDINGTON—The vegetable garden at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church is in need of volunteers.
The church needs volunteers who have some spare time to help water, weed and pick the garden. The church also is looking for families or individuals in the church who need help putting food on the table.

The produce from the garden goes to the Community Culinary School of Charlotte, a non-profit, tuition-free school that teaches people who are unemployed how to be chefs. Their training includes preparing 700 Friendship Trays that benefit the area’s needy for daily delivery.

To help with the garden, people can contact or There is no training required to help.

The church is located at 8600 Potter Road.

First Baptist to host ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’

INDIAN TRAIL—The men’s ministry of First Baptist Church in Indian Trail will host a men’s only conference Aug. 10, a Friday, in the church’s Family Life Center.

The Iron Sharpens Iron VII Men’s Conference will feature a power-packed message from the Rev. Mike Whitson, music and prayer. There also will be a steak dinner.

The conference is for men ages 16 and up and will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. People can register and find more information on the men’s ministry page, or by calling Renee at the church office at 704-882-1005.

The church is located at 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road.

Mill Creek collecting produce for local pantry

MONROE—The youth group at Mill Creek Baptist Church will share produce from their garden with those in need Monday, July 30.

The group will share their crops with people in need who utilize the food pantry at Benton Heights Presbyterian Church. Fresh produce is special to the pantry and Mill Creek is asking community members to help provide even more fresh produce from personal gardens if possible.
People can donate produce from their gardens on Sunday, July 29, at the church fellowship hall, 5417 Morgan Mill Road.

The produce will be delivered to the pantry no later than Monday morning.

JAARS Center to host community free event

WAXHAW—Families are invited to an open house at the JAARS Center, Aug. 11, a Saturday.

The open house will feature updates from around the world on the Bible translation movement. Guests will learn how transportation issues and global technology in remote locations affect Bible translation and will have the chance to take plane, helicopter, boat and ATV rides. They also can interact with missionaries, visiting the Museum of the Alphabet and more.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations are required and admission is free, although there is a cost for rides and food. People can find more information about the event at or by calling 704-843-6130.

The center is located at 7405 JAARS Road. People can plan for another JAARS Day coming this October.

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