Faith Notes: July 6

St. Margaret’s youth take service to Alabama 

WAXHAW – Members from the St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church youth group recently spent a week in and around Birmingham, Ala., on a mission trip.

The group joined students and volunteers from St. Martin’s and St. Peter’s Episcopal churches in Charlotte. They spent the first two days of the trip in Cordova, a small town west of Birmingham, rebuilding after the spring 2011 tornadoes, where they also learned and heard from residents about the days following the tornadoes.

The group also spent another two days with Habitat for Humanity in Birmingham where they built a deck, painted walls, ceilings and trim for a house, hung doors and much more.

Jake Berry, Caitlin Ciaramella, Chris Smith, Emily Anderson and Will VanScoy attended the trip with the help of adult volunteers David Rourke and Elizabeth Pfeifer.

Stallings UMC to kick-off SKY

STALLINGS – Stallings United Methodist Church, 1115 Stallings Road, will kick-off their vacation Bible school, Sky, Sunday, July 8.

At Sky, kids can imagine what it would be like to bounce among the clouds, soar with eagles and reach for the stars, according to the church’s website. Kids will explore why nothing is impossible with God and how they can trust God.

The VBS runs from Sunday to Friday, July 8 through 13, from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. each night. For more information, call the church at 704-281-8820 or view their website at


First Baptist to host summer gospel services

INDIAN TRAIL – First Baptist Church Indian Trail will host two special services this month during their regular 6 p.m. services.

People can enjoy Summer Gospel Bluegrass Fellowship Sunday, July 8, featuring Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road. Following the service, people can enjoy homemade ice cream at the annual ice cream fellowship in the church’s Family Life Center.

The church also will host Mercy’s Well July 15, a Sunday. Both events are free and will take place in the church’s Worship Center, 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road. Call 704-882-1005 for more information.


Siler Presbyterian collecting peanut butter and jelly

WESLEY CHAPEL – The local missions group at Siler Presbyterian Church is hosting a peanut butter and jelly drive through the month of July.

The church is collecting jars of peanut butter and jelly for Operation Reach Out, a Monroe-based Christian organization that provides emergency food, medicine, clothing, furniture, household items, funding for fuel, utilities, special needs and free fans for families in need. The items raised by Siler Presbyterian will benefit children in the community who are missing two hot meals a day while school is out for summer break.

People can drop off jars at the church, 6301 Weddington-Monroe Road, on Sundays. Call the church’s office, 704-821-7445, for questions.

For more information on Operation Reach Out, visit their website at

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