Posted on 20 December 2013.
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will break with tradition this year as it tries to reach more people in the community for Christmas. Senior pastor the Rev. Mary John Dye said the church will offer services on both Christmas Eve, and on Christmas Eve Eve. Plus other notes from local churches.
CHRISTMAS EVE EVE AT MT. ZION
On Monday night, Dec. 23, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will do something no other area church is doing: hosting two pre-Christmas services two nights before the holiday, on Christmas “Eve Eve.” “So many times, people are traveling, working or have family obligations on Dec. 24. While we will have four service options on Christmas Eve, we will offer Christmas Eve services on Dec. 23 as an opportunity for people to participate who may not be available on Dec. 24,” the Rev. Dye said.
Monday’s services are a 5pm “Scratch Nativity” — an interactive, family oriented service — and a 7pm Traditional Candlelight Service in the Mt. Zion sanctuary. People across the community are welcome.
Traditional Christmas Eve services will be:
- 3pm – Family Candlelight Service with Children Participation (Scratch Nativity*) & Communion
- 5pm – Family Candlelight Service with Children Participation (Scratch Nativity*) & Communion
- 7 pm – Traditional Candlelight Service with Communion
- 11 pm – Traditional Candlelight Service with Communion
Mt.Zion Mt. Zion is at 19600 Zion Avenue, Cornelius. Info: MtZionUMC.net
SERVICE OF HOPE AT MT. ZION
For those who are grieving at this time of year, the Rev. Mary John Dye will conduct a Christmas Service of Christian Hope in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church sanctuary on Monday, Dec. 23, at 3pm. This is “a quiet, comforting, hopeful service for all who have had a loss this year
making Christmas different this year. Mt. Zion is at 19600 Zion Avenue, Cornelius. Info: MtZionUMC.net
CHRISTMAS EVE AT CIC LUTHERAN
Christmas Eve Worship at Community in Christ Lutheran Church is planned Tuesday, Dec. 24. Services will be: 3pm, Family; 5pm, Family; 7pm, Traditional; and 10pm, Traditional. Community in Christ Lutheran is at 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. Info: http://www.communityinchrist.net/
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SERVICES
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman meets Sundays at 11am in the Lodge at Woodlawn School, off Presbyterian Road, just north of Davidson. A nursery for children up to pre-kindergarten age starts at 10:45 a.m. in the classroom adjacent to the Lodge. Children in K-5th grade go to Religious Exploration following the children’s story during the service. Upcoming services:
- SUNDAY, DEC. 22: “From Hanukah to Humanism” — An Interfaith Holiday Celebration. – This Sunday we will celebrate in music and words the different holiday traditions that members of our congregation find meaningful. Join us afterwards for refreshments and an opportunity to sing some favorite carols!
- SUNDAY, DEC. 29: “The Can Man: My Life as a Forest Wanderer” with Rev. Charlie Kast – In the Hindu tradition there are four stages of life; the third stage is that of forest wanderer, which in our country looks a lot like simple living in tune with the earth. Rev. Kast is Minister Emeritus of The Community Church of Chapel Hill.
More about the group: http://uulakenorman.org/
CHRISTMAS EVE, NEW PROGRAM AT DCPC
DCPC will have Christmas Eve services on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 4, 7:30 and 11pm. At 4 o’clock, it will be a Family Service aimed at (but not limited to) families with young children. The 7:30 service will be a traditional candlelight service. Childcare is provided. And the 11pm service will be also by candlelight. Communion will be served. Childcare will not be available for the 11pm service.
Also, DCPC will begin a new series titled “Exploring the Christian Monastic Tradition,” with meetings Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26 in Room B of the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House. Led by Rev. Rob Spach, a College Chaplain at Davidson College, this four-week program will examine the origins and early growth of Christian monasticism, review the evolution and expansion of monasteries in the West during the Middle Ages (including the development of the Rule of St. Benedict), and look at the rich resources that contemporary monastic communities offer the Christian spiritual tradition in the 21st Century.
PFLAG MEETS MONTHLY
PFLAG Lake Norman (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy. Meetings are every first Thursday, 7 pm in the Parlor of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson NC. For more information, please contact Bill Strong (email@example.com) or Pat Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org). There will be no meeting on Jan. 2.
WOMEN’S ISSUES THERAPHY AT DUMC
A women’s issues therapy group meets each month at the Counseling Center at Davidson United Methodist Church Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm. This group is intended to provide a warm and safe environment for women to come together to explore truth, promote healing and seek personal growth. Some topics to be discussed may include life transitions, conflicts around career and family, learning to set boundaries with family members, building self-esteem and learning to care for the self, healing from loss and past trauma, striving for perfection and approval, accepting love from others and exploring personal spirituality.
Experiential techniques such as journaling, guided imagery, music, and art and body movement may be used to enhance the group process. The group is ongoing with the exception of holidays and will be limited to between 5 and 8 members. Prior assessment is required for entry to group. If interested, contact Christine Wisdom M.S. LPCA at 704-892-6135.
Group therapy is especially helpful for those seeking support and greater sense of connectedness with others. Group therapy can be utilized alone or in addition to individual therapy work. Cost: $40 per session
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