Union County Weekly Faith Notes Dec. 7

Queen City Ringers performs ‘Home for the Holidays’

WEDDINGTON – Queen City Ringers will present “Home for the Holidays,” a Christmas handbell concert, at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church. The performance takes place Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the community.
“Home for the Holidays” features holiday favorites, such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Believe” from the movie “The Polar Express” and a Christmas pops sing-along. Carol classics, such as Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival” and new festive arrangements by music director Brian Childers, also will be performed.
Queen City Ringers is an advanced community handbell ensemble that has performed across the Charlotte region for more than 25 years. The group will play more than five octaves of handbells and handchimes, along with percussion and piano. For more information, call 704-821-8494 or visit www.queencityringers.com.
Spirit of Joy Lutheran is located at 8600 Potter Road.

St. Margaret’s needs support for cookie walk

WAXHAW – The women of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church are busy planning the church’s third annual cookie walk for Dec. 15 and 16, and they need help baking Christmas cookie favorites.
Anyone interested in baking can sign up on the bulletin board outside the church office. All bakers need to bring their cookies by the church between 9 a.m. and noon on Dec. 14. The type of cookie should be written on a 3-inch-by-5-inch notecard, along with the ingredients used.
Volunteers also are needed to help run the table from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 16. For more information, email Gen Koch at gakoch@windstream.net or call the church at 704-243-3523.
The church is located at 8515 Rea Road.

The children of Indian Trail Presbyterian to present ‘A Child is Born’

INDIAN TRAIL – The annual children’s Christmas play at Indian Trail Presbyterian Church will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
This year’s production, “A Child is Born,” is based on the illustrated Christmas storybook written by Mary Alice Gran and illustrated by Christa Hook. The play follows the Biblical story of Mary’s annunciation, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, the visit of the shepherds and the gifts of the Magi.
Following the play, the church will host a Christmas barbecue dinner for everyone attending. For more information, call 704-821-8751.
The church is located at 200 Indian Trail Road.

New ministry arrives in Indian Trail

INDIAN TRAIL – The Life Impact Center, a nondenominational ministry, officially launched on Nov. 11.
The Life Impact Center meets on Sunday mornings at the Sun Valley 14 movie theater in Indian Trail. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet reception and services begin at 10 a.m.
Services blend “transformational teaching, genuine praise and worship, life coaching and self-discovery to point followers to the Kingdom of God,” according to a news release from the ministry.
The ministry’s pastor, Rev. Kendall Anderson, along with his wife, Natasha, have been preparing to open the ministry for two years, while becoming familiar with the “spiritual climate” of the area.
As the ministry grows, Anderson plans to organize “life empowerment sessions” that will help people grow spiritually and teach practical life skills, such as financial planning and entrepreneurship. He also plans to work with local organizations to develop outreach projects.
For more information on the Life Impact Center, call 1-877-270-3131 or go to www.lifeimpactcenter.org.
Sun Valley 14 is located at 6449 Old Monroe Road.

Team Church hosts Christmas OneNite

MATTHEWS – Team Church will host a special Christmas service, Christmas OneNite, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.
The service will feature worship, communion and a special Christmas devotional led by Rev. Kenny Hibbard. Child care will be provided. For more information, call 704-469-5642 or go to www.teamchurch.com.
The church is located at 2301 Stevens Mill Road in Matthews, near the Union-Mecklenburg County line.

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