First Baptist launches Upward Basketball League

HUNTERSVILLE – First Baptist Church Huntersville will start a new Upward Basketball League program that teaches skills for sports and values for life. The league will target middle school youth.

FBC Huntersville strives for a positive experience, teaching that the process of competition is just as important as the outcome.

Upward Sports League equips churches with everything needed to run a competitive but fun, 10-week sports program for children K5 through eighth grade.

The league, founded in 1995 and headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., exists at 2,400 churches nationwide. The league limits teams to one practice and one game per week, and they offer players equal playing time, a drafting system that balances talent on each team and supportive coaches.

Attend league registration day 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 14 at FBC Huntersville. Meet and interview league directors, volunteers, referees, coaches and participants.

Contact Robert Bales at 704-641-2949 for league schedules.



Davidson UMC unveils the Great Pumpkin Patch

DAVIDSON – Hundreds of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, arrived at Davidson United Methodist Church’s Molly McKay Youth House on Oct. 3. 

Proceeds from pumpkin sales will benefit youth programs. 

Pumpkin patch hours will be 12:30-6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 12:30-8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays at 260 S. Main St. Bring a camera for photos.


Lake Forest holds 15th anniversary outdoor service

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Forest Church will hold one big service under a tent at Rural Hill Farm to give thanks for 15 years of ministry in Lake Norman.

The worship service will be a mash-up of musical styles and pastors, God stories, fun memories and a message from God’s word.

Lunch will follow the worship. Bring a picnic lunch or buy one from on-site vendors.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and lawn games. Enjoy Rural Hill activities, including a free tractor show,  walking trails, bounce house rides and The Amazing Maize Maze.

The service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road. Huntersville.

Service will happen rain or shine under the big tent. Arrive at Rural Hill between 9:30-9:45 a.m. to park and get settled. Rural Hill will begin charging $5 per car at 10 a.m. 


Enjoy barbecue at Ramah Presbyterian

HUNTERSVILLE  - Ramah Presbyterian Church will host a port-a-pit barbecue chicken sale to raise money for missions.

The meal includes beans, slaw, bread and cake for $10 a plate. 

Dine in or take out 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the historic Ramah Church grounds, 14401 Ramah Church Road.

Details: 704-875-6683.


Assurance UMC organizes fish fry

HUNTERSVILLE – Assurance United Methodist will serve all-you-can-eat flouder, shrimp and all the trimmings at its eighth annual Fish Fry.

Meals cost $12 per person. Children younger than 7 eat free. Drive-through service is available.

The seafood feast will be held 4-8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Assurance Northlake Campus, 9700 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road.

Details: Noreen O’Brien,


Women’s faith conference comes to area

CHARLOTTE – The Women of Faith Believe God Can Do Anything tour comes to Charlotte on Oct. 11-12.

Christian musicians, authors and Bible teachers offer a day-and-a-half experience for women from all walks of life. The conference offers stories that strengthen, practical Bible teaching, praise and worship. The theme verse, “God can do anything,” comes from Luke 1:37. Max Lucado, Sheila Walsh, Third Day and CeCe Winans are among those lined up to speak and perform.

The conference takes place 7-10 p.m. Oct. 11 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Sessions cost $49-$109, depending on seat location. Group pricing is available.

Boxed lunch is available to buy.



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