Transgender DNC delegate to preach at Wedgewood
Janice Covington, the first transgender person to be elected as a delegate by the North Carolina delegation to the Democratic National Contention, will preach this weekend at Wedgewood Church.
Covington will speak on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. at the church, 4800 Wedgewood Drive.
Find more information at the church’s website, www.wedgewoodbaptist.com.
Conference upcoming for Latter-day Saints congregations
Congregations from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from across the region will be in south Charlotte this weekend for a semi-annual conference.
The conference will consist of numerous speakers and musical numbers centered on the theme of strengthening families. The event is Sunday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carmel Road meeting house, 5815 Carmel Road.
For more information or to attend, contact Heather Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch to help say goodbye to St. Stephen deacon
St. Stephen United Methodist Church will send their deacon associate of youth and worship, Brandon Dirks, off to his new job with a pot-luck lunch this weekend.
The lunch is Sunday, Aug. 26, at 12:15 p.m.. The congregation also is taking up a “love offering” to help Dirks and his family move.
The church is located at 6800 Sardis Road. Find more information at the church’s website, www.ststephenumc.net.
Central Church of God hosting numerous events
South Charlotte’s Central Church of God has a series of seminars and workshops coming up for locals to take part in.
The first event is Central Church Life Care Center’s Open House Coffee Break, on Sept. 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. The free event is a chance for area ministers, counselors, pastors, social workers, students and anyone in the counseling field to meet others in the area, network and share ideas and upcoming opportunities. Cathy DeLoach Lewis will speak at the event about “Caring for Victims of Domestic Violence” and share tools she’s learned to help determine the level of care a victim of domestic violence may need and where they can receive that care.
Next, on Sept. 8, the care center will host “Blessings Beyond Betrayal” with Kipp and Kim Cheek of I Am Second Ministry. The seminar will focus on tips and steps for “overcoming the hurt and anguish associated with this emotional trauma” after the betrayal of a loved one or friend. The speakers will discuss “their experiences of betrayal in their childhood and marriage and how God miraculously led them through the grieving and healing process and into a life of purpose and blessings,” according to a church news release.
The care center’s fall workshop series then begins Sept. 10. Classes include: Healing the Hurts – Forgiving Yourself and Others; Changes that Heal; Freedom from Fear; Boundaries; The Way to the Wayward; Hiding from Love; Laugh Your Way… to a Better Relationship; and the Christian 12-step ministry LifeLine.
People can register for the events, or learn more, at the church’s website, www.centralchurchofgod.org. The church is located at 5500 Randolph Road.
Holy Comforter collecting for food bank
This Sunday is the next collection date at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter for the Loaves & Fishes food pantry.
The church needs items like fresh fruits and vegetables, applesauce, mini bagels, snack bars, graham crackers, Jello packages, juice boxes and any self-contained, nutritious food a 12-year-old could prepare.
People can drop off items Sunday, Aug. 26, at the church, 2701 Park Road.
Also, the church will hold its annual Blessing of the Backpacks event on Sunday, Aug. 26. The event is an annual tradition at the church, aimed at helping kids get off to a good start as school starts back. The first day of classes for students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is Monday, Aug. 27, while many local private and charter schools started back this week.