South Charlotte Weekly Religious Notes Nov. 30

Alternative Christmas gift market at SMPC

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market this weekend to allow people to buy gifts in honor of friends and family to benefit the community and church missions.

The event, Sunday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will include giving opportunities for 11 local agencies, as well as the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and the Organization of the Christian Force of Bayonnais. Gifts in the market will include clothing, food, school supplies, fairly-traded products and doctors visits. People also may volunteer their time to local organizations by making a pledge at the event.

“What I love about the event is that these gifts offer support and hope to people who are struggling and make a real difference in their lives,” said Donna Brown, the event coordinator, in a news release.  “Chickens, goats, food and prescriptions are life-sustaining gifts.”

Find more information on the event at the church’s website, The church is located at 8601 Bryant Farms Road.

‘Luke 14’ banquets at Calvary Church

Calvary Church will host two “Luke 14” events for families with special needs members.

The south Charlotte church has held these events since 1995. The services include a festive meal, a Christmas program with singing, testimonies and a Gospel message and a gift for each guest. People can donate gifts for the cause up until Dec. 7, and a gift list is available at the church’s website,

More than 300 church volunteers will work as part of the events, scheduled for Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 11:30 a.m. Those interested in attending or volunteering can register at the website.

Calvary is located at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

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