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Hops Around Town

Saturday, September 22

(Rescheduled from 9/15)

4:00 p.m.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC 28217

Hops Around Town explores the many craft breweries in and around the Charlotte area. Join us as we gather for quaffs and conversation.

Interested? Contact Daniel Bayer, or Nancy Metzler,

International Dining

Friday, September 21

7:00 p.m.

Ming Fu, 115 W. John St, Matthews NC 28105, 704-844-6181,

All are invited to join this group as they dine at various international restaurants throughout the area.

RSVP: to Alice Tyler at by Tuesday, September 18.

The Charlotte Symphony

Wednesday, September 26


7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Christopher James Lees, conductor

Your Charlotte Symphony believes in delivering exceptional music experiences -- not only in the concert hall, but to our whole community.

Tickets are $15.

Available at the door or by clicking here.

Loaves & Fishes Fall Food Drive

October 1 - 28

Bags available Sunday, September 23

The following are priority food items:

spaghetti sauce



canned spinach and corn

canned fruit

bagged rice

Questions? Email Jennifer Basquin.

Ballantyne Business Group

Wednesday, October 3

12:15 p.m., Room 204

This new group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the church over lunch.

Feel free to bring your own lunch or email David Huss in advance. He will pick up subs beforehand; email him at to place your order. (Just throw $5 in the pot!)

Food for Thought Book Group

Thursday, October 4

6:30 p.m., Session Room

Celebrate our 10th Anniversary with a book and dinner during National Reading Group Month!

I'll Push You by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck (NF)

Justin and Patrick were born less than two days apart in the same hospital. They grew up together, went to school together, and were best man in each other’s weddings. When Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs, Patrick helped to feed and care for him. When Justin heard about

the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek through Spain, he wondered whether the two of them could ever do it.

Patrick’s immediate response was: “I’ll push you.”

Questions? Contact Kathy Paquette,

CROP Hunger Walk

Saturday, October 13


On Saturday, October 13, come join SMPC members and thousands of people from the Charlotte area for the 40th Annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk. This is SMPC's 10th consecutive year of helping stomp out hunger in Charlotte.

The walk is a 7k (4.1 mile) trek that takes you through the streets of downtown Charlotte. This is a great way to enjoy a fall afternoon and make a difference in our community as we walk to raise money and awareness in the fight against hunger both globally and locally. We'll be meeting at the corner of Travis Avenue and 5th Street at approximately 8am.

Last year, the Charlotte CROP Walk raised $264,270 which exceeded its goal of $250,000. This year, local hunger agencies are even more in need of our support.

We encourage families to walk together, as this is a great way to raise awareness about hunger among our youngest members. For those in our 8th Grade Confirmation Class, please consider walking with your Mentor.

If you are unable to walk, please consider sponsoring one of our church walkers or make a walker-in-spirit contribution.

If you have any additional questions please contact me at 704-516-2308 or at

JOY Social Group

Thursday, October 25

Mecklenburg Hall

10:30 a.m. - Social Time

11:00 a.m. - Program followed by Potluck Lunch

(Please bring a casserole, salad or dessert.)

The JOY (Just Older Youth) Social Group invites you to the first 2018-19 meeting!

Mecklenburg Hall

Our program will be led by Cherie Clark, Ph.D, Professor of Psychology, Queens University of Charlotte

Program: I’m Not Too Old For That!

Women's Retreat

Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4

Balancing in High Heels


A weekend spiritual getaway for women of all ages. Come for fellowship, spiritual renewal and fun at Blowing Rock Conference Center. The cost of the retreat includes 5 meals and occupancy. Join us as we explore how to maintain balance with Kathryn McGregor, Director of Christian Education at Unity Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Saturday, November 10

8:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big

difference in the lives of others.


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