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YOUTH: Mission Mondays

June 12 - August 14

Students will have a chance to participate in a mission project on Monday afternoons. Details will be given by the Wednesday beforehand, and some might require a “sign up!”

YOUTH: Taco Tuesdays

June 13-August 15

1:00 p.m.

Salsarita's - Blakeney & Chipotle-Stonecrest

Locations vary; sign up for text reminders: TEXT @SMPCYOUTH TO 81010

Come meet Jessica at 1pm for lunch at either Salsarita’s in Blakeney OR Chipotle in Stonecrest! Location will be emailed/texted by the Wednesday before. We’ll enjoy a meal, do a devotional together, and catch up on life!

**Please feel free to meet even on the weeks Jessica is at camp!

YOUTH: The Bible Says WHAT?

June 14-August 16

Informal Bible study will be offered Wednesday nights at 6:30pm! Students will get a chance to pick our avenue of study on the first Wednesday gathering.

Are you willing to host in your home on one or two Wednesdays this summer?? Please email Jessica (

Empty Nesters

Friday, June 23

6:00 p.m., Seaboard Taproom and Wine Bar

All EMPTY NESTERS are invited to meet on Friday, June 23, 6:00 p.m. at Seaboard Taproom and Wine Bar, 213 N. Trade Street in Matthews.

From there we will “crawl” to Matthews Food Truck Friday where we will get something to eat and enjoy the music of Pam Taylor.

No registration necessary – just come!

Questions? Gary Rawls,, 704-544-1570.

Meet Us at the Park!

Sundays, June 25 and July 23

Sundays June 25 and July 23, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join other SMPC families for a simple playdate at William R. Davie Park.

Men's Breakfast Group

Saturday, July 1

8:00 a.m.

Famous Toastery of Ballantyne - 8430 Rea Road

ALL men are invited to gather together for a delicious breakfast and an opportunity for fellowship.

Questions? Contact Carl Hewett,

Ballantyne Business Group

Wednesday, July 5

12:15 p.m., Room 204

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

Study Series: It’s time to… Stop, Pray, Work, Play & Love by the Brother of The Society of Saint John the Evangelist

The series involves a short video with a thought-provoking question to discuss as a group.

Learn more about the series here.

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!)

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Saturday, July 15

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Mecklenburg Hall

*Donors will be entered in a drawing for two tickets to Carowinds!*

Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others.

Appropriate for 17 year olds and up.


Contact Kara Guy to set your appointment at

or go to, click "Enter a Sponsor Code" and enter SMPC.

Please remember to bring your Red Cross Donor Card or photo ID.

Walk-ins are welcome too!

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

Saturday, July 15

6:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Admission is free; a love offering will be received.

Chris Jones is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist - and, thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, as one of the most widely heard broadcasting voices in bluegrass music. His immediately recognizable voice, warm sense of humor and abundance of talent have combined to make him one of the music’s most distinctive personalities, and one of its strongest artists.

Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from MerleFest in North Carolina to California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world.

Steve Martin referred to the Night Drivers as “. . . some of the best players in bluegrass! Chris Jones’ voice is there with the great masters.”

Baseball for Haiti

Friday, July 28

7:00 p.m., BB&T Ballbark

Charlotte Knights vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Join SMPC as we support OFCB in Bayonnais, Haiti with a fun night of baseball.

All are welcome; a portion of each ticket benefits OFCB.


Vacation Bible School

July 31 - August 4

Save the date for VBS!


Food for Thought Book Group

Thursday, August 4

6:30 p.m., Session Room

The Anniversary of the First Atomic Bomb: August 6, 1945

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped

Win World War II

by Denise Kierman (Nonfiction)

The story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who played a

crucial role in a significant moment in U.S. history. The Tennessee town of

Oak Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One of the Manhattan

Project’s secret cities, it didn’t appear on any maps until 1949, and at the

height of World War II, it was using more electricity than New York City and

home to 75,000 people, many of them women recruited from towns across

the South. Their jobs were shrouded in mystery, but they had a sense of

shared purpose, close friendships—and a surplus of handsome scientists

and Army men.

All are invited!


Questions? Contact Kathy Paquette,

Children's Chapel

Saturday, August 19

10:00 a.m., Chapel

Preschoolers and their parents join together for worship, movement and music.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Guzman, Director of Spiritual Formation,

Lake Junaluska High School Retreat

September 15-17


Every fall our High School Youth gather for a time of fellowship and renewal.

9th-12th graders are invited to join us for a weekend at Lake Junaluska!

Deposit is $75. Total cost is dependent upon final number of registrants, but we estimate between $150-170/person. (Includes lodging, food, half day of white water rafting.)

We WILL need chaperones help to make this trip possible!


Bethelwoods: Middle School Retreat

September 22-23


Every fall our Middle School year enjoy a meaningful overnight retreat.

6th-8th graders are invited to join us for an overnight retreat at Bethelwoods in York, SC!

Deposit is $30. Total cost is dependent upon the final number of registrants, but we estimate between $60-80/person. (Includes lodging, food, low ropes.)

Please note that DRIVERS are needed to transport us and pick us up, and we will need chaperone help -- so please consider joining us, you wonderful lovely parents!

*******DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS AUGUST 1, 2017.******

Kathy Izard, author

Sunday, October 1

5:00 p.m., Mecklenburg Hall

Kathy Izard, author of The Hundred Story Home will speak at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church.

*This is SMPC's Summer All-Church Read!

The Hundred Story Home leads you on an inspirational journey that begins with a question, "Where are the beds?" and ends with over one hundred formerly homeless people living in homes of their own.

Author, Kathy Izard, was enjoying a comfortable existence when she came face to face with the reality that while her dedicated service at the community soup kitchen might be feeding her soul, it would never solve the bigger needs of the homeless population. Confronting the question of where are the beds? Kathy realized that she had been called to take on what seemed like an insurmountable taskto build housing for Charlotte's homeless.

Woven together with this uplifting story of a call to social action is Kathy's personal struggle with faith, forgiveness and fulfillment. In telling her story, Kathy invites you to consider your rewriting your own. What's calling you? And as crazy at it seems, it may be crazier not to try.


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