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SMPC Photography Group

Wednesday, September 20

6:30 p.m., Room 206

This group will meet the third Wednesday of each month.

Please bring a couple of shots that are of your best work to share with the group. We will discuss how the group would like to spend our time also, so it is important you come to express your wishes.

Questions? Contact Tom Schellin,

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!

The registration deadline has passed. Contact Jessica Tidwell-Weinzierl for details.

International Dining

Friday, September 22

7:00 p.m., Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse

7724 Pineville-Matthews Road, 704.542.3499,

This group dines out in the Charlotte area monthly. All are welcome!

RSVP: Alice Tyler at by Tuesday, September 19.

Children's Chapel

Saturday, September 23

10:00 a.m., Chapel

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

Questions? Contact Rebecca Guzman, Director of Spiritual Formation,

Boy Scout Troop 119 BBQ

September 23-24

See a scout to order by September 19.

Enjoy our famous bbq! Vegetarian chili also available this year.

Questions? Contact David Gaines,

Book Study

Sundays, September 24

5:00 p.m., Chapel Room 206

Join us as we discuss our Summer All-Church Read, The Hundred Story Home.

This is a wonderful opportunity to dig deeper into the book ahead of the October 1 visit from author, Kathy Izard.

Youth Small Group Dinners

Sunday, September 24


(Times TBA)

Four times a year, we encourage youth to gather for a small group dinner with the kids in their grade. Each dinner is hosted by a family in that grade. The dinners are a lot of fun and another great way for kids to get to know one another.

Questions? Contact Jessica Tidwell-Weinzierl, Director of Youth Ministry at for details.

Charlotte Symphony: American Echoes

Wednesday, September 27

7:30 p.m., SMPC Sanctuary.

he concert, American Echoes, will feature works by American composers and others who’ve captured the essence of our nation.

Christopher James Lees conducts.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here the night of the concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. or in advance at

Rain or Shine Moms' Group

Thursday, September 28

8:00 p.m., Room 206

This group meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month for study.

September - November

Study: Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Click here to register and/or purchase the book.

If you're searching for a "tribe" to talk through motherhood, life, balance, and faith, this is it!

Please RSVP to Rebecca Guzman, Director of Spiritual Formation,

Loaves & Fishes Fall Food Drive

October 1-29

Bags available in the Narthex on Sunday, September 24.

Please return to the church by Sunday, October 29.


Kathy Izard, author

Sunday, October 1

5:00 p.m., Sanctuary

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

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.


Prayer Without Sitting Still

Tuesdays, October 3-24

7:00 p.m., Room 206

Do you sometimes think your prayers are more like postcards than letters? If you have trouble siting still and praying, come join some other like-minded folks for some practical ways to connect with the God that don’t involve sitting still or whispering!

Contact: Rebecca Guzman, Director of Spiritual Formation,

Ballantyne Business Group

Wednesday, October 4

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 5

6:30 p.m., Session Room

"All You Need is Love"

Etched In Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on

Long Island NF by Regina Calcaterra

Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons.

Questions? Contact Kathy Paquette,

CROP Hunger Walk

Saturday, October 14

9:00 a.m., Independence Park



Who We Are: What We Believe

Sunday, October 15

4:00 p.m., Session Room

If you are new to SMPC, considering membership, recently joined the church or just want to know more, we invite you to attend Who We Are: What We Believe.

Childcare provided by contacting Nancy Metzler.

Led by Dr. Matt Brown and Nancy Metzler, we’ll cover topics such as:

  • What does it mean to be Christian and, in particular, a Presbyterian?
  • How are Presbyterians different from Baptists, Methodists or Catholics?
  • How does God use each of us to form the community that is SMPC?
  • Interested? Contact Nancy Metzler, Director of Hospitality & Connection,

    JOY Social Group

    Thursday, October 26

    10:30 a.m. (social), 11:00 a.m. (program), Mecklenburg Hall, lunch follows.

    All are invited to come and enjoy good fellowship, lunch, and a very interesting program, “Spirituality & Aging: Questions & Discussion", presented by Rev. Carol Hassell, Chaplain at Sharon Towers.

    Lunch to follow the program is $5, payable at the door.

    Reserve by Monday, October 23 in the Narthex or to

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