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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.

Ticket sales have ended.

Deacon & Elder Nominations

Due July 31


If you would like to suggest the name of any church member(s) who you feel possesses the necessary qualities and gifts for the offices of Deacon or Elder, please submit them by clicking the form link above.

Nominations and qualifications must be submitted in writing by July 31, 2017. Please indicate why your nominee’s dedication to SMPC qualifies him or her for service as Deacon or Elder.

Nomination forms are also available at the Connection Center outside the Sanctuary or in the Church Office.

Vacation Bible School

July 31 - August 4

Save the date for VBS!


Food for Thought Book Group

Thursday, August 3

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,

Men's Breakfast Group

Saturday, August 5

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,

The Village

Sunday, August 6

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC

This group of ages mid-20s to mid-40s will gather for fellowship! All are welcome!

Questions? Contact Curtis Guy here.

Ballantyne Business Group

Wednesday, August 16

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!)

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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