Lake Norman & Mooresville

Time to plan for faith-based league

Lake Norman and Huntersville Upward Basketball and Cheerleading is a faith-based youth league for children ages kindergarten through eighth grade.

Lake Norman Baptist Church will host skills evaluation nights from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20, 21 and 23. Christ Community Church will host skills evaluation night from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25. Practices begin Dec. 8 with the exception of kindergarten, which will start on Dec. 13.

Games will launch on Jan. 17 at Lake Norman Baptist Church, Christ Community Church and First Baptist Church of Huntersville. For more information about Upward Basketball and Cheerleading, see

100 years

In 2008, Huntersville United Methodist Church is celebrating 100 years of worship and service in the Huntersville and the Lake Norman community this year.

The church celebrated the one-century mark with a homecoming worship service and luncheon last Sunday. The Rev. Andy Langford was the guest speaker. Langford is the son of former Davidson College pastor Dr. Tom Langford, who served Huntersville UMC in the 1950s and then became dean of the Duke Divinity School.

Andy Langford is pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Concord.

Thinking about Christmas

It is only September, and the stores are already selling Christmas cards. For some, that may instill a sense of anticipation and excitement for the coming holiday season. For others, it induces an anxiety attack.

It seems the season comes earlier each year. We can look at it from the perspective of commercialism. Perhaps it is too much, too soon; perhaps it is just good to be prompted to plan ahead.

Or, if we remember what the holiday season can bring, we might realize it is a great opportunity to share our good fortune with others. Maybe we can become part of the collective good to help those in need. As we peruse the aisles of Target and Wal-Mart, checking it once, checking it twice, maybe we could also think about how to make a difference in the lives of others and spread good cheer.

Operation Christmas Child is a part of Samaritan's Purse, which is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Established in 1970, Samaritan's Purse has served those who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine.

Operation Christmas Child sends gift-filled shoe boxes to children across the globe. You can be part of a mission that delivered more than 61 million shoe boxes to children in desperate situations.

Children, families and people of all ages can be involved in this simple, hands-on missions project reflecting the true meaning of Christmas. National Collection Week is Nov. 17-24. For more information, see