We hope you will join us at 10:10 a.m. for worship in the sanctuary or via livestream.

All are welcome!

First Reading: Proverbs 20:4; 26:14-16; 22:13; 6:6-8; 10:26

Second Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

Sermon: "Risk Management"

Preacher: Dr. Matt Brown

Listening devices are available during worship. Please stop by the Connection Center or contact Kay Dano for more information.

We encourage you to wear your name tag to worship. If you do not have a name tag or have misplaced yours, please contact Nancy Metzler, director of hospitality and connection.



The church office will be closed on Wednesday, November 22 and Thursday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

2024 Operating Fund Campaign: "Everything Good"

Update on our 2024 Operating Fund Campaign, Everything Good: We are currently at 86.3% of our campaign goal - this is a great start! Thank you to the 230 families who have already made a financial commitment for 2024. If you have not had a chance to make a pledge, you can make one online below or contact Mary Katheryne Zagora.

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Advent is just around the corner! More information on worship services and events are on our Advent site.


Seen Around Church

SMPC members work together to help those in need at Thanksgiving, Chancel Ringers perform in handbell festival, Men's Group meets for a social and Shelter Ministry fills hundreds of prescription bottles with body wash! See what's been happening around SMPC this week.

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Salvation Army Kettle Bell Ringing Returns!

Join in on this special SMPC tradition. We will ring Saturdays, November 25, December 2, 9 and 16. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families and friends. | Contact: Terry Gaines

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Registration Open for Women's Holiday Tea

Saturday, December 2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mecklenburg Hall - Join us for this special SMPC tradition! Please register on Realm and bring your favorite mug or tea cup!

Contact: Nancy Metzler


An Unlikely Advent: New Adult Bible Study Starts First Week of Advent

Beginning Sunday, December 3 at 9:00 a.m. or December 4, 10:00 a.m, McQueen Room or Zoom - During this Advent season, we invite you to explore themes of hope, love, joy, and peace by sharing the lesser-known characters in the story of Jesus’s birth. Each set of unexpected characters has something to teach about living faithfully on the journey to Christmas. This class will meet in a hybird format (both virtual and in-person). This class meets for three weeks on Sundays OR Mondays - you can attend either day.

Contact: Rebecca Guzman


Bread Delivery Drivers Needed

We are looking for a few more volunteers to deliver bread to Dilworth Soup Kitchen! This is a very flexible volunteer opportunity.

The details: Every Thursday, The Food Recovery Group drops off day old bread items from Panera at SMPC. An SMPC volunteer delivers the bread to our neighbors at the Dilworth Soup Kitchen. Volunteers are needed to deliver the bread on Friday mornings. Delivery should be made before 10:00 a.m. as the Dilworth Soup Kitchen opens at 10:30 a.m.

More details in the SignUpGenius. Contact: Lisa Gilleland

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Angel Tree Tags Coming Soon

We hope you will join us in this SMPC tradition of helping families in need during the holidays. Angel Tree tags will be available on the trees in the narthex and online on Sunday, November 26. More details to come.

Contact: Kristin Colson

Consider Donating to Center of Hope Breakfast

Each month, SMPC provides breakfast for the guests of Center of Hope. There are opportunities to donate breakfast items each month and drop them off at the church or you can also donate a monetary contribution anytime. Find more information below. Thank you for your support!

Contact: Bob Williamson

More information


Food for Thought Book Group, Today, November 16, 12:30 p.m., McQueen Room - We are celebrating author Charles Martin’s birthday! Read any Charles Martin book. All are welcome. | Contact: Kathy Paquette

Friday Morning Men's GroupFriday, November 17, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Chapel 206 -  This group is starting the book The Genius of Jesus: The Man Who Changed Everything by Erwin Raphael McManus and will discuss the introduction and first two chapters on November 17. All are welcome. Contact: Curt Ireland

Handiworkers GroupTuesday, November 21, 10:00 a.m., Palmer Building Room 104 - All knitters, needlepointers, quilters, cross-stitchers and crocheters (beginners, experts and anything in between) are invited. We meet weekly to work on projects (to keep and to donate). | Contact: Judy Jameson

SMPC/Salvation Army Kettle Bell RingingSaturdays beginning November 25, Belk, SouthPark Mall, Times Vary  - Join in on this special SMPC tradition. We will ring Saturdays, November 25, December 2, 9 and 16. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families and friends. | Sign Up  | Contact: Terry Gaines

Save the Date! Lunch BunchTuesday, December 5, 11:30 a.m., Ruby Sunshine, 12330 Johnston Rd - Lunch Bunch is meeting for brunch! All are welcome. RSVP to Ruth Ann Engle


Bread Donation and Delivery - Volunteers are needed every Friday morning to deliver bread donated by Panera to the Dilworth Soup Kitchen. | Sign up

Bag Lunches for Roof Above - Roof Above provides 300 lunch bags each day to help feed those in need. SMPC is committed to providing 100 bag lunches a month. Volunteers are needed. | Sign up 

Center of Hope Breakfast - On the third Saturday of each month, SMPC preps, cooks and serves breakfast for guests at the Center of Hope. Our next volunteer opportunity is Saturday, November 18. Food donations for this month's breakfast are due today, November 16. | Sign Up | Contact: Bob Williamson

Center of Hope Desserts - Sign up to provide a sweet treat for the women and children that temporarily call Center of Hope home. | Sign up | Contact: Terry Gaines

Friends Empowering Haiti (formerly Friends of OFCB) is raising money to purchase food for the school in Bayonnais, Haiti. The school provides lunch each day for the 2,500 students who are enrolled in the four campuses, and it is often the only food the students receive that day. | More Info | Donate | Contact: Judy Nichols

Loaves and Fishes, Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. or 2:00-4:00 p.m., 2027 Emerywood Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 - Loaves and Fishes is looking for some strong bodies to help them do the lifting and delivering of boxes of food from their Food Pantry to cars every Friday from 1-2 p.m. They are also looking for help with client services every Friday from 2-4 p.m. The minimum age to volunteer is 14, and closed toed shoes are required. | Contact: Jane Royther


BAM! (Bible and Music), Sunday, November 19, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Narthex, Children in Kindergarten-5th Grade - We will be practicing songs for the upcoming Festival of Carols. If your child would like participate in Festival of Carols, please plan for them to attend BAM! on November 19 and December 3. As always, we will end with a pizza dinner and free play time. | Register by Friday, November 17 | Contact: Rebecca Guzman

Ugly Sweater Bowling, Sunday, December 17, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Spare Time, 9600 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Pineville, NC, 4th and 5th Graders - Fourth and fifth graders are invited to join us for fellowship time, bowling, arcade games and pizza! This is a drop-off event, and the cost includes bowling, shoes, a $10 arcade card, pizza and a drink. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater! | Register | Contact: Rebecca Guzman


Small Group Dinners, Sunday, November 19, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Various Locations, Middle and High Schoolers - Youth will meet at homes for dinner based on grade level. 6th/7th grade: Denise Davis House; 8th grade: Carr House; 9th-12th grade: Cushman House. Please see the SMPC Youth email for more details and to RSVP. | Contact: Lindsey Odom

BYG (Big Youth Group), Sunday, December 3, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Mecklenburg Hall, Middle and High Schoolers - We will join together for an Advent devotion and have fun and fellowship decorating gingerbread houses and Christmas cookies. Register | Contact: Lindsey Odom


Worshiping together in person is a joy - and requires many helping hands! A number of volunteer opportunities are available on Sunday mornings and we need you. | Contact: Nancy Metzler

Acolyte (1st-5th graders)

Usher Team

Welcome Team (all ages)

Coffee Grounds Host

Lemonade Host (all ages)

Muffin Ministry


Flowers for Worship - You may provide your own arrangement, have a florist supply your arrangement, or make a donation to the Sanctuary Building Fund, and the Worship Committee will provide the flowers.| Sign Up | Contact: Karen Malmut, 704-591-9496


Gifts to the Operating Fund support the day to day ministries, programs, and operations of the church. Gifts to the Strength to Strength Fund support our sanctuary mortgage. Gifts to the School Lunches for Haiti Fund support students at the OFCB school in Bayonnais, Haiti. For other gift designations, select the Other Fund, and note the gift's intent in the box provided. | Contact: Mary Katheryne Zagora



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