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Challenging the Congregation

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The Rev. Roy Byers, who pastors both Bethlehem and Bess Chapel United Methodist churches, says he isn’t afraid of heights. And considering his penchant for delivering sermons from church roofs, that’s a good thing. “It’s a good thing I’m not a wandering preacher,” Byers said. Byers, who chalks up his…

Arts Council announces September pottery show

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The Arts Council of Lincoln County will host a pottery show in September at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The show will feature the work of potters in the Catawba Valley region, including a mix of contemporary and traditional pottery. The show is entitled “Pottery: Catawba Valley Region.” Each artist will…

Seminar planned for homeowners

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Lincoln County is looking to lend a hand to homeowners in danger of foreclosure by hosting a “housing 101” seminar July 29 and Aug. 2 in Lincolnton and Denver. A panel of housing and finance professionals will be on hand to give a presentation and answer questions for concerned homeowners.…

Rocking out with classic aerobics —Adult classes held in pool at Ross Park

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If you drive through the parking lot of Betty G. Ross Park on a Tuesday or Thursday evening, you may hear the sound of classic rock music pumping from the pool area. But it isn’t a party. It’s a water aerobics class. “I’ve been an instructor for three years,” Reylinda…

Health Dept. celebrates birthdays — Two workers turn 70 this year

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The Lincoln County Health Department saw two of its employees turn 70 this year. Dr. Thomas Smith and public health nurse Marcia Davis were given a surprise birthday party from the staff. Both have worked at the department for more than 30 years. Smith has been doing private practice since…

Golf tournament aids mission work

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One local church is using golf as a way to do mission work in Wyoming. Children and adults from Salem Baptist Church in Lincolnton will be traveling to Casper, Wyo., in August to do mission work at a state camp. This will be the church’s second year going to Mountain…

Methodist churches have birthdays — Crouse, Pleasant Grove celebrate 100th, 200th anniversaries respectively

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This year is an important one for two local Methodist churches. Crouse United Methodist and Pleasant Grove United Methodist, both pastored by the Rev. Jerry Evans and both located in western Lincoln County, will celebrate 100th and 200th anniversaries, respectively. “It’s amazing to think of what’s happened in this community…

Pastor preaches on global warming

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The Rev. Lutz Keller, pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church in Lincolnton, says he’s been interested in the issue of global warming for a long time. Now, he wants to share what he knows with others. Keller will present “A Christian Town Meeting: What every serious Christian should know about global…

65th Anniversary

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Around Town—Church Briefs

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MEN’S BASKETBALL Men’s basketball is held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays in the gym at New Life Baptist Church, 270 Car Farm Road, Lincolnton. There is also prayer and a devotion. There is no cost, and all men are welcome. REVIVAL Apostle Brooks and New Providence Full Gospel…