CHURCH NEWS -
Bethel Baptist Church
Bethel Baptist Church will celebrate “Christ in Christmas
– The Reason for the Season” at their Christmas program on Sunday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided after the program. Everyone is invited. Bethel Baptist Church is located at
159 Klopman Mill Road in Denton.
United Methodist Church in Denton (at 2500 Canaan Church Road off of Hwy. 109 toward Thomasville) will be sharing their choral
Cantata, “Bethlehem Morning” during worship on Sunday, December 8 at 10:30am. The choir, under the leadership
of Frances Lanier, is being directed by Jane Baldwin and is made up of voices from First and Canaan United Churches. All are
On Sunday, December 1 at
11:00 a.m. “Hanging of the Greens Service” will be held at the church Sanctuary located at 276 W. First Street
in Denton. Sunday, December 1 marked the beginning of the Christian Year and also the start of the holy season known as Advent.
Advent is when we take the necessary time to prepare ourselves for the coming of the
Messiah. As we start a time of “anticipation”, we will recall the meaning and significance of the symbols common
to this season of the year and add a new symbol this year.
of “Hanging of the Greens”, we will slowly start the preparation of our sanctuary as these symbols are brought
and placed. Song, scripture, and brief explanations led by Central’s Youth will aid us in or understanding.
On Saturday, December 7, Central UMC will sponsor a community
breakfast buffet from 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the church hut. Come fuel up before the Christmas parade. The hut is
located at 276 W. First Street in Denton. Kids can come have their picture made with Santa Claus. Anyone who needs a ride
to the breakfast, contact the church at 336-859-3502.
December 8 is Mission Wreath Sunday the church. This Sunday our Sunday School and Worship times will change. Please make note
that there will be light refreshments and fellowship in the fellowship hall at 10:00 a.m. and the Mission Wreath Service will
begin 30 minutes earlier in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m.
Together we will hear special music from
the Sigmon Triplets and Central’s Ladies Ensemble throughout the service. Gifts received during the lighting of the
wreath are designated for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) – Midwest Storm Victims and Denton Elementary
School Backpack program.
In the midst of the season’s hustle and
bustle, it is hard to find the heart of God. Yet, if you listen closely, you can hear the words of Jesus: “All I want
for Christmas, for my birthday, is for you to remember the poor, reach the lost, and set the oppressed free.”
Our Mission Wreath Sunday helps all of us to put Jesus in his rightful role as center,
founder and purpose of our celebration.
Tuesday, December 24 at 11:00p.m;
Central United Methodist Church will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and Holy Communion in their Sanctuary. You,
your family and friends are invited to share in the wonder of this night. There will be a message, Christmas music, including
singing along to Christmas carols, and the lighting of candles. The United Methodist Men of Central will be serving hot chocolate
on the lawn immediately following the service. Please join us for this special worship service that celebrates the birth of
our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Denton Wesleyan Church
Wesleyan Church presents Christian illusionist, Will Henderson on December 31 at the church’s New Year’s Eve Party.
The celebration will kick off at 9:00 p.m. at the church located at 16345 Hwy 109 in Denton.
with stage performance, Henderson will be roving and wowing the crowd with up close slight of hand. You will be asking yourself,
“How did he do that?” many time throughout the event.
evening will include pick up food and drinks, music, karaoke, a lighted ball drop at midnight, and fireworks finale! Plan
now to spend your evening with friends at DWC! The event is sponsored by the church. Admission is FREE!
On Sunday, December 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Denton Community Love Feast will take place
at First Baptist Church in Denton. Practice will be Wednesday, December 4 starting at 4:30 pm at First Baptist Church.
All are welcome to the Denton Community Love Feast Service where we share in a Christian fellowship meal while
recalling the meals Jesus shared with his disciples during his ministry.
is a rich tradition begun by the Denton Ladies Civitan Club and supported by the churches in the Denton community. It is filled
with music, readings, a combined community choir and candle lighting. Don’t miss this time of sharing in community and
fellowship enjoyed by the family of Christ.
Fairview Methodist to host
2nd Annual Celebration of the
You can be an important part of Fairview United Methodist
Church’s 2nd Annual Celebration of the Nativity that will take place December 15 from 2:00 to 5:00 at Fairview First,
consider loaning your nativity set to Fairview to put on display. Last year 127 sets were borrowed from the community and
displayed in the fellowship hall. Sets ranged from large to tiny, handmade to manufactured, local to from all over the world.
Each set is displayed with a card with the owner’s name and special information about the set. Fairview will accept
the forms immediately or you can bring them to Fairview with your nativity set Dec. 14 from 3:00 to 6:00 or on Dec. 15 from
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You will need a form for each set. You can pick up your set(s) on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 5:00 to
7:00 PM. This year we would like to display 150 sets. Entry forms will be available at the Denton Library, South Davidson
Resource Center, and Denton Orator.
The second thing you can do is to
plan to attend the event, which is free with donations accepted for the South Davidson Resource Center. Last year the event
raised $700 for the Resource Center. Our featured artist this year is Viola Adams Owen, who creates miniature nativity scenes
inside a fragile eggshell that she has decorated. Owen learned this technique in the late 1960’s and her creations have
become treasured heirlooms. Owen will be present at the event so visitors can talk with her and view her art. Besides the
display, visitors will enjoy seasonal refreshments, live Christmas music in the sanctuary and fellowship hall, hourly reading
of the Christmas story and more. Visitors may also register to win a special nativity set. For more information call
859-4742 or 859-2358.
Mr. Benson Saunders Futrell, Jr. of Forest Park Drive Denton, NC died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Hinkle
Hospice House in Lexington.
A graveside service with Masonic Rites by
Denton Lodge 404 was held at 4:30 PM Sunday, December 1 at Denton Town Cemetery conducted by Rev. Sharon Lee.
The family received friends Saturday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times
at the residence on Forest Park Drive. Following the graveside service a Reception was held at Park Place in Denton.
Mr. Futrell was born May 11, 1936 in Troy, NC to Susie Bruton Futrell and Benson Saunders
Futrell. He graduated from Denton High School 1954, attended Pfeiffer College and joined the US Navy 1956 where he served
as a corpsman. After his discharge, he worked as a truck driver. He then worked at the family business, Futrell Brothers Lumber
Company until his retirement. He was an avid golfer who enjoyed the camaraderie and competition of the game. He was a Lifetime
Master Mason and a member of the Oasis Temple, Charlotte, NC.
During his last weeks, he showed
courage and humor, entertaining his family with stories of his youth.
is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shelby Surratt Futrell of the home; sons, Benson S. “Ben” Futrell,
III and wife Addie of Moncks Corner, SC and James Bruton “Jimmy” Futrell and wife Jody of Lexington; four
beautiful granddaughters, Emma Futrell, Laura Futrell, Alyssa Futrell and Ashlyn Futrell and sister, Rebecca Futrell Markham
of Vass. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James B. Futrell.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292. The
family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of the Hinkle Hospice House. Their dedication, compassion
and extraordinary care over the last 3 weeks were a blessing to the entire family.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Clifton Baker and also the staff of NH MED of Denton, especially Faith Martin, who
was so helpful through a very difficult time, and was only a phone call away.
Online Condolences may be made at www.briggsfuneralhome.com
Mr. Russell Lee Pullum age 63 of Stokes Rd., Denton died Friday,
November 29, 2013 at FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital.
service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, December 4 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel conducted by Rev. Rick Shoemaker.
Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Gardens.
received friends on Tuesday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the residence on Stokes Rd.
Mr. Pullum was born November 5, 1950 in Davidson County to Henry Lee Pullum and Wilda
Mae Billings Pullum. He worked as an upholster and was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Janet Gale Gunner.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Woodlief Pullum of the home; son, Christopher Woodlief
of Asheboro; daughters, Stacy Pullum of Denton and Julia Pullum of Trinity; brothers, Dale Pullum of VA, Rodney Pullum of
Thomasville, and Artley Pullum of Denton; sister, Janie Hedrick of Denton and four grandchildren.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.briggsfuneralhome.com
Aweilda Little Williams
Aweilda Hogan Little Williams, 66, of Asheboro made her grand ascent on November 28, 2013 from the comfort of the
Randolph Hospice House.
Mrs. Williams was born on July 4, 1947; A “fire
cracker” from the start; the daughter of Voyd and Martha Alene Hopkins Hogan. And, was reared in the tight-knit community
of New Hope in SW Randolph County.
Aweilda served her family and the
greater community through the Holy Spirit’s guidance her whole life.
sold real estate in the Asheboro area for 30 years and 3 days; and was known for her accurately descriptive slogan, “Where
there’s Aweilda, there’s a way.” She had an opinion about everything, and was always eager to share her
point of view.
Aweilda enjoyed studying and teaching the Word of God;
traveling with her husband to Native American Artifacts shows; accompanying her children’s families on vacations; and,
simply relaxing on her front porch in the picturesque Uwharrie Mountains.
was preceded in death by her father; her husband of 24 years, Larry Little, Sr.; and, “second mother,” Aunt Bryte
She is survived by husband of 23 years, Warner B. Williams,
of the home; mother, Martha Alene Hayes, of Lexington; daughters, Amy Little of Farmer and Lori Ann Little Owen and husband,
Ben, of Seagrove; son, Larry Little, Jr. and wife Stephanie, of Farmer; sister, Melody Meachum and husband Mark of Lexington;
and brother, Jeron Hogan and wife Holly of Wilmington.
grandchildren include Will Ward; Avery, Juliana, and Ivey Owen; and Mason, Grant and Reagan Little; special grandchild, Gracie
Hensley; and a great-grandchild due in March.
She is also survived by
step daughter, Sonya Moon; and step grandson, William C. Moon III; along with many nieces, nephews and close brothers and
The family received friends on Saturday, November 30,
2013 at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro.
A funeral service
was held on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Central United Methodist Church, 300 S. Main St., Asheboro, with pastors Rev. Dr.
Terry Matthews and nephew Steven Nance officiating. Burial followed at High Pine Wesleyan Church, on High Pine Church Road
in the SW Randolph area.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph
County, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204-0009; or to the Randolph Cancer Center Benevolent Fund, 373 North Fayetteville Street,
Asheboro, NC 27203.
Online condolences may be posted at: www.pughfuneralhome.com
Mr. Samuel ‘Mike’
Michael Fountain, 57 of Lexington died on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at his residence.
On Saturday, November 30th at 6:00 pm a time of celebration was held at Thomasville Funeral Home, 18 Randolph
St., Thomasville 27360.