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Central UMC Annual Homecoming Service
Central UMC will hold its annual Homecoming Service followed by a covered dish luncheon in the Church Fellowship Hut on Sunday, August 28 at 11:00 am.  The guest minister will be Rev. Gayle Ford.  Rev. Ford served as the church’s interim pastor from January until June, 2015.  

During the worship hour, the memory of church loved ones who have passed since August 2015 will be honored.  Also, the following deceased choir members will be recognized with memorial plaques:  Edna Davis, Ozzie and Grace Freund, and Jayne Bennett.  In addition to the memorial plaques, a plaque will be presented to honor long-time choir member Judy Bowman, who recently moved.  

There will be a brief dedication litany for a baby grand piano that once belonged to the Freunds and is now in the choir rehearsal room.  Current and former church members, family members of those who will be honored and remembered during the service, and the Denton community are cordially invited to join Central UMC for this special day of praise and remembrance!

Chandlers Grove UMC
Chandlers Grove United Methodist Church is having a yard sale, pancake breakfast, desert sale and silent auction Saturday, September 3, 2016. The yard sale will begin at 7am and run until 11am. The bake sale and pancake breakfast, which includes pancakes and sausage for $6.00, will start at 8am and run until 11am and the silent auction will take place for the duration of the event. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Christy and Brad Hardee. Please come out and show your love and support. The church is located at 2535 Blaine Road, Badin Lake.

New Hope UMC Women’s Raffle

New Hope UMC Women’s Raffle is underway. Stop by the Village Restaurant in Denton to purchase your tickets. Prices include 1st Prize is a $300 Cash; 2nd Prize is a $200 Gift Card to the Village and 3rd Prize is a $100 Food Lion Gift Card. Tickets are $1 for 1 ticket; $5 for 7 tickets and $20 for 30 tickets.

New Jerusalem United Church of Christ

Revival will be on Sunday, September 11 with Rev. James Byers, pastor of Beck’s Reformed Church, will be bringing the 6 p.m. evening message.

The Women’s Guild is holding a “Christmas in July” fund-raiser selling prints of New Jerusalem in the snow. They are available for $15, to purchase one contact the church at (336) 746-5846 and leave a message or call Linda Norman at (336) 859-8111.

Pleasant Grove Homecoming and Revival services begin August 28

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church on Loftin Road will hold its annual homecoming service on Sunday, August 28, at 11:00 AM. Rev. Richard Gould will lead the service. A covered dish luncheon will follow this service. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend as we continue our celebration of our 178th year as an active church family. We will again have our History Room on display and invite everyone to browse the materials, to make copies of photos and other memorabilia that are shared, and to bring artifacts connected with the church and church community to put on display.

Revival services will begin Sunday at 7:00 pm and continue each evening at 7:00 through Wednesday, August 31. Rev. Harold Hammond will bring the message, and Billy Myers will provide music on Sunday evening.

On Monday Rev. Michael Jernigan will have charge of the services, and Billy Myers will present music.

Rev. Chip Webb will be our speaker on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Tony Corner will provide music both nights.

Please join us at Pleasant Grove for enlightening messages and inspirational music August 28 through 31!

Summerville Church Clothing Closet Giveaway
Clothing Closet Giveaway will be Saturday, August 27th, 8:00-11:00am in our Fellowship Hall.  Free clothing is available for male & female, babies through adults.  Summerville is located off Flat Swamp Rd., near the Hwy 8 intersection. 



Robert Heidenreich
Robert Edward Heidenreich, 80, of Rosalyn Glen Rd., Cornelius, formerly of Denton, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Cornelius.   The funeral service was held at 11:00 am on Monday at Summerville Baptist Church in Denton, NC with Rev. Flynn Richardson officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

 Born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 5, 1936, he was the son on Edward “Duke” and Dorothy (Hemmeter) Heidenreich.  He was a Chief Contract Engineer with BP Oil.  Mr. Heidenreich was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Lee Heidenreich.

 He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Evelyn (Lynne) Doris Field Heidenreich; three daughters, Karen Lynne Lemonds of Arcadia, FL, Kathy Anne Wikoff and husband, Walter of Middletown, DE and Beth Ellen Kalaf and husband Randy of Waxhaw, NC and four grandchildren, Matthew Wikoff, Chelsea Weaks, Sara Kalaf, and Brice Kalaf.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 PM Sunday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361-0338
Briggs Funeral Home of Denton is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at

Kermit Kern
Kermit Leon Kern, 85, of Seeley Drive died Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Denton with Rev. Charles Tanner and Rev. Vern Peterson officiating.  Burial followed in Mountain View Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Kern was born April 1, 1931 in Randolph County, the son of Theodore Kermit and Laura Freeman Kern.  He was a retired restaurant owner and a Veteran of the US Army.  He was preceded in death by his son Randy Kern in 1986, his parents and a sister Norma Lee Webb.

He is survived by his wife Edith Saunders Kern of the home; a brother, David Kern and wife Dede of Asheboro; four sisters, Carolyn Dunn of Burlington, Nona Ruth Maness of Star, Vickie Cranford of Asheboro, and Linda Bean and husband Junior of Mt. Gilead.

 Family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and other times at the residence. 

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Golden Circle Sunday School Class, PO Box 515, Denton NC 27239.

Briggs Funeral Home of Denton is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at

Steven Kinley
Mr. Steven (Steve) Paul Kinley, 42, a resident of Woodfon Drive, died Sunday, August 14, 2016.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm at Fair Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Allan Van Meter officiating. The family received friends on Wednesday at the church family life center and at other times at the home. 

Memorials may be directed in memory of Steve for his children in care of Brooke at 4 Woodfon Drive, Thomasville, NC 27360.  Online condolences may be sent to 

Gary Varner

Gary Branson Varner, age 71, of Todd Drive, Trinity died Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Meridian Center in High Point.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Varner was born July 6, 1945 in Guilford County to William Branson and Hester Tysinger Varner.  He was a member of Summerville Baptist Church. He owned a woodworking shop in Thomasville.  He was also a member of the National Guard.

He is survived by a son, Keith Varner of Shelby; a daughter, Delisa Dalton of Wilmington; a brother, Doug Varner of Lexington; a sister, Gayle Varner Hilton of Denton; his partner, Brenda Dennis of Thomasville and 2 grandchildren.

Briggs Funeral Home of Denton is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at

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