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Behtel Baptist Church
Bethel Baptist Church will have Easter Sunrise Services on Sunday, April 5th @ 7 am.   Sunday School will begin at 9:00 a.m. and Morning Worship will begin at 10:00 a.m.   There will be NO Evening Worship Service. 

The church is located at 159 Klopman Mill Rd.   Pastor Gerald Ward.
Central United Methodist Church  
On Sunday, March 29 the 11:00 worship service will be the traditional observance of Palm Sunday.  The worship hour will be one of preparation to enter into Holy Week.  The triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem will be remembered in both word and song. 

All in attendance will be given palm branches that will be placed upon the empty cross.  Our church family invites one and all to join us in this meaningful service that will highlight the events that were part of the last days of Jesus on earth.
Denton Wesleyan Church: Christ in the Passover

Jesus’ Last Supper was actually a Jewish Passover.

Peter Blitshteyn of Jews for Jesus will re-create the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection in a presentation called “Christ in the Passover” at Denton Wesleyan Church on Friday, April 3rd (Good Friday) at 7:00 PM.

Peter Blitshteyn will set a table with items traditionally used at the Passover meal and detail their spiritual significance. He will also explain the connection between the events of the first Passover in Egypt and the redemption that Jesus accomplished, as well as the deep bond between the ancient Passover feast and the Christian communion celebration today.

Jews for Jesus has presented “Christ in the Passover” at over 38,000 churches. It has been enthusiastically received by Christians who appreciate learning more about the Jewish backgrounds of their faith. Moishe Rosen, who founded Jews for Jesus in 1973, has also co-written the book, Christ in the Passover, with his wife, Ceil. This seminal work includes a look at Passover in ancient times and how it is practiced today. It will be available after the presentation. Also available will be a DVD of the Christ in the Passover presentation with David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, officiating.

Peter Blitshteyn will be happy to answer questions after the presentation.
Call (336) 859-4565 for more information. If you are planning to bring a group, please call with an approximate number so that we can prepare for your group.

There is no admission charge.
Join Area United Methodist Churches for Lent
Join our area United Methodist Churches for Lent…a 40-day season of turning back to God in preparation for the remembrance of Jesus’ death & celebration of his resurrection.

Wednesday Noon Worships include the following dates. Free soup & sandwich lunch will follow at 12:30pm. Offerings received for STOP HUNGER NOW.
“Walking with Jesus through Psalm 23”    

3/25 Shelia Gould preaching at First UMC
4/1    Rev. Neil Crowell preaching at First UMC
On Thursday, April 2, Holy Thursday Last Supper Experience will take place from 6:30-8pm drop-by communion at First UMC remembering Jesus’ Last Supper.

On April 3; A Good Friday Cross Walk will take place at 12 noon opening worship on First Church lawn, procession down S. Main St. behind cross, closing worship at Harrison Park remembering Jesus’ death on the cross.

Then on Easter Sunday, April 5, celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead in one of our area churches.

Central UMC is located at 276 W. First St., Denton - Fairview UMC is located at 5635 Old Hwy. 109 N., Lexington and First UMC is located at 376 S. Main St., Denton

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Amy Pierce
Mrs. Amy LaRae Merritt Pierce, age 49 of Blaine Road, Badin Lake, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015.  A funeral service was held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at Center United Methodist Church with Rev. Darren Everhart officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

 Born in Durham on August 8, 1965, she was the daughter of Melva M, and Wayne Kenneth Merritt.  She was an Alamance County Paramedic and a member of the Badin Lake Fire Department.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Pierce of the home; daughters, Jessica Hart, Ericka Merritt Oakley and Cady Driggers, all of Badin Lake, Monica Murphy of Winston-Salem and Rebecca Ware of Wisconsin; mother, Melva Merritt and father, Wayne Kenneth Merritt; sisters, Christy Merritt of Efland, Jeannie Gilland and Joann Terry, both of Mebane; and grandchildren, Jezzlyn Hart, Brooklyn Hart, Billy Hart, Makenzie Hart and Aubrey Murphy.

The family received friends on Thursday at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton and following the service on Friday at the Badin Lake Fire Department.

 Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2306 West Meadowview Rd. #125, Greensboro NC 27407.

Margaret “Mimi”

Margaret Imogene “Mimi” Goode Shelton Silverthorne, 83, went home to be with
Jesus March 17, 2015.

A funeral service celebrating her life was held at 5:00PM Sunday March 22, 2015 at Faith of God Ministries in Walkertown.

A native of Forsyth County, Mimi was born to the late Nancy Jane Rominger and William Walter Goode.

In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her daughter, Lela Vivian Shelton and Margaret Pendleton, infant son and son, William Randall Shelton, and brothers, John Franklin Goode, William Thomas Goode, and Roger Gray Goode.

Survivors include her loving husband of almost 40 years William Robert Silverthorne of the home; daughters, Nancy Jane Shelton of Walkertown, and Cherylene Pierce and Michael of Belews Creek; grandchildren, Amanda Pearman and Stevie, Joshua McDade and Crystal, Michelle Brock and Michael, and Michael Hillary Pierce, II, and Chris; thirteen great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Stoltz, Mary Ruth Holcomb and William, Janie Bowman, and Leola Bowman; brothers, Jerry Goode and Kay, and Danny Goode; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

The family visited with friends from 4-5PM Sunday at the church. Friends and family may sign, and view the guestbook at

Memorial contributions are asked to be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, New Beginning Church, or Faith of God Ministries.
Kelvin Snider

Kelvin “Kiel” Snider, 49, originally from Denton, NC, died on March 18, 2015. Kiel worked as a Senior Contracting Specialist with NexCom for many years.

Survivors include his parents, Richard and Judy Snider; his siblings, Lynette and David Snider and his nephews, Stephen and Nicholas Snider.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norview Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm on Saturday at the funeral home. You may offer condolences to the family at Memorial donations may be made to the United Way of S. Hampton Roads, 2515 Walmer Ave. Norfolk, VA 23513.

Ruth Tingley
Mrs. Ruth Annie Burke Tingley, of Mint Hill, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.  A funeral service for Mrs. Tingley was held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, 122 W. Main St., Thomasville, NC. 

The family received friends Saturday at J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home from 1 until 2 p.m.

Sharon Worley
Sharon Gayle Davis Worley died on March 16, 2015.

The family greeted friends Friday, March 20, 2015 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home, 122 W. Main St., Thomasville.