We hope you'll join us for the Third Sunday of Easter worship at 10:10 a.m. in the sanctuary or via livestream. All are welcome!

First Reading: Deuteronomy 7:6-9

Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-3

Sermon: "The Love of God and the Life of Love"

Preacher: Rev. Lindsey Odom

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.

Worship Service and Sermon Archives


The Food for Thought Book Group is cancelled today. The group will meet on Thursday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the McQueen Room to discuss two books: Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals by Laurie Zaleski and Horse by Geraldine Brookes. All are invited! | Contact: Kathy Paquette


Director of Spiritual Formation Rebecca Guzman writes about how to tackle some tough topics with your child! Read it here!

Read "Ten Tips for Tough Topics"


Seen Around Church

A heavenly view of the solar eclipse from the church office, new life-saving devices installed around campus and Cassie the Church Dog models the SMPC Youth summer schedule magnets. See what's been happening around here this week!

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Bagged Lunches Needed for Roof Above This Saturday

Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m., Outside the Palmer Building - Each month SMPC provides 100 bagged lunches for Roof Above. We are in need of lunches! Please consider donating to this important service ministry. | Contact: Shelby Ullman

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Hops and Vine Around Town Meets THIS Saturday!

Saturday, April 13, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Kit's Trackside Crafts, 330 Main Street, Pineville - Join Hops and Vine Around Town for fun and fellowship! | Contact: Frank Graham

All Are Welcome! Conversation Around Race Equity (CARE) Group to Begin Six-Week Study & Discussion via Zoom this Monday

Monday, April 15, 12:00 p.m., Zoom - CARE (Conversation Around Race Equity) will meet for six weeks to study and discuss a video series, The Color of Compromise by Jamar Tisby. New members to CARE are welcome and encouraged as the group begins this new short-term study. Please contact Whitney Bayer for the Zoom link or more information.

Hype the Hop! Support SMPC Preschool

The SMPC Preschool is turning 30! On Wednesday, April 17, SMPC preschool students are participating in a "Hop-A-Thon" to help raise money for a much-needed refresh of the preschool, and Director of Spiritual Formation Rebecca Guzman is “hopping” in on the fun! Click here to see her video and learn how to support SMPC Preschool!

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Take a Walking Tour in Uptown Charlotte with the CARE Group

Sunday, April 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Polk Park, 501 N. Tryon Street (Carpools Meeting at 12:45 at SMPC) - Join us for a two-hour guided walking tour of uptown Charlotte called "Charlotte’s Haunted Future" that explores how stories of "exclusions and invisibilities" have been written into the Charlotte cityscape. With guide and author Greg Jarrell, participants will walk through Uptown looking for what has been hidden. Cost is $20/person. Please register by Thursday, April 18. | Contact: Whitney Bayer


Join us for Food and Fellowship at Lunch on the Grounds

Sunday, April 28, 11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Mecklenburg Hall (with lunch tables outside weather permitting) - Everyone is welcome! Join us after worship for a delicious lunch on the grounds catered by Brown Bag. We’ll enjoy sliced grilled chicken breast, spinach salad with berries and mandarin oranges, a choice of red-skin mashed potatoes or mac and cheese, rolls, brownies, tea and lemonade. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 - 10 with 4 and under free. | Deadline to register if Thursday, April 25. | Contact: Kathy Graham



Shelter MinistryToday, April 11, 9:00 a.m., Mecklenburg Hall - This ministry meets to fill empty Rx bottles with body wash for our neighbors at Roof Above. | Contact: Carol Morgan

Men’s Breakfast GroupToday, April 11, 9:30 a.m., Big View Diner, 6637 Lancaster Hwy - This group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays each month to enjoy breakfast and conversation. | Contact: Bob Tyler

Making Space Mom's GroupToday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Chapel 206 - Moms of all ages are invited to join us for study, service and fellowship. | Contact: Allison Reeves

SMPC Family Play DateSaturday, April 13, 1:00-2:30 p.m., SMPC Playground, Ages 3-1st Grade - Family fun on the SMPC playground. Siblings welcome! Snacks and drinks will be provided for the children. | Contact: Kaitlin Gaul

Adult Bible Study: Invitation to the Old TestamentSunday, April 14, 9:00-10:00 a.m., McQueen Room or Zoom - Picking up where we left off before Lent. This study will run until Sunday, May 5. Prior attendance not necessary. | Register | Contact: Rebecca Guzman

Handiworkers GroupTuesday, April 16, 10:00 a.m., Palmer Building Room 104 - All levels of knitters, needlepointers, quilters, cross-stitchers and crocheters are invited. We meet weekly to work on projects. Contact: Judy Jameson

Conversations with Dr. Matt BrownWednesday, April 17, 9:30 a.m., McQueen Room or Zoom - We will discuss the scripture for the coming week’s sermon. | Contact Matt Brown for the Zoom ID#

International Dining Group, Thursday, April 18, 6:00 p.m., Eggspectation, 14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 150-160, Charlotte -  Join us as we sample different cuisines around town! | Please RSVP by Monday, April 15 to Alice Tyler.

Friday Morning Men's GroupFriday, April 19, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Chapel 206 -  The group meets on the first and third Fridays of every month. They are reading the book, The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. All are welcome. Contact: Curt Ireland

Men's Evening Study GroupTuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Open Tap, 5010 Carmel Center Dr. - This group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Everyone is welcome to join us at Open Tap for this social outing! | Contact: Jon Myers


American Red Cross Blood Drive, Saturday, May 4, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Commons - Please bring your American Red Cross Donor Card or photo I.D. | Sign up | Volunteer at the Drive | Contact: Bill Ramsey

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

Bagged Lunches for Roof Above - Roof Above provides 300 bagged lunches each day to help feed those in need. SMPC is committed to providing 100 bag lunches a month. Our next collection is this Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Palmer Building. Lunches 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, April 20. Food donations for this month's breakfast are due Thursday, April 18. Monetary donations are always welcome. | Sign Up | Contact: Bob Williamson

Center of Hope Desserts - On the second Sunday of every month we provide a sweet treat for the women and children that temporarily call Center of Hope home. Our next dessert collection is this Sunday, April 14. There is one spot left to bring a dessert! | 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

Nourish Up (formerly known as Loaves and Fishes), Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. or 2:00-4:00 p.m., 2027 Emerywood Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 - Nourish Up 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, April 14, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.,Children in Kindergarten-5th Grade - During BAM!, children sing, creatively engage with Bible stories, and explore various instruments in peer age groups. They occasionally sing, play instruments, or display their creations during Sunday worship. We end with a pizza dinner and free play time. BAM! is a great way for children to form friendships with other kids at church. | Register | Contact: Rebecca Guzman

High Seas Mini Golf - 4th and 5th Graders, Sunday, April 21, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., 10001 Charlotte Hwy, Fort Mill, SC - Fourth and fifth graders are invited to join us for mini golf! Cost: $15 (covers mini golf and ice cream) | Register | Contact: Emily Brown

Vacation Bible School, Monday, July 22-Thursday, July 25, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.,Children ages 3-4th grade, Sanctuary - Join us for Camp Fireflight VBS where we'll explore timeless Bible stories through play, art, science and music. | Register | Contact: Adrienne Jaquith

Mission Possible, Monday, July 22-Thursday, July 25, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Rising 5th and 6th Grade, Sanctuary This program runs concurrently with VBS. Mission Possible participants serve various organizations around Charlotte and take field trips off campus that allow them to experience firsthand the various needs in our community. | Mission Possible is now full. Please contact Lindsey Odom to be added to the waitlist.


BYG (Big Youth Group), Sunday, April 14, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Mecklenburg Hall, Middle and High Schoolers Fun, fellowship and study! Join us! | Register | Contact: Lindsey Odom

Youth Mission Project, Sunday, April 21, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mecklenburg Hall, Middle and High Schoolers We will be writing letters to Haitian students. Lunch provided. | Register | Contact: Lindsey Odom


Support SMPC Preschool by Linking Harris Teeter VIC Card - Simply visit the Harris Teeter Together in Education website and follow the instructions. The preschool's number is 4902. Contact: Tammy Winchip

Registration for the 2024-25 school year at SMPC Preschool is now open. The preschool provides a loving and nurturing learning environment for children ages 2 through TK. Please contact SMPC Preschool Director Tammy Winchip to schedule a tour or receive more information.


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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