County Line: Cantata Sunday at Calvary Baptist

Published 2:03 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2023

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

It is only 7 more days until daylight begins increasing and only 11 more days until Christmas.

Last Saturday evening our first church Christmas program this year was held at Society Baptist. As photos show, the youth presented a drive-in of the “The Christmas Story.”   Our community has more events this week.

Saturday, Dec. 16, Piney Grove AME Zion Church will host a “Men’s Breakfast” at 9 a.m. Piney Grove men invite others in our community for this breakfast as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Piney Grove Awill have the church Christmas program after the 11 a. m. worship Sunday, Dec. 17.  After the service there will be a Christmas dinner. Everyone is invited.

Calvary Baptist Church will present  a Christmas cantata at 5 p.m. Sunday followed by fellowship and finger foods in the church fellowship hall. Church members invite everyone for this time of worship and fellowship.

The Young at Heart of Society Baptist will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19.  The group invites other senior adults.

Society Baptist will have no prayer and Bible study service Wednesday, Dec. 20,

Upcoming community events:  Christmas program followed by refreshments with Santa Saturday, Dec. 23 at Clarksbury Methodist;  Christmas cantata “The Greatest Story” at the 10 a.m. worship Sunday, Dec. 24 at Society Baptist; and country ham and sausage breakfast sponsored by the V-Point Ruritans from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at the V-Point Building.

Our community extends sympathy to the family of Mildred Cartner Beck, who died unexpectedly Saturday at Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  The oldest of 11 children, she was born in Iredell County in 1928 to the late Clayton and Lois Boger Cartner and was reared on Old Mocksville Road near Cartner Road.  She attended Clarksbury Methodist with her family and attended Harmony High School.

In 1946 Mildred married Harvey Lee Beck of Reavis Road in Iredell. The couple lived in several places while rearing their four children before moving back to Iredell and making their home on the Beck family homeplace on Reavis Road. The couple again joined in worship at Clarksbury  Methodist Church.

In life Mildred was a homemaker and later worked as a cashier at Walmart for many years until she retired. She was a dedicated member of Clarksbury Methodist, where she was active in the United Methodist Women and Sunday school. She had also been an active member of the Civil Air Patrol.

A graveside service celebrating her life was held Tuesday at Clarksbury Methodist Cemetery;  she was laid to rest beside her beloved husband Harvey, who died June 2005.

We send get-well wishes to Jake Koontz, who had open-heart surgery at Forsyth Medical Center Thursday of last week. Kanen Snow has improved and is recuperating at home. Caleb Williams continues medical treatments at Wake Forest Brenner Children’s Hospital. Caroline Jones continues treatments at Chapel Hill.  Alice Waugh remains in rehab at Davie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon the above residents and others who are having health problems.  Pray for the Lord’s blessings and comfort upon the family of Mildred as they deeply miss her in life.

For news and memories to share, please call or text Shirley on 336-492-5115 or email