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Denton Community Love Feast
The traditional Denton Community Love Feast will be held once again!  Central United Methodist Church, 276 West First Street, will host this beautiful Advent observance on Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 pm in the church sanctuary.  The service will feature special music, an Advent message, and Moravian buns and coffee, as well as the traditional lighting of the candles on the closing Christmas hymn.
There will be a community choir.  Anyone who would like to sing is warmly invited to come to the church sanctuary at 5:00 pm on the afternoon of December 11.  There will be a one-hour rehearsal of all the choral music. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow in the choir room.   
One and all are invited to join in this celebration of the anticipated birth of Christ!  If you have any questions pertaining to the Love Feast, please call the CUMC church office between the hours of 8:30 am and 12:00 pm at (336) 859-3502.

Central UMC Special Advent Services:
Sunday, Dec. 11 – Community Love Feast – 7:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve service for families and children – 3:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 24 – Traditional Christmas Eve service and Holy Communion – 11:00 pm

The Grove Church of Jackson Hill
The Grove Church of Jackson Hill (Loftin Rd.) will present a Christmas musical special at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, December 18. The presentation, For He Alone Is Worthy by Craig Adams, is a beautiful combination of traditional Christmas hymns as well as new solo pieces. Choirmaster Rick Morrison leads the production, and Pastor Brett Chappell (with strong and loving encouragement) takes part as well.
All are invited to come and experience the beauty and blessings of the Christmas season with us!

The Pentecostals of Denton
The Pentecostals of Denton will present their Christmas program entitled “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” on Sunday evening, December 18th at 7pm.
All are invited to attend!

Denton Wesleyan Church is hosting a free Community Meal on Tuesday, December 20
The meal will be held at Denton Wesleyan Church in the lower level of the church in the Red Room. Eat in or take out.
The church is located at 16345 S NC Hwy 109, Denton.
Menu will be: Boston Butt, Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Rolls and dessert.
Groceries will be available to those who need them while supplies last.
We invite everyone to join us for some great food and fellowship.
Time:  5:30pm - 7:00pm    
Deliveries are available for those who are not able to attend.
Please call the church at 336-859-4565 by 12pm on  Tuesday,December 20th.
Please leave your NAME, ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER.

Denton Wesleyan Church Food Pantry
Food Pantry- Free grocery pick-up
Lower level of Denton Wesleyan Church
16345 Hwy 109 south
Tuesday and Thursday’s: 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm

Central United Methodist Church Food Pantry is open every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:30 until 12:00 for “Sharing God’s Abundance” to those in our community.  The church is located at 276 W. 1st Street, Denton.  Look for signs leading to the church entrance.  One food bag is available per family once a week.

Chandler’s Grove United Methodist Church Clothes Closet
Chandler’s Grove United Methodist Church has a Clothes Closet which provides a large selection of very nice clothes for free. It includes a variety of winter and summer clothes, shoes, coats, jackets etc. as well as children’s clothes, baby clothes and blankets.  We also have men’s suits, dress shirts, ties, women’s suits, and nice dresses.  We are open, weather permitting, on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30-5:00 pm and Saturday mornings from 9-12:00. If there is an emergency need, call 336-461-9191.
Dorothy Skeen
Dorothy Loflin Skeen, 92, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2022, following a recent period of declining health. She was a resident of Mountain Vista Health Park in Denton, North Carolina and previously resided at 4062 Handy Road.
Born on December 2, 1929, in Davidson County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Allen Leon Loflin and Maggie Reid Loflin. She was preceded in death by her brothers: Robert Donald Loflin and Billy Madison Loflin; and her sisters: Betty Loflin Snider and Janet Loflin Nance.
Dorothy married Herbert Donald Skeen on November 25, 1950. They shared 42 contented years together before his passing in January of 1993. During that time, they raised two sons. Together, they weathered Herbert’s health crisis in his early forties. Dorothy not only served as his nurse, but also operated a kidney dialysis machine at home prior to his successful kidney transplant.
While raising a family, Dorothy was active in Lineberry United Methodist Church, assisting with Sunday School and Bible School. She had a determined work ethic and balanced her responsibilities at home with working in local textile mills in Denton and Asheboro.
Dorothy was selfless and kind in her love for family. Her personality was calm and peaceful. She had a wonderful smile that was most evident when reading books with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Skeen is survived by her two sons, Ricky Leon Skeen of Denton, and Donald Clark Skeen (Nancy) of Burlington.
She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jason Skeen, (Amanda), daughters Maggie and Charlotte; Nathan Skeen, (Jessica), daughter Angel, sons Jacob, Caleb, and Evan; Katherine Peele, (Russell), sons Lawton and Reid; and Matthew Skeen (fiancé Rushi).
The family expresses appreciation to the caring staff of Mountain Vista Health Park, who enriched her final years. Also, gratitude to Hospice of Davidson County who provided comfort in her last days.
Visitation for friends and family will be conducted in the fellowship hall of Lineberry Church at 2559 Handy Road from 1 – 2 p.m. Saturday, December 10, 2022. The funeral service will be held in the church sanctuary at 2 p.m.
Memorials can be made to Lineberry Church in c/o Linda Pearce 2222 Piedmont School Rd., Denton, NC 27239.
Briggs Funeral Home in serving the Skeen family.
Online condolences can be made to the family at

Roy McDowell

Roy Eugene McDowell, 81, of Denton Rd., Denton, NC passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at High Point Medical Center.
A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 4 at Briggs Funeral Home Memorial Chapel conducted by Rev. Claudie Harrison. Interment followed at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.
Mr. McDowell was born April 10, 1941, in Davidson County to Harvey Ray McDowell, Sr. and Mary Buie McDowell. He worked in the textile industry for Burlington Industries and retired from Canon Mills and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shelby Loflin McDowell; sons, Randy, and Bobby McDowell; brothers, Harvey Ray McDowell, Jr, and Jimmy McDowell’ sisters, Hazel Hepler, Oudia Coble, Mary Linzey Russell, and Virgie Whisant.
He is survived by daughter, Annette Moore, and husband Robert of Denton; sister, Lucy Hartley of Mocksville; 3 grandchildren, Nathaniel Moore, Brianna Moore, and Marleigh Woodlief.
The family received friends on Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Briggs Funeral Home in Denton.
Online condolences can be made to the family at