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Compiled by Erica Batten

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Fall festival: Games, food and drinks, live entertainment, more. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13.

Local hunger walk: Church members will participate in the 34th annual Charlotte CROP Walk at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14. www.charlottecropwalk.org.

Workshop: The Holy Ground Spirituality Center will present “The Intersection of Human and Divine Relationship.” 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 27. Suggested donation, $20. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. Register at 704-319-5536.

Myers Park Baptist

Lecture series: Jesus the Christ in the 21st Century series presents the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault, founder of The Contemplative Society. She will speak on “Jesus, Mary Magdalene and the Wisdom Path.” Free lecture and book signing, 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Seminar, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 20. $45. Advance registration required. Bourgeault will speak at the adult forum at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 21 and at the worship service at 11 a.m. 1900 Queens Road. Details and seminar registration: www.mpbconline.org.

Temple Israel

Mini Minyan: Songs, prayers and stories for children in grades K-2. 11 a.m. Oct. 13 and 20. Children’s services: Music, dancing and prayer for preschoolers. 5:45 p.m. Oct. 12 and 26. Adult education course: Rabbi Murray Ezring will lead “Walking With God,” a course developed by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and the Rabbinical Assembly. Open to the public. $60 includes materials. Course begins Oct. 10. To register, contact Denise Johnson at 704-362-2796. 4901 Providence Road. www.templeisraelnc.org.

St. John Neumann Catholic

Forty hours’ devotion: Conducted by the Rev. Joseph Aytona of the Fathers of Mercy. 7 p.m. Oct. 21-7 p.m. Oct. 23. Fellowship and light refreshments will follow the concluding service. 8451 Idlewild Road. www.4sjnc.org.

Providence Presbyterian

Discussion series: Bring your lunch for a pastor-led discussion of the lectionary passages from the Gospel of Mark. 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 18 in the session room. 10140 Providence Church Lane. 704-846-1079.

Providence United Methodist

Choir fundraiser: Live Maine lobsters flown to Charlotte for same-day delivery. $18.50 each. Order by Oct. 17. Pick up 4-6 p.m. Oct. 19. 2810 Providence Road. 704-366-7442.

Holy Covenant United Church of Christ, Sharon Campus

Pet blessing service: Community invited. Bring your pets for a short service and gifts of thanks. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13. 6151 Sharon Road. www.holycovenantucc.org.

St. Luke Catholic, Mint Hill

Cabaret show: “Cabaret 3” will feature the musical talents of St. Luke’s choir and friends. Join us for a fun-filled night of popular music and comedy. $10 includes beverage and dessert. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-13. Pre-show reception at 7 p.m. 13700 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill. www.stlukechurch.net.

Avondale Presbyterian

Wonderful Wednesdays: Choose from “Connect the Word to Life,” an in-depth study of the scripture for the upcoming Sunday worship, or “The Disease of Addiction: Hurt, Help, Hope” presented by the Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency. 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 17 and 24. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Reservations required. 2821 Park Road. 704-333-6194; www.avondalepresbychurch.org.

Calvary Church

Ladies’ night out: Women in the community invited for coffee, dessert and connections with new friends. Former national pageant winner Norma Joyce Doughtery will share her testimony. Adults, $5. 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Space limited; register by Oct. 15. www.calvarychurch.com/women.

Kids’ basketball league: Upward Basketball for boys and girls ages 5 to 12. Registration now open. Practices start the week of Nov. 26. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.champsportsinfo.com.

Myers Park United Methodist

Service: Annual Blessing of the Animals. All invited to have their pets blessed by a clergy. Leashes, please. The children’s choir will perform. 2 p.m. Oct. 14. 1501 Queens Road. www.mpumc.org.

Sardis Baptist

Gentle yoga classes: Increase flexibility, balance, and strength. $10 per class. 4:35 and 6 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Classes fill quickly; please call to register before 9 p.m. the day prior to class. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at St. Mark’s Lutheran, 1001 Queens Road. 704-972-4700; www.carolinadonor.org.

St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox

Prayer service: In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the church will host a “Pray for the Cure” service for the cure of all cancers. A pancake breakfast will follow the service. Participants may bring donations for comfort bags provided to local chemotherapy patients by Carolina Breast Friends. 9:30-10 a.m. Oct. 13. The sanctuary will be open until noon for private prayer. 5108 Kuykendall Road. www.stnektarios.org.

The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte

Social media class: Learn to use Facebook and Twitter. $25. 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 17 and 19 at Southminster Retirement Community, 8919 Park Road. 704-365-1995; www.shepherdscharlotte.org.

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