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Compiled by Erica Batten
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.
St. Paul United Methodist
Trunk-or-treat: 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 31. 2830 Dorchester Place. 704-523-0077; www.stpaulcharlotte.org.
St. Stephen United Methodist
Fall craft festival: More than 50 vendors with crafts and gift items, baked goods, door prizes, barbecue lunch. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3. 6800 Sardis Road. 704-364-1824; www.ststephenumc.net.
Veterans’ breakfast: All veterans in the community are invited. Former aircraft commander and Marine Corps Captain Sam Jacks will be the keynote speaker. $5. 8-10 a.m. Nov. 10. Register at www.calvarychurch.com.
Kids’ basketball league: Upward Basketball for boys and girls ages 5 to 12. Registration open. Practices start the week of Nov. 26. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.champsportsinfo.com.
Pineville United Methodist
Community prayer service: Renew the love in the hearts of people within our churches, community, and country. Prayer and candlelight service with guest speaker the Rev. Marjorie Gilliam of Faith Community Fellowship. 6 p.m. Nov. 3.
Sports program: Registration open for Upward basketball and cheerleading for boys and girls in grades 1-6. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022; www.pinevilleumc.org.
St. Ann Catholic
Concert: The Gaudium Musicae concert series begins with a performance by harpist Andrea Mumm. Families, $30; adults, $12; students, $8; children 12 and younger, free. 4 p.m. Nov. 4. 3635 Park Road. 704-523-4641; www.StAnnCharlotte.org.
Temple Beth El
Panel discussion: Ed Williams, former Charlotte Observer editor, will moderate a discussion on “Faith and Politics: Where is the Line and Has It Been Crossed?” Panelists include Ruth Samuelson, Dr. Scott Huffmon, and Dr. Rodney Sadler. Free. 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 4. 704-366-1948.
Classes: Rabbi Jonathan Freirich will guide Temple Beth El University’s “Spirituality for Skeptics,” an exploration of Jewish mysticism. Discover how thoughtful, grounded spirituality can be found through Kabbalah. $36 for members; $52 for nonmembers. 7-9 p.m. Nov. 7, 14, and 28. 5101 Providence Road. www.beth-el.com/RSVP.
Children’s services: Music, dancing and prayer for preschoolers. 5:45 p.m. Oct. 26.
Concert: A capella group Six 13 will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Free. 4901 Providence Road. www.templeisraelnc.org.
South Mecklenburg Presbyterian
Blood drive: 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Nov. 3. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. www.smpchome.org.
Shepherd’s Center SouthEast
Book club: Discussion of Richard Russo’s “Empire Falls.” Please read selection prior to the meeting. Newcomers welcome. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month. 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at The Ivey, 6030 Park South Drive. 704-321-0325; email@example.com.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox
Holiday pastry sale: Sponsored by the Ladies Philoptochos Society. Available items include baklava, spanakopita, tiropitakia, and koulourakia. Order by Nov. 1. Pick up 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 15-16. The church is at 600 East Blvd. ChristmasBakeSale2012@gmail.com.
Living Saviour Lutheran
Craft bazaar: Hand-crafted items, gift items and bake sale goodies. Free admission. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3. 6817 Carmel Road. www.livingsaviourlc.org.
First Baptist, Indian Trail
Christmas shopping event: “Mistletoe Madness” with Christmas décor, gifts and more. Admission is canned goods to help support local food banks. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10. Vendors may register for $30 by contacting Sherri Mangum at firstname.lastname@example.org. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005.
Grace United Methodist
Trunk-or-treat: Candy and other treats, hot dogs, chips and drinks. Free. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31.
Community yard sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 3. Breakfast, 8-10:30 a.m. Lunch, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.
Philadelphia Presbyterian, Mint Hill
Annual bazaar: Sausage biscuit breakfast and yard sale, 8 a.m. Nov. 3. Arts and crafts and bake sale, 9 a.m. Chicken and dumplings dinner, 6 p.m. Quilt drawing and auction, 7 p.m. Proceeds go to church activities and missions. 11501 Bain School Road, Mint Hill. www.philadelphiachurch.org.
Neighborhood gathering: Enjoy a chili dinner, meet church members and tour facilities. 6 p.m. Nov. 3. 4418 Rea Road. www.peacemoravian.com.