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St. Luke Missionary Baptist
Concert: The Morgan State University Choir’s Morgan Singers will perform at 3 p.m. March 24. Free. 1600 Norris Ave. 704-548-8252.
Unity of Charlotte
Film series: “Speaking Truth to Power: The Justice Series” will stimulate informed dialogue in our community. This will be an ongoing monthly series with discussion following each film. “What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire” will be shown at 7 p.m. March 23. Popcorn and beverages served. $5 suggested donation. 401 E. Arrowood Road. 704-523-0062; www.unityofcharlotte.org.
Annual health fair: “Step Into Prevention.” Free health information, clothes, household items, and food bags. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 23. 5901 Amberly Lane. www.thelifebaptistchurch.com.
Maundy Thursday service: Creative and interactive worship experience integrates visual arts, music, drama and dance with the story of Jesus’ Last Supper. 7 p.m. March 28.
Good Friday service: The Covenant Choirs will present “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Theodore Dubois. 7 p.m. March 29.
Children’s celebration: Children will present the Easter story. Egg hunt and picnic follows. 10 a.m. March 30. 1000 E. Morehead St. www.covenantpresby.org.
Community Lenten worship: The Plaza-Midwood/Shamrock/Commonwealth Churches will gather for worship at noon March 29. 2304 The Plaza. www.plazapresbyterian.org.
Faith and Health Connection
Online course: Learn about the connection between the Christian faith and health. Become a Faith and Health Ambassador through an 11-week course. Courses begin April 16 and 17. 704-542-3207; www.FaithandHealthConnection.org.
Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center
Bible study: The West Charlotte community is invited for a weekly Bible study. 2:30 p.m. March 24. 2921 Tuckaseegee Road. For information, contact Nick Stelzig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Communities of Faith
Lenten services: All are welcome. Soup luncheon provided by Elizabeth area restaurants. $5. Proceeds go to local missions. Noon Wednesdays at St. John’s Baptist, 300 Hawthorne Lane. The Rev. Terri Bolotin will present “Abandoning Our Fears and Tears to a Trustworthy God” on March 27. 704-332-8131; www.hlumc.org.
Contemplative prayer: Noon Tuesdays in the Scott Lindsay Chapel of Presbyterian Hospital and 6 p.m. Thursdays in the prayer room at Caldwell Presbyterian, 1609 E. Fifth St. 704-334-0825; www.caldwellpresby.org.
Palm Sunday service: 11 a.m. March 24.
Maundy Thursday service: Worship service with the Lord’s Supper. 7 p.m. March 28.
Good Friday service: Prayer service and individual prayer time, noon-3 p.m. March 29. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. 704-537-3484.
New Life Theological Seminary
Summer course: Inaugural Biblical Language Institute will offer New Testament Greek with James Hering. Earn six graduate-level credit hours. $1,500 plus textbooks. $500 audit fee for those not seeking credit. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10 through July 23. 3117 Whiting Ave. For information, contact Robert Yost at 704-334-6882 ext. 109.
Little Rock A M E Zion
Good Friday service: “The Seven Last Words of Christ” with messages from seven pastors. 6:30 p.m. March 29. 401 N. McDowell St. www.littlerockamezion.org.
University City United Methodist
Easter musical: “Living He Loved Me: An Easter Musical.” 7 p.m. March 23 and 3 p.m. March 24. Free. A love offering will be received. Child care available for children younger than 6; reservations required. 3835 W. W.T. Harris Blvd. www.ucumc.org.
Palm Sunday worship: Cantata “Once Upon a Tree.” 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 24.
Maundy Thursday service: Holy Communion and special music. 7 p.m. March 28.
Good Friday services: Interactive prayer space with emphasis on “Christ Became Poor, So That We May Experience Abundance,” 6 p.m. March 29 in Orinson Fellowship Hall. Tenebrae cantata, “Once Upon a Tree,” 7 p.m. 8840 University City Blvd. 704-549-1555; www.adventlu.org.
Myers Park United Methodist
Palm Sunday services: 8:30, 9:45, and 11 a.m. March 24 in the sanctuary. 8:45 a.m. Church in the Round in Jubilee Hall. Children will hand out palms to worshipers. Organist Patrick Scott will present an organ concert, “A Service of Improvisations on the Seven Words of Christ From the Cross,” at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Labyrinth walk: Stations of the Cross labyrinth walk will be available 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 25-29 in room 108 in the parish life building.
Services: Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion, 7:30 p.m. March 28. Good Friday service, 7:30 p.m. March 29. Child care provided for ages 5 and younger. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.mpumc.org.
Easter egg hunt: Children from Good News Church, Hope Community Church, and the neighborhood are invited. 10 a.m. March 23. Barbecue, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Preschool open house, 11 a.m.
Services: In observance of Holy Week, the church will hold traditional reading services at 7 p.m. March 24-31. The March 24 service will feature a Lovefeast. Holy Communion will be celebrated March 28, and a Tenebrae service will be held March 29. 4418 Rea Road. www.peacemoravian.com.
Park Road Baptist
Community event: A potluck lunch will follow the 11 a.m. service March 24. Bring a dish to share. After lunch, the youth will host a bake sale and auction. Proceeds go to the youth summer mission trip and discipleship camp. 3900 Park Road. www.parkroadbaptist.org.
St. Matthew Catholic
Information sessions: Holy Ground Spirituality Center is hosting free information sessions on Fairfield University’s Spiritual Direction Formation Program offered in August at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville. Registration required for the information sessions. 10-11:30 a.m. April 5 or 6 in the New Life Center. Register with Eileen Crusan at 704-319-5536 or email@example.com. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.
St. John Neumann Catholic
Easter presentation: “The Passion of Jesus Christ,” outdoor live stations of the cross presented in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Vietnamese. 7 p.m. March 29. 8451 Idlewild Road. www.4sjnc.org.
Pritchard Memorial Baptist
Easter egg hunt: Free event for children age 12 and younger. Games, inflatables, snacks, Easter Bunny. 10 a.m.-noon March 30.
Concert: Christian recording artist Steve Green will perform at 7 p.m. March 30. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free; a love offering will be received. 1117 South Blvd. 704-376-1571.
Easter Sunday services: Sunrise service, 7 a.m. March 31. Breakfast follows. Sunday school, 9 a.m. Worship service with cantata “Easter Song: A Celebration of Life” featuring the adult choir led by Larry Ritter and message by the Rev. Scott Keith, 10 a.m. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.
Central United Methodist
Lenten meditations: Central, Memorial, Cokesbury and St. John’s United Methodist Churches will participate. Noon Wednesdays. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157.
Kilgo United Methodist
Easter cantata: Community choir will present “3:16, The Numbers of Hope.” 7 p.m. March 30. 2101 Belvedere Ave. www.kilgoumc.com.
Hawthorne Lane United Methodist
Palm Sunday service: The children of Hawthorne Lane invite you to share Palm Sunday with our family. Children’s processional, worship, and lunch, 11 a.m. March 24. Easter egg hunt, 4 p.m.
Maundy Thursday service: Worship service with Holy Communion. 7 p.m. March 28.
Animal blessing service: Music, prayer, and scripture readings for all people and the well-behaved pets they care for. Photos with pets available. 10 a.m. March 30. 501 Hawthorne Lane. www.hlumc.org.
Cokesbury United Methodist
Tenebrae service: 7 p.m. March 29. 6701 Idlewild Road. 704-537-5818.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 24 at Christ United Methodist, 8020 Bellhaven Blvd. www.cbcc.us.
Harrison United Methodist, Pineville
Palm Sunday services: Musical “Arise My Love.” 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 24.
Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. March 28. 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. www.harrisonumc.org.
St. Paul United Methodist
Palm Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m. March 24.
Maundy Thursday service: Combined worship at Mouzon United Methodist, 3100 Selwyn Ave. 7 p.m. March 28.
Good Friday service: 7 p.m. March 29. 2830 Dorchester Place. www.stpaulcharlotte.org.
Sharon United Methodist
Sermon series: Senior Pastor Kyle Thompson will preach about the meaning, impact, and relevance of Bible stories in a 31-week series. Small-group opportunities available. The topic for March 24 is “Don’t Judge a Book ...” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.
Concert: Compassion International presents the “All Things Possible” tour, featuring Mark Schultz and Aaron Shust with special guest Jonny Diaz. $10 general admission. 6 p.m. May 5 in the new worship center. 4519 Providence Road. 800-965-9324; www.itickets.com/events/298188.html.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. March 24 at Providence Road Church of Christ, 4900 Providence Road. www.cbcc.us.
Good Friday service: Communion service, 7 p.m. March 29. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com.
All Saints Anglican
Palm Sunday service: 9:30 a.m. March 24.
Holy Week services: Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. March 28. Good Friday service, 7 p.m. March 29. Easter vigil, 7 p.m. March 30 and 7 a.m. March 31. Services are held at Charlotte Catholic High School, 7702 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.allsaintscharlotte.com.
Maundy Thursday service: 6 p.m. March 28 in the fellowship hall.
Tenebrae service: 7:30 p.m. March 29 in the sanctuary. 10140 Providence Church Lane. www.ppc1767.org.
Bethlehem Presbyterian, Fairview
Concert: The Wilmington Celebration Gospel Choir will perform. Everyone invited to enjoy an evening of praising God through song. A love offering will be taken. 6 p.m. April 6. 7608 Concord Hwy., Fairview. www.bethlehemchurch.net.
Forest Hill United Methodist, Concord
Cantata: The Singing Saints will present “Jesus of Nazareth” by Vann Trapp and Tom Fettke. 3 p.m. March 24. 265 Union St. N., Concord. 704-782-1109.
Bethpage Presbyterian, Concord
Concert: The music department, under direction of Sonny Turner, will present a reunion concert at 3 p.m. March 24. 8701 Mooresville Road, Concord. For information, contact Louise Hamrick at 704-933-8912.
Harrisburg United Methodist
Fish fry: Fried flounder, hushpuppies, fresh-cut fries or baked potato, homemade slaw, tea. Adults, $9; children, $4. Boxed lunch, $6. Homemade desserts available. Proceeds support community food pantry and other church missions. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 29. Takeout lunch hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Prayer stations: The sanctuary will be open on Good Friday for reflection on the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. 4560 N. C. 49 S., Harrisburg. www.harrisburgumc.org.
Solid Rock Christian Church, Huntersville
Clothing closet: High-quality men’s and boys’ clothing for those facing financial hardship, returning to civilian life after incarceration, or other needs. Free. The church will host the official opening of the closet after the worship service at 10 a.m. March 24.
Network access site: In partnership with Charlotte Works Workforce Development, the church will open a SHARE Network Access Point to serve the Lake Norman area. The facility offers online access to employment searches, unemployment registration, referrals to local career counseling, workshops, employment support groups and networking, and more. The site has been open since January, but will hold its official opening at noon March 25. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 16601 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 704-947-8898; www.solidrockchristian.org.
Journey Church, Cornelius
New campus: On March 30, Journey Church of Huntersville will launch its new campus to serve Cornelius and Davidson. Services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturdays at Kadi Fit, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. The Huntersville campus is at 15711 Brookway Drive, Huntersville. www.thejourneyonline.com.
St. James Episcopal, Mooresville
Writers’ group: The South Iredell Scribblers meet monthly to help members with their writing. Published authors and novices welcome. Thoughtful critiques help make each writer’s work ready for publication. 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. 851 Shinnville Road, Mooresville. For information, contact Mike Shinn at 704-677-2662 or John Morrow at 704-663-3018.
Asbury United Methodist, Huntersville
Maundy Thursday service: Service includes a Seder supper to remember the last Passover meal Jesus shared with the disciples. 7:30 p.m. March 28.
Young adults’ gathering: Individuals ages 18-39 invited for a night of fun and fellowship. We will meet in a local home for dinner, board games and planning our upcoming camping trip. 6:30 p.m. March 29. RVSP at www.asburyumc-huntersville.com.
Easter egg hunt: Children of all ages invited. Cookie decorating, bounce house, Easter Bunny, hot-dog sale and bake sale. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 30. 11724 Asbury Chapel Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2486.
Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville
Good Friday service: 7 p.m. March 29.
Easter egg hunt: 9 a.m. March 30. 1809 Charlotte Hwy., Mooresville. www.vanderburgumc.org.
Centre Presbyterian, Mooresville
Easter drama: Two-part drama. Part one at 7 p.m. March 29; part two at 11 a.m. March 31.
Easter sunrise service: 7 a.m. March 31. 129 Centre Church Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3160.
Central United Methodist, Mooresville
Holy Thursday service: 7 p.m. March 28.
Good Friday service: Prayer and healing service. 7 p.m. March 29. 214 N. Academy St., Mooresville. www.cumcmooresville.com.
Life Point Worship, Huntersville
Kids’ fun day: “Hop This Way” will feature Easter egg hunts and games, music, bounce houses, face painting, more. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 30 at Long Creek Elementary School, 9213 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville. 704-877-5201.
St. Therese Catholic, Mooresville
Palm Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9, and 10:30 a.m., noon, and 5:30 p.m. March 24. Spanish Mass at 2:30 p.m.
Holy Thursday service: 7:30 p.m. March 28.
Good Friday services: Seven Last Words, 1 p.m. March 29. Outdoor stations of the cross, 2:30 p.m. Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion, 7:30 p.m.
Blessing of food: Noon March 30.
Easter vigil Mass: 8 p.m. March 30. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992.
St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville
Service: Vocal choir’s 14th anniversary. 2:30 p.m. March 24. Dinner at 1:30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday service: We will serve communion to commemorate The Last Supper and the night of Jesus’ betrayal. 7 p.m. March 28.
Community egg hunt: Children invited to play games, hunt for eggs, and enjoy refreshments. 1 p.m. March 30. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.
Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville
Palm Sunday services: 8:15, 9:30, and 11 a.m. March 24.
Prayer and healing service: 7 p.m. March 25 in the chapel.
Maundy Thursday service: Holy Communion. 7 p.m. March 28 in the sanctuary.
Good Friday service: Drama “Will You Wait With Me?” 7 p.m. March 29 in the sanctuary.
Contemporary Easter worship: 6 p.m. March 30. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. www.williamsonschapel.org.
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist, Sherrills Ford
Presentation: Daniel Tasman, speaking on behalf of Jews for Jesus, will present “Christ in the Passover.” The presentation, including a table set with traditional Passover items, will explore the common elements between the Jewish Passover and Jesus’ Last Supper. Child care provided. 5 p.m. March 24. 4136 Mt. Pleasant Road, Sherrills Ford. 704-483-3087.
Triplett United Methodist, Mooresville
Bible study: 10 a.m. Mondays at the Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Ave., Mooresville.
Adult Bible study: Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. 6 p.m. March 27.
Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. March 28.
Good Friday service: 7 p.m. March 29. 838 Mazeppa Road, Mooresville. www.triplettumc.org.
Mt. Zion United Methodist, Cornelius
Maundy Thursday service: Special music and communion. 7 p.m. March 28.
Good Friday service: The chancel choir will perform. 7 p.m. March 29.
Community egg hunt: Children in preschool through third grade will hunt; older children invited to help. Gather in the gym for opening activity. 10-11 a.m. March 30. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.
Huntersville United Methodist
Easter egg hunt: Rain or shine. Make your own basket, hunt for eggs, enjoy snacks. 3 p.m. March 24.
Maundy Thursday communion: Receive communion in remembrance of the Lord’s last meal with his disciples. Come anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. March 28. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. www.humconline.org.
Davidson College Presbyterian
Choir program: The chancel, Geneva and youth choirs, accompanied by members of the Charlotte Symphony, will present John Rutter’s “Requiem.” 11 a.m. March 24. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-5641.
Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell
Maundy Thursday service: Includes Holy Communion. 7 p.m. March 28.
Tenebrae service: 8 p.m. March 29. 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell.
Easter egg hunt: Crafts, cookie-decorating, and egg hunt for children age 12 and younger. 2-4 p.m. March 30 at the Connor Recreation Center, 4015 McGee Point Road, Terrell. 828-478-2518; www.rehobethumc.org.
St. Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville
Maundy Thursday service: Commemorate the Last Supper and worship with Holy Communion. 7:30 p.m. March 28.
Good Friday service: Tenebrae service of darkness. 7:30 p.m. March 29. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville. 704-664-5474.
First Baptist, Mooresville
Musical drama: “The Living Lord’s Supper: Is It I” will recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting. Drama includes spoken thoughts by each of the disciples of Jesus. The Rev. Eddie Hicks will lead the 60-voice choir and soloists, and Senior Pastor Jerry Cloninger will narrate. The bell choir will also perform. Free. Nursery provided. 7 p.m. March 24. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. www.fbcmooresville.com.
Independence Hill Baptist, Huntersville
Easter musical: “I’ve Seen Jesus: Encountering the Risen Christ.” Free. 4 and 6 p.m. March 24. Child care available at the 4 p.m. show. 10220 Independence Hill Road. 704-596-2124; www.independencehill.org.
Mecklenburg Community Church Lake Norman Campus
Easter extravaganza: Easter service, egg roll, bounce houses, Easter Bunny, and more free surprises. 10:30 a.m. March 31 on the front fields of the Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Ave., Mooresville. www.easteratmeck.org.
West Hickory Baptist
Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. March 28.
Easter Sunday services: Sunrise service, 7 a.m. March 31. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Sunday school, 8:30 a.m. Morning worship service, 9:30 a.m. No evening services. 40 12th St. N.W., Hickory. www.westhickory.org.
St. John’s Lutheran, Cherryville
Palm Sunday service: Worship service with Holy Communion. 10:30 a.m. March 24.
Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. March 28.
Good Friday service: 7 p.m. March 29.
Community egg hunt: Children up to third grade invited. Bring your own baskets. Hot-dog meal with drinks and snacks provided. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 30.
Easter Sunday services: Sunrise service, 7 a.m. March 31. Breakfast follows. Worship service with Holy Communion, 10 a.m. 310 W. Church St., Cherryville. www.stjohnscherryville.com.
St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia
Service: The Hymn Choir will hold its 50th anniversary celebration during morning service. 10 a.m. March 24.
Service: “Seven Last Words.” 7 p.m. March 29.
Easter egg hunt: Noon March 30. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.
Corinth Reformed Church, Hickory
Concert: The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus and the Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir will lead a choral evening prayer service, including an anthem in memory of the children of Newtown, Conn. 7 p.m. March 24. 828-328-7149.
Lenten organ series: Annual Abernethy recital series welcomes Joby Bell of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. Free and open to the public. 12:30-1 p.m. March 29. 150 16th Ave. N. W., Hickory. 828-328-6196.
Church of the Master United Church of Christ, Hickory
Lenten series: “Celebrating Diversity” is a study of the Biblical letter to the church at Ephesus. 7-8 p.m. Thursdays. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow each session. The Rev. Donald Flick will discuss “Finding a Place at the Table” March 28. 2230 29th Ave. Drive N. E., Hickory. www.churchofthemaster.embarqspace.com.
Temple Beth Shalom, Hickory
Passover community Seder: 6 p.m. March 26. 4360 N. Center St., Hickory. www.hickoryjewishcenter.com.
Catawba United Methodist
Easter cantata: The chancel choir will present “It Is Finished.” 10:30 a.m. March 24. The service will begin with a palm processional by the children of the church. Pastor Rich Tuttle will lead the 8:30 a.m. service, continuing his Lenten sermon series. 207 E. Central Ave., Catawba. 828-241-4868; www.catawbaumc.org.
Augustana Lutheran, Hickory
Easter sunrise service: Community invited. 7 a.m. March 31. 1523 16th St. S. E., Hickory. www.augustanalcms.org.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory
Service: Marie Houck, director of religious education, will speak on responsible searches for truth and meaning in “The Responsible Part.” 11 a.m. March 24. 833 Fifth St. S. E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.
Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill
Good Friday service: 7 p.m. March 29. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.
Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 25 at Oakdale Presbyterian, 12585 S. C. 55, Clover. www.cbcc.us.