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InSpirit, A Creative Spirituality Community
Mother’s Day celebration: The Rev. Lynda Boozer will present “The Mother on the Garbage Truck” based on her recent experiences in Mexico. Music, story, movement and prayer. Children welcome. 5-6 p.m. May 12. 2225 Tyvola Road. 704-527-4700.
Unity of Charlotte
Film series: “Speaking Truth to Power” is an ongoing monthly series with discussion following each film. “Fuel” is a comprehensive and entertaining look at energy use in America, showcasing a history of where we have been, our present predicament and a solution to our dependence on oil. 7 p.m. May 17 and 18. Popcorn and beverages served. $5 suggested donation. 401 E. Arrowood Road. 704-523-0062; www.unityofcharlotte.org.
Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
Hospice liaison: Carol Anne Lawler has been named the new communities of faith liaison for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. Lawler will be responsible for building relationships and serving as a resource to clergy and staff of faith communities. In addition, she will provide education and promote the benefits of hospice care and palliative medicine for those in need of end-of-life care. An ordained pastor with the United Church of Christ, Lawler has served churches in New England and North Carolina for more than 15 years. www.hpccr.org.
Varick Renaissance Center
Mother’s Day buffet: Assortment of salads, entrees, sides and desserts prepared by our award-winning chef. Adults, $22.95; children, $12. Tickets available at the door. Noon-6 p.m. May 12. 3165 Zion Renaissance Lane. The center is owned by the AME Zion Church. www.vrcevents.com.
Veterans breakfast: Veterans in our community are invited for a hearty meal and warm fellowship in recognition and appreciation of their service to our country. Maj. Gen. Tom Sadler will address the assembly with an inspiring message and reflections from his military career. $5. 7:30-8:30 a.m. May 17. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com.
Membership recognition weekend: Shabbat services and recognition of committee members and other volunteers, 6:15 p.m. May 17. Shabbat services with sermon by Barry Bobrow and naming of the volunteer of the year, 9:30 a.m. May 18. Annual meeting, 11 a.m. May 19. 4901 Providence Road. www.templeisraelnc.org.
MorningStar Presbyterian, Matthews
Service: A special Service of Wholeness will be held for those in the Charlotte area for whom Mother’s Day is a difficult time. The service will be led by the Rev. Stephen Mitchell, with reflections by the Rev. Dee Smart of In Christ Supporting Ministries and music by Elizabeth Bridges. Open to all faiths. 5 p.m. May 12. 13000 Idlewild Road, Matthews. www.morningstarpresbyterian.org.
Shady Brook Baptist
CPR class: 7-9 p.m. May 14 and 16. 2940 Belmeade Drive. Reservations: 704-392-3197.
Second Calvary Baptist
Pastoral anniversary celebration: Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dr. Ralph McCormick as pastor. Guest speaker the Rev. John McCormick, senior pastor at CrossWork A.M.E. Church. 8:30 and 11 a.m. May 19. Anniversary explosion honoring McCormick and his wife, LaKeisha McCormick, will be held at 5 p.m. May 18. 114 Nelson Ave. 704-399-0378; www.secondcalvary-charlotte.org.
Temple Beth El
Panel discussion: Panelists will discuss understanding and healing when faced with illness, difficult relationships and unhealthy lifestyles. Panelists are Dr. Derek Raghavan, president of the Levine Cancer Institute; Dr. Russ Greenfield, medical director of Integrative Oncology at Levine Cancer Institute; Cantor Andrew Bernard, chaplain specialist at Levine Children’s Hospital; and Beth Rosenberg, M .S.W., at Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region. Sponsored by North Carolina Bank & Trust. 8:45 a.m. May 18. 5101 Providence Road. www.beth-el.com.
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 May 12 is “Dry Bones.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.
Charlotte Christian Chamber of Commerce
Networking luncheon: Sean Dunn, founder and director of Groundwire, will present “A Kingdom Success Paradigm: Where Achievement Becomes Meaningful.” $25. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 17 at Bravo Italian Restaurant, 6851 Northlake Mall Drive. www.charlottechristianchamber.org.
The Maronite Mission of Charlotte
Fundraising banquet: Live entertainment by Lebanese singer Danny Achkar. Tickets include dinner and dessert. Adults, $75; children 10 and younger, $45. Cash bar available. 7 p.m. May 25 at the Marriott Executive Park Hotel, 5700 Westpark Drive. Tickets: 704-236-4994, 704-451-3836, or 704-995-5566.
South Mecklenburg Presbyterian
Vespers service: 5 p.m. Sundays. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. 704-544-0404; www.smpchome.org.
Waxhaw United Methodist
Fundraiser: Annual yard sale. Baked goods, sausage biscuits and coffee also available. All proceeds go to the church’s local mission work. 6:30 a.m. May 18. 200 McDonald St., Waxhaw. www.waxhawumc.com.
Roberta United Methodist, Concord
Hot dog sale: Hot dogs and homemade desserts, $1.25 each. Takeout available. Free delivery for orders of 10 or more. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.
First Baptist, Cornelius
Sunday services: First service and Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Breakfast, 10:30 a.m. Second service, children’s church and nursery, 11 a.m.
Wednesday services: Fellowship meal, 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Adults, $5. “The Nest” for children age 3 through first grade, 6:30 p.m. Small groups and youth group for grades 6-12, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Recovery: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays.
Mothers’ morning out: 9 a.m.-noon Fridays. 21007 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register at email@example.com or 704-892-4701.
Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville
Benefit event: Hunter/jumper horse show. Concessions available. Please bring chairs. Free admission. Proceeds from entry fees go to VUMC youth and preschool. 10 a.m. May 18 at the Mills Family Farm arena, 284 Barfield Road, Mooresville. www.vanderburgumc.org.
St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville
Mother’s Day service: The Rev. Deborah Dozier, associate pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist, will deliver the message. 11 a.m. May 12. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.
St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville
Marriage seminar: “Laughing Your Way to a Better Marriage: The Tale of Two Brains.” Video and discussion. Meal included. 5 p.m. June 2. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville. 704-660-6915; www.stluke-nc.org.
Independence Hill Baptist, Huntersville
Preschool enrollment: Loving, Christian environment for your child to learn and grow. Classes meet 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Now enrolling for the fall. 10220 Independence Hill Road, Huntersville. Register or schedule a tour at 704-596-4779; Preschool@independencehill.org.
St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia
Mother’s Day service: Guest speaker the Rev. Brenda Harris. 10 a.m. May 12. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.
West Hickory Baptist
Golf tournament: $50 per person; $200 per team. 1 p.m. May 18 at Quaker Meadows Golf Club, 826 N. Green St., Morganton. Barbecue lunch at noon. Register by May 15. www.westhickorystudentministry.org.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory
Concert: Red June will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 17. Suggested donation, $10.
Meditation group: Meditation and discussion to foster mindfulness and clarity. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.
Hickory Grove Baptist, Gastonia
Golf fundraiser: Captain’s choice tournament to benefit the 2013 Peru mission team. $50 entry fee includes green and cart fees, food and drinks. $200 first-place prize. Golfers and event sponsors wanted. 3 p.m. May 18 at Crowders Mountain Golf Club, 255 Lincoln Academy Road, Kings Mountain. For information, contact Charlie Craig at 704-913-0477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessed John XXIII Ecumenical Church, Hickory
Services: 4:30 p.m. Saturdays in the old sanctuary of Zion Lutheran Church, 1911 Zion Church Road, Hickory. 828-850-2675.
Friendship Christian Church, Gastonia
Free exercise classes: 7-7:45 a.m. Tuesdays in the Family Life Center. 221 W. Bradley St., Gastonia. 704-865-9016.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drives: 3-6 p.m. May 16 at First Baptist, 409 Old Mount Holly Road, Stanley. 8:30-11:30 a.m. May 18 at Palmer Grove Baptist, 1606 Kingston Road, Shelby. www.cbcc.us.
Central Steele Creek Presbyterian
Contemporary service: “Crossroads” worship service features upbeat music by the Refresh praise band. The service is held the third Sunday of each month. 6 p.m. May 19. 9401 S. Tryon St. www.cscpc.org.
First United Methodist, Clover
Men’s conference: Men age 18 and older are invited to “Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood.” Breakfast, lunch, and materials included. $30. 7:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. June 1. Registration ends May 17. 124 Bethel St., Clover. Register with Geoff Dubiski at 803-810-6047 or at www.eventbrite.com/event/5866722525.
Temple Solel, Fort Mill
Services: Regular services will be held at 7 p.m. each second and fourth Friday. The first service will be a Kabbalat Shabbat, and the second service will be a Midrash, or learners’, Shabbat. The program will include prayer and a discussion topic.
Religious school: Classes for children in kindergarten through B’nai Mitzvah using the curriculum of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Classes and services are held at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. www.templesolelsc.org.
Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill
Summer Splash: 12:30 p.m. May 19. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.
All Saints Catholic, Lake Wylie
Open house: Annual open house for Catholic men, age 18 and older, who wish to learn about the mission of the Knights of Columbus and explore how they may personally benefit from participating in the fellowship and work conducted in the church and community. Refreshments served. 7-8 p.m. May 14. 530 S. C. 274, Lake Wylie. www.allsaintslakewylie.com. For information, contact Dan Hamilton at 803-493-1948.
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