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Providence United Methodist
Fellowship breakfast: The Methodist Mens Fellowship will host Pastor Belton Platt, speaking on his path from drug dealer and convict to preacher. Introduction by Pam Kelley. The monthly breakfast is open to men and women. 8:10 a.m. May 19 in Charter Hall. 2810 Providence Road. www.providenceumc.org. RSVP: 704-714-9381.
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 19 is Identity Crisis. 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.
St. Matthew Catholic
Symposium: Join us for a viewing of the Rev. Robert Barrons television series Catholicism. Monthly meetings will include video and small-group discussion. The Rev. Thomas Kessler will lead the next session, Prayer and the Life of the Spirit. 7-9 p.m. May 20. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.
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.
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 Childrens 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.
South Mecklenburg Presbyterian
Vespers service: Theme Nourished in Word. Centered in Spirit. Informal, intimate worship led by the Rev. Matthew Brown. 5 p.m. Sundays. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. 704-544-0404; www.smpchome.org.
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. April 21. 9401 S. Tryon St. www.cscpc.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.
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.
Membership recognition: 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.
Waxhaw United Methodist
Fundraiser: Annual yard sale. Baked goods, sausage biscuits and coffee also available. All proceeds go to the churchs local mission work. 6:30 a.m. May 18. 200 McDonald St., Waxhaw. www.waxhawumc.com.
Sharon Forest Baptist
Fundraiser: Yard sale, bake sale, and car wash. Proceeds go to three upcoming mission trips. 8 a.m.-noon May 18. 11020 E. W.T. Harris Blvd. 704-536-0012.
The Shepherds Center of Charlotte
Volunteers needed: Drivers needed to provide transportation to doctors offices, grocery stores, and for other errands for adults who cannot drive. www.shepherdscharlotte.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drives: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 18 at Arlington Baptist, 9801 Arlington Church Road, Mint Hill. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 18 at Siler Presbyterian, 6301 Weddington Road, Matthews. www.cbcc.us.
Compiled by Erica Batten
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