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Providence United Methodist
Fellowship breakfast: The Methodist Men’s 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.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Commencement exercises: The board of trustees will confer 55 master’s degrees and 10 doctor of ministry degrees during commencement exercises. Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, will speak at the ceremony and will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree in recognition of his accomplished leadership and deep commitment to advancing the gospel message. 10 a.m. May 18 at Friendship Missionary Baptist, 3400 Beatties Ford Road. www.gordonconwell.edu.
Little Rock A. M. E. Zion
Spring revival: Guest revivalist the Rev. Kenneth Arrington. 7 p.m. May 22-24. Excellence in Ministry awards luncheon, 1 p.m. May 25. Little Rock Day with guest preacher the Rev. Nathaniel Jarrett, 10 a.m. May 26. 401 N. McDowell St. www.littlerockamezion.org.
Temple Beth El
Mitzvah day: On May 19, 400 to 500 congregants of all ages will gather at Temple Beth El before going out into the community to do volunteer projects for Sterling Elementary School, CMS Classroom Central, Freedom School, and Gardens for Grandparents. Volunteers will also collect donations for Habitat for Humanity and other community organizations. 5101 Providence Road. www.beth-el.com/mitzvahday2013.
Sharon Forest Baptist
Fundraiser: Yard sale, bake sale and carwash. Proceeds go to three upcoming mission trips. 8 a.m.-noon May 18. 11020 E. W.T. Harris Blvd. 704-536-0012.
Second Calvary Baptist
Pastoral anniversary celebration: A 10th anniversary celebration honoring Pastor Ralph McCormick and his wife LaKeisha will be held at 5 p.m. May 18. Guest speaker, the Rev. John McCormick, senior pastor at CrossWork A.M.E. Church. 8:30 and 11 a.m. May 19. 114 Nelson Ave. 704-399-0378; www.secondcalvary-charlotte.org.
Greenville Memorial A. M. E. Zion
Concert: The New Beginnings Youth Choir will present its annual concert at 5 p.m. May 19. 6116 Monteith Drive. 704-596-4742.
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.
Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center
Bible study: The West Charlotte community is invited for a weekly Bible study. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. 2921 Tuckaseegee Road. For information, contact Nick Stelzig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer orientation: Learn how to mentor people who have criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 6-7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Mt. Carmel Baptist, 7237 Tuckaseegee Road and 10-11 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at St. Paul Baptist, 1401 Allen St.
Career networking: Group for people with criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at St. Paul Baptist. www.exodusfoundation.org.
Monroe AM Aglow Community Lighthouse
Meeting: Guest speaker Tara Quinn. 10 a.m. May 18. Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. 3405 Old Charlotte Hwy., Monroe. Mlulu45@aol.com.
Morningstar United Methodist
Hike: “Finding God on the Appalachian Trail,” a hike guided by Wilderness Trail ( www.wtrail.com). Age 5 and older. No experience necessary. Backpacks and tents provided. May 24-27. The church is at 11440 Shopton Road. For information, call Pastor Mary Brown at 704-607-9144.
Steele Creek A. M. E. Zion
Concert: The Steele Creek Reunion Choir will perform a concert honoring former Minister of Music William Stanley McCullough, who directed the choirs for more than 30 years. 3 p.m. May 26. 1500 Shopton Road. 704-523-6552; www.steelecreekamezion.com.
First United Methodist
Lunch event: Scott Provancher, president of Charlotte Arts and Science Council, will present “Charlotte’s Arts and Culture at a Crossroads.” Lunch provided. Free; donation to UMCOR suggested. Sponsored by FUMC and Business Leaders of Charlotte. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21. 501 N. Tryon St. Reservations: 704-333-9081.
Unity of Charlotte
Community spiritual service: Second Wave Surge is a service where the love of the divine meets the passion for justice. Free; love offering requested. 10:30 a.m. May 26. 401 E. Arrowood Road. 704-523-0062; www.unityofcharlotte.net.
Pillar of Fire International Ministries
Worship services: Join Christopher and Star Reams in worship services. 4 p.m. the third Sunday of each month at the Comfort Inn Executive Park, 5822 Westpark Drive. email@example.com.
Shepherd’s Center SouthEast
Classes: Adventures in Learning spring classes include history, Bible study, creative writing, knitting, senior scams, travel information, more. June 6, 13 and 20 at Central United Methodist, 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-321-0325; www.sceast.org.
Harrison United Methodist, Pineville
Prayer series: The Rev. Phillip Cole will present a three-part series on prayer. 8 and 11 a.m. Sundays. The series begins May 19 with a focus on the importance of prayer.
Seminar: Attorney Eric Kindberg will discuss end-of-life preparation documents. Free. 4 p.m. May 19.
Fellowship event: Join us as we sing and dance, Latin-style, under the arbor. Bring a snack to share. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. each second and fourth Friday of the month. 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville. 704-541-3463; www.harrisonumc.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 May 19 is “Identity Crisis.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.
Myers Park Baptist
Meeting: The Faith Communicators, an informal network of nonprofit communications and marketing people, meets the fourth Friday of each month for networking and a program on some aspect of public relations. Coffee and Danish will be served. Free. 10 a.m. May 24 at the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819; firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Mecklenburg Presbyterian
Relay for Life: Survivors’ dinner to celebrate and honor those who have defeated cancer will be held 6:30-9 p.m. May 30 in Mecklenburg Hall. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. The Relay for Life event will be May 31 at Morrison Family YMCA. RSVP for the dinner at 704-519-8229. www.RelayForLife.org/ballantyne.
St. Matthew Catholic
Healing prayer service: St. Peregrine service for those suffering with cancer and other diseases. 7:30 p.m. May 23 in the sanctuary.
Symposium: Join us for a viewing of the Rev. Robert Barron’s 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.
Gentle yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility, deepen breath and gain peace of mind. $10 per class. 6 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831; www.sardisbaptistcharlotte.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 20 at McGill Baptist, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. www.cbcc.us.
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.
The Bahá’ís of Huntersville
Devotional gathering: The public is invited to share prayers and readings with the members of the Bahá’í community. This week’s topic will be “Purity of Heart.” 2 p.m. May 19 at the Huntersville Arts and Cultural Center, 109 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. www.huntersvillebahai.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.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19 at Greater Vision United Methodist, 11901 Eastfield Road, Huntersville. www.cbcc.us.
Lake Norman Baptist, Huntersville
Memorial Day services: Services will honor military members. Special guests Spc. Eric Hunter and Spc. Corey Garmon, who were wounded in battle, will travel from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with their families to attend the services. The public is invited to meet the Hunter family when they arrive at the Charlotte-Douglas Airport at 1 p.m. May 23. A large group will wave flags, and the family will have a motorcycle escort to Huntersville. The Garmons will arrive that evening and will also be escorted to Huntersville. The services will be held at 8:20 and 10:20 a.m. May 26. 7921 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. 704-892-0143; www.lakenormanbaptist.com.
St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia
Gospel choir anniversary: 2:30 p.m. May 26. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.
Springwood Church of God, Gastonia
Summer praise fest: Performances by The Promise Trio, Blood Bought, Josh King and We R Forgiven. Free admission. 5-8 p.m. June 1. 1007 Hickory Grove Road, Gastonia. www.summerpraisefest.com.
First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill
Worship service: “Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30-8 p.m. May 23. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009; www.firstarp.org.
Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill
Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill
Summer Splash: 12:30 p.m. May 19. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.
The Community Café
Lunch: The Community Café offers free lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Hwy., Lake Wylie, and 11:30-2 p.m. Fridays at Lake Wylie Lutheran, 2906 S.C. 160, Fort Mill. www.communitycafecares.com.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drives: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19 at Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road, Fort Mill. 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 20 at Oakdale Presbyterian, 12585 S.C. 55, Clover. www.cbcc.us.
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