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Compiled by Erica Batten
The Maronite Mission of Charlotte
Farewell party: The church will honor the Rev. Kamil Al-Chouefati before he begins his new position as pastor of Our Lady Star of the East Church in Pleasantville, N.J. The party will be held in the family room of St. Matthew Catholic following the 7 p.m. Mass June 8. The Rev. Elie Mikhael will lead the growing Mission and will celebrate his first Mass on July 13. The Mass scheduled for June 23 has been canceled. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.facebook.com/MaroniteMissionofCharlotte.
Unity of Charlotte
Film and discussion: “Who Was Jesus?” The film shows the journey of three Bible experts as they explore Jesus’ world and life. Free. 1 p.m. June 9.
Study group: The Rev. Nancy Ennis will facilitate a six-session series about divine love in all its many forms. The study will use a CD series by Andrew Harvey and Chris Saade. Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. each first and third Monday starting June 17. 401 E. Arrowood Road. 704-523-0062.
First Baptist, Indian Trail
Concert: Sisters will perform at 6 p.m. June 9. Free. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005; www.fbcit.org.
Pleasant Hill Baptist
Vacation Bible school: Classes for all ages. Special-needs class available. 6 p.m. June 10-14. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.
Ministry event: “Kingdom Connections” will connect ministries volunteers. Ministry leaders and volunteers welcome. Live music, barbecue, fellowship, and raffle items. Tickets, $10. 5-8 p.m. June 15. 1800 Queens Road W. www.motivationsministries.org.
St. John Neumann Catholic
Community carnival: Third annual SonFest featuring carnival rides, food, games, live music, more. Special appearance by Drex and Maney from KISS 95.1 FM. Free admission. Ride and raffle tickets available at entrance. 5-11 p.m. June 14 and 1-11 p.m. June 15. 8451 Idlewild Road. http://4sjnc.org/sonfest.
St. John’s Episcopal
Networking seminar: The Job Hunters Support Group will host “Social Media and Networking for the Job Search” with speakers Rich Sauser, Jay Rao and Phil Haynes. Learn job search features of popular social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook and tips to improve your networking. Free; registration required. 7-9 p.m. June 11. 1623 Carmel Road. Information and registration at http://jobsearchpower.eventsbot.com.
Summer camp: “YouthQuake 2013” offers fun activities and games, Bible study, field trips, more. Lunch served daily. $20 registration; $35 per week. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 17-Aug. 16 at Arbor Glen Outreach Center, 1520 Clanton Road. Register 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 704-376-3819.
Harrison United Methodist, Pineville
Fellowship event: 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.
Bible study: Beth Moore’s “Law of Love: Lessons From the Pages of Deuteronomy.” $10. 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays starting June 12.
Women’s study series: “Me, Myself, and Lies: A Thought Closet Makeover.” $12 for the book. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays starting June 11. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. 704-541-3463; www.harrisonumc.org.
Light of Christ United Methodist
Vacation Bible school: “Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God.” Bible-learning activities, catchy songs, tournament games, medieval inventions, more. Rising first through sixth graders. Donations will be collected for Haiti missions. 9:30 a.m.-noon June 10-14. Family members and friends encouraged to join us daily at 11:40 a.m. for a time of sharing. 9212 Bryant Farms Road. www.locumc.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.
All Saints Lutheran
Vacation Bible school: “God’s Tree of Life” for children age 4 through fifth grade. Fellowship supper, entertaining lessons, crafts and activities. Register early to receive correct T-shirt size. Adult classes available. 6-8 p.m. June 24-27. 17030 Lancaster Highway. www.allsaintslutheran.org.
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. June 15. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.
Mt. Olivet United Methodist, Concord
Seniors’ event: Light luncheon followed by short business meeting and program. Sandra McBride will present “PC 101.” 11:30 a.m. June 11. Card game of hands and foot will begin 1 p.m. 301 Mt. Olivet Road, Concord. www.mtochurch.com.
Temple Or Olam, Concord
Love song service: Fall in love with God again in a groovy new way! 7 p.m. June 14 at McGill Baptist, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. 704-720-7577; www.or-olam.org.
First Baptist, Mooresville
Children’s choir camp: Children in completed first to sixth grades will learn and perform the vacation Bible school musical “Colossal Coaster World.” Minister of Music Eddie Hicks will lead the camp. Music skills, recreation, and refreshments provided daily. Participants will also receive a T-shirt and listening CD. $25. 9-11:30 a.m. June 17-21. Register by June 9. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. 704-664-2324; www.fbcmooresville.com.
Vacation Bible school: “Life is a Highway.” Interactive Bible studies, water games, crafts, snacks, more. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 17-21. 6917 Forest Hills Drive, Denver. http://dbckidz.com/programs/vbs-2013.
Independence Hill Baptist, Huntersville
Vacation Bible school: “God’s Big Backyard.” 6-8:30 p.m. June 17-21. 10220 Independence Hill Road, Huntersville. www.independencehill.org.
Mooresville ARP Church
Vacation Bible school: Classes for children, youth, and adults. 5:45-8:30 p.m. June 16-20. Registration starts at 5:15 p.m. June 16. 659 Carpenter Ave., Mooresville. Register at 704-664-1273.
Saint Patrick’s Episcopal, Mooresville
Concert: The Solas Leighis concert series welcomes Al Petteway and Amy White, whose performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, percussion and vocals. Wine and cheese reception included. Adults, $15; students, $10; children younger than 6, free. 7 p.m. June 16. 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville. www.saint-patricks.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. June 9 at the Huntersville Arts and Cultural Center, 109 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. www.huntersvillebahai.org.
Hopewell Baptist, Davidson
Community concert event: “Concert at the Corner” with local Christian contemporary groups Relevant Worship and the Coca-Cola Inspirational Praise Band. Children’s activities include a bounce house, games, and face painting. Free. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and other refreshments available. Bring lawn chairs. 5:30 p.m. June 15 at the ball field.
Summer schedule: Early Sunday morning and evening worship, Awana, youth and children’s choir programs will be suspended during the summer. Sunday school will be held at 9:15 a.m. Sundays. Combined service at 10:30 a.m. Prayer meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Regular schedule will resume Sept. 8. 18841 Davidson-Concord Road, Davidson. 704-892-3749; www.hopewellbaptistchurch.com.
Vacation Bible school: “Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God.” Games, music, adventures, new friends. Preschool through sixth grade. Dinner provided. 6-8:30 p.m. June 9-13. 21209 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-5577 or www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/KingdomRockCornelius.
Asbury United Methodist, Huntersville
Family fun day: Indoor and outdoor games, bounce house, face and hair painting, food, more. All ages invited. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 22.
Vacation Bible school: “SonWest Roundup” for children age 3 through rising sixth-graders. Free; donations welcomed. 5:45-8:15 p.m. June 23-27. Light dinner served at 5:45 p.m. 11724 Asbury Chapel Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2486; www.asburyumc-huntersville.com.
Tabernacle of Joy Ministries, Mooresville
Pastor’s anniversary services: Apostle S. L. Gillespie celebrates eight years. 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. June 9. 421 Parker Ave., Mooresville. 704-799-0774.
Davidson United Methodist
Career transition program: Co-sponsored by Davidson College Presbyterian. 10 a.m.-noon each first and third Wednesday in room 216 of the education building. 233 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-8277.
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 sixth to 12th grades, 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.
Vacation Bible school: 2-4 p.m. June 9 and 6-8 p.m. June 10-13
Daniels Lutheran, Lincolnton
Food giveaway: Recipients must be Lincoln County residents and complete a short form to receive a 50-pound box of food. Families qualified for food stamps or Lincoln County Christian Ministry assistance automatically qualify for a box. 9-11 a.m. June 15. Recipients may begin lining up in the church parking lot at 7 a.m. 3170 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton. 704-735-2388.
St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia
Vacation Bible school: June 11-14.
Community watch meeting: 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.
Banquet: NAACP “Mother of the Year” banquet. 6 p.m. June 9.
Summer enrichment presentation: 1 p.m. June 15.
Catawba United Methodist
Service: The Friends of Christ will present a program of music at Abernethy Laurels at 4 p.m. June 9. Free. 102 Leonard Ave., Newton.
Vacation Bible school: “Superheroes of the Faith.” Children may dress as superheroes on the first night. Offering will be collected for the Society of St. Andrew Potato Project. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 17-21. 209 E. Central Ave., Catawba. 828-241-4868.
Holy Trinity Lutheran, Hickory
Children’s day camp: Kindergarten to fifth grades. Space limited. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 4-9.
Preschool: Applications being accepted for weekday preschool for the 2013-14 school year. Interdenominational faith-based instruction with art, music and play centers. Ages 1-5. Tuition varies by age. Classes are held 9 a.m.-noon with an optional lunch bunch until 12:50 p.m. Classes begin Sept. 3. 547 Sixth St. N.W., Hickory. 828-322-2536; www.htlchickory.org.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory
Service: Byron Ballard will present an exploration of nature worship in “Grounding Into Action.” 11 a.m. June 9. 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.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.
Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill
Vacation Bible school: “Kingdom Rock.” Hands-on science activities, games, Bible songs, tasty treats. 6:10-8:30 p.m. June 16-20. Dinner served at 5:15 p.m. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.
Fishing Creek Baptist, York
Family and friends day: 11 a.m. June 9.
Vacation Bible school: “Jesus Family Reunion: The Remix.” Crafts, games, snacks, Bible study. 6-8 p.m. June 10-14. 1220 Springlake Road, York. 803-684-6319.
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 offer an approach different from traditional Sunday school classes. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Classes and services are held at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. www.templesolelsc.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.
Tirzah ARP Church, York
Kids’ fishing club: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Two age divisions for children younger than 12. Prizes awarded. Club meets the third Saturday of each month. 6161 Mt. Gallant Road, York. www.tirzaharp.com.
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