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South Mecklenburg Presbyterian
Family bluegrass night: Music by the Snyder Family Band. Hot dog dinner, homemade ice cream contest, children’s games. Free admission. 5 p.m. Aug. 3. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. 704-544-0404; www.smpchome.org.
Myers Park United Methodist
Hymn sing: “Hymns and Hot Dogs.” Audience members will be able to request favorites. All are encouraged to bring musical instruments and play along. Free hot dog supper and fellowship will follow the service. 5:30 p.m. Aug. 4. 1501 Queens Road. www.mpumc.org. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to bring an instrument.
First Baptist, Indian Trail
“Monday Nights Live”: Guest speakers and artists at 7 p.m. each Monday through Aug. 26. Dr. Jerry Spencer and The Nelons will join us on Aug. 5. Free. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005; www.fbcit.org.
Weddington United Methodist
Service week: The 2013 Great Week of Service will kick off with a potato drop in the Family Life Center parking lot. Volunteers will sort and bag 40,000 pounds of potatoes to be donated to local agencies. Dinner and a bluegrass concert featuring the Pickers Reunion Band will follow. All ages are welcome. 3 p.m. Aug. 4. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. www.weddingtonchurch.org/great-week-service.
The Maronite Mission of Charlotte
Masses: Mass will be held at 7 p.m. on the second Saturday and the fourth Sunday of each month in the Daily Mass Chapel at St. Matthew Catholic, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. The next Mass is Aug. 10. www.facebook.com/MaroniteMissionOfCharlotte.
Love in Action
Family events: Children will create handmade cards with colorful handprints to uplift children with cancer. The “I Believe” cards will be displayed The Sandbox’s “An Evening of Believing” prom in September. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Aug. 10 and 24 at Michael’s Stonecrest, 7836 Rea Road. 704-752-3810.
Gentle yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility, deepen breath and gain peace of mind. $10 per class. 4:35 and 6 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Please call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831; www.sardisbaptistcharlotte.org.
Second Calvary Baptist
Service: “Family and Friends” service will feature inspiring gospel music and sermon by the Rev. DeChard Freeman of Abundant Life Fellowship. 10 a.m. Aug. 11. 114 Nelson Ave. www.secondcalvary-charlotte.org.
Central United Methodist
Concert: The African Children’s Choir will perform 7 p.m. Aug. 14. Free. An offering will go to support the Music for Life program, which trains singers for the choir and supports their education after they return from tour. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157.
Torrence Grove AME Zion
Special event: The church is sponsoring a Twelve Tribe Rally at 5 p.m. Aug. 11 at Weeping Willow AME Zion, 2220 Milton Road. 704-536-8313.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 10 at New Saint John Baptist, 2000 St. Johns Church Road. www.cbcc.us.
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. The topic for Aug. 4 is “Connect the Dots.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.
Shepherd’s Center SouthEast
Book club: Discussion of “A Land More Kind Than Home” by Wiley Cash. Please read selection prior to the meeting. Newcomers welcome. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month. 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Sardis House at Sardis Presbyterian, 6100 Sardis Road. 704-321-0325; email@example.com.
Open house: Are you looking for a Jewish community to connect with? We would love to meet you! Stop by for light refreshments and meet our membership committee, clergy, board members and staff. Individuals, couples and families welcome. Noon-2 p.m. Aug. 11 in the board room. 4901 Providence Road. www.templeisraelnc.org.
Sports outreach program: The church’s popular CHAMP program offers soccer, flag football and T-ball with emphasis on sportsmanship and Christian character development as well as athletic skills. Late registration fees begin Aug. 12; registration closes Aug. 19. Practices begin the week of Aug. 26. Fall season runs through Nov. 9. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.champsportsinfo.com.
First Baptist, Weddington
Music day camp: Classes in guitar, drama, drums, handbells and recorder for children in completed grades 1-6. $25 includes musical book, CD, and T-shirt. 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 5-9. The children will also present the musical at 6 p.m. Aug. 11. 348 Providence Road, Weddington. Register at 704-846-6770.
St. Enoch Lutheran, Kannapolis
Memorial blood drive: Silent auction, bake sale, hot dog sale, more. Proceeds go to the Kayla Berquist Memorial Scholarship fund. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 10. 701 Campbell Road, Kannapolis. 704-932-8461.
Rock Springs Campground, Denver
Camp meeting: The 183rd annual Methodist camp meeting will be held Aug. 2-11. Bluegrass gospel concert with The King James 1611 Boys, Black Creek, The Gospel Plowboys, and Lee Jones and The Log Cabin Boys, 7 p.m. Aug. 10. Free. The camp is located on Campground Road in Denver. www.rockspringscampmeeting.com.
St. Jude’s Mission, Huntersville
Worship services: Anglican church emerging in Huntersville. The Rev. Clay Thompson will lead services. 9:15 Sundays at Huntersville ARP, 200 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. www.stjudesmission.org.
Davidson College Presbyterian
Study series: “Biographies of Faith” features brief studies of people in history whose Christian faith impacted the world. 9:45 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 18 in Jetton Hall. Linda Steber will lead a study of Sojourner Truth on Aug. 4.
Sermon series: “Walking in God’s Way” series on the Ten Commandments. 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 18. Weekly “Gathering Around the Word” discussion will also focus on the commandments and the ethical issues they address. 5 p.m. Wednesdays in the parlor. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-5641.
Centre Presbyterian, Mooresville
Art camp: Uniquely U Art Camp for rising grades 3-6. $60. 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 12-16. 129 Centre Church Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3160; www.thecentrechurch.org.
St. Therese Catholic, Mooresville
Golf tournament: Annual event to support charitable efforts of the Knights of Columbus. $100 per person; $375 for a team of four. Proceeds go to LifeSpan, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life and other local organizations. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at Fox Den Country Club, 175 Club House Drive, Statesville. Coffee and donuts at 8 a.m. Putting contest at 8:30 a.m. Players, please contact Mark Daly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested sponsors should contact Paul Britton at 704-660-6830 or Tom Frazone at 704-677-4566.
St. Mark Catholic, Huntersville
New ministry: Mothers of children will special needs group offers support, prayer and fellowship. Meetings held 7-8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month starting Aug. 7. For information, contact Laraine Nicklaw at 704-875-3041 or email@example.com.
Study group: Young adults ages 18-25 will meet for study and fellowship. 8:30-9:30 p.m. Sundays in the Family Life Center. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. www.stmarknc.org.
Lakeside Fellowship ARP Church, Mooresville
Weekly series: Pastor Joseph will share his personal knowledge and experience in a special series of messages called “What Every Christian Needs to Know About Islam.” Refreshments will be served following the presentations. 9:30 a.m. Sundays through Sept. 8. 381 Williamson Road, Mooresville. 704-663-6775; www.lakesidepresbyterian.org.
Saint Patrick’s Episcopal, Mooresville
Concert: The Solas Leighis concert series welcomes Muriel Anderson. The first woman to win the National Finger Style Guitar Championship, Anderson’s joy of music, humor, and facility across jazz, bluegrass, pop, classical and world music are revered by audiences worldwide. Wine and cheese reception included. Proceeds benefit community outreach. Adults, $15; students, $10; children younger than six, free. 7 p.m. Aug. 4. 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville. www.saint-patricks.org.
Prospect Presbyterian, Mooresville
Preschool: Half-day preschool for children age 2 through 4. Program includes school readiness skills, indoor and outdoor play, service learning opportunities, music, more. $75 registration. Weekly fees vary by age. Schedule is the same as Mooresville Graded School District. 9425 N.C. 152 W., Mooresville. 704-664-5439; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville
Hot dog sale: Eat in or take out. $5 includes two hot dogs, chips and dessert. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 8. Call-in orders between 9 and 11 a.m.
Performance: Singer, storyteller and folk theologian Ed Kilbourne will perform at the 9 and 11 a.m. services Aug. 18. He will also perform a concert at 5 p.m. 1430 Mecklenburg Hwy., Mooresville. 704-664-2880; www.fairviewumc.org.
Unitarian Universalist Lake Norman Fellowship
Coffee and conversation: Come find out the basic principles and beliefs of Unitarian Universalism. Services follow for those interested. 9:45 a.m. Aug. 4. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. For directions and information, visit www.uulakenorman.org. RSVP: email@example.com.
Concert: Internationally-known singer-songwriter Robin Mark will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Limited seating. Proceeds will support community missions and ministry projects. 201 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6892; www.hpcpatch.org.
Holy Trinity Lutheran, Hickory
Concert: The Chapel Ringers will present works by Handel, Bach and Beethoven, hymn arrangements and other favorites. 4-5 p.m. Aug. 4. 547 Sixth St. N.W., Hickory. 828-322-2536; www.htlchickory.org.
Belmont Abbey College
Concert: Classical guitarist Joel Sharbaugh and vocalist Lawrence Abernathy will present a concert of English music entitled “Triumphs of Oriana.” The program includes selections by John Dowland and folksong arrangements by Benjamin Britten. Free. Donations will be accepted for Room at the Inn. 8 p.m. Aug. 6. 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont. www.bac.edu.
Concordia Lutheran, Conover
Handbell auditions: Handbell ensemble Hickory Rings! will hold auditions for its 2013-14 season at 7 p.m. Aug. 5. A second audition for those unable to attend the first will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 8. The ensemble rehearses 7:15-8:45 p.m. Thursdays and presents two Christmas and two spring concerts each year. Rehearsals begin Sept. 5. Concordia Lutheran is at 216 Fifth Ave. S.E., Conover. For information or to schedule an audition time, contact Mike Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory
Service: The entire congregation will share “This I Believe.” 11 a.m. Aug. 4 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.
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