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Compiled by Erica Batten
Christ the King Church
Live streaming event: Via simulcast, popular women’s author and Bible teacher Beth Moore will present “Living Proof Live.” Travis Cottrell will lead worship. Christ the King Church is serving as a host location for the greater Charlotte area. Now in its 15th year, the event challenges and encourages women to grow deeply in their faith. $17 online or $20 at the door. Lunch included. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Sept. 14. 13501 S. Tryon St. www.ctkcharlotte.org.
Kingdom Covenant Church
Community event: Back-to-school fellowship with free food, school supplies and fun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 17. 2731 N. Graham St. 704-334-6060.
Relief concert: Proceeds will go to Oklahoma tornado relief projects. 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Icehouse, 2100 South Blvd. CharlotteONE is a citywide worship gathering for young adults. www.CharlotteONE.org.
All Things Possible Ministries
Praise and worship event: Exalt! Vocal Talent Showcase with top 10 vocalists from the Charlotte area performing before a panel of judges. Performers include a rapping pastor, a classic jazz guitarist, and gospel, folk and blues musicians. Audience will choose the winner from the top three. $10. Proceeds help patients with unexpected and catastrophic medical bills. 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Steele Creek Church, 1929 W. Arrowood Road. Full details at www.ATPMIN.org or EXALT@ATPMIN.org.
First Baptist, Indian Trail
“Monday Nights Live”: Guest speakers and artists at 7 p.m. each Monday through Aug. 26. Dr. Herb Reavis and The Whisnants will join us on Aug. 19. Free. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005; www.fbcit.org.
Little Rock AME Zion
Family and friends weekend: Cookout, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Zion Renaissance Park, 3165 Zion Renaissance Lane. Morning worship followed by Family and Friends Day feast, 10 a.m. Aug. 18. Annual choirs concert featuring the church music ministry, 3 p.m. 401 N. McDowell St. www.littlerockamezion.org.
Prayer vigil: Interfaith prayer vigil to show support for family unity, workers’ rights, and a strong economy and to encourage members of congress to enact fair and humane immigration reform. Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Immigrant Solidarity Committee, Latin American Coalition, Familias Unidas and Action NC. 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 18. 1609 E. Fifth St. 336-854-0633.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Marriage encounter weekend: Unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian marriage. Spend a weekend away to discover each other and focus on your relationship. 7 p.m. Sept. 6 through 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at Hyatt Place, 2950 Oak Lake Blvd. Reservations by Aug. 23. www.encounter.org. For information, contact Geoff and Francine Dubiski at email@example.com or 803-810-6433.
Providence United Methodist
Sale and auction: The Haiti Missions Ministry will host an attic sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 24. Sale includes furniture, kitchen items, children’s clothing and equipment, garden tools, holiday items, sporting goods and a ladies’ boutique. A live auction, conducted by Col. Brandon Desourdy of Piggybank Auctions, will begin at 2 p.m. Auction items may be previewed during the attic sale. Attic sale will accept cash only; auction will accept cash and bank cards. Proceeds will support the church’s ongoing missions in Haiti, including a school, a medical clinic, well building and a microcredit lending program. 2810 Providence Road. www.providenceumc.org.
Love in the Name of Christ
Volunteers needed: Individual and group volunteers needed to provide home maintenance, transportation, and other services to help poor, elderly and disabled persons live independently in their own homes. In 2012, volunteers from more than 180 congregations ministered to 1,500 clients in Charlotte, providing more than 18,000 volunteers hours. www.loveinc-charlotte.org.
Unity of Charlotte
Drumming event: “Drumming in the Round” with the Rev. Michele Sevacko, an ordained metaphysical/new thought minister. Open to men, women and teens. Bring a drum or household item that can be used for drumming. Love offering. 12:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Sunday celebration service at 10:30 a.m. 401 E. Arrowood Road. 704-523-0062.
Oak Grove United Methodist
Gospel concert: The St. James Male Chorus will perform at 6 p.m. Aug. 18. Light refreshments follow. 6440 Old Statesville Road. 704-596-4084.
Summer movie series: “The Chronicles of Narnia” series concludes with “Shadowlands.” Enjoy popcorn and lemonade while spending time with your family. 6 p.m. Aug. 25 in Johnston Hall. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. www.amitypc.org.
Backpack blessing services: Children and youth from across the city are invited to bring their backpacks for a time of recognition and blessing for a safe and enriching school year. School supplies will be packed for homeless students served by A Child’s Place. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Aug. 25.
Arts celebration: “Room for Hope,” an exhibit from Palestinian and other Arab artists in conjunction with Diyar Academy, will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 25. At 7 p.m., the choirs from Covenant Presbyterian and Myers Park United Methodist join for a festival performance of “Hymns, Psalms and Spiritual Songs” with the da Capo Brass, organists Patrick Scott and Susan Talley, and conductors James Jones, Robert Moody and Stephen Talley. Free. 1000 E. Morehead St. www.covenantpresby.org.
Moore’s Sanctuary AME Zion
Vacation Bible school: “Jesus Family Reunion.” 6-8 p.m. Aug. 21-23. Back-to-school fellowship with free school supplies and food, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 24. 4101 Morris Field Drive. 704-392-3037.
Simpson-Gillespie United Methodist
Handbell concert: The Handbell Ministry presents the Joyful Ringers in concert. 6 p.m. Aug. 24. 3545 Beatties Ford Road. 704-399-2717.
Charlotte Friends Meeting
Guest speaker: After traditional Quaker silent worship, Dr. Geeta McGahey from Celo Friends Meeting will discuss the World Conference of Friends, culture and education in Kenya, and the specific plans of the Samburu Project to support the education of women in Kenya. 11:30 a.m. Aug. 25. Silent worship at 10 a.m. 570 W. Rocky River Road. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraiser luncheon: Proceeds benefit American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in October. Luncheon follows the 11 a.m. worship Aug. 25. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.
Shepherd’s Center SouthEast
Golf benefit: Players and sponsors needed. 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation, 7500 Olde Sycamore Drive, Mint Hill. Register at http://scsegolf2013.eventbrite.com.
Myers Park United Methodist
Bible study: Why does the prophet Jeremiah’s message matter in today’s world? The Rev. James Howell will lead a study of this intriguing prophet. Open to clergy and laity in the community. The lectionary reading for September will be from Jeremiah. 7 p.m. Aug. 26. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.mpumc.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. Light breakfast served. Free. 10 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819; email@example.com.
Community Bible Study
Women’s day class: Register now for study of James, Philippians and Mark. 9:15-11:30 a.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 5 at Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road. www.charlotte.cbsclass.org.
Sharon United Methodist
Presentation: The praise team will present “The Story: The Musical.” Journey through the Bible with music inspired by the book by Randy Frazee and Max Lucado. Free. 4 p.m. Aug. 25. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.org.
Special event: Pizza and ice cream social. 6 p.m. Aug. 24. 4418 Rea Road. www.peacemoravian.com.
Picnic: “Back-to-Shul” picnic. Reconnect with friends and extended family as we prepare to usher in the High Holy Days. Please bring a dairy dinner; drinks and dessert provided. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Limited seating available. 5:30 p.m. Aug. 30 on the lawn. Evening services follow. 4901 Providence Road. www.templeisraelnc.org.
Pineville Church of the Nazarene
GriefShare classes: Walk-ins welcome. $10 for materials. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Aug. 28 in the Family Life Center, Room 410. 8614 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at 704-542-3618.
St. Matthew Catholic
Healing prayer service: St. Peregrine service for those suffering with cancer and other diseases. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in the sanctuary. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. 704-543-7677; www.stmatthewcatholic.org.
Harrison United Methodist, Pineville
Children’s consignment sale: Fall and winter clothing for children and teens, children’s furniture, toys, maternity clothing, more. Consignor registration now open. Volunteers receive registration discount. Sale will be held Sept. 5-7. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. www.humcfaithcircle.org.
Matthews United Methodist
Reception: After 27 years of service to youth in our community, Laurie Little, director of Youth, Young Adult and College Age Ministries, is embarking on a new adventure to support individuals with special needs. Through her service, more than 500 youth currently attend the Sunday evening and weekday programs. The Rainbow Express Camp, which Little developed, had more than 100 campers, 180 volunteers, and 43 buddies this year. The camp has already expanded to serve children at the Wings of Hope Orphanage in Haiti. Little plans to work solely with Rainbow Express and develop the program to further serve special-needs individuals. A reception honoring Little will be held 1-3 p.m. Aug. 25 in the church gym. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.MatthewsUMC.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drives: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18 at Faith United Methodist, 3708 Faith Church Road, Indian Trail. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Cross and Crown Lutheran, 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. Noon-3 p.m. Aug. 18 at Cornerstone Community Church of the Nazerene, 2707 Secrest Shortcut Road, Monroe. www.cbcc.us.
Bellfonte Presbyterian, Harrisburg
Annual revival services: The Rev. Dr. Valerie Washington, former pastor of Zion Hill AME Zion, will be the evangelist for the week. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18-22. 8866 Rocky River Road, Harrisburg. www.bellefontechurch.org.
Pitts Baptist, Concord
Ladies’ night out: “An Evening With Pam Tebow.” Mother of college football and NFL star Tim Tebow, homeschool pioneer, missionary and minister with the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, Pam Tebow encourages women to trust the Lord and use the influence God has given them to impact their world. She will speak at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Ages 10 and up. Dinner included. $20. Tickets available through Aug. 30. 140 Pitts School Road N.W., Concord. 704-786-1953; www.pbcweb.org.
Shiloh Missionary Baptist, Concord
Music reunion celebration: Eddie Brown and the Total Praise Community Choir of the Carolinas will host “Unleash Our Praise 10th Year Reunion Celebration.” Concert at 6 p.m. Aug. 18. 255 Logan Ave., Concord. 704-713-2155.
Christ the King Catholic High School, Kannapolis
Ribbon cutting: The Rev. Peter Jugis, bishop of Charlotte, and Dr. Janice Ritter, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Charlotte, along with students, families and staff, will commemorate the opening of a new Catholic high school. Christ the King is a comprehensive college preparatory school. The new facility has 27,500 square feet of education, worship, athletics and performing arts space. 10 a.m. Aug. 24 at 10877 Crusader Way, Kannapolis. www.christthekinghs.com.
The Choral Academy, Concord
Auditions: Vocal placement interviews for children and youth ages 7-20 to participate in three age-based choirs. No preparation is necessary. All youth in Cabarrus and the surrounding counties are welcome. Rehearsals begin Sept. 3. New singers will be accepted through the end of September. The academy meets on Tuesdays at Calvary Lutheran, 950 Bradley St., Concord. For information or to schedule an audition, contact Gary Shive at 704-425-7447. www.choralacademy.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 4-8 p.m. Aug. 19 at Bethpage Presbyterian, 6020 Mooresville Road, Kannapolis. www.cbcc.us.
Concert: Internationally-known singer-songwriter Robin Mark will perform 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.
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.
Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville
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 Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880; www.fairviewumc.org.
First Baptist, Mooresville
Barbecue fundraiser: Pulled pork, baked beans, slaw, dessert and drink, $8 per plate. Sandwiches, $3 each. Proceeds support backpack ministry. Dine in or carry out. 4-8 p.m. Aug. 23. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. www.fbcmooresville.com.
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. All 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.
Huntersville United Methodist
Fall crafts festival: Vendors wanted for annual festival to be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. Please call Sheree Tompkins at 704-578-3913 or Pam Smith at 704-992-1924.
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
Speaker: The Christian Education Ministry welcomes CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison, who will share the goals of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and inspiration for the new year as we renew our commitment to education. 9:45 a.m. Aug. 25 in the Congregation House, 218 Concord Road, Davidson. www.dcpc.org.
Support group: PFLAG (Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays) promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy. Meetings are held 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the parlor. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. For information, contact Bill Strong at email@example.com or Pat Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia
Homecoming service: The Rev. Donald Trent will speak. 3 p.m. Aug. 18.
Revival services: Guest speakers Dr. Charles Pratt, the Rev. Dennis Wilson, the Rev. Carolyn Bratton, and the Rev. Carlton Brown. 7 p.m. Aug. 19-22. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory
Service: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will speak on spiritual growth in “How My Mind Has Changed.” 11 a.m. Aug. 18.
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.
Blessed John XXIII Ecumenical Church, Hickory
Services: Our church is truly interested in your spiritual journey. Open to all Christians wanting a new home. Services held at 5 p.m. Sundays in the chapel of Zion Lutheran, 1911 Zion Church Road, Hickory. 828-850-2675.
Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill
Backpack blessing service: Students and educators are invited to bring backpacks and bags. We will pray for you and the start of the new school year. 10:15 a.m. Aug. 18.
Concert: Annual “Gospel and Spirituals With Grace” will feature favorites from the Grace Notes Choir, the Grace Quartet, and Joyful Noise. Potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Aug. 18. Main course provided; bring side dish or dessert to share. Concert will follow. Child care available.
Yard sale: 14th annual yard sale, barbecue and bake sale. Yard and bake sale, 7-11:30 a.m. Aug. 24. Barbecue meals are available 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Plates include coleslaw, baked beans, roll, and tea or lemonade. Adult plates, $9; child plates, $4.50. Pork barbecue by the pound, soft drinks, and desserts also available for purchase. 2955 N.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. www.gracewired.org.
Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill
Study group: Pastor Lingle will lead a study based on John Sexton’s “Baseball As a Road to God.” 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Aug. 21 at Ledo Pizza, 489 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.
Community Bible Study
Women’s day class: Community Bible study is an unaffiliated, international Bible study open to all ages and denominations. This year’s 30-week study of the gospel of John is an intimate study of the life and ministry of Jesus. $25 registration. Infant care, preschool Bible study, and school-age study of John available. 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamiltons Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. Register at www.lakewylie.cbsclass.org. For information, contact Michelle Locklear at 803-526-1470 or email@example.com.
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. Aug. 18. 9401 S. Tryon St. www.cscpc.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 Highway, Lake Wylie, and 11:30-2 p.m. Fridays at Lake Wylie Lutheran, 2906 S.C. 160, Fort Mill. www.communitycafecares.com.
First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill
Worship service: “Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009; www.firstarp.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 3-7 p.m. Aug. 19 First Presbyterian, 234 E. Main St., Rock Hill. www.cbcc.us.
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