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Compiled by Erica Batten
St. John Neumann Catholic
Profession of vows: Jonathon Polce, a member of the church since 2006, made his Profession of First Vows in his preparation to become a Jesuit priest on Aug. 17 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Louisiana.
Prior to entering the novitiate in 2011 the seminarian, whose family lives in Mint Hill, worked for two years in Rome after college graduation.
Following two years in the novitiate, he professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Now a Scholastic, Polce will attend Regis College, a Jesuit university in Toronto, to study theology and philosophy for three years. During this time he will also work in ministries in the community.
New Life Theological Seminary
Scholarly forum: The public is invited to the Voices of New Life quarterly forum. Robert Yost will read an excerpt from his new book, “Leadership Secrets From the Proverbs.” The title of the paper is “The Improper Use of the Tongue in the Proverbs: Lying, Gossip, and Foolish Talk.” A discussion period and book signing will follow the reading. 7 p.m. Sept. 19. 3117 Whiting Ave. 704-334-6882.
Behold God Ministries
Conference: “Behold God Conference: Higher Up, Closer In.” Speakers include author Ken Boa; Claude Alexander, senior pastor of Park Ministries; James Howell, senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist; and John Munro, senior pastor of Calvary Church. Music provided by Marty Goetz. $105. Partial and full scholarships available. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Register by Sept. 17. 704-894-9403; www.beholdGodministries.org.
Truth for a New Generation
Conference: Speakers include Lee Strobel, Eric Metaxas, Josh and Sean McDowell, many more. Sept. 27-28 at NorthSide Baptist, 333 Jeremiah Blvd. www.TRUTHforaNewGeneration.com.
Series: “SURGE” are concert events in nontraditional locations for those who would not attend a typical Sunday worship service. The first event will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Dilworth Elementary School, 405 E. Park Ave. www.citylightcharlotte.org.
Myers Park United Methodist
Series: “City of Faiths” will focus on promoting healthy dialogue without compromising beliefs. The Rev. James Howell will explore “The Bible and Other Religions” at 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Series continues Sept. 30 with Rabbi Murray Ezring and Oct. 21 with Imam John Ederer. Child care available for children 5 and younger; RSVP at Kristen@mpumc.org. An exhibit on worship life in other faith traditions is planned, and church members will attend Sabbath service at Temple Israel on Oct. 5. Small-group opportunities available. 1501 Queens Road. www.mpumc.org.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Weddington
Women’s scripture study: Hosted by the South Charlotte congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Group seeks to draw closer to Jesus through study focused on the Book of Mormon. Babysitting provided. 9:15-10:15 a.m. Tuesdays. 5897 Hemby Road, Weddington. 704-996-0279; email@example.com.
Central Church Life Care Center
Fall workshop series: Workshops begin Sept. 16. Topics include Changes That Heal, The DNA of Successful Relationships, Love and Respect Building Blocks, more. Christian 12-step ministry, LifeLine, is ongoing.
Networking meeting: “Open House Coffee Break” for ministers, social workers, and others in the counseling field. Emily Fitchpatrick and Amena McShea of On Eagles Wings Ministries/Hope House will discuss the growing trend of sex trafficking, how Hope House is partnering with authorities and community organizations to help victims, and how the trauma affects the survivors. Free. Refreshments provided. 9-11 a.m. Sept. 19. 5500 Randolph Road. 704-365-6112; www.centralchurchofgod.org/support-and-care/life-care-center.
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 volunteer hours. www.loveinc-charlotte.org.
Daughters of the American Revolution
Constitution Week: At 4 p.m. Sept. 17, people across the United States will ring bells to celebrate the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. Churches are invited to participate. www.ncdar.org.
Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center
Youth Explosion 2013: Gospel rap, dance, mime, praise and worship with guests Simply His, Mt. Zion Christian Ministries’ mime team, K’la Eden, more. 4-6 p.m. Sept. 21. 9719 E. W.T. Harris Blvd. 704-568-0934; www.thetpwc.org.
Hickory Grove United Methodist
Bluegrass festival: Hosted by the United Methodist Men. Performances by Balsam Range, Amantha Mill and A Deeper Shade of Blue. $15 in advance; $16 at the door. Children younger than 10, free. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks available for purchase. 5-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the family worship center. 6401 Hickory Grove Road. For information, contact John Dobbins at 704-537-4637. www.hickorygroveumc.com.
Shiloh Institutional Baptist
Special event: Black and White Ball with fellowship, fantastic food, fun. Attire is black and/or white formal wear. $10 per person; children age 5 and younger, free. 5-9 p.m. Sept. 28 at 2XSalt Ministry, 1900 Queen City Drive. Kandi Thomas: 704-953-5720.
Christ the King Church
Fall bazaar: Games, prizes, food, and more than 50 vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21. 13501 S. Tryon St. Information and vendor registration at www.ctkcharlotte.org/FallBazaar.
Pritchard Memorial Baptist
Guest musician: Composer and pianist Heather Sorenson and the church choir will share some of her arrangements during the worship service. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22. 1117 South Blvd. www.pritchardmemorial.com.
Pillar of Fire International Ministries
Worship services: Join Prophet Christopher and Star Reams in worship services the third Sunday of each month. 4 p.m. July 21 at the Comfort Inn Executive Park, 5822 Westpark Drive. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 21 at New Zion Missionary Baptist, 217 W. Todd Lane. www.cbcc.us.
Torrence Grove AME Zion
Homecoming: Lunch at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15. Worship service with the Rev. Clarence Roberts, 3 p.m. Services at 7 p.m. Sept. 16-18 with speakers the Rev. George Erwin, Tabatha Stanback, and the Rev. Franklin Russell.
Car and bike show: 4 p.m. Sept. 21. 1200 Torrence Grove Church Road. 704-536-8313.
Charlotte Friends Meeting
Cultural program: Authentic Kenyan dinner, cultural games, African drumming and slides to raise awareness and funds to support the Samburu Project. Suggested donation, $12. 6 p.m. Sept. 21. 570 W. Rocky River Road. RSVP by Sept. 18. email@example.com.
Grace AME Zion
127th homecoming celebration: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15. 3722 David Cox Road. 704-494-8629.
Pineville Church of the Nazarene
GriefShare classes: Walk-ins welcome. $10 for materials. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Family Life Center, Room 410. 8614 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at 704-542-3618.
Joy Christian Fellowship, Matthews
Multi-church event: “Community Awakening” worship and fellowship. Speakers include Pastor Bonnie Chavda of All Nations Church, Jean Chesser of Life Ministries, former NFL player Percell Gaskins, Pastor Mark Matthews of Christian Life Center and Leon Threatt of Christian Faith Assembly. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 15-19. 11516 Idlewild Road, Matthews. 704-845-5516; www.joychurch.org.
Sharon United Methodist
Adult Sunday school: Open house, 10:10 a.m. Sept. 15. Adult classes at 10:10 a.m. Sept. 22 and 29.
Sermon series: Five week series will continue with “The More Things Change…” on Sept. 15. Traditional service, 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:10 a.m. Contemporary service, 11:15 a.m. Child care available at both services. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.org.
St. Michael the Archangel Anglican, Matthews
Ordination: The Rt. Rev. Chandler Holder Jones, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Eastern United States, will ordain Orville Michael Cawthon to the Sacred Order of Deacon. Reception follows. 11 a.m. Sept. 21. 2211 Margaret Wallace Road, Matthews. www.stmichaelsanglican.org.
Living Saviour Lutheran
Golf event: Third annual Tyler Buff Memorial Golf Outing will celebrate the lives of Tyler Buff, Sam Kaiser and Caelen Thom, who were members of the Living Saviour family. All proceeds will benefit KinderMourn and Caelen’s Cause. 9 a.m. Sept. 23 at Carolina Lakes Golf Club. Register by Sept. 16. Golfers and nongolfers invited to dinner and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the church. $90 registration fee includes dinner and golf. 6817 Carmel Road. www.LivingSaviourLC.org.
Stallings United Methodist
Homecoming: Guest minister Dr. Bob Tuttle, evangelism professor at Asbury Seminary, 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings. 10:55 a.m. Sept. 22. www.stallingsumc.org.
Consignment sale: Gently-used children’s and maternity clothing, toys, baby gear, more. Hosted by the weekday school. 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 21. Early bird, 7-8 a.m. $2. Half-price sale, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the weekday school and local church missions. 6100 Sardis Road. www.sardis.org.
Idlewild Baptist, Matthews
Homecoming: The church celebrates 35 years. 10:45 a.m. Sept. 15. Guest speaker Wayne Poplin will lead revival services at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and at 7 p.m. Sept. 16-18. 12701 Idlewild Road, Matthews. www.idlewildbaptist.org.
Morningstar United Methodist
Outdoor movie: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” Bring blankets. $1 concessions. 7 p.m. Sept. 21. 11440 Shopton Road. 704-504-8950.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at First Baptist, 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. www.cbcc.us.
Boger’s Chapel United Methodist, Concord
Homecoming: The Rev. Roxane Almond will speak. Covered-dish luncheon will follow worship service. 11 a.m. Sept. 15. 1775 Flowes Store Road E., Concord. 704-786-3575.
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. 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.
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. Sept. 21. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.
The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, Denver
Concert: The Alexander Community Concert Series welcomes Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops performing folk, blues, early jazz and rock, more. Reception follows concert. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10. Children younger than 12, free. Season subscriptions available. 3 p.m. Sept. 22. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249.
Davidson United Methodist
Growth group: The Counseling Center is offering an eight-week session on “Hope for the Healthy Expression of Anger: A Growth Group for Adults.” Safe, comfortable location to guard confidentiality. $400. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 26. Davidson United Methodist is at 233 S. Main St., Davidson. Contact John Rowe at 704-892-6135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville
Barbecue: Chicken and chopped pork barbecue, hush puppies, drinks and ice cream. Bring side dish to share; no desserts, please. Church services held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sept. 15. Barbecue will follow the 11 a.m. service. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville. www.saintmarkslutheran.com.
St. Alban’s Episcopal, Davidson
Concert: The 2013-14 season of Music at St. Alban’s begins with “BachFest 2013” featuring soprano Margaret Carpenter and Tourmaline Baroque. Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception follows the concert. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10. Children younger than 12, free. 3 p.m. Sept. 15. 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org.
First Baptist, Mooresville
Homecoming Sunday: Featured speakers Jack Causey and Paula Mills Little. Musical selections from Jubilee Handbells, the praise teams, children’s choir, men’s trio, soloist Clair Brannon, the sanctuary choir and orchestra. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 15. No Sunday school. Covered-dish lunch follows the service. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. www.fbcmooresville.com.
First Baptist, Cornelius
Harvest America Crusade: Live broadcast of Evangelist Greg Laurie. 7 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29. Special music begins at 5:30 p.m. www.corneliusbaptist.com.
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.
Mothers’ morning out: 9 a.m.-noon Fridays. 21007 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register at email@example.com or 704-892-4701.
Davidson College Presbyterian
Community program: Even Sundays welcomes Sen. Jeff Tarte of District 41. The Rev. Lib McGregor-Simmons will moderate. Even Sundays offers opportunities to discuss important topics from the perspective of faith and theology. 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the parlor. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.
Huntersville United Methodist
Homecoming service: 10:30 a.m. Sept. 15. Bring side dishes and desserts for a meal following the service. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. www.huntersvilleumc.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 “The Oneness of the Human Family.” 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Huntersville Arts and Cultural Center, 109 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. www.huntersvillebahai.org.
St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia
70th church anniversary: Service at 10 a.m. Sept. 15. Sunday school, 8:40 a.m. Praise and worship, 9:40 a.m.
Baby dedication service: 10 a.m. Sept. 22. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. www.stjohnsmbchurch.org.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory
Service: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will examine the interconnectedness of all creation and how to move from the healing of religious wounds to a celebration of life. 11 a.m. Sept. 15. 833 5th St. S. E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.
Belmont Abbey College
Concert series: Arts at the Abbey welcomes Carolina Brass playing music from classical to jazz. Free; donations accepted. 8 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Abbey Basilica. 100 N. Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont. www.bac.edu.
Daniels Lutheran, Lincolnton
Women’s exercise class: Faithfully Fit will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the fellowship hall. 3170 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton. 704-735-1280.
Generation Church, Gastonia
Community car show: Live music, bounce house, horse rides, concessions, silent auction, more. Car registration, $20. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28. 625 Neal Hawkins Road, Gastonia. 704-867-8721.
First Wesleyan, Cherryville
Concert: Lee Young, formerly of the Gaither Vocal Band, will perform at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 22. 800 N. Pink St., Cherryville. 704-435-6069.
New Covenant United Methodist, Mount Holly
Barbecue fundraiser: $8 per plate. Eat in or take out. Delivery for 10 or more. Homemade desserts for dine-in. Proceeds go to preschool scholarship program, homeless ministries, and special ministries fund. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 20. 14514 Lucia-Riverbend Hwy., Mount Holly. 704-827-4468.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drives: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Emmanuel Lutheran, 216 S. Aspen St., Lincolnton. 3:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Lincoln Avenue Baptist, 618 S. Grove St., Lincolnton. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, 1763 Highland Ave. N. E., Hickory. www.cbcc.us.
Church of the Master United Church of Christ, Hickory
Thinking Allowed Thursdays: Talk about current topics in a safe and loving environment. Henry Lister will present “Is Social Media a New Social Disease?” at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. 2230 29th Ave. Drive N. E., Hickory. 828-495-8400.
All Saints Catholic, Lake Wylie
Oldies sock hop: Frankie the K will play favorite oldies. Hot dogs, soft drinks and snacks included. Raffle for prizes and gift baskets. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in support of local charities. $15. Advanced ticket sales only. 7-10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the River Hills Marina Pavilion, 54 Marina Road, Lake Wylie. 803-627-4743.
Clinton Chapel AME Zion, York
Worship services: Sunday school, 10 a.m. Sundays. Praise and worship, 10:45-11 a.m. Morning worship, 11 a.m. Bible study, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 302 California St., York. 803-684-7465.
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.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Oakdale Presbyterian, 12585 S. C. 55, Clover. www.cbcc.us.
Charlotte Spirituality Center
Spiritual formation series: Topics include spirituality, the nature of God, and the intersection of faith and science. Classes meet one Saturday a month at the Charlotte and Rock Hill locations. 4800 Wedgewood Drive. www.charlottespiritualitycenter.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill
Small-group study: The E3 Café will offer adults an opportunity for conversation, fellowship, and learning to become energized, engaged and empowered. DVD presentations on choosing justice. Coffee and breakfast items available. 9:15 a.m. Sundays. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.
Concert: Ken Turner, former singer for the Blackwood Brothers, and Valor III will perform at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. 2009 W. Arrowood Road. www.trinitybaptistcharlotte.com.
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