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Compiled by Erica Batten

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. WT Harris Blvd. 704-568-0934;

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.

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.

Myers Park Baptist

Lectures: The church welcomes the Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren as its “Jesus the Christ in the 21st Century” lecturer. He will present a lecture and book signing at 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Seminar “Christian Faith Emerging” at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 12. $45 includes continental breakfast. McLaren will also speak at the 9:45 a.m. adult forum and 11 a.m. worship service on Oct. 13. 1900 Queens Road.

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. Sept. 27 at the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819;

Park Road Baptist

Lecture series: James Tabor will be the inaugural speaker for the Milford Dialogue, a lecture and discussion series dedicated to the memory of Charlie Milford. Tabor’s research suggesting that Jesus married and had a family has been controversial. His presentation will engage critical thinking about Jesus and his impact on 21st century Christians. Free. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the community center. Optional dinner at 5:30 p.m. for a small charge. Dinner reservations required by Sept. 23. 704-523-5717;

Exodus Foundation

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.

Carolina Pro Musica

Concert: Carolina Pro Musica will open its 36th season with “Knowing the Styles: Music of Handel, Telemann and J. S. Bach.” $15 regular admission; $7.50 for students and seniors. 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at St. Martin’s Episcopal, 1510 E. Seventh St.

Temple Or Olam and Piedmont Unitarian Universalist

Simchat Torah celebration: Joint worship at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at PUUC, 9704 Mallard Creek Road.

Unity of Charlotte

Film: “Gasland Part II” focuses on the contamination of democracy through the influence of oil and gas corporations on the political system. Moderated discussions follow each film in the Speaking Truth to Power series. Popcorn and beverages provided. $5 suggested donation. 7 p.m. Sept. 27-28.

Presentation: Andrew Harvey will present his vision and key practices in “Light the Flame: A Vision for a New Humanity.” 10:30 a.m. Sept. 29. Harvey will continue his message in a class from 1-3 p.m. $25 suggested donation. 401 E. Arrowood Road. 704-523-0062.

St. Luke’s Lutheran

Finance classes: Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University.” Child care available. $93 per family. 4-6 p.m. Sept. 15-Nov. 10. 3200 Park Road. For information, contact Rebekah Rouse at 704-542-5480.

Shepherd’s Center SouthEast

Fall classes: Adventures in Learning will be held on Wednesdays starting Oct. 2 at St. Stephen United Methodist, 6800 Sardis Road. Classes on gardening, Bible, local authors, history, more. $30 for six weeks of classes. Catered lunch available for $6. Profits support medical transportation program and other services. Register at 704-321-0325 or

Trinity Baptist

Concert: Ken Turner, former singer for the Blackwood Brothers, and Valor III will perform 6 p.m. Sept. 22. 2009 W. Arrowood Road.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: Five-week series will conclude with “Living on the Edge” on Sept. 22. Traditional service, 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:10 a.m. Contemporary service, 11:15 a.m. Child care and godly play available at both services. 4411 Sharon Road.

Christ the King Church

Concert: Guitar champion Mark Kroos will perform at 6 p.m. Sept. 29. Dinner at 5 p.m. $12 includes dinner and concert admission. 13501 S. Tryon St.

St. Matthew Catholic

Healing prayer service: St. Peregrine service for those suffering with cancer and other diseases. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the sanctuary. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. 704-543-7677;

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 Pkwy.

Stallings United Methodist

Homecoming: Guest minister Bob Tuttle, evangelism professor at Asbury Seminary. 10:55 a.m. Sept. 22. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 22 at Matthews United Methodist, 801 S. Trade St., Matthews.

Common Heart, Indian Trail

Family festival: Commonplace Festival with games, tent sale, putt-putt tournament, cookout, more. Guests encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations for the Common Cupboard. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28. 116 Business Park Drive, Indian Trail.

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Cabarrus County

Benefit dinner: Guest Susan Baldwin, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center serving more than 2,000 women each month in Mobile, Ala. Free; donations requested. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Great Wolf Lodge, 10175 Weddington Road, Concord. 704-782-2221;

Papa Robb’s Paradise Ice, Concord

Special event: Faith and Family Sundays presents the We R Forgiven quartet at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Food drive for Cooperative Christian Ministry will continue through Oct. 20. 3700 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. 704-652-7272.

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 Tuesdays at Calvary Lutheran, 950 Bradley St., Concord. For information or to schedule an audition, contact Gary Shive at 704-425-7447.

Mt. Mitchell United Methodist, Kannapolis

Hot dog sale: Eat in or take out. Delivery for orders of $10 or more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 25. 6001 Old Salisbury-Concord Road, Kannapolis. 704-933-0155.

Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius

Benefit event: Barbecue, bake sale and silent auction. All proceeds go to the Barium Springs Home for Children. Drive through, eat in, or carry out. $8 for a barbecue plate or three sandwiches; $10 by the pound. Silent auction items include Panthers tickets, Biltmore tickets, boat rentals, much more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 26. 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius.

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 12 and younger, free. Season subscriptions available. 3 p.m. Sept. 22. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249.

Holy Trinity Lutheran, Troutman

Pastor installation: The Rev. Carl Haynes, dean of the Carolinas Mission District of the NALC, will conduct the installation of the Rev. Dieter Wilhelm Punt as pastor. Clergy are invited to vest and sit together. The color is green, the color of the season. A reception will follow the service. 4 p.m. Sept. 22. 220 Morgan St., Troutman.

Trinity Episcopal, Statesville

Artist series: Skeeter and the Skidmarks will present old-time and bluegrass music on mandolin, guitar, fiddle and bass. Featured at the reception following the concert will be the work of pencil artist and lead guitarist Willard Gayheart. Adults, $10; students, $5. 3 p.m. Sept. 29. 801 Henkel Road, Statesville.

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

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. 21007 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Discussion group: Open forum will explore humanistic themes and their application to life. 9:45 a.m. Sundays at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Community program: Even Sundays welcomes state 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.

Westport Baptist, Denver

Women’s Bible study: Darien Cooper’s “You Can Be the Wife of a Happy Husband.” $10 for workbook. Babysitting available by reservation. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 1. 2372 Lakeshore Road S., Denver.

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.

Crouse United Methodist

Spaghetti supper benefit: Meals include spaghetti, salad, bread, desserts and tea. Proceeds go to Sheila Rutledge’s medical expense fund. 5-7 p.m. Sept. 28. 3311 Crouse School Road, Crouse. 704-735-2443.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: Lay Minister for Worship Elizabeth Braun will speak on “It’s Not All About Me!” 11 a.m. Sept. 22.

Meditation group: Meditation and discussion to foster mindfulness and clarity. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory.

Piedmont Pagan Pride Day

Celebration: Drum circles, panel discussions, presentations on meditation, composting, sacred herbs, more. Keynote speakers Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi will present “Greenwood Magic.” 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Stowe Park in Belmont.

Blessed John XXIII Ecumenical Church, Hickory

Services: 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.

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.

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.

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 For information, contact Michelle Locklear at 803-526-1470 or

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service: “Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009;

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services: 7 p.m. each second and fourth Friday.

Religious school: Different approach than traditional Sunday classes. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. All services held at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707;

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