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Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Crown Point Covenant Church, Matthews

Dinner and concert: Dinner is barbecued chicken, two sides, bread and drink. Adults $10; children $5; children younger than 3 free. Desserts available for purchase. Bounce house. Local Christian rock band The Exchange Band will perform. Weather permitting, all activities will be outdoors. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 19. 3600 Margaret Wallace Road, Matthews.

Wingate University

Author speaks: Wingate University Friends of the Library will host Amy Clipston, the bestselling author of the “Kauffman Amish Bakery Series.” Clipston’s books have been featured on the Christian Book Association bestseller list and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Clipston will share her journey to becoming a kidney donor in the paired donor program through Johns Hopkins Hospital. The reading will begin with a fall tea in the Ethel K. Smith Library. $20. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. 220 N. Camden Road, Wingate. Reservations: 704-233-8091.

Monroe AM Aglow

Informational women’s fair: Businesses and nonprofits from the Union County area will offer free information. Free blood sugar screenings. Kids’ zone with crafts, games, snacks, more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19, Belk Tonwanda Park, 217 W. Allen St., Monroe.

Quail Hollow Presbyterian

Fall craft fair: Homemade items by local craftsmen along with favorites such as Tupperware, Stampin’ Up, Phoenix Cards and Pampered Chef. Home-baked goods available. Boxed lunches and car wash offered by Boy Scout Troop 256. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19. 8801 Park Road. 704-554-5714.

Covenant Presbyterian

Concert: The Morehouse College Glee Club will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 19. 1000 E. Morehead St.

Dilworth United Methodist

Fall festival: Food, live music, games. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19. 605 East Blvd.

Adnah United Methodist, Rock Hill

Annual church bazaar: More than 30 vendors selling crafts and other items. Bake sale, silent auction, book signing. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19, family life center. Breakfast 8-10 a.m. Hot dog lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 1618 Adnah Church Road, Rock Hill. 803-328-1618.

The Harvest Center

Dinner: “Love Thy Neighbor” with keynote speech by Kathie Lee Gifford. 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at The Westin, 601 S. College St.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Anniversary celebration: All current and former members invited to “35 Years, Together in Christ.” Michael Frye, who served during the church’s first 15 years, and several other former pastors will attend. Frye and 103 charter members first met for worship in 1978 at the old Pineville Elementary School. A single worship service will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 20. Luncheon afterward; reservations required. 6817 Carmel Road.

First Fellowship Ministries of Charlotte

New location: The church will have its inaugural service and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 20. 7700 Lawyers Road.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

Community health forum: Learn about insurance options. Healthy cooking demonstration, door prizes, more. Free flu shots for all Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield patients. All others pay $25, which includes a $5 donation to the church. Noon Oct. 19. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.

Bellefonte Presbyterian, Harrisburg

Woman’s Day: Guest speaker the Rev. Joanne Browne Jennings. Please wear white or cream and pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 11 a.m. Oct. 20.

Concert: Angels of Joy, the youth and young adult choir, will perform at 3 p.m. Oct. 27. 8866 Rocky River Road, Harrisburg.

Sharon United Methodist

Worship services: Sermon: “Even Amazing Grace Gets Old After 10,000 Years.” Traditional service 9 a.m. Oct. 20. Sunday school 10:10 a.m. Contemporary service 11:15 a.m.

Presentation: FBI Special Agent David Dawson will present “Human Trafficking from the Law Enforcement Perspective.” 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m. Reservations required by Oct. 25. Child care available by request. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Unity of Charlotte

Film series: “Speaking Truth to Power: The Justice Series” will present “Inside Job.” Free popcorn and beverage. Discussion with a moderator after film. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. 401 E. Arrowood Road. 704-523-0062.

Myers Park United Methodist

Series: “City of Faiths” will focus on promoting healthy dialogue without compromising beliefs. Imam John Ederer from the Muslim American Society of Charlotte will help explore Christianity and Islam at 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Child care available for children up to age 5; RSVP at 1501 Queens Road.

St. John Neumann Catholic

40 hours’ devotion: Guest homilist the Rev. Don Tranel of the Glenmary Home Missioners will speak each evening on “The Power of the Eucharist in Forming the Body of Christ.” 7 p.m. Oct. 20-22. 8451 Idlewild Road. Contact Judy Erb at

Mallard Creek Presbyterian

84th annual barbecue: 10 a.m. Oct. 24. 11400 Mallard Creek Road.

Rockwell AME Zion

Homecoming: The church celebrates its 148th homecoming with guest speaker the Rev. Mark Evans. 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Guest speakers the Rev. Carolyn Bratton and Drs. Haven Anderson and Darin Mitchell will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 22-24. 6301 Rockwell Church Road. 704-596-8279.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, 9704 Mallard Creek Road.

Ramah Presbyterian, Huntersville

Trunk-or-treat: Pizza, drinks, bouncy house, prizes. 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 25. 14401 Ramah Church Road, Huntersville.

Reformed Theological Seminary

Inauguration: The seminary will inaugurate Dr. Michael Kruger as its fourth president 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Uptown Church, 926 Elizabeth Ave. Kruger has been professor of New Testament for 12 years and academic dean for seven years. He is a leading scholar on the development of the New Testament canon and the transmission of the New Testament text. He is the author of “The Gospel of the Savior,” “Canon Revisited” and “The Question of Canon.” Kruger is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of America.

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 Mount 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.

Hallelujah Acres

Seminar: The Rev. George Malkmus will present “God’s Way to Ultimate Health.” Learn how to promote health and healing through diet, hear success stories of The Hallelujah Diet. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 2, Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel, 3315 Scott Futrell Drive. 800-915-9355;

Carolina Pro Musica

Concert: “The Vienna Court of Ferdinand II of Hapsburg,” with music by Arrigoni, Priuli, Castello, Frescobaldi, more. $15 regular admission; $7.50 for students and senior adults. 8 p.m. Oct. 26, St. Martin’s Episcopal, 1510 E. 7th St.

Faith and Health Connection

Workshop: Learn about the connection between Christian faith and your health. Workshop will address 22 biblical principles for a healthy life. The workshop meets monthly and is presented live on the internet in two 90-minute sessions. A donation to the Faith and Health Connection ministry is requested. 2 p.m. Oct. 22. 704-542-3207;

Pritchard Memorial Baptist

Free coffee Fridays: Drive through. 7:30-9 a.m. Oct. 25.

Trunk-or-treat: Candy, hay rides, inflatables. Wear costumes. $1 hot dogs. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26. 1117 South Blvd.

Holly Hunter Baptist

Trunk-or-treat: Fun, food, music, fellowship. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26. 4316 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road. 704-399-3316.

Little Rock AME Zion

Services: “Frangelism” focus on evangelism is an invitation to all friends, relatives, associates and neighbors to worship. 10 a.m. Oct. 20 and 27. 401 N. McDowell St. 704-334-3782;

Cokesbury United Methodist

Anniversary celebration: The church celebrates its 55th anniversary. Former pastor the Rev. Henry Justice will be the guest preacher. 10:45 a.m. Oct. 27. 6701 Idlewild Road. 704-537-5818.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26 at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 6212 Tuckaseegee Road.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Men’s Fellowship barbecue: Proceeds go to youth camp scholarships and other projects. $8 per plate. Debit and credit cards accepted. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 25-26. 1200 East Blvd.

Peace Moravian

Barbecue: Sponsored by the Men’s Brotherhood. Kid’s Club lemonade stand and baked goods. 10 a.m. Oct. 26. 4418 Rea Road.

Saint Vincent de Paul Church

Vendors wanted: Christmas art and craft sale Dec. 7. Email Joann Keane at with two photos of your art or craft. Handcrafted items only; no franchise or manufacturer’s representatives. Fees are $20 for table plus 10 percent of gross sales. All proceeds benefit preschool program. 6828 Old Reid Road.

Mouzon United Methodist

Annual fall bazaar: Attic sale, crafts, baked goods, silent auction, breakfast and lunch café, more. Proceeds go to missions. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 26. 3100 Selwyn Ave. 704-525-1326;

Jewish Family Services

Parent workshop: Psychotherapist Ann Kreindler-Siegel and Melissa Siegel, coordinator of Love Speaks Out, will conduct a workshop on cyber abuse and dating violence for parents of children ages 11-18. Free. 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts at Shalom Park, 5007 Providence Road. RSVP: 704-364-6594.

Carmel Presbyterian

Program: Carol Anne Lawler of Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region will speak about hospice and how we can show compassion to anyone with a serious illness. 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in Ligon Hall. 2048 Carmel Road.

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. Oct. 25, Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819;

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Seminar: “Bridges Out of Poverty.” Wanda Anderson of Project HOPE will discuss the underlying causes of poverty. Presented by the church’s JOY Social Group. Free. 11 a.m. Oct. 24, Mecklenburg Hall. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. 704-544-0404.

Zion United Methodist, Monroe

Trunk-or-treat: Fun for all ages. Hay rides, cornhole, hot dog dinner. 4 p.m. Oct. 27. 1521 Old Fish Road, Monroe.

St. Matthew Catholic

Healing prayer service: St. Peregrine service for those suffering with cancer and other diseases. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the sanctuary. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. 704-543-7677;

Forest Hill United Methodist, Concord

Hymn sing: The Piedmont Choral Society will present a free program featuring traditional beloved hymns and anthems, along with the stories behind the hymns and audience participation. Reception afterward. Bring canned goods for Cooperative Christian Ministry. 3 p.m. Oct. 20. 265 Union St. N., Concord. 704-699-6053;

Community Moms in Prayer

Prayer group: A new group will meet noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays in the Williams Community Room of the West Cabarrus YMCA, 5325 Langford Ave. N.W., Concord. Moms, grandmothers and aunts invited to pray for children of all ages.

Crossroads Church, Concord

Meal assembly: Pack meals for starving children worldwide through Stop Hunger Now. Donations are needed to cover the cost of the food. 6:30-8:15 p.m. Oct. 23. 220 George W. Liles Parkway, Concord.

Harrisburg United Methodist

Sex trafficking workshop: Speakers Jillian Mourning, sex trafficking survivor, and Emily Fitzpatrick, who works in ministry for survivors. 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 3. 4560 N.C. 49 S., Harrisburg. RSVP: 704-455-2311.

Mount 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. Oct. 23. 6001 Old Salisbury-Concord Road, Kannapolis. 704-933-0155.

Boger’s Chapel United Methodist, Concord

Fall festival: Hot dogs, games and prizes, cupcake walk, hay rides, trunk-or-treat. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25. 1775 Flowes Store Road E., Concord. 704-786-3575.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Classes: Join the Covenant class for “Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Theology of Forgiveness,” led by Dr. Tony Abbott. 9:45 a.m. Sundays in Room B of the Congregation House. Dr. George Ramsey will lead a series on Psalms in November, and John Kuykendall will lead the class in December. 218 Concord Road, Davidson.

St. Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Retreat: Sister Macrina Wiederkehr will present “Finding Your Monastic Heart: A Way to God.” $20. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26 with Mass at 5:30 p.m. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. Contact Carmen SanJuan at 704-664-7762.

Davidson United Methodist

Pumpkin patch: Pumpkins of all sizes for sale. Proceeds go to youth programs. 12:30-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 12:30-8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays at the Molly McKay Youth House. 233 S. Main St., Davidson.

St. Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville

Fellowship: The Holy Grounds Coffee Bar will serve coffee and pastries after the 8:30 a.m. service Oct. 20. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal, Mooresville

Concert: The Solas Leighis concert series welcomes guitarist Richard Smith, who will perform various styles from country and bluegrass to rock and classical. Wine-and-cheese reception included. All proceeds benefit community outreach. Adults $15; students $10; children younger than 6 free. 7 p.m. Oct. 20. 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville.

Triplett United Methodist, Mooresville

Fall festival: Games, food, hay rides, inflatables, costume contests. Free. Cake walk, $1 per round. Proceeds go to Good Samaritan Fund. Donations accepted. 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 26. 838 Mazeppa Road, Mooresville.

Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell

Fall festival: Wear your favorite costume. Inflatables, cake walk, games, crafts, cupcake decorating, hot dog dinner, trunk-or-treat. 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Connor Recreation Center, 4015 McGee Point Road, Terrell. 828-478-2518.

Temple Kol Tikvah, Davidson

Program: Donna Spencer, chaplain of the Southeast District of Women of Reform Judaism, will speak on “Women in the Torah.” District President Sherry Schwimmer will give an overview of WRJ. Hosted by the Sisterhood of Temple Kol Tikvah. Refreshments served. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 26. 605 South St., Davidson.

Broad Street United Methodist, Mooresville

Brice Rummage Dinner: Donations accepted for families of children with birth defects. 5 p.m. Oct. 23.

Fall festival: Games, refreshments, and trunk-or-treat. 2 p.m. Oct. 26. 355 S. Broad St., Mooresville.

Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville

Services: 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school 9:45 a.m. Coffee and conversation in the fellowship hall between services. 1809 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville.

Asbury United Methodist, Huntersville

Fall festival: Bounce house, games, face painting, cookie decorating, more. Free. 2-5 p.m. Oct. 26. 11724 Asbury Chapel Road, Huntersville.

Huntersville United Methodist

Fall crafts festival: More than 40 local vendors, children’s games and activities, bake sale, more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

St. Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Fall festival: More than 50 games, crafts, concessions. Tickets may be purchased at the door; average expense for dinner and games for a family of four is $20. All proceeds go to service projects. 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 25. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

Harbor Church, Mooresville

Missions conference: “Jesus’ Passion … Our Mission.” Free barbecue dinner, kids’ games, music. Informal service with guest speaker Ken Cross, chaplain to NASCAR and the Carolina Panthers. 5:30-8:45 p.m. Nov. 1. Free breakfast followed by testimonials from local and foreign missionaries, 8:30-11 a.m. Nov. 2. Service of worship followed by lunch, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 3. 433 Williamson Road, Mooresville. 704-662-6540;

First Presbyterian, Mooresville

Holiday event: Breakfast with Santa and holiday market. Christmas crafts and baked items available. Adults $6; children $3; $15 family maximum. All proceeds benefit church mission projects. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 9. Hot dogs available starting at 11 a.m. 249 W. McLelland Ave., Mooresville. 704-664-5275.

First United Methodist, Cherryville

Pumpkin sale: Pumpkin Patch will be open through Oct. 31. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Proceeds benefit youth program. 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville. 704-435-6732.

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Men’s day: Deacon Curtis Tigler will speak at the 10 a.m. service Oct. 20. The ushers’ annual program will be at 2:30 p.m.

Inspirational Choir anniversary: Celebration during the 10 a.m. worship service Oct. 27. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia.

Carolina Pro Musica

Concert: “The Vienna Court of Ferdinand II of Hapsburg,” with music by Arrigoni, Priuli, Castello, Frescobaldi and more. 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Belmont Abbey College, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont.

New Covenant United Methodist, Mount Holly

Fall festival: Hay rides, trunk-or-treat, games, free hot dogs, chili cook-off, movie night. Wear costumes. 5 p.m. Oct. 26. 14514 Lucia Riverbend Highway, Mount Holly. 704-827-4468.

Unitarian Universalist of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will speak on “What Scares Me.” 11 a.m. Oct. 20.

Training session: “Darkness to Light: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse.” Free. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24.

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

Granite Falls First United Methodist

Mission raffle: Autographed Eric Church guitar. $5 per ticket or $20 for five tickets. Proceeds go to local, national and international missions. 9 Lakeside Ave., Granite Falls. 828-396-1011;

Mount Pisgah AME Church

Men’s day: Guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Walter Childs. The theme for the celebration is “Building the Character of Man Through God’s Blessing.” 11 a.m. Oct. 20. 618 1st St. S.W., Hickory. 828-327-0736.

Blessed John XXIII Ecumenical Church, Hickory

Healing Mass: 5 p.m. Oct. 20.

Services: Open to all Christians wanting a new home. Services 5 p.m. Sundays in the chapel of Zion Lutheran, 1911 Zion Church Road, Hickory. 828-850-2675.

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service: “Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009;

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.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

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

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

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Informational gathering: “Epiphany 101.” 7 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29 and Nov. 5. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill.

High school youth: Group meets at 6:35 p.m. Mondays at Dunkin’ Donuts, 2677 Celanese Road, Rock Hill.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 20, Fort Mill Church of God, 221 Academy St., Fort Mill.

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