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Compiled by Erica Batten

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.

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. 26. 1200 East Blvd.

First United Presbyterian

New ministry: “United in Jazz” services will offer entertainment and unity to the community. 7-9 p.m. Nov. 1. $5. Vendors will sell food items. 406 N. College St. 704-376-8014.

McGlohon Theater

Concert: Award-winning singer Guy Penrod, formerly of Bill Gaither's Vocal Band, will appear with Buddy Jewell at McGlohon Theater on Nov. 2. Tickets are $18-25 and are available at

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: New series on “The Genius of Generosity” will begin Oct. 27 with a sermon on “A Brilliant Way to Live.” Traditional service, 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:10 a.m. Contemporary service, 11:15 a.m. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Providence United Methodist

Fall festival: Food, games and prizes, train and pony rides, bounce houses, arts and crafts, more. Children’s pumpkin patch will be open. Children asked to wear play clothes instead of costumes. 3-6 p.m. Oct. 27.

Pipe Organ Spooktacular: The fall festival will begin with spooky and not-so-spooky organ music. 3 p.m. Oct. 27. 2810 Providence Road.

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 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel, 3315 Scott Futrell Drive. 800-915-9355;

Newell Baptist

Annual fall festival: Train, bounce houses, trunk-and-treat, games, food. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.

Wellspring Church

Seminar: “Changing Lives: How to Care Like Christ,” a seminar on spiritual soul care by Dr. Bob Kelleman. $45 advance registration; $50 on-site. Light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and all materials included. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Grace Academy, 3645 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews. Register through Oct. 30 at

Temple Israel

Lecture: Professor Philip Spencer, founding director of the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence at Kingston University, will speak on “Kristallnacht in the Legacy of the Holocaust.” Free. Refreshments follow program. Free parking. 7 p.m. Oct. 27. 4901 Providence Road.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Weddington

Mission open house: Bryce Cyrier will discuss his recent mission trip to Mozambique. He will share a video presentation and some of his experiences. Light refreshments will follow the program. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29. 5897 Hemby Road, Weddington. 704-996-0279.

HollyHunter Baptist

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

First Baptist Church-West

Women’s day weekend: “Different in 2013.” Fashion show and luncheon, 1 p.m. Oct. 26. Worship service with guest speaker the Rev. Desiré Grogan, associate minister of Shiloh Baptist in Washington, D.C. 9 a.m. Oct. 27. 1801 Oaklawn Ave.

Peace Moravian

Barbecue: Sold by the plate, sandwich, or pound. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26. 4418 Rea Road.

Healing Springs Church

Picnic: The church will have its annual picnic to celebrate the colors of fall. Games, hamburgers and hot dogs. Free; food limited to first 75 guests. Noon Oct. 27 at Huntersville Athletic Park, 11720 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville.

MCI Church

Youth events: “God’s Knights” for young men ages 11-18 will focus on chivalry and manhood. “God’s Gems” for young women ages 11-18 will focus on poise, glamour and confidence. 7 p.m. Nov. 1. 4814 Silabert Ave.;

Different Roads Home

Benefit concert: Fourth annual “Evening of Hope and Inspiration” featuring Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb and singer-songwriter Christy Sutherland. Hope and Inspiration Awards will be presented to community leaders. Proceeds benefit the Jeanne White-Ginder Food Pantry. 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. Tickets available at

Little Rock AME Zion

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

Central United Methodist

Fundraiser: Attic sale, bake sale and car wash. Proceeds benefit missions and church youth. 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 2. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157;

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.

Moore’s Chapel United Methodist

Barbecue: Pork and chicken. $9 for a plate or three sandwiches. Free delivery within 10 miles for 10 or more orders. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 15. 10601 Moores Chapel Road. Leave order information at 704-399-1632.

Pritchard Memorial Baptist

Worship and tailgate: Outdoor worship service, 10 a.m. Nov. 3. Tailgate lunch for Panthers home game will follow the service. Free. 1117 South Blvd.

First Presbyterian

Adult classes: “Theology and Film” will use contemporary film clips to explore topics prevalent in scripture. “Parables of Food and Light” explores Jesus’ use of everyday experiences to teach important lessons about God. 6:15-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, 13 and 20. Dinner served at 5:15 p.m.

Fall festival: Fun for all ages. Pumpkin decorating, cake walk, costume parade, trunk-or-treat, games. No scary costumes. Bags provided. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 27. 200 W. Trade St.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: Noon-4:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Robinson Presbyterian, 9424 Harrisburg Road.

Saint Vincent de Paul Church

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

Providence Presbyterian

Workshop: Singer, songwriter and activist David LaMotte will present “Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness.” Free; reservations requested. 10 a.m. Nov. 2. LaMotte will also participate in the 9 and 11:15 a.m. worship services Nov. 3. 10140 Providence Church Lane. 704-846-1079.

Sharon Baptist

Trunk-or-treat: Hot dog supper, inflatables, face painting, music. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31. 6411 Sharon Road.

Grace United Methodist

Trunk-or-treat: Treats, hot dogs and drinks. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Craft bazaar: Wide variety of handmade crafts, gifts, food. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2. Hot dog lunch available; sales benefit youth group. 6817 Carmel Road.

Sharon Presbyterian

Book signing: Ken Garfield, former religion editor for the Observer, will talk about his new book, “Billy Graham: A Life in Pictures,” and share stories about Graham. Books available for purchase. 6:15 p.m. Nov. 6. A catered supper will be served at 5:45 p.m. Adults, $6; children, $3; family maximum of $30 for those with reservations by Nov. 3. 5201 Sharon Road. 704-553-0869;

Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews

Harp concert: The Charlotte area chapter of the American Harp Society presents a celebration concert in memory of founding member Elizabeth Clark. Clark was also principal harpist for the Charlotte Symphony and Opera Orchestras. Fifteen harpists will perform various selections. 5 p.m. Oct. 27. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews.

Weddington United Methodist

Family event: “Trust & Treat.” Dinner, games, costume parades, candy, more for children age 2 through fifth grade. $2 for dinner. 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington.

St. Stephen United Methodist

Fall craft festival: More than 60 local vendors. Handmade crafts, holiday gifts, huge bake sale, door prizes, barbecue. Free admission. Proceeds benefit missions. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2. 6800 Sardis Road. 704-364-1824.

Zion United Methodist, Monroe

Trunk-or-treat: Hay rides, corn hole, hot dog dinner. 4 p.m. Oct. 27. 1521 Old Fish Road, Monroe.

First Baptist, Indian Trail

Conference: “Get Married, Stay Married” with guest speakers Paul and Billie Kaye Tsika. $30 per person or $50 per couple includes materials. Child care provided if registered by Nov. 7. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 7-9 p.m. Nov. 14-15 and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 16. Register at 704-882-1005 or

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.

Bellefonte Presbyterian, Harrisburg

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

Grace Lutheran, Concord

Harvest home celebration: The church celebrates 130 years. The Rev. Duane Geary will be the guest proclaimer for afternoon worship. 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Week of celebration will be held Nov. 4-9 with events at 6 p.m. nightly. 58 Chestnut St. N. W., Concord.

Mt. Olivet United Methodist, Concord

Lunch and learn: Hear latest information on Medicare and prescription drugs brought about by the Affordable Care Act. Local pharmacists will discuss the changes and answer questions. Firefighters will discuss home fire safety. Light lunch provided. 11:30 a.m. Oct. 29. 301 Mt. Olivet Road, Concord. Reservations: 704-782-8846.

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. Nov. 2. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Cross of Christ Lutheran, 4500 Rimer Road, Concord.

Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell

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

The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, Denver

Concert: The Alexander Community Concert Series welcomes the Charlotte A Cappella Show Chorus. Reception follows concert. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10. Children under 12, free. Season subscriptions available. 3 p.m. Nov. 3. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249.

Mt. Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Concert: The Cornelius Concert Series welcomes concert pianist Katie Reimer. 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in the sanctuary. Free; offering will be taken.

Annual barbecue: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 2. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius.

Harbor Church, Mooresville

Missions conference: “Jesus’ Passion…Our Mission.” Free barbecue dinner, kids’ games, music, and informal worship 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;

Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville

Community pancake breakfast: No charge; donation box available. Everyone welcome. 8-10 a.m. Nov. 2. 1809 Charlotte Hwy., Mooresville.

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 at 11 a.m. 249 W. McLelland Ave., Mooresville. 704-664-5275.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Even Sunday: Discussion forum on important public and ethical issues. The next forum will focus on education with representatives from public, private and charter schools. Panelists include Tom Tate, Nancy Barkemeyer, and Matthew Gossage. 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 27. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

New Covenant United Methodist, Mt. Holly

Auction: Gently-used fashion and designer handbags, tote bags and new sunglasses. Silent auction on fashion jewelry. Free refreshments provided. All proceeds go to United Methodist Women projects and missions. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1. 14514 Lucia Riverbend Highway, Mt. Holly. 704-827-4468.

Belmont Abbey College

Concert series: Arts at the Abbey welcomes Carolina Pro Musica. The ensemble will present “The Court of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II.” Free; donations accepted. 8 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Abbey Basilica. 100 N. Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont.

First United Methodist, Cherryville

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

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

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

First United Methodist, Hickory

Ecumenical worship service: Annual World Community Day service on the theme “Walking Through the Doors of Opportunity.” Guest speaker the Rev. Lori Blocker. Sponsored by area churches. Refreshments served after service. 7 p.m. Nov. 1. 311 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. 828-256-8956.

State Line Church of Christ, Fort Mill

Bible study: Study of Leviticus. 9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Service: Guest speaker Steve Wolfgang. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3. The church meets at Regent Park Golf Club, 5055 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill.

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Pumpkin patch: Pumpkins of all sizes for sale. Proceeds support youth missions and programs. 1-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:30-7 p.m. Sundays. 2955 S. C. 160 W., Fort Mill.

New Beginnings Baptist, Clover

Volunteers needed: Volunteers are needed for God’s Kitchen, a ministry that delivers meals to at least 120 shut-ins each day. Volunteers also needed to help with pickup, delivery, and sorting at the Lighthouse Thrift Store, which helps to provide housing for the homeless. The church is at 706 Old N. Main St., Clover. For more information, contact the Rev. Ricou Williams at 980-322-4161.

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