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Compiled by Erica Batten
Christmas concert: The church presents the first Christmas concert in the new 1,000-seat sanctuary. 4 p.m. Dec. 14. 4519 Providence Road. www.christelca.org.
Musical: The church choirs and instrumentalists will present “Appalachian Christmas.” Free. 5 p.m. Dec. 14, with a covered-dish dinner afterward. Second show at 6 p.m. Dec. 15, with a cookie and cider reception afterward. 8840 University City Blvd. 704-549-1555.
Christmas cantata: The adult choir, led by Larry Ritter, will present “Jesus: There’s Something About That Name.” 11 a.m. Dec. 15. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.
Advent services: The sanctuary choir, orchestra and soloist will present Bach’s “Magnificat.” 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 15.
Service: Service of wholeness and healing, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18. 200 W. Trade St. www.firstpres-charlotte.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 people 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.
Pritchard Memorial Baptist
Family musical: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Dessert after performance. Child care available for ages 4 and younger. Free; reservations required. 2 p.m. Dec. 15.
Free coffee: Drive through for coffee and a treat. 7:30-9 a.m. Dec. 20. 1117 South Blvd. www.pritchardmemorial.com.
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. Feb. 14 through 4 p.m. Feb. 16, Hyatt Place, 2950 Oak Lake Blvd. Reservations due by Jan. 31. www.encounter.org. Details: Geoff and Francine Dubiski, firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-810-6433.
Wesley United Methodist
Musical presentation: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” followed by Christmas cookie fellowship. Free; tickets required. 7 p.m. Dec. 15. 3715 Rea Road. To request tickets, send name, phone number and number of tickets desired to email@example.com.
University City United Methodist
Christmas concert: The church’s Celebration Choir, drama ministry and other music ministries, with the University City YMCA Junior and Senior Elite dancers as special guests, will present “A University City Christmas.” Free; offering will be received. Child care available for ages 5 and younger; reservations required. 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 3 p.m. Dec. 21. 3835 West W.T. Harris Blvd. www.ucumc.org. Child care reservations: 704-369-8027.
Central United Methodist
Live nativity tableau: Drive by the church or park and walk to see the Nativity scene, complete with animals. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 20-21. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157.
Pillar of Fire International Ministries
Worship services: Join Prophet Christopher and Star Reams in worship the third Sunday of each month. 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Comfort Inn Executive Park, 5822 Westpark Drive. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Myers Park United Methodist
Gift shop: The Goodness Gracious! shop will be open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 21. Holiday cards, gifts, devotionals and other books, baby goods, kitchenware. All sales support outreach. Also available is Ken Garfield’s new book, “Billy Graham: A Life in Pictures.” Garfield directs communications at the church and will be available to sign copies.
Love feast: Traditional Moravian buns and hot apple cider, music by the youth choir. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15. 1501 Queens Road. Complete Advent schedule available at www.mpumc.org. 704-376-8584.
Harrison United Methodist, Pineville
Live nativity: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 15.
Items needed: The church is collecting donations for an April rummage sale. Sale proceeds will go toward a lunch program at a school in Haiti that feeds 200 children. Accepting furniture, appliances, books, holiday decorations, flat-screen TVs and gently used children’s clothing. No shoes, adult clothing, mattresses, box springs or tube TVs. Pickup available. All donations are tax-deductible; receipt furnished on request. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. www.harrisonumc.org. To donate, send contact information to email@example.com.
Sharon United Methodist
Service: Advent series “What Child Is This?” will continue Dec. 15 with a sermon on “Jail Breaker.” Traditional service 9 a.m.; Sunday school 10:10 a.m.; contemporary service 11:15 a.m.
Musical program: “A McGlohon Christmas,” a concert of Christmas choral music written or arranged by the late Loonis McGlohon, Charlotte’s world-renowned jazz pianist and composer. A jazz trio led by Rick Bean will accompany the choir. The program will include other musicians who worked with McGlohon, including the church’s minister of music, John Stafford. The community is welcome. 7 p.m. Dec. 22. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.
Christmas concerts: The choir and orchestra, along with hundreds of presenters, will share “God Is With Us” 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 15. ASL interpretation and Sunday school classes to age 4 provided at 9:45 a.m. Child care up to age 4 provided at 6 p.m. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com.
Drive-through Christmas: Live nativity. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16-17. 2048 Carmel Road. www.carmelpresbyterian.org.
Providence United Methodist
Service: Annual service of hope and healing, “The Longest Night.” Speaker is Dr. John Arey, executive director of Methodist Counseling and Consultation Services. The service will conclude with an invitation to light a candle as a sign of hope. 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 2810 Providence Road. www.providenceumc.org.
Myers Park Baptist
Concert: The Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble and the Charlotte Children’s Choir will perform at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21. 1900 Queens Road. www.mpbconline.org.
Morning Star Lutheran, Matthews
Concert: The Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble will perform “Welcome Yule: A Concert of Holiday Music for the Yuletide Season.” Free. 7 p.m. Dec. 15. 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews. www.morningstarlutheranchurch.org.
Mount Mitchell United Methodist, Kannapolis
Christmas cantata: 11 a.m. Dec. 15.
Love feast: 11 a.m. Dec. 22.
Children’s Christmas program: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Reception afterward. 6001 Old Salisbury-Concord Road, Kannapolis. 704-933-0155.
Piedmont Choral Society
Concert: The Piedmont Choral Society, with orchestra, will present Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and favorite Christmas carols. 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Forest Hill United Methodist, 265 Union St. N., Concord. Free. Reception afterward. 704-699-6053; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calvary Lutheran, Concord
Christmas play: All ages invited to “Miracle on Main Street,” performed by the children and youth. Holiday tea afterward. 5 p.m. Dec. 15. 950 Bradley St., Concord. www.clcofconcord.org.
Living Water Church of God, Kannapolis
Holiday concert: The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band will present its 12th annual concert. The program will feature traditional holiday music and other familiar concert band selections. Free; canned food donations requested. 4 p.m. Dec. 15. 166 N. Little Texas Road, Kannapolis. www.primetimeband.org.
Mount Olivet United Methodist, Concord
Concert: The Piedmont Singing Men will present a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 15. 301 Mount Olivet Road, Concord. www.mtochurch.com.
St. James Catholic, Concord
Christmas concert: Inspirational artist Edward Tonini will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 18. 139 Manor Ave. S.W., Concord. www.saintjamescatholic.org.
Prospect Presbyterian, Mooresville
Christmas presentation: “A Shepherd’s Heart” combines contemporary and traditional Christmas music with original narration and staging by Melody Morrison. The choir will present selected music from the program at worship 11 a.m. Dec. 15. The full program will be presented at 6 p.m. Dec. 15. The community is invited to this family event. 9425 N.C. 152 W., Mooresville. 704-664-1514.
Mooresville ARP Church
Christmas program: The adult choir will present its Christmas program during worship 11 a.m. Dec. 15.
Children’s Christmas play: 11 a.m. Dec. 22.
Christmas service: Candlelight and communion service 6 p.m. Dec. 22. 659 Carpenter Ave., Mooresville. 704-664-1273.
Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius
Family Christmas program: The chancel choir and Act of Renewal will present “Rediscovering Christmas,” a funny and powerful presentation that brings to life both biblical and modern-day aspects of the season. Child care provided for ages 7 and younger. Reception afterward to meet Jim and Carol Shores of Acts of Renewal. Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 15. 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. www.actsofrenewal.com.
Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius
Praise Team Christmas: The Praise Team will present Chris Barron’s “Have No Fear” at 9:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 15.
Concerts: The chancel choir, handbell ensemble and chamber orchestra will present Pepper Choplin’s “The Heart of Christmas.” 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 22, sanctuary. Free; offering will be taken. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.
Concord Presbyterian, Statesville
Project Christmas: Nativity drama, Christmas carolers, puppet show, cookies, hot chocolate. Drive through. 7-9 p.m. Dec. 19-21. 3867 Taylorsville Highway, Statesville. www.concordpreschurch.com.
St. Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville
Children’s Christmas musical: “Good King Wenceslas.” 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Covered-dish Advent dinner 6 p.m.
Advent service: “The Gift of Hope,” a service of music, scripture and meditations offered by the chancel choir, youth choir and Luther Ringers. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22. Join us at 9 a.m. at the Holy Grounds Coffee Bar in the family life center. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville. www.saintmarkslutheran.com.
Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius
Christmas celebration: Worship and cultural exchange to celebrate the relationship of the church and the Montagnard people. Dinner buffet afterward. 6 p.m. Dec. 15. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.
Central United Methodist, Mooresville
Musical presentation: “A Central Christmas” will tell the Christmas story through word and favorite songs. 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 214 N. Academy St., Mooresville. www.CUMCMooresville.com.
Davidson College Presbyterian
White gift pageant: At the end of the service, those attending will be invited to approach the manger with gifts of food. Please bring canned ham, boxed stuffing, boxed potatoes or canned yams for Loaves and Fishes. 5 p.m. Dec. 15. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.
Davidson United Methodist
Healing dialogue: The Rev. Dr. John Rowe, director of the church’s Counseling Center, will lead a grief and healing dialogue for those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. 5:30-6:45 p.m. Dec. 15. 233 S. Main St., Davidson.
Service: The Rev. Dr. Jody Seymour will lead a service of hope and healing at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in the chapel, 304 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-8277.
Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville
Family event: Birthday party for Jesus and talent showcase. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
Presentation: The praise band will present “First Christmas Stories From the Birth of Christ.” 7 p.m. Dec. 20. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880.
Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville
Musical: “Faces Around the Manger.” 3 p.m. Dec. 15.
Holiday family fun: Drop in for more than 15 activities. Make ornaments, decorate cookies and sing carols. 5-7 p.m. Dec. 20. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. www.williamsonschapel.org.
St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville
Pastry sale: The Ladies Philoptochos Society will sell baklava, kourabiedes, finikia, and more. Assorted gift boxes available. Proceeds go to local outreach ministries. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 15. 134 Talbert Pointe Blvd., Suite A, Mooresville. www.stluke-nc.org.
First Baptist, Mooresville
Concert: “The Mooresville Christmas Celebration” will feature more than 150 voices, handbells, orchestra and dramatic scenes from the Nativity. A living Nativity will be performed on the church lawn 30 minutes before each performance. 3 and 6 p.m. Dec. 15. Reception afterward. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. www.fbcmooresville.com.
Grace Episcopal, Morganton
Concert: The Lenoir Saxophone Ensemble will present “Classically Cool Christmas.” Reception afterward. Free; donations requested for backpack ministry helping to feed families at a local elementary school. 5 p.m. Dec. 15. 303 S. King St., Morganton. 828-437-1133.
Catawba United Methodist
Christmas program: The children will present “A Christmas Pageant” 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15, Family Life Center. Pastor Rich Tuttle will continue his sermon series “Christmas Perspectives” at the 8:30 a.m. service at the church.
Cantata: The chancel choir will present “On This Very Night” at 6 p.m. Dec. 15. Church family Christmas party afterward. 207 E. Central Ave., Catawba. 828-241-4868.
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.
Christmas cantata: The combined choirs of Daniels and Trinity Lutheran will present “Night of the Father’s Love.” 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Trinity Lutheran, 2700 Trinity Church Road, Vale. www.danielselca.org.
St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia
Christmas fellowship: The women’s ministry will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. www.stjohnsmbchurch.org.
Augustana Lutheran, Hickory
Breakfast: The church and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans invite you to a free home-style breakfast of scrambled eggs, grits, bacon, sausage, handmade biscuits. 7-10:30 a.m. Dec. 21. 1523 16th St. S.E., Hickory. www.augustanalcms.org.
Lighthouse Full Gospel Church, Mount Holly
Concert: Grammy nominees Jeff and Sheri Easter will perform at 6 p.m. Dec. 15. Love offering received. 530 N. Hawthorne St., Mount Holly. 704-913-0243.
Church of the Master United Church of Christ, Hickory
Discussion: Thinking Allowed Thursday is a monthly forum where people are invited to talk about subjects of interest in a safe and loving environment. 7 p.m. Dec. 19. 2230 29th Ave. Drive N.E., Hickory. 828-495-8400.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory
Meditation group: Meditation and discussion to foster mindfulness and clarity. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. 833 5th St. S.E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 21, First United Methodist, 110 W. Alabama Ave., Bessemer City. www.cbcc.us.
All Saints Episcopal, Gastonia
Blue service: Service for those who are experiencing loss and grief this holiday season. Sing, pray and offer up the pain and loneliness to Jesus Christ. 6 p.m. Dec. 20. 1201 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia. 704-864-7201.
St. John’s Lutheran, Cherryville
Christmas pageant: Original play “The Magnificent Starlight” will tell of story of Jesus’ birth and feature beloved Christmas hymns. Reception afterward. 5 p.m. Dec. 15. 310 W. Church St., Cherryville. www.stjohnscherryville.com.
American Legion Fairgrounds, Conover
Catawba Christmas Bureau: The annual collaborative effort among area organizations will provide food, toys and coats to those in need Dec 16-17. By coordinating services, the participating agencies prevent duplication of services and reach more families in need.
Participating in this effort are the Catawba County Department of Social Services, Catawba County Schools, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, area fire departments, Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Partnership for Children, The Salvation Army, Honda Cars of Hickory, Steve White Motors, Toys for Tots, the Teen Center, numerous local dry cleaners, the American Legion Fairgrounds and the Catawba County United Way Information and Volunteer Center.
Invitations to shop at the Christmas Bureau have been sent to qualifying families. Over the two-day distribution, parents of more than 3,000 children will shop for Christmas gifts and receive food vouchers to supplement Christmas dinner. www.ecccm.org.
Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill
Christmas cantata: The Grace Notes Choir will present “A Celebration of Carols.” Nursery provided. 7 p.m. Dec. 15. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. www.gracewired.org.
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. Wednesdays. All services held at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707; www.templesolelsc.org.
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.
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