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Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Conference: “Billy Graham and Modern Evangelism.” Speakers include Grant Wacker, Garth Rosell, Edith Blumhofer, and Graham’s sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Leighton Ford. Reception follows. Free. No reservations required. 2-8:30 p.m. Jan. 24. 14542 Choate Circle. Conference schedule at www.wheaton.edu/ISAE.

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: “Evil…Human or Divine?” Speakers will promote understanding of major religions. All speakers will address evil and its roots in their faiths’ theology, free will, and how their religion guides believers to deal with evil. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. On Jan. 28, the Rev. Steve Dalber of St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church will present a Greek Orthodox perspective.

Classes: Temple Beth El University presents “Superheroes and Judaism.” Rabbi Jonathan Freirich and Sara Bryan Markovits will lead a multi-media exploration of the Jewish imagination’s expression into the realm of superheroes, from demon-conquering rabbis in the Talmud to Superman and Batman. Members, $36; regular price, $52. Financial assistance available. 7-9 p.m. Feb. 5, 12 and 19. RSVP by Feb. 4. 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948; www.beth-el.com.

Matthews United Methodist

Class: “Freed Up Financial Living” is a Bible-based course on gaining control of your finances. $13. 4-6 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 26-March 23 or 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 29-March 26. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. For information and registration, call Kim Layton at 704-815-1913 or register at www.matthewsumc.org.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: “Real World: SouthPark” will explore “real” life. Join us for the discussion. The sermon for Jan. 26 is “Survivor” and Feb. 2 is “Catfish.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.

Weddington United Methodist

Grief support group: GriefShare is a 13-week supportive experience for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Video presentation, discussion and prayer with facilitators who have also experienced loss. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 22. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. For information, contact Sandra McKee at sandra.mckee@weddingtonchurch.org or 704-846-1032.

Pineville Church of the Nazarene

GriefShare classes: Winter session begins Jan. 15. $10. Child care available. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Family Life Center, Room 410. 8614 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at 704-542-3618.

State Line Church of Christ

Study series: “How to Study Your Bible.” The church welcomes to its new location evangelist Gale Towles. 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Worship at 10:30 a.m. 366 Crompton St. Learn more about citywide Bible studies and children’s Bible classes at www.statelinechurchofchrist.org.

Morning Star Lutheran, Matthews

Service: Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service. Participating churches include St. John Neumann Catholic, Joy Christian Fellowship and Christian Faith Assembly. Pastor McLean Faw of Joy Christian Fellowship will deliver the message. The service will include congregational singing and special music by the participating churches. 7 p.m. Jan. 23. 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews. sheabarja@gmail.com.

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. Jan. 24 at the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819; ken@mpumc.org.

Calvary Church

English classes: Learn to speak English or improve skills. Five levels offered. $50 per semester. Child care available. 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Bible study electives: Topics include Effective Parenting, Discipleship Essentials, The Gospel of John, more. Join anytime. Children’s and teen programs available. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Dinner served at 5 p.m. $15 family maximum. www.calvarychurch.com.

Exercise classes: Classes for men and women of all ages. $20 per month. Seated upper body strength training, 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Healthy Hearts cardio stretching and toning, 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Healthy Bodies, 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Total Strength, 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 1501 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.champsportsinfo.com.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Lighthouse Family Church, 2028 Wesley Chapel Road, Indian Trail. www.cbcc.us.

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