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Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2014

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- COURTESY OF MARTY SCHNEIDER
Morning Star Lutheran Church in Matthews hoste the fourth annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Back row, from left, the Rev. Steve Mitchell, Morning Star Presbyterian; the Rev. John Mouritsen, Morning Star Lutheran; Fr. Pat Hoare, St. John Neumann; Deacon Joe Denzler of St. John Neumann; the Rev. Ed Crotty, Morning Star Lutheran; the Rev. Leon Threatt, Christian Faith Assembly. Middle row, from left, Shea Barja and Deacon Jim Gorman of St. John Neumann. Front row, from left, The Rev. McLean Faw, Joy Church; Mark Kuntz, Christian Faith Assembly; Barbara Walker, Joy Church; Chris Schneider, St. John Neumann; Wendy Roberts, Morning Star Lutheran.

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Morning Star Lutheran, Matthews

Service: The fourth annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was held on Jan. 23.

Pastor McLean Faw of Joy Church delivered the message of unity. More than 225 people representing six churches on Idlewild Road took part in the event. The churches participating were St. John Neumann Catholic, Christian Faith Assembly, Morning Star Lutheran, Morning Star Presbyterian, Jonesville AME Zion and Joy Church. 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews. www.morningstarlutheranchurch.org.

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: “Evil … Human or Divine?” Speakers will promote understanding of major religions and address evil and its roots in their faiths’ theology. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. On Feb. 11, Jim Pitts will represent the Baha’i community and Sam Wazan will present an Islamic perspective. 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948; www.beth-el.com.

First Baptist, Indian Trail

Real Evangelism Conference: Guest preachers John Hagee, Phil Hoskins, Bob Pitman, Junior Hill, Rick Coram, many more. Musical guests the Mike Speck Trio, Greater Vision, and the Collingsworth Family. March 5-7. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005; www.fbcit.org.

St. Andrew’s United Methodist

Sermon series: “Prayer.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 1900 Emerywood Drive. www.standrewsumc.com.

St. John’s Episcopal

Job hunters’ group: Expert speakers provide job search tips, résumé reviews, interview coaching, and networking opportunities. No fees or registration. 7 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday. 1623 Carmel Road. www.saintjohns-charlotte.org.

Central Church Life Care Center

Networking meeting: “Open House Coffee Break” for ministers, social workers, and others in the counseling field. Drs. John Humphrey, David Dixon and Toks Rose will address “Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.” Free. Refreshments provided. 9-11 a.m. Feb. 20. RSVP by Feb. 17. 5500 Randolph Road. 704-365-6112; friedac@centralchurchofgod.org.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Pineville

Book signing: Don Faix will sign copies of his book “Christians Cannot Lose Their Salvation.” 1-4 p.m. Feb. 8. 11025 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville. 704-544-9985.

St. Matthew Catholic

Information session: Learn about Special Religious Development Program (SPRED) for persons of all ages with developmental delays, mental challenges or autism. SPRED prepares participants to share in the liturgical and sacramental life of the church. 7 p.m. Feb. 5.

Newcomers’ program: Ladies invited to “Moving On After Moving In.” Learn more about your new parish and community and how to discern God’s purpose. Nine-week program begins Feb. 12. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: “Real World: SouthPark” will explore “real” life. Join us for the discussion. The sermon for Feb. 9 is “The Bachelor and Bachelorette: What Does Real Love Look Like?” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.

The Maronite Mission of Charlotte

Masses: Mass will be held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in the Daily Mass Chapel at St. Matthew Catholic, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. The next Mass is Feb. 8. www.facebook.com/MaroniteMissionOfCharlotte.

Shepherd’s Center SouthEast

Valentine tea fundraiser: Authentic English tea, beautiful music and door prizes. $25. Tables of six may be reserved. Proceeds go to the medical transportation program and other services. 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Fireside Room at St. Stephen United Methodist, 6800 Sardis Road. Reservations by Feb. 12. 704-321-0325.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Children’s consignment sale: Spring and summer children’s and maternity clothing, furniture, toys, more. Consignor and volunteer registration now open. Sale is Feb. 27-March 1. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. www.humcfaithcircle.org.

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