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Carolina Pro Musica will perform vocal and instrumental music from the mid-16th century at St. Martin’s Episcopal.

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Myers Park United Methodist

Series: Programs, small groups and other initiatives will focus on emotionally healthy spirituality and God’s place in our inner struggles. Psychiatrist Dr. Warren Kinghorn will explore mental illness from a theological perspective at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Child care available. Senior Pastor James Howell will discuss spiritual disciplines on March 3. 1501 Queens Road. Full series details at www.mpumc.org.

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.

Central Church Life Care Center

Networking meeting: “Open House Coffee Break” for ministers, social workers, and others in the counseling field. 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.

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.

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. Because of inclement weather, the Jan. 28 session with the Revs. Ollie Rencher and Steve Dalber has been rescheduled for March 4. 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948; www.beth-el.com.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Workshop: Families invited to “Understanding Teens and Body Image.” Pastoral psychotherapist Bentley Ball will explore issues related to sexuality, eating disorders, more. The event is part of family-oriented workshops offered by the youth ministry. 6-7 p.m. Feb. 9. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. www.SMPChome.org.

Temple Israel

Music series: Cantor Elias Roochvarg will host a series of monthly “musicales” in the tradition of the French soiree musicale and the German Liederabend. Accompaniment by Monty Bennett. The theme for February is “Love Songs.” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Pianos con Amore: Join piano virtuosos Lance Burnette and Monty Bennett for an evening of great music including Broadway melodies, classical music, Yiddish favorites, more. Dessert reception follows. Students, $8; adults, $25-100. 7 p.m. Feb. 16. 4901 Providence Road. Tickets available at 704-362-2796 or www.shoptempleisrael.com.

First Baptist, Concord

Barbecue: Plates, $8. Sandwiches, $4. Pound of barbecue, $9. Dine in or carry out. Proceeds go to missions. 11 a.m-3 p.m. Feb. 8. 200 Branchview Drive, Concord. 704-786-9167.

Carolina Pro Musica

Concert: “The French Court of Catherine de Medici.” $15 regular admission; $7.50 for students and seniors. 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at St. Martin’s Episcopal, 1510 E. Seventh St. www.carolinapromusica.org.

University City United Methodist

Women’s night out: The Women’s Ministry invites women to tune up their lives with inspirational speaker and singer LaDonna Gatlin, sister of country stars the Gatlin Brothers. Child care available. Coffee and dessert served. Fruit cups, toaster pastries and small plastic jars of peanut butter will be collected for the church’s backpack ministry. $15. 7 p.m. Feb. 11. 3835 W. W.T. Harris Blvd. Tickets at www.ucumc.org.

Grace AME Zion

Concert: The Voices of Eden Gospel Choir of UNC Charlotte will present “God Is Love, Love Is Real.” The concert will include liturgical dance and musical selections from the music ministry. 3 p.m. Feb. 16. 3722 David Cox Road. 704-494-8629.

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.

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.

Stallings United Methodist

Bible study: Mickey Efird will teach the book of Romans. 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and 8:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 22. Light supper at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and continental breakfast 10 a.m. Feb. 22. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings. 704-821-8820; www.stallingsumc.org.

New Life Baptist, Concord

Conference: Matrimony Mime presents “Praise Him Anyway!” mime and liturgical conference and workshop. Feb. 21-22. Free worship presentation concert, 6:45 p.m. Feb. 22. 1281 Biscayne Drive, Concord. Register at www.matrimonymime.eventbrite.com.

All Saints’ Episcopal, Concord

Generational healing conference: “Healing Our Family Legacy” with the Rev. John Rice of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician. 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 28 and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 1. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Healing services at 9 and 11:10 a.m. March 2. 525 Lake Road, Concord. Register at 704-782-2024 or www.allsaintsconcord.org.

Impact Church, Concord

Healing ministry: Healing Rooms of Cabarrus County is open 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. 44 Cabarrus Ave., Concord. 704-788-6632.

Davidson United Methodist

Support program: Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K) is a 13-week, Christian class designed to help children ages 5-12 whose parents are separated or divorced. The program combines games, crafts, music and DVD dramas to create a fun atmosphere where children feel comfortable. Members and nonmembers welcome. 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 13. Register at 704-892-8277. Questions: Marcy Murphy at marcymurphy007@gmail.com.

Adult divorce support: Divorce Care for Adults seminar and support group will provide resources to help deal with pain and look forward to rebuilding your life. 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 13. 233 S. Main St., Davidson. Register with Don Duncan at 704-650-9022 or duncan7270@bellsouth.net.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Even Sunday: Honest and respectful dialogue on important issues. Dr. John Azumah, associate professor of World Christianity and Islam at Columbia Theological Seminary, will lead a discussion on “Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?” 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the parlor.

Adult class: Sherrill Holland will lead “God’s Invasion Underway: Conversations of Things Coming to Pass and Things Passing Away.” The series will use Shirley Guthrie’s “Christian Doctrine” as background text. 9:45 a.m. Feb. 9, 16 and 23. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.

First Baptist, Cornelius

Senior citizens’ group: Interesting programs, fellowship, and travel opportunities. We welcome new people to join us. Meetings at 10:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. 21007 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. For information, contact Margaret Smith at 704-875-9306.

The Cove Church, Mooresville

Support group: GriefShare is a seminar and care group for people grieving the loss of loved ones. Each self-contained session includes video featuring experts on grief, real-life stories, and recovery subjects. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays through April 15. 197 Langtree Road, Mooresville. www.covechurch.org/griefshare.

Holy Spirit Catholic, Denver

Valentine dinner dance: Baked ziti dinner, 7-8 p.m. Feb. 15. The 18-piece Salisbury Swing Band will perform dance music 8-11 p.m. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 10389. Adults, $25; Ages 16 and under, $10. Prices include dinner, dancing and soft drinks. 537 N. C. 16 N., Denver. For tickets, call the church office at 704-483-6448.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Women’s group: Continued study of women in the Bible. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10.

Job assistance workshop: A staffing agency roundtable discussion will focus on the value of working in a temporary or contract role. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. 7 p.m. Feb. 11. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. RSVP at 704-892-0120 or jobassistanceworkshop@gmail.com.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Humanist discussion group: Discussion of “Becoming More Fully Human: Religious Humanism As a Way of Life” by William Murry. 9:45 a.m. Sundays starting Feb. 9.

Service: Join us for a deeper understanding of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign. 11 a.m. Feb. 16.

Youth group: All fifth- through eighth-graders are invited to explore the “Riddle and Mystery” of life’s big questions. 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

Harvest Community Church, Huntersville

Workshop: Hear inspirational stories of women affecting their neighborhoods for Christ through Bible study. Learn how to reach your neighbors with this fun, interactive workshop. Free. 4-5:15 p.m. Feb. 16. 13301 Eastfield Road, Huntersville. 704-948-3910; www.NBS2Go.com.

Torrence Chapel AME Zion, Cornelius

Barbecue: Annual port-a-pit. Delivery of five or more orders is available to businesses on Feb. 14. The public may purchase plates at the church starting at 11 a.m. Feb. 15. 21517 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius. For information, contact Eudean Knox at 704-892-1637.

Catawba United Methodist

Service: Bobby and Nancy McGee, known as ChristSong, share the gospel in prisons nationwide. They will worship with us at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9. A love offering will be taken to support their ministry, and CDs will be available for purchase.

Choir service: The chancel choir will lead a service at Abernethy Laurels in Newton at 4 p.m. Feb. 9. An offering will be taken for the spiritual care of the residents and for Spirit Place. The church is at 207 E. Central Ave., Catawba. 828-241-4868.

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Singles ministry: Group will meet after the morning service Feb. 9.

Men’s jubilee: 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

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.

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