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Compiled by Erica Batten

St. John Neumann Catholic

Summer camp: Camp SOAR provides a full summer camp experience for more than 300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The camp will be June 9-13 at the Levine Jewish Community Center.

Myers Park United Methodist

Palm Sunday services: Sanctuary services at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. April 13. Church in the Round, 8:45 a.m. in Jubilee Hall.

Maundy Thursday service: Service of holy communion, 7:30 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday service: Tenebrae service includes a reading of the Passion of Christ. 7:30 p.m. April 18. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

Sedgefield United Methodist

Easter egg hunt: Children up to fifth grade welcome. 10:30 a.m.-noon April 12.

Palm Sunday service: The chancel choir will present “The Rose of Calvary.” 10:30 a.m. April 13.

Good Friday service: 7 p.m. April 18. 2830 Dorchester Place. 704-523-0077.

Covenant Presbyterian

Holy Week services: “Saving Love, Hope for the World,” a worship experience integrating the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, prayer, drama, dance, visual art and music. 7 p.m. April 17. The Covenant Choir, soloists and strings will present Alan Bullard’s “Wondrous Cross” at 7 p.m. April 18. Kindergartners will present the Easter story followed by a “new life” petting zoo and Easter egg hunt for preschool and kindergarten-age children at 10 a.m. April 19.

Easter Sunday services: Contemporary service, 9:30 a.m. April 20. Traditional services, 9:30 and 11 a.m. 1000 E. Morehead St.

Cokesbury United Methodist

Good Friday service: Tenebrae service at 7 p.m. April 18. All are welcome. 6701 Idlewild Road.

Little Rock AME Zion

Good Friday service: “The Seven Last Words of Christ” with guest speakers William McKenith, the Rev. Bonita Owens, the Rev. Edwin Ferguson, Anthony Freeman, the Rev. James McDougald, Peter Wherry and Daran Mitchell. 6:30 p.m. April 18. 401 N. McDowell St.

Amity Presbyterian

Community Lenten services: Five area churches will gather for a 30-minute service at noon on Wednesdays. All welcome. Michelle Chappell will present “It is Finished … Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit” on April 16. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road.

Maundy Thursday service: Share a meaningful Lord’s Supper experience. 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday: Short prayer service followed by individual prayer time, noon-3 p.m. April 18.

United House of Prayer for All People

Family and friends day: Community invited to annual celebration on the theme “Christ: The Spirit That Brings Family and Friends Together.” Refreshments afterward. 11 a.m. April 13. 2321 Beatties Ford Road. 704-394-3884.

Trinity Baptist

Concert: Noah’s Faith will perform at 6 p.m. April 13.

Easter drama: “Jesus Christ the Miracle Worker.” 11 a.m. April 20. 2009 W. Arrowood Road.

Central United Methodist

Maundy Thursday service: The setting of da Vinci’s painting will be used to dramatize a living Last Supper, titled “Is It I?” with readings and solos, ending with holy communion. 7 p.m. April 17. 6030 Albemarle Road.

All Saints Anglican

Holy Week services: Maundy Thursday service 7 p.m. April 17; Good Friday service 7 p.m. April 18; Easter vigil 7 p.m. April 19 and 7 a.m. April 20. Nursery provided for all services. Services are at Charlotte Catholic High School, 7702 Pineville-Matthews Road.

First United Methodist

Holy Thursday service: Communion and stripping of the altar. The chancel choir will present Randall Thompson’s “The Best of Rooms.” 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday service: Music by Fauré, Gilbert Martin and Pablo Casals. 7 p.m. April 18. 501 N. Tryon St. 704-333-9081.

The Grove Presbyterian

Vacation Bible school: Pre-K through fifth grade. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 14-18. 5735 East W.T. Harris Blvd.

St. John’s Baptist

Concert: The chancel choir, Davidson College Chorale and Carolina Chamber Orchestra will perform Fauré’s “Requiem.” Free. 10:30 a.m. April 13. 300 Hawthorne Lane.

Pritchard Memorial Baptist

Palm Sunday service: 10:30 a.m. April 13. 1117 South Blvd.

The Park Church

Palm Sunday services: 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. April 13. The church will collect shoes for Samaritan’s Feet April 13-20.

Holy Week services: Bible study 6:30 p.m. April 16. Maundy Thursday service with washing of feet and holy communion 6:30 p.m. April 17. Good Friday service noon April 18. 6029 Beatties Ford Road.

Advent Lutheran

Palm Sunday service: Cantata “Come, Walk With Me.” 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 13.

Maundy Thursday: Worship service with special music. 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday: Tenebrae cantata. 7 p.m. April 18. 8840 University City Blvd.

Peace Moravian

Easter egg hunt: Community invited. 10 a.m. April 12.

Palm Sunday worship: 11 a.m. April 13. 4418 Rea Road.

HollyHunter Baptist

Community egg hunt: Free. Lunch provided. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 19. 4316 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road. 704-399-3316.

Clinton Chapel AME Zion

Clinton Fest: Easter egg hunt, games, face painting, live entertainment, food, vendors. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19. Worship service 11 a.m. April 20. 1901 Rozzelles Ferry Road.

Elizabeth Communities of Faith

Lenten services: Caldwell Presbyterian, St. John’s Baptist, Hawthorne Lane United Methodist, St. Martin’s Episcopal, Carolinas Medical Center Mercy and Novant Presbyterian will gather for worship on the theme “There and Back Again.” Soup luncheon provided by Elizabeth-area restaurants. Donations benefit local missions. Noon April 16, Hawthorne Lane United Methodist, 501 Hawthorne Lane.

Sharon United Methodist

Lenten sermon series: Pastor Kyle Thompson is presenting a series on “Not a Fan (God Calls Us to Be Followers, Not Fans!).” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. The sermon for Palm Sunday, April 13, is “Alone in the Crowd.”

Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. April 17. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Little Church on the Lane Moravian

Holy Week services: The church invites you to join them as they follow Jesus’ path to Calvary and celebrate his resurrection. Palm Sunday worship 11 a.m. April 13; Holy Week readings 7 p.m. April 13-16; MaundyThursday service 7 p.m. April 17; Good Friday service 7 p.m. April 18. 528 Moravian Lane.

Providence United Methodist

Palm Sunday services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 13. Children’s palm procession will be at the 11 a.m. service.

Maundy Thursday service: Service with holy communion hosted by St. Mark’s United Methodist, 917 Clanton Road. The Rev. John Fitzgerald will speak. 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday service: Tenebrae service 7 p.m. April 18.

Easter prayer vigil: 8 p.m. April 18 through 6 a.m. April 20. 2810 Providence Road.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Palm Sunday services: Palm procession and the story of the day according to Matthew. 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 13. No Sunday school.

Maundy Thursday worship: 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday services: Similar services will be at noon and 7 p.m. April 18. 6817 Carmel Road.

Calvary Church

Concert: Pianist, composer and conductor Jan Mulder will perform arrangements of sacred melodies from his album “Love Divine.” Elizabeth Hildebrand will play the grand organ. Free. 6 p.m. April 13.

Good Friday service: Communion service 7 p.m. April 18. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Sardis Baptist

Gentle yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility, deepen breath and gain peace of mind. Space limited. $10 per class. 4:35 and 6 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. To register call any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831;

Community Bible Study

Bible study: Registration now open for 2014-15 class which begins Sept. 4. We will study 1 and 2 Corinthians. 2500 Carmel Road.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Rummage sale: Huge sale includes furniture, household items, exercise equipment, appliances, toys, holiday items, books, more. Proceeds will be used for a lunch program at College John Wesley, a K-12 school in Haiti. Cash, credit cards and debit cards only. All sales final. 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 26. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.;

St. Andrew’s United Methodist

Holy Thursday service: Holy communion service will focus on Jesus’ last hours. 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday service: Drama and music. 7 p.m. April 18.

Easter Sunday services: Contemporary celebration in the family life center 9 a.m. April 20, casual dress; butterfly release led by children and youth 10:10 a.m.; traditional service 11:15 a.m. Child care provided at all services. 1900 Emerywood Drive.

Hawthorne Lane United Methodist

Palm Sunday service: Children’s palm processional 11 a.m. April 13. Egg hunt for toddlers through fifth grade, 4 p.m.

Holy Week prayer: 7 a.m. and noon April 14-18.

Service: Lenten foot washing and holy communion, 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday: John Rutter’s “Requiem.” Music by the choir and guest musicians. 7 p.m. April 18. 501 Hawthorne Lane.

Reformed Theological Seminary

New degree program: Starting in the fall, the seminary will offer a Christian counseling degree program. The new program is fully approved and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools.

The seminary is at 2101 Carmel Road. Those interested in learning more about the RTS Charlotte counseling program, as well as information about applying for financial aid, are encouraged to visit

The Park Church, Pineville

Palm Sunday service: 9:15 a.m. April 13. The church will collect shoes for Samaritan’s Feet April 13 and 20. 13733 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville.

Wesley United Methodist

Palm Sunday services: 9 and 11 a.m. April 13.

Maundy Thursday: Communion service 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday: Prayer time, noon-3 p.m. April 18.

Easter egg hunt: Community invited. 10-11 a.m. April 19. 3715 Rea Road.

Monroe AM Aglow Community Lighthouse

Service: Special speaker and author Siv Ashley. 10 a.m. April 19. Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. 3405 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Palm Sunday worship: 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 13.

Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday: Tenebrae service, 7 p.m. April 18. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

He’s Alive Church, Concord

New church: Join us Easter Sunday for the launch of an exciting new church. Each child will receive a gift, and each family will have a gift to take home. People of all ages, cultures and backgrounds are welcome. 10:30 a.m. April 20 at City Club at Gibson Mill, Suite 150, Concord. For information, call Ann Wayne at 980-781-4920.

Temple Or Olam, Concord

Community seder: Join us for fun, ritual and learning, and a buffet of traditional and vegetarian food. Adults, $36; students, $18; children four and older, $12. 3:30-8 p.m. April 19 at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, 9704 Mallard Creek Road. More information and reservations:

Boger’s Chapel United Methodist, Concord

Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday service: 7 p.m. April 18. 1775 Flowes Store Road E., Concord. 704-786-3575.

Bethel AME Zion, Kannapolis

Revival: “Breakthrough 2014: Repentance, Redemption and Restoration!” Guest revivalist Dr. Staccato Powell, pastor of Grace AME Zion in Raleigh. 7 p.m. April 14-16. 2219 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis. 704-933-3097.

Harrisburg United Methodist

Fish fry: Fried flounder, hushpuppies, fresh-cut fries or baked potato, homemade slaw, tea. Adults $8; $7 with donation of two items to food pantry. Children $4. Boxed lunch $5. homemade desserts available. Proceeds support community food pantry and other church missions. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 18. Boxed lunch available 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Prayer stations: The sanctuary will be open on Good Friday for reflection on the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. 4560 N.C. 49 S., Harrisburg.

Mount Mitchell United Methodist, Kannapolis

Palm Sunday service: Easter cantata “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” 11 a.m. April 13. After the service will be a meal, an Easter egg hunt and Pastor David’s Holy Land slide presentation.

Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday service: 7 p.m. April 18 at Rock Grove United Methodist. Mount Mitchell is at 6001 Old Salisbury-Concord Road, Kannapolis. 704-933-0155.

New Hope Missions Church, Mooresville

Lenten series: “Jesus’ Last Words From the Cross: What Do They Mean for Us?” 10 a.m. Sundays. The topic for April 13 is “It is finished.”

Passover seder: 7 p.m. April 17. Reservations requested.

Good Friday service: “Father, Into Your Hands …” 7 p.m. April 18. 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. 704-880-4102.

St. Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Palm Sunday services: 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. April 13. Mass in Spanish at 2:30 p.m.

Holy Thursday Mass: 7:30 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday: Seven last words, 1 p.m. April 18. Outdoor stations of the cross, 2:30 p.m. Good Friday service, 7:30 p.m.

Holy Saturday: Blessing of food, noon April 19. Easter vigil Mass, 8 p.m. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

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.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Palm Sunday service: “I Am the Way, Truth and Life.” One service only. 11 a.m. April 13.

Holy Tuesday service: Compline service of music will include François Couperin’s setting of the Leçons de ténèbres performed by sopranos Margaret Carpenter and Chelsea Bonagura, cellist Barbara Krumdieck and organist Jane Cain. 7:30 p.m. April 15.

Maundy Thursday service: Dinner, communion and foot washing with Davidson Presbyterian. 6:30 p.m. April 17 in the congregation house.

Good Friday service: 7:30 p.m. April 18.

Easter vigil: 7:30 p.m. April 19. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

Radiant Life Fellowship, Huntersville

Teaching series: Join us as we explore what Jesus might say to some well-known people in our culture. 10-11:15 a.m. Sundays starting April 20. The topic for April 20 is “What Would Jesus Say to Pope Francis?” The church meets at Blythe Elementary School, 12202 Hambright Road, Huntersville.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Palm Sunday services: Attendees will receive palm branches to wave. 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 13 in the sanctuary. 9:45 a.m. in the family life center.

Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday service: 7 p.m. April 18.

Easter egg hunt: Free and open to community. Preschool through third grade. Bring baskets. Adults must accompany children. 10 a.m. April 19. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius.

Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, Troutman

Palm Sunday service: Message on “Broken Majesty Restored,” 8:45 and 11 a.m. services April 13.

Maundy Thursday service: Communion and stripping of altar. Message on “Broken Sanctuary Restored.” 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday services: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 18. Message on “Broken Curtain – Salvation Restored.” 225 Morgan St., Troutman.

Independence Hill Baptist, Huntersville

Easter services: Sunrise service 7 a.m. April 20, garden amphitheater; coffee and light snacks available afterward; traditional service 8:30 a.m.; Sunday school and small groups 9:45 a.m.; Contemporary service 11 a.m. 10220 Independence Hill Road, Huntersville.

Asbury United Methodist, Huntersville

Good Friday service: 7 p.m. April 18.

Asbury Café: Breakfast made to order. All-you-can-eat $6. 7-10 a.m. April 19. Easter egg hunt, bounce house, cookie decorating and other activities at 10:30 a.m. 11724 Asbury Chapel Road, Huntersville.

St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Maundy Thursday service: Worship, prayer, communion and reflection on the commandment to love one another. 7 p.m. April 17.

Easter egg hunt: Children invited for egg hunt, games, and refreshments. Please bring baskets. 1 p.m. April 19. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-394-5689.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

New sanctuary: The church will hold its first worship service in the new sanctuary on Palm Sunday. Pastor Travis Norton will lead the congregation in a procession from the old sanctuary to the new. Only one service will be held. 10 a.m. April 13.

Maundy Thursday service: Children who attended class will receive First Communion at the service. 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday services: Noon and 7 p.m. April 18.

Easter Sunday services: 9:30 and 11 a.m. April 20. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Davidson United Methodist

Holy Saturday vigil: Come and depart as you are able. Prayer vigil guide will be provided. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 19 in the chapel, 304 S. Main St., Davidson.

Mooresville ARP Church

Maundy Thursday service: Communion will be served. 7 p.m. April 17.

Easter egg hunt: 12:30 p.m. April 19. 659 Carpenter Ave., Mooresville. 704-664-1273.

St. Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville

Palm Sunday services: Traditional worship with music by the youth choir and handbells 8:30 a.m. April 13. Coffee bar and pastries 9:30 a.m. Traditional worship with music by the chancel choir and youth handbells 11 a.m.

Maundy Thursday: Prayer at the cross, 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 17 in the FLC. Worship with holy communion and dramatic presentation “Have You Seen My Son?” at 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday: Prayer at the cross 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 18; Tenebrae service 7:30 p.m. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville.

St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Worship services: 9:15 a.m. Sundays. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville.

Palm Sunday services: Orthros at 8 a.m. April 13; divine liturgy at 9:15 a.m. with blessing of the palms and fish luncheon afterward. Bridegroom service at 6:30 p.m.

Holy Week services: Presanctified liturgy 9:15 a.m. April 14-16; Bridegroom service 6:30 p.m. April 14-15; Holy Unction service 3 p.m. April 16; Bridegroom service with washing of feet 6:30 p.m.; Holy Thursday Divine Liturgy 6:30 p.m. April 17; Holy Passion at 6 p.m.; Holy Friday service of the Royal Hours 9 a.m. April 18; Burial service 2:30 p.m.; Lamentations at 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday Divine Liturgy 10 a.m. April 19; Paschal vigil, 11:15 p.m.; Paschal resurrection service at midnight; Divine Liturgy 12:15 a.m. April 20l Agape vespers at noon.

RiverLife Wellness Center, Mooresville

Christian counseling: Free individual, marriage and family counseling. Daytime and evening appointments available. 2487 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. To schedule an appointment, provide your name and contact information to 704-664-7705 ext. 1.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. April 17. 1430 Mecklenburg Hwy., Mooresville. 704-664-2880.

Corinth Reformed Church, Hickory

Lenten organ series: Annual Abernethy Lenten Organ Series welcomes Andris Rozukalns, director of music at Mount. Olive Lutheran. Free and open to the public. 12:30-1 p.m. April 18. 150 16th Ave. N.W., Hickory. 828-328-6196;

Mount Pleasant Baptist, Forest City

Car show: Annual “Show and Shine for Jesus.” All years, makes and models welcome. Registration $15; $20 with meal ticket. Motorcycle fun run, beanbag toss tournament, vendors, awards. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26. 397 Mount Pleasant Church Road, Forest City. 828-245-4496.

Alexander Memorial Baptist, Belmont

Easter egg hunt: All children and their families are invited. Drawing will be held for stuffed bunnies and other prizes. Hot dog lunch served. Free. 10:30 a.m. April 19. 208 S. Main St., Belmont. 704-825-3216.

Daniels Lutheran, Lincolnton

Easter cantata: The choirs of Daniels and Trinity Lutheran will present “A Testimony of Life.” The public is invited to this moving service of lessons and carols celebrating the life of Christ. 4 p.m. April 13. 3170 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton.

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Service: Maundy Thursday liturgy with stripping of altar. 7 p.m. April 17.

Good Friday service: Service of darkness. 7 p.m. April 18. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill.

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Maundy Thursday service: The Grace Notes Choir and drama team journey into Christ’s life and impact. 7 p.m. April 17.

Easter services: Sunrise service, 7 a.m. April 20 in Windjammer Park. Bring chairs or blankets. Breakfast,9 a.m. at the church. Easter service, 10:15 a.m. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill.

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