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Traditional services glorify God with music of the season. On Dec. 20 will be a lessons and carols celebration with music selections by the children’s and chancel choirs. 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays. 2810 Providence Road. www.providenceumc.org.
Grace United Methodist
Join us for “Caroling on the Lawn.” Bring lawn chairs, flashlights and merry Christmas voices. Instruments welcome. 5-7 p.m. Dec. 17. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.
Saint Andrew’s United Methodist
Community Christmas caroling:
6 p.m. Dec. 18.
Join us for a nine-week course of Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University.” Learn how to conquer debt, build wealth, find bargains and give like never before. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 11. 1901 Archdale Drive. www.standrewsumc.com.
Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox
Greek pastry sale:
The Ladies Philoptochos Society will hold its annual sale with baklava, melomakarona, kourambethes and koulourakia. These pastries make great gifts! 8-10 a.m. Dec. 19 across the street from the farmer’s market in downtown Matthews. www.stnektarios.org.
Wesley United Methodist
Based on Pete Briscoe’s “A Savior is Born,” we will study God’s intentionality in every detail of his plan to bring His son into the world. 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays. 3715 Rea Road. www.wesleycharlotte.org.
Saint Francis United Methodist
“The Secret of the Gifts.” 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20.
Blue Christmas service:
We will light candles to stand beside those who need hope and God’s comfort. 5 p.m. Dec. 20. 4200 McKee Road. www.stfrancischarlotte.org.
Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews
6:45-7:15 p.m. Dec. 16. 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Dec. 20. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. www.crossandcrown.org.
Matthews United Methodist
Grief support group:
“Your Journey from Mourning to Joy” will offer help and encouragement after the death of a loved one. Sessions begin in January.
“Disciple I Fast Track” is a 24-week study and prerequisite for other Disciple classes. Make the journey in community with a small group of Christians and seekers helping each other discover God and the abundant life he has for his disciples. Class begins Jan. 13. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.matthewsumc.org.
Memorial United Methodist
Our choir and guests from the Charlotte Symphony will present “The Christmas Story” by Tom Fettke. 10:55 a.m. Dec. 20.
Blue Christmas service:
Service of comfort for those who are grieving or experiencing hardship during the holiday season. People of all denominations are invited. 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 4012 Central Ave. 704-537-2060.
Christmas Eve services:
Family service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Communion service, 9 p.m. Musical prelude at 8:30 p.m. 3115 Providence Road. www.trinitypreschurch.org.
The contemporary music team joins the Rick Bean Trio to present jazz arrangements of favorite Christmas music in a relaxed, café-like atmosphere. Free. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 in the chapel. 5201 Sharon Road. www.SharonPCUSA.org.
Sharon United Methodist
Blue Christmas service:
A service of hope. 4 p.m. Dec. 20. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.org.
Temple Beth El
Shabbat worship schedule:
First Friday services include SongFest at 5:30 p.m. and family Shabbat at 6 p.m. On second Fridays, a community Shabbat is held at 6 p.m. and Kabbalat Shabbat is at 8 p.m. Third Friday services include a community Shabbat at 6 p.m. and a service of healing and comfort at 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat is held at 6 p.m. each fourth Friday, with community Shabbat at 8 p.m. Services are held at 11 a.m. Saturdays. Prenegs at 5:15 p.m. before each 6 p.m. service. Onegs follow each 8 p.m. service. 5101 Providence Road. Full schedule and holiday variations at www.templebethel.org.
Saint Matthew Catholic
Healing prayer service:
Saint Peregrine service for those with cancer and other grave diseases. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.
Saint Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville
Gerrie Daniel’s Christian Academy of Music presents “A Holiday Recital” featuring children ages 5-17, along with their parents, playing instruments, singing, and dancing to sacred and secular music. 5 p.m. Dec. 19. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.
Davidson College Presbyterian
Menotti’s one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” tells the legend of a poor mother and her crippled son, Amahl, who give shelter to the three wise men as they journey to find the newborn Christ. Donations will benefit Habitat for Humanity. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.
Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius
Christmas service of hope and healing will include candle-lighting and intergenerational participation. 3 p.m. Dec. 20. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 20 at Saint Mark Catholic, 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. www.cbcc.us.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Lake Norman
Evening solstice program:
Join us for an evening of music, readings and children’s activities related to holiday festivals and many traditions, including Hanukkah, Diwali, winter solstice and Christmas. Please bring light snacks to share during the presentation. 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.
Horizon Church, Statesville
The Testify Youth Choir will present “When Hope Came Down.” The Testify Choir is comprised of high school students from approximately 35 Lake Norman-area schools. Free; love offering will be taken. 10 a.m. Dec. 20. 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville. www.testifyministries.com.
RiverLife Wellness Center, Mooresville
Free individual, marriage, and family counseling. Daytime and evening appointments available. 2487 Charlotte Hwy., Mooresville. To schedule an appointment, provide your name and contact information to 704-664-7705 ext. 1.
First Baptist, Indian Trail
Options include women’s and men’s Bible studies, Parenting, Financial Peace, DivorceCare, more. Child care available. Most classes meet 6:15-8 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 6. Register at www.fbcit.org.
Winter basketball league:
Leagues for ages 5-11 and middle school. One weekly 90-minute session includes training, a game, and devotion. Season begins in January. $80 for first child; $70 each additional child. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. www.316-Sports.com.
Frank Dooley will lead the combined choirs of Newell Baptist and Iglesia Bautista Filadelfia, which worships at Newell Baptist, as they present “The First Noel, Jesus is Born.” 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 11 a.m. Dec. 20. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184; www.newellbaptistchurch.com.
Marvin AME Zion, Waxhaw
The church worship and arts team will present “The Never-Changing Story.” 6 p.m. Dec. 20. 1525 Crane Road, Waxhaw. www.mamez.org.
Calvary Lutheran, Concord
Advent midweek worship:
7 p.m. Wednesdays. 950 Bradley St., Concord. www.clcofconcord.org.
Trinity United Church of Christ, Concord
9:30 a.m. Sundays. 38 Church St. N., Concord. www.facebook.com/commachurch.
Roberta United Methodist, Concord
10 a.m.-noon Mondays. Call the church office 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday to schedule an appointment. Donations of gently-used clothing also accepted. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.
Turkey and ham collection:
Frozen turkeys and hams will be collected for Harrisburg Crisis Assistance Ministry, The Salvation Army, and the Urban Ministry Center. Monetary donations go toward bulk purchases. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 4815 N. C. 49 S., Harrisburg. 704-455-2491.
Mount Olivet United Methodist, Concord
Hot dog sale:
Eat in or take out. Delivery for orders of $10 or more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 301 Mount Olivet Road, Concord. 704-782-8846; www.mtochurch.com.
Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington
6:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 19. Refreshments in the fellowship hall between presentations.
Christmas choir cantata:
“Only Love” by Randy Vader and Jay Rouse. Collecting canned and boxed goods. 11 a.m. Dec. 20. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. www.spiritofjoy.us.
First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill
“Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009; www.firstarp.org.
Chapel Grove Baptist, Gastonia
Drive-through nativity and 12 more living scenes from the life of Christ. Church vans and youth groups welcome. 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 18-20. 716 Camp Rotary Road, Gastonia. www.chapelgrove.com.
Concord United Methodist, Catawba
Southern gospel musical “Beautiful Star” tells the story of people in today’s world as they discover the Christ child in Bethlehem. 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Christmas party at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 7618 Monbo Road, Catawba. 828-478-3110.
Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill
Longest night service:
Quiet service with the opportunity to acknowledge our losses and experience the sustaining presence of God. 5 p.m. Dec. 20. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. www.gracewired.org.