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Compiled by Erica Batten
New Zion Missionary Baptist
Appreciation service: Honor the Rev. Jeremiah Robinson with a celebration and service of appreciation. 10 a.m. Oct. 25. 217 W. Todd Lane. 704-399-4915.
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Bible study: Bishop Michael and Julia Ferrell hold Bible study 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 4416 Andrew James Drive. www.facebook.com/breakoutministriesnc.
Myers Park Baptist
Temple Beth El
Panel discussion: “Health Care for All: Can We Make it Happen?” with panelists Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe, a Charlotte physician and chair of Health Care Justice North Carolina, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, and Dr. William Brandon, the Metrolina Medical Foundation Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at UNC Charlotte. Ed Williams, church deacon and former editor of the Observer’s editorial pages, will moderate, and there will be a time for audience participation. The forum is the latest in a long series of interfaith dialogues between Myers Park Baptist and Temple Beth El. Representatives from both faiths will offer religious perspectives on the discussion. 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Myers Park Baptist, 1900 Queens Road. For information, contact Ed Williams at 704-332-3726 or email@example.com.
Trunk-or-treat: Short program, carnival games, cookie decorating, costume parade. All are invited for candy, fall fun, and fellowship. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25. 2048 Carmel Road. www.carmelpresbyterian.org.
Steele Creek Presbyterian
Fall festival: Trunk-or-treat, bounce house, games, hay rides, deejay, costume parade. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 25. 7407 Steele Creek Road. www.steelecreekpres.org.
Blair Road United Methodist, Mint Hill
Recital: Carrie and David Hodges, Christopher George, and Rita Mabes will present selections by Bach, Clarke, Hovhaness, Pachelbel and more. Love offering proceeds will help defer the cost of guest musicians accompanying the adult choir’s Christmas cantata. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. 9135 Blair Road, Mint Hill. www.blairroadumc.org.
Pineville United Methodist
Unity prayer service: Joint service with St. Mark AME Zion and Oak Grove Missionary Baptist. Everyone invited. 4 p.m. Oct. 25.
Concert: Ken Turner and Valor III will perform. Refreshments follow concert. 6 p.m. Oct. 26. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Mouzon United Methodist
Annual fall bazaar: Crafts, baked goods, huge attic sale, breakfast and lunch café, more. Proceeds benefit local missions. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 25. 3100 Selwyn Ave. www.mouzonumc.org.
Word on Wholeness
Support group: New support group starting for those who need support and encouragement for trusting Biblical principles for healing and deliverance. For meeting times and location, contact Delores Hoover at 704-877-0919.
Myers Park United Methodist and Temple Israel
Interfaith program: The Rev. James Howell of Myers Park United Methodist and Rabbi Murray Ezring of Temple Israel will lead “The Inspiration of the Bible in Judaism and Christianity.” The two speakers will discuss the Bible and its inspiration, the idea of scripture, and what the Bible means for Christianity and Judaism. 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Myers Park United Methodist, 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.mpumc.org.
Pritchard Memorial Baptist
Fall festival: South End Fall Festival will feature food trucks, live music, carnival games, bounce houses, trunk-or-treat and other fun family activities. Wear your favorite costume. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 25. www.pritchardmemorial.com.
Central Church Life Care Center
Seminar: Robert and Cindi Dodd will present “Healing Your Relationships Through the Gift of Forgiveness” with Biblical tools, personal experiences, and the latest in forgiveness research. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Coffee, juice and pastries served at 8:45 a.m. 5500 Randolph Road. Register at 704-364-5003 or www.centralchurchofgod.org.
Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews
Reformation Sunday: Celebration will feature the hand-bell choir, vocal anthem with percussion, Rite of Confirmation and Holy Communion. 10:45 a.m. Oct. 26. Early service at 8:15 a.m. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. www.crossandcrown.org.
Fall festival: Games, prizes, cake walk, costume contest, trunk-or-treat, more. Special appearance by Texas Roadhouse’s Andy the Armadillo. Free. 2-6 p.m. Oct. 25. 9424 Harrisburg Road. www.robinsonpresby.org.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Special guest: Renowned London inspirational author and healer Alan Ames will provide sacramental prayer to all. Full Catholic Mass will be performed; all are welcome. Free admission. Ames will provide individual sessions with anyone interested. 9:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. 1400 Suther Road. www.stacharlotte.com.
Second Calvary Baptist
100th church anniversary: Gala celebration with guest speaker Rita Twiggs, 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. Tickets, $60. Purchase by Oct. 26. Celebration services with guest speaker Anthony Maclin, pastor of The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square in Capitol Heights, Md. will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Nov. 9. 114 Nelson Ave. www.secondcalvary-charlotte.org.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Holiday pastry sale: Sponsored by the Ladies Philoptochos Society. Baklava, 72 pieces, $70. Baklava, 35 pieces, $35. Spanakopita, $25 per pan. Tiropitakia, $18 per dozen. Koulourakia, $7 per dozen. Orders and payments due Nov. 7. Pick up noon-2 p.m. Dec. 14 or 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 15. Orders will not be held beyond Dec. 15. 600 East Blvd. To order, contact Diane Ramsay at 704-554-1377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temple Beth El
Class: Join us on three evenings for Temple Beth El University’s “The Situation in Israel.” We will discuss the complex situation facing Israel, and clergy will be available for questions at each session. Refreshments will be served. Members, $36; nonmembers, $54. 7-9 p.m. Nov. 5, 12, and 19. 5101 Providence Road. Register at 704-366-1948 or www.beth-el.com.
Wesley United Methodist
Pumpkin sale: Pumpkin patch will be open daily through Oct. 31 with more than 1,300 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Proceeds go to local missions, including the Charlotte Rescue Center, Dove’s Nest and the Bethlehem Center.
Services: Traditional service at 9 a.m. Sundays. Contemporary service with lively music, 11 a.m. Nursery and children’s activities available. 3715 Rea Road. www.wesleyumccharlotte.com.
Saint Vincent de Paul Church
Vendors wanted: Christmas art and craft sale to be held Nov. 22. Email Joann Keane at email@example.com with two photos of your art or craft. Handcrafted items only; no franchise or manufacturer’s representatives, please. Fees are $20 for table plus 10 percent of gross sales. Proceeds benefit preschool program. 6828 Old Reid Road. www.stvincentdepaulchurch.com.
Sharon United Methodist
Sermon series: “Whose Will is it Anyway?” The topic for Oct. 26 is “Upendo.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays.
Sex trafficking summit: Open to all men age 16 and older. Bo Quickel of Vigilante Truckers will discuss the modern-day slave trade within the transport industry and how volunteers rescue entrapped girls. Come learn how you can make a difference. 8-10:15 a.m. Nov. 1. Free breakfast included. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.
Grace United Methodist
Trunk-or-treat: Games, free hot dogs and drinks. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.
Gentle yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility, deepen breath and learn to relax. Space limited. $10 per class. 3:30 and 5 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831; www.sardisbaptistcharlotte.org.
New Beginnings Church, Matthews
Church anniversary: The church will celebrate its 15th anniversary on the theme “Greater Grace.” Founder’s Day services with guest preacher Pastor John Jenkins and musical guest Alvin Slaughter, 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Oct. 26 on the main campus, 7027 Stillwell Road, Matthews, and 10:30 a.m. on the Indian Trail campus, 1409 Wesley Chapel Road, Indian Trail. Pastor’s wife appreciation with guest psalmist Jekalyn Carr, 6 p.m. Oct. 26. www.nbccministries.org.
St. Stephen United Methodist
Fall craft festival: 20th annual festival with more than 60 vendors. Handmade crafts, holiday gifts, huge bake sale, door prizes, barbecue lunch. Eat in or take out. Proceeds go to missions. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women. Free admission. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 1. 6800 Sardis Road. 704-364-1824.
Zion United Methodist, Monroe
Trunk-or-treat: Hot dog dinner and fun for the whole family. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 26. 1521 Old Fish Road, Monroe. www.zionumcmonroe.com.
Weddington United Methodist
Trust and Treat: Alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating for children age 2 through fifth-graders. Costume parades, candy, prizes, dinner, and visit from Cold Blooded Encounters Reptile Zoo and Science Center. Dinner choices include barbecue sandwiches, chips, slaw, and pizza; $2 per meal. 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the family life center. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. www.weddingtonchurch.org.
Stallings United Methodist
Sermon series: “Wonderful Wisdom of God: A Study of Proverbs.” 8:30, 9:45, and 10:55 a.m. Sundays through Nov. 9. The topic for Oct. 26 is “Labor Intensives.”
Dinner fundraiser: The United Methodist Women will host a chicken-and-dumplings dinner. Adults, $8; children under 10, $4. Proceeds go to missions. 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 8. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings. 704-821-8820.
Concert: Denver and the Mile High Orchestra will perform at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. $10-$20. 4519 Providence Road. www.christelca.org.
Roberta United Methodist, Concord
Halloween festival: Pumpkin-painting, face-painting, squash bowling, candy apples, pumpkin golf, haystack goody search, cake walk, trunk-or-treat. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Hot dogs, 6-6:30 p.m.
Yard sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 1. Hot dogs and homemade desserts, $1.25 each. Delivery for 10 or more. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 1. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.
St. James Catholic, Concord
Women’s Guild fundraiser: Book and bake sale, raffle and silent auction. Noon-5 p.m. Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Nov. 8, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 9. 139 Manor Ave. S.W., Concord. www.saintjamescatholic.org.
The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, Denver
Concert: The East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band will perform high-energy bluegrass and country music. The concert is part of the Alexander Community Concert Series. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10; children younger than 12, free. 3 p.m. Nov. 2. Reception follows. Season subscriptions available. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. Information and reservations: 704-489-6249.
Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius
Halloween event: Annual trunk-or-treat and costume parade, hot dog dinner, ice cream truck, hay rides, bounce houses, video game truck, more. Everyone invited. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 26.
Online worship services: Live streaming of worship services, funerals and special events now available on the church’s website. Blended worship at 9 a.m. Sundays, and traditional worship at 11 a.m. Archived services and events are also available. Access these services at www.bethel-pc.org.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman
Service: Lynn Henderson will explore the appeal of Earth-based religions in “Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence.” Nursery available. Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. 11 a.m. Oct. 26.
Children’s music class: Age 4 and older. 9:45-10:15 a.m. Sundays through Nov. 9.
Youth craft time: 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Youth meet monthly on Sunday afternoons for an activity or service project. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.
Davidson College Presbyterian
Guest speaker: Former Associate U.S. Attorney General Webb Hubbell will speak on our criminal justice system, the inhumanity of solitary confinement, and other issues, including his prison ministry. Hosted by the Jubilee class, which is studying our prison system this month. 9:45 a.m. Oct. 26 in the congregation house, 218 Concord Road, Davidson. www.dcpc.org.
Community in Christ Lutheran, Denver
New campus: The Cornelius church is starting a new campus and will hold a Reformation Day worship service, the first service in Denver. The Rev. Travis Norton will preach and preside at communion. 5-5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the meeting room of AcuCare Clinic, 388 N.C. 16 N., Denver. Fellowship over dinner at Safari Miles restaurant following the service. www.CommunityinChrist.net.
St. Patrick’s Episcopal, Mooresville
Concert: The Solas Leighis concert series is pleased to present internationally-recognized harpist Sunita Staneslow. Staneslow specializes in Jewish and Celtic music and has become widely known for her creative and accessible arrangements. Adults, $15; students and seniors, $10. A wine-and-cheese reception is included during intermission. Proceeds benefit community outreach. 7 p.m. Oct. 26. 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville. www.saint-patricks.org.
St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville
Worship services: 9:15 a.m. Sundays. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville. www.stluke-nc.org.
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.
Walnut Grove Baptist, Dallas
Women’s fall expo: More than 30 vendors. Custom sewing and embroidery, hair salon, handmade stone-top tables, Avon, Tupperware, homemade chicken salad, soups, much more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8. 3255 Dallas-Cherryville Highway, Dallas. www.walnutgrovebaptist.net.
Catawba United Methodist
Worship service: The Friends of Christ will lead worship and share a program of Southern gospel music. 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26. 207 E. Central Ave., Catawba. 828-241-4868; www.catawbaumc.org.
Crouse United Methodist and Pleasant Grove United Methodist, Lincolnton
Concerts: Folk Mountain Gospel will perform worship music for hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, zither, mandolin and guitar. 9:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at Crouse United Methodist, 2376 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Crouse, and 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist, 2069 N.C. 182, Lincolnton. A love offering will be taken at both churches. 704-735-2443.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 3-7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Ebenezer United Methodist, 4948 Burns Road, Granite Falls. www.cbcc.us.
Boger City United Methodist, Lincolnton
Community luncheon: Everyone welcome to join us on Oct. 26 for services and a meal. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and a combined traditional and contemporary service will be at 10:30 a.m. The luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu includes meatloaf, teriyaki chicken, vegetables, homemade desserts, and tea. A donation of $8 per person is requested for church missions. 2320 E. Main St., Lincolnton. 704-735-7513.
Lake Wylie Lutheran
Holiday boutique: Presented by the Lake Wylie Lutheran Church Quilters. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8. 2906 S. C. 160 S., Fort Mill. www.lakewylielutheran.org.
River Hills Community Church, Lake Wylie
Autumn bazaar: Silent auction, 30 craft vendors, artist showcase and art sale, bake sale, and attic sale with furniture, household items, toys, children’s clothing and more. Proceeds go to local and global missions. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 1. 104 Hamiltons Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. www.rhcconline.org.
Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill
Pumpkin patch: Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Proceeds benefit youth group mission trips and activities. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:30-7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. www.gracewired.org.
Flint Hill Baptist, Fort Mill
English classes: English as a Second Language classes for beginner through advanced students. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill. www.flinthillbc.org.
Heritage International Ministries, Fort Mill
Oak Initiative: The nondenominational organization meets to mobilize, equip, and activate residents to engage in current issues from a Biblical worldview. 7:30 p.m. Mondays. 375 Star Light Drive, Fort Mill. www.theoakinitiative.org.