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Compiled by Erica Batten
Interfaith Thanksgiving service: Speakers Rabbi Judy Schindler, Ophelia Garmon-Brown and the Rev. Christy Snow. Music by MeckMin interfaith choirs and ensembles, the Queen City Ringers, Gaston Choral Society, and The Park Choir. Children’s message by the Rev. Sofia McGuire. 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at The Park Church, 6029 Beatties Ford Road. www.meckmin.org/thanksgiving-interfaith-service.
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Pritchard Memorial Baptist
Toy train show: The Train Collectors Association Southeastern Division presents a toy train show and sale. More than 80 tables with Lionel, MTH, K-Line, Weaver, Atlas and many more from 1920 to 2014 plus tracks, switches, other accessories and repairs. $6 donation; $5 with flier or newspaper ad. Children under 13 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22. Open to TCA members at 9 a.m. A raffle will be held at 3 p.m. for a Lionel Norfolk Southern set. 1117 South Blvd. www.SE-TCA.org.
Belmont Abbey College
Concert: The UNC Charlotte Chamber Singers will present an eclectic concert of sacred music from the 16th century to the 20th century, featuring William Byrd’s “Mass for Four Voices.” Free admission; donations accepted. 3 p.m. Nov. 23 in the basilica. 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont. www.bac.edu.
Celebration: Cantor Elias Roochvarg will be honored for his 20 years of dedication to the synagogue and congregation. Special Shabbat service followed by Kiddush luncheon, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 22. A concert featuring Monty Bennett, Lance Burnette, Franklin Kaunitz, Dorit Rosenbaum and Cantor Mary Thomas will be held at 7 p.m. 4901 Providence Road. www.templeisraelnc.org.
Harrison United Methodist, Pineville
Fabric garage sale: 3,000 yards of fabric, yarn, thread, more. Fabric is $1 per yard. Proceeds go to the John Wesley School in Haiti. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 22 at 17335 Meadow Bottom Road. www.harrisonchurch.org.
Temple Or Olam
Fall Shabbaton: All events are open to the public. Torah study with Institute for Southern Jewish Life intern Lex Rofes, 10-11 a.m. Nov. 22. “Israel Literacy 101” adult education session, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Jewish musical hour and sing-along, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Bring an instrument if desired. Havdalah, 6:30-6:45 p.m. “Jewpardy” game with pizza and salad dinner, 6:45-9 p.m. $5 donation per person appreciated. All events will be held at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, 9704 Mallard Creek Road. www.or-olam.org.
Saint Peter’s Episcopal
Photo exhibit: The church will host a traveling exhibit of 33 photographs of the Episcopal Relief and Development agency’s worldwide efforts to overcome poverty, hunger and disease. Created in honor of Episcopal Relief and Development’s 75th anniversary, the exhibit explores the organization’s history and programs, which reach more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries. An app available on iPhones and Androids provides viewers with detail and background about each image. The exhibit will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday through Dec. 15. 115 W. Seventh St. www.st-peters.org.
Myers Park United Methodist
Book signing: Church Director of Communications Ken Garfield will sign copies of his book, “Billy Graham: A Life in Pictures.” 9-11 a.m. Nov. 23 at the Goodness Gracious! gift shop in the lobby of the parish life building. Proceeds from the volunteer-run shop go to outreach. The shop will be open extended hours in December. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.mpumc.org.
Prince of Peace Lutheran
Holiday bake sale: Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 23. 3001 Beatties Ford Road. 704-392-6098.
Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox
Baklava sale: The Ladies Philoptochos Society will hold its first annual baklava sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 22 and 29 and Dec. 6, 13, and 20 across the street from the farmer’s market in downtown Matthews. For information, email Catherine Keretsis at email@example.com.
University City United Methodist
Christmas musical: The church Celebration Choir, drama ministry, Exaltation Ringers, Joybells, Psalm 150 Orchestra, Renovation Youth Choir, Spirit Singers and other members of the music ministry will present “A University City Christmas.” Free; a love offering will be received. Child care available for ages 0-5; reservations required. 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 4 p.m. Dec. 7. 3835 W. W.T. Harris Blvd. www.ucumc.org.
Grace Crossing Baptist Fellowship
Concert: Annual “Appalachian Christmas” featuring Amantha Mill. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6. 5600 Rocky River Road. www.gracecrossing.info.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 23 at Hickory Grove Baptist, 2350 Odell School Road. www.cbcc.us.
The Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist
Art exhibition: Crown Artists announce their first exhibition, “Expressions,” featuring more than 70 paintings in a rich variety of styles. The representational and abstract works include pastels, oils and mixed media. All paintings are for sale. A portion of the proceeds goes to support The Cornell Center. The exhibition is open through Nov. 30. 2001 Selwyn Ave. www.mpbconline.org/cornwell-center.
Providence United Methodist
Concert: World-renowned singer-songwriter John Gorka will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in Wolfe Hall. Proceeds benefit the church’s Haiti missions and UMAR. 2810 Providence Road. Tickets available at www.ProvidenceUMC.org.
Thanksgiving worship service: Remember God’s blessings, hear a message from His Word, sing, pray and celebrate communion. After the service, fellowship over coffee, spiced apple cider and pumpkin and pecan pie. Child care provided for ages 4 and under. 7 p.m. Nov. 25. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com.
Sharon United Methodist
Worship services: The sermon topic for Nov. 23 is “Giving Thanks.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.
Charlotte Torah Center
Class: Rabbi Chanoch Oppenheim will hold an interactive class on “The Path of the Just.” The class provides in-depth analysis of the classic Jewish work on character development, self-awareness and self-improvement by 18th-century Italian kabbalist and philosopher Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto. The class meets at 10 a.m. every other Tuesday. The next class is Nov. 25. Free; donations accepted. 5668 International Drive. www.charlottetorahcenter.com.
Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington
Mid-week events: Family dinner, 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Youth group and children’s program, 6 p.m. Adult study on “Victory in the Face of Spiritual Warfare,” 6 p.m.
Thanksgiving worship service: 7 p.m. Nov. 26. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. www.spiritofjoy.us.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Cross and Crown Lutheran, 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. www.cbcc.us.
Turkey and ham collection: Frozen turkeys and hams will be collected for Harrisburg Crisis Assistance, Cooperative Christian Ministry, and the Urban Ministry Center. Monetary donations go toward bulk purchases. 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays and Sundays. 4815 N. C. 49 S., Harrisburg. 704-455-2491.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drives: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 23 at Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Hwy., Concord. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23 at Westford United Methodist, 273 N. C. 49 S., Concord. www.cbcc.us.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman
Service: The Rev. Amy Brooks, Emily Messener and Marilyn Campbell will present “The Season of Giving.” Nursery available. Children age 4 and up go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. A Thanksgiving potluck meal will follow the service. 11 a.m. Nov. 23.
Sunday morning groups: The Humanist discussion group will focus on Jonathan Haidt’s book, “The Happiness Hypothesis.” 9:45 a.m. Sundays in classroom 2. The adult discussion group meets to explore and share inspiration and challenges. 9:45 a.m. Sundays in classroom 3. Children’s and youth activities available. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.
New Hope Lutheran, Mooresville
New ministry: Lifetree Café is part of a national network of locations offering participatory events related to life and faith. Events typically include a short original film and guided conversation on topics such as loneliness, immigration, angels, guilt, prayer, and life after death. Snacks and drinks available. Free admission. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The topic for Nov. 25 is “The Power of Thankfulness.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. www.LifetreeCafe.com.
Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville
Service opportunities: Mooresville-area churches and the Mooresville Soup Kitchen invite the community to help provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal for families and individuals in need. Volunteers are needed for cooking, set up, greeting, seating, serving and cleaning up. Training may be necessary for some volunteers. All ages welcome; children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Monetary donations also welcome. The meal will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 27. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992; www.sainttherese.net/thanksgiving.
Davidson College Presbyterian
Interfaith Thanksgiving service: The North Mecklenburg faith community will hold its annual interfaith service. 7 p.m. Nov. 25 in the congregation house. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.
Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville
Worship services: 9:15 a.m. Sundays.
Holiday bake sale: The Ladies Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) Society will sell traditional Greek pastries, including baklava, kourabiedes, and finikia, by the pan or the piece. Gift box assortments available. Proceeds go to local outreach ministries. Order by Dec. 7. Pick up 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 14. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville. Order forms available in the News and Events area of www.stluke-nc.org.
Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius
Community Thanksgiving service: Pastors from area churches will lead worship. Message by Pastor Travis Norton of Community in Christ Lutheran. A combined choir will provide music. Offering will be taken for the Ada Jenkins Center. 7 p.m. Nov. 24. 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. www.bethel-pc.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.
New Hope Moravian, Newton
Special event: Candle tea and Christmas bazaar. Enjoy the Bandys High School chorus and hand-bell ensemble and the church band, Moravian coffee and sugar cake, and Christmas shopping. Free admission. Canned goods and other staples will be collected for the ECCCM food pantry. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6. 2897 Sandy Ford Road, Newton. www.newhopemoravian.org.
Riverview Presbyterian, Fort Mill
Cookie walk and auction: Fill a box of homemade cookies for $6. Bid on baskets with gift themes. Proceeds go to church playground project. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6. 124 N. Sutton Road, Fort Mill. www.riverviewpcusa.org.
Fort Mill Community Bible Church
Christian karaoke night: Bring your favorite Christian CDs and come prepared for a night of fun. Refreshments available. All are welcome. 7 p.m. Nov. 28. 125 E. Elliott St., Fort Mill. 803-389-5970.
First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill
Worship service: “Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009; www.firstarp.org.
The Community Café
Lunch: The Community Café offers free lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Hwy., Lake Wylie, and 11:30-2 p.m. Fridays at Lake Wylie Lutheran, 2906 S.C. 160, Fort Mill. www.communitycafecares.com.