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We welcome everyone back from summer break with our “Back-to-Shul” picnic. Reconnect with friends and extended family as we prepare to usher in the High Holy Days. Outdoor service and an acoustic performance by The Ruach. Bring a dairy dinner; we will provide drinks and dessert. Please bring a blanket or chair. 5 p.m. Aug. 26. 4901 Providence Road. www.templeisraelnc.org.
Myers Park Baptist
Faith communicators’ meeting
All who work in communications and development for houses of worship and nonprofits are invited for a new season of Faith Communicators. Join us for fellowship, networking, light breakfast and programs on telling stories through print, social media, video and more. Monthly meetings. Free. 10 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819; email@example.com.
Park Road Baptist
The choirs of St. Luke Missionary Baptist and Park Road Baptist, under the direction of Linda Hoover McClain and Monty Bennett, will lead a powerful service of prayer and praise through music featuring traditional anthems, hymns, spirituals and gospel. The interracial, interdenominational service will also feature guest musicians from McClintock Presbyterian. 4 p.m. Aug. 28. 3900 Park Road. www.parkroadbaptist.org.
Wesley United Methodist
Blessing of the backpacks
Dedicated time of prayer and blessing during the children’s time. Ginger the therapy dog will be here. We will also collect tissues for Olde Providence Elementary School. 9 and 11 a.m. Aug. 28. 3715 Rea Road. www.wesleycharlotte.org.
Interactive study groups address practical issues from a Christian worldview. Fall classes include Boundaries, GriefShare and DivorceCare. Limited enrollment. Child care available for ages 2-7. 6:30 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 12. Register at www.calvarychurch.com/support.
Women’s Bible studies
Women in the community are invited for study and friendship. Choices include Kay Arthur’s “Colossians and Philemon,” John MacArthur’s “Parables,” David Jeremiah’s “Ten Questions Christians Are Asking,” more. 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 6. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com/women.
Celebrate Recovery is a Biblical and balanced program offering fellowship, worship, teaching, testimonies and small-group sharing to anyone experiencing pain from loss, relationship issues or habits. 6-8 p.m. Sundays starting Sept. 11. 5301 Sardis Road. Register at www.centralnc.org. Learn more about the program at www.celebraterecovery.com.
Matthews United Methodist
Sept. 22 at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation. Proceeds support the Charlotte Rescue Mission, Hoskins Park Ministries and the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. Luncheon at 11 a.m. Shotgun start at noon. Register with Dave Dowker at 704-779-0599.
Harrison United Methodist, Pineville
Children’s consignment sale
Gently-used clothing for children of all ages plus toys, furniture, more. Proceeds help those in need. Consignor registration now open. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 9, and half-price sale 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 10. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. www.humcfaithcircle.org.
Ministry Development Services
Healthy parsonage workshop
Counselor Michael Hall will lead a five-part series for clergy and spouses. $160 per seminar or $800 for entire series. The next seminar is “The Couple Checkup: A Clergy and Spouse Exclusive.” 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept 13. Series continues Sept. 27. The series is held at Sardis Presbyterian, 6100 Sardis Road. Register at www.ministryds.org.
Mouzon United Methodist
Come be a part of our multi-ethnic prayer and praise service, a lively time of celebrating the living presence of God among us. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 3100 Selwyn Ave. www.mouzonumc.org.
Big Spring United Methodist
The Rev. David Carl will present a 28-part series on “Spirit, Mind, and Body.” Carl is executive director of spiritual care and education for the Carolinas HealthCare System. 9:30 a.m. Sundays. 5300 Old Dowd Road. 704-399-6362.
Davidson College Presbyterian
The 2016-17 Presbyterian Women/Horizons Bible Study will examine various perspectives on Jesus found in the Bible and elsewhere. Professor George Ramsey will lead a preview 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 27 in the Congregation House. $10. 218 Concord Road, Davidson. Register at www.dcpc.org.
St. Mark Catholic, Huntersville
Outreach collection drives
The church has installed a permanent food donation bin to collect items for the Catholic Charities food bank in Charlotte. Monthly collections of other items will address additional community needs. From Aug. 15 to 31, school supplies will be collected for Missionaries of the Poor. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. www.stmarknc.org.
RiverLife Wellness Center, Mooresville
“The Battle Within: Understanding Addiction.” Understand the struggles those with addiction face in order to better support them along their path to freedom. Free. 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at RiverLife Fellowship, 2487 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-7705 ext. 1; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius
DivorceCare is a safe, confidential group offering God’s help toward healing and wholeness. DivorceCare for Kids for ages 5-12 will also be offered. 6:45-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-8566; www.divorcecare.org.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman
The Rev. Amy Brooks will lead our annual water service to reflect on the joys of coming back together in a new place and with renewed vision and energy. Nursery available. 11 a.m. Aug. 28. Services are now being held at Coddle Creek Elementary School, 484 Presbyterian Road, Mooresville. uulakenorman.org.
Guest speaker Jacob Collins will lead us for a pre-season kickoff as we go “all in” to see everyone as a new creation in Christ. Free. Child care available. 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 26 and 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 27. 201 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Register at www.hpcpatch.org.
Huntersville United Methodist
Fall community extravaganza will include a car show, food, kids’ games, live music, more. Vendor tables, $35. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 22. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. www.humconline.org.
Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius
Oboist Kelsey Maiorano will perform her first U. S. concert after a year abroad. She will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Crusell and Pasculli. 7 p.m. Aug. 26. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.
The American Guild of Organists, Charlotte Chapter
The Summer Recital Series presents a choral festival with organ, brass and the combined choirs of Covenant Presbyterian and Myers Park United Methodist. An offering will be received for the Ann and Robert Stigall Scholarship Fund. 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Covenant Presbyterian, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. www.charlotteago.org.
First Baptist, Indian Trail
Dove Award-winning artists The Nelons and guest Amber Nelon Thompson will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 29. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. www.fbcit.org.
Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill
17th annual yard sale, barbecue and bake sale will be held Aug. 27. Yard and bake sale, 7-11:30 a.m. Barbecue meals include slaw, baked beans, hushpuppies and tea or lemonade. Barbecue available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. www.gracewired.org.
Amity Presbyterian, Charlotte
Enjoy snacks and beverages, then move to comfortable tables in our fellowship hall for a casual service with contemporary Christian music, a short message and discussion. The service is held the last Sunday of each month. 6 p.m. Aug. 28 in Johnston Hall. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. www.amitypc.org.
Calvary Lutheran, Concord
8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays unless noted. 950 Bradley St., Concord. www.clcofconcord.org.
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.
Temple Solel, Fort Mill
Rabbi Ilan Glazer will lead the Shabbat service at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and the Havdalah service on Aug. 27 following a congregational potluck dinner. The community is invited to share this cultural experience. The congregation meets at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road E., Fort Mill. www.templesolelsc.org.
First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill
“Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009; www.firstarp.org.