Memorial service: Holiday memorial service for bereaved parents who have experienced the death of a child. Bring a candle in a holder to light in memory of your child. Nursery provided. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13, St. Gabriel Catholic, 3016 Providence Road. 704-376-2580; www.kindermourn.org.
St. Stephen United Methodist
Christmas tree sale: Fresh-cut Fraser firs, wreaths, garland. Proceeds fund youth in mission work. 6800 Sardis Road. 704-364-1824.
Candlelight services: Services of lessons and carols. Offering received to benefit Crisis Assistance Ministry. 5 p.m. today; prelude music begins at 4:30 p.m.
Alternative gift market: Simplify your holiday with alternative gifts: Gifts and donation cards from local and global charitable agencies available. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today, fellowship hall. 1000 E. Morehead St. 704-333-9071; www.covenantpresby.org.
Christmas program: Church choir and orchestra present "The Spirit of Christmas." Journey in time to Bethlehem to view the birth of Christ. Traditional carols and contemporary selections. Free. 10:30 a.m. today. 333 Jeremiah Blvd. www.northsidebaptist church.net ; 704-596-4856.
Mecklenburg Community Church
Christmas concert: Singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson and friends perform 10th annual concert featuring Peterson's acclaimed Christmas song cycle "Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ." 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16. 8335 Browne Road. 704-598-9800; www.mecklenburg.org.
Myers Park United Methodist
Special services: Service of Hope and Consolation for those who have suffered a loss and are hurting, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Services of Lessons and Carols with chancel choir, Brass Charlotte, percussion, organ, 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. Dec. 13. Candlelight Love Feast led by youth featuring youth choir, Moravian Love Feast buns, hot spiced tea, handmade beeswax candles, 7 p.m. Dec. 13. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.mpumc.org.
Doers of the Word Christian Fellowship
Anniversary celebrations: Celebration of first anniversaries of Pastor Belinda Stokes and the church Dec. 13. Special guests: Dr. Fred Lee and congregation from Jesus Christian Center at 11 a.m.; Pastor Arthur Canada and congregation from McClintock Presbyterian at 4 p.m. 10660 S. Tryon St. 704-583-0380; www.doersofthewordcfc.org.
St. Luke Missionary Baptist
Flea market bazaar: Christmas event with goods and services from local merchants, raffles, refreshments, activities, visit from Santa. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 19. 1600 Norris Ave. 704-375-9650.
Advent vespers services: Each service of prayers, Scripture, reflection to offer a different style of worship. Fellowship and light meal after each. Child care provided; but families are encouraged to join in worship. 6 p.m. today, Dec. 13, 20. 200 W. Trade St. 704-332-5123.
Advent celebration: Community invited to hear songs of the season presented by Welsh tenor Huw Priday, with guest host Cliff Barrows. Music of the Calvary grand organ and favorite Christmas carols. Message by Senior Pastor John Munro. Lighting of Christmas tree; holiday refreshments. 6 p.m. today.
Concert: Calvary's worship ministry teams to present "The Voices of Christmas," family concert that portrays God speaking through the birth of his son. Free. 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 13. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com; 704-887-3687.
Children's Christmas party: Community invited. Santa to give toys to children age 2 through fifth grade. 2-4 p.m. Dec. 19. 4622 Nations Crossing Road. 704-523-5941.
Seigle Avenue Presbyterian
Bible study series: Pastor Floretta Watkins teaches "Advent Through the Eyes of Those Who Waited." 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 23. 600 Seigle Ave. 704-338-1914.
Pineville United Methodist
Christmas cantata: "Joy Came Down," musical retelling of Christmas story with familiar carols and new songs, presented by chancel choir and praise team. 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 13. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022.
Beth Shalom of Lake Norman
Hanukkah party: Sixth annual celebration with free refreshments, Hanukkah crafts, children's art projects, music, much more. Lighting of the Beth Shalom Menorah, Lake Norman's only outdoor menorah. Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 13, Mooresville Town Square, Brawley School Road at Williamson Road. www.bslkn.org.
Compiled by Erica Batten