August 12, 2014

Religion news

Compiled by Erica Batten

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Simpson-Gillespie United Methodist

Concert: The handbell ministry presents its annual Joyful Ringers concert. Please donate school supplies to help children in need. 6 p.m. Aug. 23. 3545 Beatties Ford Road. 704-399-2717.

Myers Park United Methodist

Program: Director of Music Jimmy Jones and Music Associate and Organist Patrick Scott will present “A Tale of Two Concertos,” featuring members of the Charlotte and Winston-Salem symphonies under the direction of Robert Moody. They will perform music by Francis Poulenc and Howard Hanson as the church celebrates the 65th anniversary of its Aeolian-Skinner organ. Free. 7 p.m. Aug. 17. 1501 Queens Road.

Avondale Presbyterian

Ecumenical Taize service: Brother Roger, the founder of the Taize movement, will be honored on the anniversary of his death. 5 p.m. Aug. 16. 2821 Park Road.

Temple Beth El

Lecture: Tenth annual Schloss Summer Lecture “What We Should Know About Our Water and What We Can Do About It,” with Reed Perkins, professor of environmental science at Queens University, and Ivan Cooper, national practice leader at Civil and Environmental Consultants. Free. 7:45 p.m. Aug. 22. 5101 Providence Road.

St. Luke’s Lutheran, Monroe

Church anniversary: The church will celebrate its 125th anniversary Aug. 17. A worship service with special music celebrating the life and ministry of the congregation will be at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Beatty will be the guest preacher. He is the son of Pastor Paul Berry Beatty, who was church pastor 1974-1993. Afterward will be a covered-dish dinner with music by the Union Road Band, photos and memories. As a special anniversary project, the congregation has collected more than 125 shirts for East Elementary School. The church is at 909 Circle Drive, Monroe.

Amity Presbyterian

Community event: “Back-to-School Bash.” Worship with us at 11 a.m. Aug. 17, share a covered-dish lunch, and enjoy bounce houses, a ride-on train, rock climbing, snow cones, popcorn, more. Free. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road.

Temple Or Olam

Kabbalat Shabbat: Gentle and lovely Torah service to welcome guests and members back from summer activities. Followed by ice cream social and showcase of our religious school. 7 p.m. Aug. 22.

Israeli dancing: Come dance with us. Instruction and fun. Beginners and experienced dancers welcome. Adults $10; children $5. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 23. Services and activities are at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, 9704 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte.

Asbury United Methodist, Huntersville

Homecoming: The church will open its 200th anniversary celebration season with homecoming. Gospel sing 10:30 a.m. Aug. 17. Worship service 11 a.m. Covered-dish dinner afterward. The community is invited. 11724 Asbury Chapel Road, Huntersville.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic

Polish Mass and relic: The church will host the third annual diocesan Polish Mass in honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Rev. Matt Nycz of Buffalo, N.Y., will be the celebrant, and the Rev. James Witulski of St. Thomas Aquinas will assist as deacon. This mass will fulfill Sunday mass obligation. After the mass will be available a relic of Pope Saint John Paul II, a drop of blood on his cassock from the day he was shot in 1981. A reception with Polish food will follow the mass. Donations of Polish or American food are appreciated. 2 p.m. Aug. 24. Confessions in Polish and English will be heard at 1 p.m. 1400 Suther Road.

Wedgewood Church

Competition and exhibit: Wedgewood and First Christian churches will host “Charlotte Spins the Parables of Jesus,” an art and poetry competition. Cash awards. Poetry competition jurors are award-winning poet and author Anthony Abbott and Dr. Nancy Fairley. Art competition jurors are the Rev. Suzanne Watts and Christopher Lawing. Entries due Aug. 25. The exhibit will be Sept. 12-27. In November, the churches will host a national Christians in the Visual Arts exhibit titled “Picturing the Parables of Jesus.” Wedgewood Church is at 4800 Wedgewood Drive.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: Noon-3 p.m. Aug. 17 at Hope Community Church of Metrolina, 3205 Sam Wilson Road.

Providence United Methodist

Auctions: Live auction to benefit Haiti missions, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 20. Cash and bank cards only. Silent auction 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 21. Refreshments served.

Attic sale: The Haiti Missions Ministry will host its annual attic sale with more than 25,000 square feet of merchandise. Furniture, home décor, kitchen items, children’s clothing and equipment, books, garden tools, holiday items, sporting goods and a ladies’ boutique. Cash only. Proceeds go to Haiti missions. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 23. 2810 Providence Road.

Community Bible Study

Registration open: Evening study of 1 and 2 Corinthians for men and women begins Sept. 4. Join us for a kickoff barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 4. Classes meet at Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road.

Calvary Church

Support groups: Fall support ministry classes address practical issues from a Christian worldview. Classes include DivorceCare, DivorceCare for Kids, GriefShare, Boundaries, and Search for Significance. Limited enrollment; early registration recommended. Child care available for ages 2-7. Classes begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 8. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: “Summer Reads” series will explore what it means to be human as depicted in popular fiction, classics and the first book ever published. 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. The sermon for Aug. 17 is “ ‘The Hunger Games’ Meets ‘The Catcher in the Rye.’ ” 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Myers Park Baptist

Meeting: The Faith Communicators, an informal network of nonprofit communications and marketing people, meets the fourth Friday of each month for networking and a program on some aspect of public relations. Light breakfast served. Free. 10 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819;

Christ the King Church

Finance classes: “Financial Peace University” is designed to help you get out of debt, build wealth and give like never before using Biblical principles. Classes start Sept. 7. Register at

Simulcast: “Living Proof Live,” featuring Beth Moore, author of best-selling Bible studies and other books for women. $20 advance ticket purchase includes materials, snacks and lunch. 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Sept. 13. 13501 S. Tryon St. Register at

First Baptist, Indian Trail

“Monday Nights Live”: Guest speakers and musicians at 7 p.m. each Monday through Aug. 25. Dr. Herb Reavis will speak Aug. 18. Music by Voices of Lee. Free. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005;

Matthews United Methodist

New worship experience: 801South, a new modern worship experience with new music, small groups, helpful content for everyday life and a special time just for kids, launches at 11 a.m. Sept. 7. Erik Langston will serve as worship leader and band coach for this new format. Everyone is invited to see how 801South is serving the community in new ways. The church is at 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. Learn more at

Zion United Methodist, Monroe

Family day: Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade ice cream. Games for all ages, including four square, corn hole, water balloon toss, volleyball and kickball. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 20. 1521 Old Fish Road, Monroe.

Price Memorial AME Zion, Concord

Special event: The church celebrates 25 years of participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program. Quarterly pickup at 8 a.m. Aug. 23 will be followed by a reception at 9:30 a.m. Local officials have been invited to participate. 192 Spring St. S.W., Concord.

Mount Pleasant United Methodist

Community clothing closet: 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 1260 N. College St., Mount Pleasant.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 17 at Westford United Methodist, 273 N.C. 49 S., Concord; 4-8 p.m. Aug. 18 at Bethpage Presbyterian, 6020 Mooresville Highway, Kannapolis.

Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

Concert: Enjoy a fantastic worship experience with Love Collide, a contemporary collaboration by sisters Lauren and Brooke DeLeary. Free; love offering will be collected for missions. 6 p.m. Aug. 24. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Guest speaker: Elizabeth Hinton-Hasty, author of the 2014 Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible study, “Reconciling Paul,” will present an exploration of 2 Corinthians. $10. 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 23 in the congregation house, 218 Concord Road, Davidson. Advance registration suggested. Hinton-Hasty will also present “The Problem of Wealth” at 9:45 a.m. Aug. 24 in the sanctuary, 100 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-5641;

St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Missionary day: The theme will be “Seeking Unity Through God’s Love” based on 1 Corinthians 1:10. Associate Pastor Beatrice Barnes will preach. 11 a.m. Aug. 24. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Service: “Experiencing the Transcendent” with the Rev. Amy Brooks. Nursery available. 11 a.m. Aug. 17.

Spiritual exploration groups: Adult discussion group will explore and share inspiration and challenges. Humanist group will discuss living with purpose, pain and suffering, and what it means to be a “happy humanist.” 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Youth group will resume in the fall. Services are at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Huntersville United Methodist

Fall community extravaganza: Everyone is invited to our 14th annual event featuring live music, local vendors, barbecue, car show, silent and live auctions, a bake sale and children’s activities. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Fall schedule: We will resume two services at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Aug. 17.

Sunday school orientation: 9:15 a.m. Aug. 24 in the chapel. Sunday school begins Sept. 7. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Huntersville First Baptist

Yard sale collection: Donations and volunteers needed for yard sale. All proceeds help feed the hungry. Collection will be 6-8 p.m. Fridays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. The sale is Sept. 27. 119 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Classes: Disciples’ Academy and Equip U classes begin in September. Disciples’ Academy focuses on spiritual formation. Choices include Straight Talk to Men, Twelve Women of the Bible, more. Equip U classes help with life skills and healthy lifestyle. Choices include Re-Fit, Financial Peace University, and 14 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. 704-664-2324;

St. James Episcopal, Mooresville

Pancake brunch: Adults, $5; children, $3. Guests may contribute school supplies for Shepherd Elementary School and donations to the Brody Wallace Thompson Scholarship Fund, which will assist local youth involved in team sports. The event will also include door prizes and a 50-50 drawing. Community invited. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 23. 851 Shinnville Road, Mooresville. 704-664-7115.

St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Worship services: 9:15 a.m. Sundays. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville.

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.

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Homecoming service: 3 p.m. Aug. 17. Revival services, 7 p.m. Aug. 18-21. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

Church of the Master United Church of Christ, Hickory

Discussion: “Thinking Allowed Thursday” is a monthly forum where people are invited to talk about subjects of interest in a safe and loving environment. 7 p.m. Aug. 21. 2230 29th Ave. Drive N.E., Hickory. 828-495-8400.

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Concert: Annual “Gospel and Spirituals With Grace” concert on the theme “Roll, Jordan Roll: Hope and Courage to Overcome.” Selections from the Grace Notes choir, the Grace Quartet and Joyful Noise. Child care available. 6 p.m. Aug. 17.

Fundraiser: Yard sale and bake sale 7-11:30 a.m. Aug. 23. Barbecue lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Plates include barbecue, slaw, baked beans, roll and tea or lemonade. Adults $9; children $4.50. Soft drinks and desserts available for purchase. Pounds of barbecue $12 each. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill.

Community Bible Study

Bible study: Women and children of all ages, churches, backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge are welcome to join us for an in-depth, 30-week study of Romans. 9 a.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 3 at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamiltons Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. To register, contact Michelle Locklear at

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services: The Reform Jewish Congregation is holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. each second and fourth Friday in the ministry building at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. Religious education is 10-11:30 a.m. Sundays. 803-619-9707;

Temple Kol Ami, Fort Mill

Services: Temple Kol Ami is a synagogue in York County that welcomes Jews from all walks of life. Shabbat services are the first and third Friday of every month at Unity Presbyterian, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Religious school is enrolling for the 2014-15 school year.

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Rally day: Join us as we kick off our new Sunday school year and celebrate faith formation. 9:15 a.m. Aug. 17. Blessing of backpacks will take place during both worship services. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill.

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