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Compiled by Erica Batten
Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington
Lenten prayer services: 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. www.spiritofjoy.us.
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Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews
Lenten services: Brief services focusing on the parable of the prodigal son. 6:45-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. 704-847-5967.
Saint Andrew’s United Methodist
Study: Join us for our weekly “Beginnings: The Spiritual Life Study.” Each session includes a brief video and discussion. Free. No registration required. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 1900 Emerywood Drive. 704-553-1327.
Elizabeth Communities of Faith
Lenten services: Six local churches and the chaplaincies of CMC-Mercy and Novant Presbyterian will gather each week for worship on the theme “On the Journey Together.”
A different church or chaplaincy will lead worship each week, and area restaurants will provide a simple lunch. $5 suggested donation for lunch. All money will be donated to Loaves and Fishes and the Community Culinary School of Charlotte.
The 30-minute services will be held at noon Wednesdays at Caldwell Presbyterian, 1609 E. 5th St. On March 11, the CMC-Mercy Department of Pastoral Care will lead worship. Soup and bread will be provided by Passion8 and Great Harvest Bread Company. www.elizabethfaith.org.
Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox
Concert: Cappella Romana will present a concert of medieval Byzantine chant. Free admission. 8 p.m. March 13. 5108 Kuykendall Road. www.stnektarios.org.
Lenten services: Noon-12:30 p.m. March 11, 18 and 25. Participating churches are Third Presbyterian, First Church of God, and Central, Cokesbury, and Memorial United Methodist. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. 704-537-3484.
Wesley United Methodist
Study: We will read “The Story,” a 31-chapter version of the Bible story that reads like a novel.
Each week we explore both God’s perspective and the human experience. Learn what it means to live the challenging and rewarding life of following Christ. Copies of the book are available at the church. 9 and 11 a.m.Sundays. 3715 Rea Road. www.WesleyCharlotte.org.
Blair Road United Methodist, Mint Hill
Concert: The African Children’s Choir will perform African songs and dances including children’s songs, traditional spirituals, and gospel favorites. Free; a free-will offering will be taken to support the choir’s education, relief, and development programs. 8:45 and 11:11 a.m. March 15. 9135 Blair Road, Mint Hill. www.africanchildrenschoir.com.
Providence United Methodist
Open house: The music department invites anyone who would like to visit a choir to sing along, to learn more about how a choir works, or just to listen. We will have a reception following rehearsal to welcome our visitors. 7:30 p.m. March 12 in the music suite. 2810 Providence Road. www.ProvidenceUMC.org.
Matthews United Methodist
Summer arts camp: “Under God’s Sea in 3-D” music and arts camp for children in grades K-6. $75 includes daily lunch and snack, t-shirt, materials. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 6-10 with performance at 6 p.m. July 11. Registration now open.
Weekly summer camp: At “The Lighthouse,” children will explore cities where Jesus’ ministry came alive and learn to live faith in daily life. Games, crafts, cooking projects, devotions, field trips, service projects and more. $145 per week. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15-Aug. 19. Space limited. Registration now open.
Vacation Bible school: “Everest VBS: Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power.” 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 22-26. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.matthewumc.org.
First Baptist, Indian Trail
Spring sports: Developmental tackle football for ages 6-8 and up to 75 lbs., $120; ages 9-11 and up to 120 lbs., $170. Register by March 21. Cheerleading for ages 6-11, $80. Register by March 21. Soccer for ages 5-11, $80. Register by March 12. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005;www.fbcit.org.
Concert: The Hope Chapel Choir, the touring ensemble from Hope College in Holland, Mich., will perform as part of its spring concert tour. The program highlights several arrangements of South African songs as well as a variety of sacred and secular works from the Western choral tradition. 7 p.m. March 14. www.sardis.org.
Consignment sale: The weekday school will host a sale featuring spring and summer children’s and maternity clothing, shoes, books, games, toys, infant gear, furniture, outdoor play equipment. 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 28. Volunteers and consignors needed. 6100 Sardis Road. Register atwww.myconsignmentmanager.com/sardis.
MorningStar Presbyterian, Matthews
Cards and games: Bring the cards and games you love to play. Snacks, lunch, door prizes and silent auction. Groups welcome. Sponsored by the Presbyterian Women. $10 per person. Payment must be received in the church office by March 12. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14. 13000 Idlewild Road, Matthews. 704-847-0864.
Sharon United Methodist
Cokesbury United Methodist
Annual attic sale: The United Methodist Women will host an attic sale 7 a.m.-noon March 14. 6701 Idlewild Road. 704-537-5818.
Saint Matthew Catholic
Women’s day: Guest speaker Lennie Cox will present this year’s theme, “Turn Your Face Toward Her Son.” $15 includes breakfast and lunch. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 21 in the New Life Center banquet room. Mass at 8 a.m. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. 704-543-7677.
Idlewild Baptist, Matthews
Barbecue: $9 for one platter, three sandwiches, or one pound meat. Proceeds go to local and worldwide missions. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 14. 12701 Idlewild Road, Matthews. Order at www.IdlewildBaptist.org.
Christ the King Church
Community clothing closet: Free clothing for infants, children and adults. 9 a.m.-noon March 21. 13501 S. Tryon St. www.CtKCharlotte.org/Events.
SouthPark Christian Church
Garage sale: The church will hold its 47th annual garage sale. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 20 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 21. 6650 Park South Drive. www.southparkchristian.net.
Saint Mark AME Zion, Pineville
Worship services: 11 a.m. Sundays.
Community outreach prayer: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 605 Johnston Drive, Pineville. 704-889-7072.
Walkersville Presbyterian, Waxhaw
Guest speakers: Val Elliot Shepard, daughter of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, and her husband, Walt, who grew up with missionary parents in Africa, will be the guests March 9-11. They will speak at 7 p.m. each night. A love offering will be taken for their ministry. 6202 Brady Road, Waxhaw. 704-843-3612.
Harrison United Methodist, Pineville
Items needed: The church is collecting donations for a rummage sale to be held in April.
Sale proceeds will be used for a lunch program at a school in Haiti, which feeds 200 children. Accepting furniture, appliances, books, holiday decorations, flat-screen TVs, and gently-used children’s clothing. No shoes, adult clothing, mattresses, box springs, or tube TVs. Pickup available. Donations are tax-deductible; receipt furnished on request. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. To donate, send contact information to email@example.com.