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Compiled by Erica Batten
Harrison United Methodist, Pineville
Special grief service: “A Quiet Christmas” service is for those who have lost a spouse, parent, child or sibling. Acknowledge your grief and the memory of your loved one even as you claim the hope of Christmas. 7 p.m. Dec. 8. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. www.harrisonchurch.org.
Living Saviour Lutheran
Christmas concert: The church will present its popular concert of Advent and Christmas music featuring works by Pergolesi, Wilberg, Rutter, and Forrest.
Director of Music Don Huff will conduct. Free. A reception follows the concert. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. 6817 Carmel Road. www.livingsaviourlc.org.
Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic
Christmas shopping event: Santa’s Bag welcomes all children ages 2-12. Costumed elves will escort children through Santa’s workshop of gifts for the whole family, including pets. Come early for best selection. Free gift wrapping for gifts priced $1-$5.
Coffee and fellowship for parents while the children shop. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits and photos. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Monsignor Pharr Activity Center. 6828 Old Reid Road. www.stvincentdepaulchurch.com.
Holiday memorial service: Special service allows parents to come together with others for a time of remembrance and reflection. Bereaved parents and their families are welcome. Please bring a candle in a holder to light in remembrance of your child. Nursery provided. 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. John’s Episcopal, 1623 Carmel Road. www.kindermourn.org.
All Things Possible Ministries
Special event: Join us for an evening of caroling, raffle prizes and a dessert contest. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Johnson Mansion, 1800 Queens Road. Register at www.AllThingsPossible.org.
Sharon United Methodist
Myers Park United Methodist
Open house: The Goodness Gracious! gift shop, in the lobby of the parish life building, will have snacks, music, and Christmas merchandise on display. 5-7 p.m. Dec. 3.
Proceeds from the volunteer-run shop go to outreach. In addition to its regular weekday, Wednesday evening, and Sunday morning hours, the shop will be open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.mpumc.org.
Providence United Methodist
Cookie walk: The church women will host their annual “Cookie Walk and More!” with festive homemade sweet and savory baked goods.
Fill a box for $8 or two boxes for $15. Specialty baked goods and holiday décor are also available. Proceeds benefit church missions. 9 a.m. Dec. 6 until sold out.
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.
Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox
Baklava sale: The Ladies Philoptochos Society will hold its first baklava sale.
The classic Greek pastry can be frozen for up to two months and makes a great gift. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20, across the street from the farmer’s market in downtown Matthews. For information, contact Catherine Keretsis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-819-0327.
Concert: The Piedmont Baroque Consortium will present Handel’s “Messiah” played on period instruments. Conductor David Tang leads the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, the semi-professional choir VOX, and renowned soloists. Art historian Phillip Larrimore has chosen projections of historical fine art to accompany the music. Sponsored by the Parker Family Enrichment Fund, admission to this performance is free. Limited seating. Child care provided. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. 5201 Sharon Road. www.SharonPCUSA.org.
Pritchard Memorial Baptist
Christmas show: Broadway Comes to Southend presents “The Gift: A Christmas Love Story.” Free tickets available. 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Dessert follows each show. 1117 South Blvd. www.pritchardmemorial.com.
Saint Andrew’s United Methodist
Christmas tree sale: Fresh-cut Fraser fir trees from the North Carolina mountains. The 6- to 10-foot trees are $45-$55. 3-6 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20. 1900 Emerywood Drive. www.standrewsumc.com.
Saint John’s Episcopal
Job hunters’ group: Expert speakers provide job search tips, resume reviews, interview coaching, and networking opportunities. No fees or registration. 7 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday. 1623 Carmel Road. www.saintjohns-charlotte.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drives: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7 at Amazing Grace Lutheran, 416 W. N. Main St., Waxhaw. 12:30-4 p.m. Dec. 7 at Cornerstone Baptist, 8947 Albemarle Road. www.cbcc.us.