Compiled by Erica Batten
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Friendship Missionary Baptist
Job fair: Meet employers from the Charlotte area. Bring resumes and dress to impress. Hosted by Rep. Kelly Alexander in partnership with the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus, the Friendship Community Development Corporation and the Division of Employment Security. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 16 in the Friendship Missionary Baptist Conference Center. 3400 Beatties Ford Road. www.friendshipcdc.org.
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Myers Park Baptist
Meeting: The Faith Communicators, an informal network of nonprofit communications and marketing people, welcomes former Charlotte Observer columnist and editor Crystal Dempsey, owner of From The Hip Communications. Dempsey will lead a conversation on how houses of faith and other nonprofits can use social media. Coffee and Danish pastries will be served. Free. The group meets monthly. 10 a.m. June 22, Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special event: “Welcome Back” celebration and mentor commissioning ceremony. Guest speaker Dr. Earle Williams. 3-6 p.m. June 16, Macedonia Baptist, 1300 Hateras Ave. 704-947-9090 ext. 103.
Volunteer orientation: Learn how to mentor people who have criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 6-7 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month at Mount Carmel Baptist, 7237 Tuckaseegee Road; and 10-11 a.m. fourth Saturday of each month, St. Paul Baptist, 1401 Allen St.
Career networking: Group for people with criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. fourth Saturday of each month, St. Paul Baptist. www.exodusfoundation.org.
Central United Methodist
English classes: Free classes for adults will use the Oxford Picture Dictionary to teach basic greetings, personal information, and everyday conversation. A children’s ministry will be provided for children of class participants. 10 a.m.-noon Fridays. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157 ext. 227.
Charlotte Friends Meeting
Potluck supper: Immigrant Solidarity Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m. June 21. Supper, 6 p.m. 570 Rocky River Road W. www.charlottefriendsmeeting.org.
District convention: “Safeguard Your Heart!” Fresh examination of biblical references to the figurative heart. June 22-24, Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem. www.jw.org.
Fundraiser: Annual rummage sale. Clothing, toys, household items and more. Proceeds benefit mission families. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 16. 8300 Providence Road. 704-541-1624; www.messiah-nc.org.
St. Paul Presbyterian
Creative arts classes: Mime, stepping and liturgical dance classes for students in elementary through high school. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through July 14, Hickory Grove Recreation Center, 6709 Pence Road. 704-531-0988.
Center of Light Charlotte
Spiritual retreat: Led by Father Peter Bowes, Christian mystic. Satsang, spiritual blessings and mystical Christian teachings. Donations accepted. 7:30 p.m. June 18-19. 6100 Monroe Road. www.centersoflight.org.
St. Stephen United Methodist
Special presentation: The church will make a presentation to the Matthews Free Medical Clinic during 9 and 11:15 a.m. services June 17. The $47,250 gift comes from St. Stephen’s Mission Outreach Team. Learn more about the clinic at www.matthewsfmc.org.
Concert: Singer, composer and folk theologian Ed Kilbourne will lead worship services at 9 and 11:15 a.m. June 24. He will also perform at 4 p.m. A love offering will be received. Child care available. 6800 Sardis Road. 704-364-1824; www.ststephenumc.net.
Harrison United Methodist, Pineville
Workshop: Dr. David Schwartz will present “The Total Food Makeover.” Transform the way you shop, eat and approach your health. 9 a.m.-noon June 23. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. Register at 704-541-3463; www.harrisonumc.org.
Summer worship schedule: The church will hold a single worship service on Sundays from June 17 to Aug. 19. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. Each service will follow a theme with special music. The June 17 service, “Bagpipes and Shortbread,” will celebrate our Scottish heritage. Refreshments provided. 6100 Sardis Road. www.sardis.org.
Support groups: Summer sessions of DivorceCare and GriefShare offer prayer, teaching of God’s word, and encouragement. Child care available with application. 7 p.m. Mondays.
Women’s Bible study: Beth Moore’s “Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent.” Participate anytime. $15. 9:30 a.m.-noon or 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Child care available for morning class; $4 per child. www.calvarychurch.com.
Soccer camp: Charlotte Eagles camps. All campers receive season tickets, camp T-shirt and photo, and professional instruction. Boys’ Elite for ages 8-16 meets 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 18-22. $250. Coed camps for ages 5-14 will be Aug. 6-10. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.champsportsinfo.com.
Parkwood Institutional CME Church
Car show: Classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Trophies and awards, family games, music, more. Vendor spaces available. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 14. 802 Tom Hunter Road. 704-806-5384; www.parkwoodcme.org.
Community youth group: Youth hut and gym open for studies, games, food, fun. Visitors welcome. Noon-3 p.m. Sundays. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.
First United Methodist
Contemporary service: Connect Service with live music in the style of U2, Sting, more. 9:30 a.m. Sundays in Founders Hall.
Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sundays. 501 N. Tryon St. www.fumccharlotte.org.
Chappell Memorial Baptist
“Faith, Fiction and Fun”: Women’s Ministry will host author Linda Leigh Hargrove as she discusses “The Making of Isaac Hunt.” Coffee house-style. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. June 22. 110 Bradford Drive. www.chappellmemorialbc.org.
Little Rock AME Zion
Vacation Bible school: “Fishing on a Mission for Jesus.” 6-8:45 p.m. June 25-29. 401 N. McDowell St. 704-334-3782; www.littlerockamezion.org.
Camp Amity: Ages infant- 10. Varied curriculum including music, art, gymnastics, outdoor play and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays except July 2-6. Register at 704-536-6145 or www.amitypreschoolcharlotte.com.
Movie mornings: Children in grades K-5 can enjoy supervised fellowship and age-appropriate movies. Community welcome. 9-11:30 a.m. June 20 and 27.
Vacation Bible school: “Sky, Everything is Possible With God.” July 9-13. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. www.amitypc.org.
Plaza United Methodist
Special event: Combined women’s and men’s weekend will be held June 23-24. Spirit luncheon, noon June 23. Adults, $12; children, $5. Service, 10 a.m. June 24. Reception follows. 5600 The Plaza. www.plazaumc.org.
Hawthorne Lane United Methodist
Vacation Bible school: Age 4 through fifth grade. 5-8 p.m. June 24-28. 501 Hawthorne Lane. Register at 704-332-8131 or www.hlumc.org.
New Zion Missionary Baptist
Vacation Bible school: “Get Fit for Jesus … In Christ We Can!” 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 9-13. Register by June 30. 217 W. Todd Lane. 704-399-4915; www.insidenewzion.org.
Islamic Relief USA
Fundraising dinner: Celebration of Palestinian culture featuring art work, artifacts, food, literature and entertainment. Guest speakers Sheikh Bassam Obeid of the Islamic Center of Charlotte and comedian Said Durrah. Proceeds go to humanitarian assistance in Palestine. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. 6 p.m. June 23, UNCC Student Activity Center, Room 334. 9201 University City Blvd. www.irusa.org/events/charlotte-nc-fundraising-dinner-for-palestine.
Concordia Lutheran, China Grove
Concert: The Piedmont Singing Men will perform at 6 p.m. June 17. Free. 185 Concordia Church Road, China Grove. www.concordia-lutheran.org.
Cabarrus Christian Women’s Connection
Brunch: Retired Navy Chief Steve Battista will share the circumstances that led him to choose a better path. Men also invited. Handcrafted jewelry and summer music. Nursery provided. $13.25. 9:30 a.m. June 21 at Cabarrus Country Club, 3247 Weddington Road, Concord. Reservations by June 18: 704-789-3473; email@example.com.
Stallings United Methodist
Vacation Bible school: The Bible comes to life as kids explore why nothing is impossible with God in “Sky VBS.” 6:15-8:30 p.m. July 8-13. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings. www.stallingsumc.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drives: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 23 at Chestnut Ridge Baptist, 618 Chestnut Ridge Church Road, Kings Mountain. 12:30-3:30 p.m. June 24 at Blackburn Baptist, 5105 N.C. 10 W., Hickory. Noon-4 p.m. June 24 at Victory Baptist, 6041 King Wilkinson Road, Denver. www.cbcc.us.
Redeemer Lutheran, Gastonia
Summer schedule: One Sunday service only will be held in June, July and August. 9:30 a.m. Sundays. No children’s Sunday school. Parlor class will meet at 8:30 a.m. Sundays. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 1915 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia. www.redeemergastonia.org.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Newton
Divine service: 10 a.m. Sundays. Bible study, 9 a.m.
Barbecue fundraiser: $8 per plate includes dessert and beverage. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 19.
Vacation Bible school: 6:30-8:45 p.m. June 18-22.
2103 Mount Olive Church Road, Newton. www.mtolivenewton.org.
Unitarian Universalist of Catawba Valley, Hickory
Adult forum: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will facilitate a discussion of “Why I Love Poetry: Poetry of the Spirit.” Share a poem that speaks to your heart and discuss why. 9:30 a.m. June 17.
Service: “We Don’t Have to Think Alike to Love Alike.” 11 a.m. June 17. 833 5th St. S.E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.
Pushback and Higher Focus Youth Ministry, Shelby
Youth rally: Free food, clothing giveaway, inspired word and music, and more. 5-8 p.m. June 22 on the field at Davis St. and Holly St. in Dallas. 704-923-7273.
Olivet Baptist, Catawba
Vacation Bible school: “Amazing Wonders Aviation.” Ages three and up. 9 a.m.-noon June 25-29. Kickoff event, 6-7:30 p.m. June 24. 7893 Monbo Road, Catawba. 828-478-3118; www.obcnc.org.
Mays Chapel United Methodist, Maiden
Vacation Bible school: “Sky: Everything is Possible With God.” Children age three through fifth grade invited. 6:15-8:30 p.m. June 24-28. 1707 Mays Chapel Church Road, Maiden. Register at 828-428-2416.
Sherrills Ford Presbyterian
Vacation Bible school: “Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity.” June 24-28. 8491 Sherrills Ford Road, Sherrills Ford. Register at www.sfpcusa.org/VBS2012/tabid/63536/Default.aspx.
Davidson College Presbyterian
Ordination service: Mary Margaret Porter will be ordained to the office of Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. The Revs. Lib McGregor Simmons, Lori Raible, Ed Newberry and Everdith Landrau will participate in the service as Porter is welcomed into her role as associate pastor for visitation at DCPC. The service will be held at 4 p.m. June 17 at First Presbyterian, 200 W. Trade St., Charlotte. A reception follows. Child care provided. www.dcpc.org.
Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville
Fun Fridays: The children’s ministry will host weekly activities for children age 3 through fifth-grade. Parents welcome. Open to community. Group will travel to Dan Nicholas Park in Salisbury at 9:30 a.m. June 22. Bring a lunch. $10. Reservation required. Contact Katherine Allan at 704-664-2880 ext. 5.
Lake Forest Church, Huntersville
Guest speaker: Dr. Leighton Ford, president of Leighton Ford Ministries, will deliver a sermon on “Seeing People as God Sees Them.” 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. June 17. 8519 Gilead Road, Huntersville. www.lakeforest.org.
Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell
Vacation Bible school: Music, stories, and crafts for children. 6-8:30 p.m. June 17-21. 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell. 828-478-2518.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman
Services: Starting July 1, services will be held weekly. All are invited. UULKN is an inclusive community embracing spiritual growth. Religious education is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays and services are at 11 a.m. at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.wordpress.com.
Zion Wesley AME Zion, Troutman
Pastor appreciation: Service to honor the Rev. Rudolph Cornelius. Guests include The Mighty Pilgrimaries, The Anointed Vessels, others. 3 p.m. June 17. 133 Zion Wesley Road, Troutman. 704-798-8470.
First Baptist, Huntersville
Worship concert: The combined IMAGE Youth Choir and Jubilate! Young Adult Chorale of Derbyshire Baptist in Richmond, Va. will perform traditional hymns, choral works and contemporary music highlighted by humorous and poignant dramatic sketches. Free. 7 p.m. June 21.
Vacation Bible school: Games, crafts, music, and Bible stories focused on Paul and the underground church in Rome. Children age 3 through completed sixth-grade invited. 6:15-8:30 p.m. June 24-27. 119 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Register at 704-875-6581 or www.fbc-h.org.
Temple Solel, Fort Mill
Congregation begins services: The new Reform congregation began holding Shabbat services in May. Services are scheduled for 7 p.m. the second Friday of each month at the Anne Springs Close Greenway, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, with a social activity each fourth Friday. Recent community outreach activities include donations to the Fort Mill Care Center and participation in Charlotte Takes Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis. www.templesolelsc.org.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drives: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 24 at Fort Mill Church of God, 221 Academy St., Fort Mill. 4-7 p.m. June 25 at Oakdale Presbyterian, 12585 S. C. 55, Clover. www.cbcc.us.