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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Seminar series: Representatives of ethnic minority Christians will speak about the gospel in “Neglected Voices.” Kimberly Owen, representing the Native American voice, will speak at 5 p.m. June 30. Free. Series continues July 28. 14542 Choate Circle. www.gordonconwell.edu.
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Archdale Church of Christ
Community book discussion: Robert Putnam, author of “Bowling Alone,” examines declining civic participation and how the church can foster community. 7 p.m. June 26. 2525 Archdale Drive. 704-554-7733; www.archdale.org.
Islamic Relief USA
Fundraising dinner: Celebration of Palestinian culture featuring art work, artifacts, food, literature, and entertainment. Guest speakers Sh. 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 at the UNC Charlotte Student Activity Center, Room 334. 9201 University City Blvd. www.irusa.org/events/charlotte-nc-fundraising-dinner-for-palestine.
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.
Little Rock A. M. E. 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.
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.
Greater Bethel AME Church
Health seminar: Monthly brunch and discussion. Chrissy Malinky of the American Heart Association will discuss cardiovascular health and stroke. 10 a.m.-noon June 30 in the fellowship hall. 5232 The Plaza. www.gbamechurch.com.
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.
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.
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 at the Hickory Grove Recreation Center, 6709 Pence Road. 704-531-0988.
Camp Amity: Ages infant-10 years. Varied curriculum including music, art, gymnastics, outdoor play, and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays except July 2-6. Register at 704-536-6145or 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 27.
Vacation Bible school: “Sky, Everything is Possible With God.” July 9-13. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. www.amitypc.org.
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.
The Grove Presbyterian
Independence Day celebration: Parade, Miss Hickory Grove contest, rides, games, DJ, raffle, more. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4. 5735 E. W.T. Harris Blvd. www.thegrovecharlotte.org.
Vacation Bible school: “No Friend Like Jesus.” 6 p.m. June 25-29. 5901 Amberly Lane. Register at the door or at www.thelifebaptistchurch.com.
Summer worship schedule: The church will hold a single worship service on Sundays through Aug. 19. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. Each service will follow a theme with special music. The June 24 service, “Give Me That Old Time Religion,” will feature gospel songs of long ago. Refreshments provided.
Vacation Bible school: July 9-13. 6100 Sardis Road. www.sardis.org.
St. Mark’s Lutheran
Speaker series: Former Davidson College president Dr. John Kuykendall will discuss “How Southern Religion Came to Be the Way It Is” at 7 p.m. June 25. Mormon Bishop Jeff Tousa will discuss “Understanding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or Mormonism 101” at 7 p.m. June 26. Refreshments and fellowship follow the speakers each night. Free. 1001 Queens Road. www.saintmarkscharlotte.org.
St. Stephen United Methodist
Concert: Singer, composer and folk theologian Ed Kilbourne will lead worship services at 9 and 11:15 a.m. June 24. He will perform at 4 p.m. A love offering will be received. Child care available. 6800 Sardis Road. 704-364-1824; www.ststephenumc.net.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 3:30-7:30 p.m. June 27 at Rocky Ridge United Methodist, 1428 Old Charlotte Road, Concord. www.cbcc.us.
First Baptist, Huntersville
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.
Lake Forest Church, Huntersville
Summer outreach project: Community invited to join us as we serve partner ministries The Bin, Friendship Trays, the Ada Jenkins Center and Charlotte Rescue Mission. June 24-30 and July 22-28. 8519 Gilead Road, Huntersville. www.lakeforest.org/tour.
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.
Prospect Presbyterian, Mooresville
Vacation Bible school: “Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep With God.” Hosted in partnership with Mooresville Associate Reformed Presbyterian. 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 24-28. 9425 N. C. 152, Mooresville. Register at 704-664-1514.
Troutman Church of God
Bluegrass church service: 7-8 p.m. June 28. Jam session follows service. 478 S. Main St., Troutman. www.troutmanchurchofgod.org.
Broad Street United Methodist, Mooresville
Blood drive: Sponsored by The Red Cross. 3:30-7:30 p.m. June 25. 355 S. Broad St., Mooresville. www.bsumcmooresville.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 the Statesville Leisure Pool, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 29. Bring swimsuits and towels. $4 plus lunch money. Contact Katherine Allan at 704-664-2880 ext. 5.
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: 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. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 30 at Living Word Church, 923 Island Ford Road, Maiden. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. June 30 at David Baptist, 2300 David Baptist Church Road, Kings Mountain. www.cbcc.us.
Olivet Baptist, Catawba
Vacation Bible school: “Amazing Wonders Aviation.” Ages 3 and up. 9 a.m.-noon June 25-29. Kick-off event, 6-7:30 p.m. June 24. 7893 Monbo Road, Catawba. 828-478-3118; www.obcnc.org.
May’s Chapel United Methodist, Maiden
Vacation Bible school: “Sky: Everything is Possible With God.” Children age 3 through fifth grade invited. 6:15-8:30 p.m. June 24-28. 1707 Mays Chapel Church Road, Maiden. Register at 828-428-2416.
Catawba United Methodist
Vacation Bible school: “It’s a Miracle” based on the miracles of Jesus. Hands-on mission projects. Nightly offering will be taken for the Society of St. Andrew Potato Project. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 25-29 in the Family Life Center, 209 E. Central Ave., Catawba. Register at 828-241-4868.
Center United Methodist, Catawba
Farmers market: 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays. 4945 Sherrills Ford Road, Catawba. 828-695-5800.
Redeemer Lutheran, Gastonia
Family day: 10:45 a.m. June 24 at Martha Rivers Park, 1515 Neal Hawkins Road, Gastonia.
Special patriotic service: 9:30 a.m. July 1. Covered-dish lunch follows. 1915 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia. www.redeemergastonia.org.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory
Sermon: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will present his annual “question box” service. Bring any question you want him to answer from the pulpit. 11 a.m. June 24. 833 Fifth St. S. E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.
Daniels Lutheran, Lincolnton
Children’s Spanish classes: Parents asked to remain with children during class. Free. 4 p.m. Sundays.
Exercise classes: Women invited for free Zumba classes. 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. 3170 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton. 3170 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton. 704-735-8034.
Exodus Homes, Hickory
Veterans’ support group: The Rev. Aaron Wells will facilitate. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Grace House, 600 Highland Ave. S. E., Hickory. www.exodushomes.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.