Compiled by Erica Batten
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Little Rock AME Zion
Conference: The church will host the 49th session of the general conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. July 17-24 at the Westin-Charlotte. www.littlerockamezion.org.
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Chris Canty Foundation
Youth mission project: The foundation sent a group of 83 people to Nassau, Bahamas, in partnership with the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Office on Youth and Young Adult Ministries and the Conference Council on Youth Ministries. The group provided vacation Bible schools, arts camps and sports camps for children of Haitian refugees and children in orphanages during the week of July 8-14. www.chriscantyfoundation.org.
Singing auditions: Register online to audition for the 2012 Exalt! Vocal Talent Showcase. First round of auditions will be July 29; register at least one week in advance. Top five vocalists will perform with the Exalt Praise Band on Sept. 23 at Central Piedmont Community College’s Halton Theatre. Other performers will include Bridge and Keith Dudley. Proceeds help people with catastrophic medical bills. Motivations Ministries is also seeking recipients for medical fundraisers. www.motivationsministries.org.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Mass in Spanish: The Hispanic ministry invites all to celebrate its first Mass in Spanish in honor of the Divine Child. The Mass will be celebrated by Father Gabriel Carvajal from St. Aloysius Catholic in Hickory, with a special blessing for the children. Please dress in pink. A meal of Colombian dishes will be served after the Mass. 7 p.m. July 20. 1400 Suther Road. 704-549-1607.
Transformation Church, Indian Land
Series: Join Pastor Derwin Gray, “Bible Answer Man” Hank Hanegraaff and Sean McDowell for “Three Questions You Don’t Ask in Church.” Topics include the trustworthiness of the Bible, science and the existence of God, and interracial marriage. 4 and 6 p.m. Saturdays and 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays starting July 14. 9030 Northfield Drive, Indian Land. 803-835-0630; www.transformationchurch.tc.
Shiloh Institutional Baptist
Family and friends day: Casual dress. Fellowship luncheon after morning worship. 10:45 a.m. July 22. 2400 Greenland Ave. 704-393-2065; www.mysibc.org.
St. Mark United Methodist
Vacation Bible school: Crafts, music and more for age 4 through adult. Everyone welcome. 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 16-20. Dinner at 6 p.m. 917 Clanton Road. 704-523-7483.
Hawthorne Lane United Methodist
Alpha course preview: Course designed for all denominations explores questions about life, suffering, the future, death, other faiths and more. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 12. 501 Hawthorne Lane. 704-332-8131; www.hlumc.org.
Vacation Bible school: Infants through fifth-graders invited. Older students invited to help with children’s classes. 6-8:30 p.m. July 23-27. Family night, July 27. 4316 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road. 704-399-3316.
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Vacation Bible school: “Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep With God!” Classes for all ages. Child care available. 9:30 a.m. July 15 and 6:30 p.m. July 16-19. 3400 Beatties Ford Road. Register at www.friendshipcharlotte.org.
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Vacation Bible school: “Super Heroes of the Bible.” Crafts, games, snacks and more. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 23-27. Register by July 15. 1048 E. Morehead St. 704-334-1973; www.cscharlotte.com.
New St. John Baptist
Youth conference: “Building on Our Testimonies (BOOT) Camp.” Recreational time and workshops for children and young adults. Church youth performing arts ministries and individuals invited to share on performing arts night; reservations requested. 5:30-9 p.m. July 25-26. 2000 St. John St. www.newstjohnbaptistchurch.org.
Vacation Bible school: Music, drama, games, crafts and oceans of fun at the “Rocky Point Lighthouse.” Everyone invited. 5:45-8:30 p.m. July 20, 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m. July 21 and 9:30 a.m. July 22. Meals included July 20-21. 2230 W. Sugar Creek Road. www.deritachurch.org.
Sugaw Creek Presbyterian
Vacation Bible school: “Praise VBS: Where Kids Get Down and God Gets Lifted High.” Age 3 through ninth grade. Dinner and snacks served nightly. 6-8:30 p.m. July 23-27. 101 W. Sugar Creek Road. 704-596-4466.
Vacation Bible school: “Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity” for children age 3 through fifth grade. 9 a.m.-noon July 30-Aug. 3. 8840 University City Blvd. Register at 704-549-1555 or www.adventlu.org.
Vacation Bible school: “Gold Rush: Discovering the Rock of Ages!” for children age 3 through fifth grade. Adult study of the film “Courageous.” 6-8:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 3. 5533 Prosperity Church Road. Register at 704-875-1182 or www.prosperityvbs.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 July 22 service, “All That Jazz,” will include jazz music that stirs the soul. Refreshments provided. 6100 Sardis Road. www.sardis.org.
St. Paul United Methodist
Vacation Bible school: “Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep With God” for ages 3-12. 9 a.m.-noon July 16-20. 2830 Dorchester Place. 704-523-0077; www.stpaulcharlotte.org.
Fall sports registration: CHAMP soccer, flag football, T-ball, coach-pitch baseball and karate. Program emphasizes sportsmanship, Christian character development and athletic skills. Practices begin Aug. 20; registration closes Aug. 13. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.champsportsinfo.com.
Vacation Bible school: “Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity.” Classes for all ages. Dinner included. 6-8:30 p.m. July 22-26. 207 W. John St., Matthews. 704-847-4094; www.matthewspresbyterian.org.
Trinity Fellowship Church
Summer film series: “Israel in Prophecy” will be shown at 6 p.m. July 15. Series continues with “Courageous” on Aug. 26. Light refreshments served. Child care provided. 13232 Idlewild Road, Matthews. 704-841-7099.
Henderson Grove Presbyterian, Mint Hill
Summer reading program: Toddlers to teens. 10-11 a.m. July 21 and Aug. 4 and 18. 8724 Blair Road, Mint Hill. 704-545-3331.
South Mecklenburg Presbyterian
Christmas in July: With a goal of filling over 500 stockings for the children of the Salvation Army in Mecklenburg and Union Counties, the church is collecting new items for children ages 3-8, including small games and books, toys, and winter hats and gloves. Please bring donations to the chapel building. Volunteers welcome. Monetary donations also accepted. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. For more information, contact Sue Slezycki at 704-321-2758 or email@example.com.
Community Bible Study
Registration open: Women’s fall study of Ephesians and Hebrews begins Sept. 6. Classes held at Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road. http://charlotte.cbsclass.org.
Sardis Church of Indian Trail
Performance: Vocal impressionist Michael Kelley will perform. $10. Proceeds go to Help Crisis Pregnancy Center, Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry, and Bringing Miracles. 7 p.m. July 16. 3602 Unionville-Indian Trail Road W., Indian Trail. 704-289-5133 or 704-238-0155.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 4-7 p.m. July 19 at Landmark Baptist, 1724 E. Dixon Blvd., Shelby. www.cbcc.us.
Lake Norman Baptist, Huntersville
Vacation Bible school: “Amazing Wonders Aviation.” Age 3 through adult. 6-8:30 p.m. July 15-19. 7921 Sam Furr Road. 704-892-0143.
Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
Blood drive: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 15 at The Bridge Church of the Nazarene, 2940 Charlotte Hwy., Mooresville. www.cbcc.us.
New Hope Missions Church, Mooresville
Outdoor service: 10 a.m. July 22 at Bellingham Park, 1600 Bellingham Drive, Mooresville. First annual church picnic follows. All are welcome! www.newhopemissionschurch.org.
Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville
Vacation Bible school: “Operation Overboard” for children age 3 through fifth grade. 5:30-8 p.m. July 15-19. Parents must remain with children on family night, July 15. 1430 Mecklenburg Hwy., Mooresville. 704-664-2880; www.fairviewumc.org.
Broad Street United Methodist, Mooresville
Vacation Bible school: “Operation Overboard.” Classes for all ages. Dinner served nightly. 6-8:30 p.m. July 22-25. 355 S. Broad St., Mooresville. www.bsumcmooresville.org.
First Baptist, Mooresville
Vacation Bible school: “Amazing Wonders.” Encounter God like never before as you tour the world’s natural wonders. 4-7 p.m. July 22 and 9 a.m.-noon July 23-26. Closing program, 6 p.m. July 26. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. Register at www.FBCMooresville.com. 704-664-2324.
Statesville Bethel Baptist
Vacation Bible school: “Rocky Point Lighthouse: Where Kids Shine God’s Light.” 6 p.m. July 20, 9:30 a.m. July 21 and 10:30 a.m. July 22. 1162 E. Monbo Road, Statesville. 704-528-5036.
Roberta United Methodist, Concord
Hot dog festival: Celebrating 50 years of selling hot dogs. Hot dog-eating contest, root beer-chugging contest, classic car show, music, games and more. Canned food and clothing donations will be accepted. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 21.
Vacation Bible school: “Operation Overboard” for age 3 through high school. 6-8:30 p.m. July 22-27. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. Register at 704-786-9215.
Three Forks Baptist, Taylorsville
Conference: “America Under God’s Judgment: A Call To Repentance.” Speakers Dr. Carson Moseley, the Rev. Mitch King, the Rev. Gary Jennings, and Tim McKittrick. The Rev. Kenneth Lambert, director of missions for the Alexander County Baptist Association, will be the moderator. Free. 9 a.m.-noon July 28. 4685 Three Forks Church Road, Taylorsville. 828-632-7634; www.threeforksbaptist.org.
St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia
Service: “Fruit of the Spirit 2012.” 2:30 p.m. July 22.
Jubilee plate sale: Baked or fried chicken, side items, bread, dessert and beverage. Adults, $8; children, $5. Noon-2:30 p.m. July 22. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. Tickets available at 704-864-6222.
West Hickory Baptist
Vacation Bible school: Classes for children age three through fifth grade, youth and adults. Snacks provided. 6-8:30 p.m. July 22-26. 40 12th St. N.W., Hickory. www.westhickory.org.
St. John’s Lutheran, Cherryville
Vacation Bible school: Classes for children and adults. 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2. Meals included. 310 W. Church St., Cherryville. Register at 704-435-9264.
Unitarian Universalist of Catawba Valley, Hickory
Adult forum: Discussion of “I Hate Poetry: Poetry of the Spirit.” Even those who have never appreciated poetry have one or two that touch them. Share a poem that speaks to your heart. 9:30-10:30 a.m. July 15. Service on “Love Beyond Belief” at 11 a.m. 833 5th St. S.E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.
Christ Church, Hickory
Sermon series: “ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Meets ‘Song of Solomon.’ ” Honest talk about sex, romance and marriage. Four-week series begins July 14-15. 6 p.m. Saturdays at Mountain View campus, 2416 Zion Church Road, Hickory and 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays at St. Stephens, Fairgrove, and Statesville locations. www.christnc.com.
Riverview Presbyterian, Fort Mill
Bible school: “Pandamania!” Preschool through high school. Advance registration required. 6-8 p.m. July 30-Aug. 3. 124 N. Sutton Road, Fort Mill. Register at the church 4-6 p.m. July 29 or at www.riverviewpcusa.org. 803-547-2581.
Trinity Baptist, Lancaster
Vacation Bible school: “Sonshine Beach Blast.” 6-9 p.m. Aug. 6-10. 1519 Steele Hill Road, Lancaster. www.trinitybaptistch.com.
Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill
Discussion series: Pastor Rob Bell’s NOOMA videos explore spiritual perspectives on life experiences. 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.
St. Anne Catholic, Rock Hill
Blood drive: The Knights of Columbus will host a Red Cross blood drive 2-7 p.m. July 18. 1694 Bird St., Rock Hill. 803-329-2662.