University City

September 14, 2012

Religion news

Compiled by Erica Batten

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Compiled by Erica Batten

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Reception: A welcome reception to honor George Battle, the new senior bishop of the Piedmont Episcopal District of the AME Zion Church, will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Varick Auditorium at Livingstone College in Salisbury.

Union Presbyterian Seminary

Convocation ceremony: Students, faculty and staff from the Richmond campus will travel to Charlotte for a tour of the new campus on the grounds of Sharon Presbyterian. 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15. 5201 Sharon Road.

Room in the Inn

Special thanks: Room in the Inn, an Urban Ministry Center program, is grateful to the volunteers and congregations who helped during the Democratic National Convention. The following congregations fed and housed the homeless during the convention: A Mighty Fortress Lutheran, Advent Lutheran, Avondale Presbyterian, Central Steele Creek Presbyterian, Christ Episcopal, Christ Lutheran, Cokesbury United Methodist, Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian, Covenant Presbyterian, Davidson College Presbyterian, Eastern Hills Baptist, Good Shepherd United Methodist, Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist, Harrison United Methodist, Hawthorne Lane United Methodist, Holy Comforter Episcopal, Holy Covenant United Church of Christ, Hopewell Presbyterian, Joy Christian Fellowship, Lake Forest Church, Mallard Creek Presbyterian, Mouzon United Methodist, Myers Park Baptist, Myers Park Presbyterian, Paw Creek Presbyterian, Providence United Methodist, Sardis Presbyterian, Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian, Shalom Park, Sharon Presbyterian, Sharon United Methodist, St. Andrew’s United Methodist, St. John’s Baptist, St. Luke’s Lutheran, St. Martin’s Episcopal, University City United Methodist, Unitarian Universalist, Unity of Charlotte, Warehouse 242, and Westminster Presbyterian.

Monroe AM Aglow Community Lighthouse

Meeting: Guest speaker Debbye Graafsma. 10 a.m. Sept. 15. Fellowship, 9:30 a.m. 3405 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe.

The Promise Trio

Album release: The mixed Southern gospel group from Indian Trail recently released the first single, “I Go to the Rock,” from the album “The Promise Trio.” Copies of the album are available for purchase at Christian bookstores and at

Christian Library International

Author dinner: Carol Kent will share her story of heartbreak, loss and redemption. Proceeds will help provide Bibles and Bible study programs to prisons. Individual tickets, $60. Dinner and table sponsorships also available. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road. 919-212-8122;

Grace United Methodist

Homecoming Sunday: All members, friends and former members are invited. Guest speaker the Rev. Amy Coles, superintendent of the Smoky Mountain district of the Western North Carolina Conference. Luncheon follows service. 11 a.m. Sept. 16. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.

Little Rock AME Zion

129th anniversary celebration: Guest preacher Bishop Michael Frencher. 10 a.m. Sept. 16. 401 N. McDowell St.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Services: The Reform Jewish congregation will hold its first High Holy Day services. The lay-led services will include a Torah and new machzor, “On the Wings of Awe,” a fully transliterated prayer book. $50 donation for nonmembers includes all services. Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Rosh Hashanah services, 10 a.m. Sept. 17. Shabbat Shuva, 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Kol Nidre, 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Yom Kippur services, 10 a.m. Sept. 26. Services will be held at Heritage Conference Center, 375 Starlight Drive, Fort Mill.

Temple Israel

Services: High Holy Day services will begin Sept. 16. All active-duty firefighters, EMT, military and police personnel and their families are invited to attend services. Reserve complimentary tickets at 704-362-2796. College students are welcome for the High Holy Days and year-round. Reserve free seats at 704-944-6816. 4901 Providence Road. Service schedule at

Shiloh Institutional Baptist

Annual revival: Dr. Casey Kimbrough, choir and guests from Mount Carmel Baptist, 3 p.m. Sept. 16. Dr. Leonzo Lynch and guests from Ebenezer Baptist, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17. The Rev. Donnie Garris and guests from Antioch Baptist, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Dr. Lincoln Lee and guests from Silver Mount Baptist, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19. The Rev. Norman Kerry and guests from Chappell Memorial Baptist, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20. 2400 Greenland Ave. 704-393-2065;

St. Paul Missionary Baptist

Health fair: Vendors will be available for testing, education, and sharing information about services available in our community. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Ray of Hope Center. 1401 Allen St. 704-334-5309;

The Educational Center

Raffle: Fundraising raffle to benefit The Educational Center, creator of Bible Workbench. Win a conference weekend for two with the Rev. Richard Rohr in Santa Fe, N.M. Prize package includes hotel, travel stipend, and conference tickets. Drawing will be held Sept. 28. Raffle tickets, $25 each. 1801 E. Fifth St., Suite 210. 704-375-1161;

Covenant Presbyterian

Fall forum: Diverse leaders will offer challenging, insightful presentations on a variety of topics. Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian Arab and Christian pastor at the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, will speak at 5 p.m. Sept. 23. 1000 E. Morehead St. 704-804-7565;

Exodus Foundation

Volunteer orientation: Learn how to mentor people who have criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 6-7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Mt. Carmel Baptist, 7237 Tuckaseegee Road and 10-11 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at 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. the fourth Saturday of each month at St. Paul Baptist.

Greater Bethel A. M. E. Church

Health seminar: Monthly brunch and discussion. The topic for this month is “Insurance for All.” 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 22 in the fellowship hall. 5232 The Plaza. 704-566-9000;

Durham Memorial Baptist

Ladies’ event: Salad supper, festival of tables, and fashion show featuring clothing from Gigi’s Boutique Fine Consignment in Belmont. 6:20 p.m. Sept. 24. 1601 Toddville Road. 704-392-5346.

Hawthorne Lane United Methodist

Hiking society: The group will travel to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve for a 4.2-mile hike and exploration of ruins of a 200 year-old rock farm house. Bring water and lunch. 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 22. RSVP: 704-332-8131.

Alpha video course: Explore and discuss questions about life. Child care and activities for children and youth provided. 4-6 p.m. Sundays starting Sept. 16. 501 Hawthorne Lane.

First Presbyterian

Book club: The Building Bridges book club will discuss a book in the first hour and converse about building relationships with those living in poverty in the second hour. Come for either or both hours. The book for September is “Kisses From Katie” by Katie Davis. Noon-2 p.m. Sept. 17 and 24.

Discussion group: The Rev. Kirk Hall will lead “Urban Legends and Unanswered Questions: A Theological Conversation.” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays.

Bible studies: The Faithfuls men’s group discusses scripture and themes relevant to everyday life. 7-8 a.m. Thursdays. City of God men’s monthly breakfast study meets 7-8 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. Women’s study of the Psalms led by the Rev. Mary Margaret Porter, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays. 200 W. Trade St.

Newell Baptist

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.

Motivations Ministries

Performance: Fifth annual Exalt! Vocal Talent Showcase. After two rounds of auditions, the top five vocalists were chosen to perform, along with the Exalt! Praise Band, for an afternoon of praise and worship. Special performances by Keith Dudley and BRIDGE. Proceeds help people with catastrophic medical bills. 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at CPCC’s Halton Theater. Tickets available at 704-330-6534 or

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Kickoff event: Former NCAA sprinter Shanta Crichlow will speak. All coaches, teachers, athletes and volunteers from Mecklenburg and surrounding counties are invited to learn more about FCA. Free. 3-5 p.m. Sept. 23 at Hickory Grove Baptist, 6050 Hickory Grove Road. Register at or call Mark Talbot at 843-902-7910.

Pineville United Methodist

Special program: Daniel Truhitte, who played Rolf in the film “The Sound of Music,” will speak and sing. A meal will be served. Free; donations accepted. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 16. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022.

St. John Neumann Catholic

Class: The Rev. Patrick Hoare will lead a two-part class called “Faithful Citizenship.” Topics include participating in faithful citizenship, religious liberty, and several areas concerning Catholic social teaching. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 19. 8451 Idlewild Road.

Weddington United Methodist

Divorce Care: 13-week course. Child care provided. 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 19. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. For information and registration, contact Sandra McKee at 704-846-1032 or

Stallings United Methodist

Homecoming: Guest minister Dr. Stephen Pillsbury. All members, former members and guests invited. A covered-dish lunch will follow the combined service. 10:55 a.m. Sept. 23. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings. 704-821-8820;

St. Alban’s Episcopal, Davidson

Concert: Music at St. Alban’s opens its ninth season with BachFest VII, featuring Ensemble Vermillian performing chamber music by J. S. Bach and John-Marie Leclair. Reception follows. $15 general admission; $10 seniors and students. Children under 12, free. 3 p.m. Sept. 16. 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson.

Hopewell Presbyterian, Huntersville

250th anniversary: The church will continue its year-long celebration with a homecoming service and covered-dish luncheon. Guest Eldon Wadsworth. 11 a.m. Sept. 16. 10500 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.

First Baptist, Huntersville

Donations needed: The church will accept donations of clothing and other yard sale items for its annual World Hunger Day event on Sept. 29. All proceeds from the event will be used to help fight hunger locally and globally. Donations accepted 6-8 p.m. Fridays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 22. 119 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6581;

The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, Denver

Concert: The third season of the Alexander Community Concert Series begins with “Viva Klezmer!” Be wowed by the exuberance of Jewish jazz. Reception follows concert. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10. Children under 12, free. 3 p.m. Sept. 16. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249.

Cornelius Presbyterian

Concert: Barbecue and live music on the lawn. Michael Reno Harrell and The Rusty Knox Band will perform at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22. Barbecue plates are $8 for adults and $5 for children. 21209 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-5577.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Bible study: The Rev. Susan Harrison will lead a study called “Start Becoming a Good Samaritan” to equip us to live Christ’s love in transforming ways in our local setting. Free. 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and 23, Nov. 13 and 27, and Dec. 11. 1430 Mecklenburg Hwy., Mooresville. Register at 704-664-2880.

Mt. Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Concert: The first concert of the 2012-2013 Cornelius Concert Series features Lakeside Drive. The Charlotte band will perform a variety of beach music, rock classics, boogie tunes, country and jazz. A free-will offering will be taken at the door. 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Series continues Oct. 27. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius.

The Cove Church, Mooresville

Fundraising luncheon: Join us for the second annual “Children’s Voice Luncheon” highlighting the importance of the services of Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 18. 197 Langtree Road, Mooresville. For reservations or to be a table captain, call 704-883-9814 or visit

First Baptist, Mooresville

Performers needed: Participate in The Mooresville Christmas Celebration at First Baptist. Vocalists are needed for the children’s choir, student choir, adult choir, and senior adult choir. The orchestra needs strings, brass, rhythm, percussion and woodwinds musicians. Performances are Dec. 14-16. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. Contact Eddie Hicks at 704-664-2324 or

Daughters of the American Revolution, Mooresville Chapter

Constitution Week: Sept. 17 begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The Mooresville chapter of the DAR, the Mary Slocumb chapter, is encouraging local churches to join the Bells Across America campaign as part of the observance. Churches are asked to ring their bells at 4 p.m. Sept. 27 to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

Mooresville Associate Reformed Presbyterian

Adult Bible study: Six-week study of Philippians with prayer time and fellowship. 5-6:30 p.m. Sundays. Children’s program and dinner provided.

Kids’ club: Bible lesson, snack, and games. 4-5:15 p.m. Wednesdays. 659 Carpenter Ave., Mooresville. 704-664-1273;

The Salvation Army of Iredell County

Volunteers needed: Year-round opportunities include food pantry and family thrift store volunteers. Christmas season volunteers needed for Angel Tree project, Christmas Kettle, and volunteer coordinator. 704-872-5623;

First United Methodist, Troutman

Bible study: Jean Brown will lead “Esther: Folktale or History?” Free. 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 15.

Homecoming: All former members and guests are welcome. The Rev. Mike Carr will speak at the worship service. Covered-dish lunch follows service. 11 a.m. Sept. 23. 204 Mills Ave., Troutman. 704-528-5110;

Central United Methodist, Mooresville

Youth programs: Youth Bible study for students in grade 6-12 will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The United Methodist Youth Fellowship will kick off its fall program at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

Life planning seminars: Topics include Investment Planning, Estate Planning, Senior Health Care Planning, Planning for Needs in the Golden Years, and End of Life Celebrations. Community invited. Free. Child care provided if registered by Sept. 18. Seminars held 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23. 214 N. Academy St., Mooresville. 704-664-5429;

Southside Baptist, Mooresville

Fundraising walk: Annual Life Walk to benefit the Community Pregnancy Center. Brunch follows the walk. 9 a.m. Sept. 22. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. 525 S. Broad St., Mooresville. 704-663-2892;

Davidson United Methodist

Concert: Avante Vocal Jazz will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. 233 S. Main St., Davidson.

St. James the Greater Catholic, Concord

Special guest speaker: St. James’ middle/high school religious education will kick off its faith formation year, “The Year of Faith,” with national youth minister speaker Mary Bielski presenting “Jesus Revealed.” All area students and their parents invited. Free; a goodwill offering will be accepted. Canned food donations will be donated to our local Cooperative Christian Ministries food bank. 6:15-8 p.m. Sept. 23. 139 Manor Ave., Concord. 704-720-0600;

The Choral Academy, Concord

Auditions: Vocal placement interviews for children and youth ages 7-20 to participate in three age-based choirs. No preparation is necessary. All youth in Cabarrus and the surrounding counties are welcome. New singers will be accepted through the end of September. The academy meets on Tuesdays at Calvary Lutheran, 950 Bradley St., Concord. For information, contact Gary Shive at 704-786-7447.

Temple Beth Shalom, Hickory

Services: Rosh Hashanah services, 8 p.m. Sept. 16 and 10 a.m. Sept. 17. Luncheon follows. Yom Kippur services, 8 p.m. Sept. 25 and 10 a.m. Sept. 26. Congregation Temple Beth Shalom is affiliated with the Reform Jewish movement and serves the Hickory and Unifour areas, welcoming members of all ages and family configurations. 4360 N. Center St., Hickory.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will discuss the significance of the Jewish High Holy Days in a service entitled “Days of Awe.” 11 a.m. Sept. 16. 833 Fifth St. S. E., Hickory.

Mt. Olive Lutheran, Newton

Divine service: Sermon “Help My Unbelief” based on St. Mark 9. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16. Sunday school and Bible study at 9:30 a.m.

Adult Bible class: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays. 2103 Mt. Olive Church Road, Newton. 828-464-2407;

The International Pagan Pride Project

Festival: Piedmont Pagan Pride Day will feature classes, entertainment and ritual. The celebration is held on or near the autumnal equinox in celebration of harvest. We will collect food donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Biggerstaff Park, 144 Leisure Lane, Dallas.

Riverview Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Spaghetti supper: Plates include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, and beverage. $6. Proceeds go to missions. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

Study group: Young adults, ages 18 to 35, are welcome for a study of “The Purpose Driven Life.” Missions projects also planned. 7 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday. 124 N. Sutton Road, Fort Mill. 803-547-2581.

All Saints Catholic, Lake Wylie

Dance: The Knights of Columbus will hold a 50’s sock hop with music by Frankie K and His Swinging Soiree. Games, prizes and gift baskets. Free hot dogs and drinks. 7-10 p.m. Sept. 28 at the River Hills Marina pavilion, 54 Marina Road, Lake Wylie. Tickets: 803-831-9919.

Agapé Senior, Rock Hill

Dementia care seminar: Dr. Kerry Wheeler will discuss Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, how to care for a loved one with these diseases, and how to be prepared before catastrophic issues arise. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Trinity United Methodist, 22 E. Liberty St., York. For information, contact Nicole Taylor at 803-509-0862 or

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