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Second Calvary Baptist

Fall revival: Guest speakers Dr. William Curtis, Dr. Joan Parrott, and Dr. Robert E. Lee McGowens. 7 p.m. Oct. 8-10. 114 Nelson Ave. 704-399-0378;

The Presbyterian Church of Lowell

Holiday shopping benefit: Hosted by Ten Thousand Villages. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Lowell food pantry. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6 in the activities center. 207 E. 1st St., Lowell.

Exhibition: Traveling interactive exhibition of the world’s largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts. Admission, $15.95; seniors (62-plus), $14.95; military and college students (with ID), $11.95; ages 6-18, $11.95 (includes audio); 5 and younger free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sundays. 8405 IBM Drive.

Shady Brook Baptist

Yard sale: 7 a.m.-noon Oct. 6 in the fellowship hall. 2940 Belmeade Drive.

St. Michael’s Anglican

Michaelmas fair: Unlimited games, prizes and inflatable slides for children, $8. Live entertainment includes music, dancers, an artist and an illusionist show. Country store, book and craft sale, silent auction, more. Set English tea, $10 for adults. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6. 2211 Margaret Wallace Road. 704-537-7777;

Myers Park United Methodist

Series: “Hospitality – Living God’s Welcome.” The Rev. James Howell will consider faith and politics and the Christian perspective on the political process. 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Series concludes Oct. 22 with Lonni Collins Pratt, author of “Radical Hospitality.” 1501 Queens Road. Register for child care at

Greater Bethel AME Zion

Church anniversary: The church will celebrate its 115th anniversary at 2:15 p.m. Oct. 7. 5232 The Plaza. 980-949-6576;

Central United Methodist

Fall barbecue: Adult plates, $8; child plates, $4. Beverage and dessert included. Party packs, $14. Free delivery for orders of 10 or more. Proceeds support missions. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 12. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157.

Little Rock AME Zion

Services: “Frangelism” is a focus on evangelism. 10 a.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Cultural Christian celebration: Gospel explosion with artist A. J. Olden, LaLa Shawnchez, and Robert Smith, 7 p.m. Oct. 12. 401 N. McDowell St. 704-334-3782;

Avondale Presbyterian

Wonderful Wednesdays: Choose from “Connect the Word to Life,” an in-depth study of the scripture for the upcoming Sunday worship, or “The Disease of Addiction: Hurt, Help, Hope” presented by the Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency. 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 17 and 24. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Reservations required. 2821 Park Road. 704-333-6194;

Holy Covenant United Church of Christ, Sharon Campus

Pet blessing service: Bring your pets for a short service and gifts of thanks. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13. 6151 Sharon Road.

Christ the King Church

Free clothing: The King’s Closet will give away clothing to individuals and families in need. 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 13. 13501 S. Tryon St. 704-587-0073;

Parkwood Institutional CME Church

Anniversary celebration: The church celebrates 105 years. “Old Timey” revival, 6 p.m. Oct. 8-10. A community festival with children’s activities, health screenings, church history displays, live music and free food 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13. Worship service at 10 a.m. Oct. 14. 802 Tom Hunter Road.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 7 and Mallard Creek Presbyterian, 1600 W. Mallard Creek Church Road. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist, 9704 Mallard Creek Road. 704-972-4700;

Trinity Baptist

Homecoming: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 7. Worship service, 10:30 a.m. Holy City Quartet performs at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Revival services: The Rev. Mike Whitson and The Heritage Quartet. 6 p.m. Oct. 14 and 7 p.m. Oct. 15-17. 2009 W. Arrowood Road. 704-527-2248.

New Zion Missionary Baptist

Hymn choir anniversary: 64th anniversary celebration. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7. 217 W. Todd Lane. 704-399-4915.

First Presbyterian

Classes: Wednesday Connect offers mid-week nourishment for the soul, great food and fellowship for all ages. Adult classes for Oct. 10-24 include Religion and Art, Passport to Music and Understanding Poverty. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Preschool playgroup, 4:45 p.m. Dinner at 5:45 p.m. 200 W. Trade St.

Greater Fellowship Missionary Baptist

Celebration service: The Original Gospel Light Chorus celebrates 69 years. 3 p.m. Oct. 14. 2300 McClintock Road. 704-391-1397.

Unity of Charlotte

Bingo: Fun, snacks, fellowship, raffles, door prizes, and cash prizes. 7 p.m. Oct. 13. 401 E. Arrowood Road.

Christ United Methodist

Barbecue: Annual barbecue and bake sale. $8.50 for a plate or three sandwiches. Lunch delivery for 10 or more orders. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 12. Bulk sale after 8 p.m. 704-392-3529.

Wonderful Wednesdays: Drop-in meal, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Donations only. Small-group studies, youth group and children’s groups meet 6:15-7:30 p.m. 8020 Bellhaven Blvd.

First Baptist

Cancer support group: The next meeting of Harbor of Hope will feature church member Don Saxon, who will present “Am I Going to Die?” The group meets monthly. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Oct. 10. 301 S. Davidson St. 704-375-1446;

Amity Presbyterian

Homecoming service: The church celebrates 130 years. Opera tenor Raúl Melo and soprano Melinda Whittington, accompanied by pianist John Coffey and violinist Carlos Tarazona, will perform music by Earl Wentz, whose home church was Amity Presbyterian. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14. A covered-dish luncheon will follow. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. 704-537-3484;

HollyHunter Baptist

Homecoming service: 10:45 a.m. Oct. 7. 4316 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road. 704-399-3316.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 10 at St. John’s Baptist, 300 Hawthorne Lane. 704-972-4700;

Sardis Baptist

Gentle yoga classes: Increase flexibility, balance and strength. $10 per class. 4:35 and 6 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Classes fill quickly; call to register before 9 p.m. the day before class. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831.

Calvary Church

Ladies’ night out: Women in the community invited for coffee, dessert and connections with new friends. Former national pageant winner Norma Joyce Doughtery will share her testimony. Adults, $5. 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Space limited; register by Oct. 15.

Kids’ basketball league: Upward Basketball for boys and girls ages 5-12. Registration open. Practices start the week of Nov. 26. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Temple Israel

Mini Minyan: Songs, prayers and stories for children in grades K-2. 11 a.m. Oct. 13 and 20.

Children’s services: Music, dancing and prayer for preschoolers. 5:45 p.m. Oct. 12 and 26.

Adult education course: Rabbi Murray Ezring will lead “Walking With God,” a course developed by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and the Rabbinical Assembly. Open to the public. $60 includes materials. Course begins Oct. 10. To register, contact Denise Johnson at 704-362-2796. 4901 Providence Road.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Providence Road Church of Christ, 4900 Providence Road. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Providence Baptist, 4921 Randolph Road. 704-972-4700;

Providence Presbyterian

Discussion series: Bring your lunch for a pastor-led discussion of the lectionary passages from the Gospel of Mark. 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 18 in the session room. 10140 Providence Church Lane. 704-846-1079.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Fall festival: Games, food and drinks, live entertainment, more. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13. 8601 Bryant Farms Road.

St. John Neumann Catholic

Forty hours’ devotion: Conducted by the Rev. Joseph Aytona of the Fathers of Mercy. 7 p.m. Oct. 21-7 p.m. Oct. 23. Fellowship and light refreshments will follow the concluding service. 8451 Idlewild Road.

St. Luke Catholic, Mint Hill

Cabaret show: “Cabaret 3” will feature the musical talents of St. Luke’s choir and friends. Join us for a fun-filled night of popular music and comedy. $10 includes beverage and dessert. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-13. Reception at 7 p.m. 13700 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Friendship Baptist, 501 P. E. Bazemore Drive, Monroe. 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 14 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal, 8515 Rea Road, Waxhaw. 704-972-4700;

Hopewell Presbyterian, Huntersville

250th anniversary: The church will continue its year-long celebration with a luncheon recognizing all members who have joined the church since 2000. Noon Oct. 14. 10500 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Organ recital: Organ at Davidson presents Mary Lou Kapp Peeples. Free; donations encouraged. A reception will follow. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.


Family group: Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship whose purpose is to help families and friends of those who have a problem with alcohol. “Starting Over” group meets 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays at Lake Norman Lutheran, 1445 N.C. 16 N., Denver and 8-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Bethel Methodist, 7284 Campground Road, Denver. 704-489-8657.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Meeting: Learn about Unitarian Universalism and the Lake Norman Fellowship. 9:45 a.m. Oct. 7. All are invited. UULKN is an inclusive community embracing spiritual growth. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Gala event: Dinner, cash bar, raffle, silent auction, live music and dancing. $65 per person; $500 for a table. Proceeds benefit the church. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville. Tickets: 704-660-6915.

Huntersville United Methodist

Keenagers: Adults age 50 and older invited. Monthly meetings alternate among potluck lunches at the church, meals at area restaurants and field trips to nearby places of interest.

Dinner and auction: Italian dinner buffet and auction to benefit missions. Child care provided. Tickets, $15 each. 6 p.m. Oct. 13. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Revival services: The Rev. Larry Hill, pastor of Woodland Presbyterian, will preach. 7 p.m. Oct. 8-10.

Homecoming: The Rev. Vernell Lyles will deliver the homecoming message at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Morning worship, 11 a.m. Dinner, 1 p.m. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-394-5689.

Saint Patrick’s Episcopal, Mooresville

Concert: The Tryon Street String Quartet will perform selections by Mozart, Haydn, Bach and Puccini. A reception follows the concert. The concert is part of the Solas Leighis concert series. Adults, $15; students, $10; children younger than 6, free. All proceeds benefit community outreach. 7 p.m. Oct. 14. 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville. 704-663-5659;

The Salvation Army of Iredell County

Emergency assistance program: Financial and food assistance. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays at the Statesville office, 1361 Caldwell St., Statesville, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday at the Mooresville office, 470 N. Broad St. Suite C, Mooresville.

Church programs: Adult Bible study, 6-7 p.m. Mondays. Youth character-building program, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays. 704-872-5623;

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Assurance United Methodist, 9700 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville. Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 14 at Lake Norman Baptist, 7921 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. 704-972-4700;

Mt. Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Study series: “Mixing Politics and Religion: How Christian Values Affect Election Decisions.” 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Fellowship meal available. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius. Meal reservations:

Davidson United Methodist

Book sale: United Methodist Women’s book sale to benefit local missions for women and children. Prices start at $1. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 11, 2-7 p.m. Oct. 12, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 13-14. 233 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-8277;

Bethlehem Baptist, Concord

Homecoming: The church celebrates its 74th anniversary. Former Pastor Abe Ferris will be the guest speaker. A meal follows the service. 11 a.m. Oct. 7. No evening service. 42 Liske Ave., Concord.

St. Martin Lutheran, Concord

Sermon: “Let the Little Children Come to Me” based on Mark 10:14. 10 a.m. Oct. 7. 5469 N. C. 200 S., Concord. 704-782-4040.

St. Stephens Wesleyan, Concord

Bazaar: 41st annual bazaar and harvest sale. Breakfast biscuits, hot dog lunch, chicken noodle dinner, baked goods, Christmas decorations, crafts, more. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 13. 7601 Brusharbor Road, Concord. 704-795-5853.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Boger Reformed Church, 7313 Gold Hill Road, Concord. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 14 at Saint James Lutheran, 104 Union St. S., Concord. 704-972-4700;

Firestone Wesleyan, Gastonia

Concert: Christian recording artists The Martins will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. 1700 Union Road, Gastonia.

Newton Area Churches

Christmas open house: Churches in the Newton area will welcome the community to tour their sanctuaries. Special activities are planned at each of the churches. Churches on the tour include Abernethy Memorial United Methodist, Calvary Baptist, Beth Eden Lutheran, Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, and Grace Reformed United Church of Christ. The tour will also include stops at The Corner Table and Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, which will receive all donations from the tour. The tour will be held 4-7 p.m. Dec. 9.

St. John’s Lutheran, Cherryville

Wednesday evening ministry: Bible lessons and activities for youth in fifth grade and younger, 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Fellowship meal for all ages, 6 p.m. Youth and children’s music and adult ministries, 6:30 p.m.

Animal blessing service: Pets and humans will gather in the church parking lot for a brief service. Use leashes or cages if necessary. 4 p.m. Oct. 7. 310 W. Church St., Cherryville.

Victory Baptist, Hickory

Special event: Hazem Jarraj will share his story of conversion from Islam to Christianity. 6 p.m. Oct. 14. 7255 Burke County Line Road, Hickory.

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Newton

Service: Blessing of the Animals service will offer prayers and blessings in honor of our pets and in remembrance of those who have died. 2 p.m. Oct. 7. 750 W. 13th St., Newton. 828-464-1876;

Catawba United Methodist

Children’s activities: The children’s group will go to Lazy 5 Ranch following the 10:30 a.m. service Oct. 7. They will also participate in the Newton CROP Walk Oct. 21. The church is at 207 E. Central Ave., Catawba. 828-241-4868.

Kingdom Living Ministries, Gastonia

Pastoral anniversary: Apostle Que’Tonnia Barnett celebrates five years of ministry. Guest speakers Apostle John Benton, Pastor Johnny Brown, Apostle Kathy Johnson and Apostle Kathy Feemester. 7 p.m. Oct. 9-12. 308 Linwood Road, Gastonia.

Mt. Olive Lutheran, Newton

Divine service: Sermon “No Longer Two, But One” based on St. Mark 10. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 7. Sunday school and Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Visitors welcome. 2103 Mt. Olive Church Road, Newton. 828-464-2407;

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: Katherine Farris will speak on “Living in This Moment.” 11 a.m. Oct. 7.

Meditation group: Meditation and discussion to foster mindfulness and clarity. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. 833 Fifth St. S. E., Hickory.

Blessed John XXIII Ecumenical Church, Hickory

Services: 4:30 p.m. Saturdays in the old sanctuary of Zion Lutheran Church, 1911 Zion Church Road, Hickory. 828-850-2675.

Concord United Methodist, Catawba

Youth rally: Third annual rally will feature live music from 7th Time Down. $10 includes food. 6 p.m. Oct. 13. 7618 Monbo Road, Catawba. 828-478-3110.

Eastside Church of the Nazarene, Gastonia

Sermon series: “What Christians Don’t Do Well.” Faithful discussion of topics such as women in ministry, science and the church, and sexuality. 10:50 a.m. Sundays. 3250 Redbud Drive, Gastonia.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 12:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Blackburn Baptist, 5105 N. C. 10 W., Hickory. Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 14 at New Vision Church, 502 Thornburg Drive, Conover. 704-972-4700;

Saint Philip Neri Catholic, Fort Mill

Men’s Emmaus walk: This experience is designed to draw participants closer to God through their journey with Jesus in their walk to Emmaus, based on the story from Luke 24. Ages 21 and older. 6 p.m. Oct. 19-5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 with Mass to conclude the experience. 292 Munn Road E., Fort Mill. 803-548-7282.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Services: Regular services will be held at 7 p.m. each second and fourth Friday at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road E., Fort Mill.

St. John’s United Methodist, Rock Hill

Line dance classes: All ages invited. Lessons are suitable for beginners and intermediates. Wear comfortable clothing; no shorts or boots. $20 monthly donation goes to the children’s building. 1:30 p.m. Thursdays. 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. 803-366-7568;

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Adult Sunday school: 9:15 a.m. Sundays. The topic for Oct. 7 is “Why We Make Promises.” 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill.

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