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March 25, 2014

Religion news

Compiled by Erica Batten

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Little Rock AME Zion

Anniversary celebration: Dwayne Walker celebrates 25 years of excellence in ministry. Ecumenical service with guest speaker Bishop Claude Alexander, 7 p.m. April 4. Evangelistic outreach 9 a.m. April 5. Anniversary celebration service with speaker Bishop George Battle, 5 p.m. April 6. 401 N. McDowell St.

Amity Presbyterian

Community Lenten services: Five area churches will gather for a 30-minute service at noon Wednesdays. All welcome. Jay Weigel will present “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?” on April 2. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road.

Shiloh Institutional Baptist

Community outreach event: Lunch, clothing closet, blood pressure checks, door prizes, other resources and information. Noon-2 p.m. March 29. 2400 Greenland Ave. 704-258-8084.

St. Martin’s Episcopal

Concert: Carolina Pro Musica presents “Music from the Reign of Catherine the Great.” $15; students and seniors, $7.50. 8 p.m. April 5. 1510 E. Seventh St.

First United Methodist

Lenten sermon series: “From Fans to Followers” will explore Jesus’ encounters with Nicodemus, the woman at the well and others. 9 and 11 a.m. March 30 and April 6.

Lenten study: Pastors Jonathan Coppedge-Henley and Joe Hamby will lead a study of the book “Mercy in the City.” 6 p.m. Wednesdays. 501 N. Tryon St. 704-333-9081.

Temple Beth El

Classes: Temple Beth El University presents “Jewish Controversies in Film: How Do Jews Use Cinema to Reflect on These Issues?” Guest instructor William Davis of UNC Charlotte will explore Jewish stereotypes, intolerance of Jews and Middle East politics. Members $36; regular price $52. Financial assistance available. 7-9 p.m. April 2, 9 and 23. No classes April 16 because of the Passover holiday. RSVP by April 1. 5101 Providence Road. 704-749-3070;

Central Church Life Care Center

Seminar: Beverly and Tom Rodgers will present “Freedom From Anxiety, Depression and Fear.” Refreshments served. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 5. 5500 Randolph Road. Register at 704-365-6112 or

SouthPark Christian Church

Attic sale: 46th annual super-sized sale. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 28 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 29. 6650 Park South Drive.

St. John Neumann Catholic

Parish mission: The Rev. John Anglin will host “Filling the World With the Gospel of Christ.” Anglin will preach at the 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Masses April 7-9. He will speak at all weekend Masses April 5-6 and preach in Spanish after the 12:30 p.m. Mass April 6. All are welcome. Light refreshments and fellowship after the conclusion on the mission April 9. 8451 Idlewild Road.

Vajradhara Mahayana Buddhist Center

Presentation: Gen Kelsang Tilopa will discuss “Death and Beyond.” Learn why it is beneficial to contemplate death now in order to create inner peace and lasting happiness. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5, Charlotte Convention Center, room 102A. $25; senior adults and students $20. Register at

The Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte

Spring classes: Adventures in Learning spring session runs April 7-May 19. Classes include bridge, clogging, yoga, history, more. Classes meet at Providence United Methodist, 2810 Providence Road. 704-365-1995.

Community Bible Study

Bible study: Registration now open for 2014-15 class, which begins Sept. 4. We will study 1 and 2 Corinthians. 2500 Carmel Road.

Covenant Presbyterian

Lenten worship: All are invited to a Lenten season focusing on “Seeking Peace.” Ministries across the church will offer spiritual practices, educational and other opportunities to complement the teachings of Sunday worship services. Two study series, “Christian Hope in the Holy Lands” and “Seeking Peace Through Spiritual Practices,” will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. A “Walk to Bethlehem” initiative will take place throughout the season. The chapel will be open for prayer 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Daily stories of peace at 1000 E. Morehead St.

Covenant Presbyterian

Davidson College Presbyterian

Concerts: The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford, England, will perform two Charlotte-area concerts. The male-voice chorus will perform at 7 p.m. April 4 at Covenant Presbyterian, 1000 E. Morehead St. The choir will be joined by 180 local singers at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Davidson College Presbyterian, 100 N. Main St., Davidson. Adults $20; youth and children $10. Tickets available at

Central United Methodist

Fundraiser: Attic sale and car wash. Rain or shine. Proceeds go to church missions and programs. 8 a.m.-noon April 5. 6030 Albemarle Road.

Elizabeth Communities of Faith

Lenten services: Caldwell Presbyterian, St. John’s Baptist, Hawthorne Lane United Methodist, St. Martin’s Episcopal, Carolinas Medical Center Mercy and Novant Presbyterian will gather for worship on the theme “There and Back Again.” Soup luncheon provided by Elizabeth-area restaurants. Donations benefit local missions. Noon April 2, 9 and 16 at Hawthorne Lane United Methodist, 501 Hawthorne Lane.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Rummage sale: The church is collecting donations for a sale April 26. Proceeds will be used for a lunch program at a school in Haiti, which feeds 200 children. Accepting furniture, appliances, books, holiday decorations, flat-screen TVs and gently used children’s clothing. No shoes, adult clothing, mattresses, box springs or tube TVs. Pickup available. All donations are tax-deductible; receipt furnished on request. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. To donate, send contact information to

Myers Park United Methodist

Series: End-of-life issues will be explored in a series called “Tying Up Loose Ends.” Attorney Jennefer Garrity will present the final program in the series, a discussion of financial planning from a legal perspective. 7 p.m. March 31 in Room 110 of the parish life building. Free; no reservations required. 1501 Queens Road. 704-295-4836;

Sharon United Methodist

Lenten sermon series: Pastor Kyle Thompson will present a series titled “Not a Fan (God Calls Us to Be Followers, Not Fans!).” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. Sermon for March 30: “More than Rules.” 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Calvary Church

Ladies’ night out: Interactive demonstration, “Messiah in the Passover,” with Miriam Nadler of Word of Messiah Ministry. $5. 7-8:30 p.m. April 3. Light meal available at 6:30 p.m. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Mouzon United Methodist

Chili supper: Free. Donations for local missions accepted. 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 31.

Wellness fair: Health information, samples, door prizes, more. Free. Easter crafts and baked goods for sale. Proceeds go to missions. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 5. 3100 Selwyn Ave.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Lenten worship: “Encounters with God, Encounters with Jesus.” 10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Evening worship: Study of scriptures on the theme of “Change.” Loose-change offering will go to Good Gifts program. 7 p.m. Sundays. Meal served at 6 p.m. 6817 Carmel Road.

St. Luke’s Lutheran

Barbecue fundraiser: St. Luke’s Lutheran Men in Mission will host a fundraiser for an orphanage in India and a local prison ministry. Take out or eat in and watch the Final Four. $10 for a pound of barbecue or a plate. Family packs $30. Prices include raffle ticket for a 50-inch TV. Noon-8 p.m. April 5. 3200 Park Road.

Temple Israel

Music series: Join Cantor Elias Roochvarg, accompanied by Monty Bennett, for an evening of “Songs that Tell a Story.” Events held monthly. Free. 7:30 p.m. April 6. 4901 Providence Road.

Sardis Baptist

Gentle yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility, deepen breath and gain peace of mind. Space limited. $10 per class. 4:35 and 6 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831;

St. Matthew Catholic

Fair trade market: Items from the Catholic Relief Services’ Fair Trade and Project Hope. Crafts, jewelry, home décor, more. Check or cash only. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 30. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Philadelphia Presbyterian, Mint Hill

Preschool: Now enrolling ages 3-5 for 2014-15 school year. 11501 Bain School Road, Mint Hill. Contact Vicki Crossman at 704-545-3439 ext. 122.

Stallings United Methodist

Easter sermon series: “Letting Hope In.” Traditional services 8:30 and 10:55 a.m. Sundays, sanctuary. Contemporary service 10:55 a.m. Sundays, fellowship hall. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings.

St. Francis United Methodist

Fundraiser: Yard sale and car wash. All sales benefit youth summer mission. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5. 4200 McKee Road.

Central United Methodist, Monroe

Chicken barbecue: Plates include one-half chicken, baked beans, slaw, bread, drink and dessert. $7. Proceeds go to local missions. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 5. 801 S. Hayne St., Monroe. 704-289-3186.

Concord Church of Christ

Gospel singing: “Praising God in Song” with Steve Garrett. 9:30 a.m., 10:25 a.m. and 6 p.m. March 30. 4595 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.

Kerr Memorial Baptist, Concord

Concert: The Hickory Grove Christian High School vocal, ladies’ and men’s ensembles will perform a variety of sacred music. A love offering will be received. Fellowship and refreshments afterward. 6 p.m. March 30. 25 N.C. 49 S., Concord.

Mount Olivet United Methodist, Concord

Sermon: “Don’t Be the Last to See.” Early service 8:45 a.m. March 30. Sunday school 9:45 a.m. Traditional worship 11 a.m. 301 Mount Olivet Road, Concord.

St. Alban’s Episcopal, Davidson

Concert: The N.C. Baroque Orchestra will perform “Primavera!” The program celebrates spring and features music of Vivaldi. Presented by the Music at St. Albans series. Admission includes wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. Adults $15; students and senior adults $10. Children younger than 12 free. 3 p.m. April 6. 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson.

Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, Troutman

Lenten services: “Restored in Christ.” 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. All are welcome. 225 Morgan St., Troutman.

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

Concert: The Alexander Community Concert Series presents a tribute to legendary jazz great Dave Brubeck performed by The Brubeck Project. Reception afterward. Adults $15; senior adults and students $10. Children younger than 12 free. 3 p.m. April 6. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249.

St. Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Services: Lenten penance service 7 p.m. March 31. Mass followed by soup lunch noon April 1. Presentation: Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” will discuss the death penalty and her ministry counseling death row inmates. 7 p.m. April 4. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. For information, call Carmen SanJuan at 704-664-7762.

Mooresville Lake Norman Christian Mission

Anniversary celebration: The mission celebrates 75 years of service to the community. A battle-of-the-bands fundraiser will be at 4 p.m. April 5 at The Upper Room, 129 W. Broad St., Statesville. $5.

Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville

Fundraiser: The Methodist Men will sell hickory-smoked Boston butts for Easter. $25 each. Order until April 5. 1809 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. Place orders 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 704-663-1690.

Saint Patrick’s Episcopal, Mooresville

Concert: Paul Asbell will share his twists on blues and jazz standards and original pieces from the American roots tradition. Wine-and-cheese reception during intermission. Adults $15; students and senior adults $10. All proceeds go to community outreach. 7 p.m. March 30. 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville.

The Cove Church, Mooresville

Support group: GriefShare is a seminar and care group for people grieving the loss of loved ones. Each self-contained session includes video featuring experts on grief, real-life stories and recovery subjects. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays through April 15. 197 Langtree Road, Mooresville.

St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Lenten series: Presanctified liturgy and community speaker series. Service at 6 p.m. Wednesdays followed by dinner and speaker. Representatives of the Community Pregnancy Center of Lake Norman will speak on April 2.

Worship services: 9:15 a.m. Sundays. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville.

New Hope Missions Church, Mooresville

Lenten series: “Jesus’ Last Words from the Cross: What Do They Mean for Us?” 10 a.m. Sundays. The topic for March 30 is “My God, why have you forsaken me?”

Lenten study: Fellowship, prayer, worship and study of “Significant Moments During Jesus’ Last Days.” 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. 704-880-4102.

St. Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Teen event: “God, Atheism, Truth and Relativism” with special guest Sean Forrest. Open to eighth grade and up, including college students, young adults and parents. 7-8:30 p.m. April 6. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

Service: Service of prayer and healing 7 p.m. March 31, chapel. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Coffee and conversation: Learn more about Unitarian Universalism. 9:45 a.m. April 6. Services afterward for those interested. Child care available. Services are at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Lake Norman Lutheran, Denver

Lenten services: 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Meal at 5:45 p.m. 1445 N.C. 16 N., Denver.

Corinth Reformed Church, Hickory

Lenten organ series: Annual Abernethy Lenten Organ Series welcomes Lenoir-Rhyne University student Brandon Burns. Free and open to the public. 12:30-1 p.m. April 4. Series continues April 11. 150 16th Ave. N.W., Hickory. 828-328-6196;

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: “The Joke’s on UU.” An amusing look at Unitarian Universalist attitudes and outlooks. 11 a.m. March 30. 833 5th St. S.E., Hickory.

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

New member luncheon: After the 10 a.m. service March 30. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

Belmont Abbey College

Concert series: Arts at the Abbey welcomes Carolina Pro Musica performing music of St. Petersburg during the reign of Catherine the Great. Free; donations accepted. 8 p.m. March 31 in the Abbey Basilica. The Carolina Catholic Chorale will present a Lenten devotional, “Adoramus Te, Christe,” at 8 p.m. April 7. 100 N. Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont.

Church of the Master United Church of Christ, Hickory

Study: Through the Umoja Project of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion, the congregation will engage in a study leading to a better understanding of being an open and affirming congregation within the United Church of Christ. Covered-dish dinner and “Telling Our Story,” 5:30 p.m. March 30. Worship service with sermon, “An Inclusive Community: What It Really Means,” 10:45 a.m. April 6. 2230 29th Avenue Drive N.E., Hickory. 828-256-2274.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 3:30-7 p.m. March 31 at First United Methodist, 311 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory.

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Guided meditation: The church is open 6-7 p.m. each Wednesday during Lent for personal guided prayer, reflection, and meditation with Holy Communion.

Online Lenten study: Henri Nouwen’s books “Making All Things New” and “Heart Speaks to Heart.” 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill.

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