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Good Shepherd Presbyterian

Christmas musical: "The Journey." Free admission. 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at Olde Providence Elementary School, 3800 Rea Road. 704-364-1234.

Union Grove United Methodist

Display: Volunteers from the church have provided a collection of more than 300 lighted Christmas homes and figures depicting "A Dickens Christmas" in the Massey-Clark House, 232 N. Trade St., Matthews. Part of the Matthews Hometown Holiday Celebration, the display opens at 4 p.m. Nov. 27. See full calendar of events at

Quail Hollow Presbyterian

Live nativity: The church children and youth present the wonder of Christ's birth. Visit with the live animals between presentations. 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12. 8801 Park Road. 704-554-5714.

Providence Baptist

Seniors' luncheon: Primetimers meets monthly. Enjoy a holiday concert with trio Noelle at noon Dec. 16. $8. 4921 Randolph Road. Reservations required by Dec. 13: 704-366-2784.

Harrison United Methodist

Family Advent events: Join us for the "Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Christmas." Movie clips and discussion, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Caroling, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Covered-dish dinner with family stories, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Child care available on Dec. 8. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

Park Road Baptist

Advent services: "In a Perfect World" will focus on Isaiah's prophecies and the idealistic visions he gives his people. 11 a.m. Sundays. 3900 Park Road. 704-523-5717.

Saint Gabriel Catholic

Memorial service: KinderMourn offers a service for parents who have experienced the death of a child. Please bring a candle in a holder to light in memory of your child. Nursery provided. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12. 3016 Providence Road. 704-376-2580.

Pineville United Methodist

Christmas Cantata: The chancel choir, praise team, children's choir and hand bell choir present "The Wonder of Christmas." Child care available. 9 a.m. Dec. 12 in the CrossRoads Center and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022;

St. Luke's Lutheran and Park Road Baptist

Musical: The combined choirs, accompanied by the Carolina Brass and members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, present John Rutter's "Gloria." 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at Park Road Baptist, 3900 Park Road. 704-523-7981.

Calvary Church

Christmas concert: "Hope of the World" presented by the church choir and orchestra, youth and children's choirs. 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Child care to age 4 and ASL interpretation available at 9:45 a.m. service. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Church at Charlotte

Advent sermon series: Each week will focus on one of the four pillars of Advent Conspiracy. 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays. 2500 Carmel Road. 704-364-5913;

Sardis Baptist

Service: "Hard-to-be-Merry" service for those experiencing grief or other struggles. Worshippers will participate in silence and contemplative prayer and will hear the Christmas story from the perspective of lament. 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

Advent communion: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the outdoor labyrinth. The labyrinth is open each day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road.

Providence United Methodist

Food drive: Drop off canned food donations at the church's Loaves & Fishes truck every weekend in December.

Worship service: "Service of Longest Night" is designed to offer consolation and hope for those who move through the holidays with great difficulty due to separation or divorce, grief, loss of employment or illness. John Arey, executive director of Methodist Counseling and Consultation Services will speak. 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 2810 Providence Road. 704-714-9365.