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Parishioners from the Diocese of Charlotte recently traveled to the Holy Land. The travelers followed the journey of Jesus, including a stop at the Garden of Gethsemane.
Parishioners from the Diocese of Charlotte recently traveled to the Holy Land. The travelers followed the journey of Jesus, including a stop at the Garden of Gethsemane. COURTESY OF MAUREEN REGELE

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Catawba College, Salisbury

Colloquium: The Lilly Center Colloquium will feature Valerie Shepard, the daughter of American missionaries Jim and Elisabeth Elliot. Jim Elliot was killed by a primitive tribe in the Amazon jungle in 1956. Shepard will discuss the ways that God works in our lives and calls and equips us for service. Free. 11 a.m. Feb. 24 in the Tom Smith Auditorium in Ralph W. Ketner Hall. 2300 W. Innes St., Salisbury.

The Diocese of Charlotte

Pilgrimage: A group of 26 parishioners from across the diocese recently traveled to the Holy Land. The 10-day trip included several historical sites as the group followed the journey of Jesus. The travelers enjoyed daily Mass at landmarks such as the Basilica of the Annunciation, Saint Peter’s Memorial, and the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. Father Patrick Hoare, pastor of Saint John Neumann Catholic, and Father Patrick Cahill, pastor of Saint Eugene Parish in Asheville, organized and led the pilgrimage. Father Stephen Hoyt of Holy Family Church in Clemmons also traveled with the group.

Saint John Neumann Catholic

Parish mission: The Rev. Hugh Burns will conduct the annual parish mission. The theme, “Get Real: Religion With Two Feet on the Ground,” focuses on the intersection of Christianity with reality. Burns will speak at the 9 a.m. Masses Feb. 23-25 and at 7 p.m. Feb. 22-25. His topics include “See It Big, Keep It Simple,” “Lighten Up! A Christian Sense of Humor,” and “Blessed Among Women: Mary Tender and Tough.” 8451 Idlewild Road. Full schedule at

Trinity Presbyterian

Gilchrist Sunday: The Rev. Christopher Edmonston will present a thought-provoking discussion and sermon on “Does the Church Have a Future? Does the Future Have a Church?” The annual Gilchrist Sunday is named for charter members Pat and Katie Gilchrist, who provided funds for the Lenten lectures with leading theologians who challenge the congregation to approach faith in new ways. Edmonston will lead Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 22 and will preach at the 11 a.m. service. 3115 Providence Road.

Torrence Grove A.M.E. Zion

Hymn choir singing: Celebrate Black History with hymn choirs from Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist and Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist. The public is invited as the churches celebrate the heritage of their forefathers. 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

Annual Deaconess Day: The Rev. Jordan Boyd and the Rockwell A.M.E. Zion Church family will be the special guests. 3 p.m. March 1. 1200 Torrence Grove Church Road. 704-536-8313.

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: Representatives from various faith traditions will present “Religion and Science: Can They Coexist?” Due to inclement weather, the speakers for Feb. 17 and 24 were rescheduled. On Feb. 24, the Rev. Russ Dean, co-pastor of Park Road Baptist, will offer a Baptist perspective. Refreshments provided by the Sandra Gold Weinstein Hospitality Fund. Free. No reservations necessary. 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948. Complete schedule of speakers at

Grace A.M.E. Zion

Concert: The Voices of Eden Gospel Choir of UNC-Charlotte will present “Love Songs for a King.” The concert will also feature musical selections from the church’s music ministry. Free. 3 p.m. Feb. 22. 3722 David Cox Road.

Amity Presbyterian

Lenten services: Noon-12:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 4, 11, 18 and 25. Participating churches are Third Presbyterian, First Church of God and Central, Cokesbury and Memorial United Methodist.

Coffeehouse worship: Enjoy contemporary Christian music and favorite hymns, a few visual images, a short message and time for discussion on how to apply the Biblical passage. All ages welcome. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available. The service will be held monthly. 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in Johnston Hall. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. 704-537-3484.

Women Living Well Ministries

Forum: Women are invited to learn the word of God and be empowered to grow in Christian faith. The new series is Conquering Giants. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays. Free. The next forum will focus on “Be Strong and Courageous.” 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn Uptown, 508 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free parking in the EZ Parking Lot, 501 Caldwell St.

Kingdom of God International Ministries

Discipleship classes: Minister Jackie Jenkins-Williams will teach the classes. Open to the community. Kingdom of God IM is a nondenominational ministry. 10-11 a.m. Saturdays at the University Adult Care Center, 1324 John Kirk Drive.

Temple Israel

Classes: Life Long Learning classes include “The Stories of Our People: Tales, Legends, and Short Stories that Open the Gates of Jewish Faith” taught by Rabbi Murray Ezring and “User’s Guide to the Prayer Book, Part II” taught by Cantor Elias Roochvarg. Classes are free to Temple Israel members; nonmembers, $36. 11 a.m.-noon March 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Music series: Join Cantor Elias Roochvarg for the third in his series, an afternoon of “Songs Inspired by the Bible.” 4:30 p.m. March 1.

Family Purim celebration: A celebration of Purim with a hot dog dinner, costume pageant, family-friend Megillah reading, and Thomas the Magician. 5:30 p.m. March 4. 4901 Providence Road.

Charlotte Spirituality Center

Class: “Soul Scribbles: Journals That Nurture the True Voice.” Ideas and practice at every level of keeping a journal. $15. Class size limited. 1-3:30 p.m. Feb. 28. 4800 Wedgewood Drive, Suite 100. Register at

The Baha’i Community of Charlotte

Interfaith gathering: The talk given at the recent MeckMin Liaison Gathering, hosted by the Baha’i Community, will be continued. The topic is “The Baha’i Faith: The Fourth Abrahamic Religion.” No reservations necessary. 7 p.m. Feb. 24. 3514 Marvin Road.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: Noon-3 p.m. Feb. 22 at Antioch Baptist, 232 Skyland Ave. Noon-3 p.m. Feb. 22 at Hope Community Church of Metrolina, 3205 Sam Wilson Road.

Sharon United Methodist

Services: Sermon on “Put One Foot in Front of the Other.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Feb. 22. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Calvary Church

Women’s event: Women in the community are invited for coffee and dessert as missionary Nancy Writebol shares the story of her battle with the Ebola virus. Free; registration requested. 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Nancy and her husband, David, are missionaries serving with SIM and will participate in Calvary’s annual missions conference Feb. 21-March 1. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Parents’ class: Part two of “Understanding Generation iY and Z and What it Means for You as a Christian Parent.” The monthly round table and support group class is free and public. 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in Commons Room 1.

Study: Weekly “Beginnings: The Spiritual Life Study.” Each session includes a brief video and discussion. The topic for Feb. 25 is “How Do I Keep My Possessions From Possessing Me?” Free. No registration required. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 1900 Emerywood Drive. 704-553-1327.

Wesley United Methodist

Study: The group will read “The Story,” a 31-chapter version of the Bible story that reads like a novel. Each week the study explores both God’s perspective and the human experience. Learn what it means to live the challenging and rewarding life of following Christ. Copies of the book are available at the church. 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays. On Feb. 22, will focus on chapter 23. 3715 Rea Road.

Mouzon United Methodist

Multi-ethnic service: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Preschool tours: Enrollment tours for fall are going on now. Part-day, play-based program for children age 1 through transitional kindergarten. Open to community. Classes are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays. 3100 Selwyn Ave. To schedule a tour, contact the director at 704-525-1326 or

Myers Park Baptist

Meeting: The Faith Communicators is an informal network open to all who do public relations, communications and marketing for churches and other nonprofits. The group meets monthly for networking and a program on some aspect of public relations. Light breakfast served. Free. 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819;

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Children’s consignment sale: Gently-used spring and summer clothing for children of all ages plus maternity clothing, baby equipment, toys, furniture, strollers, more. 6-8 p.m. March 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 6, and half-price sale 8 a.m.-noon March 7. Consignors who volunteer receive registration discount and higher percentage of sales. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

Christ the King Church

Comedy night: Enjoy a laughter-filled night of good, clean fun with Amy Barnes and Jerry Miner. Married in 2002, Barnes and Miner now perform nationwide. $10. 7:30 p.m. March 7. 13501 S. Tryon St.

Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox

Consignors wanted: Tots to Teens sale will raise funds for charitable causes. Consignors receive 70 percent of sales. The sale will be held March 6-7. 5108 Kuykendall Road. Consignors may register through March 2 at

First Baptist, Indian Trail

Real Evangelism Conference: Guest preachers are Mike Huckabee, Junior Hill, Mike Stone, Vance Pitman, Tony Nolan, Bailey Smith, Mike Whitson and more. Musical guests are the Mike Speck Trio, Greater Vision, the Collingsworth Family, Mae Beth Harris and Eddie Middleton. March 4-6. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005;

Matthews United Methodist

Summer arts camp: “Under God’s Sea in 3-D” music and arts camp for children in kindergarten to sixth grades. $75 includes daily lunch and snack, T-shirt, materials. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 6-10 with performance at 6 p.m. July 11. Registration open.

Weekly summer camp: At The Lighthouse, children will explore cities where Jesus’ ministry came alive and learn to live faith in daily life. Games, crafts, cooking projects, devotions, field trips, service projects and more. $145 per week. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15-Aug. 19. Space limited. Registration open. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Information session: The church’s JOY Social Group invites the community to learn about senior living options and financing options from Medicare, long-term care policies, and retirement investments. Debi Lee, programs manager at Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will discuss options and answer questions. Social time will begin at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26, and the program will begin at 11 a.m. Lunch available from Encore Catering for $12. Reservations for lunch needed by noon Feb. 23. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. Reservations:

Saint Matthew Catholic

Healing prayer service: Saint Peregrine service for all those suffering with cancer or other diseases. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 22 at Mint Hill Baptist, 7835 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill.

Forest Hill United Methodist, Concord

Consignment sale: Register to consign children’s clothing and toys for the Second Blessings sale to be held March 20-21.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Quilting group: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 23. 950 Bradley St., Concord. 704-782-6923;

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Lenten service: Mass at noon Feb. 24 followed by soup lunch.

Stations of the cross: 7 p.m. Feb. 27. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992.

Saint Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville

Lenten services: Soup suppers and fellowship will be held 5-6 p.m. March 1, 8, 15 and 22 in the family life center. Holden evening prayer at 6:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville. 704-664-5474.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Bible study: Pastor Travis Norton will lead a Bible study at noon Feb. 25 at Sports Page in Denver. The studies will be held each second and fourth Wednesday.

Lenten services: 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Soup supper at 6 p.m.

Women’s group: Morning study group will discuss Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, “Learning to Walk in the Dark.” 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 25.

Prayer shawl ministry: Inter-generational group creates shawls, chemo caps and other crafts that serve as a physical reminder of God’s unconditional love and presence. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

Card ministry: The group provides pastors and staff with handmade cards to send to those in need. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Sunday morning groups: The Humanist discussion group will focus on current events during February meetings. 9:45 a.m. Sundays in classroom 2. The adult discussion group meets to explore and share inspiration and challenges. 9:45 a.m. Sundays in classroom 3.

Service: All-music service will feature musicians from within the fellowship, a visit from the Davidson College ensemble Melodemics and engaging UU hymns. Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. Feb. 22. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Denver United Methodist

Consignment sale: Consignor and volunteer registration is open for the spring children’s consignment sale to be held March 21. Consignor benefits include easy drop-off of items, early shopping, and 70 percent of sales. A raffle will be held for two consignors to keep 100 percent of their sales. Consignor registration ends March 9. The church is at 3910 N.C. 16 Bus. N., Denver.

RiverLife Wellness Center, Mooresville

Christian counseling: Free individual, marriage, and family counseling. Daytime and evening appointments available. 2487 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. To schedule an appointment, provide your name and contact information to 704-664-7705 ext. 1.

Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

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

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Huntersville United Methodist, 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

Catawba United Methodist

Barbecue dinner: Menu includes chopped venison, chicken breasts, marinated slaw, baked beans, garlic bread, homemade desserts and beverages. Donations will be accepted in support of area needs. 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. The Friends of Christ gospel group will perform at 6 p.m. 209 E. Central Ave., Catawba. 828-241-4868.

Northminster Presbyterian, Hickory

Child development center: Registration open for the fall. Northminster is committed to providing excellent care and education for your children. 3730 N. Center St., Hickory.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will lead a congregational discussion on “Where Did We Come From and Where Are We Going?” 11 a.m. Feb. 22. 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb 28 at Liberty Baptist, 213 Hazel Lee St., Lenoir.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services: The Reform Jewish Congregation will hold Shabbat services at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Friday in the ministry building at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. Religious education is held at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Blooming Einsteins, 2752 Pleasant Road, Suite 103, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707;

The Community Café

Lunch: The Community Café offers free lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie, and 11:30-2 p.m. Fridays at Lake Wylie Lutheran, 2906 S.C. 160, Fort Mill.

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service: Just Joy monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009;