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Carolina Pro Musica director Karen Jacob  traveled to Italy last summer to obtain a copy of the Hasse’s cantata. She is pictured here with archivist don Mariano Dell’Omo of the Montecassino Abbey Archives.
Carolina Pro Musica director Karen Jacob traveled to Italy last summer to obtain a copy of the Hasse’s cantata. She is pictured here with archivist don Mariano Dell’Omo of the Montecassino Abbey Archives. Carolina Pro Musica

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Saint Martin’s Episcopal

Concert: Carolina Pro Musica will present “The Heart’s Adoration,” 18th century vocal and instrumental selections including the North American premiere of Johann Adolph Hasse’s cantata “Pallido il volto.” The ensemble features period instruments. Regular admission, $16; students and seniors, $8. 8 p.m. March 28.

Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

Lecture: Actress, activist and bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch will be the featured speaker at the Jewish Federation’s spring lecture. Gurwitch’s most recent book is “I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories From the Edge of 50.” $54 for dinner and lecture; $36 for lecture only. $50 minimum donation to the annual campaign to attend. 6:30 p.m. March 26. 5101 Providence Road. Tickets available at

Amity Presbyterian

Lenten services: Noon-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 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 table 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. March 29 in Johnston Hall. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. 704-537-3484.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Polish Lenten retreat: The Rev. Andrzej Jaczewski from the Diocese of Siedlce, Poland, will conduct the retreat. 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 24-26. Jaczewski will celebrate Mass at 3 p.m. March 29. Confessions available at 2 p.m.

Healing prayer service: Saint Peregrine service for those suffering from cancer and other life-threatening diseases. 7:30 p.m. March 26. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. 704-543-7677.

Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic

Guest speaker: Shroud of Turin expert Kevin Moran will present “The Holy Shroud, the Silent Witness to the Resurrection.” Moran will address this mystery from the perspectives of faith and science. Free. 7:30 p.m. March 26 in the parish activity center. 6828 Old Reid Road.

Matthews United Methodist

Teen consignment sale: Gently-used spring and summer clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, games, electronics, books, sports equipment. Junior boys’ and girls’ sizes 12 and older. 8 a.m.-noon March 21. Half-price sale on selected items, 1-3 p.m. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews.

Women Living Well Ministries

Forum: Women 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 “Power in Fasting and Praying.” 7-8:30 p.m. March 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn Uptown, 508 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free parking in the EZ Parking Lot, 501 Caldwell St.

University City United Methodist

Easter musical: The church’s Celebration Choir, contemporary worship team, drama ministry, King’s Herald Quartet, Psalm 150 Orchestra, soloists and tech team will present “Mercy Tree: An Easter Musical.” Free; a love offering will be received. Child care for ages 4 and younger available by reservation. 7 p.m. March 28 and 3 p.m. March 29. 3835 W. WT Harris Blvd.

Temple Israel

Shabbat services: Join members of Temple Israel and Temple Beth El and award-winning author Ron Wolfson. Community Shabbat services will be held on the theme “Blessing and Kisses: The Power of Jewish Family Life” at 7 p.m. March 27 at Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road. Services on “Building Good Tents: Envisioning the Relational Synagogue of the 21st Century” will be held 9:30 a.m. March 28 at Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road. After morning services at both temples, attend a special Kiddush and final presentation on “Beyond Maxwell House: How to Have the Greatest Seder Ever!” 12:15 p.m. March 28 in Sam Lerner Hall.

Myers Park Baptist

Panel discussion: “Creation Care: Charlotte’s Challenge.” Panelists are Mark Jensen of Wake Forest Divinity School, Ernie McLaney, deputy director of Clean Air Carolina, Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins, Mary Newsom of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter. Chris William, host of Carolina Business Review, will moderate. 6:30-8 p.m. March 25.

Exhibit: “Creation. Care!” environmental photography and poetry exhibit will be open March 25 through May 10 in the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave.

Weddington United Methodist

Healthy lifestyle program: In cooperation with Carolinas Healthcare System, we will again offer the Daniel Plan, a program founded on biblical principles and focused on the essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. An informational session will be held at 6 p.m. March 29 in Helms Hall. The program will be held 6-8 p.m. Sundays, April 12-June 7. Program is free; participants should purchase materials prior to the start of class. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington.

Elizabeth Communities of Faith

Lenten services: Six local churches and the chaplaincies of CMC-Mercy and Novant Presbyterian will gather each week for worship on the theme “On the Journey Together.” A different church or chaplaincy will lead worship each week, and area restaurants will provide a simple lunch. $5 suggested donation for lunch. All monies will be donated to Loaves and Fishes and the Community Culinary School of Charlotte. The 30-minute services will be held at noon Wednesdays at Caldwell Presbyterian, 1609 E. Fifth St. On March 25, Novant Health Chaplaincy Service will lead worship. Soup and bread will be provided by Community Culinary School of Charlotte and Great Harvest Bread Company.

Central Church of God

Support group: The Life Care Center presents the “Life’s Healing Choices” growth and support group. Learn practical and life-changing directions through eight principles from the Beatitudes and hear real-life stories of the power of God’s truth. 6:30-8 p.m. Sundays starting March 22, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays starting March 24, or 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays starting March 25. Groups will meet through the week of May 12. 5500 Randolph Road. 704-365-6112;

5K race: Pure Religion 5K to help stamp out human trafficking. Family event will include a kids’ fun run and food vendors. T-shirt deadline is April 6. Race is 9 a.m. April 18. 5301 Sardis Road.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

Exercise classes: Kickboxing classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. each second and fourth Thursday. $3 donation per person. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.

Park Road Baptist

Choral concert: Theodore Dubois’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ” presented by choirs from four churches with more than 70 singers, accompanied by a musical ensemble. Featured performers include Sam and Terri McKelton, Jan McCoy and Monty Bennett. Robert Kennedy will conduct. Free. 4 p.m. March 29. 3900 Park Road.

Sharon United Methodist

Services: Sermon on “No Pressure.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. March 22. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Palm Sunday services: Contemporary service, 9 a.m. March 29. Traditional service, 11:15 a.m. 1900 Emerywood Drive. 704-553-1327.

Trinity Presbyterian

Palm Sunday service: Holy Week services will begin with a congregational palm procession. Members and visitors will gather on the front walk and process into the sanctuary, waving palms and then laying them below the communion table. 11 a.m. March 29. 3115 Providence Road.

Grace Lutheran

Easter for kids: Crafts, music, story skit, games, Easter egg hunt. 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 28. 7000 Providence Road. Register at

Carmel Presbyterian

Easter Eggstravaganza: Families invited for a short Easter story presentation, Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, bouncy house and refreshments. Bring baskets. 10 a.m. March 28. 2048 Carmel Road.

Myers Park United Methodist

Palm Sunday services: 8:30, 8:45, 9:45 and 11 a.m. March 29. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

Pineville United Methodist

Palm Sunday service: Worship will feature a cantata with a combination of music, drama and interpretation presented by members of the music ministries. The service will focus on the final week of Jesus’ life. Nursery available. 9 and 11 a.m. March 29. Sunday school for all ages at 10 a.m. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Palm Sunday worship: 10:15 a.m. March 29. 6817 Carmel Road.

Avondale Presbyterian

Easter festival: Community invited for games, cake walk, popcorn, lemonade, snow cones, bounce house, tie-dye crafts, face painting, Easter story and egg hunt. Free. Hot dogs will be for sale. Proceeds go to Heifer International. 12:30-2:30 p.m. March 28. 2821 Park Road.

Sedgefield United Methodist

Family event: Play activities in the fellowship hall followed by an egg hunt. Bring baskets. 10:30 a.m. March 28. 2830 Dorchester Place.

Wesley United Methodist

Study: Particpants will read “The Story,” a 31-chapter version of the Bible story that reads like a novel. Each week explore 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. 3715 Rea Road.

Temple Beth El

Classes: Temple Beth El University will hold “Jews and Torah: Strict or Flexible?” On April 15, explore rituals and practices and how they get expanded beyond the Commandments. On April 22, discuss Israel and Zionism. On April 29, examine gender equality and inclusion. Members, $36; nonmembers, $54. 7-9 p.m. April 15, 22 and 29. RSVP deadline is April 13. 5101 Providence Road. 704-749-3054;

Light of Christ United Methodist

Easter egg hunt: Kids of all ages invited. Bounce house, carnival games, Professor Gold and the Power Lab, pictures with the Easter Bunny and more. Sponsored by the children’s ministry. 2-4 p.m. March 28. 9212 Bryant Farms Road.

Sardis Presbyterian

Consignment sale: The weekday school will host a sale featuring spring and summer children’s and maternity clothing, shoes, books, games, toys, infant gear, furniture, outdoor play equipment, more. No strollers allowed in the sales area. Cash or credit. Early bird shopping with $2 admission, 7-8 a.m. March 28. Regular sale hours, 8 a.m.-noon. Half-price sale on select items, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 6100 Sardis Road. Register at

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Lenten prayer services: 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays.

Annual barbecue: Proceeds support mission trips. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 27 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28.

Palm Sunday worship: 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 29. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

Morning Star Evangelical Lutheran, Matthews

Palm Sunday services: The church will start its observance of Holy Week with special Palm Sunday services. The services will begin with a palm processional and will include the distribution of nails. 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 29. Services are planned for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. An Easter egg hunt will be held April 4. 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews.

Clear Creek Baptist, Mint Hill

Easter egg hunt: Rain or shine. Bring a basket. Hot dog lunch, movie, games, lots of eggs. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 28. 9015 Ferguson Road, Mint Hill. 704-545-6608.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 1-4 p.m. March 22 at New Hope United Methodist, 3221 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 9 a.m.-noon March 22 at Saint Margaret’s Episcopal, 8515 Rea Road, Waxhaw. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 22 at First Baptist, 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail.

Bellefonte Presbyterian, Harrisburg

Concert: The Bellefonte Spiritual Singers will present the annual concert. All are welcome. 3 p.m. March 22. 8866 Rocky River Road, Harrisburg.

Our Village Church, Concord

Easter egg hunt: 10:30 a.m. March 28. 240 Pitt School Road N.W., Concord.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Concert: The Cornelius Concert Series presents Heaven’s Reign. Free; an offering will be taken to defray expenses. 7 p.m. March 27. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Lenten Mass: Noon Tuesdays. Soup luncheon at 1 p.m.

Stations of the cross: 7 p.m. Fridays. The Latino Ministry will present on March 27. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992.

Saint Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville

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

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Sunday morning groups: Humanist discussion group, adult discussion group, and youth spiritual exploration meet at 9:45 a.m. most Sundays.

Service: Veronique Singerman will present “Anger: Friend or Foe?” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. March 22. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Easter family event: “Rise Up With Jesus.” Families invited to travel through engaging, station-based adventures to experience games, crafts and interactive drama. A free hot dog lunch will be provided at the end of the celebration. 10 a.m. March 28. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880.

Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Lenten weekday services: Great Compline service consists of Psalm readings and prayers and offers an opportunity to pray and reflect. 6:30 p.m. Mondays through March 30. Presanctified Liturgy contains the service of ninth hour and vespers. Lenten dinner and enrichment series discussion follows the service. 6 p.m. Wednesdays through April 1. Salutations service of hymns and prayers to Christ and Theotokos, mother of our Lord. 6:30 p.m. Fridays through March 27. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville.

Huntersville United Methodist

Easter festival: Activities include giant butterfly flying, egg bowling, candy egg toss and more. Hot dog dinner follows. 4 p.m. March 28. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

Holy Spirit Catholic, Denver

Fish fry: The Knights of Columbus will hold the annual Lenten fish fries. Proceeds go to local charities. 5-8 p.m. Fridays. 537 N.C. 16 N., Denver.

Saint Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Vocal choir anniversary: The choir will celebrate its 17th anniversary at 3 p.m. March 22. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.

New Hope Lutheran, Mooresville

Ministry: Lifetree Café is part of a national network of locations offering participatory events related to life and faith. Events typically include a short original film and guided conversation on topics such as loneliness, immigration, angels, guilt, prayer and life after death. Snacks and drinks available. Free admission. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The topic for March 24 is “Be Happy?” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. Information at

First Baptist, Mooresville

Lenten luncheon series: Lunch, music and a brief homily by a minister. Free; donations accepted to offset the cost of the luncheon. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Thursdays. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Huntersville

Easter celebration: Outdoor activities include egg hunts, face painting, games, family photos and a visit from a furry friend. Indoor activities will celebrate the resurrection with games, crafts, cookie decorating, Bible vignettes, and art displays on Christ’s life. Free. 10 a.m.-noon March 28. 7036 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville. 704-992-0770.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Palm Sunday worship: 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. March 29 in the sanctuary. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

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.

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. March 26. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009;

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

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

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

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