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Amity Presbyterian

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 John’s Baptist

Concert: The predominantly black Winston-Salem State University Choir will join the predominantly white semi-professional choir VOX to perform music centered on the trials and tribulations of the ancient prophet Jeremiah. “The Cry of Jeremiah” is a 30-minute work for chorus, narrator and chamber orchestra. A panel discussion on “Race in America: Prophecy and the Path Forward” will follow the performance. $10; students and seniors, $5. 7:30 p.m. March 28. 300 Hawthorne Lane. A second performance and panel discussion will be held on March 29 in Winston-Salem. Tickets available at the door and at http://cryofjeremiah.eventzilla.net.

Little Rock AME Zion

Good Friday service: “The Seven Last Words of Christ” service will feature the Revs. J. Renea Chisholm, Darian Potts, Kinston Jones, David Scott Cunningham, David Williams, Carolyn Buford and Robert McGowans. 6:30 p.m. April 3. 401 N. McDowell St. www.littlerockamezion.org.

National Workshop on Christian Unity

Annual meeting: Church delegates are invited to work toward unity through workshops, prayer and fellowship. After 50 years, the NWCU will meet in North Carolina for the first time. Bishop George Battle of Little Rock AME Zion will preach at the opening worship for the event. The meeting will be held April 20-23 at the Omni Hotel. Register by April 1 at www.nwcu.org.

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. www.ucumc.org.

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. www.parkroadbaptist.org/special-events.

Sanctuary Charlotte Church

Young men’s conference: The Young Gentlemen’s Institute invites boys ages 11-19 to learn skills for success in a changing world. The conference will focus on leadership, etiquette and financial literacy. North Carolina Teacher of the Year James Ford is a featured speaker. Professional attire and conduct required. $75. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 18. 11301 Granite St. Register at www.YoungGentlemen2015Charlotte.eventbrite.com.

Avondale Presbyterian

Easter festival: Community invited for games, cake walk, popcorn, lemonade, snow cones, bounce house, tie-dye, 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.

Spring children’s musical: “The Agape League,” superheroes empowered by the fruit of the spirit. Cookie reception follows the performance. 3 p.m. March 29.

Holy Week services: Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. April 2. Good Friday service, noon April 3. 2821 Park Road. www.avondalepresbychurch.org.

Providence Baptist

Concert: The music ministry presents John Rutter’s “Requiem.” The sanctuary choir will perform with a chamber ensemble. Free admission. 7 p.m. April 3. 4921 Randolph Road. www.providencebc.org.

E. G. Ricks Ministries

Tent dedication service: In appreciation of God’s blessing the ministries with a new tent, revival services will be held at 6 p.m. March 30-April 5. 5015 Idlewild Road. Other events will be held April 20-25 at Craighead and Frew Roads, May 1-9 in Georgetown, S.C., and May 18-30 in Andrews, S.C. evangelistricks@gmail.com.

Newell Baptist

Easter resurrection celebration: Pastor Scott Keith will lead a sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. April 5. Breakfast, 8 a.m. Sunday school, 9 a.m. worship service, 10 a.m. The adult choir, led by Larry Ritter, will provide special Easter music during the worship service. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.

Mallard Creek Full Gospel Worship Center

Easter egg hunt: Service at 9 a.m. April 5. Egg hunt will follow service. Casual dress. 121 Lawrence Grey Road. www.mallardcreekfullgospel.org.

Newell Presbyterian

Good Friday: Stations of the cross. Walk at your own pace through a series of scripture readings, prayer, and spiritual practices related to the story of Jesus’ death. 7 p.m. April 3.

Easter sunrise service: Simple outdoor gathering to celebrate the resurrection. 7:05 a.m. April 5.

Family Easter: Children participate in a craft, story time, and egg hunt. Refreshments will be provided. 10:30 a.m. April 5. A family-friendly Easter worship service will be at 11 a.m. 1500 Rocky River Road W. www.newellpresby.org.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic

Food blessing: Deacon James Witulski will bless Easter food. This Eastern and Central European tradition is also called “The Blessing of the Easter Baskets” and will be offered in English and Polish. Children are also invited to bring baskets with their treats to be blessed. Noon April 4. 1400 Suther Road. 704-960-3704.

Temple Or Olam

Community seder: “Be the Mensch You Want to Be, Be the Jew You Want to Be!” We will explore this theme with humor, care, and aplomb. Adults, $20; children 6-12, $10; nuclear family limit, $60. 5 p.m. April 5 at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, 9704 Mallard Creek Road. www.or-olam.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 4 at Ebenezer Baptist, 2020 W. Sugar Creek Road. www.cbcc.us.

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 April 1, Saint John’s Baptist will lead worship. Soup and bread will be provided by Crisp and Great Harvest Bread Co. www.elizabethfaith.org.

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, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, or 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. Groups will meet through the week of May 12. 5500 Randolph Road. 704-365-6112; www.centralnc.org/lifecare.

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 at 9 a.m. April 18. 5301 Sardis Road. www.PureReligion5K.com.

Cokesbury United Methodist

Good Friday service: Tenebrae service, 7 p.m. April 3.

Easter Sunday services: Sunrise service, 7 a.m. April 5. Traditional service with communion, 10:45 a.m. 6701 Idlewild Road. www.cokesburyumc.net.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 1:30-6 p.m. April 1 at Friendship Missionary Baptist, 3400 Beatties Ford Road. www.cbcc.us.

Myers Park United Methodist

Palm Sunday services: 8:30, 8:45, 9:45 and 11 a.m. March 29.

Maundy Thursday service: 7:30 p.m. April 2.

Good Friday service: 7:30 p.m. April 3.

Easter Sunday services: Sunrise service, 7 a.m. April 5 at the columbarium. The service will be held in Francis Chapel if the weather is bad. Indoor services at 8:30, 8:45, 9:45 and 11 a.m. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.mpumc.org.

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.

Maundy Thursday service: The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated. 7:30 p.m. April 2.

Good Friday service: Noon April 3. At each communion service, gluten-free bread is available. Every time Trinity celebrates the Lord’s Supper, we also bring food to the table to share with the needy. Following worship, the food will be delivered to a food pantry for distribution by Loaves and Fishes. 3115 Providence Road. www.trinitypreschurch.org.

Calvary Church

Good Friday: Communion service, 7 p.m. April 3.

Easter Sunday services: 9 and 11 a.m. April 5. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Palm Sunday services: Contemporary service, 9 a.m. March 29. Traditional service, 11:15 a.m.

Holy Thursday service: 7 p.m. April 2.

Good Friday service: 7 p.m. April 3.

Easter Sunday services: 9 and 11:15 a.m. April 5. Butterfly release at 10:10 a.m. Child care available at both services. 1900 Emerywood Drive. 704-553-1327.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Palm Sunday worship: 10:15 a.m. March 29.

Holy Week services: Experience the road that ends at the tomb. Services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday have been added. Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. April 2. Good Friday services, noon and 7 p.m. April 3. Easter services, 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 5. Easter breakfast, 9:30-10:30 a.m. There will be no Sunday school on April 5 or 12. 6817 Carmel Road. www.livingsaviourlc.org.

Pineville United Methodist

Palm Sunday service: Worship will feature a cantata with a combination of music, drama and interpretation presented by members of our 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.

Maundy Thursday service: Handwashing, Holy Communion, and tenebrae. 7 p.m. April 2.

Good Friday: The sanctuary will be open noon-1 p.m. April 3 for personal reflection on the seven last words of Christ. The artwork and meditation guide will also be available online.

Easter fun day: Easter egg hunt and many other activities for children up to fifth grade and their parents. 9 a.m. April 4.

Easter Sunday services: 7, 9 and 11 a.m. April 5. Sunday school at 10 a.m. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Temple Beth El

Classes: Temple Beth El University will present “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; www.templebethel.org.

Sharon United Methodist

Services: Sermon on “Caked On and Combed Over.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. March 29.

Holy Thursday: “A Place at the Table.” 7 p.m. April 2.

Easter Sunday: Sermon on “Beginnings Depend on Endings.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. April 5. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.

Wesley United Methodist

Study: 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. www.WesleyCharlotte.org.

Grace Lutheran

Good Friday service: Tenebrae service. 7:30 p.m. April 3.

Easter Sunday: Breakfast, 8 a.m. April 5. Easter festival service, 10 a.m. 7000 Providence Road. www.grace-charlotte.org.

Providence United Methodist

Palm Sunday services: Holy Week begins with traditional worship services in the sanctuary at 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 29. The Net, a contemporary worship service, will be held at 11 a.m. in Wolfe Hall. A multi-cultural worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Saint John’s campus, 4305 Monroe Road. A children’s palm procession will take place at the 11 a.m. traditional service.

Maundy Thursday service: Service with Saint Mark’s United Methodist will include Holy Communion, music by the Saint Mark’s choir, and a message by the Rev. Jessie Keaton. 7 p.m. April 2.

Good Friday service: Tenebrae service, 7 p.m. April 3. Easter prayer vigil will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. Easter morning.

Easter services: 7, 8:30 and 10:50 and 11 a.m. April 5. 2810 Providence Road. www.ProvidenceUMC.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 12:30-4 p.m. March 29 at Cornerstone Baptist, 8947 Albemarle Road. www.cbcc.us.

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe

Passion Sunday: Holy Week begins with Passion Sunday observed on March 29. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m.

Maundy Thursday: Communion at 7 p.m. April 2.

Easter Sunday: Son-rise worship, 8 a.m. April 5. Fellowship breakfast follows. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.

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.

Maundy Thursday service: Service of word and sacrament with stripping of the altar. 7 p.m. April 2.

Good Friday: Tenebrae service, 7 p.m. April 3.

Easter egg hunt: Rain or shine. Program led by Pastor John Mouritsen followed by crafts. 10 a.m. April 4.

Easter Sunday: Sunrise service, 6:45 a.m. April 5 in the old chapel on Idlewild Road. Easter festival services, 8:30 and 11 a.m. in the worship center. 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews. www.morningstarlutheranchurch.org.

Christ the King Church

Holy week services: 7 p.m. April 2 and 3. Children’s classes available for preschool and younger.

Easter Sunday: Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. April 5. Contemporary worship services, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Children’s classes available for kids through fifth grade. Family scavenger hunt with games and bounce houses, 12:30 p.m. Hot dog and hamburger lunches, $5. Funds go to summer camp scholarships. 13501 S. Tryon St. www.CTKCharlotte.org/Easter.

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. www.weddingtonchurch.org/wumc/daniel-plan.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Palm Sunday worship: 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 29.

Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. April 2.

Good Friday service: 7 p.m. April 3.

Easter Sunday worship: 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 5. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. www.spiritofjoy.us.

Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews

Maundy Thursday service: Service will include Holy Communion and stripping of altar. 7 p.m. April 2.

Good Friday service: Candlelight worship, 7 p.m. April 3.

Easter vigil: Service will begin in the columbarium. 7 p.m. April 4.

Easter Sunday services: 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. April 5. Breakfast, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Nursery provided. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. 704-847-5967.

Bible Baptist, Matthews

Easter egg hunt: Fun activities for children ages 3-12. 10 a.m.-noon April 4.

Easter Sunday: Continental breakfast, 9:30 a.m. April 5 in the gymnasium. Worship service, 10:15 a.m. 2724 Margaret Wallace Road, Matthews. www.biblebaptistministries.org.

Our Village Church, Concord

Easter service: 8:45 a.m. April 5. 240 Pitt School Road N.W., Concord. www.OVC3.com.

Saint James Catholic, Concord

Women’s guild fundraiser: Plant and bake sale. Great selection of landscaping plants and homemade desserts. Noon-6:30 p.m. April 11 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12 in Geiger Hall. 139 Manor Ave. S. W., Concord. www.saintjamescatholic.org.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Palm Sunday worship: 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. March 29 in the sanctuary.

Midday services: Prayer in Lingle Chapel, noon March 30-April 1. Outdoor communion, noon April 2. Organ meditation, noon April 3. A brown-bag lunch will be held in the parlor following each service. Drinks provided.

Good Friday: Tenebrae service at 7:30 p.m. April 3.

Easter egg hunt: Toddlers to fifth-graders are invited with a parent. Bring baskets. 10:30 a.m.-noon April 4. Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 5 in the sanctuary. 9:45 a.m. in the congregation house. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.

Saint Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Maundy Thursday service: Commemorate the Lord’s Last Supper in preparation for his resurrection on Easter. 7 p.m. April 2.

Community egg hunt: Enjoy refreshments, games and fellowship. Children should bring baskets. 1 p.m. April 4. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.

Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius

Family Easter event: “Rise Up With Jesus.” Centers include bounce house, glow-in-the-dark tomb experience, tie-dyed Easter egg wraps, much more. After centers, children will gather for celebration, egg hunts, the Easter Bunny and food. 3-4:30 p.m. April 4. 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. www.bethel-pc.org.

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 31 is “How to Be True to Your Faith.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. Information at www.LifetreeCafe.com.

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.

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: Social Action Sunday will focus on “Water is a Human Right.” We’ll talk about the UUA projects regarding water and the church’s projects about safe drinking water and clean water. Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. March 29. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

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. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville. www.stluke-nc.org.

Saint Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville

Palm Sunday worship: Traditional worship with procession of palms. 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 29.

Maundy Thursday service: “The Living Last Supper” drama and Holy Communion. 7:30 p.m. April 2.

Good Friday service: Tenebrae service. This solemn service ends in total darkness and commemorates Christ’s final hours. The chancel choir will present dramatic readings and music. 7:30 p.m. April 3.

Easter services: 6:30, 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 5. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville. 704-664-5474.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Palm Sunday services: The sanctuary choir, drama ministry and orchestra will share the musical “On a Hill Too Far Away.” 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 29. Brunch will be served at 9:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. April 2.

Good Friday: Tenebrae service will feature musical soloists and readings for the seven last words of Christ from the cross. 7 p.m. April 3.

Easter Sunday services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 5. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. www.fbcmooresville.com.

Mount Pleasant United Methodist, Sherrills Ford

Palm Sunday service: Children’s palm processional. 11 a.m. March 29.

Maundy Thursday: Family night supper, 6 p.m. April 2. Special worship service with Holy Communion, 6:45 p.m.

Good Friday: Taize service. Sanctuary open 6-9 p.m. April 3.

Easter Sunday: Sunrise service in the cemetery and old church sanctuary, 7 a.m. April 5 followed by breakfast. Resurrection worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. 4136 Mount Pleasant Road, Sherrills Ford. 704-483-3087.

Asbury United Methodist, Huntersville

Maundy Thursday service: 7 p.m. April 2.

Easter egg hunt: Cookie decorating, bounce house, more. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon April 4.

Easter Sunday services: Sunrise service will be held outdoors, weather permitting. 7 a.m. April 5. Easter worship service, 11 a.m. 11724 Asbury Chapel Road, Huntersville. http://asburyumc-huntersville.com.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Palm Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9, and 10:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. March 29. Spanish Mass at 2:30 p.m.

Holy Thursday Mass: 7:30 p.m. April 2.

Good Friday: Seven last words, 1 p.m. April 3. Outdoor stations of the cross, 2:30 p.m. Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion, 7:30 p.m.

Blessing of food: Noon April 4. Easter vigil Mass at 8 p.m.

Easter Sunday services: Masses at 7:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. April 5 in the new church. Masses at 9 and 10:30 a.m. in both churches. Spanish Mass, 2:30 p.m. in the new church. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992.

Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville

Palm Sunday: All are invited. Easter egg hunt, 4 p.m. March 29. The adult choir will present the musical program “Jesus Saves” at 5 p.m. Sandwich supper, 6 p.m. Nursery provided for children ages 5 and younger. 1809 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. www.vanderburgumc.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 5-8 p.m. April 1 at Assurance United Methodist, 9700 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville. www.cbcc.us.

Temple Kol Ami, Fort Mill

Passover seder: The annual second night of Passover seder. Professional chef Margo Page will prepare our meal of traditional Passover favorites with a twist. 6 p.m. April 4 at Unity Presbyterian, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Tickets available at www.templekolamisc.org.

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Maundy Thursday service: Visit with the women in the kitchen of the Upper Room. This is not your typical Last Supper drama; it is told from the perspective of the women who knew Jesus best. 7 p.m. April 2.

Easter sunrise service: Celebrate the resurrection in Tega Cay’s Windjammer Park. 7 a.m. April 5. Bring chairs or blankets. Then breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. at the church. Easter service at 10:15 a.m. 2955 Highway 160 W., Fort Mill. www.gracewired.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-noon March 29 at Eastview Baptist, 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill. www.cbcc.us.

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