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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.
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Cokesbury United Methodist
Easter Sunday services: Sunrise service, 7 a.m. April 5. Traditional service with communion, 10:45 a.m. 6701 Idlewild Road. www.cokesburyumc.net.
First United Methodist
Easter Sunday service: A contemporary, family-friendly service will be held at 9 a.m. April 5 on the third floor of the education building. The traditional service is at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Nursery available during both services. Free, secure parking available in the garage off Ninth St. 501 N. Tryon. www.charlottefirst.org.
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 “A Prayer From the Heart That Changed Everything.” 7-8:30 p.m. April 9 at Pritchard Memorial Baptist, 1117 South Blvd. Free parking and entrance behind the church off S. Caldwell St. www.womenlivingwellministries.org.
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.
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.
Outdoor worship service: Worship God in the beautiful outdoors at Reedy Creek Park shelter 2. Hot dog lunch and pickup softball game will follow the service. 11 a.m. April 12. 2900 Rocky River Road. www.newellpresby.org.
Oak Grove United Methodist
Easter egg hunt: All are welcome. 10 a.m.-noon April 4.
Easter Sunday service: Sunrise service, 7:04 a.m. April 5. 6440 Old Statesville Road. 704-596-4084.
Torrence Grove AME Zion
Concert: The church gospel choir will have its annual choir concert. The public is invited to this worship experience. 4 p.m. April 5. 1200 Torrence Grove Church Road. 704-536-8313.
Easter Sunday: Sunrise service, 6:45 a.m. April 5. Breakfast, 8 a.m. ARISE service, 9 a.m. Sunday classes, 10 a.m. Sanctuary service, 11 a.m. 2821 Park Road. www.avondalepresbychurch.org.
Myers Park United Methodist
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.
Anniversary celebration: The church will celebrate its 30th anniversary on three Sundays in 2015 by inviting the three prior pastors to preach at special services. Cornerstone was formed by the merger of Chantilly Baptist and Albemarle Road Baptist on April 1, 1985. Pastor Glenn Gunter (1983-2002) will preach at the 10:45 a.m. service on April 12. Local Southern gospel group The Promise will provide music. A covered-dish lunch will follow the service. Services are also planned on June 28 and Sept. 27. Services and luncheons are free and include child care for children age 5 and younger. Children’s worship available. 8947 Albemarle Road. 704-537-1097.
Saint Andrew’s United Methodist
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.
Providence United Methodist
Easter services: Sunrise service, 7 a.m. April 5 in the memorial garden. Traditional worship services in the sanctuary at 8:30 and 11 a.m. 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 10:50 a.m. at the Saint John’s campus, 4305 Monroe Road. Children’s ministry butterfly release at 10 a.m. 2810 Providence Road. www.ProvidenceUMC.org.
Easter Sunday: Worship service will include the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. 11 a.m. April 5. 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.
Wesley United Methodist
Easter Sunday services: 9 and 11 a.m. April 5. 3715 Rea Road. www.wesleycharlotte.org.
Easter Sunday services: The choir and orchestra will lead worship. Senior Pastor John Munro will deliver the message, “The King is Alive.” Child care provided for ages 5 and younger. 9 and 11 a.m. April 5. ASL offered at the 11 a.m. service. Spanish translation provided during both services. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com.
Living Saviour Lutheran
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.
Sharon United Methodist
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.
Easter Sunday: Breakfast, 8 a.m. April 5. Easter festival service, 10 a.m. 7000 Providence Road. www.grace-charlotte.org.
Maronite Mission of Charlotte
Easter Mass: 5:30 p.m. April 5 at Saint Matthew Catholic, 4116 Waxhaw-Marvin Road, Waxhaw. www.facebook.com/MaroniteMissionofCharlotte.
Easter Sunday services: 7:30, 9, 10:15 and 11 a.m. April 5. 4519 Providence Road. www.christelca.org.
Christ the King Church
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.
South Mecklenburg Presbyterian
Easter Sunday worship: Bring a flower to adorn the flower cross, an expression of the joy of resurrection. The youth choir, chancel choir, and trumpeter will provide music. All are invited to join with the concluding “Hallelujah Chorus” by Handel. 8:15, 9:30, and 11 a.m. April 5. Child care provided at all services. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. www.smpchome.org.
Gethsemane AME Zion
Port-a-pit fundraiser: Dinners include half chicken, baked beans, barbecue slaw, dinner roll and dessert. $10. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 10-11. 531 Campus St. 704-375-3900.
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.
Temple Beth El
Classes: Temple Beth El University’s “Jews and Torah: Strict or Flexible?” on April 15 will 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.
Pineville United Methodist
Easter Sunday services: Gather on the front lawn as bagpipes call the congregation to worship. 7 a.m. April 5. Breakfast follows. The Rev. Tom Stinson-Wesley will preach at 9 and 11 a.m. There will be a children’s time at both services. Nursery available. Sunday school at 10 a.m. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington
Easter Sunday worship: 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 5. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. www.spiritofjoy.us.
Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe
Easter Sunday: Son-rise worship, 8 a.m. April 5. Fellowship breakfast follows. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.
Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews
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.
Morning Star Evangelical Lutheran, Matthews
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.
Bible Baptist, Matthews
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.
Weddington United Methodist
Healthy lifestyle program: In cooperation with Carolinas Healthcare System, the church will again offer the Daniel Plan, a program founded on biblical principles and focused on the essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. 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.
Temple Or Olam
Community seder: “Be the Mensch You Want to Be, Be the Jew You Want to Be!” 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.
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.
Our Village Church, Concord
Easter service: 8:45 a.m. April 5. 240 Pitt School Road N.W., Concord. www.OVC3.com.
Mount Olivet United Methodist, Concord
Easter Sunday services: Sunrise service, 7 a.m. April 5 at Carolina Memorial Park Tower. Easter service, 11 a.m. April 5. 301 Mount Olivet Road, Concord. www.mtochurch.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.
Community Church of Mount Pleasant
Easter celebration: Country breakfast and kids’ activities, 9 a.m. April 5. Easter worship at 11 a.m. 11610 Adames Way, Mount Pleasant.
Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville
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.
Community open house: Tour the new church and view the statues, handmade altar and the entire campus. A reception with entertainment and refreshments will also welcome guests. 1-4 p.m. April 11. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992.
Asbury United Methodist, Huntersville
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.
Davidson College Presbyterian
Easter Sunday services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 5 in the sanctuary. 9:45 a.m. in the congregation house.
Class: Anne Blue Wills, associate professor of religion at Davidson College, will lead a discussion of Amy Frykholm’s book, “See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity.” 9:45 a.m. April 5, 12 and 19 in the congregation house. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.
Saint Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville
Easter services: Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. April 5. Traditional worship with Holy Communion, 8:30 and 11 a.m. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville. 704-664-5474.
First Baptist, Mooresville
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
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.
Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville
Easter Sunday: Sunrise service in the pavilion followed by a biscuit breakfast, 7 a.m. April 5. Easter Rise service with special praise band music, 9 a.m. Traditional service with special choir music, 11 a.m. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880.
Mooresville ARP Church
Easter Sunday services: Sunrise service on the church grounds, 7 a.m. April 5. Easter worship service, 11 a.m. 659 Carpenter Ave., Mooresville. www.mooresvillearp.org.
Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius
Easter Sunday: Sunrise service, 7 a.m. April 5. Traditional services with brass, chancel choir and hand bells, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Easter celebration praise service, 9:45 a.m. in the family life center. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.
Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville
Holy Monday: Presanctified liturgy, 9:15 a.m. April 6. Bridegroom service, 6:30 p.m.
Holy Tuesday: Presanctified liturgy 9:15 a.m. April 7. Bridegroom service (Hymn of Kassiani), 6:30 p.m.
Holy Wednesday: Presanctified liturgy, 9:15 a.m. April 8. Holy Unction service, 3 p.m. Bridegroom service with washing of the feet, 6:30 p.m.
Holy Thursday: Divine liturgy (The Mystical Supper), 6:30 a.m. April 9. Holy Passion (The 12 Gospels), 6 p.m.
Holy Friday: Service of the Royal Hours, 9 a.m. April 10. Youth retreat, 10:30 a.m. The Burial service, 2:30 p.m. Lamentations, 7 p.m.
Holy Saturday: Divine liturgy (Harrowing of Hades), 10 a.m. April 11. Paschal vigil, 11 p.m.
Pascha: Resurrection service, midnight April 12. Divine liturgy, 12:15 a.m. Agape vespers at noon. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville. www.stluke-nc.org.
Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill
Easter sunrise service: Celebrate the resurrection in Tega Cay’s Windjammer Park. 7 a.m. April 5. Bring chairs or blankets. Then join the church for breakfast at 9 a.m. Easter service at 10:15 a.m. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. www.gracewired.org.
Allison Creek Presbyterian, York
Easter sunrise service: 7 a.m. April 5 at the Kitts’ home, 1834 Bonita Road, York. Bring breakfast items to share after the service.
Easter church service: Communion and special music. 10 a.m. April 5. 5780 Allison Creek Road, York. www.allisoncreekchurch.com.
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 Saint 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; www.templesolelsc.org.