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Rovaughna Richardson has been chosen as a missionary to Ghana through American Baptist International Ministries. “I was first drawn to this type of ministry more than 10 years ago when I volunteered to help with a vacation Bible school in Jamaica through my home church, Friendship Missionary Baptist,” she said. “My fire for mission work was fueled again when I was invited to South Africa to use my social work and counseling skills with a challenged population of young adults battling substance and physical abuse, human trafficking, gang violence, issues of grief, depression and poor self-image. It was upon my return to Africa for the second time that I discovered this would be my life’s mission.”
Rovaughna Richardson has been chosen as a missionary to Ghana through American Baptist International Ministries. “I was first drawn to this type of ministry more than 10 years ago when I volunteered to help with a vacation Bible school in Jamaica through my home church, Friendship Missionary Baptist,” she said. “My fire for mission work was fueled again when I was invited to South Africa to use my social work and counseling skills with a challenged population of young adults battling substance and physical abuse, human trafficking, gang violence, issues of grief, depression and poor self-image. It was upon my return to Africa for the second time that I discovered this would be my life’s mission.” COURTESY OF CATHERINE NOLD

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American Baptist International Ministries

Missionary endorsed: Rovaughna Richardson of Charlotte has been endorsed as a missionary to serve women in Ghana at the Baptist Vocational Training Center. American Baptist International Ministries’ partner, the Ghana Baptist Convention, invited Richardson to serve as a global worker. She will work with girls and women who have escaped from the “trokosi” practice of ritual slavery. Richardson has a master of education and a master of arts in human development and family studies in addition to her undergraduate degree in social work. She has worked with young adults and families with mental health issues and dysfunction and has mission experience in Jamaica and Africa. www.internationalministries.org.

Newell Presbyterian

Outdoor worship service: Come to Reedy Creek Park, Shelter 2, to worship God in the beautiful outdoors. Hot dog lunch and pickup softball game will follow the service. 11 a.m. April 12. 2900 Rocky River Road. www.newellpresby.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 11. 531 Campus St. 704-375-3900.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

Youth revival: The church youth will have a revival with guest minister Kendrick Palmer from University Memorial Baptist. Services will be held at 7 p.m. April 15-17. The junior choir will present a musical to close revival week at 4 p.m. April 19. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.

Cornerstone Baptist

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.

Light of Christ United Methodist

Seminar: Carol Anne Lawler, faith community educator for Hospice and Palliative Care in the Charlotte region, will present “Caregivers and Compassion Fatigue.” Caregivers invited for support, encouragement, and information. Child care provided. Sponsored by the church’s Elder Care Support Group. 7 p.m. April 13. 9212 Bryant Farms Road. www.locumc.org.

Saint John’s Episcopal

Job seeker’s seminar: Resource seminar with more than 20 area organizations, including Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Works, CPCC, Dress for Success, and Christians in Career Transition. Each organization will present a brief overview of the services provided to job seekers. Free; registration required. 7-9 p.m. April 14. 1623 Carmel Road. Register at http://jobresources.eventsbot.com.

Sanctuary Charlotte Church

Young men’s conference: The Young Gentlemen’s Institute invites young men ages 11-19 to learn leadership skills, 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; others, $54. 7-9 p.m. April 15, 22 and 29. RSVP deadline is April 13. 5101 Providence Road. 704-749-3054; www.templebethel.org.

Myers Park Baptist

Exhibit: “Creation. Care!” an environmental photography and poetry exhibit will be open through May 10 in the Cornwell Center. Photographers include Byron Baldwin, Nancy Pierce, Linda Foard Roberts, Carolyn DeMeritt, Dot Griffith, Rob Amberg, Wade Payne, Charles Johnson, Ahmer Inam, Raymond Grubb and Eleanor Brawley. Poet Kathie Collins is selecting works of well known poets to accompany the photography. 2001 Selwyn Ave.

Guest lecturer: Ellen Davis, professor of Bible and practical theology at Duke Divinity School, will present a public lecture on “A Biblical Understanding of the Care of the Land” at 7 p.m. April 17 in Heaton Hall. Workshops on food, faith, land and spirituality will be held at 9 and 10:30 a.m. April 18. $10. An interview with Davis weill be at the adult forum 9:45 a.m. April 19, and she will preach on Psalm 65 at the 11 a.m. worship service. 1900 Queens Road. www.mpbconline.org.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: Life continues to transform at a nonstop pace. How do we make sense of it? How can we best deal with it? “Transformers” will be held in April and May. The topic for April 12 is “More Than Meets the Eye.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.org.

Saint Luke’s Lutheran

Fundraiser: The Men-in-Mission group will host its annual barbecue dinner. Plates include barbecue, baked beans, slaw, roll and tea. $10. A family meal with four plates is $30. One-pound containers of barbecue, $10 each. A 50” TV will be raffled; raffle included with dinner ticket. Tickets available at the door or in advance at the church office. Proceeds go to missions, including an orphanage in India and a local prison ministry. Noon-8 p.m. April 18 in the parish hall. 3200 Park Road. www.stlukeselca.org.

Central Church Life Care Center

Seminar: Robert and Cindi Dodd of Level Ground Christian Counseling will present “Ten Principles for Rewarding and Respectful Relationships.” Learn Biblical and practical ways to set appropriate limits and speak the truth in love to family members, friends and anyone you care about. 9 a.m.-noon April 25. Arrive 15 minutes early for refreshments. 5500 Randolph Road. Register at www.centralnc.org or 704-364-5003.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Presentation: Rose Hamid will present “Fellowship Beyond Our Differences.” Hamid, raised by a Catholic mother and Muslim father, converted from Catholicism to Islam as an adult. She is president of the Muslim Women of the Carolinas and has written several articles for The Charlotte Observer. She works to break down barriers between Christians and Muslims in the community. 2 p.m. April 19. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.

Temple Or Olam

Yom Hashoah discussion: Rabbi Barbara Thiede will lead a discussion for Holocaust Remembrance Day titled “Anti-Semitism, Anti-Judaism, Anti-Zionism: Assessing Today’s Prejudices, Perspectives, and Politics Regarding Jews in the Light of the Holocaust.” Free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. April 15 at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, 9704 Mallard Creek Road. www.or-olam.org.

Saint James Catholic, Concord

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

Horizon Church, Statesville

Missionaries called: Christopher and Sara-Rose Sykes, who attend Horizon Church, are preparing to serve as missionaries to Taiwan with OMF International. Their four-year term will begin in July. Both fluent Spanish speakers, Christopher and Sara-Rose have been on several mission trips and were appointed to plant a Hispanic Baptist mission in Mocksville. After traveling to Taiwan in 2013, Christopher felt God’s calling to preach the gospel there. The church will host a yard sale fundraiser for their work 7 a.m.-1 p.m. April 18. The couple is scheduled to speak at Christian Outreach of the Piedmont in Statesville on May 31. Horizon Church is at 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville. www.horizonchurch.net.

The Episcopal Church of Saint Peter by-the-Lake, Denver

Concert: The Alexander Community Concert Series welcomes the One Voice Chorus. Unique in showcasing the vibrant diversity of Charlotte, the chorus builds bridges and promotes inclusion through the universality and artistry of music. Reception follows concert. Adults, $15; students and seniors, $10; children younger than 12, free. 3 p.m. April 19. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249.

Davidson College Presbyterian

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 12 and 19 in the congregation house. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Fundraiser: The church’s women’s group is having its annual fundraiser, a card and game party. Bring friends, cards or games and enjoy desserts, door prizes, raffle and more. $10 per person. Proceeds benefit the church and community outreach programs. 1-4:30 p.m. April 30 in the parish life center. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. www.sainttherese.net.

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 April 14 is “How Do I Know What God Wants Me to Do?” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. Information at www.LifetreeCafe.com.

Huntersville Presbyterian

Ladies’ brunch: Brunch, entertainment and goodies planned. Adults, $10; children 10 and younger, $5. 9:45 a.m. April 18 in the family life center. 21 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Tickets: 704-875-1152.

Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

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.

Lake Norman Baptist

Community event: “Story of God” is a captivating theatrical journey from Genesis to Revelation from God’s perspective. Original music, dance, theater and aerial silks will inspire and entertain. Free admission. 7 p.m. April 17. 7921 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. www.lakenormanbaptist.com.

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. The Humanist discussion group will continue its discussion of Phil Zuckerman’s book, “Living the Secular Life.”

Coffee and conversation: Learn more about Unitarian Universalism and the Fellowship 9:45 a.m. April 12 in Classroom 2.

Service: Guest speaker June Blotnick, executive director of Clean Air Carolina, will present “The Interdependent Web of Life: A Call to Action for Cleaner Air.” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. April 12. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

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.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 5-8 p.m. April 18 at Adnah United Methodist, 1 Adnah Drive, Rock Hill. www.cbcc.us.

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