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Compiled by Erica Batten

Saint Luke’s Lutheran

Fundraiser: The Men-in-Mission group will host its annual barbecue dinner. Plates are $10 and have barbecue, baked beans, slaw, roll and tea. A family meal with four plates is $30. One-pound containers of barbecue are $10 each. A 50-inch TV will be raffled; raffle included with dinner ticket. Proceeds go to outreach 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.

Amity Presbyterian

Concert: The Charlotte Flute Choir, under direction of Michelle Conner, will play 4 p.m. April 19. The choir performs with many registers of flutes to produce a full-bodied sound. The concert is free and the public is invited.

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. April 26 in Johnston Hall. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. 704-537-3484.

Saint Peter’s Episcopal

Concert: Based in Virginia, jazz quartet Timeline features vocals, trumpet, guitar, drums and double bass. Noon April 20. 115 W. Seventh St. www.st-peters.org.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

Youth revival: The junior choir will present a musical to close revival week at 4 p.m. April 19. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.

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 “Persevering the Storm.” 7-8:30 p.m. April 23 at Pritchard Memorial Baptist, 1117 South Blvd. Free parking and entrance behind the church off South Caldwell Street. www.womenlivingwellministries.org.

Newell Baptist

Benefit luncheon: Annie Armstrong Benefit Luncheon will follow the 11 a.m. worship service April 19. Proceeds go to North American Missions. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.

Simpson-Gillespie United Methodist

Worship: Pastor Miller Carter, the team on evangelism and the church invite everyone to worship. The theme is “Reach Out and Touch.” 10 a.m. April 19.

Pink Sunday: In partnership with Susan G. Komen, celebrate the lives of breast cancer survivors, remember those who have died and raise awareness through education. Worship service at 10 a.m. April 26. 3545 Beatties Ford Road. 704-596-7216.

Monroe AM Aglow

Service: Women’s monthly meeting. 10 a.m. April 18. Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. 3405 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe. Mlulu45@aol.com.

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. She works to break down barriers between Christians and Muslims in the community. 2 p.m. April 19.

Healing prayer service: Saint Peregrine service for those with cancer and other diseases. 7:30 p.m. April 23. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.

Myers Park Baptist

Exhibit: “Creation. Care!” 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 has selected 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 workshops on food, faith, land and spirituality at 9 and 10:30 a.m. April 18. $10. An interview will be held with Davis 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.

The Baha’i Community of Charlotte

Interfaith panel discussion: “Why Spirit Matters in Taking Care of the Earth.” Panelists representing the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Sikh, Friends, and Baha’i faiths will discuss environmental protection and stewardship of the planet. The premise of this celebration is that in addition to scientific and technical solutions, a moral or spiritual revolution is required for the preservation of the planet and the survival and prosperity of humankind. Reception follows program. 3-4:30 p.m. April 19. 3514 Marvin Road. www.bahaicharlotte.org.

Covenant Presbyterian

Networking lunch: The Business Leaders of Charlotte’s Tuesday Topics Speaker Series welcomes Holocaust survivor Irving Bienstock. He will speak about his experiences as a child in Germany and how he escaped to Holland and then to the United States. Minimum donation of $5 appreciated. Limited seating. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21. The series is offered the third Tuesday of each month. 1000 E. Morehead St. RSVP: admin@businessleadersofcharlotte.com.

Saint Stephen United Methodist

Missions Sunday: Short worship service followed by the congregation going into the community to complete projects at Greenway Park Elementary School, Matthews Free Medical Clinic and the Bethlehem Center. 8:30 a.m.-noon April 19. 6800 Sardis Road. www.ststephenumc.net.

Providence Baptist

Celebration: The church is celebrating 17 years of ministry with Al Cadenhead as he retires from full-time ministry. A 5K race and 1-mile fun run will be held at 8 a.m. April 25. A worship celebration is 10:30 a.m.-noon April 26. 4921 Randolph Road. www.providencebc.org.

The United House of Prayer for All People

Family and friends day: “Calling Together Family and Friends, It’s Time to Fill God’s House.” The 15th annual event will feature performances from the church’s bands and choirs. Everyone is welcome to worship. Following the service, there will be a meet-and-greet with refreshments. 11:30 a.m. April 26. 2321 Beatties Ford Road. 704-394-3884.

Exodus Foundation

Volunteer orientation: Learn how to mentor people who have criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 6-7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Mt. Carmel Baptist, 7237 Tuckaseegee Road and 10-11 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at St. Paul Baptist, 1401 Allen St.

Career networking: Group for people with criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at St. Paul Baptist. www.exodusfoundation.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.

Central United Methodist

Community carnival: Giant inflatable amusements, music, crafts, pony rides, hot dogs and snow cones. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157; www.cumccharlotte.com.

New Saint John Baptist

Women’s annual conference: Praise, worship and faith preaching. Speakers are the Rev. Sharon Kaye Spencer, Elder Cora Dickerson, Pastor Darlene Crawford, Pastor Anita Owens-Scott and Pastor Gloria Bolden. 7 p.m. April 30 and May 1, 8 a.m. May 2 and 10 a.m. May 3. 2000 Saint Johns Church Road. www.newstjohnbaptistchurch.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26 at Mosaic Church, 10624 Metromont Parkway, Unit 302. www.cbcc.us.

Jewish Family Services

Friends run: Fifth annual Mother’s Day Friends Run with a 5K, 10K and a 1-mile family fun run/walk. Free food and events include a kids’ zone with bouncy houses, face painting, and snow cones, moms’ zone with free massages, manicures and “momosas,” Brixx Pizza and other goodies. Proceeds benefit Jewish Family Services. Babysitting available through the Levine JCC for $4.50 an hour; make reservations by May 3. 7:45 a.m. May 10 at Shalom Park, 5007 Providence Road. Early-bird pricing ends April 24. www.friendsrun.com.

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? The theme in April and May is “Transformers.” The topic for April 19 is “We’re Not in Cybertron Anymore, Toto.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.org.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Items needed: The church is collecting donations for a rummage sale. Proceeds will go to school children in Haiti. Accepting furniture, appliances, books, holiday decorations, flat-screen TVs and gently-used children’s clothing. No shoes, adult clothing, mattresses, box springs, entertainment centers or tube TVs. Pickup available. Donations are tax-deductible; receipt furnished on request. Sale is 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 25. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. To donate, send contact information to haitirummagesale@yahoo.com.

Sardis Baptist

Beginners’ yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility and learn to relax. Space limited. 3:30 and 5 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831; judy.u.murphy@gmail.com.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Simulcast: “Secret Church.” Experience what believers in dangerous countries go through to gather for hours of intense Bible study and prayer. This year’s theme, led by pastor and author David Platt, is “Christ, Culture, and Call to Action.” 6:30 p.m. April 24. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. Register at http://sojsecretchurch2015.eventbrite.com.

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe

Meeting: The church session will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. April 21.

Scouts: Cub Scouts meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Boy Scouts meets 7 p.m. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. April 19 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist, 1260 N. College St., Mount Pleasant. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 19 at Westford United Methodist, 273 N.C. 49 S., Concord. www.cbcc.us.

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 diversity of Charlotte, the chorus builds bridges and promotes inclusion through the universality and artistry of music. Reception follows. Adults, $15; students and seniors, $10; children younger than 12, free. 3 p.m. April 19. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Fundraiser: The 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 21 is “Inside the Gun Debate.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. www.LifetreeCafe.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.”

Service: The Rev. Amy Brooks and member Dylan Kirk will present “How Can I Be a Better Steward of the Earth?” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. April 19. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

Saint Alban’s Episcopal, Davidson

Concert: The Music at Saint Alban’s series presents a concert with the jazz quartet Timeline. Based in Virginia, Timeline features vocals, trumpet, guitar, drums and double bass. Arrive early for music by artists from the Lake Norman area. Adults, $15; seniors, $10; children younger than 12, free. Reception follows the program. 3 p.m. April 19. Pre-concert music begins 2:30 p.m. 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. 704-941-0650; www.musicatstalbansdavidson.org.

Horizon Church, Statesville

Cruise-in: The church will host a car, truck, and bike cruise-in and parts swap meet. The family-friendly event will feature classic cars, a bounce house, a 50/50 drawing and other fun activities. Local art and crafts and food will be available for purchase. Admission is free; attendees asked to bring nonperishable food for the food pantry ministry. Registration is free for exhibitors and $20 for vendors, including those selling parts. Sponsorship also available. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 2. 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville. www.horizonchurch.net.

Central United Methodist, Mooresville

5K fundraiser: In July, nine youth from the church will travel to Honduras with Carolina Cross Connection to work in orphanages. The cost is $1,600 per person. To raise funds, a 5K and fun run will be held 8:30 a.m. May 9 at Bellingham Park. Registration is $20 for the 5K and $12 for the fun run. Register by April 25 to be guaranteed a shirt. www.cumcmooresville.com.

Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

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

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. www.communitycafecares.com.

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service: “Just Joy” monthly worship service for special needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. April 23. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009; www.firstarp.org.

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; www.templesolelsc.org.

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Talent show: “Feast of Fools.” Proceeds benefit youth attending the national youth gathering in July. Spaghetti dinner, 5 p.m. April 26. Show at 6 p.m. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.

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