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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 special worship celebration is 10:30 a.m.-noon April 26. 4921 Randolph Road.

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;

Clinton Chapel AME Zion

Community event: Clinton Fest will feature games, face painting, food, live entertainment, vendors and a visit from Sir Purr. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 25. Worship at 11 a.m. April 26. 1901 Rozzelles Ferry Road. 980-224-9701.

Covenant Presbyterian

Guest speaker: Daniel Seidemann, an expert on contemporary Jerusalem and founder of the organization Terrestrial Jerusalem, will present a lecture titled “Why You Should Bring Your Religion to Jerusalem.” 9:30 a.m. April 26 in the fellowship hall. At 5:30 p.m., Seidemann will participate in a panel discussion on “Narratives From Jerusalem.” The panel also includes former PCUSA moderator Fahed Abu-Akel. 1000 E. Morehead St.

Myers Park Presbyterian

Concert: Music and worship with Grammy-winning artist and songwriter Laura Story. Opening artist Cameron Moore. $10. 6:30 p.m. April 29 in Oxford Hall. 2501 Oxford Place.

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.

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. 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.

First Baptist, Belmont

Golf tournament: Annual tournament for missions. Proceeds go to the Dannie Benjamin Mission Fund, which supports evangelistic, medical and dental missions. $50 per person; $200 per foursome. 8 a.m. May 16 at Green Meadows Golf Course, 957 Kelly Road, Mount Holly. 704-825-3758.

Saint Philip Neri Catholic, Fort Mill

Choir concert: The adult choir, handbells and soloists present “O Sacrum Convivium,” music for and about the Eucharist. Free; donations accepted. 2 p.m. April 26. 292 Munn Road E., Fort Mill. 803-548-7282 ext. 249.

Goshen Presbyterian, Belmont

Conference: New Growth Conference will explore themes from Dr. R. C. Sproul’s book, “Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow.” 7 p.m. April 27-May 1. 380 Woodlawn Ave., Belmont.

Ebenezer Baptist

Mother’s Day tribute: “Ebenezer HAT-titude tribute and luncheon. Guests are encouraged to wear hats. Tribute emcee Kei-Kei Gilchrist. Christian monologue “The Conversation” presented by Dawn Pettus. Donations of purses, ties and men’s wallets will be collected for Crisis Assistance Ministry. $5 per person; advance purchase required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9. 2020 W. Sugar Creek Road. Tickets available before and after church services or at 704-598-2219.

Torrence Grove AME Zion

Fundraiser: The public is invited to an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser. $7 per person. 8-10 a.m. May 2 at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 8700 JW Clay Blvd. 704-536-8313.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

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

Saint Thomas Lutheran

Attic sale: The Women of the ELCA will hold its annual attic and bake sale. Proceeds help purchase Christmas gifts for children in foster care. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 2 in the fellowship hall. 4013 Shamrock Drive.

Myers Park Baptist

Concert: The chancel choir will present the Charlotte premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s “Sunrise Mass: A Symphonic Mass for Chorus and String Orchestra.” Charlotte Strings, directed by Minister of Music Jonathan Crutchfield, will provide accompaniment. In addition, Matthew Manwarren will perform Franz Schubert’s “Four Impromptus, Op. 90.” Free. 4 p.m. May 3. 1900 Queens Road.

Providence United Methodist

Family event: Food Truck Family Jam returns with the city’s best food trucks, children’s bounce park and live music. Bring lawn chairs. Parking and children’s area are free; food prices vary. 5-8 p.m. May 2. 2810 Providence Road.

Wesley United Methodist

Bible study: Pastor Judi Hunt will lead a study of Kyle Idleman’s “Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus.” The study will be held on the front lawn. Bring a friend, a lawn chair, and a sack supper. 6 p.m. May 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 9 and 16. 3715 Rea Road. Register at

Grace United Methodist

Community attic sale: Tables available for rent; $20 each. Church members will help with set up and advertising. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 8. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.

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 26 is “The Twilight Zone.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road.

Temple Beth El

Attic sale: Open to the public. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 4. 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948.

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/hour; make reservations by May 3. 7:45 a.m. May 10 at Shalom Park, 5007 Providence Road.

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;

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 8:30 a.m.-noon April 26 at Christ Lutheran, 4519 Providence Road.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Concert: The Presbyterian College Ringers will perform a diverse program, including works for worship and popular music. After the performance, the ringers will discuss the joy of ringing and answer questions. 7 p.m. May 1. 8601 Bryant Farms Road.

Christ the King Church

Family event: Touch-a-truck event will allow children to tour vehicles from heavy machinery to fire trucks and police cars. Silent auction and barbecue lunch. Sponsored by MOPS and MOMSnext. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 2. 13501 S. Tryon.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26 at Faith United Methodist, 3708 Faith Church Road, Indian Trail.

Centre Presbyterian, Mooresville

Church anniversary: The church is celebrating 250 years. In 1865, Centre Presbyterian was established in a centralized location so that farmers would not have to leave their livestock unattended and travel far to attend worship. The Revolutionary slogan “No king but King Jesus” has been resurrected for the church’s yearlong celebration. Donald Fortson, professor of church history and practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, will present a lecture on “Presbyterians and Religious Liberty” at 7 p.m. April 30. A reception will follow. A Memorial Day celebration will be held May 24. Other activities are planned through the year. 129 Centre Church Road, Mooresville. For information on the church’s history and activities, visit

Lake Norman Baptist

Guest speaker: Gary Chapman, author of “The Five Love Languages,” speaks worldwide on marriage, family and relationships. He will speak 6:30 p.m. April 30 in the worship center. Free. 7921 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville.

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.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Children’s choir finale: The primary and junior choirs will present “A Technicolor Promise.” 6:30 p.m. April 29 in the congregation house.

Ministry celebration: Enjoy music, art, dancing, food and memories from more than eight years of DCPC mission travels at “Fiesta Nicaragua!” Noon May 3. Reservations and $7 donations appreciated.

Class: Rabbi Barbara Thiede will teach a course on women in the Hebrew Bible. 9:45 a.m. April 26, May 3 and May 10. 218 Concord Road, Davidson.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Concert: The South Carolina Baptist Singing Churchmen will perform Christian music, including spirituals, traditional hymn arrangements, popular contemporary songs and choral masterworks. The group’s 50 voices are accompanied by an instrumental ensemble. Free; love offering accepted. 7:30 p.m. May 1. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. 704-664-2324.

Davidson United Methodist

Contemplative worship: “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” teaching and worship sessions are for those who seek to practice the presence of God in ordinary life, enrich prayer life and journey deeper with God. We will explore the teachings of great mystics and modern spiritual writers. 9:30-10:45 a.m. each first Sunday in the chapel. The May 3 session is “Sharing in the Sacraments.” Registration is not required, but is helpful for planning. 304 S. Main St., Davidson.

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.

Concord Presbyterian, Statesville

Spring bazaar: Breakfast, bake sale, crafts, yard sale, car wash, more. 8 a.m.-noon May 2. 3867 Taylorsville Highway, Statesville. 704-872-7344.

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 28 is “Isolated and Alone.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Service: Laurie Walker will present “Yoga as a Spiritual Path.” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. April 26. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Trinity Episcopal, Statesville

Choir performance: The Trinity Artist Series presents The MasterSingers from The Choir School at Saint Peter’s. Adults, $10; students, $5. 3 p.m. May 3. 801 Henkel Road, Statesville.

Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

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

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.

Faith Presbyterian and Belair United Methodist, Indian Land

Mobile food pantry: The Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be in the parking lot of Belair United Methodist on April 30. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until it is gone. Recipients must meet USDA income eligibility requirements and provide identification. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. April 30. Belair also operates a food pantry twice a month. Donations of food and cash may be dropped off at the church office 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday. 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. For information, call Faith Presbyterian at 803-548-8810.

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Talent show: Wow us with your talents at the “Feast of Fools.” Proceeds benefit youth attending the national youth gathering in July. Spaghetti dinner, 5 p.m. April 26. Show 6 p.m. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill.