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Prosperity Presbyterian

Special music: John Parker, principal trumpet of the Charlotte Symphony, will play with the congregational singing, perform solos and present a postlude for the morning worship service. 9:45 a.m. May 24. 5533 Prosperity Church Road. 704-875-1182.

Little Rock AME Zion

Little Rock Day: Annual observance on the theme “Expecting, Experiencing and Expressing God’s Kingdom Through Excellence in Ministry.” Awards luncheon, 1 p.m. May 23. Worship service, 10 a.m. May 24. Guest preacher the Rev. Joel Miles, pastor of Greater Walters AME Zion Church in Chicago and presiding elder of the Chicago District. 401 N. McDowell St. www.littlerockamezion.org.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Commencement: Seminary Board of Trustees conferred 81 master’s and 17 Doctor of Ministry degrees during commencement exercises on May 16 at Steele Creek Church. The commencement speaker was Mart Green, founder and CEO of Mardel Christian and Educational Supply and of Every Tribe Entertainment. A baccalaureate service was held May 15 with speaker John Bradosky, bishop of the North American Lutheran Church. In addition, a ceremony was held May 15 to celebrate the opening of the David M. Rogers Hall of Mission. Named after a member of the board of trustees who died in 2010, the hall will feature classrooms with special exhibits and artifacts as well as an assembly hall to allow interaction with mission leaders from around the world. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is a multidenominational, evangelical Protestant graduate school serving more than 2,100 students on campuses in Charlotte as well as Massachusetts and Florida. www.gordonconwell.edu.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Anniversary celebration: The church celebrates its 100th anniversary with the theme “Still Saying Yes to God … A Century of Faith, Love and Service.” A children’s festival will be held 2-4 p.m. May 30. At 3 p.m., the Hands to Work, Hearts to God missions project will be the assembly of hygiene kits for those in need around the world. A hot dog supper will be served at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., “Music Through the Decades” will feature a hymns and other music by past and present choir members and guests.

The Rev. Sharon Watkins, president and general minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, will deliver the message at the worship service. The service will include music and recognition of people who have been part of the church’s life during the years. 11 a.m. May 31. Placement of 2015 cornerstone and time capsule, 12:30 p.m. Closing reception, 12:45 p.m. 1200 East Blvd. www.fcc-charlotte.org.

Trinity Presbyterian

Special event: Food trucks and live music by The Holdouts. Food trucks include Roaming Fork, Yummi Banh Mi, and Sweet Treats Bakery. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Nonperishable food will be collected for Loaves and Fishes. Event will be held indoors in case of rain. 6-9 p.m. May 28. 3115 Providence Road. www.trinitypreschurch.org.

Central United Methodist

Community carnival: Giant inflatables, pony rides, games, crafts, entertainment and food. This free event has been rescheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 30. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157.

Purcell United Methodist

Attic sale: Proceeds go to church needs and missions. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 23. 2141 Weyland Ave. 704-399-7257.

Simpson-Gillespie United Methodist

Youth summit: Guest presenters Sonja Gantt, lead anchor at WCNC-TV; 2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year James Ford; and Earnest Winston, chief of staff for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Light breakfast and lunch provided. Free. 8:30 a.m.-noon June 6. 3545 Beatties Ford Road. 704-596-7216.

Calvary Church

Support ministry: Based on a Christian worldview, GriefShare explores the impact of grief and offers hope and strength to move forward. Open to community. Child care available for ages 2-7. 7 p.m. Mondays starting June 1. Register in advance at www.calvarychurch.com/support.

Men’s conference: Men ages 18 and older invited to “Get Off the Bench!” with ESPN sports analyst and former NBA and ACC basketball champion Adrian Branch. Branch will share what it takes to become an extraordinary leader who follows God, leads his family with integrity, and earns the respect of friends and colleagues. Singer/songwriter Bill Cummings will lead worship. Bring gym clothing for late-night hoops with Branch in the gym. $45. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register in advance at www.calvarychurch.com/offthebench.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Educational program: Parents and caregivers of teens invited to “Understanding Adolescent Substance Abuse” facilitated by staff of Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center. Time included for discussion and questions. 10 a.m.-noon or 7-9 p.m. May 27.

Informational meeting: Physicians, nurses and aides are invited to join the Divine Mercy Healthcare Apostolate. 7-8:30 p.m. May 27.

Summer classes: Saint Matthew “yoU”niversity is offering eight classes on scripture, theology, the saints, liturgy, and social justice, as well as a special retreat. Classes are offered on a variety of days and times. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Course descriptions and online registration at www.stmatthewcatholic.org/summerforum.

Saint John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Women’s event: Women of Wisdom presents “Tables of Colors.” $5 donation. 4 p.m. May 23.

Baby dedication: 10 a.m. May 24.

Gospel choir anniversary: 2:30 p.m. May 24. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. www.stjohnsmbchurch.org.

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. May 31 in Johnston Hall. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. 704-537-3484.

Unity of Charlotte

Film: The documentary “The Phenomenon Bruno Groening: On the Tracks of the ‘Miracle Healer’” is about the life and teachings of a spiritual healer committed to helping people achieve a closer connection to God. Noon-4 p.m. May 30.

Concert: Paul Huff was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, heard voices and attempted suicide three times, but with the help of medication and prayer, the voices ceased. Then he began hearing music. Though he never had music lessons, Huff composed more than 200 songs of inspiration. Huff and friends will perform the compositions that helped save his life. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Children 12 and younger, free. 7-9 p.m. June 6. 401 E. Arrowood Road. www.unityofcharlotte.org.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Talent show fundraiser: Enjoy a meal and entertainment. Free; donations will be taken to support Freedom School. 4:30-7 p.m. May 31 in the family life center. 1901 Archdale Road. www.standrewsumc.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? Join us for “Transformers.” The topic for May 24 is “Fired Up.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.org.

Sedgefield United Methodist

Community outreach fair: Volunteer opportunities for Habitat for Humanity, Carolina Cross Connection, the Men’s Shelter and the church’s mentoring program. Hot dog lunch served. All are welcome. Noon-2 p.m. May 31. 2830 Dorchester Place. www.sedgefieldchurch.org.

Providence United Methodist

Choir fundraiser: Live Maine lobsters flown to Charlotte. $18.50 each. Orders must be pre-paid. Proceeds go to youth music scholarship fund. Order by noon June 3. Pick up 4-6 p.m. June 5. 2810 Providence Road. 704-366-7442; www.ProvidenceUMC.org.

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe

Pentecost Sunday: Remember the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. Sunday school at 10 a.m. May 24. Worship at 11 a.m.

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

Light of Christ United Methodist

Vacation Bible school: Registration is open for Everest Bible school for children age 3 through fifth grade. Join the climbing team and learn the power shuffle with Olaf, have wintery adventures, eat frosty snacks and make friends, all while building faith. Children will participate in a Kid to Kid project with children from Haiti. Free and open to community. 9:30 a.m.-noon June 15-19. 9212 Bryant Farms Road. www.locumc.org.

Matthews United Methodist

Guest speaker: Jeff Goins will present “Making Your Message Stick.” Communicators in the faith community invited. Learn how to hone your voice, establish your platform, expand your reach and spread your message. The first 200 to register will get a free copy of Goins’s book, “The Art of Work.” $25 registration. 9 a.m.-noon May 28.

Summer arts camp: Under God’s Sea in 3-D music and arts camp for children in kindergarten to sixth grades. $75 includes daily lunch and snack, T-shirt, materials. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 6-10 with performance at 6 p.m. July 11. Registration open.

Weekly summer camp: At The Lighthouse, children will explore cities where Jesus’ ministry came alive and learn to live faith in daily life. Games, crafts, cooking projects, devotions, field trips, service projects and more. $145 per week. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15-Aug. 19. Space limited. Registration open.

Vacation Bible school: Everest VBS: Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 22-26. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.matthewumc.org.

Centre Presbyterian, Mooresville

Church anniversary: The church is celebrating 250 years. A Memorial Day celebration will be held May 24. After the 11 a.m. worship service, attendees will enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds. The menu will feature items typically found in lunch baskets from a century or more ago. Veterans will be honored. Other activities are planned through the year. 129 Centre Church Road, Mooresville. For information on the church’s history and current activities, visit www.thecentrechurch.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 couple will speak at Christian Outreach of the Piedmont at 4 p.m. May 31. 1424 Rickert St., Statesville. www.omf.org.

Morrows Chapel Church, Mooresville

Women’s health fair: “Back to Basics: Healing for the Mind, Body and Soul.” Hosted by Sharnetta Clark-Gordon, founder of KEYS. Vendors needed. 2-5 p.m. June 7. 1536 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-883-4076.

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 May 26 is “How to Pay Attention.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. Information at 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 discuss “The Road to Character” by David Brooks.

Service: Guest speaker Mark Epstein will present “Insights Into Judaism.” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. May 24. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Denver Bible study: Meets at noon each second and fourth Wednesday at Sports Page restaurant in Denver.

Preschool summer camp: Three sessions available. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 1-4, June 29-July 2, and Aug. 3-6. $120 per session.

Vacation Bible school: June 22-25. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Children’s choir camp: Children in completed first to sixth grades will learn and perform the VBS musical “Journey Off the Map.” Music skills, recreation and refreshments provided. $25 includes T-shirt, snacks, lunch on Friday and a CD. 9-11:30 a.m. June 22-26. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. Register by June 10 at the church office or www.fbcmooresville.com.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Appreciation event: The Mount Mourne Volunteer Fire Department will be honored with a complimentary hamburger and hot dog dinner. Special music by the church’s praise band, chancel choir and Shine. Children’s activities provided. Everyone invited. Bring lawn chairs. 5 p.m. May 31. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880.

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.

Community Bible Study

Bible study: Women and children of all ages, churches, backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge are welcome to join us for an in-depth, 30-week study of Daniel and Revelation. Adults, $25; children, $10. Lesson books included. 9 a.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 16 at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamiltons Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. Please register early to help us plan for the upcoming year. To register, contact Michelle Locklear at cbslakewylie@gmail.com. lakewylie.cbsclass.org.

Unity Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Mobile food pantry: The Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will distribute food on a first-come, first-served basis until it is gone. Recipients must meet USDA income eligibility requirements and provide identification. The mobile food pantry is open twice a month at various churches. 8:30 a.m. May 29. 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. www.secondharvestmetrolina.org.

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. May 28. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009; www.firstarp.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 3:30-5:30 p.m. May 30 at Providence Baptist, 1947 Old Friendship Road, Rock Hill. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 31 at Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road, Fort Mill. www.cbcc.us.

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