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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 hymns and other music by past and present choir members and special 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 special 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.

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 under, free. 7-9 p.m. June 6. 401 E. Arrowood Road. www.unityofcharlotte.org.

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.

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.

Grace Crossing Baptist Fellowship

Yard sale: Furniture, household items, and much more. Proceeds go to church building fund. 8 a.m.-noon June 6. 5600 Rocky River Road. www.gracecrossingcharlotte.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.

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.

Doers of the Word Christian Fellowship

Children’s day: Children ages 3-11 will be dedicated to God and receive a special blessing from Pastor Stokes. The community is invited. Noon June 14. 6604 C-3 E. WT Harris Blvd. www.doersofthewordcfc.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: Free T-shirt to donors. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 6 at Saint Mark’s United Methodist, 917 Clanton Road. www.cbcc.us.

Mallard Creek Worship Center

Vacation Bible school: Educational time, 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 24-26. Exciting adventures, crafts, treats, music, games. 1:30 p.m. June 27. 121 Lawrence Gray Road. 704-549-0634.

Calvary Church

Support ministry: Based on a Christian worldview, GriefShare explores the impact of personal 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. Dinner provided. $30. 6 p.m. June 5. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register in advance at www.calvarychurch.com/offthebench.

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.

Family event: Food Truck Family Jam 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. June 6. 2810 Providence Road. www.ProvidenceUMC.org.

Mouzon United Methodist

Multi-ethnic service: Service of praise and thanksgiving with the church’s Vietnamese-, Spanish- and English-speaking congregants. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Attic treasures sale: 7:30 a.m.-noon June 6 in Flynn Hall. 3100 Selwyn Ave. 704-525-1326; www.mouzonumc.org.

Grace Lutheran

Vacation Bible school: “Camp Discovery: Jesus at Work Through Us.” Ages 3-8. 9-11:30 a.m. June 22-26. 7000 Providence Road. Register at www.grace-charlotte.org.

Matthews United Methodist

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.

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 have the opportunity to participate in a Kid to Kid project with children from Haiti. Free and open to community. 9:30 a.m.-noon June 15-19.

Seminar: “Advance Care Planning” with speakers Carol Anne Lawler, faith community educator for Hospice and Palliative Care, and Becky Keenan of Network Legal. Lawler and Keenan will present information on health care power of attorney, estate planning and long-term care insurance. Free. 7 p.m. June 8. 9212 Bryant Farms Road. www.locumc.org.

Saint Matthew Catholic

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.

Roberta United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog sale: Hot dogs and homemade desserts, $1.25 each. Delivery for 10 or more. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. June 6. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

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. 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.

Asbury United Methodist, Huntersville

Gospel bluegrass concert: The Traveling Asburys and The Hinson Girls will perform. A love offering will be collected. 6:30 p.m. June 7. 11724 Asbury Chapel Road, Huntersville. www.asburyumc-huntersville.com.

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.

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.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Service: For Social Action Sunday, the service will look at the UU Legislative Ministry of North Carolina and how it is working on issues vital to building a more just and loving community. Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. May 31. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Performance: The chancel choir and orchestra will present Pepper Choplin’s “Our Father: A Journey Through the Lord’s Prayer.” Members of the chancel choir, along with other choirs, recently premiered this cantata at the Lincoln Center in New York, with Choplin conducting. 8:30 and 11 a.m. May 31. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Blood drive: Red Cross drive. 2-7 p.m. June 1 in the congregation house. 218 Concord Road, Davidson. Register at www.redcrossblood.org using sponsor code DCPC.

Saint Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Recital: Gerrie’s Christian Academy of Music will present its annual spring recital. Children ages 6-16 will perform. The 2015 honor roll will be announced and awards will be presented. Free and open to the public. 5 p.m. June 6. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-394-5689.

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. The sessions will explore the teachings of great mystics and modern spiritual writers. 9:30-10:45 a.m. each first Sunday in the chapel. The June 7 session is on Christian conferencing and holy listening. Registration is not required, but is helpful for planning. 304 S. Main St., Davidson. www.DavidsonUMC.org/SpiritualFormation.

Rocky Mount United Methodist, Mooresville

Community pancake breakfast: Free. 7:30 a.m. June 6. 1739 Perth Road, Mooresville. www.RockyMountUMC.com.

Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville

Community breakfast: Pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs. Free; donations accepted. 8-10 a.m. June 6. 1809 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. www.vanderburgumc.org.

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.

Green Pond United Methodist, Clover

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. June 3. 983 Bethel St., Clover. www.secondharvestmetrolina.org.

Community Bible Study

Bible study: Women and children of all ages, churches, backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge are welcome 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. Register early to help organizers plan for the upcoming year. To register, contact Michelle Locklear at cbslakewylie@gmail.com. lakewylie.cbsclass.org.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services: The Reform Jewish Congregation is holding Shabbat services at 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 at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Blooming Einsteins, 2752 Pleasant Road, Suite 103, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707; www.templesolelsc.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 31 at Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road, Fort Mill. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 7 at Eastview Baptist, 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill. www.cbcc.us.

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