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Unity of Charlotte

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.

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 to worship. Noon June 14. 6604 C-3 E. WT Harris Blvd. www.doersofthewordcfc.org.

Ministry Development Services

Workshop: Lenore Wilkinson, counselor with Ministry Development Services, will present “Called Still? Still Called: Mid-Career Discernment.” The workshop will help clergy in mid-career remain intentional about their spiritual development and education. $95. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 23 at Sardis Presbyterian, 6100 Sardis Road. RSVP by June 18 to 704-554-9222.

First Baptist, Belmont

Film: The church will host an advance screening of JCFilms’ newest faith-based movie, “One Church.” The film explores freedom of religion in America. Guest speaker Dean Haskins, executive director of JCFilms. 6 p.m. June 7. 23 N. Central Ave., Belmont. 704-825-3758.

Living Waters Christian Ministries, Shelby

Family conference: WAR Fellowship Ministries will host workshops for all ages and guest speakers. Speakers include Elder Ladontae Wooten, Pastor Stacey Brown, Lady Norma Borders, Elder Maxine Degree and Bishop Nathan Anderson. Adults, $25; children and youth, $10. June 17-20. 505 Blanton St., Shelby. 704-377-1799.

Providence United Methodist

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.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Vacation Bible school: Children age 4 through fifth grade are invited to Christ’s Chosen to learn about choosing the 12 disciples. Free supper served each evening. 5:45-8:30 p.m. July 13-16. Register by July 3. 1901 Archdale Road. To register, contact Sherry Jackson at childrensministry@standrewsumc.com.

Saint John Neumann Catholic

Community carnival: Fifth annual SonFest featuring carnival rides, food, family bingo, eating contests, silent auction, live music, more. Appearance by Maney, LauRen and Roy from KISS 95.1 FM. Musicians include Good Courage, Waiting Hill and Bought by Blood. Free admission. Ride tickets available at entrance. Wristbands for unlimited rides will be available Friday night only for $15. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Relatives, the Safe Place agency for Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas. 5-11 p.m. June 12 and 4-11 p.m. June 13. 8451 Idlewild Road. http://4sjnc.org.

Clear Creek Baptist

Vacation Bible school: The theme is Journey Off the Map. Ages 3 and older. 6:30 p.m. June 14-19. June 19 will be family night, with a performance by the children and a celebration in the family life center. 9015 Ferguson Road. 704-545-6608.

Covenant United Methodist

Yard and craft sale: Table rentals, $20. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 13. 6824 Tuckaseegee Road. 704-277-3267.

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.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: Life is not a game, but it can be fun. Jesus came to give us life. Join us for “The Game of Life” to explore what that means and to play some cool games along the way. Series begins June 7. 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.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.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: Free T-shirt to donors. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7 at Providence Baptist, 4921 Randolph Road. www.cbcc.us.

Light of Christ United Methodist

Vacation Bible school: Registration is open for Everest Bible school for children age 3 through fifth grade. 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, the 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.

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.

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.

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.

McGill Baptist, Concord

Meeting: The Concord Wildlife Alliance meets monthly for lecture and discussion. The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. July 7. 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. www.concordwildlifealliance.com.

Rocky River Church, Concord

Bible study: 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 887 Pitts School Road S.W., Concord. www.rockyriverchurch.com.

Saint Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Children’s book club: The Phenomenal Readers Book Club will meet to read books, visit the library, play vocabulary games, have snacks and work with adult mentors. Ages 6-15. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, June 22 through July 30. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-948-6869.

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.

Vacation Bible school: Everest: Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power. Age 3 through rising sixth grade. Free. Light dinner served. 5:45-8:30 p.m. June 21-25. 11724 Asbury Chapel Road, Huntersville. Register at www.asburyumc-huntersville.com.

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.

Hopewell Baptist, Davidson

Vacation Bible school: An adventure into uncharted territory. Connect faith and life through Bible stories, crafts, music and games. Classes for all ages. 6:15-9 p.m. July 12-16. 18841 Davidson-Concord Road, Davidson. www.HopewellBaptistChurch.com.

Horizon Church, Statesville

Fundraiser: Annual pork butt fundraiser to benefit church ministries. Ready-to-eat barbecue pork butts are 8-10 pounds each and will be ready for the Father’s Day weekend. $35. Credit card orders available on the church website. Order by June 15. Pick up noon-5 p.m. June 19 or 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20. 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville. 704-873-5250; www.horizonchurch.net.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Job assistance workshop: The meeting will focus on utilizing social media in your job search. Bring your mobile device for this interactive session. The group meets monthly. 7 p.m. June 8. RSVP: 704-892-0120; jobassistanceworkshop@gmail.com.

Women’s group: Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church will take a break from monthly meetings until September. For the summer, we will gather for fellowship at local restaurants. The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. June 8 at Outback Steakhouse.

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

Vacation Bible school: Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power for rising kindergarten to fifth grades. Activity station available for younger siblings. $15 per child. 6-8:30 p.m. June 22-25. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.

Mooresville ARP Church

Vacation Bible school: Cross Culture Thailand Trek for children age 4 through sixth grade. Dinner provided. 5:45-8:30 p.m. June 15-19. 659 Carpenter Ave., Mooresville. Register at 704-664-1273.

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 an in-depth, 30-week study of Daniel and Revelation. Adults, $25; children, $10. Lesson books included. 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 16 at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. Register early to help organizers plan for the upcoming year. A registration day will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 12. lakewylie.cbsclass.org.

Temple Kol Ami, Fort Mill

Anniversary celebration: Temple Kol Ami will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a picnic at the Nature Center Anne Springs Close Greenway. The picnic will include food, music, a bounce house, face painting, a balloon artist and snow cones. The York County community is invited. 3-6 p.m. June 7. 1604 S.C. 21 Bypass, Fort Mill. RSVP: yorksynagogue@gmail.com.

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