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Since organizing more than five decades ago, The Dixie Melody Boys have enjoyed success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous fan award nominations from Singing News Magazine. Their hits include “I’ll Be Living That Way” and “I Won’t Compromise." The quartet will perform 7 p.m. June 15 in Stanley.
Since organizing more than five decades ago, The Dixie Melody Boys have enjoyed success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous fan award nominations from Singing News Magazine. Their hits include “I’ll Be Living That Way” and “I Won’t Compromise." The quartet will perform 7 p.m. June 15 in Stanley. COURTESY OF DEANA SURLES WARREN

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Gateway Cowboy Church, Stanley

Concert: Gospel quartet The Dixie Melody Boys will perform 7 p.m. June 15. 1002 Upper Spencer Mountain Road, Stanley.

Saint John Neumann Catholic

Community carnival: Fifth annual SonFest featuring carnival rides, food, family bingo, eating contests, silent auction, live music and more. Free admission. Ride tickets available at entrance. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Relatives, the Safe Place agency for Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas. 4-11 p.m. June 13. 8451 Idlewild Road.

Park Road Baptist

Concert: The Charles Wesley Singers of Damascus United Methodist in Maryland will perform a free concert as part of its 2015 Youth Mission Choir Tour to Virginia and North Carolina. The concert will feature sacred anthems and hymns with brass, piano, organ and soloists. Directed by Polly Edmonds Baldridge and accompanied by Steve Kalnoske, the 45 members of the choir specialize in traditional choral music and favorite hymns of the church. A free-will offering will be collected for missions. 7:30 p.m. June 19. 3900 Park Road. 704-523-5717.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: Life is not a game, but it can be fun. Jesus came to give us full life. The Game of Life explores what that means and to play games. The topic for June 14 is “Jenga.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road.

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.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

Vacation Bible school: Learn more about the Word of God. Classes for all ages. 7 p.m. June 15-19. Light supper served 6 p.m. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.

Mallard Creek Worship Center

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

Life Baptist

Vacation Bible school: Shining Star: See the Jesus in Me! God’s Word, food, arts and crafts, and fun for all ages. Kickoff block party and registration, 2-4 p.m. June 20. 6-8 p.m. June 22-25 and 6-8:30 p.m. June 26. 5901 Amberly Lane.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Vacation Bible school: Children age 4 through fifth grade are invited to Christ’s Chosen, an adventure of learning about the choosing of the 12 disciples. Free supper served. 5:45-8:30 p.m. July 13-16. Register by July 3. 1901 Archdale Road. To register, email Sherry Jackson at

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Seminary graduates honored: Twenty-four high school seniors from Mecklenburg, Union and York counties were honored May 31 for their diligence in rising an hour before school to participate in the seminary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This study of religious history and scriptures began in 1912 with 70 students in Salt Lake City and has since grown to more than 370,000 students in 150 countries.

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

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 own continued 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.

Clear Creek Baptist

Vacation Bible school: 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.

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe

New worship time: Beginning June 21, Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. and worship will be at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: Free T-shirt to donors. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 14 at Harrisburg Presbyterian, 4815 N. C. 49 S., Harrisburg. 12:15-3:15 p.m. June 14 at Bogers Chapel United Methodist, 1775 Flowes Store Road, Concord.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Seniors’ luncheon: 11:30 a.m. June 17 at Midtown Sundries in Denver.

Card ministry: Group provides handmade cards to pastors, lay pastors and staff. 6:30 p.m. June 23.

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.

Holy Trinity Lutheran, Troutman

Vacation Bible school: Camp Discovery: Jesus at Work Through Us for pre-K to middle school students. Adult Bible study available. Supper provided. 6-8:30 p.m. June 15-19. 225 Morgan St., Troutman. Register at

Asbury United Methodist, Huntersville

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

Hopewell Baptist, Davidson

Vacation Bible school: 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.

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;

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 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.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Vacation Bible school: Journey Off the Mapand discover truths about Jesus. Kids will visit Survival Springs for snacks, Rappelling Ravine for recreation, Boulder Bridge for missions and more. 4-7 p.m. July 19 and 9 a.m.-noon July 20-23. Closing program and treats, 6:30 p.m. July 23. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. Register at 704-664-2324.

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 Carla DaBelle will discuss her family’s four-year RV adventure in “Finding a New American Dream.” Children age 4 an older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. June 14. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Freedom Christian Center, Mooresville

Summer music camp: $25 registration; $125 per week. Private music lessons available. Free consultation.

After school program: $25 registration; $75 per week. Scholarships available. 757 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville. For information, call Kateaka or Veronica at 704-879-5343.

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.

Saint Luke Baptist, Sharon

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 19. 5025 Lockhart Highway, Sharon.

Bethel Presbyterian, Clover

Fall Bible study: All moms of young children are welcome to join a Mentors and Moms Bible study about parenting. Light breakfast served. Child care and study books provided. Registration required. 9:15-11:15 a.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 6. 2445 S. C. 557, Clover. For information, email Ann Falls at

The Oratory Center for Spirituality, Rock Hill

Program: Visions in Faith presents “Growing Into Being: BE-Coming an Elder.” The program is designed to offer adults a spiritual model of aging and support them in the process. Elderly men and women, their families and caregivers are welcome. $125 for the entire program; $40 per day. Room and board available for an additional $200. The program will be presented in seven afternoon and evening sessions June 14-17. 434 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. 803-327-2097.

Community Bible Study

Bible study: Women and children of all ages, churches, backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge are welcome to 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 Hamiltons Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. Register early to help organizers plan for the upcoming year. To register, email Michelle Locklear at

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

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