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Piedmont Unitarian Universalist

Community festival: Food, kids’ games, music, yard sale, crafts and more. All are welcome. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20. 9704 Mallard Creek Road. www.puuc.org.

Life Baptist

Vacation Bible school: Shining Star: See the Jesus in Me! God’s Word, food, arts and crafts, 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. www.thelifebaptistchurch.com.

The Minnesota Boychoir

Performances: The tour choir will perform at 7 p.m. June 20 at Saint Peter’s Episcopal, 115 W. Seventh St. A freewill donation will be collected. They will also perform at the 9 and 10:45 a.m. worship services June 21 at Christ Lutheran, 4519 Providence Road. www.boychoir.org.

Grandfather Mountain, Linville

Concert event: 91st annual “Singing on the Mountain” event will feature Michael Combs, the Primitive Quartet, Ernie Penley, more. Guest speaker Aaron Wilburn. Performances begin 8:30 a.m. June 28 in MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain. Free. www.grandfather.com.

All Things Possible Ministries

Auditions: Looking for Christian vocalists for the 2015 Exalt! Vocal Talent Showcase. Auditions will be held July 18 at Grace Presbyterian, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill. Apply online to secure your spot. Top 10 will perform at grand finale; top three will win studio time; winner will perform on TBN. www.ATPMIN.org.

Cornerstone Baptist

Anniversary celebration: The church will celebrate its 30th anniversary by inviting the prior pastors to preach at special services. Cornerstone was formed by the merger of Chantilly Baptist and Albemarle Road Baptist on April 1, 1985. Pastor Tim Jernigan (2009-2011) will preach at the 10:45 a.m. service on June 28. Concert pianist Alex Zsolt will provide music. Following the service, there will be a picnic and children’s activities. The final celebration service is planned for Sept. 27. All services and luncheons are free and include child care for children age 5 and younger. Children’s worship available. 8947 Albemarle Road. 704-537-1097.

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. June 28 in Johnston Hall. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. 704-537-3484.

Mallard Creek Worship Center

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

Advent Lutheran

Day camp: Rising first to eighth grades. Experience the benefits of a traditional overnight church camp at a fraction of the cost. Run by experienced Camp Agape counselors. $125. Extended day care available for small fee. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 20-24. 8840 University City Blvd. Register at 704-549-1555.

Saint Mark’s Lutheran

Vacation Bible school: Children will learn how to build community at Habitat for Humanity’s Under Construction. Age 4 through fifth grade. 9:30 a.m.-noon July 13-16. 1001 Queens Road. Register at www.saintmarkscharlotte.org. 704-375-9185.

Sedgefield United Methodist

Family event: Barbecue and live music on the lawn. Donations accepted. 5-7 p.m. June 27.

Vacation Bible school: Everest: Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power for rising kindergarten to fifth grades. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 6-10. Registration open through June 28. 2830 Dorchester Place. 704-523-0077; www.sedgefieldchurch.org.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Vacation Bible school: Children age 4 through fifth grade are invited to Christ’s Chosen to learn about the choosing of 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, email Sherry Jackson at childrensministry@standrewsumc.com.

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 some cool games along the way. The topic for June 21 is “Solitaire.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.org.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Healing prayer service: Saint Peregrine service for those with cancer and other grave diseases. 7:30 p.m. June 25.

Bike blessing service: Riders of all faiths are invited to meet 11 a.m. June 28 at Harley-Davidson of Charlotte for a cookout and live music. At 1 p.m., we will ride to Saint Matthew for a blessing for a safe riding season.

Summer classes: Eight classes on scripture, theology, the saints, liturgy and social justice, as well as a 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.

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.

Wilmar Baptist, Concord

Day camp: KidShine performing arts day camp offers music, drama, dance, puppets and scenery painting for kids in rising third to eighth grades. Snacks provided; campers bring their own lunch. Space limited. $155. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 20-24. Performance at 7 p.m. July 24. 584 Wilmar St. N. W., Concord. www.kidshineonline.org/day-camps.html#registerSTEP.

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: “The Underlying Context.” Guest speaker Keith Wilson will discuss how economics and other factors link social issues together and make holistic and sustainable change difficult. Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. June 21. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

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. www.HopewellBaptistChurch.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-July 30. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-948-6869.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Denver Bible study: Community in Christ, ELCA, is expanding into the Denver community. All are welcome to a small-group Bible study 7 p.m. June 22 at AcuCare Clinic, 388 N. C. 16 N., Denver. Refreshments will be served.

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

Prayer shawl ministry: Inter-generational group creates shawls, chemo caps and other crafts that serve as a physical reminder of God’s unconditional love to people experiencing illness or other difficulty. The group meets 6:30 p.m. June 28.

Patriotic celebration: Community invited to join the praise team, choir and gospel choir in presenting a tribute to the country’s heritage. Free. 4 p.m. June 28. Refreshments follow.

Preschool summer camp: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 29-July 2 and Aug. 3-6. $120 per session. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.

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 www.asburyumc-huntersville.com.

Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius

Vacation Bible school: At Everest, campers will go on an exciting expedition and learn to overcome obstacles with God’s mighty power. Games, experiments, music, Bible study, more. Age 4 through rising fifth grade. Free. 5:30-8:15 p.m. July 17, 3:30-6 p.m. July 18-19, and 6:30-8 p.m. July 20. A VBS Sunday school will be held 10 a.m. July 19. 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. Register by June 28 at www.bethel-pc.org.

Horizon Church, Statesville

Concert: Testify Youth Choir is comprised of 80-90 high school students from the Lake Norman region who use contemporary music, dance and dramatic performances to communicate the message of hope in Christ to audiences of all ages. The choir will return from its summer tour in Tennessee and perform at 10 a.m. June 28 at Horizon Church. A love offering will be taken. 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville. www.testifyministries.com.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Performance: The sanctuary choir, soloists, narrator and instrumentalists and will share “America! A Pilgrim’s Prayer, A Patriot’s Dream.” This musical offers praise and thanksgiving for God and country. The public is invited. 8:30 and 11 a.m. June 28. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. www.fbcmooresville.com.

Journey Church, Huntersville

Fitness classes: To develop its goal of bringing hope to the Lake Norman community, Journey Church is launching a dynamic core fitness business called HopeFIT. The athletics-based program combines high-intensity conditioning, strength training, agility and speed work, flexibility and balance. Four classes, $35. First class is free. 9-9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Child care available for a fee. 15711 Brookway Drive, Huntersville. www.hope.fit.

Bethel Presbyterian, Clover

Fall Bible study: 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. www.BethelChurchPCA.com. For information, email Ann Falls at apfalls@yahoo.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. June 25. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009; www.firstarp.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.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: Free T-shirts to donors. 9 a.m.-noon June 21 at Faith Hope Victory Christian Church, 202 S. Gregory St., Lancaster. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 21 at Fort Mill Church of God, 221 Academy St., Fort Mill. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 25 at First Baptist, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill. www.cbcc.us.

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