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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.

Myers Park United Methodist

Sing-along: Annual “Hymns and Hot Dogs.” Musicians are invited to bring an instrument and play along. Hot dogs and chips follow the music. 5:30 p.m. July 26 in Jubliee Hall. 1501 Queens Road. Contact Nancy Hamff at 704-295-4831 or

Sharon United Methodist

Vacation Bible school: Get ready to experience God’s unstoppable love at G-Force Adventure Park. Age 3 through completed fifth grade. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 21-24. Register online or at 704-366-9166.

Performing arts camp: Kidshine for third to eighth grades. Campers experience and express God’s love through music, drama, dance, puppets and scenery painting. $250. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 10-14. Performance at 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

Sermon series: Life is not a game, but it can be fun. Jesus came to give us full life. Join us for The Game of Life to explore what that means and to play some cool games along the way. The topic for July 19 is “Angry Birds.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road.

Providence Baptist

Summer schedule: Fellowship will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sundays in the rotunda. Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m. Worship at 10 a.m. 4921 Randolph Road.

Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews

Vacation Bible school: The church and weekday school will host SonSpark Labs for children age 3 through fifth grade. $15 per child; $30 family maximum. 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 3-7. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. Register at 704-847-5967 or

MorningStar Presbyterian, Matthews

Children’s summer program: Children in rising kindergarten to fifth grades are invited to MAD DAZE II, a week of music, art and drama relating to a production of “The Frog and the Toad.” $50. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 27-31. After-hours care available. 13000 Idlewild Road, Matthews. For reservations, call 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 704-847-0864;

New Destiny Restoration Church, Matthews

New church: We invite you to join us every week and learn about God’s purpose for you to win. The church will provide spiritual insight of the word of God and restoration to the people. We are excited to see whom the Lord will bring together to be part of this new church vision. Services at 10 a.m. Sundays. 1201 Crews Road, Matthews.

All Things Possible Ministries

Auditions: Looking for Christian vocalists for the 2015 Exalt! Vocal Talent Showcase. Auditions will be held Aug. 1 at Greater Providence Baptist, 2000 Milton Road. Apply online to secure your spot. Top 10 will perform at grand finale; top three will win studio time; winner will perform on TBN.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 19 at First Baptist, 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-noon July 26 at Hickory Grove Baptist, 2350 Odell School Road.

One Life Church, Concord

Vacation Bible school: Everest theme with worship, games, crafts and snacks. July 19-23. 1030 Central Drive N.W., Concord. Register at

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Adventure camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 3-6. 950 Bradley St., Concord.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 4-7 p.m. July 22 at Kimball Memorial Lutheran, 101 Vance St., Kannapolis.

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 examine a different UU principle each Sunday in July.

Service: Member Veronique Singerman will discuss the Dalai Lama in “Can Compassion Change the World?” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. July 26. Services are held at Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Vacation Bible school: “G-Force” for children age 4 through rising sixth-graders. Free. Family night dinner and assembly, 5-6 p.m. July 19. Children’s classes, 6-8:20 p.m. July 19 and 5:30-8:20 p.m. July 20-23. Dinner served nightly. Registration forms available online, at the church office, and during Sunday services. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Denver Bible study: Community in Christ, ELCA, is expanding into the Denver community. All are welcome to join us for a small-group Bible study. 7 p.m. July 20 at AcuCare Clinic, 388 N.C. 16 N., Denver. Refreshments will be served.

Prayer shawl ministry: Intergenerational 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 at 6:30 p.m. July 28.

Card ministry: Group provides handmade cards to pastors, lay pastors and staff. 6:30 p.m. July 26.

Preschool summer camp: Diggin’ Dinosaurs. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 3-6. $120. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Summer schedule: Weekend Mass will be held 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 8:30 and 10 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 5:30 p.m. Sundays. The Sunday nursery will be open during the 8:30 and 10 a.m. Mass. The schedule will be effective through Aug. 30.

Rummage sale: 7:30-11:45 a.m. Aug. 1. Bag sale, noon-1 p.m. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992.

Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

Sermon series: “The Bible Comes to Broadway” will use Broadway plays such as “Annie” and “Wicked” to illustrate gospel truths. Church staff will take a turn preaching. 8:15, 9:30, 10:55 and 11 a.m. Sundays. On July 19, servants from the community will share how understanding of Scripture has shaped their serving. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

Saint Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Missionary day: Theme: “Demonstrate Your Gifts by Following Your GPS (God’s Perfect Son).” Guest speaker the Rev. Myra Sims, associate minister of Jonahville AME Zion. 11 a.m. July 26.

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

Troutman Baptist

Vacation Bible school: Join us for Journey Off the Map as we discover truths about Jesus. Classes for all ages. Nursery provided. 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 26-30. 305 Perry Road, Troutman.

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service: “Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and families. 6:30 p.m. July 23. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009;

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.

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. For information, email Ann Falls at

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 25 at Unity ARP Church, 3494 Unity Church Road, Lancaster.