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On June 14, the members of Woodlawn Baptist formally installed the Rev. Michael Davis as the new senior pastor.
On June 14, the members of Woodlawn Baptist formally installed the Rev. Michael Davis as the new senior pastor.

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Woodlawn Baptist

Pastor installation:

On June 14, the members of Woodlawn Baptist installed the Rev. Michael Davis as senior pastor. The speaker for this service was Sammy Pierce of Hopewell Baptist, president of the Metrolina Baptist Association. Also in attendance were Jonathan Rebsamen of First Baptist, Nathaniel Pearce of Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary, and Pastor Kenneth Setzer of To God Be the Glory Ministries. Johnny Haston, chairman of the deacon board, presided over the installation, and Pam Greenwood, choir director, performed “My Tribute” to honor Davis. A reception followed. The church is at 4622 Nations Crossing Road.

Shiloh Institutional Baptist

Tommie L. Campbell Appreciation Day

An event to honor the church’s minister of music for his love, dedication and talent ministering to God’s people for more than 46 years. Performances by present and former choir members and the SIBC Praise Dancers. 4 p.m. July 26. 2400 Greenland Ave. 704-393-2065.

Trinity Baptist


Noah’s Faith will be in concert. 6 p.m. July 26. 2009 Arrowood Road. 704-527-2248.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

Women’s day:

Minister Phyllis Frazier from Central Church of God will be the guest speaker. 11 a.m. July 26. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.

Hawthorne Lane United Methodist

Homecoming celebration:

On Aug. 1-2, the church will mark the second of four centennial weekends. Saturday’s events include a mission gleaning project and a gathering at 6 p.m. to honor past members of Sunday school classes, youth groups, church sports teams and kindergartens. At 7 p.m., the Brock Family Singers will perform. Morning service, featuring a sermon by former associate pastor Mark Key, will be held 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2. A box lunch will be held on the grounds after the service. Events are free and guests are welcome. 501 Hawthorne Lane.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Community event:

Some of Charlotte’s best food trucks, including Maki Taco, OooWee BBQ, Vito’s Pizza, Southern Cake Queen, Sticks and Cones, and Sunset Slush, will be on campus starting 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1. The Snyder Family Band will perform 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. 8601 Bryant Farms Road.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

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

Myers Park United Methodist

Hymns and Hot Dogs sing-along:

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

Temple Israel

Tu B’Av Shabbat:

A memorable celebration with tributes, a Shabbat pairing dinner, vow renewals for those who have had a wedding or commitment ceremony, special blessings and more. $20 for the Friday dinner; reservations required. 6:15 p.m. July 31 and 9:30 a.m. Aug. 1. 4901 Providence Road.

Harrison Church, Pineville

Global leadership summit:

The Willow Creek Association will present The Global Leadership Summit to inspire and equip Christian leaders for global impact. Speakers include Bill Hybels, Albert Tate, Sallie Krawcheck, many more. Harrison Church will be a satellite site for this summit. Aug. 6-7. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

All Things Possible Ministries


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.

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.

Sharon United Methodist

Performing arts camp:

Kidshine is for kids in 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 26 is “Hungry, Hungry Hippos.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road.

Saint Gabriel Catholic


Dr. Wes Ely of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will present “End-of-Life Issues From Medical and Ethical Perspectives.” Ely’s presentation will include secular and faith-based concerns, controversy related to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, and means of prioritizing human dignity and self-worth. Free. Reservations requested. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the ministry center. 3016 Providence Road. RSVP:

MorningStar Presbyterian, Matthews

Children’s summer program:

Children in rising kindergarten to fifth grades invited to M.A.D 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;

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Vacation Bible school:

“Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid.” 6:15-8:30 p.m. July 27-31. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. Register at

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

Rocky River Baptist, Polkton


Buz Parks, Anson County director of missions, will bring the homecoming message. Sunday school 9:30 a.m. July 26. Worship service 10:30 a.m. with lunch following. The Rev. Tony Thomas will be the guest speaker for services/ 7:30 p.m. July 27-30. 297 Rocky River Church Road, Polkton. 704-826-8588.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Adventure camp:

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

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Summer schedule:

Weekend Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and at 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.

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 more information, call Kateaka or Veronica at 704-879-5343.

Troutman Baptist

Vacation Bible school:

Journey Off the Map will discover truths about Jesus. Classes for all ages. Nursery provided. 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 26-30. 305 Perry Road, Troutman.

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.

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.


Member Veronique Singerman will discuss the Dalai Lama in “Can Compassion Change the World?” Children age four 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 the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius

Support group:

GriefShare is a place where you can be around people who understand the pain of your loss. Each session is self-contained. 9 a.m. Saturdays starting Aug. 15. 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. 704-892-0546;

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

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;

Saint John 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. July 31. 3726 Woodlawn St., Sharon.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

4-8 p.m. July 27 at Sharon Baptist, 3850 York St., Sharon.