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Compiled by Erica Batten

First Mayfield Memorial Baptist

Pastor’s installation service:

The Rev. D. K. Ferguson will be installed. We invite the faith community to come to this worship celebration. The Rev. Dr. J. Vincent Terry will be the guest preacher. 4 p.m. Aug. 9. A post-installation concert, “Friday Night Fire,” featuring the Elizabeth Baptist Church Mass Choir, will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 14. 901 Oaklawn Ave. 704-334-4525.

A Gift of Love Ministry

Community event:

Back-to-school day with free school supplies and uniforms, food and games. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 15. 231 Bradford Drive.

Little Rock AME Zion

Special event:

Tenth annual “Friends and Family” weekend. A cookout will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 15 at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius. Morning worship 10 a.m. Aug. 16. Dinner follows morning worship service. A concert featuring the Little Rock music ministry will be held at 3 p.m. 401 N. McDowell St.

Charlotte Folk Society


Men Standing for Christ will perform 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. Free; donations appreciated. Arrive early to ensure admission. Monthly Charlotte Folk Society gatherings are family-friendly. Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, songwriters’ circle and an Appalachian dulcimer group follow the hourlong concert. Free parking available in the Fourth Street Mecklenburg County parking deck.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series:

Jesus came to give us full life. Join us for “The Game of Life” to explore what that means and to play games along the way. The topic for Aug. 9 is “I’ve Never.” 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:

First Baptist, Indian Trail

Fall sports:

Flag football for boys ages 5-11, soccer for boys and girls ages 5-11, flag football for men and women ages 18 and older. $80 per league.

Men’s conference:

“Iron Sharpens Iron X.” Join us for a steak dinner, power-packed messages from Mike Whitson and Alvin Summers, inspiring music and fellowship. Open to men age 16 and older. $20. 7-9:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the family life center. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. Register at 704-893-2644 or

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe


Worship 10 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school 9 a.m.

Men’s Bible discussion:

7 p.m. Aug. 13.


Service will be Sept. 20. Current contact information is needed for previous pastors and members. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.

Resurrection Anglican Church, Concord

New parish:

Resurrection is a new Anglican church in Concord. Holy Eucharist will be 11 a.m. Sundays. Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Vespers, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Services are held at Mount Carmel United Methodist, 2330 Old Salisbury-Concord Road, Concord.

Harvest Harrisburg Church

Family fun day:

Everyone invited to “Wet and Wild Back-to-School Family Fun Day.” Food vendors, inflatables, 75-foot slip-n-slide, 75-foot banana split, games. School supplies will be collected for underprivileged children. 4-7 p.m. Aug. 15. 7155 Hickory Ridge Road, Harrisburg.

Roberta United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog sale:

Hot dogs and homemade desserts, $1.25 each. Delivery for 10 or more. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 15. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Informational meeting:

Coffee and conversation to learn about Unitarian Universalism and the Fellowship. 9:45 a.m. Aug. 9.

Sunday morning groups:

Humanist discussion group, adult discussion group, and youth spiritual exploration meet 9:45 a.m. most Sundays. The Humanist discussion group will continue its discussion of UU principles.


Amy Hartman, former president of the Fellowship, will discuss “Finding Like-Minded People on the Other Side of the Aisle.” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. Aug. 9. 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;

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Denver Bible study:

Community in Christ, ELCA, is expanding into the Denver community. Small-group Bible study at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at AcuCare Clinic, 388 N.C. 16 N., Denver. Refreshments will be served.

Women’s group:

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church will gather for fellowship 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

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 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 23.

Card ministry:

Group provides handmade cards to pastors, lay pastors and staff. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and 25 and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 20. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

94.3 FM WRHI, Rock Hill

Radio show:

“The Storyteller’s Gospel Show” with Margaret Caldwell will air 9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Affiliation announced:

The reform congregation Temple Solel has announced its affiliation with the Union of Reform Judaism. In doing so, they become one of a small number of congregations who are members of both URJ and ISJL (Institute of Southern Jewish Life). Lay leaders Edie Yakutis and Russ Cobe have already benefitted from the URJ affiliation, having just returned from an extensive education program in Wisconsin. The ISJL membership provides the congregation with a Torah, visits from knowledgeable ISJL Fellows, and an outstanding curriculum for the congregation’s religious education program.


Religious school at Temple Solel will resume Sept. 13. This year, the Temple plans to add a confirmation class as well as adult education. High Holy Days services will be held at Saint Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. The services are free to members, students and military personnel. $50 charge for nonmembers includes all services. A detailed schedule is available at 803-619-9707.

Freedom Temple, Rock Hill

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. Aug. 14. 215 E. Main St., Rock Hill.

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, contact Ann Falls at