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Simpson-Gillespie United Methodist

Blue Sunday:

Join us and wear something blue as we honor our faithful servants and brave survivors of prostate cancer. Steve Switek of Carolinas Medical Center will speak in the fellowship hall after the morning service. 10 a.m. Sept. 20. 3545 Beatties Ford Road.

Pineville Church of the Nazarene

Fall classes:

“GriefShare: A Journey From Mourning to Joy.” $15 includes workbook. Child care available through the church office. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 8614 Pineville-Matthews Road. 704-542-3618.

Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews


“All About Lutherans” is for newcomers who want to explore the Lutheran faith and theology. Learn how Lutherans view the Bible, God’s grace, and the gifts of Holy Communion and baptism. Lunch and light snacks provided. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 19. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. Reservations by Sept. 16: 704-847-5967;

The Praise Cafe

Gospel Image Awards:

“Dawn to Midnight Praise-a-Thon” will be held 6 a.m.-midnight Sept. 25 at the Hilton University Lakeview Ballroom, 8926 JM Keynes Drive. Red carpet black tie event, 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. Awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Live streaming at

Moore’s Chapel United Methodist

Single parents’ group:

Single and Parenting features refreshing, Biblical teaching on topics important to single parents. Child care available upon request. 7 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 17. 10601 Moores Chapel Road. Reserve your spot at 704-399-1632.

Doers of the Word Christian Fellowship


The public is invited to our “Preachers That Sing” concert. In celebration of the Rev. Belinda Stokes’s 20th ministry anniversary and the church’s seventh anniversary, the concert will feature local preachers. 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Sharon Towers, 5100 Sharon Road.

Special service:

Everyone welcome to attend “Back to Church Sunday,” a national initiative to reach people who have never attended church or who don’t attend anymore. 10:45 a.m. Sept. 20.

Trinity Presbyterian

Special event:

Food trucks and live music. Papi Queso, Yummi Banh Mi, KO Food Truck, Southern Cake Queen and King of Pops; music by The In-Laws. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Event will be held inside if it rains. Nonperishable food items will be collected for Loaves and Fishes. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 24. 3115 Providence 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 Mount Carmel Baptist, 7237 Tuckaseegee Road and 10-11 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Saint 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 Saint Paul Baptist.

International Day of Peace

Churches invited:

Established by the United Nations in 1986, the International Day of Peace is a day of nonviolence and cease-fire. Churches are invited to join communities from around the world by ringing their bells, blowing shofars and otherwise recognizing this day at noon Sept. 21.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

Noon-4 p.m. Sept. 19 at Friendship Missionary Baptist, 3400 Beatties Ford Road.

Mallard Creek Worship Center

Women’s conference:

“Keep Calm and Find Out Who You Really Are.” Speaker Apostle Derek Kelly. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3 p.m. Oct. 3. Pastor Sheree Amore will speak 10 a.m. Oct. 4. Women will dress all in white. 121 Lawrence Gray Road.

Torrence Grove AME Zion

Revival and homecoming:

The Rev. George Erwin, pastor of Torrence Chapel AME Zion, will preach at the 7 p.m. service Sept. 16. The Rev. Milton Williams of Walls Memorial AME Zion will preach at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The Rev. James McDougald of Rock Hill AME Zion will preach at 7 p.m. Sept. 18. Homecoming service will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 with guest speaker the Rev. Anarah Henderson of Trinity Unity AME Zion. Homecoming fellowship dinner at 1:30 p.m. 1200 Torrence Grove Church Road. 704-536-8313.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

3-6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Mayfield Memorial Baptist, 700 W. Sugar Creek Road.

Temple Israel

High Holy Days:

Kol Nidre service, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22; seated by 7:15 p.m. Yom Kippur morning service, 10 a.m. Sept. 23. Sermon, 12:30 p.m. (approximate). Yizkor, 1 p.m. (approximate). Study session, 4:30 p.m. Restorative yoga, 4:30 p.m. Mincha service, 5:30 p.m. Break fast, 8:15 p.m. Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret services, Sept. 27-Oct. 6. 4901 Providence Road.

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. On Sept. 27, Pastor Eddie Thompson (2005-2008) will preach with a reunion choir providing special music. All past and present choir members are invited to join in singing “Holy is He.” If you would like to join the choir, please contact Director of Music Susan Justice. A barbecue lunch will be provided after the service. 10:45 a.m. Sept. 27. 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.

Mouzon United Methodist


Come be a part of our multi-ethnic prayer and praise service, a lively time of celebrating the living presence of God among us. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 3100 Selwyn Ave.

Sharon Presbyterian


The SouthPark community is invited to our annual “Fall-ish Festival.” Bouncy houses, carnival games, snow cones, cake walk, live bluegrass music and barbecue dinner. $8 per plate for barbecue; $4 for hot dogs; $1 for funnel cakes. Everything else is free. 4-7 p.m. Sept. 19. 5201 Sharon Road.

Park Road Baptist

Sermon series:

Do you have a hard time with messages coming from churches that seem like anything but good news? Join us as co-pastor Amy Jacks Dean explains how the gospel message of Jesus really is good news. This is the second Sunday of a five-week emphasis on “Putting the Good Back Into Good News.” Everyone is welcome. 11 a.m. Sept. 20. 3900 Park Road.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series:

“The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God. Having the Guts to Respond.” The topic for Sept. 20 is “Everyday Whispers.” Based on the series by Bill Hybel. 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road.

Saint John’s Episcopal

Job hunters’ group:

Expert speakers provide job search tips, résumé reviews, interview coaching and networking opportunities. No fees or registration. 7 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday. 1623 Carmel Road.

Sardis Baptist

Yoga classes:

Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility and learn to relax. Space limited. $80 for eight weeks. 3:30 and 5 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Please call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831;

Saint Mark AME Zion, Pineville

Worship services:

11 a.m. Sundays.

Community outreach prayer:

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 605 Johnston Drive, Pineville. 704-889-7072.

Women Living Well Ministries

Women’s retreat:

Join us for “Spiritual Spa” to be renewed and refreshed through Christ. Speakers are Jennifer Kerr, David Keen, Holly Barrett, Kay Hadley and Paula Grande. $49. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 2 and 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Pritchard Memorial Baptist, 1117 South Blvd.

Charlotte Torah Center

High Holy Days:

Yom Kippur services will be held Sept. 22-23. Kol Nidrei, 7 p.m. Sept. 22 followed by an interactive class and evening service. Candle lighting at 7:02 p.m. Shacharit/morning service, 8:45 a.m. Sept. 23. Torah reading, 10:30 a.m. Sermon followed by Yizkor at 11 a.m. Mussaf, 11:30 a.m. Mincha, 5 p.m. Neilah, 6 p.m. Maariv, 7:50 p.m. Break the fast, 8:08 p.m. Children’s babysitting and programming, 7-8:15 p.m. Sept. 22, 10:30-2 p.m. Sept. 23 and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 23. Families, $180; adults, $80; children ages 3-11, $25. Children age 2 and younger, active military and college students, free. Additional charge for Rosh Hashana meals. 5668 International Drive, Suite 5A. Reservations:

Matthews United Methodist

Date night:

“Acts of Renewal.” Learn, laugh a lot and reconnect with each other while professional actors and speakers Jim and Carol Shores use comedy theater to communicate about relationship issues. Tickets are $15 each. 7 p.m. Sept. 26. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. Tickets available at

Weddington United Methodist

Healthy lifestyle program:

In cooperation with Carolinas HealthCare System, the church will offer the Daniel Plan, a program founded on Biblical principles and focused on the essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. Fee for program books only. 6 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 27 through Nov. 22. Child care provided. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. Register at For information, contact Brett Myers at

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe


Former pastor Bill Ralston will bring the message. Cross Roads will provide special praise music. Covered-dish luncheon follows the service. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20.

Golf tournament:

Outing will be held Oct. 2 at White Plains Country Club. $50 includes fees, cart, lunch and a great time. Sponsor spaces also available. Proceeds support men’s ministries of the church. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Support group meeting:

Job seekers are invited to Christians in Career Transition, a ministry providing support for those out of work and under-employed. Learn the proper methods for a successful job search. Free. 7-9 p.m. each first and third Monday in the New Life Center. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist, Matthews

Special event:

The church is celebrating its 136th year. We have also begun our annual “Twelve Tribe Family and Friends” fundraiser. Join us at “A Tribal Jubilee” to celebrate the blessings of our Lord through fun, food, fellowship and music. Free admission. Light dinner available. Suggested donations are $7 for adults and $5 for school-age children. Jubilee kid’s meal, free. 4-7 p.m. Sept. 19. 381 Crestdale Road, Matthews.

Philadelphia Presbyterian, Mint Hill

Weekly gatherings:

“Let’s Connect” offers children and youth a Bible study, choir and a chance to get to know each other and God on a more personal level. Adults can look forward to a special time with Rusty and Lee immediately following dinner where everyone eats together. Joyful Noise preschool choir, 5:10-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Other children’s opportunities begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, 6 p.m. Adult and children’s programs continue until 7:30 p.m. Dinner is $5 for adults and youth; $4 for children. Discount available for advance payment of all semester’s dinners. Reservations available online or at 704-545-6172.

Bible study:

The community is invited to join us for “The Story,” a 31-week exploration of the Bible that reads like a novel. Small-group and other opportunities available. 11501 Bain School Road, Mint Hill.

South Monroe Church

Yard sale:

The church women’s group will host a yard sale. All proceeds will go toward an international adoption from the Philippines. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 19 at International Graphics Tech, 411 E. Windsor St., Suite A, Monroe.

Temple Or Olam, Concord

High Holy Days:

This year, we will explore ways in which we can dedicate ourselves to planting and nourishing wisdom and life in ourselves, in our community, and in our world. We will share our reflections on how to protect and care for our world at a special study session on Yom Kippur afternoon, and at Neilah, we’ll conclude our spiritual travels with a service of renewal. Tickets not required. Suggested donations for non-members are: $108 per person and $216 per family; students, free. Kol Nidre service, 7 p.m. Sept. 22. Yom Kippur morning service, 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 23. Neilah service, Havdalah, and break fast, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Services are held at McGill Baptist, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.

Poplar Tent Presbyterian, Concord

New pastor:

After searching for 21/2 years, the congregation has voted to call the Rev. Clark Remsburg as its new pastor. A native of South Carolina, Remsburg attended the University of South Carolina and then earned a master of divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary. He began his ministry at Poplar Tent on Sept. 13. 6841 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.

Trinity United Church of Christ, Concord

Discussion group:

9:30 a.m. Sundays. 38 Church St. N., Concord.

Roberta United Methodist, Concord

Free clothing:

10 a.m.-noon Mondays. Call the church office 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday to schedule an appointment. Donations of gently-used clothing also accepted.

Hot dog sale:

Hot dogs and homemade desserts, $1.25 each. Delivery for 10 or more. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 19. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

Mount Olivet United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog sale:

Eat in or take out. Delivery for orders of $10 or more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 301 Mount Olivet Road, Concord. 704-782-8846;

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Outdoor worship service:

8:30 a.m. Sept. 20. 950 Bradley St., Concord.

Forest Hill United Methodist, Concord

Children’s consignment sale:

Find children’s clothing and toys at our Second Blessings sale. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 18. Half-price sale on select items, 8-11 a.m. Sept. 19. 50 Elm Ave., Concord.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Epworth United Methodist, 1030 Burrage Road N.E., Concord.

Temple Kol Tikvah, Davidson

High Holy Days:

Kol Nidre service, 7 p.m. Sept. 22. Yom Kippur services will be held Oct. 3. Unless otherwise noted, services will be held in the Chambers Building at Davidson College. Reservations for High Holy Days services are highly recommended. Complete schedule and information at

Davidson College Presbyterian


Organ at Davidson kicks off its 10th anniversary season with a performance by Joby Bell, associate professor of organ at Appalachian State University. Free; donations encouraged. A reception follows. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. The series continues on Oct. 19 with Jeff Jones. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

The Episcopal Church of Saint Peter by-the-Lake, Denver


The Alexander Community Concert series welcomes Synergy Violins. By fusing classical instruments with contemporary music, Synergy Violins pushes musical boundaries and consistently captivates audiences with high-energy performances and innovative arrangements. Reception follows the concert. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10; children younger than 12, free. 3 p.m. Sept. 20. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249;

Centre Presbyterian, Mooresville

Church anniversary:

The church is celebrating 250 years. A homecoming celebration will be held Sept. 27. Service at 11 a.m. We will host period re-enactors from the Overmountain Victory Trail. Following a covered-dish luncheon will be historic storytelling, exhibitions and old-time music. Other activities are planned through the year. 129 Centre Church Road, Mooresville. For information on the church’s history and current activities, visit

Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Worship services:

9:15 a.m. Sundays. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Women’s book study:

Women’s ministry will study Anne Lamott’s “Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace.” Child care provided. 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 23. The group meets every other Wednesday.

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. Sept. 20.

Card ministry:

Group provides handmade cards to pastors, lay pastors and staff. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Music programs:

Registration is available online for the music opportunities at the church. Groups include choir for age 3 through kindergarten, grades 1-6, grades 7-12, student sign language choir, adult choir, senior adult choir, handbells for grades 4-6, 7-12, and adults, adult choir chimes, orchestra, praise band and In His Steps Dance Ministry for grades K-12. No cost to participate. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville.

Huntersville United Methodist

Fall community extravaganza:

Vendor sales, live music, car show, live and silent auction, barbecue, bake sale, children’s activities and trick-or-treating. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 17. Pancake breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m.


Adults age 50 and older invited. Monthly meetings alternate among potluck lunches at the church, meals at area restaurants and field trips to nearby places of interest. The church is at 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

Southside Baptist, Mooresville

Celebrate Recovery:

Twelve-step program for anyone dealing with habits, hang-ups or hurts. Small groups for specific needs include Men’s Chemical Dependency, Ladies’ Chemical Dependency, Sexual Abuse, more. 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays. Dinner included. 525 S. Broad St., Mooresville. 704-663-2892.

Davidson Friends Meeting

Needlecraft group:

Hearts and Hands invites those who like to knit, crochet and quilt to make shawls and other charity needle-crafts projects. No experience necessary. 7:30 p.m. each second and fourth Thursday. 625 South St., Davidson. 704-895-8404;

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Day of reflection:

Writer and speaker Paula D’Arcy will join us for “Waking Up to This Day.” We will explore guideposts that summon us to live in the present moment and open our eyes to the perfection of divine love moving in our lives. Please bring a journal. $35 includes lunch. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 3. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. Register at

Huntersville First Baptist

Donations needed:

Giant attic sale will be held Sept. 26. Proceeds go to feed the hungry locally and worldwide. Volunteers also needed. Donations will be accepted 6-8 p.m. Fridays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. 119 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6581.

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 group will discuss “Damned Good Company” by Luis Granados.


The Rev. Amy Brooks will speak on “RSVP” as part of our September theme, “Invitation.” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. Sept. 20. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Prospect Presbyterian, Mooresville

Bible study:

Everyone is invited to join us for an “Evening Walk With Christ.” The nine-week study of “bad girls” of the Bible will include a light meal, discussion, fellowship and worship. Please bring a Bible and a copy of “Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn From Them” by Liz Curtis Higgs. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays starting Sept. 27. 9425 N.C. 152 W., Mooresville.

Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

Women’s Bible studies:

Choices include Beth Moore’s “Here and Now, There and Then,” Priscilla Shirer’s “The Armor of God,” “When Helping Hurts,” more. Free child care available. 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Coffee and breakfast served at 9:30 a.m. 575 Brawley School Road, 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.

Concord United Methodist, Catawba


The church, which dates to 1832, will hold a homecoming service Sept. 27. The Rev. Byron Alexander, pastor from 2000-2007, will be our preacher. Please bring old pictures for display in the fellowship hall or email them to for inclusion in a PowerPoint presentation. Worship service 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. A covered-dish dinner will begin at noon. 7618 Monbo Road, Catawba. 828-478-3110.

Temple Kol Ami, Fort Mill


Yom Kippur services will be held Sept 22-23. We are pleased to have Rabbi Levanon and cantorial soloist Beverly Levy to lead us. Services are open to all in the community who wish to worship. Services will be held at the historic sanctuary of Unity Presbyterian, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Tickets are required and can be purchased at For any questions, email

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

High Holy Days:

Shabbat Shuva, 7 p.m. Sept. 18. Kol Nidre, 7 p.m. Sept. 22. Yom Kippur morning service, 10 a.m. Sept. 23. Yiskor, 4 p.m. Closing services follow. Break-the-fast follows closing services. 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.

Faith Presbyterian, Indian Land

Capital campaign:

The “Growing Our Faith” campaign will raise funds to build a flexible worship space on the church’s property at 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. The project is a response to the growth the church has experienced since holding its first worship service in 2007 at the Indian Land Recreation Center and chartering as a church of the PCUSA in 2010. The church, led by the Rev. David Bender, continues to meet at the recreation center. In building this new worship center on the site of the original Six Mile Presbyterian Church, which was established in 1765, Faith Presbyterian will continue the rich tradition and offer new ministries and an even warmer welcome to the Indian Land community. More information available at 803-548-8810.

Good Samaritan United Methodist, Lake Wylie


The church will host Beth Moore’s “Living Proof Live.” $25 includes lunch; advance purchase required. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26. 5220 Crowder’s Cove Lane, Lake Wylie. Tickets available at the church office 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday or at 803-831-0304.

94.3 FM WRHI, Rock Hill

Radio show:

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

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road, Fort Mill.