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Joe Pecoraro, assistant professor of guitar at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will perform at Trinity Episcopal in Statesville on Nov. 1.
Joe Pecoraro, assistant professor of guitar at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will perform at Trinity Episcopal in Statesville on Nov. 1.

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Second Calvary Baptist

Fall revival:

“Monday’s Messages.” The Rev. Matthew Watley of Reid Temple AME Zion will preach 7 p.m. Oct. 26. 114 Nelson Ave.

HollyHunter Church

Family Halloween event:

Trunk-or-treat, chili cook-off, classic cars from the Southern Performance Ford Club. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 24. 4316 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road.

Little Rock AME Zion

Annual harvest festival:

Trunk-or-treating, bounce house, horseback rides, face painting, children’s costume fashion show, bingo, music. The community is invited. Activities for all ages. Children should bring a bag for treats. Family-friendly costumes welcome. 3-6 p.m. Oct. 24. 401 N. McDowell St.

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.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Robinson Presbyterian, 9424 Harrisburg Road.

Newell Baptist

Fall festival:

Food, bounce houses, games, other entertainment and fun, fellowship. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184;

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 25 at Ebenezer Baptist, 2020 W. Sugar Creek Road.

Sharon Presbyterian


Grammy Award-winning guitarist and producer Will Ackerman will perform solo and in collaboration with pianist Stanton Lanier and guitarist Vin Downes in an acoustic instrumental concert. Part of The Gathering concert series. $25; VIP seating with autographed CDs and reception with the artists, $100. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24. 5201 Sharon Road.

Calvary Church

Men’s breakfast:

Men are invited to hear Tim Laniak address leadership as a sacred calling. This message is for fathers, CEOs and pastors. Laniak will share biblical insights on becoming an extraordinary leader who follows God, shepherds his family, corporation or flock with integrity and wisdom, manages resources well, and earns the respect of friends and colleagues. $5. 8-10:30 a.m. Oct. 31. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register in advance at

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Dinner theater:

Saint Andrew’s UMC Players present “Scrooge: A Radio Adaptation of Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol.’” Tickets on sale now. $15. 6:15 p.m. Nov. 6-7. 1901 Archdale Drive. 704-553-1327.

Wesley United Methodist

Pumpkin patch:

Open daily through Oct. 31. 3715 Rea Road.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Pumpkin patch:

Pumpkins will be available for purchase 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 17-31. Funds will go to the Navajo reservation and church youth missions. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

First Baptist, Indian Trail


“Judgment House: Unexpected” is a drama about texting and driving. Not for children younger than 10. Walk-ins welcome; reservations recommended for groups of 10 or more. $3 per person. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27-29 and 7-11 p.m. Oct. 30. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. For group reservations, call Renee at 704-893-2644.

Christ the King Church

Family fun day:

MOPS and MOMSnext will host their annual Trunk-or-Treat Family Fun Day with crafts, bounce houses, face painting, games, hayrides and more. Free. Lunch plates and baked goods for sale. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 31. 13501 S. Tryon St.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Fair trade sale: Shop early for Christmas and see how The Marketplace, a Christian fair trade store in Cornelius that works with cooperatives in more than 20 countries, is sharing the gospel and helping people change their lives. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Family program: “Celebrating Women Who Journeyed With Jesus.” Free. 7 p.m. Oct. 25. 5815 Carmel Road.

Marvin AME Zion, Waxhaw

Speaker program:

Dr. Sandra Burke of the American Heart Association will present “Cardiovascular Disease: Are You at Risk?” Shannon Emmanuel, senior director of community health for the AHA, will present educational resources on cardiovascular disease. Healthy lunch provided. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Oct. 28. 1525 Crane Road, Waxhaw. 704-843-3611.

Bethlehem United Methodist, Waxhaw

Annual bazaar:

Handmade Christmas decorations, children’s items, plants, frozen casseroles, canned goods and home-baked cakes, cookies, pies, candy, and breads. Proceeds go to missions. 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 24. Ham and sausage biscuits available 7:30 a.m. 5300 Nesbit Road, Waxhaw. 704-764-3602.

Light of Christ United Methodist

Community conversation:

“Let’s Talk About Depression and Anxiety” is open to anyone affected by mental illness. We will share our experiences, relevant Scripture readings, prayer and resources. Attendees encouraged to bring resources they have found to be helpful. Free. Child care available upon advance request. 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. 9212 Bryant Farms Road.

Blair Road United Methodist, Mint Hill

Vendors wanted:

Annual Blair Road Marketplace will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 14. Vendor applications being accepted from Pampered Chef, Tupperware and other vendors as well as those selling books, crafts, attic sale items, more. 9135 Blair Road, Mint Hill. 704-545-6785.

Clear Creek Baptist, Mint Hill


The Hinson Girls, four sisters from Lancaster, S.C., and winners of the South Carolina Bluegrass Band Championship, will perform bluegrass gospel music. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. 9015 Ferguson Road, Mint Hill.

New Beginnings Church, Matthews

Anniversary celebration:

The church will celebrate its 16th anniversary throughout October. The theme for the celebration is “Year of Renewed Vision and Passion.” We will have special guests on Oct. 21 and 25. 7027 Stillwell Road, Matthews.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives:

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Siler Presbyterian, 6301 Weddington-Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 24 at Hillcrest Baptist, 4316 Hillcrest Church Road, Monroe.

Roberta United Methodist, Concord

Fall festival:

Wear your not scary costume. Hot dogs and games for all ages. 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Trunk-or-treat will begin at 6:15 p.m.

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. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

Saint James Catholic, Concord


Homemade baked goods and books, games, DVDs and CDs for sale. Raffle items and silent auction. Hosted by the women’s guild. Noon-5 p.m. Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Nov. 7, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 8 in Geiger Hall. 139 Manor Ave., Concord.

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;

Animal blessing service: All animals must be in cages or on leashes and must be current on rabies vaccine. Dr. John Bingham of South Ridge Veterinary Hospital will be available to answer questions. 4 p.m. Oct. 25.

Trinity United Church of Christ, Concord

Discussion group

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

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives:

9:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 25 at Kannapolis Church of God, 2211 W. A St., Kannapolis. Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 25 at First Baptist, 4720 Garmon Mill Road, Midland.

Berea Baptist, Mooresville

Fall festival: Vintage cars, games, face painting, cake walk, popcorn, more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 24. 1015 River Hwy., Mooresville. 704-663-0986.

Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius

Family Halloween event: Annual trunk-or-treat. Children can wear costumes and enjoy candy, hot dogs, popcorn, bounce houses, games, airbrush artist, live music, more. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 25. 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. 704-892-0546.

Centre Presbyterian, Mooresville

Church anniversary:

The church is celebrating 250 years. A fall festival will be held Oct. 24. The event will include colonial games and crafts for children, a living history tour of the historic graveyard and docent-led tours in the 1854 sanctuary and the session house, the oldest building on the campus. Tours begin at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Free. 129 Centre Church Road, Mooresville.

Prospect Presbyterian, Mooresville

Heritage celebration:

The church will celebrate its 191 anniversary in a worship service patterned after the 1637 worship of the Church of Scotland. The service will include bagpipes and drums. Guests of Scottish or Irish descent are encouraged to wear tartans or emblems of their clans and participate in the roll call during the service. 11 a.m. Oct. 25. 9425 N. C. 152 W., Mooresville. 704-664-1514.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Men’s prayer breakfast:

The study is led by the ministerial staffs of Mount Zion United Methodist and Bethel Presbyterian. 7-8 a.m. Wednesdays at the Cookhouse Restaurant, 20936 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius.

Worship service:

“Wednesdays at the Well” offers music and communion. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Fellowship dinners, small-group studies and children’s ministry service at 5:30 p.m. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius.

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 Rev. Amy Brooks will present “As We Age.” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. Oct. 25. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Trinity Episcopal, Statesville


Trinity Artist Series welcomes Joe Pecoraro. The program, “Noah’s Ark: Good Things Come in Pairs,” will feature a diverse program of solo works ranging from the 16th through the 21st centuries by Rodrigo, Weiss and others. Adults, $10; students, $5. 3 p.m. Nov. 1. 801 Henkel Road, Statesville.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Taize service:

7 p.m. Oct. 25.

Bible study:

Former pastor Charles Raynal will teach “Studies in Luke’s Gospel: Jesus’ Journey Toward Jerusalem.” The study will examine encounters on the road to Jerusalem, including miracles of healing, prophetic teaching and parables. 9:45 a.m. Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22 in the Congregation House, 218 Concord Road, Davidson.

Asbury United Methodist, Huntersville

Car show:

No entry fee; donations appreciated. Breakfast foods, baked goods and hot dogs available for purchase. Entertainment for the entire family. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 24. 11724 Asbury Chapel Road, Huntersville.

Saint Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Fall festival:

Tenth annual event will feature games, bounce house, crafts, silent auction, pie-eating contest and concessions. The average family of four can enjoy the evening for $20. Proceeds go toward summer camp scholarships and projects within the faith formation department. 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 23. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

Meadowlake Church, Huntersville

Vendors wanted:

Meadowlake Preschool will host a holiday bazaar and silent auction and is looking for local vendors, businesses and craftsmen to participate. Space limited. The event is 4-8 p.m. Nov. 13 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 14. 6501 Gilead Road, Huntersville.

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service:

“Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009;

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Pumpkin patch:

Pumpkins and gourds of all sizes and shapes. Proceeds benefit youth group mission trips and activities. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill.

94.3 FM WRHI, Rock Hill

Radio show:

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