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From left, Mahbub Sarkar, director, American Islamic Outreach Foundation; Abraham Kamara, Imam Masjid Qiblatain; Atif Chaudhry, Imam of Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte; Osamah Salhia, Imam of Muslim American Society of Charlotte; and Aslam Tawhid, director, American Islamic Outreach Foundation. Called the “Shifa” clinic after the Arabic word for healing, this clinic was established with the recognition that our health care system leaves many people without access to care. Muslims consider it part of their religious duty to provide care to those who need it. The Muslim American Society plans to hold the clinic at least once a month in various areas of Charlotte.
From left, Mahbub Sarkar, director, American Islamic Outreach Foundation; Abraham Kamara, Imam Masjid Qiblatain; Atif Chaudhry, Imam of Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte; Osamah Salhia, Imam of Muslim American Society of Charlotte; and Aslam Tawhid, director, American Islamic Outreach Foundation. Called the “Shifa” clinic after the Arabic word for healing, this clinic was established with the recognition that our health care system leaves many people without access to care. Muslims consider it part of their religious duty to provide care to those who need it. The Muslim American Society plans to hold the clinic at least once a month in various areas of Charlotte. Courtesy of Aslam Tawhid

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Compiled by Erica Batten

The American Islamic Outreach Foundation

Free health clinic:

The American Islamic Outreach Foundation has established a medical clinic that is free and open to the public. No appointment necessary. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21 at 4301 Shamrock Drive. www.AmericanIslamicOutreach.org.

Little Rock AME Zion

Community education workshop:

Attorney Jazmin Caldwell will present “What’s Love Got to Do With It? Taking Care of Those We Love, Part II.” Learn about legal protection for caregivers, nursing home care and more. Lunch served. 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 21 in the Little Rock Cultural Center. 401 N. McDowell St. www.littlerockamezion.org.

Mallard Creek Worship Center

Community event:

Free toys and other items, free hot dogs. Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 21. 121 Lawrence Gray Road. www.mallardcreekworshipcenter.org.

Fresh Start Church

New location:

The church is now holding services at Mallard Creek High School, 3825 Johnston Oehler Road. Services begin at 10 a.m. Children’s worship is held each first and third Sunday. www.thefreshstartchurch.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

9 a.m.-noon Nov. 22 at Hickory Grove Baptist, 2350 Odell School Road. www.cbcc.us.

Sharon United Methodist

Community Thanksgiving service:

Annual Park South community service will be led by a massed choir, handbells and clergy from six churches. Everyone invited. 7 p.m. Nov. 24. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.org.

Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic

Arts and crafts fair:

Hand crafted items include jewelry, scarves, photography, candles, crocheted items and wreaths. All proceeds will benefit our nonprofit preschool. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 21. 6828 Old Reid Road. www.stvincentdepaulchurch.com.

Calvary Church

Thanksgiving service:

The community is invited to an evening of worship with the church choir and orchestra, communion and an inspiring message by senior pastor John Munro. After the service, there will be coffee, spiced cider and pie. Child care available for children 4 and younger. 7 p.m. Nov. 24. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Family event:

Christmas Under Construction includes cookie decorating, Christmas crafts and other activities to help set the holiday mood. 2-4 p.m. Nov. 21. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. www.harrisonchurch.org.

Temple Beth El

Shabbat worship schedule:

First Friday services include SongFest at 5:30 p.m. and family Shabbat at 6 p.m. On second Fridays, a community Shabbat is held 6 p.m. and Kabbalat Shabbat is 8 p.m. Third Friday services include a community Shabbat at 6 p.m. and a service of healing and comfort 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat is held 6 p.m. each fourth Friday, with community Shabbat at 8 p.m. Services are held at 11 a.m. Saturdays. Prenegs at 5:15 p.m. before each 6 p.m. service. Onegs follow each 8 p.m. service. 5101 Providence Road. Full schedule and holiday variations at www.templebethel.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives:

9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Providence Baptist, 4921 Randolph Road. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Harrison United Methodist, 15008 Lancaster Highway. www.cbcc.us.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Benefit concert:

Canadian singer Kelley Mooney will present her stirring Easter version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and other songs from her latest album. Mooney has agreed to perform in exchange for nonperishable food donations to the church food pantry and an honorarium of your choosing to the artist. 7 p.m. Nov. 22.

Healing prayer service:

Saint Peregrine service for those with cancer and other diseases. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.

Matthews United Methodist

Fundraiser:

Arts and Crafts Extravaganza features 80 booths of handmade, local arts and crafts. Proceeds from sales and silent auction will benefit local missions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21.

Worship:

In November, worship will focus on “The Whole-Hearted Life.” Services are held at 8:15, 9:30, and 11 a.m. Sundays. Service in Spanish at 12:30 p.m. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.matthewsumc.org.

Radiant Church

Dance party:

The church’s J.O.I. Spot Café presents The Ultimate Dance Party with Nigel Smith featuring the wobble, the electric slide, country line dances and dance contests. Bring nonperishable food items to help neighbors in need this holiday season. 7-10 p.m. Nov. 21. 5735 Dixie River Road. www.radiantchurchcharlotte.com.

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe

Bible discussion group:

Meets 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Crump home.

Worship services:

11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school at 10 a.m. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.

New Beginnings Church, Matthews

Ceremony:

The church will have a groundbreaking ceremony for its new counseling center. 2 p.m. Nov. 22. 7027 Stillwell Road, Matthews. www.nbccministries.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22 at Central United Methodist, 801 S. Hayne St., Monroe. www.cbcc.us.

Epworth United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog lunch:

Hot dogs and taco soup, $1.50. Chips, drinks, and homemade desserts also available. Proceeds support local missions. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays. 1030 Burrage Road N.E., Concord. www.epworthnc.com.

Harrisburg Presbyterian

Turkey and ham collection:

Frozen turkeys and hams will be collected for Harrisburg Crisis Assistance Ministry, The Salvation Army and the Urban Ministry Center. Monetary donations go toward bulk purchases. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 4815 N.C. 49 S., Harrisburg. 704-455-2491.

Trinity United Church of Christ, Concord

Discussion group:

9:30 a.m. Sundays. 38 Church St. N., Concord. www.facebook.com/commachurch.

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. Nov. 21. 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; www.mtochurch.com.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Community Thanksgiving service:

All are invited to seventh annual ecumenical Thanksgiving prayer service hosted by Fr. Vincent Curtin. Participating churches are Bridge Church of the Nazarene, Central United Methodist, Fieldstone Presbyterian, First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Saint Luke Greek Orthodox and Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist. Donations of cash or food will be accepted for the Christian Mission and Mooresville Soup Kitchen. 7 p.m. Nov. 19. If you are a pastor and would like to participate, call John Donohoe at 704-277-8059.

Community Thanksgiving meal:

Mooresville-area churches and the Mooresville Soup Kitchen invite the community to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Transportation available by reservation. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 26. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992.

Centre Presbyterian, Mooresville

Church anniversary:

The church is celebrating 250 years. A Kirkin’ o’ th’ Tartans service is scheduled during the 11 a.m. worship on Nov. 22. Persons of Scottish heritage may wear or display their family tartan and have it blessed. A Thanksgiving covered-dish luncheon will follow the service. 129 Centre Church Road, Mooresville. For information on the church’s history and activities, visit www.thecentrechurch.org.

Hopewell Presbyterian, Huntersville

Holiday bazaar:

Annual event is well-known for its canned chowchow, jellies and soups. There will also be crafts, a bake sale and a silent auction. 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 21. Breakfast served starting at 7:30 a.m. 704-875-2291.

Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

Workshops:

“Raising Your Teen in an Almost Christian World.” Author and youth minister Dietrich Kirk will present research findings from the National Study on Youth and Religion. Attend at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Nov. 22 for an overall discussion or 5:30 p.m. for an in-depth discussion. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. www.willchapumc.org.

Greater Vision United Methodist, Huntersville

Workshop:

Free workshop on the Affordable Care Act will provide information about how the law may impact you and your family, how to qualify for assistance to pay for insurance and more. Noon Nov. 22. 11901 Eastfield Road, Huntersville. www.greatervisionumc.org.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Service:

The Rev. Amy Brooks will present “The Ancestor Way.” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. Nov. 22. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

Bethel United Methodist, Denver

Oyster stew fundraiser:

All-you-can-eat oyster stew, vegetable soup, taco soup, potato soup, drinks and desserts, free hot dogs for children. Eat in or take out. Noon Nov. 21. 7284 Campground Road, Denver. 704-483-1366.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Christmas show:

Featuring crafts and gifts by more than 30 regional vendors, baked goods, meals and snacks. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 20 and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 21. Photos with Santa, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 20 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 21. 19600 Zion Ave. www.mtzionumc.net.

Saint Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Thanksgiving food drive:

Collecting nonperishable food items and $25 grocery gift cards through Nov. 22.

Coat drive:

Collecting gently-used or new blankets, coats, toys and games for people in need. Bring items to the Family Life Center Nov. 21-22.

Special needs classroom:

The church offers free care and education for children with special needs. Certified professionals create a fun, loving environment. 9 a.m. Sundays. Register in advance. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. www.stmarknc.org.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Card ministry:

Group provides handmade cards to pastors, lay pastors and staff. 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

Community Thanksgiving service:

The church welcomes our brothers and sisters in Christ. A dessert social will follow the service. 7 p.m. Nov. 23. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.

Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius

GriefShare workshop:

“Surviving the Holidays” will equip grieving people with practical survival strategies. 9-11 a.m. Nov. 21. 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. Reservations: 704-892-0546; griefshare@bethel-pc.org.

Concord Presbyterian, Statesville

Holiday bazaar:

Holiday crafts, toys, jewelry, handmade soaps and other items for sale, plus breakfast, raffle, door prizes and more. 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 21, 3867 Taylorsville Highway, Statesville. www.concordpreschurch.com.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Saint Alban’s Episcopal, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. www.cbcc.us.

Community Bible Study

Bible study:

Women and children of all ages, churches, backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge are welcome to an in-depth study of Revelation. Adults, $25; children, $10. Lesson books included. 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays starting Dec. 9 at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. Register early to help us plan. A new-member class will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 2. To register, email Michelle Locklear at cbslakewylie@gmail.com. lakewylie.cbsclass.org.

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service:

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

Allison Creek Presbyterian, York

Special guest:

Patrice Gaines, author of “Laughing in the Dark” and former Washington Post reporter, will lead worship. Lunch served after service; reservations requested. 10 a.m. Nov. 22. 5780 Allison Creek Road, York. www.allisoncreekchurch.com.

94.3 FM WRHI, Rock Hill

Radio show:

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

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