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Compiled by Erica Batten

South Charlotte

Providence United Methodist

Advent services:

Traditional services glorify God with music of the season. On Dec. 20 will be a lessons and carols celebration with music selections by the children’s and chancel choirs. 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays. 2810 Providence Road. www.providenceumc.org.

Grace United Methodist

Caroling:

Join us for “Caroling on the Lawn.” Bring lawn chairs, flashlights and merry Christmas voices. Instruments welcome. 5-7 p.m. Dec. 17. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Community Christmas caroling:

6 p.m. Dec. 18.

Finance classes:

Join us for a nine-week course of Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University.” Learn how to conquer debt, build wealth, find bargains and give like never before. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 11. 1901 Archdale Drive. www.standrewsumc.com.

Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox

Greek pastry sale:

The Ladies Philoptochos Society will hold its annual sale with baklava, melomakarona, kourambethes and koulourakia. These pastries make great gifts! 8-10 a.m. Dec. 19 across the street from the farmer’s market in downtown Matthews. www.stnektarios.org.

Wesley United Methodist

Advent study:

Based on Pete Briscoe’s “A Savior is Born,” we will study God’s intentionality in every detail of his plan to bring His son into the world. 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays. 3715 Rea Road. www.wesleycharlotte.org.

Saint Francis United Methodist

Services:

“The Secret of the Gifts.” 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20.

Blue Christmas service:

We will light candles to stand beside those who need hope and God’s comfort. 5 p.m. Dec. 20. 4200 McKee Road. www.stfrancischarlotte.org.

Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews

Advent worship:

6:45-7:15 p.m. Dec. 16. 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Dec. 20. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. www.crossandcrown.org.

Matthews United Methodist

Grief support group:

“Your Journey from Mourning to Joy” will offer help and encouragement after the death of a loved one. Sessions begin in January.

Bible study:

“Disciple I Fast Track” is a 24-week study and prerequisite for other Disciple classes. Make the journey in community with a small group of Christians and seekers helping each other discover God and the abundant life he has for his disciples. Class begins Jan. 13. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.matthewsumc.org.

Memorial United Methodist

Christmas cantata:

Our choir and guests from the Charlotte Symphony will present “The Christmas Story” by Tom Fettke. 10:55 a.m. Dec. 20.

Blue Christmas service:

Service of comfort for those who are grieving or experiencing hardship during the holiday season. People of all denominations are invited. 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 4012 Central Ave. 704-537-2060.

Trinity Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services:

Family service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Communion service, 9 p.m. Musical prelude at 8:30 p.m. 3115 Providence Road. www.trinitypreschurch.org.

Sharon Presbyterian

Jazz caroling:

The contemporary music team joins the Rick Bean Trio to present jazz arrangements of favorite Christmas music in a relaxed, café-like atmosphere. Free. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 in the chapel. 5201 Sharon Road. www.SharonPCUSA.org.

Sharon United Methodist

Blue Christmas service:

A service of hope. 4 p.m. Dec. 20. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.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 at 6 p.m. and Kabbalat Shabbat is at 8 p.m. Third Friday services include a community Shabbat at 6 p.m. and a service of healing and comfort at 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat is held at 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.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Healing prayer service:

Saint Peregrine service for those with cancer and other grave diseases. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.

Lake Norman

Saint Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Recital:

Gerrie Daniel’s Christian Academy of Music presents “A Holiday Recital” featuring children ages 5-17, along with their parents, playing instruments, singing, and dancing to sacred and secular music. 5 p.m. Dec. 19. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Opera:

Menotti’s one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” tells the legend of a poor mother and her crippled son, Amahl, who give shelter to the three wise men as they journey to find the newborn Christ. Donations will benefit Habitat for Humanity. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Service:

Christmas service of hope and healing will include candle-lighting and intergenerational participation. 3 p.m. Dec. 20. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive:

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 20 at Saint Mark Catholic, 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. www.cbcc.us.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Lake Norman

Evening solstice program:

Join us for an evening of music, readings and children’s activities related to holiday festivals and many traditions, including Hanukkah, Diwali, winter solstice and Christmas. Please bring light snacks to share during the presentation. 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

Horizon Church, Statesville

Concert:

The Testify Youth Choir will present “When Hope Came Down.” The Testify Choir is comprised of high school students from approximately 35 Lake Norman-area schools. Free; love offering will be taken. 10 a.m. Dec. 20. 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville. www.testifyministries.com.

RiverLife Wellness Center, Mooresville

Christian counseling:

Free individual, marriage, and family counseling. Daytime and evening appointments available. 2487 Charlotte Hwy., Mooresville. To schedule an appointment, provide your name and contact information to 704-664-7705 ext. 1.

Miscellaneous

First Baptist, Indian Trail

Winter classes:

Options include women’s and men’s Bible studies, Parenting, Financial Peace, DivorceCare, more. Child care available. Most classes meet 6:15-8 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 6. Register at www.fbcit.org.

Winter basketball league:

Leagues for ages 5-11 and middle school. One weekly 90-minute session includes training, a game, and devotion. Season begins in January. $80 for first child; $70 each additional child. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. www.316-Sports.com.

Newell Baptist

Christmas cantata:

Frank Dooley will lead the combined choirs of Newell Baptist and Iglesia Bautista Filadelfia, which worships at Newell Baptist, as they present “The First Noel, Jesus is Born.” 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 11 a.m. Dec. 20. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184; www.newellbaptistchurch.com.

Marvin AME Zion, Waxhaw

Christmas production:

The church worship and arts team will present “The Never-Changing Story.” 6 p.m. Dec. 20. 1525 Crane Road, Waxhaw. www.mamez.org.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Advent midweek worship:

7 p.m. Wednesdays. 950 Bradley St., Concord. www.clcofconcord.org.

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

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.

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.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Live nativity:

6:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 19. Refreshments in the fellowship hall between presentations.

Christmas choir cantata:

“Only Love” by Randy Vader and Jay Rouse. Collecting canned and boxed goods. 11 a.m. Dec. 20. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. www.spiritofjoy.us.

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service:

“Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009; www.firstarp.org.

Chapel Grove Baptist, Gastonia

Live nativity:

Drive-through nativity and 12 more living scenes from the life of Christ. Church vans and youth groups welcome. 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 18-20. 716 Camp Rotary Road, Gastonia. www.chapelgrove.com.

Concord United Methodist, Catawba

Christmas musical:

Southern gospel musical “Beautiful Star” tells the story of people in today’s world as they discover the Christ child in Bethlehem. 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Christmas party at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 7618 Monbo Road, Catawba. 828-478-3110.

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Longest night service:

Quiet service with the opportunity to acknowledge our losses and experience the sustaining presence of God. 5 p.m. Dec. 20. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. www.gracewired.org.

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