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Neill Marriott, second from right, stands with members of the Charlotte South Stake Relief Society Presidency: Valerie Johnson, Jan Roberts, and Peggy Scott.
Neill Marriott, second from right, stands with members of the Charlotte South Stake Relief Society Presidency: Valerie Johnson, Jan Roberts, and Peggy Scott.

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Compiled by Erica Batten

South Charlotte

Carmel Presbyterian


Academy Award-nominated short film “Most” (Czech for “The Bridge”) is a story of love, sacrifice and hope for new life. 6:30 p.m. March 16.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Short Easter story presentation, egg hunt, petting zoo, bouncy house. Refreshments and lunch available. Bring a basket. 11 a.m. March 19. 2048 Carmel Road.

Sharon Forest Baptist

Worship services

Come worship with us in the house of the Lord. All are welcome. Sunday school, 9:15 a.m. Worship service, 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Bible study and youth programs held Wednesdays and Thursdays. Spanish worship service, 10:30 a.m. Sundays. 11020 E. WT Harris Blvd.

Fathom Events and SimonSays Entertainment

Easter film musical

“Easter Mysteries” is an original musical theater depiction of the passion of Christ’s death and resurrection through the lens of his disciples and followers. The screening includes an exclusive interfaith panel discussion with prominent Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders about the production and its effect on interfaith relations. 7 p.m. March 22 at Concord Mills or Regal Stonecrest. Tickets are $19.44 and available at

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Women’s event

On Feb. 27, central church figure Neill Marriott, who serves in the worldwide Young Women’s General Presidency, was the keynote speaker at a women’s conference held at the Rocky River LDS meetinghouse. Women from 30 congregations attended the event, themed “Firmly Rooted” (in the Gospel of Jesus Christ). Marriott stressed the importance of strengthening one another through examples of selfless love, keeping covenants and demonstrating humility.

Park Road Baptist


The combined choirs of Park Road Baptist and Saint Luke Lutheran will perform Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem.” Conductor Jan McCoy, organist Monty Bennett, and members of the Charlotte Symphony will present this free concert. 4 p.m. March 20. 3900 Park Road. 704-523-5717;

Light of Christ United Methodist

Easter egg hunt

Golden eggs with prizes, bounce house, Easter maze, tattoos, photos with the Easter Bunny, more. Easter egg hunts divided by age. Community invited. Free. 2-4 p.m. March 19. 9212 Bryant Farms Road.

Elizabeth Communities of Faith

Lenten worship

Ecumenical 30-minute worship experience with prayers, music, homily, meditation and imagery followed by a simple soup lunch. This year’s theme is “Last Words – Lasting Words: Proclaiming Jesus’ Words From the Cross to the Needs of Today.” $5 donation requested for lunch. Offering collected for Loaves and Fishes. Noon Wednesdays at Saint John’s Baptist, 300 Hawthorne Lane.

Trinity Presbyterian

Palm Sunday service

Holy Week services will begin with a congregational palm procession. Members and visitors will gather on the front walk and process into the sanctuary waving palms and lay them below the communion table. 11 a.m. March 20. 3115 Providence Road.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Healing prayer service

Saint Peregrine service for those with cancer and other grave diseases. 7:30 p.m. March 17.

Polish Lenten retreat

The Rev. Andrzej Jaczewski will conduct the retreat. 7-9 p.m. March 16-18 in the Daily Mass Chapel.

Polish Mass

Jaczewski will celebrate Mass in Polish on Palm Sunday. 3 p.m. March 20. Confessions will be available at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the Mass. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Providence United Methodist

Palm Sunday services

The children’s choir will perform “Lift Up Your Heads” at the 8:30 a.m. service, and the cherub children’s choir will perform “Let All the Gates Be Open Wide” at the 11 a.m. service. The chancel choir will perform Mendelssohn’s “Heilig” and Gilbert Martin’s “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” at both services. 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 20. 2810 Providence Road.

Central Church

Fundraising 5K

The church invites you to join us for our annual Pure Religion 5K to promote awareness and fight against human trafficking. The family event will include a kids’ fun run, face painting, and music. 9 a.m. April 16. 5301 Sardis Road.


Central Church Life Care Center presents “Mental Health and the Heart of God” for pastors and Christian counselors. Bring brochures, business cards, information on upcoming events, and other information to share. Coffee, juice, and pastries provided. 9-10:30 a.m. March 24. 5500 Randolph Road. RSVP by March 21 at 704-365-6112.

Christ the King Church

Community clothing closet

Free clothing for infants, children and adults. 9 a.m.-noon March 19. 13501 S. Tryon St.

Saint John’s Episcopal

Evening programs

Join us for dinner and programs on various topics. The topic for March 16 is “From Art to Science to Art: A Life Journey.” 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 204-205. The seminar is free; dinner is served at 5 p.m. in the parish hall for $7. Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday at 704-366-3034.

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.

Sharon Presbyterian

Palm Sunday services

Contemporary service, 8:30 a.m. March 20 in the chapel. Traditional service, 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. 5201 Sharon Road.

Saint Peter’s Catholic

Ignatian Lenten retreat

Join the church’s Ignatian Team in exploring Pope Francis’s Jubilee Year of Mercy. The closing retreat, “Living Water,” will be held 9-11 a.m. March 19 followed by stations of the cross. Free. 507 S. Tryon St.

Sedgefield United Methodist

Easter egg hunt

Children from infants to elementary-age are invited. Older children may help hide eggs. Bring your baskets to fill with eggs and treats. 10:30 a.m. March 19. 2830 Dorchester Place. 704-523-0077.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series

“The Moment.” Join us March 20 for “Dark Night of the Soul Moment.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Palm Sunday services

During Lent, the Rev. Dan Hester will explore different aspects of “taking up our cross.” The Palm Sunday services will focus on “Not Conformed, But Renewed.” Contemporary worship, 9 a.m. March 20. Traditional worship, 11:15 a.m. 1901 Archdale Drive.

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

Providence Baptist


The sanctuary choir and chamber orchestra will present Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.” Free. 7 p.m. March 20. 4921 Randolph Road.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Children’s chapel

Parents and preschoolers invited for movement and music, story, parent-child craft, sensory play, and other fun. Meets monthly. Wear your green as we learn about Saint Patrick this month. 10 a.m. March 17.

Palm Sunday worship

Child care available. 8:10, 9:10, and 10:30 a.m. March 20. 8601 Bryant Farms Road.

Lake Norman

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Benefit 5K

The Knights of Columbus will host a 5K walk/run to benefit LAMB (Least Amongst My Brethren). LAMB funding goes to local school districts’ programs for children with disabilities, Special Olympics of Lake Norman, and other local programs. The event includes trophies and door prizes, DJ Superfly, coupons for local businesses, a kids’ fun run, more. 9 a.m. March 19 at Cornelius Road Park, 247 Cornelius Road, Mooresville. Register at

Triplett United Methodist, Mooresville

Easter egg hunt

Kids up to fifth grade are invited for an egg hunt, crafts, games, egg coloring and refreshments. 2-4 p.m. March 19.

Wednesday night services

Contemporary worship. A free meal will be served before the services at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 838 Mazeppa Road, Mooresville.

Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

Easter Bunny visit

Breakfast-for-dinner, Easter activities, photos with the Easter Bunny. 5-7 p.m. March 18.

Palm Sunday services

Services will include part one of the Passion Trilogy. Traditional services, 8:15 and 11 a.m. March 20. Praise and worship, 9:30 a.m. Connect service, 10:55 a.m. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Lenten soup supper

We will come together for fellowship and a meal before worship. 6 p.m. March 16.

Palm Sunday worship

9:30 and 11 a.m. March 20.

Card ministry

3:30 p.m. March 17 and 6:30 p.m. March 22.

Prayer shawl ministry

6:30 p.m. March 20 and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman


The Rev. Justin Martin will present “A Song of (Dis)Empowerment.” 11 a.m. March 20. Nursery provided for preschool children. Children in grades K-5 go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Youth are welcome to stay for the service or join a separate discussion.

Humanist discussion group

9:45 a.m. March 20. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Adult class

Rachel Pang, assistant professor of religion at Davidson College, will teach “Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism.” 9:45 a.m. March 20 in the Congregation House and 9:45 a.m. March 27 in Lingle Chapel. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Children’s Easter program

At “Road to Resurrection,” you’ll step back in time and follow Jesus’ footsteps through the week leading up to his death and resurrection. 10 a.m.-noon March 19. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville.

Saint Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Fish fry

The Knights of Columbus will serve a special Lenten meal of fish and shrimp, fries, slaw, and hushpuppies. $11. Children’s pasta meals, coffee and desserts available. Eat in or take out. 4:30-7:30 p.m. March 18. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

Saint Mark’s Episcopal, Huntersville

Palm Sunday services

8:30 a.m. March 20 at the church and 11 a.m. at Ranson Middle School, 5850 Statesville Road. Meal follows.

Holy Week services

7 p.m. March 21, 22, 24 and 25. The March 21 service will be a Seder meal in the parish hall.


Stations of the cross service. The community is invited to join us as we walk through downtown Huntersville and stop at various stations along the way. 7 p.m. March 23 in front of Discovery Place Kids

First Baptist, Mooresville

Lenten luncheon series

Lunch, music, and a brief homily by an area minister. Free; donations accepted to offset costs. 11:45 a.m. Thursdays through March 24. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville.

Palm Sunday services

The sanctuary choir, drama ministry, and orchestra will share the musical “No Cross, No Crown.” 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 20.

Denver United Methodist

Children’s consignment sale

Spring and summer children’s clothing, baby gear, toys, more. Volunteers needed March 16-19. Volunteer sale, 2-4 p.m. March 18. Public sale, 8 a.m.-noon March 19. 3910 N.C. 16 N., Denver.

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.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 20 at Saint Mark Catholic, 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.


Central United Methodist

Annual barbecue

Plates include barbecue, beans, slaw and roll. Adults, $9; children, $5. Three sandwiches, $9. Delivery for orders of 10 or more. Proceeds go to church mission projects. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 18. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157;

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.

Temple Kol Ami, Fort Mill

Special guest

Please join us March 18-20 for a special weekend of prayer, study and cultural enrichment with Rabbi Bruce Aft from the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Activities include Shabbat Shirah, Torah study, a “Taste of the Diaspora” Haydalah, and a talk by Aft on “Little-Known Communities of the Diaspora.” All activities are free and open to the community. 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

University City United Methodist

Easter musical

Presented by the church’s Celebration Choir, Psalm 150 Orchestra, more. Free; a love offering will be received. Child care for ages five and under available by reservation. 7 p.m. March 18. 3835 W. WT Harris Blvd.

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 orders of 10 or more. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 19. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

Rocky Ridge United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog sale

Hot dogs, $1.25 each. Homemade desserts, chips, and drinks also available. Eat in or take out. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 1428 Old Charlotte Road, Concord. For delivery, please call 704-782-3579.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Annual barbecue

Chicken and pork. Purchase by the plate with sides or by the pound. Dine in or carry out. Proceeds support mission trips. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 18 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 19.

Palm Sunday services

8:30 and 11 a.m. March 20. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

Saint John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Women’s day

10 a.m. March 20. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

Clover Baptist, Granite Falls

Easter drama

“Nothing Stops the Savior’s Love.” Drama with dessert, 7 p.m. March 18. Dinner theater, 6 p.m. March 19. Dinner theatre tickets, $9 for adults and $7 for children under 12. 100 Pinewood Road, Granite Falls. Reservations: 828-396-2417.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services

The Reform Jewish Congregation is currently holding Shabbat services at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in the ministry building at Saint Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. Religious education is held at 10 a.m. Sundays at Blooming Einsteins, 2752 Pleasant Road, Suite 103, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707;

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Lenten midweek worship

7 p.m. Wednesdays. Light meal at 5:45 p.m.

Worship services

8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays unless noted. 950 Bradley St., Concord.

Mount Olivet United Methodist, Concord

Spring bake sale

Country breakfast, jams, jellies, casseroles, cakes, cookies, much more. 9 a.m.-noon March 19.

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;

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive

12:30-3:30 p.m. March 19 at New Zion Missionary Baptist, 217 W. Todd Lane.