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More than 300 teenagers gathered on March 12 for an early spring prom themed “The Roaring 20’s.” Teens from more than 50 greater Charlotte-area LDS congregations participated, including, from left, Kara Hamilton, Athena Wortham, Mikaela Anderson, Steven Buckner, Chris Wahrer, Lexie Bryce, Dustin Cheney and Emily Hafener.
More than 300 teenagers gathered on March 12 for an early spring prom themed “The Roaring 20’s.” Teens from more than 50 greater Charlotte-area LDS congregations participated, including, from left, Kara Hamilton, Athena Wortham, Mikaela Anderson, Steven Buckner, Chris Wahrer, Lexie Bryce, Dustin Cheney and Emily Hafener.

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Compiled by Erica Batten

SOUTH CHARLOTTE

Grace Lutheran

Concert

The concert choir of Michigan Lutheran Seminary will present a concert of sacred songs. The 35-voice traveling singers, under the direction of professor Leonard Proeber, have toured annually since 1955. Free; an offering will be received. 6:30 p.m. April 2. 7000 Providence Road. www.grace-charlotte.org.

Saint John’s Episcopal

Evening programs

Join us for dinner and programs on various topics. The topic for April 6 is “Lifelong Learning Tech Workshops Mobile Devices.” 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. 1623 Carmel Road. www.saintjohns-charlotte.org.

Myers Park United Methodist

End-of-life series

“Tying Up Loose Ends” is a four-part series to help people navigate end-of-life issues. On April 4, parish nurse Susan Mobley and Marilyn Morenz will discuss living wills and health care power of attorney. 7 p.m. April 4, 11, 18, and 25. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.myersparkumc.org.

Wesley United Methodist

Small-group study

Parents, grandparents, teachers and other leaders are invited to “Words Kids Need to Hear.” Learn simple, well-chosen statements to share with children that can make a profound impact and pave a path toward God. Led by Jeanette Winslow. $10 includes materials. Free child care available. 9:30-11:45 a.m. April 7, 14, 21, and 28. 3715 Rea Road. Register at www.wesleycharlotte.org.

Saint Luke’s Lutheran

Fundraiser

The Men in Mission group will host their annual barbecue dinner. Plates include barbecue, baked beans, slaw, roll and tea. $10. A family meal with four plates is $30. One-pound containers of barbecue, $10 each. A 50-inch TV will be raffled; raffle included with dinner ticket. Proceeds go to missions. Noon-6 p.m. April 2. 3200 Park Road. www.stlukeselca.org.

Temple Beth El

Classes

Temple Beth El University presents “Why Jews Argue (We Do Not!)” More than ever, we need to learn from our tradition of civil discourse how to disagree in public, and in private, without alienating one another. Rabbi Jonathan Freirich will explore these ideas in classic Jewish texts and apply them to the present. Coffee and cookies served. 7-9 p.m. April 6, 13 and 20. 5101 Providence Road. Register by April 4 at 704-366-1948 or www.templebethel.org.

Community Bible Study

Friendship Day

CBS is now accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 study of Matthew. Classes meet 9:15-11:30 a.m. Thursdays starting in September. Join us April 7 for a sneak peek, coffee and early registration. Child care not available on this day. 9 a.m. April 7 at Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road. charlotte.cbsclass.org.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Divine Mercy Sunday

All are invited to the Hour of Great Mercy. Venerate the relic of Saint Faustina Kowalska. Complimentary hospitality follows in the New Life Center banquet room. 3 p.m. April 3. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.

Conference

James Finley will present “Contemplative Approaches to Spiritual Healing.” Explore seven steps we can take to experience God’s healing presence in our lives. $35. 9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. April 14 in the New Life Center banquet room. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Register at https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/170.

CityChurch Charlotte

Weight-loss program

Releasity is an eight-week course that shows you how to overcome overeating with God’s help in a fun and supportive community. $15 includes materials. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays starting April 7. 2300 McClintock Road. Register at www.joymast.com/releasity.

Temple Israel

Music series

Cantor Elias Roochvarg will host “Cantor and Friends,” a series of monthly “musicales” in the tradition of the French soiree musicale and the German Liederabend. The April program is “Sondheim Songfest.” Accompaniment by Monty Bennett with guest Cantor Mary Thomas of Temple Beth El. 4 p.m. April 10. 4901 Providence Road. www.templeisraelnc.org.

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. www.PureReligion5K.com.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Annual prom

More than 300 teenagers gathered on March 12 at The Crossing at Hollar Mill in Hickory for an early spring prom themed “The Roaring 20’s.” Teens from more than 50 Greater Charlotte-area LDS Congregations participated in the 13th annual event. Attendees agreed to maintain an environment of clean language, respect for each other and chaperones, and modest dress. Mormon Prom is an alternate prom experience for youth instead of, or in addition to, attending high school prom. www.lds.org/youth.

Central Church Life Care Center

Seminar

“Why You Love, Feel, and Act the Way You Do.” Robert and Cindi Dodd will share groundbreaking research on four relationship styles that will help you understand how you relate to God, yourself, and others. Light refreshments served before seminar. $25. Financial assistance available. 9 a.m.-noon April 9. 5500 Randolph Road. Register at 704-295-6890 or www.centralchurchofgod.org/lifecare.

Pineville United Methodist

Spring tea

The United Methodist Women will host a celebration of “Glorious Spring Time.” Proceeds go to local charities serving women and children. 3 p.m. April 9. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. Reservations 704-889-2022.

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Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Lenten weekday services Great Compline service of Psalm readings and prayers offers the opportunity to cry out for God’s mercy and forgiveness and acknowledge that our salvation must be placed in God’s hands. 6:30 p.m. Mondays through April 18.

Presanctified liturgy

Service of the Ninth Hour and the Vespers. Lenten dinner and enrichment discussion follows the service. 6 p.m. Wednesdays through April 20.

Salutations

Service of hymns and prayers to Christ and Theotokos, mother of our Lord. 6:30 p.m. Fridays through April 22. 134-A Talbert Point Drive, Mooresville. www.stluke-nc.org.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Dinner and dessert

Join us for a lively discussion of Pope Francis’s papal encyclical, “Laudato, Si’- On Care for Our Common Home” with Catherine Wright. 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 8. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. www.sainttherese.net.

Saint Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Volunteers needed

Saint Mark is working with Lake Norman Baptist to build a home for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers are needed 7:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturdays through May 7. Volunteers must be over 16 to help with the home’s construction; youth over 12 may help with landscaping. The house is at 9906 Psalms St., Cornelius. Volunteers must register in advance at www.ourtownshabitat.org.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Light refreshments followed by a screening of “The Original Image of Divine Mercy.” After the film, the group will move to the church to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. 1:30 p.m. April 3 in the family center parish hall.

Lunch and learn

A pharmacist will answer questions about medications and review your personal medication list. Review and receive immunizations. RSVP requested. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 4.

Alzheimer’s support group

Family members and others caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease are invited to attend and support one another on this journey. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Meetings held monthly. 6:30 p.m. April 4 in Room 203 of the Kerin Center.

Bereavement ministry

7 p.m. Thursdays starting April 7. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. www.stmarknc.org.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Concert

The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford, England, will perform works by Thomas Tallis, Robert Parsons, William Byrd, and more. On the final selection, Sir William Walton’s “Coronation te Deum,” the choir will be joined by singers from Davidson College Presbyterian and Davidson United Methodist. Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. 7:30 p.m. April 2. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.

RiverLife Wellness Center, Mooresville

Presentation

Licensed psychologist Stephen Elliott will present “The Art of Encouraging a Discouraged Person.” Free. 7 p.m. April 7. 2487 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-7705 ext. 1; wellness@riverlifefellowship.com.

Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville

Community breakfast

Pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs. Free; donations accepted. 8-10 a.m. April 2. 1809 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. www.vanderburgumc.org.

Rocky Mount United Methodist, Mooresville

Community pancake breakfast

Free. 7:30 a.m. April 2. 1739 Perth Road, Mooresville. www.RockyMountUMC.com.

Davidson United Methodist

Ecumenical gathering

“Knocking on Heaven’s Door Contemplative Ways of Opening to the Holy Teaching.” Worship session, 9:30 a.m. each first Sunday. The April 3 session will focus on “Sweet Surrender,” turning our will and lives over to the care of God. 304 S. Main St., Davidson. For more information, contact Ann Starrette at AStarrette@DavidsonUMC.org.

First Baptist, Cornelius

Senior citizens’ group

Interesting programs, fellowship, and travel opportunities. We welcome new people to join us. Meetings at 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. 21007 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. For information, call Pat Alleshunas at 704-787-9257.

Shearer Presbyterian, Mooresville

Bluegrass music night

Free, foot-stomping bluegrass for the entire family. Donations accepted to help with expenses. 7 p.m. April 2. 684 Presbyterian Road, Mooresville. www.mooresvillebluegrass.com.

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Northside Church of Christ

Bereavement group

If you are experiencing difficulties dealing with grief, join a group that will help you through the healing journey. Monthly meetings. 11 a.m.-noon April 2. 4435 E. WT Harris Blvd. www.churchofchristnorthside.net.

Roberta United Methodist, Concord

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. April 2. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Worship services

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

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.

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.

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; www.templesolelsc.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 2 at Siler Presbyterian, 6301 Weddington-Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 2 at Grace Presbyterian, 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. 9 a.m.-noon April 3 at Hickory Grove Baptist, 2350 Odell School Road. www.cbcc.us.

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