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In preparation for the first daddy-daughter dance for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, girls from each congregation made decorations for the table they would share with their fathers. They also made desserts to share at the dance. The DJ for the event was Cici Brown, 13.
In preparation for the first daddy-daughter dance for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, girls from each congregation made decorations for the table they would share with their fathers. They also made desserts to share at the dance. The DJ for the event was Cici Brown, 13.

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Compiled by Erica Batten

South Charlotte

Park Road Baptist


Monty Bennett presents a dedication recital for the church’s new Rodgers organ. The concert will feature favorite organ masterworks and orchestral transcriptions. 4 p.m. April 17. 3900 Park Road. 704-523-5717;

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 11, Dr. Melanie Dobson, the congregation’s minister of faith formation, will discuss aging and spirituality. 7 p.m. April 4, 11, 18, and 25. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

Cokesbury United Methodist

Attic sale

Gigantic annual sale sponsored by the United Methodist Women. Proceeds go to missions. 7 a.m.-noon April 9. 6701 Idlewild Road.

Temple Beth El

Interactive hunger Seder

Hosted by the Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Council and Jewish Family Services, the event will include symbolic holiday readings and reflections from the Haggadah, roundtable discussions on hunger in the Charlotte community and the Jewish response, and a light meal of soup and salad. RSVP by April 11. 4 p.m. April 17. 5101 Providence Road.

Saint John’s Episcopal

Evening programs

Join us for dinner and programs on various topics. On April 13, Cynthia Spice, founder of “Technically Grandparents,” will present a workshop on tablets and laptops. Bring your digital 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.

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.

Mount Harmony Baptist, Matthews


Well-known Christian author and teacher the Rev. Roy Oswald will present “Emotional Intelligence” for pastors and church leaders. Learn to promote spiritual health within the community by becoming in tune with your own and others’ emotional states. Hosted by local nonprofit Ministry Development Services. $150 includes lunch and materials. Registration due April 17. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 17. 2817 Mount Harmony Church Road, Matthews.

Myers Park Baptist

Special guest

Tripp Fuller, founder of the podcast Homebrewed Christianity, will host a free workshop and book signing 7-9 p.m. April 15. A workshop and continental breakfast with Fuller will be held 10-11:30 a.m. April 16. $15; registration required. Fuller will produce a live podcast recording at Birdsong Brewing Co. at 6-9 p.m. April 16. $15; registration required. $25 to register for both Saturday events. Free adult forum, 9 45 a.m. April 17. Fuller will preach at the 11 a.m. service April 17. 1900 Queens Road.

Saint Matthew Catholic


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 //

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

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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Daddy-daughter dance

Approximately 200 fathers and their daughters, ages 8-11, gathered March 19 for the first annual dance, themed “Spring Fling.” The event was hosted by South Charlotte-area LDS congregations. Girls this age participate in twice-monthly activities that build testimonies of Jesus Christ, strengthen families and foster unity and personal growth.

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.

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

Morningstar Presbyterian, Matthews

Cards and games party

Hosted by the Presbyterian Women. Snacks, door prizes, silent auction. Groups welcome. Bring the games you love to play. $10 per person. 1-4 p.m. April 19. 13000 Idlewild Road, Matthews. Tickets 704-847-0864.

Sharon Presbyterian


The Wingate University Choirs and the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra will present Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.” $10 general admission; $5 for students and seniors. 7:30 p.m. April 16. 5201 Sharon Road.

Southern Evangelical Seminary, Matthews


The North Carolina Pastors Network presents “U-Turn A Roadmap for Renewal.” Pastors, ministry leaders, and engaged believers invited to look at pressing cultural questions and examine biblical truth for solutions. Speakers include George Barna, David Barton, Gary Frazier, Paul Blair, more. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 14. 3000 Tilley Morris Road, Matthews. Register at

Messiah Lutheran

Women’s Bible study

Priscilla Shirer’s “The Armor of God” equips women to get serious, specific, and strategic in their discipline of prayer. 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.


“Anxious? You Are Not Alone!” presented by Debbie Breen of Charlotte Family Counseling. The first session is for parents and adult leaders; the second session is for youth. 6:30 p.m. April 6 and 13. 8300 Providence Road.

Myers Park United Methodist

Mouzon United Methodist


Come be a part of our multi-ethnic prayer and praise service, a lively time of celebrating the living presence of God among us. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 3100 Selwyn Ave.

Lake Norman

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 Dr. Catherine Wright. 6 30-8:30 p.m. April 8.

Blood drive

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 9.


Annual card and game fundraiser for church and community outreach programs. Bring your friends, your cards and games, and enjoy desserts, door prizes, raffle, more. Suggested donation, $10. 1-4:30 p.m. April 20. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman


Member Dan Aldridge will lead an interactive service to discuss ideas for creating an adult spiritual exploration program. 11 a.m. April 10. 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. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Saint Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Theater production

“The Glory Train.” Come see who really makes it to heaven. $5. 5 p.m. April 9. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Casual worship service

Rejuvenating midweek service with acoustic guitar music. 6 30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius.

The Episcopal Church of Saint Peter by-the-Lake, Denver


The Alexander Community Concert series welcomes the UNCC Percussion Ensemble. Reception follows the concert. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10; children younger than 12, free. 3 p.m. April 17. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249;

RiverLife Wellness Center, Mooresville


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;

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.


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.

Saint Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Bereavement ministry

7 p.m. Thursdays starting April 7.


The church preschool is accepting registrations for fall 2016. Part-day classes available for children ages 3-5. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.


Metropolitan AME Zion, Chester

Church anniversary

The church celebrates 150 years. The Rev. Kenneth Monroe, presiding prelate of the South Atlantic Episcopal District, will preach the message. A meal and fellowship will follow the service. 3 p.m. April 10. 182 York St., Chester. https //

Gethsemane AME Zion

Port-a-pit fundraiser

Dinners include half chicken, baked beans, slaw, and dinner roll. Delivery for six or more dinners available April 15. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 15-16. 531 Campus St., Charlotte 28216. 704-375-3900.

Little Rock AME Zion

Guest speakers

Walker for Bishop 2016 presents “A Weekend of Excellence” celebrating ministry. The Rev. Peter Wherry will speak at 7 p.m. April 15. A community prayer walk will be held at 10 a.m. April 16. The Rev. Clifford Jones will lead worship at 4 p.m. April 17. 401 N. McDowell St.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

Youth revival

Quinn Rodgers from GeneratiONE Church will be the speaker for the week. 7 p.m. April 6-8. The youth choir will present a program at 4 p.m. April 10. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.

Saint James Catholic, Concord


The Women’s Guild will offer a great selection homemade desserts. Noon-6:30 p.m. April 16 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 17 in Geiger Hall. 139 Manor Ave. S.W., Concord.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Worship services

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

Temple Kol Ami, Fort Mill

Passover Seder

Second night Seder with all of the traditional fare as well as a brisket and chicken dinner. Open to community. Please purchase tickets by April 15. 6-8 p.m. April 23. 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives

9 30-11:30 a.m. April 9 at C. N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian, 1421 Statesville Ave. 8 45 a.m.-12 15 p.m. April 10 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist, 1260 N. College St., Mount Pleasant. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 10 at Westford United Methodist, 273 N. C. 49 S., Concord.