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Compiled by Erica Batten

South Charlotte

Sharon Presbyterian

Concert

Renowned pianist Stanton Lanier will present a celebration of the Lord’s presence with original compositions and scripture readings. Seating limited. $16. 7:30 p.m. April 23.

SouthPark Christian Church

Attic sale

Very large annual sale. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 15 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 16. 6650 Park South Drive. www.southparkchristian.net.

Steele Creek Presbyterian

Health presentation

Carol Anne Lawler, faith community educator for Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, will present “Best Practices for Healthy Aging: Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Lunch available for $4. Noon-1:30 p.m. April 21. 7407 Steele Creek Road. Reservations: 704-588-1290.

Performance

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. www.sharonpcusa.org.

Park Road Baptist

Concert

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; www.parkroadbaptist.org.

Myers Park United Methodist

End-of-life series

“Tying Up Loose Ends” is a series to help people navigate end-of-life issues. At the next session, Director of Communications Ken Garfield will talk about how to write obituaries in advance in a way that captures the meaning of a life. 7 p.m. April 18. The last session of the series is April 25. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.myersparkumc.org.

Christ Lutheran

Musical performance

“Mary Poppins.” $12-20. 7 p.m. April 15, 16, 22 and 23 and 3 p.m. April 17 and 24. Special “Breakfast With Mary Poppins and Friends” will include set tour, photos with characters, poster, treats and sing-along. $10. 10 a.m. April 16. 4519 Providence Road. www.christelca.org.

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. Spice will offer another session on digital devices on April 20. 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. 1623 Carmel Road. Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday at 704-366-3034. www.saintjohns-charlotte.org.

Mount Harmony Baptist, Matthews

Workshop

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. www.ministryds.org.

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. www.morningstarpresbyterian.com.

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.

Worship services

Traditional service, 8:15 a.m. Sundays. Reach service, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. Contemporary service, 11 a.m.

Series

Paula Weiss, director of family and youth ministry, will lead “Boundaries” by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. Topics include “Living a Life Out of Control” and “Having People Take Advantage of Us.” 9:45-10:45 a.m. Sundays starting April 17.

8300 Providence Road. www.messiah-nc.org.

Saint Matthew Catholic

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. Register at https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/170.

Support group meeting

Job seekers are invited to Christians in Career Transition, a ministry providing support for those out of work and under-employed. Learn the proper methods for a successful job search. Free. 7-9 p.m. each first and third Monday in the New Life Center, Room 132. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewministries.org/cict.

Sharon Forest Baptist

Worship services

All are welcome to worship. Special programs for spring. 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. www.sharonforest.com.

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. 10 a.m. April 21. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. www.SMPChome.org.

Lake Norman

Huntersville United Methodist

Yard sale

7 a.m.-1 p.m. April 16. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1156.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Fundraiser

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. www.sainttherese.net.

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

Concert

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; spbtlkate@yahoo.com.

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.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Coffee and conversation

Fun and informative discussion for anyone interested in learning more about our faith. 9:45 a.m. April 17.

Humanist discussion group

Discuss life from a humanist perspective. 9:45 a.m. April 17. The group meets twice a month.

Service

The Rev. Amy Brooks and the children of UU Lake Norman will present “This Amazing World We Share.” The service will include a child/family dedication. 11 a.m. April 17. 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. www.uulakenorman.org.

Journey Church, Huntersville

Parenting conference

“America’s Calm Coach” Kirk Martin will present “10 Secrets to Manage Everyday Life.” Get your kids to listen the first time, stop defiance and sibling fights, create stress-free mornings and bedtimes, more. $50. Child care, lunch and snacks provided. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 16. 15711 Brookway Drive, Huntersville. Register at https://thejourneyonline.churchcenteronline.com/registrations/events/18880.

Steele Creek Presbyterian

Special Program:

Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, 7407 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte, will host a lunch and special program on April 21, noon-1:30 PM. The program “Best Practices for Healthy Aging: Mind, Body, and Spirit,” will be presented by Carol Anne Lawler, Faith Community Educator for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. Open to the public. Please call the Church office, 704-588-1290, to reserve a space. The meal will be $4.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 17 at Saint Alban’s Episcopal, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. www.cbcc.us.

Nearby

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. 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 10 a.m. April 16. The Rev. Clifford Jones will lead worship at 4 p.m. April 17. 401 N. McDowell St. www.littlerockamezion.org.

The United House of Prayer for All People

Family and friends day

The community is invited for a special day of fellowship, love and unity. Our bands and choirs will perform. All denominations welcome. A reception will follow the service. 11 a.m. April 17. 2321 Beatties Ford Road. 704-394-3884.

Saint James Catholic, Concord

Bake sale

The Women’s Guild will offer a great selection of 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. www.saintjamescatholic.org.

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.

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 16. 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.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Worship services

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

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 John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Quarterly church meeting

Noon April 16.

Meeting

Sunday school teachers will meet at 7:30 a.m. April 17.

Pink Sunday

Please wear pink for worship. 10 a.m. April 17. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

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. www.templekolamisc.org.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services

The Reform Jewish Congregation is 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.

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