Religion news June 29-July 6, 2016.

University Christian High School students sort donated food at the Newton Post Office.
University Christian High School students sort donated food at the Newton Post Office.

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Compiled by Erica Batten

South Charlotte

Sedgefield Church

Vacation Bible school

“Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World.” Rising K-5 grades. Free. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 2-5. 2830 Dorchester Place. Register at

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.

Grace Lutheran


Steve Witte, president of Asia Lutheran Seminary, will lead a workshop on personal spiritual growth. Learn to focus on the gospel, read the Bible and come away satisfied, and enhance prayer and devotional time. Snacks provided. Free. 9 a.m.-noon July 23. 7000 Providence Road. Register at

St. Francis United Methodist

Vacation Bible school

“Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World!” 5:45-8:30 p.m. July 18-21. 4200 McKee Road. Register at

Lake Norman

St. Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Outreach collection drives

The church has installed a permanent food donation bin to collect items for the Catholic Charities food bank in Charlotte. Monthly collections of other items will address additional community needs. In July, food and supplies will be collected for the Angels and Sparrows summer lunch program.

Meal packaging event

Volunteers will package approximately 56,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now. The food will be sent to the area of the world most in need at the time. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 16. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. To register or donate, go to

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Women’s Bible study

“All the Places to Go as God Opens Doors for You.” 10-11:30 a.m. July 5, 12, 19 and 26 in the fellowship hall. Please sign up in advance.

Fun Fridays Children invited for fun field trips and activities. We will enjoy water fun, pizza and ice cream at the church 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 8. $4. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville.

Huntersville United Methodist

Vacation Bible school

“Egypt: Joseph’s Journey From Prison to Palace!” Open to ages 4 through fifth grade. Free. 6-8 p.m. July 11-14. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1156.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Vacation Bible school

Dive deep into God’s word at “Submerged!” 4-7 p.m. July 17 and 9 a.m.-noon July 18-21. Closing program, 6:30 p.m. July 21. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. Register at

Broad Street United Methodist, Mooresville

Farmers’ market

Variety of vendors offer fresh produce, honey, jams and jellies, meats, desserts, more. Children’s activity booth and free lemonade. 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays. 355 S. Broad St., Mooresville. 704-663-2161.

St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Children’s book club

The Phenomenal Readers Book Club will meet to read books, visit the library, play vocabulary games, have snacks, and work with adult mentors. Ages 5-14. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 28. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-948-6869.

Hopewell Baptist, Davidson

Vacation Bible school

Dive deep into God’s word with “Submerged!” Bible stories, crafts, games, snacks, music and more. Classes for all ages. 6:10-9 p.m. July 10-14. 18841 Davidson-Concord Road, Davidson.

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. Mary Beth Huskey will lead the July 3 session. 304 S. Main St., Davidson. For more information, contact Ann Starrette at


Big Spring United Methodist

Sermon series

The Rev. David Carl will present a 28-part series on “Spirit, Mind, and Body.” Carl is executive director of spiritual care and education for the Carolinas HealthCare System. 9:30 a.m. Sundays. 5300 Old Dowd Road. 704-399-6362.

Prosperity Presbyterian, Charlotte

Pastor installation

Chancey Bruce Brown was installed and ordained as the 22nd church pastor on June 26. Brown graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2015. He has served churches in Charlotte and in Landrum, S. C. He and his wife, Lily, have two children. 5533 Prosperity Church Road, Charlotte. 704-875-1182.

Sharon Forest Baptist

Worship services

All are welcome to worship. Worship service, 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Spanish worship service, 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Bible study and supper, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Choir practice at 7:40 p.m. 11020 E. WT Harris Blvd.

Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry

Food drive

ECCCM received 27,022 pounds of food from the Letter Carriers Food Drive held May 14. The national initiative asks residents to leave food items by their mailboxes on a designated day to be collected by letter carriers and donated to local charities.

The American Guild of Organists, Charlotte Chapter


The Summer Recital Series welcomes Murray Forbes Somerville. An offering will be received at each recital for the Ann and Robert Stigall Scholarship Fund. 7 p.m. July 3 in Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Worship services

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