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Compiled by Erica Batten

Unity of Charlotte

Workshops: Join like-minded animal lovers and activists to celebrate the sacred relationships between animals and humans. Social activist Andrew Harvey and author Linda Bender, DVM, will present “Animal Wisdom” 2-4 p.m. Aug. 9 and “Loving and Serving Creation” 2-4 p.m. Aug. 10. They will bring the message on these sacred relationships at the 10:30 a.m. service Aug. 10. Each workshop is $20. Bender will host a book-signing after each workshop. Copies of her book, “Animal Wisdom: Learning From the Spiritual Life of Animals,” will be available for purchase. 401 E. Arrowood Road. www.unityofcharlotte.org.

Shiloh Institutional Baptist

Talent show: “Shiloh’s Got Talent.” All ages welcome. Refreshments provided. Free. 4 p.m. Aug. 2. 2400 Greenland Ave. 704-905-9873.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Community event: Food trucks will serve 4:30-7 p.m. Aug. 2. The Snyder Family Band will perform a free bluegrass concert at 7 p.m. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. www.SMPChome.org.

Advent Lutheran

Vacation Bible school: “Weird Animals.” Rare animals help kids discover what Jesus’ one-of-a-kind love means. Age 3 through rising sixth-graders. 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 4-8. 8840 University City Blvd. Register at 704-549-1555 or www.adventlu.org.

Torrence Grove AME Zion

Program: “Ministers: Delivering the Gospel in Song” will feature ministers from Charlotte and surrounding areas well-known for praising God in song. 6 p.m. Aug. 2. 1200 Torrence Grove Road. 704-536-8313.

Gloryland Baptist

Attic sale: Large selection. Hot dogs also for sale. Proceeds go to families in need. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 2 in the fellowship hall. 3001 Gloryland Ave. 704-596-0383.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

Annual revival: Guest speaker the Rev. McKinley Jackson of Greater Mills Baptist in Fort Worth, Texas. All churches are invited to be a part of this revival. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4-8. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.

Missionaries of the Poor

Concert: “The Messiah,” an original Caribbean musical by the Rev. Richard Ho Lung and friends. Recommended contribution, $25 for adults; $15 for children and seniors; $60 for families. Proceeds go to homeless and abandoned children. Aug. 8-10 at the Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. www.messiahincharlotte.com.

Community Bible Study

Bible study: Register now for women’s day class. Study 1 and 2 Corinthians. 9:15-11:30 a.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 4 at Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road. charlotte.cbsclass.org.

St. Peter’s Catholic

Mass: 18th annual Mass of fellowship and diversity for gay and lesbian Catholics and their friends and families. The Rev. Carl Del Giudice of Our Lady of Consolation will preside over the Mass. Reception follows. Free parking in The Green garage. 7 p.m. Aug. 13. 507 S. Tryon St. 704-332-2901; www.stpeterscatholic.org.

Wedgewood Church

Competition and exhibit: Wedgewood and First Christian Churches will host “Charlotte Spins the Parables of Jesus,” an art and poetry competition. Cash awards. Poetry competition jurors are award-winning poet and author Anthony Abbott and Nancy Fairley. Art competition jurors are the Rev. Suzanne Watts and Christopher Lawing. Entries due Aug. 25. The exhibit will be Sept. 12-27. In November, the churches will host a national Christians in the Visual Arts exhibit entitled “Picturing the Parables of Jesus.” Wedgewood Church is at 4800 Wedgewood Drive. www.charlottespinstheparablesofjesus.com.

Calvary Harvest Church

Services: Pastor Donnell and Lady Benet Peterson will hold a worship experience. 11 a.m. Sundays at The Courtyard by Marriott, 800 W. Arrowood Road. 704-625-1294.

Covenant Presbyterian

Caregivers’ meeting: In Christ Supporting Ministries hosts “The Well,” a monthly meeting for caregivers, family members and church leaders of those with mental illness. Meetings held the second Thursday of each month. 7 p.m. Aug. 14 in the parlor of the sanctuary building. 1000 E. Morehead St. www.covenantpresby.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 9 at New Saint John Baptist, 2000 St. John St. www.cbcc.us.

Southminster Retirement Community

Workshop: Ken Garfield, former Observer religion writer and current communications director at Myers Park United Methodist, will present a workshop on writing obituaries. Garfield also writes obituaries for families and will discuss how to write an obituary that celebrates a life and legacy, how to choose a photograph, designating a memorial in the person’s honor and more. 1 p.m. Aug. 11. 8919 Park Road. ken@mpumc.org; www.kengarfieldobits.com.

Christ the King Church

Finance classes: “Financial Peace University” is designed to help you get out of debt, build wealth and give like never before using Biblical principles. Classes start Sept. 7. Register at www.CTKCharlotte.org/FPU.

Simulcast: “Living Proof Live” featuring Beth Moore, author of best-selling Bible studies and other books for women. $20 advance ticket purchase includes materials, snacks and lunch. 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Sept. 13. 13501 S. Tryon St. Register at www.CtKCharlotte.org/BethMoore.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: “Summer Reads” series will explore what it means to be human as depicted in popular fiction and classics. 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. The sermon for Aug. 3 is “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Mature themes; recommended for high school and older. Alternative activities will be available for younger ages. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.

Providence United Methodist

Family event: “Food Truck Family Jam” will feature food trucks, children’s bounce park, and live music by the Chris Sanchez Trio. Bring lawn chairs. Parking and children’s area are free; food prices vary. 5-8 p.m. Aug. 9. 2810 Providence Road. www.ProvidenceUMC.org.

First Baptist, Indian Trail

“Monday Nights Live”: Guest speakers and musicians at 7 p.m. each Monday through Aug. 25. Dr. David Gallamore will speak Aug. 4. Music by Babbie Mason. Free.

Men’s conference: “Iron Sharpens Iron IX” open to all men age 16 and up. Steak dinner and messages from Mike Whitson and Alvin Summers, music, fellowship. $20 per person. 7-9:30 p.m. Aug. 8. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005; www.fbcit.org.

Mary Elizabeth Baptist, Waxhaw

Homecoming concert: The Telestials will perform at 1:45 p.m. Aug. 3. 3703 Mary Elizabeth Church Road, Waxhaw. 704-843-0888.

The Maronite Mission of Charlotte

Masses: Mass will be held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in the Daily Mass Chapel at St. Matthew Catholic, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. The next Mass is Aug. 9. www.facebook.com/MaroniteMissionOfCharlotte.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Elevation Church, 11416 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, and 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive. www.cbcc.us.

Impact Church, Concord

Guest minister: Joan Hunter, who leads a healing ministry and has appeared on Sid Roth’s show, “It’s Supernatural,” will minister 7 p.m. Aug. 11-12. 44 Cabarrus Ave., Concord. 704-788-6632.

Lakeside Fellowship ARP Church, Mooresville

Family conference: All ages are invited to “Families Under Construction” focusing on building strong families after God’s own design. Nursery provided. 6:30-8:15 p.m. Aug. 6-8. Dinner served 5:45-6:15 p.m. The conference will close with a special Sunday school 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10 and sermon on the family at 10:45 a.m. Free registration. 381 Williamson Road, Mooresville. Register at www.lakesidefellowshipchurch.net.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Film and discussion: “Even Sunday” series will continue with a screening of Bill Moyers’ film, “State of Conflict: North Carolina.” 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in the parlor.

Guest speaker: Elizabeth Hinton-Hasty, author of the 2014 Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible study, “Reconciling Paul,” will present an exploration of 2 Corinthians. $10. 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 23 in the congregation house, 218 Concord Road, Davidson. Registration suggested. Hinton-Hasty will also present “The Problem of Wealth” at 9:45 a.m. Aug. 24 in the sanctuary, 100 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-5641; www.dcpc.org.

Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius

Support group: GriefShare is a 13-week support group where you can be around people who understand the pain of your loss. Each session is independent. 9 a.m. Saturdays starting Aug. 16. The first session will focus on “Your Journey From Mourning to Joy.” 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius. www.bethel-pc.org.

Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville

Vacation Bible school: “Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build With God.” 6:15-8:30 p.m. Aug. 11-15. 1809 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. Register at www.cokesburyvbs.com/vanderburg.

Journey Church, Huntersville

Women’s ministry: Join us on mission for Christ. Child care provided. 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 6 in the church coffee shop. 15711 Brookway Drive, Huntersville. www.thejourneyonline.com.

Rock Springs Campground, Denver

Camp meeting: The 184th annual Methodist camp meeting will be held July 31-Aug. 10. Bluegrass gospel concert featuring Mountain Faith and the Cockman Family, 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. The camp is located on Campground Road in Denver. www.rockspringscampmeeting.com.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Coffee and conversation: Learn more about Unitarian Universalism. Services follow for those interested. 9:45 a.m. Aug. 3. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

Independence Hill Baptist, Huntersville

Vacation Bible school: “Agency D3” for children age 4 through rising fifth grade. Free. 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 4-8. 10220 Independence Hill Road, Huntersville. Register at www.independencehill.org.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Fun Fridays: Children age 3 through fifth grade invited for fun trips. Parents welcome. The group will travel to Meg-Art 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 8. $15 for pottery. Bring sack lunch and additional money for concessions. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880.

St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Vacation Bible school: Bible lessons, music, crafts, snacks. 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 11-13. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.

St. Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville

Preschool classes: The St. Mark’s Preschool is celebrating 50 years of providing high-quality Christian preschool programming. The school is open 9 a.m.-noon weekdays and serves children ages 2-5. Enrollment is now open in classes meeting two days and five days a week. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville. www.stmarkslutheranpreschool.com.

Ahlara International, Mooresville

Conference: Joyce Marie Sheldon, author of “From Fear to Faith: A Caregiver’s Journey,” will present “Bridges to Understanding,” a conference for hospice staff, volunteers, family caregivers and those suffering from grief and loss. $55 for those registered by Aug. 5. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 10. 155 Joe V. Knox Ave., Mooresville. www.ahlarainternational.com/workshops.

Horizon Church, Statesville

Portrait event: The church will host a Lifetouch portrait event Aug. 7, 9 and 14. Reservations required. Each family that schedules a session will receive a free portrait; no purchase necessary. Families who bring a food donation for the Horizon Food Pantry will receive a $5 coupon to use toward a portrait purchase. 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville. www.horizonchurch.net.

St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Worship services: 9:15 a.m. Sundays. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville. www.stluke-nc.org.

RiverLife Wellness Center, Mooresville

Christian counseling: Free individual, marriage, and family counseling. Daytime and evening appointments available. 2487 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. To schedule an appointment, provide your name and contact information to 704-664-7705 ext. 1.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Elevation Church, 8325 Copley Drive, Cornelius. www.cbcc.us.

Victory Baptist, Hickory

Service: The Greens will perform at the 11 a.m. service Aug.  3. Free. 7255 Burke County Line Road, Hickory. 828-312-6710.

Viewmont Baptist, Hickory

Concert series: Concerts on the Green welcomes the Exodus Missionary Outreach Church ministry of music. Playground available for children. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free; donations accepted. 7:15 p.m. Aug. 7. 1246 Second St. N.E., Hickory. www.viewmontbaptist.org.

St. Luke’s United Methodist, Hickory

Children’s camp: Music and drama camp for rising second- through sixth-graders. Participants will produce and present the musical “Malice in the Palace” by Tom Long and Allen Pote. Professional staff. $50 per child; scholarships available. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 4-8. 52 16th Ave. N.W., Hickory. 828-327-9837; www.slumc.org/#/news-events/summer-camp.

Pleasant Grove United Methodist, Lincolnton

Homecoming: Worship service followed by a potluck lunch. All members, former members, family and friends are invited. 11 a.m. Aug. 3. 2069 N.C. 182, Lincolnton. 704-735-2443.

Crouse United Methodist

Community lunch: Menu includes catfish, baked potato, salad and dessert. Suggested donation, $8. Proceeds go to the church building and renovation fund. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 3. 3311 Crouse School Road, Crouse. 704-735-2443.

St. John XXIII Church, Hickory

Services: Mass is celebrated at noon Sundays in the chapel of Zion Lutheran, 1911 Zion Church Road, Hickory. www.stjohnxxiiichurchhickory.org.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services: The Reform Jewish Congregation is holding Shabbat services as well as religious schooling. Services are held at 7 p.m. each second and fourth Friday at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707; www.templesolelsc.org.

Community Bible Study

Open house tea: Refreshments, videos, sample lessons and registration for this year’s study of Romans. Adult and children’s formats available. Classes meet 9-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays from September to May. Drop-in open house will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamiltons Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. lakewylie.cbsclass.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Elevation Church, 2503 W. Main St., Rock Hill. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Mt. Holly United Methodist, 1996 Mt. Holly Road, Rock Hill. www.cbcc.us.

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