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Compiled by Erica Batten

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic

Polish Mass and relic: The church will host the third annual diocesan Polish Mass in honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Rev. Matt Nycz of Buffalo, N.Y., will be the celebrant, and the Rev. James Witulski of St. Thomas Aquinas will assist as deacon. This Mass will fulfill Sunday Mass obligation. After the Mass will be available a relic of Pope Saint John Paul II, a drop of blood on his cassock from the day he was shot in 1981. A reception with Polish food will follow the Mass. Donations of Polish or American food are appreciated. 2 p.m. Aug. 24. Confessions in Polish and English will be heard at 1 p.m. 1400 Suther Road.

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;

Southminster Retirement Community

Workshop: Ken Garfield, former Observer religion writer 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.;

Light of Christ United Methodist

Information session: “Modern Day Slavery” will provide information on human trafficking and what you can do about it. Hosted by the church youth; open to all ages. 7-8 p.m. Aug. 13. 9212 Bryant Farms Road.

Torrence Grove AME Zion

Twelve tribe rally: 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at Weeping Willow AME Zion, 2220 Milton Road. 704-536-8313.

Memorial Presbyterian

Support group: Multiple myeloma support group provides prayer and support for patients and their caregivers. Free educational material available. 11 a.m. Aug. 16. The group meets monthly. 2600 Beatties Ford Road.

Providence United Methodist

Family event: “Food Truck Family Jam” will feature the city’s best 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.

Amity Presbyterian

Community event: “Back-to-School Bash.” Worship with us at 11 a.m. Aug. 17, share a covered-dish lunch, and enjoy bounce houses, a ride-on train, rock climbing, snow cones, popcorn, more. Free. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Greater Providence Baptist, 2000 Milton Road.

Temple Beth El

Lecture: Tenth annual Schloss Summer Lecture “What We Should Know About Our Water and What We Can Do About It” with Reed Perkins, professor of environmental science at Queens University, and Ivan Cooper, national practice leader at Civil and Environmental Consultants. Free. 7:45 p.m. Aug. 22. 5101 Providence Road.

Myers Park United Methodist

Program: Director of Music Jimmy Jones and Music Associate and Organist Patrick Scott, featuring members of the Charlotte and Winston-Salem symphonies under the direction of Robert Moody, will present “A Tale of Two Concertos.” They will perform the music of Francis Poulenc and Howard Hanson as the church celebrates the 65th anniversary of its Aeolian-Skinner organ. Free. 7 p.m. Aug. 17. 1501 Queens Road.

Sharon Presbyterian

Thursday gathering: Child care provided. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the chapel. 5201 Sharon Road.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: “Summer Reads” series will explore what it means to be human as depicted in popular fiction, classics and the first book ever published. 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. The sermon for Aug. 10 is “The Pearl.” 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Community Bible Study

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

First Baptist, Indian Trail

“Monday Nights Live”: Guest speakers and musicians at 7 p.m. each Monday through Aug. 25. Jeff LaBorg will speak Aug. 11. Music by the Triumphant Quartet. Free. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005;

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

School supply drive: Help our Union County neighbors. Collection box will be in the narthex through Aug. 17. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

Monroe AM Aglow

Service: Women’s monthly meeting with special speaker Rita Lamb. 10 a.m. Aug. 16. Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. 3405 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe.

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

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

Samaritan’s Feet

Shoe distribution: Free shoes, school supplies, physicals, dental screenings, food, more for children and youth. Area churches, civic groups and health care agencies invited to help. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Logan Recreation Center, 151 Rone Ave. S.W., Concord. Donations may be dropped off at Epworth United Methodist, 1030 Burrage Road N.E., Concord.

Impact Church, Concord

Healing ministry: Healing Rooms of Cabarrus County is open 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays.

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

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 16 at Harmony United Methodist, 101 White St., Concord.

Roberta United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog sale: Hot dogs and homemade desserts, $1.25 each. Delivery for 10 or more. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 16. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

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;

St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Vacation Bible school: Bible lessons, music, crafts, snacks. 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 11-13.

Back-to-school rally: Food, entertainment, and guest speakers, including former NFL player Renaldo Wynn. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 16. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.

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.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Fun Fridays: Children age 3 through fifth grade invited for fun trips. Parents welcome. The group will travel to Statesville Leisure Pool 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 15. $4 per child; $5 per adult. Bring money for concession stand; no outside food or drinks allowed. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880.

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.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Service: “Repack Your Life With Wonder” with Laurie Walker. Nursery available. 11 a.m. Aug. 10.

Spiritual exploration groups: Adult discussion group will explore and share inspiration and challenges. Humanist group will discuss living with purpose, pain and suffering, and what it means to be a “happy humanist.” 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Youth group will resume in the fall. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

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

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.

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Homecoming service: 3 p.m. Aug. 17. Revival services, 7 p.m. Aug. 18-21. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

Hickory Church of Christ

Youth competitions: At the annual Lads to Leaders convention in Atlanta, church youth competed in Bible Bowl, speech and other events. Two puppeteer teams from the church produced puppet shows based on the convention theme and won awards at the competition. The puppeteers also performed at the church’s vacation Bible school, held Aug. 3-5. 1218 Fairgrove Church Road, Hickory. 828-464-4983.

Mount Tabor Presbyterian, Cleveland

Homecoming service: Pastor Eulando Henton will speak. 11 a.m. Aug. 10. 935 Mount Tabor Church Road, Cleveland. 704-278-4230.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Hickory Seventh-day Adventist, 172 23rd St. N. W., Hickory. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Grace Baptist, 300 Westland Farm Road, Mount Holly.

All Things Possible Ministries

Fundraiser: Toast Café franchise owners Michelle and Jason Serkin have committed to donating 10 percent of sales Aug. 15 to help provide a custom wheelchair for Conner Goldhammer, 4, who has brittle bone disease. Toast Café is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Conner and his parents will be at the café at 8:30 a.m. to meet and thank customers. 2429 S.C. 160 W., Tega Cay. Donations may also be made at

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Community event: Quarterly “Beer and Hymns.” We will be joined by friends from Grace and Crossroads Lutheran Churches. Domestic, craft, nonalcoholic and root beer available. 6 p.m. Aug. 10. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill.