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The Living Church Ministries

Community health fair: Health and safety information, free blood pressure and blood sugar checks, seminars, door prizes, more. The theme is “Rescuing the Family Through Unity.” Free registration for adults and children. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 30. 4920 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.

Temple Or Olam

Love song service: Enthusiastic service of contemporary songs replacing the liturgy. Singalong and dance if you are feeling it. Sponsored by Hillel and UNC Charlotte Cultural Affairs. 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the UNCC Student Union, rooms 340C and F.

Wesley United Methodist

CPR classes: Certified trainer will offer free training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Age 18 and up. Class size limited. Register by Sept. 5.

Study and challenge: “Run for God” is a 12-week training plan for running a 5K race while maintaining a Christian focus. The program is aimed at those with little or no running experience. It starts at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 2. 3715 Rea Road. Register at

Wedgewood Church

Exhibit: Wedgewood and First Christian Churches will host an art and poetry exhibit, “Charlotte Spins the Parables of Jesus,” 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.

Central Church Life Care Center

Seminar: Shelley Young, president of Envision3, will present “Building Relationships Through Personality Style Discovery.” Learn practical tools to help you experience success in your personal life and career. Price includes assessment workbook. Early enrollment recommended. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 20. Coffee and refreshments served at 8:45 a.m. 5500 Randolph Road. 704-365-6112;

Northlake Assembly of God

Market: The women’s ministry will sponsor the GOOD Market to raise awareness for those affected by human trafficking and abortion in the Charlotte area. Vendors will offer jewelry, handbags, tools, cookware, knives, art, crafts, more. There will also be a chili cook-off, Christmas tree- and wreath-decorating competition and cake auction. Collection of baby diapers, wipes and personal toiletry items for those in need. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 25. 2632 Sunset Road.

Advent Lutheran

Service day: The church invites you to be part of “God’s Work, Our Hands.” Worship at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7 followed by opportunities to serve at the church building and in the community. All service groups will gather at 12:30 p.m. for a celebration meal and slide show. 8840 University City Blvd. 704-549-1555;

University City United Methodist

Musical: The church celebration choir, CrossTraining children’s choir, youth choir, orchestra, color guard, narrators and tech team will present “There is Freedom Here: A Patriotic Musical.” Active and veteran military, police, fire and emergency personnel will be recognized. Free; love offering will be received. Child care available for ages up to 5. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. A meal will be available 5:15-6:15 p.m. Adults, $6; children, $3. Reservations required for dinner and child care. 3835 W. W.T. Harris Blvd.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 6 at Stonebridge Church Community, 3700 Prosperity Church 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. Bring lawn chairs. Parking and children’s area are free; food prices vary. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 6. 2810 Providence Road.

St. Gabriel Catholic

Presentation: The Rev. Henry Kriegel will present “Pope Francis: Taking the World by Storm.” The presentation will provide insight into the incredible circumstances that brought Francis to the papacy and examine indications of what lies ahead. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 10. 3016 Providence Road.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: “What’s Your Story?” series will continue Aug. 31 with “You Will Be Different at the End.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Temple Israel

Concert: Sister-brother duo Aviva and Gil Ezring, children of Rabbi and Barbara Ezring, will perform original compositions and a blend of contemporary Jewish music. Aviva has performed with three opera companies, and Gil, a cantorial student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, is one of the founders of the Rock Ha Shabbat service. 4 p.m. Aug. 31. 4901 Providence Road.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Children’s consignment sale: Gently-used fall and winter children’s clothing, maternity clothing, baby equipment, toys, cribs, strollers, more. Cash or check only. Free admission. Children welcome; no strollers allowed in sales area. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 4 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 5. Half-price sale on most items, 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 6. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

Calvary Church

Support groups: Fall support ministry classes address practical issues from a Christian world view. Classes include DivorceCare, DivorceCare for Kids, GriefShare, Boundaries, and Search for Significance. Limited enrollment; early registration recommended. Child care available for ages 2-7. Classes begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 8.

Bible studies: Topical studies include “Survey of Bible Doctrine,” “Spiritual Warfare,” “The Holy Spirit: God’s Presence and Power,” “Have a New Kid by Friday,” “God Honoring Step Families,” “Financial Stewardship” and more. Nursery, Awana and Gopher Buddies for children and Youth University for students are offered concurrently. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 3. Dinner is served 5-6:15 p.m. Adults, $6; children, $3; $18 family maximum. Register at

Women’s Bible studies: Women in the community invited. Join us anytime for study and friendship. 9:30 and 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Sept. 9. Classes include Sally Clarkson’s “The Ministry of Motherhood,” Kay Arthur’s “John, Part 2,” Beth Moore’s “Children of the Day,” Dr. John MacArthur’s “The Book of Daniel,” more. Preschool child care provided for enrolled mothers.

English classes: English as a Second Language for ages 18 and older. Five class levels. Gain experience with conversational English, pronunciation and American culture. 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 11 through Nov. 25. An additional pronunciation class meets at 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, and a Bible study meets on Thursdays. $50 per semester. Child care available. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Community Bible Study

Registration open: Evening study of 1 and 2 Corinthians for men and women begins Sept. 4. Join us for a kickoff barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 4. Classes are held at Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road.

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

Matthews United Methodist

New worship experience: 801South, a new modern worship experience with new music, small groups, helpful content for everyday life and a special time just for kids, launches at 11 a.m. Sept. 7. Erik Langston will serve as worship leader and band coach for this new venue. Everyone is invited to see how 801South is serving the community in new ways. The church is at 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. Learn more at

St. John Neumann Catholic

Youth soccer: The church’s Cardinals Soccer Club will host registration for boys and girls ages 5-15. At the same time, the Knights of Columbus will host a youth soccer competition for ages 9-14. All contestants will be recognized for their participation, and winners will progress to local, district and state competitions. Participants must provide proof of age and parental consent. Entry forms available at the event. 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 6. 8451 Idlewild Road. For information, contact Steve Coradini at 704-222-0377.

Weddington United Methodist

Grief support group: GriefShare is a 13-week supportive experience for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Video presentation, discussion and prayer with facilitators who have also experienced loss. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Hemby House, room 5. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Outdoor worship service: The last summer outdoor worship service will be held 8:30 a.m. Aug. 31.

Children’s program: Awana starts Sept. 3. Registration is open.

Sunday school: Classes will be held 9:50 a.m. Sundays starting Sept. 7. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

Mt. Olivet United Methodist, Concord

Bible discussion roundtable: David Jeremiah’s “Facing the Giants in Your Life.” Workbook available. 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays.

Hot dog sale: Eat in or take out. Delivery for orders of $10 or more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 301 Mt. Olivet Road, Concord. 704-782-8846;

Mt. Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Concert: The Cornelius Concert Series begins its season with singer, storyteller and folk theologian Ed Kilbourne. 6 p.m. Sept. 7. Kilbourne will also lead the worship services 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. with a different program. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius.

Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville

Community breakfast: Pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs. Free; donations accepted. 8-10 a.m. Sept. 6. 1809 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Classes: Disciples’ Academy and Equip U classes begin in September. Disciples’ Academy focuses on spiritual formation. Choices include Straight Talk to Men, Twelve Women of the Bible, more. Equip U classes help with life skills and healthy lifestyle. Choices include Re-Fit, Financial Peace University, and 14 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples.

Music programs: Registration is available online for the music opportunities at the church. Choirs include age 3 through kindergarten, grades 1-6, grades 7-12, student sign language choir, adult choir, senior adult choir, handbells for grades 4-6, 7-12, and adults, adult choir chimes, orchestra and praise band. Groups begin rehearsing in September. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville.

Centre Presbyterian, Mooresville

Bible study: Eight-month series on “The Story,” a condensed, chronological Bible organized like a novel. All ages will study the same material, and our pastor will expand the lessons in his sermons. Join us to understand how your story is part of God’s story. 9:45 a.m. Sundays starting Sept. 7. 129 Centre Church Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3160;

St. Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Newcomers’ class: Women invited to 10-week “Just Moved” class based on the book, “After the Boxes Are Unpacked.” Meet others, exchange insights and find courage to put down roots again. $10. 10 a.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 10. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992;

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Service: The Rev. Amy Brooks will present “Why Unitarian Universalism?” Nursery available. 11 a.m. Aug. 31. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

New course: Adult Sunday school course “The Wired World” applies scripture to the week’s news. 9:30 a.m. Sundays starting Aug. 31.

Service day: “God’s Work. Our Hands.” On Sept. 7, the nearly 10,000 congregations of this synod will serve communities in ways that share the love of God. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Temple Kol Tikvah of Lake Norman

Raffle and dinner: A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded during a reverse raffle and dinner sponsored by Temple Kol Tikvah. A maximum of 250 tickets will be sold. Winner does not need to be present to claim prize. Proceeds go to Camp Dogwood and other community efforts. Television and radio personality Stacey Simms will serve as emcee. Open bar and silent auction will be followed by buffet dinner and raffle. 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. For information or to buy a ticket for two adults, call 704-987-9980.

Religious school: Classes for children in preschool through post-B’nai Mitzvah begin Sept. 7. The school’s current enrollment is 125 students, including an active youth group. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sundays. 605 South St., Davidson. Register at 704-987-9980 or

Davidson College Presbyterian

Study series: The church’s Earth Care Taskforce presents a month-long series on stewardship of the Earth and sustainability practices. The topic for Sept. 7 is “The Spiritual Aspects of Earth Care.” 9:45 a.m. Sundays.

Concert: Organ at Davidson series kicks off with Aaron Goen performing solo pieces and accompanying MasterSingers of the Choir School at St. Peter’s. Free; donations to support future concerts accepted. Reception follows. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Beginners’ computer workshop: Class is for senior adults with little or no computer knowledge. Learn how to set up an email account, create Word documents, use digital photography, more. Bring laptop or tablet if you own one; not required. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 3. RSVP to Sara McMinn at 704-664-2880 ext. 3.

Car show: Family fun with bounce house, silent auction, hot dog lunch. $20 registration for car show. Awards for top 10 plus specialty awards. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 6. Rain date, Sept. 13.

Book club: Local author Robert Whitlow will discuss and sign copies of his book, “The Confession.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880;

Journey Church, Huntersville

New series: “I’m Sorry” will examine how Christ would respond to difficult issues in our culture. 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays starting Sept. 7. 15711 Brookway Drive, Huntersville.

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.

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Crafts fair: Vendor applications being accepted through Sept. 17. $30. All items must be original and hand-crafted; no resale items, please. Craft fair will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. 803-548-0800.

Community Bible Study

Bible study: Women and children of all ages, churches, backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge are welcome to join us for an in-depth, 30-week study of Romans. 9 a.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 3 at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamiltons Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. To register, contact Michelle Locklear at

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Service opportunity: The church will participate in the Thrivent Builds With Habitat for Humanity at a home in the Hunter Park neighborhood of York.

New lectionary: New to worship will be a lectionary developed by Brian McLaren for his book, “We Make the Road by Walking.” Worship is at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services: The Reform Jewish Congregation is holding Shabbat services at 7 p.m. each second and fourth Friday in the ministry building at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. Religious education is 10-11:30 a.m. Sundays. 803-619-9707;