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Compiled by Erica Batten
Community Selichot service: Program at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 followed by dessert reception. Service at 10 p.m.
Erev Rosh Hashana: Service at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 24.
Rosh Hashana services: Day one morning service, 9 a.m. Sept. 25. Kavanah service, 10:30 a.m. Tashlich at 12:45 p.m. Special-needs and evening services at 6:15 p.m. Day two morning service, 9 a.m. Sept. 26. Rock Ha-Shana service, 10:30 a.m. Children’s, youth and family services also available. Ticket and parking information at 704-362-2796. Complete High Holy Days schedule at www.templeisraelnc.org.
Intro to Judaism: Not a Hebrew school class for adults, Intro to Judaism is an opportunity for self-reflection and growth as we explore Judaism’s greatest ideas, themes and values. Taught by Rabbi Noam Raucher in partnership with the Louis and Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism program at American Jewish University. Members, $65; nonmembers, $100. Conversion track, $210. The class will meet at 9:30 a.m. most Sundays, Sept. 14 through April 19.
Open house: Congregants and members of the Charlotte community are invited. Learn more about our synagogue programs, register for Lifelong Learning classes, and meet members of our auxiliaries and committees to learn how you can get involved. Register to win two theater seats for the High Holy Days or one TIRS tuition for the 2014-15 school year. The social action committee will collect coats, toiletries and food donations for charitable organizations. Drop in 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 14. 4901 Providence Road. www.templeisraelnc.org.
Crossroads Lutheran, Indian Land
Congregation organized: The church was recently recognized as an organized congregation in the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Groundbreaking for a 4,000-square-foot worship center was held in August and construction has begun. 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. www.Crossroads-Lutheran.org.
Support group: Multiple myeloma support group provides prayer and support for patients and their caregivers. Free educational material available. 11 a.m. Sept 20. The group meets monthly. 2600 Beatties Ford Road. www.memorialpresbyteriancharlotte.org.
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; www.centralchurchofgod.org.
Volunteer orientation: Learn how to mentor people who have criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 6-7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Mt. Carmel Baptist, 7237 Tuckaseegee Road and 10-11 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at St. Paul Baptist, 1401 Allen St.
Career networking: Group for people with criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at St. Paul Baptist. www.exodusfoundation.org.
Temple Or Olam
Slichot service: A service in preparation and forgiveness. Service is appropriate for adults and older children; child care provided. 7 p.m. Sept. 21.
Erev Rosh Hashana: Service with stately and gorgeous melodies that are sung only this time of year. Child care provided. 7 p.m. Sept. 24.
Rosh Hashana service: Celebrate the new year with enthusiastic shofar blowing and prayer. Potluck lunch follows. After lunch will be Tashlich on the Mallard Creek Greenway trail across the street. Paved and accessible. Child care for morning service. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 25. Services and activities are held at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, 9704 Mallard Creek Road. www.or-olam.org.
Complete schedule of High Holy Days services available on our website. Suggested donation for nonmembers: $90 for an individual, $180 for a couple or family, students free.
Big Spring United Methodist
180th homecoming: The Rev. David Carl will lead the worship service. The Rev. Margaret Nunez will preach. A covered-dish luncheon will follow the service. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14. 5300 Old Dowd Road. 704-399-6362.
St. John Neumann Catholic
Spaghetti dinner benefit: Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs, salad, bread, wine. Adults, $7; children under 12, $3. Desserts available for purchase. Proceeds go to help St. Luke Church in Cuthbert, Ga., purchase an outdoor Christmas manger scene. Dinner will be held after the 5 p.m. Mass Sept. 13. 8451 Idlewild Road. www.4sjnc.org.
Charlotte Torah Center
Services: Warm, inviting Jewish community and a place to learn about and enjoy the High Holy Days. No membership necessary. No Hebrew required; meaningful explanations provided. Children’s services available. Rosh Hashana services, 7:10 p.m. Sept. 24-25 and 9:15 a.m. Sept. 25-26. Kol Nidre, 6:50 p.m. Oct. 3. Yom Kippur morning service, 9 a.m. Oct. 4. Torah reading at 10:30 a.m. Sermon followed by Yizkor memorial prayer, 11 a.m. Afternoon service, 5:15 p.m. Neilah service, 6:15 p.m. Havdalah service and break fast, 7:50 p.m. Family, $80; adults, $36; children ages 3-11, $18. Prices include Kiddush and break fast. Children 2 and under and college students, free. RSVP required by Sept. 14. 5668 International Drive, Suite 5A. www.charlottetorahcenter.com.
First Fellowship Ministries
Special event: Family and Friends Weekend. Family fun day with horseshoes, basketball, volleyball, badminton, Bible trivia, prizes and a picnic with hot dogs, hamburgers and fried fish. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 13. Family and friends worship service will be held 10 a.m. Sept. 14. 7700 Lawyers Road. www.ffmoc.org.
Matthews United Methodist
Consignment sale: Clothing and accessories for teens and children. Great selection and prices. Most major credit cards accepted. A portion of proceeds will go to Christian children’s ministries worldwide. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 20. Half-price sale, 1-3 p.m. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.matthewsumc.org.
Myers Park Baptist
Series: Ed Williams, former editorial page editor at the Observer, will lead the discussion as class members share stories of grace in their lives. The three-part series was launched on Sept. 7 with special guest Dr. Douglas Oldenburg, former moderator of the PCUSA and former president of Columbia Theological Seminary. Series continues 9:45 a.m. Sept. 14 and 21. The LIFE Class meets in the coffee house below Heaton Hall. 1900 Queens Road. www.mpbconline.org.
Clinton Chapel AME Zion
Friends and family day: Come experience the love of God as you are spiritually and physically fed. Service at 11 a.m. Sept. 14. 1901 Rozzelles Ferry Road. www.clintonchapel.webs.com.
Shiloh Institutional Baptist
Formal event: The beautification committee will host its annual Black and White Ball. The evening will feature fellowship, food and dancing. Wear black-and-white formal attire. $10. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 27 at 2XSalt Ministry, 1900 Queen City Drive. Tickets: 704-953-5720.
Pregnancy Resource Center of Charlotte
Fundraiser: “Celebrate Life” benefit dinner will feature acclaimed Christian singer/songwriter Matt Maher and speaker Brian Fisher, president of Online for Life. $50. 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The Pregnancy Resource Center is a Christ-centered ministry that provides ultrasounds, parenting classes and other resources free of charge. Tickets: www.mattmaheratprc.com.
Annual revival: Combined choirs will present a revival musical 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Jerry Cannon will be the preacher for services 7 p.m. Sept. 22-24. 900 Rhyne Road. 704-393-5731.
WAR (Warriors Armed and Ready) Fellowship Ministries International
Holy convocation: Bishop Nathan Anderson will be the presiding prelate. Sept. 14-19 at the Grace and Mercy Cathedral, 2640 Dr. Carver Road. 704-377-1799.
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. Vendors may register at 704-271-0854. www.northlakeag.com.
South End Presbyterian
Celebration: Inauguration parade, flea market and health fair to celebrate the merger of Bread of Life and Clanton Presbyterian Churches. Free food; donations appreciated. All area churches and community invited. Flea market begins at 7 a.m. Sept. 27. Parade begins at 11 a.m. Celebration continues until 3 p.m. 335 Freeland Lane. 704-525-0022. To participate in the parade, call Sylvia Grier at 704-340-0186.
Revival and homecoming: The Rev. Michael Davis will preach at the homecoming service and revival kick-off at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 21. Timothy Sims of Bethel Baptist in Shelby will be the guest preacher for services at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 and 7 p.m. Sept. 22-23. Special music by Sam Forbis and guests Sept. 21, The Harvells Sept. 22, and King’s Cause Sept. 23. 4622 Nations Crossing Road. www.woodlawnchurch.org.
China Grove AME Zion, Pineville
Annual campfire service: The Charlotte District Lay Council will host the annual service with guest speaker the Rev. Henrico White, pastor of Weeping Willow AME Zion. In preparation to live victoriously in the new conference year, we will cast into the flames paper inscribed with past hindrances. 5 p.m. Sept. 28. 9401 China Grove Church Road, Pineville. www.chinagroveamezion.org.
Sedgefield United Methodist
Fundraiser: Italian night spaghetti dinner. Donations only. Proceeds will be used for chancel renovation. 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 20. 2830 Dorchester Place. 704-523-0077.
Sharon United Methodist
Sermon series: “What’s Your Story?” series will continue Sept. 14 with “A Tree in a Story About a Forest.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.
Pineville United Methodist
Dinner and performance: SHAE Movement African Arts will share the heart of African energy through movement. Dinner, 6 p.m. Sept. 20. Performance at 7 p.m. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. www.pinevilleumc.org.
Grace United Methodist
60th homecoming: Former members, friends and family invited. The Rev. Britt Hadley, former member, will bring the message. Lunch follows service. 11 a.m. Sept. 21. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.
Providence United Methodist
New worship experience: “The Net” will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 in Charter Hall. Led by Director of Evangelism and Discipleship Casey Crimmins, the service will feature music, worship and preaching in a casual, family-friendly setting. Child care available. Traditional services are offered at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays. 2810 Providence Road. www.ProvidenceUMC.org.
Consignment sale: Fall and winter children’s and maternity clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, much more. Proceeds benefit the Sardis Weekday School. 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 27. Early bird shopping, 7-8 a.m. Half-price sale, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Accepting consignors and volunteers. 6100 Sardis Road. www.sardis.org.
St. Matthew Catholic
Special prayer service: Service for Our Lady of Sorrows. All parents who have lost a child, regardless of age, are invited. Photos will be displayed in front of the altar. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15.
Career support ministry: Christians in Career Transition offers job-search skills and networking for those who are unemployed. The group meets the first and third Monday of each month. 7 p.m. Sept. 15. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewministries.org/cict/.
South Mecklenburg Presbyterian
Concert: Classical trumpeter Keenan Harmon will perform with six other Charlotte musicians to fill the sanctuary with dramatic, sumptuous and rousing music covering classicism to romanticism. Free. An offering will be taken for Charlotte-based Society for International Ministries to aid victims of the Ebola virus in Africa. 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in the sanctuary. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. 704-544-0404.
Monroe AM Aglow
Service: Women’s monthly meeting. 10 a.m. Sept. 20. Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. 3405 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe. Mlulu45@aol.com.
Austin Grove Baptist, Marshville
Centennial celebration: The celebration will begin with the dedication of a memorial area in the cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5, followed by a walk to the old spring and displays of pictures and quilts. The celebration continues at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary with a video presentation, old hymns by the congregation and choir, children’s music, scripture reading and prayer, church history highlights, recognition of past and present pastors and Christian service servants, and a message by former pastor Alfred Wright. Everyone is welcome. Nursery provided. A complimentary meal will be served in the fellowship hall after the service. Cookbooks available; $10 each. 5919 Austin Grove Church Road, Marshville. 704-624-2929.
Bethpage Presbyterian, Kannapolis
Bible reading program: The congregation will participate in a nationwide movement to study the Bible using “The Story,” a chronological selection of scriptures that read like a novel. The 31-week program will include curricula for adults, children and teens and corresponding sermons. Community invited. 9:55 a.m. Sundays starting Sept. 14. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. 6020 Mooresville Road, Kannapolis. www.bethpagechurch.org.
Roberta United Methodist, Concord
Homecoming: The Rev. Fred Jordan will bring the morning message. A covered-dish luncheon will follow the service. 10 a.m. Sept. 14.
Hot dog sale: Hot dogs and homemade desserts, $1.25 each. Delivery for 10 or more. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 20. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.
Community Moms in Prayer
Prayer meetings: The group will meet noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays in the Williams Community Room at the West Cabarrus YMCA, 5325 Langford Ave. N.W., Concord. Child care available for YMCA members. www.momsinprayer.org; email@example.com.
High Rock Church, Harrisburg
Community Bible study: Eight-week study of “Discovering Christ in Ruth.” $7 for materials. 7 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 23. 4075 N. C. 49, Harrisburg. Register at 828-400-9536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temple Kol Tikvah, Davidson
Erev Rosh Hashana: Service at 7 p.m. Sept. 24. Meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. and children’s services at 6:30 p.m.
Rosh Hashana services: Day one service, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25. Children’s service at 9:15 a.m. Community nosh at 9:30 a.m. Taschlich at 1:15 p.m. at Roosevelt Wilson Park. Day two service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at Temple Kol Tikvah, 605 South St., Davidson. All other services will be held at Fairview United Methodist, 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. Tishrei memberships available. Full High Holy Days schedule available at www.templekoltikvah.org.
St. Alban’s Episcopal, Davidson
Concert: Music at St. Alban’s begins its 11th season with BachFest featuring Agave Baroque, a dynamic ensemble specializing in string chamber music of the 17th century. They will perform works by J.S. Bach and his relatives. Adults, $15; students and seniors, $10; children younger than12, free. Reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres will follow the concert. 3 p.m. Sept. 21. 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. 704-941-0650.
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. 14 is “The Mission of DCPC as an Earth Care Congregation.” 9:45 a.m. Sundays. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.
St. Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville
Old-fashioned barbecue: Event will celebrate Pastor Cozart’s many years of service. Regular church services will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sept. 14. Following the services, barbecued chicken, chopped pork barbecue, hush puppies, drinks and ice cream will be provided. Bring your own side dish to share, and wear red in honor of Cozart and his favorite teams. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville. www.saintmarkslutheran.com.
St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville
Gospel choir concert: The Davidson Presbyterian men’s choir will be our special guests. Free. 5 p.m. Sept. 14.
Twelve tribe rally: Join us as we march around the church and sing the songs of Zion. 5 p.m. Sept. 21. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.
Lake Forest Church, Huntersville
Prayer run: Join friends in worldwide prayer for orphans in Bolivia and Honduras, then run or walk a 5K to benefit the Children’s Impact Network. Participants will receive a prayer card with the photo, name and prayer request of a child at one of our orphanages. The children will pray and walk a 5K the same morning. Optional chip-timed race provided by Davidson Timing. Male and female first- and second-place winners will receive a $125 gift certificate to Charlotte Running Co. or Brushy Mountain Outdoors. Prizes also awarded to winners in each age bracket. Strollers and pets welcome. 9 a.m. Oct. 11. 8519 Gilead Road, Huntersville. http://cinonline.org/engage/prayer-run/.
The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, Denver
Concert: The Tryon Street Ensemble, featuring Alan Black, principal cellist of the Charlotte Symphony, Principal Violist Ben Geller and Violinist and Associate Concertmaster Joseph Meyer, will present an afternoon of chamber music. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10; children under 12, free. 3 p.m. Sept. 21. Reception follows. Season subscriptions available. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. Information and reservations: 704-489-6249.
Point of Grace Church, Cornelius
Concert: Keyboardist Alex Mauldin, who composes scores for film and theater, will perform. Free. 8 p.m. Sept. 19. 20700 N. Main St., Cornelius. www.pogchurch.net.
Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville
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; www.fairviewumc.org.
Saint Patrick’s Episcopal, Mooresville
Concert: The Solas Leighis concert series welcomes Al Petteway and Amy White, whose performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, percussion and vocals. Wine-and-cheese reception included. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10. Proceeds benefit community outreach. 7 p.m. Sept. 14. 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville. www.saint-patricks.org.
Horizon Church, Statesville
Car and bike show: Showcase of classic and muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles plus bounce house, milk-chugging contest, 50-50 drawing and other family activities. Food, art and craft vendor spaces available for $30. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 4. 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville. For vendor or car registration, contact Jada Thompson at 704-450-2752 or Jack Shoemaker at 704-880-0900. www.horizonchurch.net.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman
Spiritual exploration groups: The humanist group will discuss “This I Believe,” short essays that describe what motivates individuals in their daily lives. The adult discussion group meets to explore and share inspiration and challenges. The youth group, for grades 5-8, will resume programming this month. 9:45 a.m. Sundays.
Service: The worship committee will present “The Whys, Whats and Hows of Worship.” Nursery available. Children in grades K-5 go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. 11 a.m. Sept. 14. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.
Mt. Zion United Methodist, Cornelius
Concert: Join us for a night of song and humor as Pepper Choplin shares his many talents. A full-time composer, Choplin’s work includes more than 230 anthems for church and school choirs, 13 church cantatas and a book of piano compositions. His music incorporates elements of folk, gospel, classical and jazz styles. Choplin will perform with the chancel choir. Free; offering will be taken. 7 p.m. Sept. 20. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.
Davidson United Methodist
Career transition program: Co-sponsored by Davidson College Presbyterian. 10 a.m.-noon each first and third Wednesday in room 216 of the education building. 233 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-8277.
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.
St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia
Special event: Purple and Teal Gala. Semi-formal and formal attire. Line-dancing contest, best-dressed contest, food. $10 per person; $15 per couple. 7-11 p.m. Sept. 20 at the outreach center, 1310 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.
New Covenant United Methodist, Mt. Holly
Homecoming: Sunday school, 10 a.m. Sept. 14. One service will be held at 11 a.m. Guest preacher the Rev. Gary Royals, former pastor. A covered-dish meal will follow the service.
Vendors wanted: Holiday shopping expo will be held 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15. Vendors of unique crafts, products or treats invited. Space limited. 14514 Lucia Riverbend Highway, Mt. Holly. www.newcovenantumc.org.
Concord United Methodist, Catawba
Annual homecoming: New pastor Bill Foust will be the homecoming preacher, and there will be special music for the service. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 28. Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. Covered-dish dinner at noon. 7618 Monbo Road, Catawba. 828-478-3110.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory
Service: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will deliver his annual request sermon, “The Value of Selflessness vs. the Ego.” 11 a.m. Sept. 14. 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist
Community clothing closet: 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 1260 N. College St., Mt. Pleasant. www.mtpleasantumc.net.
Church of the Master United Church of Christ, Hickory
Discussion: Thinking Allowed Thursday is a monthly forum where people are invited to talk about subjects of interest in a safe and loving environment. 7 p.m. Sept. 18. 2230 29th Ave. Drive N. E., Hickory. 828-495-8400.
Viewmont Baptist, Hickory
Concert: The sanctuary choir will present early American hymn tunes and spirituals. 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Reception follows. 1246 Second St. N.E., Hickory. www.viewmontbaptist.org.
Temple Solel, Fort Mill
Shabbat services: The Reform Jewish Congregation is currently 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; www.templesolelsc.org.
Riverview Presbyterian, Fort Mill
Abundant Wednesdays: Dinner, Bible study, singing and fellowship. Nursery provided. 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays. 124 N. Sutton Road, Fort Mill. www.riverviewpcusa.org.
Temple Kol Ami, Fort Mill
Services: The community is invited to High Holy Day services led by Rabbi Joseph Levanon and cantorial soloist Sara Sherman. Babysitting available by reservation; $5. Services are held at Unity Presbyterian, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. Tickets and schedule of services at www.templekolamisc.org.
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; email@example.com.
All Saints Catholic, Lake Wylie
Vendors wanted: Garage and craft sale will be held 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 4. $10 for a space the size of two parking spaces. To rent: send name, address, phone number, number of spaces needed and a check to Jeannette Altenburg, 2322 Branch Hill Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. Vendors will be contacted with list of items allowed. The church is at 530 S. C. 274, Lake Wylie. www.allsaintslakewylie.com.