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Calvary Church

Veterans Day breakfast: Veterans of all ages and from all branches of the military are invited for a meal and fellowship in appreciation of their service to our country. U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger will be the guest speaker. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Nov. 11. $5. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Tickets available through Nov. 4 at

Center for Spiritual Living COLORS

Author visit: Mary Reed, author of “Unwitting Mystic: Evolution of the Message of Love,” will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service Nov. 9. She will give an author’s talk and answer audience questions at 12:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 5420 Kimmerly Glen Lane. Reed will visit the Unity Center for Spiritual Living on Nov. 16 and Elemental Healing Charlotte on Nov. 18.

Park Road Baptist

Public forum: “From Headline to Heart: Conversations on Matters of Faith” will host a forum on “Christian Faith and Creation: The Witness of Wendell Berry.” Berry is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic and farmer. Steve Shoemaker, former pastor of Myers Park Baptist, will speak on developing an “eco-theology” based on Berry’s writing and biblical witness. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Call for dinner reservations by noon Nov. 4. 3900 Park Road. 704-523-5717.

St. Stephen United Methodist

Fall craft festival: 20th annual festival with more than 60 vendors. Handmade crafts, holiday gifts, huge bake sale, door prizes, barbecue lunch. Eat in or take out. Proceeds go to missions. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women. Free admission. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 1. 6800 Sardis Road. 704-364-1824.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Lunch and learn: “Putting Your House in Order” will cover wills and other documents, sharing your wishes with family members, making funeral arrangements, and more. Panel includes Hunter Roddey, chaplain at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center; Danielle Webb of Milazzo Schaffer Webb Law; and the Rev. Lynne Frech, associate pastor of congregational care. Boxed lunch, $10. Child care available. 11:15 a.m. Nov. 9. Registration required by Nov. 2. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. 704-544-0404;

Second Calvary Baptist

100th church anniversary: Celebration services with guest speaker Anthony Maclin, pastor of The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square in Capitol Heights, Md., will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Nov. 9. 114 Nelson Ave.

Sharon Forest Baptist

Holiday craft show: Handmade holiday gifts, decorations and food items. A portion of proceeds will go to church mission trips. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8. 11020 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.

Temple Beth El

Class: Join us on three evenings for Temple Beth El University’s “The Situation in Israel.” We will discuss the complex situation facing Israel, and clergy will be available for questions at each session. Refreshments will be served. Members, $36; nonmembers, $54. 7-9 p.m. Nov. 5, 12 and 19. 5101 Providence Road. Register at 704-366-1948 or

Saint Vincent de Paul Church

Vendors wanted: Christmas art and craft sale to be held Nov. 22. Email Joann Keane at with two photos of your art or craft. Handcrafted items only; no franchise or manufacturer’s representatives, please. Fees are $20 for table plus 10 percent of gross sales. Proceeds benefit preschool program. 6828 Old Reid Road.

Temple Or Olam

Discussion session: Kathryn Johnson, associate professor of religious studies at UNC Charlotte, will discuss the current political situation in Israel and surrounding areas. Dinner, a short worship experience and discussion. 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in the community room at Panera Bread, 8034 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord.

Breakout Ministries

Bible study: Bishop Michael and Julia Ferrell hold Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 4416 Andrew James Drive.

Cokesbury United Methodist

Concert: John Moore, ordained United Methodist minister and soloist, will present a concert of sacred music. All are welcome. 4 p.m. Nov. 9. 6701 Idlewild Road.

Central Church Life Care Center

Seminar: Robert and Cindi Dodd will present “Healing Your Relationships Through the Gift of Forgiveness” with Biblical tools, personal experiences, and the latest in forgiveness research. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Coffee, juice and pastries served at 8:45 a.m. 5500 Randolph Road. Register at 704-364-5003 or

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Holiday pastry sale: Sponsored by the Ladies Philoptochos Society. Baklava, 72 pieces, $70. Baklava, 35 pieces, $35. Spanakopita, $25 per pan. Tiropitakia, $18 per dozen. Koulourakia, $7 per dozen. Orders and payments due Nov. 7. Pickup noon-2 p.m. Dec. 14 or 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 15. Orders will not be held beyond Dec. 15. 600 East Blvd. To order, contact Diane Ramsay at 704-554-1377 or

Sardis Baptist

Gentle yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility, deepen breath and learn to relax. Space limited. $10 per class. 3:30 and 5 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Please call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831;

Living Saviour Lutheran

Craft fair: Annual craft fair and bake sale will feature handmade craft items and specialty gift vendors. Christmas décor, jewelry, fabric and paper crafts, handbags, baby items, much more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8. 6817 Carmel Road.

Stallings United Methodist

Sermon series: “Wonderful Wisdom of God: A Study of Proverbs.” 8:30, 9:45, and 10:55 a.m. Sundays through Nov. 9. The topic for Nov. 2 is “Wisdom is a Friend.”

Dinner fundraiser: The United Methodist Women will host a chicken-and-dumplings dinner. Adults, $8; children under 10, $4. Proceeds go to missions. 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 8. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings. 704-821-8820.

Cornerstone Baptist

Veterans Day recognition: The church will honor veterans with a special service. Guest speaker, retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Dees. Music by The Promise. 7 p.m. Nov. 11. A complimentary meal will be served at 5:45 p.m. in the family life center. All veterans invited to attend and bring one guest to the meal. The service is open to everyone. 8947 Albemarle Road.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Wednesday evenings: Join us for a family dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesdays followed by Awana program for children, youth group, and adult study of “The Seven Most Powerful Prayers” at 6 p.m. Please arrive early to register for Awana. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

St. James Catholic, Concord

Women’s Guild fundraiser: Book and bake sale, raffle and silent auction. Noon-5 p.m. Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Nov. 8, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 9. 139 Manor Ave. S. W., Concord.

St. Stephens Wesleyan, Concord

Annual barbecue sale: Dine in or take out. Plates include barbecue, slaw, baked beans, chips, bread, dessert and beverage. Adults, $8; children, $6. Sandwich, $4. Pound of barbecue, $9. Homemade baked goods also for sale. Hosted by the youth ministry. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 8. 7601 Brusharbor Road, Concord. For information prior to the sale, call 704-782-6677; on sale day, please call 704-723-1143.

Gilwood Presbyterian, Concord

Homecoming: The church will celebrate its 125th anniversary Nov. 9. The Rev. Alan Buckner will lead worship, and Cynthia Lawing will lead the adult choir. Pictures and other memorabilia will be featured in the fellowship hall. Bring a packed picnic basket for a covered-dish luncheon following the service. 11 a.m. Nov. 9. 2993 Odell School Road, Concord.

Impact Church, Concord

Healing ministry: Healing Rooms of Cabarrus County is open 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. 44 Cabarrus Ave., Concord. 704-788-6632.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 2:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Broadus Baptist, 59 Green St. S. W., Concord.

Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell

Barbecue: Meals served family-style. Adults, $9; children 10 and under, $5. Sandwiches available for take-out only, $4. 11 a.m. Nov. 8. 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell.

Journey Church, Huntersville

Women’s ministry: Join us on mission for Christ. Child care provided. 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the church coffee shop. 15711 Brookway Drive, Huntersville.

The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, Denver

Concert: The East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band will perform high-energy bluegrass and country music. The concert is part of the Alexander Community Concert Series. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10; children under 12, free. 3 p.m. Nov. 2. Reception follows. Season subscriptions available. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. Information and reservations: 704-489-6249.

Blood drive: Red Cross drive. Homemade baked goods provided. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5.

Medicare seminar: Learn options for Medicare and changes for 2015. Everyone welcome. 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius

Online worship services: Live streaming of worship services, funerals, and special events now available on the church’s website. Blended worship is at 9 a.m. Sundays, and traditional worship is at 11 a.m. Archived services and events are also available. Access these services at

New Hope Lutheran, Mooresville

New ministry: Lifetree Café is part of a national network of locations offering participatory events related to life and faith. Events typically include a short original film and guided conversation on topics such as loneliness, immigration, angels, guilt, prayer and life after death. Snacks and drinks available. Free admission. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The topic for Nov. 4 is “Second Chances.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Guest speaker: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison will speak briefly at the 11 a.m. worship service Nov. 2, followed by an opportunity for conversation in the church parlor. All are invited.

Sunday school discussion: Sherrill Holland, retired dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary, will lead a discussion on “The Doctrine of the Trinity: What Difference Does it Make?” 9:45 a.m. Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 23 in the congregation house. The church is at 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

Meadowlake Presbyterian, Huntersville

Holiday bazaar: Support your neighbors and shop for your holiday needs with local businesses, vendors and crafters. The event includes a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit the preschool playground fund. 4-8 p.m. Nov. 14 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15. 6501 Gilead Road, 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.

Catawba United Methodist

Fundraiser booth: The women of the church will have a booth at the Catawba Veterans Day Festival and Parade. Items for sale include baked goods, cookbooks, pecans, crocheted children’s hats, Happy Home flavorings, and Rada knives. Proceeds will go to missions. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8.

Worship services: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Linda Royer, associate pastor at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist in Sherrills Ford, will preach on Nov. 9. 207 E. Central Ave., Catawba. 828-241-4868.

Crouse United Methodist and Pleasant Grove United Methodist, Lincolnton

Concerts: Folk Mountain Gospel will perform worship music for hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, zither, mandolin and guitar. 9:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at Crouse United Methodist, 2376 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Crouse, and 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist, 2069 N.C. 182, Lincolnton. A love offering will be taken at both churches. 704-735-2443.

Walnut Grove Baptist, Dallas

Women’s fall expo: More than 30 vendors. Custom sewing and embroidery, hair salon, handmade stone-top tables, Avon, Tupperware, homemade chicken salad, soups, much more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8. 3255 Dallas-Cherryville Highway, Dallas.

Belmont Abbey College

Concert: John Apple, organist and choirmaster at Good Shepherd Lutheran, will join Abbey organist Karen Hite Jacob to perform a variety of works on the basilica’s organ. Composers featured are Schubert and his little-known friend, Lachner. Free; donations accepted. 8 p.m. Nov. 3. 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont.

First United Methodist, Newton

Seminar: Betty McGee will facilitate “Surviving the Holidays” for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Holiday survival guides will be available for $5. 3-5 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Gomedela Room. 300 N. Main Ave., Newton. 828-464-8422.

Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry

Fall gala: Enjoy “An Evening of Elegance” with a social hour, silent auction and delicious dinner. GMZ Jazz will provide music, and All American Dance will provide a demonstration and group lesson to open the dance floor. $75 per person. 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Catawba Country Club, 1154 Country Club Road, Newton.

St. John XXIII Church, Hickory

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

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Grace Baptist, 300 Westland Farm Road, Mount Holly. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Mountain Grove Baptist, 6156 Mountain Grove Road, Hickory.

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;

Lake Wylie Lutheran

Holiday boutique: Presented by the Lake Wylie Lutheran Church Quilters. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8. 2906 S. C. 160 S., Fort Mill.

Heritage International Ministries, Fort Mill

Oak Initiative: The nondenominational organization meets to mobilize, equip and activate residents to engage in current issues from a Biblical worldview. 7:30 p.m. Mondays. 375 Star Light Drive, Fort Mill.

Flint Hill Baptist, Fort Mill

Clothing closet: Free adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes, linens and miscellaneous items. 9:30 a.m.-noon each second and fourth Monday. 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill.