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Compiled by Erica Batten

Levine Center for the Arts

Concert: David Broza, the “Bruce Springsteen of Israel,” will share his passionate, soulful blend of flamenco and Israeli folk rock. $36-$54. Attendees can make their gifts to the Jewish Federation’s 2015 Annual Campaign. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Tickets available at www.carolinatix.org.

Ridgeview Baptist

Celebration: Celebrate Charles Foushee’s 62 years of ministry. Foushee began his ministry on Nov. 30, 1952, in Tennessee. In 1957, he founded Ridgeview Baptist, where he is the pastor. Foushee received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Florida Bible College in 1976. He has conducted almost 400 funeral services and has 49 years of service in church radio ministry. Morning worship is at 10:55 a.m. Nov. 30. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. The Rev. Charlie Marshall will be the guest speaker at an evening service at 7:25 p.m. 7700 Tuckaseegee Road. 704-399-5934.

Brookstone Schools

School moves: Brookstone Schools announces its upcoming move to First Baptist in uptown Charlotte. The Christ-centered school serves 135 students in grades K-8. For more than 13 years, Brookstone has served children in need; nearly 90 percent of students qualify for free lunch, and most tuition costs are covered through giving from churches, foundations and individuals. Brookstone helps students strive for academic excellence, personal discipline and a biblical worldview. The move will take place on Dec. 12. 301 S. Davidson St. www.brookstoneschools.org.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Christmas tree sale: Fresh-cut Fraser fir trees from the North Carolina mountains. The 6- to 10-foot trees are $45-$55. 3-6 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, and 19 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 13 and 20. 1900 Emerywood Drive. www.standrewsumc.com.

All Things Possible Ministries

Special event: Join us for an evening of caroling, raffle prizes and a dessert contest. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Johnson Mansion, 1800 Queens Road. Register at www.AllThingsPossible.org.

Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic

Christmas shopping event: Santa’s Bag welcomes all children ages 2-12. Costumed elves will escort children through Santa’s workshop of gifts for the whole family, including pets. Come early for best selection. Free gift wrapping for gifts priced $1-$5. Coffee and fellowship for parents while the children shop. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits and photos. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Monsignor Pharr Activity Center. 6828 Old Reid Road. www.stvincentdepaulchurch.com.

Saint Peter’s Episcopal

Photo exhibit: The church will host a traveling exhibit of 33 photographs of the Episcopal Relief and Development agency’s worldwide efforts to overcome poverty, hunger and disease. Created in honor of Episcopal Relief and Development’s 75th anniversary, the exhibit is a vivid and intimate exploration of the organization’s history and programs, which reach more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries. An app available on iPhones and Androids provides viewers with detail and background about each image. The exhibit will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday through December 15. 115 W. Seventh St. www.st-peters.org.

Grace Crossing Baptist Fellowship

Concert: Annual “Appalachian Christmas” featuring Amantha Mill. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6. 5600 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. www.gracecrossing.info.

Pritchard Memorial Baptist

Christmas show: Broadway Comes to South End presents “The Gift: A Christmas Love Story.” Free tickets available. 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Dessert follows each show. 1117 South Blvd. www.pritchardmemorial.com.

University City United Methodist

Christmas musical: The church Celebration Choir, drama ministry, Exaltation Ringers, Joybells, Psalm 150 Orchestra, Renovation Youth Choir, Spirit Singers and other members of the music ministry will present “A University City Christmas.” Free; a love offering will be received. Child care available for ages 0-5; reservations required. 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 4 p.m. Dec. 7. 3835 W. W.T. Harris Blvd. www.ucumc.org.

Sharon United Methodist

Worship services: The sermon topic for Nov. 30 is “Do Not Be Afraid.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.

Myers Park United Methodist

Open house: The Goodness Gracious gift shop, in the lobby of the parish life building, will have snacks, music and Christmas merchandise on display. 5-7 p.m. Dec. 3. Proceeds from the volunteer-run shop go to outreach. In addition to its regular weekday, Wednesday evening and Sunday morning hours, the shop will be open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.mpumc.org.

Providence United Methodist

Cookie walk: The church women will host their annual “Cookie Walk and More!” with festive homemade sweet and savory baked goods. Fill a box for $8 or two boxes for $15. Specialty baked goods and holiday décor are also available. Proceeds benefit church missions. 9 a.m. Dec. 6 until sold out.

Concert: World-renowned singer-songwriter John Gorka will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in Wolfe Hall. Proceeds benefit the church’s Haiti missions and UMAR. 2810 Providence Road. Tickets available at www.ProvidenceUMC.org.

Sharon Presbyterian

Concert: The Piedmont Baroque Consortium presents a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” played on period instruments. Conductor David Tang leads the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, the semi-professional choir VOX and renowned soloists. Art historian Phillip Larrimore has chosen projections of historical fine art to accompany the music. Sponsored by the Parker Family Enrichment Fund, admission to this performance is free. Limited seating. Child care provided. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. 5201 Sharon Road. www.SharonPCUSA.org.

Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox

Baklava sale: The Ladies Philoptochos Society will hold its first annual baklava sale. The classic Greek pastry can be frozen for up to two months. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 13 and 20 across the street from the farmer’s market in downtown Matthews. For information, contact Catherine Keretsis at cekeretsis@yahoo.com or 704-819-0327.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Midweek events: Family dinner, 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Youth group and children’s program, 6 p.m. Adult study on “Victory in the Face of Spiritual Warfare,” 6 p.m.

Blood drive: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 2. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. www.spiritofjoy.us.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Healing prayer service: The St. Peregrine service will not be held on the fourth Thursday this month. The next service is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Regular schedule will resume in January.

Santa’s craft shop: More than 100 traditional and contemporary creative artists, raffles, photos with Santa, food court. Free parking and admission. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6. Free coffee and doughnuts, 8-9 a.m. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.

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.

Mount Mitchell United Methodist, Kannapolis

Hot dog sale: Eat in or take out. Delivery for orders of $10 or more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3. 6001 Old Salisbury-Concord Road, Kannapolis. 704-933-0155.

Harrisburg Presbyterian

Turkey and ham collection: Frozen turkeys and hams will be collected for Harrisburg Crisis Assistance, Cooperative Christian Ministry and the Urban Ministry Center. Monetary donations go toward bulk purchases. 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays and Sundays. 4815 N. C. 49 S., Harrisburg. 704-455-2491.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Huntersville

Community nativity festival: View more than 400 nativity scenes from around the world, dress in costumes for a family photo, make crafts to take home. Free. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 4-6. Musical performances by local students, 6-8:30 p.m. 7036 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville. www.nativityfestival.com.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Staff member welcomed: David Brinson has joined the church staff as associate director of music. A North Carolina native, Brinson is a certified church musician through the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He earned a bachelor of music education degree from Appalachian State University and a master of sacred music from Emory University. Brinson served as director of music ministries at First Presbyterian in Winter Haven, Fla., and as an adjunct professor at Polk State College. Brinson is a published composer whose musical talents include organ and voice performance, bagpipes, piano, guitar and drums.

Alternative gift fair: At the annual Christmas in Davidson event, the church will offer shoppers a chance to buy windows for Habitat for Humanity, provide food and Christmas gifts for children, help build a school in Sudan or support a local preschool. Shoppers will receive a card acknowledging their purchases to present to a person on their gift list. Credit cards accepted. The church youth will host a coffee shop. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4-5 in downtown Davidson.

Class: Dr. Greg Snyder, professor of religion and chair of the religion department at Davidson College, will teach a four-session course on “The Lord’s Prayer(s).” The program will reflect on the origins of the prayer in pre-gospel sources and explore how the versions in Luke and in Matthew each fit within their particular literary and theological context. Free and open to the public. 9:45 a.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14, and 21 in the congregation house. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Christmas concert: The Jubilation Gospel Choir will present “A Jubilation Christmas,” with sacred gospel songs. Refreshments follow. Free. 7 p.m. Dec. 7. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.

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 Dec. 2 is “How the Next Generation Will Change the World.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. More information at www.LifetreeCafe.com.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Service: “Social Action Sunday.” We will create holiday cards and collect items for the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. Nursery available. Children age 4 and up go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. 11 a.m. Nov. 30.

Informational meeting: Join us for coffee and conversation to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and the Fellowship. 9:45 a.m. Dec. 7. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. RSVP: membership@uulakenorman.org.

Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell

Christmas cantata: Candle lighting, narration, new anthems and traditional carols celebrate 10 promises from God in this journey from the promises of the Old Testament to the fulfillment of the New Testament. 10:45 a.m. Dec. 7. 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell. www.rehobethumc.org.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Christmas bazaar: Handmade items, vendors, bake sale, photos with Santa. 9-11 a.m. Dec. 6.

Mass: Everyone who has had spiritual direction with a Jesuit is invited to gather as a community and thank God for this special gift. The bilingual Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 6. Light refreshments served. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992; www.sainttherese.net.

Huntersville United Methodist

Community Christmas celebration: Christmas carols, children’s games, photos with Santa, pizza, drinks and desserts. Free. 3:30-7 p.m. Dec. 7. A free showing of the classic holiday comedy, “A Christmas Story” will begin at 5 p.m. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. www.humconline.org.

RiverLife Wellness Center, Mooresville

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

Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Worship services: 9:15 a.m. Sundays.

Holiday bake sale: The Ladies Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) Society will sell traditional Greek pastries, including baklava, kourabiedes and finikia, by the pan or the piece. Gift box assortments available. Proceeds go to local outreach ministries. Order by Dec. 7. Pick up 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 14. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville. Order forms available in the News and Events area of www.stluke-nc.org.

First ARP Church, Gastonia

Service: The cherub, junior, youth and adult choirs, accompanied by brass, timpani, organ and piano, will present a service of lessons and carols. Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 7. 317 S. Chester St., Gastonia. www.firstarpchurch.org.

New Hope Moravian, Newton

Special event: Candle tea and Christmas bazaar. Enjoy the Bandys High School chorus and hand-bell ensemble and the church band, Moravian coffee and sugar cake and Christmas shopping. Free admission. Canned goods and other staples will be collected for the ECCCM food pantry. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6. 2897 Sandy Ford Road, Newton. www.newhopemoravian.org.

Crouse United Methodist

Fundraiser: Annual hot dog, bake and craft sale. Breakfast biscuits and coffee also available. Proceeds from food sales benefit church missions. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6. Come early and stay for the first ever Crouse Christmas parade at 1 p.m. 3311 Crouse School Road, Crouse. 704-735-2443.

Catawba United Methodist

Guest speaker: Tim Killian, assistant pastor at Denver United Methodist, will speak on “Morality Meltdown.” 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 30. 207 E. Central Ave., Catawba.

Collection: Church members will ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle drive. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Lowes Foods in Claremont. 828-241-4868.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: Screenwriter and playwright Lee Shackleford will speak on “When Does the Wisdom Arrive?” 11 a.m. Nov. 30.

Meditation group: Meditation and discussion to foster mindfulness and clarity. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. 833 Fifth St. S. E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 2-6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at First Presbyterian, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. www.cbcc.us.

Riverview Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Cookie walk and auction: Fill a box of homemade cookies for $6. Bid on baskets with gift themes. Proceeds go to church playground project. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6. 124 N. Sutton Road, Fort Mill. www.riverviewpcusa.org.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services: The Reform Jewish Congregation holds 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.

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Beer and hymns: Quarterly service. Bring a friend. 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

Informational session: Pastor Jeffrey Lingle will share a brief history of the church, discuss the permission-giving model of ministry and answer questions. 7 p.m. Dec. 2. RSVP: allarewelcome@epiphany-rockhill.org.

New ministry: College-age gathering will include Bible study, holy conversations, service projects, retreats and joining with other church groups for learning, fellowship, service and fun. 9:15 a.m. Sundays starting Dec. 7. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.

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