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Compiled by Erica Batten

Shiloh Institutional Baptist

Church anniversary: The church celebrates its 71st anniversary. Guest speaker is Jacotron Potts, associate minister at The Park Ministries. The theme for worship is “A House That is Built on a Firm Foundation.” Former members, family and friends are invited. Casual dress. 10:45 a.m. Dec. 7. 2400 Greenland Ave. 704-393-2065.

Christ Episcopal

Christmas bazaar: Holiday decorations, handmade gifts and goodies. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6. Artist and author Anne Neilson will sign copies of her new book, “Strokes of Compassion,” until 11 a.m. 1412 Providence Road. www.christchurchcharlotte.org.

Covenant Presbyterian

Service: Traditional service of lessons and carols featuring choirs, orchestra and readers from the congregation. 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Prelude begins at 4:30 p.m. 1000 E. Morehead St. www.covenantpresby.org.

Saint Sarkis Armenian Church

Ordination service: Deacon Benjamin Rith-Najarian will be ordained to the Holy Order of the Priesthood by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), which is based in New York and oversees more than 60 parishes from the East Coast to Texas. The celebration of the Divine Liturgy and service of ordination will be followed by a reception dinner in Acopian Hall. 10 a.m. Dec. 7. 7000 Park Road. www.saintsarkis.net.

Women Living Well Ministries

Forum: Women invited to learn the word of God and be empowered to grow in Christian faith. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays. Free. The next forum will focus on “Walking by the Spirit.” 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn Uptown, 508 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free parking in the EZ Parking Lot, 501 Caldwell St. www.womenlivingwellministries.org.

Dilworth United Methodist

Animal blessing service: Pet owners and pets are invited to hear the Christmas story from the animals’ perspective and receive a Christmas blessing. Enjoy music, hot cider and treats for the pets. 4 p.m. Dec. 7. 605 East Blvd. www.dilworthchurch.org.

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.

All Things Possible Ministries

Special event: 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.

Calvary Harvest Church

Services: 11 a.m. Sundays at The Courtyard by Marriott, 800 W. Arrowood Road. 704-625-1294.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Christmas concert: The church will present its popular concert of Advent and Christmas music featuring works by Pergolesi, Wilberg, Rutter and Forrest. Director of Music Don Huff will conduct. Free. A reception follows the concert. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. 6817 Carmel Road. www.livingsaviourlc.org.

Sharon United Methodist

Worship services: We will welcome guest preacher the Rev. Brian Combs on Dec. 7. Services are at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Special grief service: “A Quiet Christmas” service is for those who have lost a spouse, parent, child or sibling. Acknowledge your grief and the memory of your loved one, even as you claim the hope of Christmas. 7 p.m. Dec. 8. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. www.harrisonchurch.org.

KinderMourn

Holiday memorial service: Special service allows parents to come together with others for a time of remembrance and reflection. All bereaved parents and their families are welcome. Please bring a candle in a holder to light in remembrance of your child. Nursery provided. 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. John’s Episcopal, 1623 Carmel Road. www.kindermourn.org.

Grace United Methodist

Music program: The chancel choir, the Grace Notes Bell Choir and guest vocalists will present “Darkness Into Light: A Christmas Musical Journey” by Mary McDonald. Director of Music Tim Foskey will lead the program; accompaniment by David Hutchings. Reception follows program. 5 p.m. Dec. 14. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.

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. 12 and 19 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20. 1900 Emerywood Drive. www.standrewsumc.com.

Myers Park United Methodist

Gift shop: In addition to its regular weekday, Wednesday-evening and Sunday-morning hours, the Goodness Gracious! shop will be open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20. Proceeds from the volunteer-run shop go to outreach. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.mpumc.org.

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; www.sardisbaptistcharlotte.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. Dec. 13 and 20 across the street from the farmer’s market in downtown Matthews. For more information, contact Catherine Keretsis at cekeretsis@yahoo.com or 704-819-0327.

Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews

Service: “Hanging of the Green” service will have the characters in the birth story of Jesus, and children are invited to arrange them into a live nativity scene. The service will include readings by the children and youth, Christmas carols and decorating the Chrismon tree. Reception with cookies and cider will follow the service. 5 p.m. Dec. 7. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. www.crossandcrown.org.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7 at Amazing Grace Lutheran, 416 W. North Main St., Waxhaw. 12:30-4 p.m. Dec. 7 at Cornerstone Baptist, 8947 Albemarle Road. www.cbcc.us.

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.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Service: Advent lessons and carols presented by the adult and children’s choirs. 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

Mass celebration: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass followed by a procession and reception. 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Rosary at 5:30 p.m. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992; www.sainttherese.net.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Guest speaker: The adult discussion group will feature Carla BeDell, who will share how she and her husband tired of living a crazy, unfulfilled life, quit their corporate jobs, sold their house, bought a sailboat and embarked on a four-year adventure. 9:45 a.m. Dec. 7.

Informational meeting: 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.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Service of healing: Those experiencing hurt and sadness are invited to a service of wholeness and healing. The service will present our suffering before God in order to receive God’s abiding care, compassion, healing and reconciliation. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in Lingle Chapel.

Class: Greg Snyder, professor of religion and chair of the religion department at Davidson College, will teach a 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. 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.

Advent worship: “Fear Not!” series will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17. A soup supper will be served at 6 p.m. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.

Denver United Methodist

Concerts: The East Lincoln Community Chorus will present “Ring the Bells! It’s Christmas!” The free family shows will feature the chorus, ensembles, a new “Denver Construction Crew,” hand bells and guest performers Left@25. The chorus is directed by Cheryl Barker, with musical accompaniment by Jeff Perks. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13. 3910 N.C. 16 N., Denver. www.denvermethodist.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.

Lake Forest Church, Huntersville

Blue Christmas service: Lead Pastor Mike Moses will lead a night of encouragement through music, reflection and liturgy for those experiencing loss, crisis or life challenges. 7-8 p.m. Dec. 8. 8519 Gilead Road, Huntersville. www.lakeforest.org.

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. 9 is “Finding Peace When Life is Difficult.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. www.LifetreeCafe.com.

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.

The Episcopal Church of Saint Peter by-the-Lake, Denver

First aid demonstration: Jim Johnston, Lincoln County Red Cross volunteer, will present an American Red Cross first aid/CPR demonstration to help citizens recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. Topics include: how to recognize an injury, how to prioritize care, how to reduce the risk of disease transmission when giving care, how to activate and work with emergency medical services, more. 7 p.m. Dec. 11. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. www.saintpeterbythelake.net.

Triplett United Methodist, Mooresville

Love feast: All are welcome to this celebration of Christian love. We will enjoy music, a sweetened bun and creamed coffee. 5 p.m. Dec. 7. 838 Mazeppa Road, Mooresville. www.triplettumc.org.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Children’s Christmas pageant: Join us for the story of Jesus’ birth told in a way like never before in “An Out-of-the-Box Christmas.” Free admission with a donation of an unwrapped gift for a child in need. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. 1430 Mecklenburg Hwy., Mooresville. www.fairviewumc.org.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Service: The church music ministry will share “Songs at the Manger,” an evening of reflection and meditation. The service includes soloists and scripture designed to prepare our hearts for Christmas. The public is invited. Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 7. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. www.fbcmooresville.com.

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.

Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

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

Grace Episcopal, Morganton

Concert: The Lenoir Saxophone Ensemble will present “Classically Cool Christmas.” Free; a love offering will be taken for the backpack ministry. Reception follows concert. 4 p.m. Dec. 14. 303 S. King St., Morganton. www.gracemorganton.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.

Victory Baptist, Hickory

Christmas play: The church will present “A New Beginning.” Free admission. Everyone will receive a treat bag. 7 p.m. Dec. 18. 7255 Burke County Line Road, Hickory. 828-312-6710.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will speak on “The Danger of Advent for Unitarian Universalists.” 11 a.m. Dec. 7. 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.

Saint John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Missionary candlelight service: 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

Fellowship: The couples’ ministry will hold its Christmas fellowship at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

First Baptist, Belmont

Outdoor living nativity: Free admission. 7-8:15 p.m. Dec. 13-14. 23 N. Central Ave., Belmont. 704-825-3758.

Saint John XXIII Church, Hickory

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

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Grace Place, 315 Beaver Dam Church Road, Shelby. www.cbcc.us.

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

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.

Christmas event: Cookie and ornament exchange. 3-5 p.m. Dec. 14. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Christmas cantata: The Grace Notes Choir, Half Notes Choir, and youth choir will present “Festival of Lights” by Tom Fettke. Nursery provided. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. 2955 S. C. 160 W., Fort Mill. www.gracewired.org.

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