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Newell Baptist

Christmas cantata: The adult choir, led by Larry Ritter, will present “Mary, Did You Know?” during the 11 a.m. worship service Dec. 14. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.

Amity Presbyterian

Children’s Christmas program: The church youth, neighborhood children and preschoolers will present “The Cape.” Reception follows. 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

Concert: Ken and Sharon DeBoer will present “A Musical Christmas Card.” 4 p.m. Dec. 21. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road.

Saint Mary’s Chapel

Concerts: “Christmas at Saint Mary’s.” Carolina Pro Musica will present medieval and Renaissance holiday music with readings and carols for all to sing. Bob Sweeten returns to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. Adults, $16; students and seniors, $8. Advance purchased suggested. 7 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20. 1129 E. Third St.

Central United Methodist

Christmas cantata: “Love Came Down at Christmas.” 11 a.m. Dec. 14.

Live nativity: Presentation will be on display for the community. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 19-20. 6030 Albemarle Road.

Friendship Missionary Baptist

Relief event: Annual “Spirit of Christmas” event will provide new coats, shoes, and food for nearly 700 homeless CMS students and their parents. The event is made possible by the Genesis Charitable Fund for Catastrophic Relief, created by Friendship Missionary Baptist, under the leadership of Senior Minister Clifford Jones. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 13. 3400 Beatties Ford Road.

Sharon United Methodist

Worship services: Sermon on the topic “Waiting for God.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Dec. 14.

Christmas concert: “Peace on Earth” presented by the combined music and worship ministries. The concert features string quartet, choir, praise band, soloists, handbells, drama and more. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Calvary Church

Christmas concerts: The Calvary choir and orchestra, youth and children’s choirs will present “Here Is Our Savior,” a celebration of the birth of Christ. 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Sunday school for children age 4 and younger provided at 9:45 a.m. Child care provided at 6 p.m. ASL interpretation at 9:45 a.m. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

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.

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.


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.

Congregation Ohr HaTorah

Hanukkah celebration: Menorah lighting, children’s entertainment, treats, music, more. 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at SouthPark Mall. Menorah lighting in Uptown, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Polk Park.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Service: Lessons and carols service will feature scripture readings and music from “The Oxford Book of Carols” for choir, organ and congregation. 10 a.m. Dec. 14.

Intergenerational worship service: Our children will re-enact the story of Jesus’ birth. The children’s choir and youth hand-bell choir will perform. Following the service, all are invited to gather for a potluck-style light supper and Christmas singing. 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

Longest night service: Scripture, music, reflection and prayer to offer comfort and hope to those facing grief, illness or other difficulty. 7 p.m. Dec. 16. 8601 Bryant Farms Road.

The Vine United Methodist

Christmas musical: The public is invited to a musical with the Shamrock Gardens Elementary School orchestra. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20. 2101 Belvedere Ave.

Temple Or Olam

Hanukkah celebration: Everyone invited to celebrate with Israeli dancing, food, games and comedy. Crafts and traditional games for children will be available throughout the event. Please let us know if you would like to perform jokes, monologues or skits for the comedy show. 3:30-9 p.m. Dec. 20 at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, 9704 Mallard Creek Road.

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. 19 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 20.

Community tree lighting: Come enjoy live music, including the choir from Montclaire Elementary School, crafts, food truck, cookies and hot chocolate. Free. 3:30-6 p.m. Dec. 17. 1900 Emerywood Drive.

Providence United Methodist

Service: “The Longest Night.” Held on the winter solstice, this service is an offering of consolation and hope for those experiencing divorce, grief, loss of employment or illness. Speaker John Arey, executive director of the Methodist Counseling and Consultation Services and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. The service will conclude with candle-lighting. 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 2810 Providence Road.

Sharon Presbyterian

Jazz caroling: Sing-along to a modern beat with the Rick Bean Trio and special guest Maddy Winer. Sponsored by the Parker Family Enrichment Fund. Free; reservations encouraged. Child care provided. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. 5201 Sharon Road. Reservations: 704-553-0869;

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Live nativity: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14.

Children’s musical: “The Bethlehem Project” tells the Christmas story with a fresh twist that provides fun and relevance for kids. 4 p.m. Dec. 20.

Christmas musical: “Season of Wonder” features traditional holiday favorites and inspirational music by the church choir and orchestra. 8:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 21. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

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. 20. Proceeds from the volunteer-run shop go to outreach. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

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;

Saint Matthew Catholic

Healing prayer service: Saint Peregrine service, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

Polish Mass: 3 p.m. Dec. 21. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at 2 p.m. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox

Baklava sale: The Ladies Philoptochos Society will hold its first baklava sale. The classic Greek pastry can be frozen for up to two months. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 20 across the street from the farmers market in downtown Matthews. For information, contact Catherine Keretsis at or 704-819-0327.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Christmas choir cantata: “Christmas Makes Everything New,” a passionate combination of Christmas favorites and new praise and worship songs by renowned worship leaders David Moffitt, Travis Cottrell and Sue C. Smith. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 11 a.m. Dec. 21.

Handbell concert: The Queen City Ringers will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 16.

Live nativity: 6:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Refreshments available between performances. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe

Advent worship: 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school at 10 a.m.

Christmas cantata: The joint cantata choir, along with the Walkersville Presbyterian choir, will present “The First Noel.” 5 p.m. Dec. 14. The annual Christmas party will follow the cantata.

Scouts: Cub Scouts meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Boy Scouts meets at 7 p.m. The Cub Pack is holding their candy bar sales campaign this month. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.

Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews

Advent worship: 6:45-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays. 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews.

Monroe AM Aglow

Service: Women’s monthly meeting on the theme “Who Are You Following?” 10 a.m. Dec. 20. Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. 3405 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe.

Stallings United Methodist

Advent sermon series: On Dec. 14, the topic will be “The Scrooge of Christmas Past” based on Luke 3:1-4. Traditional worship, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Contemporary service, 9:45 a.m.

Children’s program: The children’s choir will present “The Secret of Snowflake County.” 6 p.m. Dec. 14.

Christmas concert: The chancel choir will present “Stallings’ Favorites: A Christmas Concert.” 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings. 704-821-8820.

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.

Blood drive: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 14. 4815 N.C. 49 S., Harrisburg. 704-455-2491.

Impact Church, Concord

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

Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell

White gift service: Christmas festivities include a puppet skit, children’s musical and youth dramas. Refreshments and a visit with Santa follow the service. Bring one canned food item wrapped in white for the ECCCM food pantry. 6 p.m. Dec. 21.

Girls’ retreat: Girls in grades 6-12 invited to “Do Life Big” Girls for Change retreat, 6 p.m. Jan. 30-noon Feb. 1. On Jan. 31, we will serve at Dove House, UMAR Homes, the Mission Response Center and other community organizations. On Feb. 1, attend the 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. services to reflect and share about the weekend. Parents invited to attend services. Snow dates: Feb. 6-8. Space limited; register by Jan. 18. $25 includes T-shirt, snacks and meals. 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell.

Davidson College Presbyterian

White gift pageant: The youth will re-enact the story of Jesus’ birth. Everyone invited to approach the manger with monetary donations or gifts of food for Loaves and Fishes. Items needed are canned hams, boxed stuffing and potatoes and canned yams. 5 p.m. Dec. 14. A soup-and-sandwich supper will follow. $5 suggested donation.

Holiday benefit concert: The SSANG (Surviving Sexual Abuse and Nurturing Greatness) Foundation presents “This Little Light of Mine,” a concert featuring renowned lyric soprano Helen Goldsby. Proceeds support victims and survivors of child sexual assault and help bring awareness to the community during the holidays, when abuse can be more prevalent. Adults, $10; children admitted free. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

Triplett United Methodist, Mooresville

Choir program: The adult choir will present a special program of music. After the program, all are invited to enjoy refreshments and view nativity scenes on display in the fellowship hall. 5 p.m. Dec. 14. 838 Mazeppa Road, Mooresville.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Concert: The Cornelius Concert Series presents the annual Christmas program for the Lake Norman community. The Mount Zion Hand Bell Ringers will perform pieces by Sondra Tucker, D. Linda McKechnie, Timothy Waugh and Matthew Prins. The chancel choir and chamber orchestra will present Joel Raney’s cantata, “Love Came Down at Christmas.” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 14. A freewill offering will be taken at the 2 p.m. concert to support the Cornelius Concert Series. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius.

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. 16 is “What Would You Do for Love?” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. More information at

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Praise band special: 9 a.m. Dec. 21.

Choir cantata: 11 a.m. Dec. 21. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Advent worship: “Fear Not!” series will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 17. A soup supper will be served at 6 p.m.

Christmas cantata: The praise team, adult choir and members of the community will present “Agnus Dei: Lamb of God, Born to Us.” 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 14.

Blue Christmas service: Those experiencing loss are invited to join us as we long for the coming of the light of Christ. 5 p.m. Dec. 14. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Service: Laurie Walker will discuss the yogic journey in “The Path of the Pilgrim.” Nursery available. Children age 4 and up go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. 11 a.m. Dec. 14.

Adult discussion groups: 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Groups will not meet Dec. 21. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, 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.

Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

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

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.

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 lead a discussion on “How Does This Holiday Season Work for You?” 11 a.m. Dec. 14. 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory.

First Baptist, Belmont

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

Saint John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Christmas fellowship: WOW will have its Christmas fellowship at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

Daniels Lutheran, Lincolnton

Christmas cantata: The combined choirs of Daniels and Trinity Lutheran will present “Images of Adoration.” The event will provide reflections of Christ in symbols of the season. 4 p.m. Dec. 14. 3170 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton.

Augustana Lutheran, Hickory

Breakfast: Everyone invited to a free homestyle breakfast of scrambled eggs, grits, bacon, sausage, handmade biscuits, more. 7-10 a.m. Dec. 20. 1523 16th St. S. E., Hickory.

Mount Pleasant United Methodist

Community clothing closet: 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 1260 N. College St., Mount Pleasant.

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service: “Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009;

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;

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.

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

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.