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Compiled by Erica Batten

Saint Peter’s Catholic

Lecture: The 15th annual Kennedy Lecture will feature poet, theologian, artist, author, lay minister and prophet Edwina Gateley. Her topic, “Discipleship: Giving Birth to God in a Contemporary World,” will focus on the ways we are called to be Christ’s disciples in the 21st century. Free admission. Free parking in the underground lot adjacent to the church. 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 24. Coffee and registration, 8:30 a.m. 501 S. Tryon St. Registration information at

HollyHunter Church

Luncheon: On Dec. 18, the church hosted more than 100 homeless people and children from downtown Charlotte. A Zumbathon held earlier in the year raised money to provide the guests with backpacks full of necessities and winter gear. Holly Hunter Church is at 4316 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road. 704-399-3316.

Brandie Kennington Ministries

Women’s conference: “WarCry.” 7 p.m. Jan. 30-31 at the Springmaid Conference Center in Myrtle Beach.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Book study: A study of N.T. Wright’s “What Saint Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity?” Free and open to the public. The book is available for purchase at most book stores and online. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 13 in Room 4.

Spiritual life study: “Beginnings: The Spiritual Life Study” includes brief video and discussion. All are welcome. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 14 in the family life center. 1900 Emerywood Drive. 704-553-1327.

Myers Park United Methodist

Discussion: The Rev. James Howell of Myers Park United Methodist and his daughter, the Rev. Sarah Howell of Centenary United Methodist in Winston-Salem, will lead “A Cross-Generational Conversation: Where the Church Has Been, Where the Church is Going.” The Howells will offer different perspectives on topics including changes in worship, shifts in thinking about moral issues, the impact of social media, and how the church can thrive in new ways. 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in Jubilee Hall. 1501 Queens Road.

Wesley United Methodist

Healthy lifestyle study: Women invited to “New Year – New You” based on the book “Made to Crave.” Learn to reach health goals and grow closer to God through the process. Sessions will include Bible study and exercise. 9:15-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 20. 3715 Rea Road. Register at

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: Representatives from various faith traditions will present “Religion and Science: Can They Coexist?” 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 20 through Feb. 24. On Jan. 20, Rabbi Judy Schindler will introduce the theme and offer a reform Jewish perspective. Charlotte Torah Center’s Rabbi Chanoch Oppenheim will present on orthodox Jewish perspective. Sessions will include a question-and-answer period and refreshments provided by the Sandra Gold Weinstein Hospitality Fund. Free. No reservations necessary. 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948. Complete schedule of speakers at

Temple Israel

Music series: Cantor Elias Roochvarg will begin a new series of monthly musicales. This month’s theme is “More Funny Songs.” Accompaniment by Monty Bennett. All are invited. 4 p.m. Jan. 4. 4901 Providence Road.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: Noon-3 p.m. Jan. 11 at Hope Community Church of Metrolina, 3205 Sam Wilson Road.

Calvary Church

Support ministry: Winter classes begin Jan. 12. Study groups for men and women are confidential and open to the community. Classes address practical and interpersonal issues from a biblical worldview. Groups include GriefShare, DivorceCare, DivorceCare for Kids, Boundaries, more. Child care available for ages 2-7. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Registration and information at

Weddington United Methodist

Healthy lifestyle program: In cooperation with Carolinas HealthCare System, the church will offer the Daniel Plan, a program founded on biblical principles and focused on the essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. Fee for program books only; books will be available at a reduced rate at the first program meeting. An informational session will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in Helms Hall. The program will be at 6 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 18 through March 15. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. Register at For information, email Brett Myers at

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe

Services: On Jan. 4, celebrate Epiphany, which occurs on the 12th day of Christmas. The first communion worship of the new year will be offered on Jan. 11. Services are held at 11 a.m. Sundays.

Scouts: Cub Scouts meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Boy Scouts meets at 7 p.m. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 4 at Faith United Methodist, 3708 Faith Church Road, Indian Trail.

Community Moms in Prayer

Prayer meetings: Want to do the best thing you can do for your children this year? Come pray for them. Meetings are noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays in the Williams Community Room at the West Cabarrus YMCA. First meeting of the new year is Jan. 6. Learn about this international prayer ministry at

Mount Olivet United Methodist, Concord

Cub Scouts: Boys from first grade through age 9 invited. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Mondays when school is in session. 301 Mount Olivet Road, Concord.

Saint James the Greater Catholic, Concord

Zumbathon: Door prizes, refreshments, fun. Suggested donation, $10. Proceeds go to Relay for Life. Free babysitting for ages 3-10. 9-11 a.m. Jan. 10. 139 Manor Ave. S. W., Concord.

First Baptist, Concord

Bible study: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 7. 200 Branchview Drive, Concord.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Informational meeting: Join us for coffee and conversation to learn about Unitarian Universalism and the Fellowship. 9:45 a.m. Jan. 4. RSVP: Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Davidson United Methodist

Contemplative worship: “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” teaching and worship sessions are for those who seek to practice the presence of God in ordinary life, enrich prayer life, and journey deeper with God. Explore the teachings of great mystics and modern spiritual writers. 9:30-10:45 a.m. each first Sunday in the chapel. The Jan. 4 session will focus on simple prayer using breath and active prayer. Registration is not required but is helpful for planning. 304 S. Main St., Davidson.

Quiet Space Fridays: Ecumenical monthly opportunity using the power of space to revive, restore and reveal. Limited registration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Starrette Farm Retreat in Statesville. $20. Quiet Space Fridays will be offered the second Friday of each month.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Discussion sessions: Davidson College professors Job Thomas and Bill Mahony will lead discussions about Hinduism, including Hindu concepts of divinity, contemplative philosophies and practices, artistic imagery and more. 9:45 a.m. Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 in the congregation house. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

New Hope Lutheran, Mooresville

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 Jan. 6 is “De-Clutter Your Life.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Women’s group: Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America will continue study of “Women in the Bible.” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the adult Sunday school room.

Men’s ministry: Weekly meetings for spiritual study. 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. The group also meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month.

Job assistance ministry: Gary Samuelson will present “Economic Survival Skills Between Jobs.” 7 p.m. Jan. 12. The group meets monthly. RSVP: 704-892-0120. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell

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 our 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.

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.

Catawba United Methodist

New minister: Stephen Shytle will lead worship and observe communion. 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Jan. 4. The public is invited to a meet-and-greet following the 10:30 a.m. service. The United Methodist Men will host a traditional New Year’s Day meal. Donations will be taken for the UMM Scholarship Fund. 207 E. Central Ave., Catawba.

First United Methodist, Newton

New sermon series: “Finding Joy in Real Life: Holy Habits for Living Well.” 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays starting Jan. 4. 300 N. Main Ave., Newton.

Saint 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 drive: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 11 at Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road, Fort Mill.