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Compiled by Erica Batten

Saint Peter Catholic

Faith formation workshop: “Do What Matters! Faith Formation for a New Age” presented by Vibrant Faith Ministries. Interactive training will help you create an authentic Christian community that beckons all ages into practicing faith. Open to pastors, teachers and other faith formation staff. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 29-30 in Biss Hall.

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 www.stpeterscatholic.org.

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 www.beth-el.com.

Caldwell Presbyterian

Memorial worship service: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service led by the Rev. Dr. Nicole Martin, the Rev. Evie Landrau, and the church gospel choir. All are welcome. Sponsored by Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and Caldwell Presbyterian. Noon Jan. 19. 1609 E. Fifth St. www.caldwellpresby.org.

Simpson-Gillespie United Methodist

Presentation: The Health and Welfare Team will host “The Prevalence of Dementia and Alzheimer’s” with Wesley Funchess of East Charlotte Family Physicians. Free. 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25. 3545 Beatties Ford Road. 704-596-7216.

Saint Martin’s Episcopal

Guest speaker: Feminist theologian the Rev. Carter Heyward will preach and teach here at her home parish. Heyward is among the first women to be ordained as priest in the Episcopal Church, and this occasion celebrates the 40th anniversary of that ordination. She will teach at 9:15 a.m. Jan. 18 and preach at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services. 1510 E. Seventh St. 704-376-8441.

Newell Baptist

Benefit luncheon: Proceeds go to Lottie Moon Foreign Missions. Luncheon follows the 11 a.m. worship service on Jan. 18. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.

Monroe AM Aglow

Service: Women’s monthly meeting. 10 a.m. Jan. 17. Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. 3405 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe. Mlulu45@aol.com.

Clinton Chapel AME Zion

Gospel event: “Gospel Sweets” featuring Black Entertainment Television’s Christian comedian Akintunde, Serenity Gospel Group and Sonny Turner Jr. with Spiritual Quest. Proceeds will be used for church upgrades and outreach programs. $35. 6-9 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Pease Auditorium at CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. 980-224-9701.

Community Bible Study

Bible study: Join us as we continue our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians. 9:15-11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road. charlotte.cbsclass.org.

Joy Church, Matthews

Service: The fifth annual East Charlotte Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service will feature a message of unity by Pastor Leon Threatt of Christian Faith Assembly. His son, Emmanuel Threatt, will lead a youth service. Participating churches are Joy Church, Christian Faith Assembly, Morning Star Lutheran, Morning Star Presbyterian, and Saint John Neumann Catholic. 7 p.m. Jan. 22. A potluck dinner will be held at 6 p.m. 11516 Idlewild Road, Matthews. For information, contact Shea Barja at 704-451-3629 or sheabarja@gmail.com.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: “Know Thy Selfie.” Join us for a discussion of how we are part of God’s bigger picture. The topic for Jan. 18 is “Putting the FUN in Dysfunction.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.

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 www.WesleyCharlotte.org.

Myers Park Baptist

Meeting: The Faith Communicators is an informal network open to all who do public relations, communications and marketing for churches and other nonprofits. The group meets monthly for networking and a program on some aspect of public relations. Light breakfast served. Free. 10 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819; ken@mpumc.org.

Matthews United Methodist

Fundraiser: The youth choir will hold a Brunswick stew and bake sale to support their summer tour. The choir will travel to churches throughout the Southeast to perform and provide mission support. Stew is $10 per quart. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 24. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.matthewsumc.org.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Healing prayer service: Saint Peregrine service for all those suffering with cancer or other diseases. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

Retreat: “Seeking Purpose” retreat will help you discern your spiritual gifts and contribute to God’s plan. $35 includes continental breakfast, lunch and all materials, including assessment. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 24 in the life center banquet room. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.

Weddington United Methodist

Grief support group: GriefShare is a 13-week supportive experience for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Video presentation, discussion and prayer with facilitators who have also experienced loss. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 28. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. For information, contact Sandra McKee at 704-846-1032 or visit www.weddingtonchurch.org.

Mount Olivet United Methodist, Concord

Services: Sermon on “Callings” based on Mark 1:14-20. 8:45 and 11 a.m. Jan. 18. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. 301 Mount Olivet Road, Concord. 704-782-8846.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 4-7 p.m. Jan. 19 at McGill Baptist, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. www.cbcc.us.

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. 20 is “Breaking the Cycle of Sexual Abuse.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. More information at www.LifetreeCafe.com.

Saint Alban’s Episcopal, Davidson

Concert: The Music at Saint Alban’s series presents a program to celebrate human rights and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry by Anthony Abbott, Cedric Tillman, and members of Davidson College’s Freeword Poets. Musical groups The Browns and The Hicks Sisters will perform. The program features original poems and music as well as some of King’s own writing. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10; children under 12, free. Reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres follows the program. 3 p.m. Jan. 18. 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. 704-941-0650.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Infant language classes: Babygarten is a class designed by two librarians to help young children gain the exposure to language needed to become competent readers. Infants ages 0-18 months and up, and their caregivers, will share nursery rhymes, songs and books, make fun projects and enjoy a free-play period during each class. No registration or cost. All classes meet at 10 a.m. Two sections are available: Mondays, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9 and 23, and March 2, or Saturdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, and 28, and March 7. Classes meet in room 201 of the education building. Please park on the cemetery side of the church. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.

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. www.rehobethumc.org.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Sunday morning groups: The Humanist discussion group will focus on Jonathan Haidt’s book “The Happiness Hypothesis.” 9:45 a.m. Sundays in classroom 2. The adult discussion group meets to explore and share inspiration and challenges. 9:45 a.m. Sundays in classroom 3.

Service: The Rev. Amy Brooks and church members will present “Stages of Life.” This service is a reprise of a previous service in which members of our fellowship share thoughts, experiences and wisdom from different stages of their lives. Children age 4 and up go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. Jan. 18. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

Davidson United Methodist

Movie discussion group: “Film and Spirituality: Discovering the ‘God-Dimension’ in Movies.” View the monthly selection privately ahead of time, then join us for a guided discussion to explore God’s messages in the movie and realize God’s grace meant for all. Group meets monthly. Child care available by reservation. The group will meet to discuss “A Christmas Memory” at 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 20. 233 S. Main St., Davidson. www.davidsonumc.org.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Panel discussion: “Friday Night Live” discussion on immigration as a faith issue and paths to documented immigration. Sister Rose Marie Tresp will lead a discussion with panelists Ibis Centeno of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte and attorneys Jocelyn Davis Singletary and Tanya Powers. 7 p.m. Jan. 23. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. www.sainttherese.net.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Luncheon: The Happy Time Seniors will hold their annual planning meeting. Bring a bag lunch. Beverages and desserts provided. 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21 in the fellowship hall.

Prayer shawl ministry: All skill levels welcome. 6:30 p.m. each second and fourth Sunday.

New member class: Learn more about joining the church. Lunch provided. 12:15 p.m. Jan. 25. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.

Journey Church, Huntersville

Information session: “Discovering Journey” is a brief gathering after the second Sunday service to eat lunch, introduce our staff, and help you feel informed and connected at Journey. Child care provided. The next gathering will follow the 11 a.m. service Jan. 25. 15711 Brookway Drive, Huntersville. Register at www.TheJourneyOnline.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.

Saint John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Zumba classes: $6 per session. 10-11 a.m. Jan. 24 and 31 at the outreach center.

Anniversary celebration: Join us as we celebrate Pastor Jackson’s anniversary. Guest speaker the Rev. Willie Garrison of New Covenant Baptist, Rock Hill. 3 p.m. Jan. 18.

Youth ministry: “The House” services for age 6 and up are held each second and third Sunday. For more information, contact Youth Director Michael Lane or the Rev. James Wilkes, youth minister. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. www.stjohnsmbchurch.org.

First United Methodist, Newton

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

Eastside Church of the Nazarene, Gastonia

Sunday series: Join us for a discussion of “God-Good Sex.” We will look at God’s beautiful design for intimacy and how we can deal with sexuality honestly and openly. Worship services are at 10:50 a.m. Sundays. 3250 Redbud Drive, Gastonia. www.ESNaz.com.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will speak about “What is Worship for Unitarian Universalists?” 11 a.m. Jan. 18.

Meditation group: Deepen your connection and gain the benefits of relaxation and better health. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.

First Presbyterian, Belmont

Special performance: The Rev. Joseph Morris will present “Mark’s Gospel Live: A First Century Story of Love and Healing.” Morris uses dramatic storytelling and the words of the Gospel of Mark to bring us into the life of Jesus as the earliest Christians knew him. The performance may be too intense for elementary-age children. Free. 7 p.m. Jan. 24. 102 S. Central Ave., Belmont. www.gospelofmark.us.

Mount Pleasant United Methodist

Community clothing closet: 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 1260 N. College St., Mt. Pleasant. www.mtpleasantumc.net.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 2:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Mary Elizabeth Baptist, 3703 Mary Elizabeth Church Road, Waxhaw. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 24 at Hillcrest Baptist, 4316 Hillcrest Church Road, Monroe. www.cbcc.us.

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service: “Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009; www.firstarp.org.

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Information session: “Epiphany 101.” 7 p.m. Jan. 20. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.

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