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Compiled by Erica Batten

Saint Martin’s Episcopal

Concert: Carolina Pro Musica will present “So Longs the Soul,” vocal and instrumental selections exploring the desire of the human soul to touch the eternal. Featured will be Joseph-Hector Fiocco’s “Lamentations,” arias by J.S. Bach, and instrumental works by Marcello and Veracini. The ensemble features period instruments. Regular admission, $16; students and seniors, $8. 8 p.m. Feb. 7.

Trinity Presbyterian

Music minister retires: After 30 years of dedicated service, Minister of Music Jane Bostian Arant will retire at the end of January. Arant has served as the choir director for adults and children and as church organist. She has also led classes on books by modern and classic theologians and has educated the congregation on topics surrounding reformed liturgy and the worship experience.

After graduating magna cum laude from Salem College with majors in organ and religion, Arant obtained a master of arts in American church history from Duke University. She then earned a master of music in organ performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. She served as dean of the Charlotte chapter of the American Guild of Organists for four years.

In 2012, Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Congregations Project recognized Arant’s Liturgical Arts Immersion Program, which she developed 20 years ago for the children of Trinity. At the week-long camp, church youth learn about their worship, other religions, the arts, and their own creativity.

Trinity will celebrate Arant’s ministry at the 11 a.m. worship service on Jan. 25. The Rev. Dr. Steve Lindsley will lead worship and the Rev. Dr. Baron Mullis will preach. A reception will follow the service. 3115 Providence Road.

Greater Providence Baptist

Fundraiser gala: Gladys House, a transitional home for single homeless young women, invites the public to its annual fundraiser. Dinner, silent auction, and theatrical presentation. 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in the family life center. 2000 Milton Road. Tickets available at 704-777-1066.

Torrence Grove A.M.E Zion

Women’s program: The Missionary Department will have its annual 100 Women in Red program with special guests the Rev. Debra Hall, pastor of New Hope A.M.E. Zion, and her congregation. All women are invited to wear red and join us. 3 p.m. Feb. 1. 1200 Torrence Grove Church Road. Contact Ada Gaston at 704-536-8313.

Clinton Chapel A.M.E. 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.

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: Representatives from various faith traditions will present “Religion and Science: Can They Coexist?” 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 24. On Jan. 27, Ryusho Jeffus, priest of Myosho-Ji, Wonderful Voice Buddhist Temple, will offer a Buddhist 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

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. 501 S. Tryon St.

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.

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.

Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte

Winter classes: Seniors invited for six-week session. Classes include Bridge, American Heritage, Current Event Discussion and Early Christianities. 10 a.m.-2:20 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 26 at Providence United Methodist, 2910 Providence Road.

Trinity Baptist

Concert: The Pathfinders will perform at 6 p.m. Jan. 25. 2009 Arrowood Road. 704-527-2248.

Temple Or Olam

Fundraising event: Third annual fundraiser to benefit Temple activities and Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center in Statesville. Join us for a three-course dinner, dancing to the Buffugees, door prizes, silent and live auctions. Prizes include Disney passes, luxury hotel stays, jewelry, art, more. Tickets, $50 each. 6-10 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Email for tickets.

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. 25 is “Drifting.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

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, call Sandra McKee at 704-846-1032 or visit

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Church anniversary: The church will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a worship service featuring special guests, followed by lunch. 10 a.m. Feb. 1. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews

Workshop: “All About Lutherans” for newcomers who want to explore the Lutheran faith and theology. Discussion and information about how Lutherans view the Bible, God’s grace, and the gifts of Holy Communion and baptism. Light snacks and lunch provided. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 7. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. Reservations by Feb. 4 at 704-847-5967 or

First Baptist, Indian Trail

Real Evangelism Conference: Guest preachers Mike Huckabee, Junior Hill, Mike Stone, Vance Pitman, Tony Nolan, Bailey Smith, Mike Whitson, many more. Musical guests the Mike Speck Trio, Greater Vision, the Collingsworth Family, Mae Beth Harris and Eddie Middleton. March 4-6. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005;

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 25 at Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway, Concord.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Service: Member Dr. Daniel Aldridge will present “Reflections on King and the American Liberal Tradition.” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. Jan. 25. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

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 older 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. Park on the cemetery side of the church. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Newcomers’ class: Women invited to 10-week Just Moved class based on the book, “After the Boxes Are Unpacked.” Meet others, exchange insights and find courage to put down roots again. $10. 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays starting Feb. 4. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

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. 27 is “Why Men Hate Church.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. More information at

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Midweek worship service: Noon Grace service is for business folks during their lunch break. Join us for a meal, message and music. Bring your own meal; a limited number of box lunches will be available. Offering collected to help pay for lunch. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays.

Women’s Bible study: Join us as we study 1 and 2 Thessalonians using “Children of the Day” by Beth Moore. Susan Harrison will lead the class. 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 5 through March 26. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. Register at 704-664-2880.

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

Concert: The Alexander Community Concert Series welcomes The Davidson College Jazz Combo. Just back from a concert tour of the Mexican Riviera, the combo will present a jubilant, joyful afternoon of jazz. Reception follows concert. Adults, $15; students and seniors, $10; children younger than 12, free. 3 p.m. Feb. 8. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Classes: Disciples Academy and Equip U classes begin Feb. 4. Disciples Academy focuses on spiritual formation. Choices include A (Very) Introductory Theology II, Twelve Women of the Bible, Praying With Paul, more. Equip U classes help with life skills and healthy lifestyle. Choices include ReFit, 14 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples II, and a class for church guests and new members. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. 704-664-2324;

The Bridge Church, Mooresville

Micro business expo: Hosted by The Bridge Academy. Come and connect with small businesses of our community. Lunch available for purchase. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 28. 2940 Charlotte Highway, 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.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: Lay Minister for Worship Elizabeth Braun will lead a discussion on “What Does It Mean to Be Wealthy?” 11 a.m. Jan. 25. 833 Fifth St. S. E., Hickory.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 4-7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Mount Vernon Baptist, 1156 N. Brook 3 School Road, Vale. Noon-3 p.m. Feb. 1 at Mount Sinai Baptist, 100 Sixth Ave. N. E., Catawba.

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 held at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Blooming Einsteins, 2752 Pleasant Road, Suite 103, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707;

The Community Café

Lunch: The Community Café offers free lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie, and 11:30-2 p.m. Fridays at Lake Wylie Lutheran, 2906 S.C. 160, Fort Mill.