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Compiled by Erica Batten

Covenant Presbyterian

Music event: The ecumenical Festival of Church Music celebration will feature 200 singers, organ accompaniment, and a brass ensemble to celebrate music as one of God’s greatest gifts. Eric Nelson of Emory University will conduct. The liturgist for the festival is Paul Westermeyer. Sponsored by the Church Music Institute. 7 p.m. Feb. 22. 1000 Morehead St. www.churchmusicinstitute.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 through Feb. 24. On Feb. 10, Syed Rizwan Zamir, assistant professor of religion at Davidson College, will present an Islamic 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.

Sharon United Methodist

Small-group study: “A Disciple’s Path” is a seven-week study about deepening your relationship with Christ and the church. Study will be held during the Sunday school hour at 10:05 a.m. Sundays and at 4:30-6 p.m. Sundays.

Sermon series: “Know Thy Selfie.” Join us for a discussion of how we are part of God’s bigger picture. The topic for Feb. 8 is “Crisis of Faith.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.

Wesley United Methodist

New sermon series: “Seeking the Heart of God, Living the Life of Faith, Sharing the Love of Christ.” We will explore each part of our mission statement. 9 and 11 a.m. Feb. 8 and 15. 3715 Rea Road. www.WesleyCharlotte.org.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Choir presentation: All are invited to join us as the chancel choir presents Mozart’s “Te Deum” with string quartet and organ, Craig Courtney’s “Hear, O Israel” with brass quartet, and Dan Forrest’s “Benedictus” with cello, violin and organ. Reception follows. 10 a.m. Feb. 8. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. www.smpchome.org.

Bethel Music

Concert: The community of songwriters from Bethel Church in Redding, Calif. will begin its nine-city “Worship Nights” tour in Charlotte. The tour will feature Bethel Music favorites and music from their new album, “We Will Not Be Shaken.” 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Ovens Auditorium. www.bethelmusic.com/worshipnights.

Women Living Well Ministries

Forum: Women invited to learn the word of God and be empowered to grow in Christian faith. Our new series is “Conquering Giants.” Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays. Free. The next forum will focus on “Walking in Confidence.” 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 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.

Vajradhara Buddhist Center

Presentation: “Learning to Love: A Presentation for the Charlotte Community.” Resident teacher Gen Kelsang Tilopa will give teachings and guided meditations that enable anyone to develop a loving and affectionate attitude. Free; donations accepted. 2-4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. http://meditationcharlotte.org/learning-to-love.

Prosperity Presbyterian

Guest musician: Harpist Helen Rifas will play before and after the morning services and will accompany hymns during the services. Rifas is the principal harpist with the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphonies as well as symphonies in Salisbury and Greenville, S.C. 9:45 and 11 a.m. Feb. 15. 5533 Prosperity Church Road. 704-875-1182.

Providence Baptist

Concert: Classical guitarist Rodrigo Rodriguez ( www.rodrigorodriguez.net) will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. $10. 4921 Randolph Road. Tickets: 704-366-2784. www.providencebc.org.

Sedgefield United Methodist

Prayer bead workshop: Learn to make your own beautiful tangible means of connecting our hearts to God. $10. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 9. 2830 Dorchester Place. 704-523-0077; www.sedgefieldchurch.org.

Sardis Baptist

Beginners’ yoga classes: Work on breathing, strength, balance and flexibility, ending with relaxation. Space limited. Please register for an eight-week session. 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; judy.u.murphy@gmail.com.

Mouzon United Methodist

Preschool tours: Enrollment tours for fall are going on now. Part-day, play-based program for children age one through transitional kindergarten. Open to community. Classes are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays. 3100 Selwyn Ave. To schedule a tour, contact the director at 704-525-1326 or sally@mouzonumc.org.

Saint John Neumann Catholic

Parish mission: The Rev. Hugh Burns, O. P., will conduct the annual parish mission. The theme, “Get Real: Religion With Two Feet on the Ground,” focuses on the intersection of Christianity with reality. Burns will speak at the 9 a.m. Masses Feb. 23-25 and at 7 p.m. Feb. 22-25. His topics include “Don’t Worry Be Happy: Christian Joy,” “Cool Off! Coping With Anger,” and “Brought Near: A Sense of Belonging to the Church.” 8451 Idlewild Road. Full schedule at www.4sjnc.org.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Breakfast: All-you-can-eat breakfast will be served after the morning Masses Feb. 8. Ages 13 and older, $9; seniors, $8; children 4-12$5; children 3 and younger, free. To-go boxes, $5. Credit cards accepted. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe

Scout Sunday: Members and families of Boy Scout Troop 89 and Cub Scout Pack 89 will join us in worship. 11 a.m. Feb. 8.

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.

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; www.fbcit.org.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Spirit Café: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8.

Valentine’s dinner: Please call for reservations. 7 p.m. Feb. 13. 950 Bradley St., Concord. 704-782-6923; www.clcofconcord.org.

Lake Norman Baptist

Bible study: “Prophecies Unveiled” is a 12-week study revealing the correlation of current events to prophecies recorded in the Bible from Genesis to Daniel and through Revelation. This is a great class to help with evangelistic efforts. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. Sundays starting Feb. 15. 7921 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. www.lakenormanbaptist.com/2015/01/20/prophecies-unveiled.

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

Music ministry: Registration is available online for the music opportunities at First Baptist. Choices include choir for all ages, student sign language choir, handbells, orchestra, praise band, and dance ministry. There is no charge to participate. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. 704-664-2324; www.fbcmooresville.com.

Holy Spirit Catholic, Denver

Valentine dinner dance: Three-course professionally catered dinner includes wine. The 18-piece Salisbury Swing Band will provide music for dancing. Adults, $30; ages 16 and younger, $15. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 10389. Proceeds go to local charities. 7-10:30 p.m. Feb. 14. 537 N.C. 16 N., Denver. 704-483-6448.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Even Sunday program: Honest and respectful dialogue on hot topics. The Rev. Lib McGregor Simmons will moderate a discussion on the church’s policies regarding the use of church space for same-sex couples wishing to be married. 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Jetton Hall.

Sunday school class: Tony Abbott, professor emeritus of English at Davidson College, will teach a class on the theology and poetry of Christian Wiman. Wiman is senior lecturer in religion and literature at Yale Divinity School and the Maloney Lecturer at Davidson on Feb. 15-16. 9:45 a.m. Feb. 8, 15 and 22 in the congregation house.

Concert: Organ at Davidson presents Michael Rowland, former accompanist at Davidson College and associate director of music at Davidson College Presbyterian. Free; donations encouraged. Reception follows. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.

First Baptist, Cornelius

Senior citizens’ group: Interesting programs, fellowship, and travel opportunities. We welcome new people to join us. Meetings at 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. 21007 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. For information, call Pat Alleshunas at 704-787-9257.

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 Feb. 10 is “Keeping Love Alive.” 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. More information at www.LifetreeCafe.com.

Davidson United Methodist

Quiet Space Fridays: Ecumenical monthly opportunity using the power of space to revive, restore, and reveal. Limited registration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Starrette Farm Retreat in Statesville. $20. Quiet Space Fridays will be offered the second Friday of each month. www.TheLydiaGroup.com.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Job assistance workshop: Career consultant Monica White will facilitate an interactive workshop to help you identify and clearly articulate your skills and strengths. The job assistance group meets monthly. 7 p.m. Feb. 9. RSVP: 704-892-0120 or jobassistanceworkshop@gmail.com.

Seniors’ group: Happy Times will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at Cracker Barrel in Mooresville.

Women’s groups: The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church will continue study of women in the Bible. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Morning study group will discuss Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, “Learning to Walk in the Dark.” 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 11. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Sunday morning groups: The Humanist discussion group will focus on current events during February meetings. No class Feb. 15. 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 Humanist discussion group will present “Darwin Day: An Evolving Tradition.” Children age 4 and older go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Nursery available. 11 a.m. Feb. 8.

Informational meeting: Join us for coffee and conversation to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and the Fellowship. 9:45 a.m. Feb. 15. RSVP: membership@uulakenorman.org. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

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.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 8 at Fair View United Methodist, 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. www.cbcc.us.

Victory Baptist, Hickory

Special meeting: Everyone invited to hear guest speaker Steve Brock. 7 p.m. Feb. 12. 7255 Burke County Line, Hickory. 828-312-6710.

Belmont Abbey College

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. Free; donations accepted. 8 p.m. Feb. 9. 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont. www.carolinapromusica.org.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will present “Why Can’t We Fix a Racist Justice System Without Blaming Someone for Breaking It?” 11 a.m. Feb. 8. 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory. www.uuhickory.org.

Catawba United Methodist

Fundraiser: “Bowl-a-Thon” will raise money for the Catawba Elementary School backpack food program. Sponsored by the children’s ministry. $10. 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Pin Station in Newton. 828-241-4868.

Saint John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Men’s jubilee: 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

Unity Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Concert: The Charlotte Children’s Choir will perform. The choir has performed at Carnegie Hall, with the Charlotte Symphony, and internationally. Free. 4 p.m. Feb. 8. 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill. www.unityfortmill.org.

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Beer and hymns: 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.

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; www.templesolelsc.org.

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