Religion news in the Charlotte and Lake Norman region, Sept. 7, 2016

The Solas Leighis series opens with Vancouver fingerstyle guitarist Don Alder on Sept. 11 at St. Patrick’d Episcopal Church, Mooresville.
The Solas Leighis series opens with Vancouver fingerstyle guitarist Don Alder on Sept. 11 at St. Patrick’d Episcopal Church, Mooresville.

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South Charlotte

Myers Park United Methodist

Community conversation

Senior Pastor James Howell and Molly Barker of the Red Boot Coalition will host a program on how to start a civil conversation with someone you don’t understand, or even know, and why it’s important. 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in Jubilee Hall. 1501 Queens Road.

St. Andrew’s United Methodist

Wednesday night meals

Join us for dinner and classes for all ages, including Kids in Christ’s Kingdom, Bible studies, more. Reservations required for meals. 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays in the family life center.

Money management classes

Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” teaches biblical, practical steps to eliminate debt, manage money and more. $93 per family. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 14.

Short-term classes

Five-week study based on Adam Hamilton’s book “Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White.” 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 14. 1901 Archdale Drive.

St. John’s Baptist

Guest speaker

Mary Foskett of Wake Forest University will lead a discussion on “Is the Bible Relevant in the 21st Century?” 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 13 in Broach Hall. 300 Hawthorne Lane.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Bible study

Pastor Angela Powell will lead a seven-week study of “Making Sense of Scripture: Big Questions About the Book of Faith” by David Lose. $13 for book. 10 a.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 7. 6817 Carmel Road.

Central Church

Recovery program

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program offering fellowship, worship, teaching, testimonies and small-group sharing to anyone experiencing pain from loss, relationship issues or habits. 6-8 p.m. Sundays starting Sept. 11. 5301 Sardis Road. Register at Learn more about the program at

Calvary Church

Support ministry

Interactive study groups address practical issues from a Christian worldview. Fall classes include Boundaries, GriefShare and DivorceCare. Limited enrollment. Child care available for ages 2-7. 6:30 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 12. Register at

Inspire You Entertainment


“Only God Can” is the story of five College of Charleston alumnae who remain friends over the years since graduation, discovering that faith brings empowerment and enriches lives. $11. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5.

Central Church Life Care Center

Couples’ small group

Chip Ingram’s series “God’s Prescription for Enhancing Your Love Life” will help married and engaged couples discover God’s plan for securing and nurturing genuine love and intimacy for a lifetime. 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12 through Nov. 14.

Divorce Care

DVD-based workshop offers God’s restoration power to address anger, loneliness, financial survival, kid care and forgiveness. 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 12. 5500 Randolph Road. Register at

Matthews United Methodist

Golf outing

Sept. 22 at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation. Proceeds support the Charlotte Rescue Mission, Hoskins Park Ministries and the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. Luncheon at 11 a.m. Shotgun start at noon. Register with Dave Dowker at 704-779-0599.

Ministry Development Services

Healthy parsonage workshop

Counselor Michael Hall will lead a five-part series for clergy and spouses. $160 per seminar or $800 for entire series. The next seminar is “The Couple Checkup: A Clergy and Spouse Exclusive.” 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept 13. Series continues Sept. 27. The series is held at Sardis Presbyterian, 6100 Sardis Road. Register at

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Children’s consignment sale

Gently-used clothing for children of all ages plus toys, furniture, more. Proceeds help those in need. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 9, and half-price sale 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 10. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

St. John’s Episcopal

Job hunters’ group

Expert speakers provide job search tips, résumé reviews, interview coaching, and networking opportunities. No fees or registration. 7 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday. 1623 Carmel Road.

Mouzon United Methodist

Community block party

Free food and drinks, live music and DJs, bounce houses, games, prizes, more. The Panthers’ Sir Purr will visit. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 17. 3100 Selwyn Ave.

Big Spring United Methodist

Sermon series

The Rev. David Carl will present a 28-part series on “Spirit, Mind, and Body.” Carl is executive director of spiritual care and education for the Carolinas HealthCare System. 9:30 a.m. Sundays. 5300 Old Dowd Road. 704-399-6362.

Lake Norman

St. Patrick’s Episcopal, Mooresville


The Solas Leighis series opens with Vancouver fingerstyle guitarist Don Alder. Event includes a wine and cheese reception. $15; seniors and students, $10. 7 p.m. Sept. 11. 164 Fairview Road, Mooresville.

St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Special event

The church family and invited guests will march and sing the songs of Zion at our 12 Tribe Rally. 5 p.m. Sept. 12. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.

Davidson College Presbyterian


The FireBird Singers will give an a cappella concert in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Half of ticket proceeds will go to local volunteer fire departments. 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

Organ at Davidson

The 2016-17 season opens with a concert by professor Leon Couch of Birmingham-Southern College. His program will include works by Buxtehude and Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in the sanctuary. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

St. Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville

Service day

All are invited to join in the ELCA’s national “God’s Work. Our Hands” day on Sept. 11. There will be one worship service only at 10 a.m., where we will welcome community firefighters and police officers. Then, participants will prepare personal care bags for those in need or complete other service projects. After the service projects, enjoy a pork barbecue and chicken meal. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville.

First Baptist, Mooresville


Disciples’ Academy and Equip U classes begin Sept. 14. Disciples’ Academy focuses on spiritual formation. Choices include men’s Bible study, Introduction to the New Testament, more. Equip U classes help with life skills and healthy lifestyle. Choices include Women at the Well, God of Justice and Financial Peace University. To register, call the church office at 704-664-2324 or email

Music programs

Registration is available online for the music opportunities at the church. Groups include choir for age 3 through kindergarten, grades 1-6, grades 7-12, student sign language choir, adult choir, senior adult choir, handbells for grades 4-6, 7-12, and adults, adult choir chimes, orchestra, praise band, and In His Steps Dance Ministry for grades K-12. No cost to participate. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Women’s Bible study

Susan Harrison will lead a class on “Ecclesiastes: Wisdom for Women.” Materials provided. 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 20 through Nov. 1.

Midweek Sabbath

Chaplain Terri Vilagos will host a small group that creates a midweek Sabbath through prayer, study and worship. The group will begin when 10 participants are registered. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880.

Living Word Ministries, Lowesville

Gospel concert

The Wisecarvers Southern gospel group from Tennessee will perform at 6 p.m. Sept. 10. Free; a freewill offering will be received. 1062 N.C. 16 S., Lowesville.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Community blood drive

The church will host a blood drive for Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. Donating takes about an hour, and blood will help local patients. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in The Spirit Center. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. 704-892-0120.

One More Neighborhood, Huntersville

Golf benefit

Join us for a great day of golf Sept. 12 at NorthStone Country Club. Proceeds will help build a resource center in the Huntington Green community.

St. Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Newcomers’ class

Women who have recently moved to the area are invited to meet others, exchange insights, and find the courage to put down roots again. The 10-week class is based on the book “After the Boxes Are Unpacked.” 10 a.m.-noon or 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 14. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

Huntersville United Methodist

Vendors wanted

Fall community extravaganza will include a car show, food, kids’ games, live music, more. Vendor tables, $35. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 22. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

All Things Possible Ministries

Vocal talent showcase

Join us for live amazing praising at the Exalt! Vocal Talent Showcase. Audience votes for the winner. 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Lake Forest Church, 8519 Gilead Road, Huntersville. Tickets available at


Woodlawn Baptist, Charlotte

Homecoming and revival

Come see old friends and renew your love and trust in Jesus. Pastor Michael Davis will speak at the homecoming service, 10:45 a.m. Sept. 18. A covered-dish luncheon will follow the service. Timothy Simms will deliver the sermon at revival services at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 and at 7 p.m. Sept. 19-20. Music by Matt Tollison at the evening service Sept. 18. The Pathfinders will present Southern gospel music on Sept. 19. 4622 Nations Crossing Road, Charlotte.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Money management classes

Join us this September for Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” and learn biblical, practical steps to eliminate debt, manage money and more. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

Memorial United Methodist, Charlotte

Special service

“Blessing of the Blankets for Recovery” service will pray for healing for wounded warriors and disabled veterans who receive handmade blankets from the church’s Prayer Threads Ministry. 11 a.m. Sept. 11. 4012 Central Ave., Charlotte. 704-537-2060.

All Saints Catholic, Lake Wylie

Coat drive

The All Saints Council of the Knights of Columbus is conducting its annual Coats for Kids campaign during September. Donations will be used to purchase new coats for needy families in the parish, the Clover school district and the Palmetto Pregnancy Center.

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Senior ministry

JOY ministry meets the first Friday of each month for fellowship, food and fun. Contact Rose Armstrong at the church for information. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

New Gilead Reformed Church, Concord

Seniors’ group

The New Gilead Community Young-at-Hearts Friends meet the second Monday of each month for a meal, fellowship, informative programs and travel. 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12. 2400 Old Salisbury Road, Concord.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Worship services

8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays unless noted. 950 Bradley St., Concord.

Mount Olivet United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog sale

Eat in or take out. Delivery for orders of $10 or more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 301 Mount Olivet Road, Concord. 704-782-8846;

Forest Hill United Methodist, Concord

Children’s consignment sale

Register now to consign children’s clothing and toys. Sale will be held Sept. 16-17. 50 Elm Ave., Concord.