Faith News

Myers Park United Methodist

Multimedia Programs: Minister of Discipleship George Ragsdale will discuss talking with God through worship, including worship trends, at 7 p.m. June 28. Pastor James Howell will discuss talking with God about suffering at 7 p.m. July 19 and 11 a.m. July 21. Child care is available for children age 8 and under. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

First Baptist, Charlotte

Marvelous Monday Nights: Meals served at 5 p.m. Mondays followed by music and guest speakers at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Tony Marciano of Charlotte Rescue Mission will be the guest speaker June 28.

Guest Speaker: Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will bring a message challenging people to be mobilized in their communities with the purpose of making a difference. 10:30 a.m. July 4. Free.

Patriotic Concert: Charles Billingsley will perform at 6:30 p.m. July 5. 301 S. Davidson St. 704-375-1446.

Charlotte Christian Chamber of Commerce

Networking Luncheon: Craig Seibert with Priority Associates will offer a fascinating presentation based on the founding of Charlotte, our region's history and our quest for independence. 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. July 8 at Maggiano's Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Road. Register at

Hickory Grove Presbyterian

Independence Day Celebration: Parade, rides, games, music, food, contests and prizes. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. July 3. 5735 E. W.T. Harris Blvd. 704-537-0710.

Central United Methodist

Vacation Bible School: "Galactic Blast" for children age 4 through rising 6th grade. All children are welcome. 6-8 p.m. July 18-22. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157.

First Presbyterian

Midweek Bible Study: Dr. William Wood will lead a series on "The Not So Minor Prophets," which will expand on the previous Sunday's sermon. Lunch available for $6. Noon Wednesdays in June. 200 W. Trade St.

Newell Baptist

Special Programs: Dave Ramsey's video series "Our Nation and Finances," 11 a.m. July 4. No evening service. "The #1 Myth About Money," 6 p.m. July 11.

Guest Speaker: Mike Creswell, senior consultant with the Baptist State Convention, will present "Stewardship and Financial Health" at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 27. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.

Innovation Church

Summer Day Camp: Reading, games, math, arts and crafts, weekly field trips and fun fitness for children ages 6-16. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. $25 per child per week. 3957 Independence Blvd. Register at 704-254-1227.

St. Paul United Methodist

Bible Study: "Invitation to John," an 11-week study, will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays starting June 29. 2830 Dorchester Place. 704-523-0077;

Robinson Presbyterian

Blood Drive: Everyone age 16 and older is encouraged to participate. Reservations accepted but not necessary. Noon June 27. 9424 Harrisburg Road. 704-537-5506.