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Rocky River Presbyterian, Concord

Vacation Bible School: 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 23-25. 7940 Rocky River Road, Concord. .

Concord Christian

Vacation Bible School: "I.P.O.D.S. for Jesus!" Children age 2 through 4th grade. 6-8:30 p.m. July 25-29. Dinner provided nightly. 3101 Davidson Hwy., Concord. Register at .

All God's Children Preschool: Now enrolling for the 2010-2011 school year; a non-profit Christian preschool, offering early childhood education to children from 12 months to 5 years. Details: Jamie Emmons at 704-788-6315 or

McGill Baptist, Concord

Vacation Bible School: "High Seas Expedition." July 25-30. 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. 704-788-1180;

Cooperative Christian Ministry, Concord

New Ministry: New or like-new furnishings and supplies are needed for the new Mothers and Children Housing Ministry opening in July. 24 Spring St., Concord. For a list of items needed or more information: 704-786-4709;

St. James Catholic, Concord

Vacation Bible School: "Totus Tuus." 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. July 19-23 for grades 1-6; 7:30-9:30 p.m. July 18-22 for grades 7-12. $20 per person. 139 Manor Ave. S.W., Concord. Registration deadline July 1.

Roberta United Methodist Church

Hot-dog sale: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. July 17. Hot dogs and homemade baked goods $1.25 each. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. Take out available 704-786-9215. Delivery of 10 or more.

West Cabarrus Church, Concord

Student Ministry: Collision will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 18. Rising 7th-12th graders welcome. 7655 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord. 704-455-2590;

Crossroads Church, Concord

Mission Outreach Opportunity: Donations of quality handmade items are being accepted for the Mission Marketplace at The Depot at Gibson Mill. Proceeds support missions.

Cold Springs United Methodist Church

Dave Ramsey workshop: The church at 2550 Cold Springs Road, Concord, is sponsoring a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University workshop beginning Aug. 29. $100 for the workshop, workshop booklet, Dave Ramsey's book, "Financial Peace," and other materials. To register, by July 30 deadline, call 704-782-1811.

Central United Methodist Church, Concord

Summer camps: Bocca Felice Kids' Cooking Camps hosted by Gina Guthrie for rising second through sixth graders 2:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 4-6 at the church kitchen. Both classes will be followed by a Saturday tour of the Piedmont Farmers Market. for class description and tuition information. 30 Union St. N.

Mission Sunday: Aug. 29 Mission Sunday and All Church Cookout and Covered Dish Lunch.

Fire Church, Concord

Youth Meeting: Worship and fellowship. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. 4323 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord.

Forest Hill United Methodist Church

Christmas in July: 3-6 p.m. July 25, Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 N. Union St., Concord, is celebrating Christmas in July with fun, food, crafts and a reminder that the Christmas spirit lives all year. Come "Soak Up the Son" with Christmas music, bounce house, games, sno-cones, a cupcake walk, Christmas cookie decorating and crafts, storytelling and a dress-up nativity. The Missions Outreach program is focusing on "Sharing the Gift of Christmas All Year Long" by featuring the Festival of Trees. Each tree will be decorated with different "back-to-school" themes to promote donations of supplies for students in need at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School. Please bring school supplies and place them under the trees to help children in our community. Details: Barbara Gonynor at, or Dawn Mills at

Give Water. Give Life: This mission is dedicated to building a well in Sudan to provide safe drinking water to those suffering without this vital resource. Details: Patti Earnhardt at; donations may be sent to the church office at 265 N. Union St, Concord, NC 28025-4762.

Advent Lutheran Church

Playhouses for a Good Cause: Advent Lutheran Church, 8840 University City Blvd., Charlotte, is hosting an "Under Construction" Vacation Bible School Aug. 2-6. Children and their leaders will build several playhouses, and one will be raffled off to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. Raffle tickets are $1 each and can be purchased from the church office. Advent is looking for businesses and individuals who will donate supplies needed to build the playhouses. VBS registrations are being accepted; classes will be offered for children, age 3 through fifth grade. A $10 registration fee should accompany each registration form. Forms are available through the church office, and scholarships are available for those who cannot pay the $10 fee. Details: Toni Hagerman at Advent Lutheran Church 704-549-1555.

Cabarrus Christian Women's Connection

Brunch: Guest speaker Ellen Calos, special feature on summer's flowers, and music by Sarah Malina. Educators will be honored. $13.25 inclusive. 9:30 a.m. July 15 at the Cabarrus Country Club, 3247 Weddington Road, Concord. Reservations: 704-782-3287