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Cold Springs United Methodist Church

Homecoming: Church lay leader Cathy Newsome will speak at the 149th annual homecoming. 2250 Cold Springs Road, Concord. 704-782-1811.

Central United Methodist Church, Concord

Mission Sunday: Aug. 29 Mission Sunday and all-church cookout and covered-dish lunch.

Roberta United Methodist Church

Hot-dog sale: Hotdogs and homemade baked goods $1.25 each. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 7. Takeout available, 704-786-9215. Delivery of 10 or more. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord.

Concord Christian

Preschool: All God's Children Preschool is now enrolling for the 2010-2011 school year. AGCP is a non-profit, Christian preschool for children 12 months to 5 years, including a new transitional kindergarten program. 3101 Davidson Hwy., Concord. 704-788-6315;

Poplar Tent Presbyterian, Concord

Blood Drive: Coordinated by the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 15 in the fellowship building. 6841 Poplar Tent Road, Concord. 704-786-1603.

St. Martin Lutheran, Concord

Vacation Bible School: Veggie Tales theme for children age 3 through 5th grade. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 9-13. Party and program, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 14. 5469 N.C. 200 S., Concord. 704-782-4040.

New Gilead Church, Concord

Guest Performance: Dan Truhitte, who played Rolf in "The Sound of Music," will sing at the 11 a.m. service Aug. 8. The service will be followed by lunch. At 1 p.m., he will sing several more favorites from the film along with other selections. 2400 Old Salisbury-Concord Road, Concord. 704-788-1202.

West Cabarrus Church, Concord

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

Calvary Lutheran Church

Choral Academy auditions: The Choral Academy is scheduling auditions/vocal placement interviews for children and youth (ages 7-20) to participate in three age-based choirs. No preparation is necessary. Rehearsals for fall semester begin on Sept.7. New singers will be accepted through September. All youth in Cabarrus and surrounding counties are welcome. Each choir meets weekly on Tuesdays through mid-May at Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley St., Concord, to study and perform a broad range of choral literature selected with age and vocal capabilities in mind. Choirs are directed by Gary Shive and accompanied by Lynnette Novobilski. To schedule an audition or for more information: Gary Shive at 704-786-7447 or

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.

Cooperative Christian Ministry, Concord

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

Pitts Baptist Church of Concord

VBS donates supplies: The Vacation Bible School theme for Pitts Baptist Church of Concord was Saddle Ridge Ranch and so chose Wings of Eagles Ranch as their 2010 beneficiary, collecting donations of paper towels, wet wipes, liquid soap and disinfectant spray.