Religion news

If you would like to have an announcement included in Religion news, send your press release to

Cabarrus Christian Women's Connection

Brunch: Presentation on networking; music by Sharon Ritchie. Main speaker Deanna Hansen-Doying. $13.25 inclusive. 9:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Cabarrus Country Club, 3247 Weddington Road, Concord. Reservations: 704-782-3287.

Central United Methodist Church, Concord

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

Gracecrossing Church

Pastoral call: The church has called the Rev. Jason Blanton as its senior pastor. Blanton will begin his ministry Sept. 5. The church meets at Hickory Ridge High School.704-536-9193;

The Choral Academy, Concord

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. All youth in Cabarrus and the surrounding counties are welcome. New singers will be accepted through September. The academy meets at Calvary Lutheran, 950 Bradley St., Concord. For more information, contact Gary Shive at 704-786-7447.

Cold Springs United Methodist, Concord

Homecoming: Church lay leader Cathy Newsome will speak at the 149th annual homecoming 11 a.m. Aug. 22. 2250 Cold Springs Road, Concord. 704-782-1811.

University City United Methodist Church

Live Simulcast with Beth Moore: Women invited are invited to the church 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18 for a fellowship day and author and live simulcast of Bible teacher Beth Moore presenting the LifeWay women's "Living Proof." $25 registration includes lunch; or call 704-369-8000. 3835 W. WT Harris Blvd., Charlotte.

Community Impact Productions, Concord

Fundraiser: "An Evening of Joy" with 90-minute variety show and hors d'oeuvres buffet to support Cooperative Christian Ministry. 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at The Village, Suite 15, 280 Concord Pkwy S., Concord. $12.

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

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

New Life Fellowship Church

Speaker: 10 a.m. service Aug. 29, Tom Barry speaking. 4065 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.

Mother's Morning Out: Preschool program 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 1-May 26. $75 registration fee; class days and fees vary with grade. Details: 704-784 8808.

Day care: Available year-round 7 a.m.-6 p.m. for ages 1-4 years.