Faith Notes

Lake Forest Church, Huntersville

Christmas store: Provides assistance for at-risk families who want to buy affordable new toys for their children. Information and volunteer opportunities: The church is at 8519 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 704-948-3232.

Mount Hermon Lutheran, Concord

Live outdoor Nativity: "The Journey to Bethlehem." Guided groups start every 10-15 minutes. Refreshments, crafts, caroling. Free. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12. 3600 U.S. 601 S., Concord. 704-782-2326.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Sunday school series: "Spirituality and the Arts." with guest performances. Mime program by Tim and Tonya Chartier 9:45 a.m. Dec. 12. Continues Dec. 19.

Christmas pageant: Youth present Christmas story in tableaux. Child care available for ages 0-2. Food collection for Loaves & Fishes and Ada Jenkins Center. Soup and sandwiches afterward. 5 p.m. Dec. 12. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.


Kimball Lutheran, Kannapolis

Advent services: Dec. 19: Contemporary worship with band 8:30 a.m.; Traditional worship with organ and piano, 11 a.m. 101 Vance St., Kannapolis. 704-933-4101

St. Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Christmas program: "No Ordinary Night: A Musical Adventure." 7-8:15 p.m. Dec. 16. Cookies and hot chocolate afterward. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell

Christmas concert: Concert by Contemporary Christian recording artist Cindy Johnson of Winston-Salem. 6 p.m. Dec. 19. Afterward, cake and refreshments; kids visit Santa. Admission is a nonperishable food item. 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell. 828-478-2518.

First United Methodist, Troutman

Birthday party for Jesus: All children and parents welcome. Cake, ice cream, games, special visitor. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Free. 204 Mills Ave., Troutman. 704-528-5110.

Zion Wesley AME Zion, Troutman

"Big Gospel Explosion": 3 p.m. Dec. 12. Keith Holland and Friends for Christ; The Mighty Pilgrimaires; Echoes for Christ; Messengers for Christ; Voices of Morning Star. 133 Zion Wesley Road, Troutman.

Landmark Church of God, Statesville

Christmas cantata: "Everlasting Light." 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. 2200 E. Broad St., Statesville. 704-873-9701.

Broad Street United Methodist, Statesville

Christmas concert: 5-6:15 p.m. Dec. 12. Music by Chancel Bell Ringers, Chancel Choir includes two pieces from Handel's "Messiah," cantata "Holy Light" by Robert Hobby,, accompanied by orchestra. 315 W. Broad St., Statesville.

Church of the Springs, Bethesda Presbyterian

Christmas play: "The Gospel According to 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens." 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. Church of the Springs, 110 Moose Club Road, Statesville. 704-508-1224.

Lilly's Chapel Holiness, Statesville

Rock of Ages concert: Various choirs to sing Gospel hits from the '70s, '80s, '90s and 2000s. 3 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. 1532 Seventh St., Statesville. 704-873-9714.

We Care Outreach Ministry

Free Christmas dinner: Food, clothes, drawings for blankets, more. A toy will be given to a boy and a girl. Noon-2:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Bristol Community Center, 1605 Bristol Road, Statesville. Details: Pastor Anthony Turner Sr., 704-902-5446.

Church of God of the Bible

Christmas pageant: "The Message." Call ahead for local bus transportation. 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Free. 223 Wilson St., Statesville. 704-873-5606.