Faith News

Roberta United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog lunch: Hot dogs and homemade desserts, $1.25 each. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 21. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

The Choral Academy, Concord

Auditions: The Choral Academy is scheduling auditions/vocal placement interviews for 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 accepted through the end of January. The academy meets at Calvary Lutheran, 950 Bradley St., Concord. For more information, contact Gary Shive at704-786-7447.

Crossroads Church, Concord

Blood drive: For each donation, Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will donate six pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank. Walk-ins welcome. 3-7 p.m. Jan. 23. Register at 704-467-1179 or

Community Life Night: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Classes begin Jan. 18. 220 George W. Liles Parkway, Concord. Course catalog and registration available at

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: "One God? Yours or Mine ... A Provocative Look at the Concept of God." Community religious and education leaders will offer their perspectives and respond to questions. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 21. President John Barringer of the Charlotte South area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present the Mormon perspective on Jan. 17.

Classes: Temple Beth El University's mini-mester begins Feb. 1. Core course is "Jewish Thought, Part II: Reconstructionist Judaism," with Rabbi Jonathan Freirich. 7-9 p.m. Feb. 1, 8 and 15. 5101 Providence Road. Register at

The Jewish Council of Lake Norman

Lecture: Julie Bernstein of the Israel Action Network will present "Talking to Our Neighbors About Israel." Series co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte. Child care available. 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. Alban's Episcopal, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. 704-944-6757.

Temple Israel

Unity concert: Performances by Neshama Carlebach and the Rev. Roger Hambrick with members of the Green Pastures Baptist choir. Free. 6 p.m. Jan. 15. 4901 Providence Road.

University City United Methodist

Sermon series: Based on the film "Courageous." 9:45 and 11 a.m. Jan. 15, 22 and 29. 3835 West W.T. Harris Blvd.