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Twins Abby, right, and Emma Ivey wear their first communion gowns for a second time when they went to church May 1. More than 275 children received their First Communion at the church April 30 through May 7. The pupils had been preparing for this day since the beginning of the school year when they began their faith formation classes.
Twins Abby, right, and Emma Ivey wear their first communion gowns for a second time when they went to church May 1. More than 275 children received their First Communion at the church April 30 through May 7. The pupils had been preparing for this day since the beginning of the school year when they began their faith formation classes.

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Lake Norman

Saint Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Women’s event

Ann Winkle, founder of Mary’s WAY, will share her personal story and the joys of accepting God’s will. A candlelight dinner will be served. $25. 6:30 p.m. May 19.

Indoor yard sale

Proceeds go to Knights of Columbus charities. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. www.stmarknc.org.

Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

Health information summit

Free information on changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act. Representatives from Novant Health, Iredell Health System, Carolinas Healthcare System and other local providers will present information and answer questions. 2 p.m. May 19 in building B. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. www.facebook.com/trichamber.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Discussion group

Humanist group meets at 9:45 a.m. on first and third Sundays in classroom 2.

Service

The Rev. Amy Brooks will present “Ordinary Blessings.” 11 a.m. May 22. Nursery provided for preschool children. Children in grades K-5 go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Youth are welcome to stay for the service or join a separate discussion. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

Journey Church, Huntersville

Fitness challenge

People of all fitness levels invited to compete. Proceeds support global outreach. 8 a.m.-noon May 21. 15711 Brookway Drive, Huntersville. www.thejourneyonline.com.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Summer preschool camps

“Commotion in the Ocean” will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 23-26. “Super Messy Science” is Aug. 8-11. $120 per session.

Vacation Bible school

“Egypt: Joseph’s Journey From Prison to Palace.” July 17-20. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.

Hopewell Baptist, Davidson

Vacation Bible school

Dive deep into God’s word with “Submerged!” Bible stories, crafts, games, snacks, music and more. Classes for all ages. 6:10-9 p.m. July 10-14. 18841 Davidson-Concord Road, Davidson. www.HopewellBaptistChurch.com.

The Marketplace, Cornelius

Product launch

On May 13, the Christian fair trade store introduced a line of leather bags made in Bolivia by Sutisana, a ministry that rescues women from prostitution. 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. www.themarketplacenc.com.

The Bridge Church of the Nazarene, Mooresville

Preschool open house

Half-day Christian program nurtures spiritual, academic, social, mental and physical development. Now enrolling for 2016-17 school year. Open house, 9:30-11 a.m. May 20. 2940 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. www.thebridgelkn.com.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Guest speaker:

Sarah Junkin Woodward from the Center for Development in Central America will speak. Crafts will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served. 5 p.m. May 18 in the Congregation House. 218 Concord Road, Davidson. www.dcpc.org.

Davidson United Methodist

Film discussion group:

Film and Spirituality group meets monthly. View film ahead of time, then meet to discuss the “God dimension” in it. We will discuss “As It Is in Heaven” 10-11:30 a.m. May 24 in Room 220. 233 South St., Davidson. www.davidsonumc.org.

South Charlotte

Living Saviour Lutheran

Community event

“Countdown to Summer” party with free food, crafts and games. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21. 6817 Carmel Road. www.livingsaviourlc.org.

The C. S. Lewis Institute

Fellows program

The program challenges and guides you on your journey toward spiritual maturity with an emphasis on heart and mind discipleship. Fellows continue in their careers while participating in this yearlong program and requirements are designed to be achievable even for busy professionals with families. For more information and applications go to: www.cslewisinstitute.org.

Myers Park United Methodist

Panel discussion

The church continues its dialogue on race with a panel featuring Myers Park High School football coach Scott Chadwick and several players talking about what it takes to forge unity from our differences. Joining them will be Charlotte Magazine editor Michael Graff. The congregation is exploring issues of race and class in response to the Charleston church killings. 4 p.m. May 22. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.myersparkumc.org.

Mouzon United Methodist

Service

Come be a part of our multi-ethnic prayer and praise service, a lively time of celebrating the living presence of God among us. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 3100 Selwyn Ave. www.mouzonumc.org.

Temple Beth El

Shabbat worship schedule

First Friday services include SongFest at 5:30 p.m. and family Shabbat at 6 p.m. On second Fridays, a community Shabbat is held at 6 p.m. and Kabbalat Shabbat is at 8 p.m. Third Friday services include a community Shabbat at 6 p.m. and a service of healing and comfort at 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat is held at 6 p.m. each fourth Friday, with community Shabbat at 8 p.m. Services are held at 11 a.m. Saturdays. Prenegs at 5:15 p.m. before each 6 p.m. service. Onegs follow each 8 p.m. service. 5101 Providence Road. Full schedule and holiday variations at www.templebethel.org.

Temple Israel

Classes

“What Does Islam Look Like?” will reveal Islam’s texts, holy places, history and people. The next sessions are “History: Origins Through the Golden Age” and “Understanding Contemporary Issues.” 7-8:30 p.m. May 18 and 25. 4901 Providence Road. Register at 704-362-2796.

Sharon United Methodist

Series

“To Boldly Go.” Join us as we celebrate 50 wonderful years and begin an exciting new chapter in our ministry. Services at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.org.

Calvary Church

Veterans’ breakfast

The church will honor all veterans with a hearty meal and fellowship. U.S. Army veteran Mike Page will speak. $5. 7:30-9 a.m. May 27. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com/veterans.

Saint John’s Episcopal

Job hunters’ group

Expert speakers provide job search tips, résumé reviews, interview coaching and networking opportunities. No fees or registration. 7 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday. 1623 Carmel Road. www.saintjohns-charlotte.org.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Inspirational event

Author and speaker Matthew Kelly will present “Living Every Day With Passion and Purpose.” 6:30-10:30 p.m. May 20 in the sanctuary. Tickets: www.DynamicCatholic.com/Charlotte.

Healing prayer service

Saint Peregrine service for those suffering with cancer and other grave diseases. 7:30 p.m. May 26. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewministries.org/cict.

Saint John’s Baptist

Concert

The Festival Singers, Carolina Voices’ chamber ensemble, will present their spring concert, “Elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire.” Adults, $18; seniors, $16; ages 14 and younger, $10. 4 p.m. May 22. 300 Hawthorne Lane. www.carolinavoices.org.

Providence Baptist

Anniversary Sunday

Sunday school, 9:15 a.m. May 22. Combined worship, 10:30 a.m. Guest preacher Suzii Paynter of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Fellowship meal will follow the service. 4921 Randolph Road. www.providencebc.org.

Saint Francis United Methodist

Pancake breakfast

$5. Tickets required. Free for age three and under. 8 a.m.-noon May 21.

Service day

The church is participating in a “Change the World” event May 22 by sending teams of volunteers into the community for various projects. 4200 McKee Road. 704-846-6177.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives

8:30 a.m.-noon May 22 at Living Saviour Lutheran, 6817 Carmel Road. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 22 at Harrison United Methodist, 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. www.cbcc.us.

Nearby

Northside Baptist

Concert

Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band will share timeless gospel classics and inspiring new favorites. Special guests are Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald and Kevin Williams. 6 p.m. May 21. 333 Jeremiah Blvd. www.gaither.com.

Little Rock AME Zion

Spring revival

Guest preacher the Rev. Eldren Morrison of Varick Memorial AME Zion. 7 p.m. May 25–27.

Awards luncheon

“Excellence in Ministry” awards will be presented. 1 p.m. May 28.

Little Rock Day

Worship service, 10 a.m. May 29. 401 N. McDowell St. www.littlerockamezion.org.

The Grove Presbyterian

Women’s retreat

Practical teaching on building a culture of joy, respect and sacred relationship. The theme is “Building Holy Friendships.” 9 a.m.-noon June 4. 5735 East W. T. Harris Blvd. www.thegrovecharlotte.org.

Trinity United Church of Christ, Concord

Discussion group

9:30 a.m. Sundays. 38 Church St. N., Concord. www.facebook.com/commachurch.

Roberta United Methodist, Concord

Free clothing

10 a.m.-noon Mondays. Call the church office 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday to schedule an appointment. Donations of gently-used clothing also accepted.

Hot dog sale

Hot dogs and homemade desserts, $1.25 each. Delivery for orders of 10 or more. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

Exodus Foundation

Volunteer orientation

Learn how to mentor people who have criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 6-7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Mount Carmel Baptist, 7237 Tuckaseegee Road and 10-11 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Saint Paul Baptist, 1401 Allen St.

Career networking

Group for people with criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Saint Paul Baptist. www.exodusfoundation.org.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Worship services

8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays unless noted. 950 Bradley St., Concord. www.clcofconcord.org.

Mount Olivet United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog sale

Eat in or take out. Delivery for orders of $10 or more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 301 Mount Olivet Road, Concord. 704-782-8846; www.mtochurch.com.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives

4-7 p.m. May 18 at Kimball Memorial Lutheran, 101 Vance St., Kannapolis. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 22 at Carolinas Cornerstone Church, 1790 Gardendale Road, Fort Mill. www.cbcc.us.

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