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Four men from Saint Mark Catholic, Huntersville, were ordained as deacons. From left, Deacon Brian Becker, Deacon Matthew Bean, Bishop Peter Jugis, Deacon Christopher Bond and Deacon Christian Cook. Jugis, the bishop of Charlotte, was the celebrant for the ordination with 25 priests and 24 deacons participating in the Mass.
Four men from Saint Mark Catholic, Huntersville, were ordained as deacons. From left, Deacon Brian Becker, Deacon Matthew Bean, Bishop Peter Jugis, Deacon Christopher Bond and Deacon Christian Cook. Jugis, the bishop of Charlotte, was the celebrant for the ordination with 25 priests and 24 deacons participating in the Mass.

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Compiled by Erica Batten

South Charlotte

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Seminary graduation

On June 5, 28 Charlotte-area high school seniors celebrated graduation from the seminary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Seminary, the study of religious history and scripture, has grown from the original 70 students in Salt Lake City in 1912 to nearly 700,000 students in more than 150 countries today.

Sedgefield Church

Vacation Bible school

“Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World.” Rising K-5 grades. Free. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 2-5. 2830 Dorchester Place. Register at

St. Matthew Catholic

Summer forum

Courses will explore various topics. Mary Hugh Mauldin will lead a retreat for the Year of Mercy at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. For a complete listing of courses and registration, go to

Myers Park Baptist

Faith communicators’ meeting

All who focus on communications for houses of worship and nonprofits are invited. This month’s meeting will focus on the power of videos and short films. Scott Galloway, director of Susie Films, will share what it takes for an organization to tell its story on film. The Faith Communicators networking group meets the fourth Friday of each month for a light breakfast, fellowship and conversation. Free. 10 a.m. June 24 in the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819;

St. Francis United Methodist

Vacation Bible school

“Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World!” 5:45-8:30 p.m. July 18-21. 4200 McKee Road. Register at

Wesley United Methodist

Study series

The Rev. Judi Hunt will lead a study of John Stott’s “Basic Christianity.” Discover an intellectually satisfying explanation of the Christian faith. $6. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 23 through July 28. The study will be held on the lawn, weather permitting. 3715 Rea Road.

MorningStar Presbyterian, Matthews

Children’s summer program

Children in rising grades K-6 invited to MAD DAZE III, a week of music, art and drama led by local arts teachers. $50. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 27-July 1. 13000 Idlewild Road, Matthews. For reservations, call 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 704-847-0864;

The American Guild of Organists, Charlotte Chapter


The Summer Recital Series presents the Stigall Scholar Recital. 7 p.m. June 26 at Sardis Presbyterian, 6100 Sardis Road.

Lake Norman

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman


A member will discuss her experiences volunteering in various parts of the United States, England and France in “Service is My Prayer.” 11 a.m. June 26. 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.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Fun Fridays

Children invited for fun field trips. We will travel to Cold Blooded Encounters reptile zoo in Troutman. $6. Bring a bag lunch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Vacation Bible school

Dive deep into God’s word at “Submerged!” 4-7 p.m. July 17 and 9 a.m.-noon July 18-21. Closing program, 6:30 p.m. July 21. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. Register at

St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Children’s book club

The Phenomenal Readers Book Club will meet to read books, visit the library, play vocabulary games, have snacks and work with adult mentors. Ages 5-14. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 28. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-948-6869.

Broad Street United Methodist, Mooresville

Farmers market

Variety of vendors offer fresh produce, honey, jams and jellies, meats, desserts, more. Children’s activity booth and free lemonade. 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays. 355 S. Broad St., Mooresville. 704-663-2161.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Summer worship schedule

One worship service at 10 a.m. Sundays through Sept. 4.

Prayer shawl ministry

6:30 p.m. June 26 and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Summer preschool camp

“Super Messy Science.” Aug. 8-11. $120.

Vacation Bible school

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

St. Mark Catholic, Huntersville


Four seminarians were ordained as transitional deacons on June 4. The four men will serve as deacons throughout the Diocese of Charlotte for the summer, then return to seminary and continue their journey to priesthood.

Alzheimer’s respite ministry

“Young at Heart” ministry recognizes that meaningful relationships remain possible throughout all stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Our dedicated volunteers will offer respite to caregivers and socialization for their loved ones through prayer, crafts, music and shared memories. Registration required. 1-4 p.m. Mondays in Room 200 of the Kerin Family Center. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. Register at 704-948-3558 or

First Baptist, Cornelius

Senior citizens’ group

Interesting programs, fellowship and travel opportunities. We welcome new people to join us. Meetings at 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. 21007 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. For information, call Pat Alleshunas at 704-787-9257.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Casual worship service

Rejuvenating midweek service with acoustic guitar music. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius.


Belmont Abbey College


Bass-baritone Carl DuPont will perform a concert of 18th-century music, mostly of J.S. Bach. 8 p.m. June 27 in the Abbey Basilica. Free; donations accepted. 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont.

St. Peter Catholic, Charlotte


Barbara Gaddy will present “Discerning Your Spiritual Gifts.” 6-9 p.m. June 29 in Biss Hall. 507 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Register at

Sharon Forest Baptist, Charlotte

Worship services

10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Mission trip

Join us July 16-23 as we serve the people of Ecuador through our ministry of sharing the gospel. 11020 E. WT Harris Blvd. 704-536-0012;

Common Heart, Indian Trail

Mobile food pantry

Fresh produce, bread, meat and non-perishables available to anyone who receives food stamps or otherwise meets household income requirements. 10 a.m.-noon June 29 at Christ Bible Discipleship Worship Center, 1019 Unarco Road, Marshville. Walk-in pantries are also open weekly in Waxhaw.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Worship services

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

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;

Rocky Ridge United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog sale

Hot dogs, $1.25 each. Homemade desserts, chips and drinks also available. Eat in or take out. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 1428 Old Charlotte Road, Concord. For delivery, please call 704-782-3579.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services

The Reform Jewish Congregation is currently holding Shabbat services at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in the ministry building at Saint Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. Religious education is held at 10 a.m. Sundays at Blooming Einsteins, 2752 Pleasant Road, Suite 103, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707;

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service

“Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. June 23. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009;

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 25 at Greater Galilee Baptist, 501 W. Park Ave., Charlotte. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 26 at Fort Mill Church of God, 221 Academy St., Fort Mill.