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Beth Shalom of Lake Norman

Introduction To Judaism Course: This two-year course will allow for the study of Jewish ethics, the Sabbath and holidays, prayer, dietary laws, life cycle events, the Jewish people and Israel. Additionally, Hebrew lessons will be provided throughout the program. For those who are not Jewish and are looking to participate, this course can serve as a beginning step in preparing for conversion to Judaism or an introduction to Judaism. The course will be taught by Rabbi Corey Helfand; Hebrew will be taught by ritual director Kara Tanenbaum. To enroll: (Payments/Donations page. Details: or

High Holy Day 2010 Schedule: Rabbi Corey Helfand will lead services; children's services will be led by Education Director Sid Krupkin. All services will be held at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. Details, ticket information, reservation forms: Free child care for infants through second grade provided.

7 p.m. Sept. 8: Erev Rosh Hashanah service to welcome the Jewish New Year.

9 a.m. Sept. 9: Rosh Hashanah. Day 1 morning services with separate children's services 11 a.m.-noon.

1:15 p.m. Sept. 9: Tashlich. Family program and picnic will be held at Roosevelt Wilson Park in Davidson.

9 a.m. Sept. 10: Rosh Hashanah. Day 2 morning services with separate children's services 10-11 a.m.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 10: Shabbat Service. Service will be followed by a catered dinner, $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers, $5 children 6-12, children under 6 free. Payment can be made online at

10 a.m. Sept. 11: Healing service. The service will be filled with special prayers and readings and be an opportunity to bring people together to engage in communal and individual prayer centered around healing of mind, body and soul. Complementary Oneg to follow. RSVP at

7 p.m. Sept. 17: Kol Nidrei. Evening service.

9 a.m. Sept. 18: Yom Kippur. Morning Shabbat services followed by Yizkor memorial service at 11:30 a.m. with separate children's services from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 18: Minchah-Neilah-Maariv and Break the Fast. Yom Kippur closing services. Services will be followed by a Break Fast at approximately 8:15 p.m. after the blowing of the shofar.

Cornelius Presbyterian

Family Health Fair: A four-week program. All classes will be held at the Wayland Center on the church campus, 21209 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704 892 5577,,

Sept. 14: Financial Health 7 p.m. Bryan Payne discusses your financial health.

Sept. 21: Healthy Meal Preparation 7 p.m. Rhonda Payne will lead a cooking demonstration on "Preparing Easy and Healthy Meals-How to get your family

to eat their Vegetables."

Sept. 28: "How to live to 100!" 7 p.m. Matt Zimmerman, a chiropractor, will lead a discussion on maintaining a balanced nutritional diet to

live a successful long life.

Oct. 5: Assessing Your Nutritional Health 7 p.m. A discussion on "Eat this and not that" in order to establish proper nutritional health.

Pfeiffer University

"Employment practices for our churches": Pfeiffer University will sponsor a daylong session that will provide useful employment practices and information to help congregations deliver an effective ministry. Led by the Rev. Joy T. Melton, chief resource officer of the United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust, the session will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 30 on the university's Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Road. $30 per person and includes lunch. RSVP by Sept. 27. To register or for more information: Kathleen Kilbourne 704- 945-7315 or The program is hosted in conjunction with the Christian Educators Fellowship of the Western N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Christ Community Church, Huntersville

Newcomers' Class: "Just Moved!" based on Susan Miller's book "After the Boxes are Unpacked." Field trips, group discussion, and fun activities led by former newcomers to the Charlotte area. All women in the community are invited. Childcare provided. 10-week class meets 9:45-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 15. $20 includes materials. 16301 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Register at 704-875-8374.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Concert Series: The Vianello Trio, in residence at the Masterworks School of the Arts in Davidson, will perform classical favorites. Free; a freewill offering will be taken. 7 p.m. Sept. 19. The series continues Nov. 28. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius.

Financial Peace University: Dave Ramsey's 13-week program that teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God's plan for your life. Join a new class 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 8. Open to community. Child care available upon request. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register at 704-892-8566. Fee, details:

Golf tournament: Golf, lunch, supper and fellowship for $60 on Sept. 18. Details: Rick Carter, 704-948-1642 or

Fall study group: Seven-week study suing the book "A Case for Faith" by Lee Strobel. 7 p.m. Mondays Oct. 4-Nov. 15. Facilitated by the Rev. Jill Smith. RSVP: 704-892-8566.

Women's group: All women of the church and community are welcome for fellowship and devotion at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Acropolis restaurant. Details: Elizabeth Coker, 704-892-8263 or

Men's Group: Men of all ages are welcome to attend a Community Men's Prayer Breakfast held 7-8 a.m. each Wednesday at the Cookhouse Restaurant, 20936 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius. It is led on alternate weeks by the ministerial staffs of Mount Zion UMC and Bethel Presbyterian Church.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Organ Concerts: Organ at Davidson begins its fifth year. The first concert will feature the world premiere of a sonata composed by organist Dr. Robert Parris, professor of organ at Mercer University. Free. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. 102 N. Main St., Davidson.

Saturday Night Worship: 5 p.m. in Lingle Chapel. Worship will include communion and follows the same general texts and themes as the Sunday morning service with creativity and a spirit of informality.

Bible Study: Dr. Max Polley will lead a class on the book of Daniel entitled "From Hebrew Prophecy to Apolcalypticism," contrasting Jewish and Christian interpretations. 9:45 a.m. Sept. 12, 19, and 26 in the Congregation House, 218 Concord Road, Davidson.

Davidson College Presbyterian Church

Blood Drive: 2-7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Congregation House. To register: Miriam Bode, 704-896-1317. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Lake Norman Community Bible Study

Fall Classes: Registration now open for study on the book of Acts. Open to all women in the Lake Norman area. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays at Mount Zion United Methodist in Cornelius. Children's program also available for infants through home-schooled middle school. Register at 704-799-4460 or

University City United Methodist Church

Live Simulcast with Beth Moore: Women are invited to the church 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18 for a fellowship day 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.

First Baptist, Cornelius

Senior Citizens' Group: Programs, fellowship, and travel opportunities. The Jolly Travelers meet at 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month. 21007 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-896-5623.

New Faith Community Of Lake Norman

Small Groups: The New Faith Community of Lake Norman: Encouraging Your Search for a Resonant Jesus. A five-week study based on Brian McLaren's book, "A Generous Orthodoxy" will meet at 11 a.m. Sundays and at 6:30 p.m. Mondays. "Living the Questions," a discussion that invites questions and struggles of faith, will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The group is ongoing and open to new participants. Meetings are at Davidson United Methodist, 233 S. Main St., Davidson. New Faith Community plans to move Sunday services to 10 a.m. on Oct. 3 at Our Town Cinemas. Details:

Empowerment For Living Family

Sunday Morning Worship Service: 8 a.m. worship, dance and the word of God. 8 a.m. Free. Comfort Inn & Suites, 19521 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius.