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Compiled by Erica Batten
The Diocese of Charlotte
Pilgrimage: Twenty-six parishioners from across the Diocese recently traveled to the Holy Land. The 10-day trip included several historical sites as the group followed the journey of Jesus. The travelers enjoyed daily Mass at landmarks such as the Basilica of the Annunciation, Saint Peter’s Memorial, and the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. Father Patrick Hoare, Pastor of Saint John Neumann Catholic, and Father Patrick Cahill, Pastor of Saint Eugene Parish in Asheville, organized and led the pilgrimage. Father Stephen Hoyt, parochial vicar of Holy Family Church in Clemmons, also traveled with the group. www.charlottediocese.org.
Classes: Life Long Learning classes include “The Stories of Our People: Tales, Legends, and Short Stories that Open the Gates of Jewish Faith” taught by Rabbi Murray Ezring and “User’s Guide to the Prayer Book, Part II” taught by Cantor Elias Roochvarg. Classes are free to Temple Israel members; nonmembers, $36. 11 a.m.-noon March 1, 8, 15 and 22.
Music series: Join Cantor Elias Roochvarg for the third in his series of musicales, a special afternoon of “Songs Inspired by the Bible.” 4:30 p.m. March 1.
Family Purim celebration: Join us for a magical celebration of Purim with a hot dog dinner, costume pageant, family-friend Megillah reading, and Thomas the Magician. 5:30 p.m. March 4. 4901 Providence Road. www.templeisraelnc.org.
Temple Beth El
Comparative religion series: Representatives from various faith traditions will present “Religion and Science: Can They Coexist?” 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Due to inclement weather, the speakers for Feb. 17 and 24 were rescheduled. On March 3, Rabbi Jonathan Freirich of Temple Beth El and Dr. Derek Raghavan, president of the Levine Cancer Institute and internationally-renowned cancer researcher, will present a panel discussion to conclude the series. Refreshments provided by the Sandra Gold Weinstein Hospitality Fund. Free. No reservations necessary. 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948. Complete schedule of speakers at www.beth-el.com.
Saint John’s Episcopal
Youth fast: Youth from the church will join young people around the world to raise money through the World Vision 30 Hour Famine to fight world hunger. On Feb. 27-28, participating youth will fast for 30 hours, construct and sleep in cardboard shelters on the church lawn, and participate in service projects in an effort to raise awareness of and make a difference in the lives of hungry children. With the help of community partners and pledges from church members, family and friends, the youth will attempt to raise more than $1 million.
Brixx Pizza will donate a portion of sales to the cause on Feb. 28 and March 1, and the Duke Energy building will be lit in orange as the youth break their fast on Feb. 28. Youth of Saint John’s Episcopal have participated in the 30 Hour Famine for 16 years. www.30hourfamine.org.
Sharon United Methodist
Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews
Lenten services: Brief services focusing on the parable of the prodigal son. 6:45-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays starting Feb. 25. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. 704-847-5967.
Women’s event: All women in the community are invited to join us for coffee and dessert as missionary Nancy Writebol shares the riveting story of her battle with the Ebola virus. Free; registration requested. 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Nancy and her husband, David, are missionaries serving with SIM and will participate in Calvary’s annual missions conference Feb. 21-March 1. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at www.calvarychurch.com/writebol.
Saint Andrew’s United Methodist
Study: Join us for our weekly “Beginnings: The Spiritual Life Study.” Each session includes a brief video and discussion. The topic for Feb. 25 is “How Do I Keep My Possessions From Possessing Me?” Free. No registration required. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 1900 Emerywood Drive. 704-553-1327.
Wesley United Methodist
Study: We will read “The Story,” a 31-chapter version of the Bible story that reads like a novel. Each week we explore both God’s perspective and the human experience. Learn what it means to live the challenging and rewarding life of following Christ. Copies of the book are available at the church. 9 and 11 a.m.Sundays. 3715 Rea Road. www.WesleyCharlotte.org.
Mouzon United Methodist
Multi-ethnic service: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 3100 Selwyn Ave. www.mouzonumc.org.
Charlotte Spirituality Center
Class: “Soul Scribbles: Journals That Nurture the True Voice.” Join us for ideas and practice at every level of journaling. $15. Class size limited. 1-3:30 p.m. Feb. 28. 4800 Wedgewood Drive, Suite 100. Register at www.charlottespiritualitycenter.org.
Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington
Lenten prayer services: 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. www.spiritofjoy.us.
First Baptist, Indian Trail
Real Evangelism Conference: Guest preachers Mike Huckabee, Junior Hill, Mike Stone, Vance Pitman, Tony Nolan, Bailey Smith, Mike Whitson, many more. Musical guests the Mike Speck Trio, Greater Vision, the Collingsworth Family, Mae Beth Harris and Eddie Middleton. March 4-6. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005; www.fbcit.org.
Matthews United Methodist
Summer arts camp: “Under God’s Sea in 3-D” music and arts camp for children in grades K-6. $75 includes daily lunch and snack, t-shirt, materials. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 6-10 with performance at 6 p.m. July 11. Registration open.
Weekly summer camp: At “The Lighthouse,” children will explore cities where Jesus’ ministry came alive and learn to live faith in daily life. Games, crafts, cooking projects, devotions, field trips, service projects and more. $145 per week. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15-Aug. 19. Space limited. Registration open. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.matthewumc.org.
Saint Matthew Catholic
Healing prayer service: Saint Peregrine service for all those suffering with cancer or other diseases. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. www.stmatthewcatholic.org.
Myers Park Baptist
Meeting: The Faith Communicators is an informal network open to all who do public relations, communications, and marketing for churches and other nonprofits. The group meets monthly for networking and a program on some aspect of public relations. Light breakfast served. Free. 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Cornwell Center,2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819; email@example.com.
Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox
Consignors wanted: “Tots to Teens” sale will raise funds for charitable causes. Consignors receive 70 percent of sales. The sale will be held March 6-7. 5108 Kuykendall Road. Consignors may register now through March 2 at www.tots2teensconsignsale.com.
Christ the King Church
Comedy night: Join us for a laughter-filled night of good, clean fun with Amy Barnes and Jerry Miner. Married in 2002, Barnes and Miner now perform nationwide. $10. 7:30 p.m. March 7. 13501 S. Tryon St. www.CtKCharlotte.org/ComedyNight.
Harrison United Methodist, Pineville
Children’s consignment sale: Gently-used spring and summer clothing for children of all ages plus maternity clothing, baby equipment, toys, furniture, strollers, more. 6-8 p.m. March 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 6, and half-price sale 8 a.m.-noon March 7. Consignors who volunteer receive registration discount and higher percentage of sales. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. www.humcfaithcircle.org.
Saint Mark AME Zion, Pineville
Worship services: 11 a.m. Sundays.
CommRunity outreach prayer: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 605 Johnston Drive, Pineville. 704-889-7072.