South Charlotte

Religion news: Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2016. Ballantyne, Pineville, Matthews, Cotswold, SouthPark, Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville

Nathan, center left, and Julie, center right, McLemore and their children enjoy the family nativity dress-up area at the 2015 festival at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charlotte.
Nathan, center left, and Julie, center right, McLemore and their children enjoy the family nativity dress-up area at the 2015 festival at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charlotte.

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Compiled by Erica Batten

South Charlotte

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Nativity festival

Hundreds of crèches from around the world, musical performances by school and community groups, children’s crafts, family nativity dress-up, “Life of Christ” art display. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3. Free. 5815 Carmel Road.

Park Road Books

Book signing

H. Stephen Shoemaker will read selections from and sign copies of his new book, “Jesus Stories: Traveling Toward Testimony.” 7 p.m. Nov. 30. 4139 Park Road.

St. Andrew’s United Methodist

Christmas tree sale

$40-$70. Delivery available for $5 donation. 3-6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 17. Trees may also be purchased in the church office during office hours.

Community tree lighting

Live music by the Montclaire Elementary School choir and the church handbells, inflatables, games, refreshments, more. 4-6 p.m. Dec. 4.

Gift wrapping fundraiser

The United Methodist Women will wrap your gifts while you enjoy refreshments. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17 in the commons room. 1901 Archdale Drive.

Providence United Methodist

Holiday concert

The chancel choir will present selections from Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.” 7 p.m. Dec. 4. 2810 Providence Road.

Matthews United Methodist and Wesley United Methodist

GriefShare seminar

“Surviving the Holidays” is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. The seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and people with similar experiences. 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Wesley United Methodist, 3715 Rea Road. A “Hope in the Holidays” worship service will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at Wesley United Methodist. or

Matthews United Methodist

Walk Through Bethlehem

The congregation will re-create Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth. Visitors will experience a lively marketplace, a temple of worship, singing angels, Roman soldiers and a visit to the manger. Free. 2-7 p.m. Dec. 3. Early admission available by reservation for large groups and persons with special needs. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews.

St. Matthew Catholic

Santa’s Craft Shop

More than 100 traditional and contemporary artists, raffles, photos with Santa, food court. Free parking and admission. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3. Free coffee and doughnuts, 8-9 a.m. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Mouzon United Methodist

Community Christmas market

Local vendors, kids’ games, baked goods, food trucks and photos with Santa. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 10.


Come be a part of our new contemporary worship service, a lively time of celebrating the living presence of God among us! 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 3100 Selwyn Ave.

Dolls on Mission

Mission project

Monroe resident Doris Davis, former co-owner of Maranatha Christian Book Store, is seeking help from the public to help assemble 1,000 dolls to donate to children around the world by Christmas. Each doll features a colorful bead necklace and a card with a message of love, joy and Christian salvation written in the child’s language. The global mission has delivered more than 70,000 dolls since its founding. To help make dolls at Brookdale Union Park in Monroe, contact Ingrid Robertson at 704-271-5996.

Lake Norman

St. Patrick’s Episcopal, Mooresville


The Solas Leighis concert series presents “Celtic Guitar Christmas.” Robin Bullock and Steve Baughman will conjure the mood of the Yuletide season on guitars, the mandolin, banjo and more. Adults, $15; students and seniors, $10. A wine and cheese reception is included. 7 p.m. Dec. 4. 164 Fairview Road, Mooresville.

Davidson United Methodist

Alternative gift market

“Missions Mall” will provide opportunities to purchase something unique while making a difference. Items include art by persons with developmental disabilities, medical care for children in war-torn countries, camp scholarships and food for local children. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11. 233 S. Main St., Davidson.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Huntersville

Nativity festival

Hundreds of nativities from around the world, musical performances by school and community groups, children’s crafts, family nativity dress-up, scavenger hunts. 3-9 p.m. Dec. 2 and noon-8 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. 7036 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville.

St. Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Teen program

LifeTeen is a Eucharist-centered movement leading teenagers into a deeper relationship with Christ. Join us for skits, fellowship, music and a meal. 6:15-8 p.m. Sundays.

Silver Sneakers fitness

Fun, light exercise for older adults. 1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 12:30 p.m. Fridays. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Holiday pastry sale

The Ladies Philoptochos Society is selling baklava, kourabiedes, finikia, paximadia, koulourakia and toffee by the dozen or piece. Gift box assortments available. Orders due by Dec. 4. Pick up 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 11. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville. Order forms available at

Living Word Ministries, Lowesville

Gospel concert

The Hayes Family and Kira Shcherbakova will perform. Free; a goodwill offering will be received. 6 p.m. Dec. 3. 1062 N.C. 16 S., Lowesville.

Huntersville Presbyterian

Breakfast with Santa

Pancakes, crafts, silent auction. 8-11 a.m. Dec. 3.

Family Christmas program

Audience-participation performance of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” 5-7 p.m. Dec. 4. 201 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Christmas vespers

The Davidson College Chorale, Davidson Singers and Carolina Brass will perform during this service of lessons and carols. 7:30 p.m. Dec 4. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

Rocky Mount United Methodist, Mooresville

Community pancake breakfast

Free. 7:30 a.m. Dec. 3. 1739 Perth Road, Mooresville.

First Baptist, Mooresville


“Songs at the Manger” service of reflection and meditation will include music and scripture designed to prepare our hearts for Christmas. 6 p.m. Dec. 4. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville.


University City United Methodist

Christmas musical

The church’s Celebration Choir, drama ministry, Exaltation Ringers, orchestra, youth choir and soloists will present “Jesus! The Light of the World.” Free; a love offering will be received, and a portion will go to Urban Ministry. Child care available for children younger than 6; reservations required. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3. 3835 W. WT Harris Blvd., Charlotte.

Northside Church of Christ, Charlotte

Bereavement group

If you are experiencing difficulties dealing with grief, join a group that will help you through the healing journey. Monthly meetings. 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 3. 4435 E. WT Harris Blvd., Charlotte.

Rocky Ridge United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog sales

Hot dogs and drinks, $1.25 each. Homemade desserts and chips also sold. Delivery available for orders of $12 or more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 1428 Old Charlotte Road, Concord. 704-782-3579.

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;

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Senior ministry

JOY ministry meets the first Friday of each month for fellowship, food and fun. Contact Rose Armstrong at the church for more information. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

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. 803-619-9707;

Pleasant Grove United Methodist, Lincolnton

Christmas concert

Don and Donna Mohl will present “Folk Mountain Gospel.” The Mohls play a blend of mountain and folk music on the bowed psaltery, the hammered dulcimer, the mandolin and other traditional instruments. Free; a love offering will be received. 11 a.m. Dec. 4. 2069 N.C. 182, Lincolnton.

Little Rock AME Zion

Community education workshop

Attorney Jazmin Caldwell will present “Legal Strategies and Solutions to Protect You and Your Family.” A light meal will be served. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8. 401 N. McDowell St., Charlotte. 704-334-3782.