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Father Hugh Burns conducted the parish mission at St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
Father Hugh Burns conducted the parish mission at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. COURTESY OF MARTY SCHNEIDER

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Saint John Neumann Catholic

Parish mission: The church celebrated its annual parish mission Feb. 22-25. Father Hugh Burns, O. P., conducted the mission on this year’s theme, “Get Real: Religion With Two Feet on the Ground.”

Burns spoke at the evening and the daily Masses on the topics of anger, fear, worry and humor. Ordained in 1982, Burns has preached throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean for more than 25 years. He has also been a commentator on National Public Radio and New York-area public radio since 2001.

Myers Park Baptist

Panel discussion: “Creation Care: Charlotte’s Challenge.” Panelists are Mark Jensen of Wake Forest Divinity School, Ernie McLaney, deputy director of Clean Air Carolina, Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins, Mary Newsom of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, and Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter. Chris William, host of Carolina Business Review, will moderate. 6:30-8 p.m. March 25.

Exhibit: “Creation. Care!” environmental photography and poetry exhibit will be open March 25 through May 10. 2001 Selwyn Ave.

Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

Lecture: Actress, activist and bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch will be the featured speaker at the Jewish Federation’s spring lecture. Gurwitch’s most recent book is “I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories From the Edge of 50.” $54 for dinner and lecture; $36 for lecture only. $50 minimum donation to the annual campaign to attend. 6:30 p.m. March 26. 5101 Providence Road. Tickets available at

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Lenten prayer services: 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews

Lenten services: Brief services focusing on the parable of the prodigal son. 6:45-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. 704-847-5967.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Study: Join us for our weekly “Beginnings: The Spiritual Life Study.” Each session includes a brief video and discussion. Free. No registration required. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 1900 Emerywood Drive. 704-553-1327.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Women’s day: Guest speaker Lennie Cox will present this year’s theme, “Turn Your Face Toward Her Son.” $15 includes breakfast and lunch. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 21 in the New Life Center banquet room. Mass at 8 a.m.

Polish Lenten retreat: The Rev. Andrzej Jaczewski from the Diocese of Siedlce, Poland, will conduct the retreat. 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 24-26. Jaczewski will celebrate Mass at 3 p.m. March 29. Confessions available at 2 p.m. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. 704-543-7677.

Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic

Guest speaker: Shroud of Turin expert Kevin Moran will present “The Holy Shroud, the Silent Witness to the Resurrection.” Moran will address this mystery from the perspectives of faith and science. Free. 7:30 p.m. March 26 in the parish activity center. 6828 Old Reid Road.

Church at Charlotte

Support group: Winter/spring session of DivorceCare. Separated and divorced participants will find biblical hope and support. Child care provided. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Room W7. 2500 Carmel Road. More information and registration at

Mouzon United Methodist

Mother’s morning out: The weekday preschool will offer classes for ages 1-5. Classes are play-based and open to the community. $35 per day. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. RSVP by Wednesday each week; minimum of three children registered or class will be canceled until the following week. 3100 Selwyn Ave. 704-525-1326;

Sardis Presbyterian

Consignment sale: The weekday school will host a sale featuring spring and summer children’s and maternity clothing, shoes, books, games, toys, infant gear, furniture, outdoor play equipment, more. 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 28. Volunteers and consignors needed. 6100 Sardis Road. Register

First Baptist, Indian Trail

Spring sports: Developmental tackle football for ages 6-8 and up to 75 pounds, $120; ages 9-11 up to 120 pounds, $170. Register by March 21. Cheerleading for ages 6-11, $80. Register by March 21. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005;

Christ the King Church

Community clothing closet: Free clothing for infants, children and adults. 9 a.m.-noon March 21. 13501 S. Tryon St.

SouthPark Christian Church

Garage sale: The church will hold its 47th annual garage sale. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 20 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 21. 6650 Park South Drive.

Sharon United Methodist

Services: Sermon on “No Pressure.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. March 22. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Elizabeth Communities of Faith

Lenten services: Six local churches and the chaplaincies of CMC-Mercy and Novant Presbyterian will gather each week for worship on the theme “On the Journey Together.”

A different church or chaplaincy will lead worship each week, and area restaurants will provide a simple lunch. $5 suggested donation for lunch. All money will be donated to Loaves and Fishes and the Community Culinary School of Charlotte. The 30-minute services will be held at noon Wednesdays at Caldwell Presbyterian, 1609 E. Fifth St. On March 18, Center City Church will lead worship. Soup and bread will be provided by Kickstand Burgers-n-Bar and Great Harvest Bread Co.

Central Church of God

Support group: The Life Care Center presents the “Life’s Healing Choices” growth and support group. Learn practical and life-changing directions through eight principles from the Beatitudes and hear real-life stories of the power of God’s truth. 6:30-8 p.m. Sundays starting March 22, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays starting March 24, or 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays starting March 25. Groups will meet through the week of May 12. 5500 Randolph Road. 704-365-6112;

5K race: Pure Religion 5K to help stamp out human trafficking. Family event will include a kids’ fun run and food vendors. T-shirt deadline is April 6. Race is at 9 a.m. April 18. 5301 Sardis Road.

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.

Matthews United Methodist

Teen consignment sale: Gently-used spring and summer clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, games, electronics, books, sports equipment. Junior boys’ and girls’ sizes 12 and up. 8 a.m.-noon March 21. Half-price sale on selected items, 1-3 p.m.

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.

Vacation Bible school: “Everest VBS: Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power.” 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 22-26. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews.

Saint Mark AME Zion, Pineville

Worship services: 11 a.m. Sundays.

Community outreach prayer: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 605 Johnston Drive, Pineville. 704-889-7072.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 1-4 p.m. March 22 at New Hope United Methodist, 3221 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 9 a.m.-noon March 22 at Saint Margaret’s Episcopal, 8515 Rea Road, Waxhaw. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at First Baptist, 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail.