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Friday evening’s activities focused on crocheting newborn hats, booties and receiving blankets for children in the NICU at Novant Presbyterian Hospital. The women made 125 blankets and 325 hats, with more yet to be finished. They also enjoyed games, dancing and a yogurt bar.
Friday evening’s activities focused on crocheting newborn hats, booties and receiving blankets for children in the NICU at Novant Presbyterian Hospital. The women made 125 blankets and 325 hats, with more yet to be finished. They also enjoyed games, dancing and a yogurt bar. COURTESY OF AMEE ROOME

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Compiled by Erica Batten

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Women’s event: Nearly 300 women of all ages from 10 South Charlotte congregations gathered March 6-7 for “Daughter of a King,” a conference that included a service project for Novant Presbyterian Child Life Services, a presentation of Bible stories featuring women, classes, fellowship and fun.

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.

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

Providence Baptist

Concert: The music ministry presents John Rutter’s “Requiem.” The sanctuary choir will perform with a chamber ensemble. Free admission. 7 p.m. April 3. 4921 Randolph Road.

Saint Matthew Catholic

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.

Healing prayer service: Saint Peregrine service for those suffering from cancer and other grave diseases. 7:30 p.m. March 26. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. 704-543-7677.

Temple Israel

Shabbat services: Please join members of Temple Israel and Temple Beth El and award-winning author Ron Wolfson.

Community Shabbat services will be held on the theme “Blessing and Kisses: The Power of Jewish Family Life” at 7 p.m. March 27 at Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road. Services on “Building Good Tents: Envisioning the Relational Synagogue of the 21st Century” will be held at 9:30 a.m. March 28 at Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road. After morning services at both temples, attend a special Kiddush and final presentation on “Beyond Maxwell House: How to Have the Greatest Seder Ever!” 12:15 p.m. in Sam Lerner Hall.

Sedgefield United Methodist

Family event: Join us for activities in the fellowship hall followed by our egg hunt. Bring your baskets for lots of fun. 10:30 a.m. March 28. 2830 Dorchester Place.

Morning Star Evangelical Lutheran, Matthews

Palm Sunday services: The church will start its observance of Holy Week with special Palm Sunday services.

The services will begin with a palm processional and will include the distribution of nails. 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 29. Services are planned for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. An Easter egg hunt will be held April 4. 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews.

Sharon United Methodist

Services: Sermon on “Caked On and Combed Over.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. March 29. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

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. No strollers allowed in the sales area. Cash or credit. Early bird shopping with $2 admission, 7-8 a.m. March 28. Regular sale hours, 8 a.m.-noon. Half-price sale on select items, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 6100 Sardis Road. Register at

Clear Creek Baptist, Mint Hill

Easter egg hunt: Rain or shine. Bring your basket. Hot dog lunch, movie, games, lots of eggs. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 28. 9015 Ferguson Road, Mint Hill. 704-545-6608.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Lenten prayer services: 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays.

Annual barbecue: Proceeds support our mission trips. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 27 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28.

Palm Sunday worship: 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 29. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

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 noonWednesdays at Caldwell Presbyterian, 1609 E. Fifth St. On March 25, Novant Health Chaplaincy Service will lead worship. Soup and bread will be provided by Community Culinary School of Charlotte and Great Harvest Bread Co.

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-May 10 in the Cornwell Center.

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. March 27 at the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819;

Carmel Presbyterian

Easter Eggstravaganza: Families invited for a short Easter story presentation, Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, bouncy house, and refreshments. Please bring baskets. 10 a.m. March 28. 2048 Carmel Road.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Palm Sunday worship: 10:15 a.m. March 29. 6817 Carmel Road.

Avondale Presbyterian

Easter festival: Community invited for games, cake walk, popcorn, lemonade, snow cones, bounce house, tie-dye, face painting, Easter story and egg hunt. Free. Hot dogs will be for sale. Proceeds go to Heifer International. 12:30-2:30 p.m. March 28.

Spring children’s musical: “The Agape League,” superheroes empowered by the fruit of the spirit. Cookie reception follows the performance. 3 p.m. March 29. 2821 Park Road.

Grace Lutheran

Easter for kids: Crafts, music, story skit, games, Easter egg hunt. 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 28. 7000 Providence Road. Register at

Myers Park United Methodist

Palm Sunday services: 8:30, 8:45, 9:45 and 11 a.m. March 29. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

Park Road Baptist

Choral concert: Theodore Dubois’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ” presented by choirs from four churches with more than 70 singers, accompanied by a musical ensemble. Featured performers include Sam and Terri McKelton, Jan McCoy and Monty Bennett. Robert Kennedy will conduct. Free. 4 p.m. March 29. 3900 Park Road.

Trinity Presbyterian

Palm Sunday service: Holy Week services will begin with a congregational palm procession. Members and visitors will gather on the front walk and process into the sanctuary, waving palms and then laying them below the communion table. 11 a.m. March 29. 3115 Providence Road.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Palm Sunday services: Contemporary service, 9 a.m. March 29. Traditional service, 11:15 a.m. 1900 Emerywood Drive. 704-553-1327.

Pineville United Methodist

Palm Sunday service: Worship will feature a cantata with a combination of music, drama and interpretation presented by members of our music ministries. The service will focus on the final week of Jesus’ life. Nursery available. 9 and 11 a.m. March 29. Sunday school for all ages at 10 a.m. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville.

Weddington United Methodist

Healthy lifestyle program: In cooperation with Carolinas Healthcare System, we will again offer the Daniel Plan, a program founded on biblical principles and focused on the essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends.

An informational session will be held at 6 p.m. March 29 in Helms Hall. The program will be held 6-8 p.m. Sundays, April 12-June 7. Program is free; participants should purchase materials prior to the start of class. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington.

Mouzon United Methodist

Multi-ethnic service: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 3100 Selwyn Ave.

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.

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, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, or 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. 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.

Light of Christ United Methodist

Easter egg hunt: Kids of all ages invited. Bounce house, carnival games, Professor Gold and the Power Lab, pictures with the Easter Bunny, much more. Sponsored by the children’s ministry. 2-4 p.m. March 28. 9212 Bryant Farms Road.

Temple Beth El

Classes: Please join us for Temple Beth El University’s “Jews and Torah: Strict or Flexible?”

On April 15, we will explore rituals and practices and how they get expanded beyond the commandments. On April 22, we will discuss Israel and Zionism. On April 29, we will examine gender equality and inclusion. Members, $36; nonmembers, $54. 7-9 p.m. April 15, 22 and 29. RSVP deadline is April 13. 5101 Providence Road. 704-749-3054;

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe

Passion Sunday: Holy Week begins with Passion Sunday observed on March 29. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and worship is at 11 a.m. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.

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 now 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.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Items needed: The church is now collecting donations for a rummage sale to be held in April.

Sale proceeds will be used for a lunch program at a school in Haiti, which feeds 200 children. Accepting furniture, appliances, books, holiday decorations, flat-screen TVs, and gently-used children’s clothing. No shoes, adult clothing, mattresses, box springs, or tube TVs. Pickup available. All donations are tax-deductible; receipt furnished on request. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. To donate, send contact information to

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 12:30-4 p.m. March 29 at Cornerstone Baptist, 8947 Albemarle Road.