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News from area churches

Some of the 313 teenagers who attended Mormon Prom in Winston-Salem. One attendee, Samantha Vanderwalker, 17, said, “I like going to Mormon Prom because I don’t have to worry about being in a situation that I won’t feel comfortable in. It’s nice to be surrounded by people with the same values.”
Some of the 313 teenagers who attended Mormon Prom in Winston-Salem. One attendee, Samantha Vanderwalker, 17, said, “I like going to Mormon Prom because I don’t have to worry about being in a situation that I won’t feel comfortable in. It’s nice to be surrounded by people with the same values.” COURTESY OF AMEE ROOME AND ALISA WAHRER

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Compiled by Erica Batten

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Prom: In March, Greater Charlotte-area Latter Day Saints congregations sponsored a prom themed “Southern Charm,” held at The Barn of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.

Teens from more than 50 congregations participated. Several congregations in Charlotte hired a charter bus to bring their teens to prom. All attendees agreed to maintain an environment of clean language, respect for each other and the adult chaperones and modest dress.

Cornerstone Baptist

Anniversary celebration: The church will celebrate its 30th anniversary on three Sundays in 2015 by inviting the three prior pastors to preach at special services. Cornerstone was formed by the merger of Chantilly Baptist and Albemarle Road Baptist on April 1, 1985.

Pastor Glenn Gunter (1983-2002) will preach at the 10:45 a.m. service on April 12. Local Southern gospel group The Promise will provide music. A covered-dish lunch will follow the service. Services are also planned June 28 and Sept. 27. All services and luncheons are free and include child care for children age 5 and younger. Children’s worship available. 8947 Albemarle Road. 704-537-1097.

Light of Christ United Methodist

Seminar: Carol Anne Lawler, faith community educator for Hospice and Palliative Care in the Charlotte region, will present “Caregivers and Compassion Fatigue.” Caregivers invited for support, encouragement, and information. Child care provided. Sponsored by the church’s Elder Care Support Group. 7 p.m. April 13. 9212 Bryant Farms Road.

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. 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.

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; others, $54. 7-9 p.m. April 15, 22 and 29. RSVP deadline is April 13. 5101 Providence Road. 704-749-3054;

Myers Park Baptist

Exhibit: “Creation. Care!” environmental photography and poetry exhibit will be open through May 10 in the Cornwell Center. Photographers include Byron Baldwin, Nancy Pierce, Linda Foard Roberts, Carolyn DeMeritt, Dot Griffith, Rob Amberg, Wade Payne, Charles Johnson, Ahmer Inam, Raymond Grubb, and Eleanor Brawley. Poet Kathie Collins is selecting works of well known poets to accompany the photography. 2001 Selwyn Ave.

Central Church Life Care Center

Seminar: Robert and Cindi Dodd of Level Ground Christian Counseling will present “Ten Principles for Rewarding and Respectful Relationships.” Learn Biblical and practical ways to set appropriate limits and speak the truth in love to family members, friends, and anyone you care about. 9 a.m.-noon April 25. Arrive 15 minutes early for refreshments. 5500 Randolph Road. Register at or 704-364-5003.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Presentation: Rose Hamid will present “Fellowship Beyond Our Differences.” Hamid, raised by a Catholic mother and Muslim father, converted from Catholicism to Islam as an adult. She is president of the Muslim Women of the Carolinas and has written several articles for “The Charlotte Observer.” She works to break down barriers between Christians and Muslims in our community. 2 p.m. April 19. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: Life continues to transform at a nonstop pace. How do we make sense of it? How can we best deal with it? Join us in April and May for “Transformers.” The topic for April 12 is “More Than Meets the Eye.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road.

Saint John’s Episcopal

Job hunters’ group: Expert speakers provide job search tips, résumé reviews, interview coaching, and networking opportunities. No fees or registration. 7 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday. 1623 Carmel Road.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Items needed: The church is 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

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.

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 drive: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 11 at Siler Presbyterian, 6301 Weddington-Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel.