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News from area churches

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Calvary Church

Support ministry: Based on a Christian worldview, GriefShare explores the impact of personal grief and offers hope and strength to move forward. Open to community. Child care available for ages 2-7. 7 p.m. Mondays starting June 1. Please register in advance at www.calvarychurch.com/support.

Men’s conference: Men are invited to “Get Off the Bench!” with ESPN sports analyst and former NBA and ACC basketball player Adrian Branch. Branch will share what it takes to become an extraordinary leader who follows God, leads his family with integrity, and earns the respect of friends and colleagues. Singer/songwriter Bill Cummings will lead worship. Bring gym clothing for late-night hoops with Branch in the gym. Dinner provided. $30. 6 p.m. June 5. 5801Pineville-Matthews Road. Please register in advance at www.calvarychurch.com/offthebench.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Anniversary celebration: The church will celebrate its 100th anniversary with the theme “Still Saying Yes to God … A Century of Faith, Love and Service.” A children’s festival will be 2-4 p.m. May 30. At 3 p.m., the “Hands to Work, Hearts to God” missions project will be the assembly of hygiene kits for those in need around the world. A hot dog supper will be served at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., “Music Through the Decades” will feature a variety of hymns and other music by past and present choir members and special guests.

The Rev. Sharon Watkins, president and general minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, will deliver the message at the worship service. The service will include special music and recognition of people who have been part of the church’s life over the years. 11 a.m. May 31. Placement of 2015 cornerstone and time capsule, 12:30 p.m. Closing reception, 12:45 p.m. 1200 East Blvd. www.fcc-charlotte.org.

Trinity Presbyterian

Special event: Food trucks and live music by The Holdouts. Food trucks include Roaming Fork, Yummi Banh Mi, and Sweet Treats Bakery. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Nonperishable food will be collected for Loaves and Fishes. Event will be held indoors in case of rain. 6-9 p.m. May 28. 3115 Providence Road. www.trinitypreschurch.org.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Educational program: Parents and caregivers of teens are invited to “Understanding Adolescent Substance Abuse” facilitated by staff of Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center. Time included for discussion and questions. 10 a.m.-noon or 7-9 p.m. May 27.

Informational meeting: Physicians, nurses and aides invited to join the Divine Mercy Healthcare Apostolate. 7-8:30 p.m. May 27.

Healing prayer service: Healing service for those with cancer and other grave diseases. 7:30 p.m. May 28.

Summer classes: Saint Matthew “yoU”niversity is offering eight classes on scripture, theology, the saints, liturgy, and social justice, as well as a special retreat. Classes are offered on a variety of days and times. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. Course descriptions and online registration at www.stmatthewcatholic.org/summerforum.

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 www.churchatcharlotte.org/divorcecare.

Matthews United Methodist

Guest speaker: Jeff Goins will present “Making Your Message Stick.” Communicators in the faith community invited. Learn how to hone your voice, establish your platform, expand your reach, and spread your message. The first 200 to register will get a free copy of Goins’s book, “The Art of Work.” $25 registration. 9 a.m.-noon May 28.

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 now 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. www.matthewumc.org.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Talent show fundraiser: Enjoy a meal and entertainment. Free; donations will be taken to support Freedom School. 4:30-7 p.m. May 31 in the family life center. 1901 Archdale Road. www.standrewsumc.com.

Sedgefield United Methodist

Community outreach fair: Volunteer opportunities for Habitat for Humanity, Carolina Cross Connection, the Men’s Shelter and our mentoring program. Hot dog lunch served. All are welcome. Noon-2 p.m. May 31. 2830 Dorchester Place. www.sedgefieldchurch.org.

Providence United Methodist

Choir fundraiser: Live Maine lobsters flown to Charlotte. $18.50 each. Orders must be pre-paid. Proceeds go to youth music scholarship fund. Order by noon June 3. Pick up 4-6 p.m. June 5. 2810 Providence Road. 704-366-7442; www.ProvidenceUMC.org.

Light of Christ United Methodist

Vacation Bible school: Registration is open for “Everest” Bible school for children age three through fifth grade. Join our climbing team as we learn the “power shuffle” with Olaf, have wintery adventures, eat frosty snacks and make friends, all while building faith. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a “Kid to Kid” project with children from Haiti. Free and open to community. 9:30 a.m.-noon June 15-19. 9212 Bryant Farms Road. www.locumc.org.

Community Bible Study

Bible study: Women and children of all ages, churches, backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge are welcome to join us for an in-depth, 30-week study of Daniel and Revelation. Adults, $25; children, $10. Lesson books included. 9 a.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 16 at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamiltons Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. Please register early to help us plan for the upcoming year. To register, contact Michelle Locklear at cbslakewylie@gmail.com. lakewylie.cbsclass.org.

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.

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