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Myers Park Baptist

Concert: The chancel choir with members of the Charlotte Symphony will present "Magnificat in D" by J. S. Bach. Free. 7 p.m. Dec. 6. 1900 Queens Road.

Pineville United Methodist

Prayer time: "A Time for Hope and Remembrance." The sanctuary will be open for prayer and lighting candles to remember loved ones who have died. 2-4 p.m. Dec. 5. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022;

The Episcopal High School of Charlotte

Meeting: Interest meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Christ Episcopal, 1412 Providence Road.

Union Grove United Methodist

Display: Volunteers from the church have provided a collection of more than 300 lighted Christmas homes and figures depicting "A Dickens Christmas" in the Massey-Clark House, 232 N. Trade St., Matthews. Part of the Matthews Hometown Holiday Celebration, the display opens at 4 p.m. Nov. 27. See full calendar of events at

Providence Baptist

Seniors' luncheon: Primetimers meets monthly. Enjoy a holiday concert with trio Noelle at noon Dec. 16. $8. Reservations required by Dec. 13: 704-366-2784.

Fitness classes: Low-impact and strength-building classes for adults ages 60 and up. $5 per class. 8:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 4921 Randolph Road.

Gentle yoga classes: 9 a.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, and 3:15 p.m. Thursdays at Providence Baptist, 4921 Randolph Road. 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Sharon United Methodist, 4411 Sharon Road. $8-$10; family members attend at half price. 704-968-8161.

St. 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. Tuesdays. 1623 Carmel Road.

St. Matthew Catholic

Santa's craft shop: More than 100 master craftsmen, portraits with Santa, kids' assisted shopping, book signing with Melissa Perry Moraja. Free admission. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. 704-543-7677.

Park Road Baptist

Advent services: "In a Perfect World" will focus on Isaiah's prophecies and the idealistic visions he gives his people. 11 a.m. Sundays. 3900 Park Road. 704-523-5717.

Good Shepherd Presbyterian

Christmas musical: "The Journey." Free admission. 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at Olde Providence Elementary School, 3800 Rea Road. 704-364-1234.

Motivations Ministries

Christmas party: Live pianist, heavy hors d'oeuvres, gift card fundraiser. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Johnson home, 1800 Queens Road W. $25 discount tickets available through Nov. 25.

Harrison United Methodist

Service: "A Quiet Christmas" for those who have lost a loved one this year and are not sure how to face the holidays. 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

Family advent events: Join us for the "Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Christmas." Movie clips and discussion, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Caroling, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Covered-dish dinner with family stories, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Child care available on Dec. 8. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.