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Myers Park Presbyterian

Holiday worship service: Travelers' service for health care community, firefighters, law enforcement officers and those who will be traveling on Christmas Day. The service includes communion. Child care for children ages 0-3. 7 p.m. Dec. 16. 2501 Oxford Place.

First Baptist, Indian Trail

Christmas program: The 200-voice choir, along with orchestra and actors, present the timeless message of the gospel in "An Indian Trail Christmas." 7 p.m. Dec. 16-19 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18-19. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. 704-882-1005;

Harrison United Methodist

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

Park Road Baptist

Children's Christmas concert: 6:15 p.m. Dec. 15. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m.; please call to reserve a plate.

Seniors' Christmas program: Lunch and Christmas music performed by our pastors. 12:15 p.m. Dec. 16. Please call for reservations.

Advent service: Study of Isaiah 7 and music by the intergenerational choir. 11 a.m. Dec. 19. 3900 Park Road. 704-523-5717.

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.

Carmel Presbyterian

Lessons and carols: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19.

Jesus' birthday party: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 19. 2048 Carmel Road.

Sardis Baptist

Christmas Eve service: Traditional candlelight service with carols and communion. Nursery provided. 6 p.m. Dec. 24. 5811 Sardis Road.

Providence Baptist

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.

Providence United Methodist

Food drive: "Advent for Hunger." Bring canned food donations to the Loaves & Fishes truck in the parking lot parallel to Providence Road Dec. 18-19 and 23-28.

Worship service: "Service of the Longest Night" offers consolation and hope for those who are experiencing grief, loss or other difficulty. Speaker Dr. John Arey, executive director of Methodist Counseling and Consultation Services. 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 2810 Providence Road. 704-714-9365.

Grace United Methodist

Christmas program: The chancel choir presents "Night of the Father's Love." The bell choir performs. Dramatization of the Christmas story by members of Grace and Aldersgate United Methodist Churches. 5 p.m. Dec. 19. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Lessons and carols: This special service with music from "The Oxford Book of Carols" will be held at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 19. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. 704-544-0404, ext. 103.