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Sardis Presbyterian

Choral hymn festival: Paul Leddington Wright will direct the combined choirs of Sardis Presbyterian, Sardis Baptist, St. Stephen United Methodist, St. Martin's Episcopal and St. John's Episcopal with music for choirs, brass quintet and congregation. Free. 4 p.m. Jan. 29. 6100 Sardis Road. 704-366-1854.

Myers Park United Methodist

Multimedia program: The Rev. James Howell will speak. 7 p.m. Jan. 23. 1501 Queens Road. The program is part of "Revival2011," a series of programs across various media platforms designed to stir people to make a more serious commitment to God. Learn about other gatherings and communication platforms at

Shepherd's Center East

Valentine tea: Traditional English fare, music and door prizes. $25 per person. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at St. Stephen United Methodist, 6800 Sardis Road. Reservations by Feb. 3: 704-338-1511.

Sharon United Methodist

Barbecue: Boy Scout Troop 355 will prepare barbecue for pick up 4-8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 22. $10 per pound. The United Methodist Men will serve barbecue plates for $9 each, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 21. Baked goods available. Live bluegrass music, 6-8 p.m. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166.

St. Gabriel Catholic

Lecture: "A Conversation on Forgiveness: A Survivor's Daughter, A Writer and the Holocaust" with Charlotte Latin teacher Jackie Fishman and Myers Park United Methodist director of communications Ken Garfield. Question-and-answer period will follow the talk. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Ministry Center. 3016 Providence Road.

Pineville United Methodist

Exercise classes: Chair yoga, 10-11 a.m. Mondays. Free. Floor yoga, 5:45-6:45 p.m. Mondays. $3 per session. Exercise, 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $3 per session. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022;

Providence Baptist

Art show: The senior adult committee will host its second annual art show featuring artists who are members of the church. 11:30 a.m. Jan. 20. Lunch served at noon. $6. 4921 Randolph Road. Reservations: 704-366-2784.

St. John Neumann Catholic

Prayer service: Local pastors and congregations invited to observe the Week of Christian Unity. Service led by Father Pat Hoare with guest speaker Pastor Leon Threatt with a message on the importance of Christian unity. Fellowship and refreshments to follow service. 7 p.m. Jan. 20. 8451 Idlewild Road. 704-536-6520. RSVP:

Sardis Baptist

Seminar series: "Peace, War, & Religion in a Post-9/11 World." Speakers include Mark Washburn, Evelyn Hanneman and LeDayne Polaski. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 2. Children's and youth programs at 6:15 p.m. Dinner at 5:45 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road.

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: "Sex, Women and Religion." 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 22. Paul Garrett and Heather Jenkins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will offer the Mormon perspective on Jan. 25. 5101 Providence Road.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Blood drive: 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Jan. 22.

Job seekers' group: Career coach Gwen Ferguson presents "The Job Search A-to-Z." Child care available by reservation. 7 p.m. Jan. 31. 8601 Bryant Farms Road.