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St. Stephen United Methodist

Career Ministry Group: Matthew Cicco and Bryon Grogan lead Ministry at Work, a faith-based group for the unemployed to exchange job search ideas. Open to people of any religious affiliation. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays.

Classes: Add flavor to your summer with SALT (Summer Adventure Learning Together) series on Sundays, July 3-Aug. 21 in the Youth Ministry Center. "Re-Thinking Corrections" with Terry Brooks, retired chief of chaplains for the South Carolina Department of Corrections. 10 a.m. July 10, 17 and 24. Coffee, juice and Danish at 9:30 a.m. 6800 Sardis Road.

The Shepherd's Center of Charlotte

Lunch and learn: "Fear Factor: Overcoming the Stress and Anxiety of the Golden Years." 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. July 12 at Atria MerryWood Senior Living, 3600 Park Road.

Adventures in learning: Summer session begins July 11 at Christ Episcopal, 1412 Providence Road. Register at 704-365-1995 or

St. Mark's Lutheran

Vacation Bible school: Learn about world religions. Local speakers will discuss Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, more. Free. 6:30 p.m. July 10-14. Light supper served at 5:30 p.m. Adults, $5; children eat free. 1001 Queens Road. Register at 704-375-9185.

Charlotte Christian School

Youth Apologetics Conference: Teens will learn to defend their faith. Speakers Dr. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek. Ages 13-19. $125. 8:30a.m.- 2:30 p.m. July 11-15. 7301 Sardis Road. 704-366-5657;

Shepherd's Center South

Book club: Discussion of Rebecca Sklott's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Please read the selection prior to the meeting. 10-11:30 a.m. July 12 at The Ivey, 6030 Park South Drive. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month. 704-541-0100;

Pineville United Methodist

Exercise classes: 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $3 per session. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. 704-889-2022;

Matthews-Murkland Presbyterian

Vacation Bible school: "An Island Odyssey." Preschool through adult. 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 11-15. 7001 Old Providence Road.