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St. John Neumann Catholic

Retreat: Fr. Michael Gaitley will lead a retreat based on his book "Consoling the Heart of Jesus." $40 includes lunch and dinner. Registration is open to the public. Nov. 4-6. 8451 Idlewild Road.

Wesley United Methodist

Pumpkin sale: Proceeds support the Bethlehem Center, Charlotte Rescue Mission and other local missions. Open through Oct. 26.

Fall festival: Bake sale, attic sale, games, hot dogs, live music, much more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 22. Animal blessing at 11:30 a.m.

Bingo: Fun, refreshments, prizes. Free. No children or pets. 10 a.m. Oct. 27. 3715 Rea Road.

Myers Park Presbyterian

Book discussion: Executive Pastor Millie Snyder and author Alan Michael Parker will lead a discussion of Parker's book "Whale Man." Bring lunch; beverages provided. 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20. 2501 Oxford Place.

Philadelphia Presbyterian

Book club: Discussion of Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven." 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Dilworth Coffee House, 3565 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews.

Pineville United Methodist

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

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Bible study: Dr. Matthew Brown will discuss the Ten Commandments, their meaning and their importance for Christians today. $14 for book. Child care by reservation. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 11-Nov. 29. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. 704-544-0404.

Light of Christ United Methodist

Feeding Frenzy Wednesday: Weekly meal followed by adult, children and youth Bible studies. Reservations required for meal. $7 per adult; $5 per child. 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Backpack program: Children on free or reduced lunch programs at Ballantyne Elementary are provided with food for the weekend. 9212 Bryant Farms Road.

Avondale Presbyterian

Wonderful Wednesdays: Classes on "Christ, Creation and Contemporary Cosmology," "Walking the Labyrinth," and "Parenting Today: Is There an App for That?" Free. Child care provided. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 2. Dinner at 6 p.m. $6.50 for adults; $3.50 for children. 2821 Park Road.

Contemplative Outreach of Charlotte

Workshop: Introductory workshop on centering prayer. Topics include Prayer as Relationship and The Method of Prayer. Lunch provided. $30. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29 at St. Gabriel Catholic, 3016 Providence Road. Register by Oct. 22.

Shepherd's Center of Charlotte

Document shredding: Destroy old documents securely. Co-sponsored by ProShred. 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 22 at Trinity Presbyterian, 3115 Providence Road.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Stephen ministry workshop: Learn caregiving skills and expand church caregiving ministry. Sponsored by Stephen Ministries. $15 per person; $50 for groups of four or more from one congregation. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 22. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Calvary Church

Workshops: Dr. Claire Cobb presents "ElderCare Resources" and Dr. Ed Washington presents "Preventive Care for Good Health." Free. 7 p.m. Oct. 20. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at