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St. Michael's Anglican, Matthews

Lenten services: Stations of the cross, 7 p.m. Fridays. Evening prayer will be held at 6:15 p.m. Everyone welcome. 2211 Margaret Wallace Road, Matthews.

St. Ann Catholic

Lenten meditations: The Rev. Reid will present a meditation on the wounds of Christ. Meditations follow stations of the cross, 7 p.m. March 9, 16, 23 and 30. 3635 Park Road.

Peace Moravian

Health seminar: Physical therapist and orthopedic specialist Rick St. George will present monthly sessions called "Oh My Aching Back and Beyond." Free. St. George will discuss neck and arm pain at 7 p.m. March 12. 4418 Rea Road. 704-759-9939.

St. Luke's Lutheran

Lenten schedule: Soup and bread supper, 5:30 p.m. March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Lenten study and worship at 6:30 p.m. 3200 Park Road. 704-523-7981.

St. Paul United Methodist

Bible study: Young adults meet for dinner and study led by Pastor Thomas. Child care provided. 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Lenten prayer group: 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays. 2830 Dorchester Place.

Avondale Presbyterian

Wonderful Wednesdays: Classes include "Why do Catholics do That?" and film class on "Leap of Faith" and "Letters to God." 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 7 and 14. Free. Child care provided. Meal at 6 p.m. $6.50. 2821 Park Road.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Coat drive: Donations are being accepted for the annual coat and kitchen drive to benefit local organizations. Winter clothing and kitchen items will be collected in the chapel building. No sharp knives.

Lecture series: Dr. Oscar Lansen will discuss the ethics of forgiveness. Reading and discussion of Simon Wiesenthal's "The Sunflower." 7 p.m. March 8 and 22 and 9:30 a.m. March 11. Conversation opportunities will be held on Sunday and Tuesday mornings and Monday evenings. 8601 Bryant Farms Road.

The Shepherd's Center of Charlotte

Lunch and learn: "Financial Boot Camp." 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 13 at Emeritus at Eastover, 3610 Randolph Road.

Carol Hoefner Community Center

Meet the Muslims: A panel of local Muslims will share their experiences of life in Charlotte. Question-and-answer period follows. Heavy hors d'oeuvres served. 6-8 p.m. March 22. 601 E. 7th St. Reservations by March 8:

East Baptist

Pine straw sale: $4.50 per bale. Free delivery for 10 or more bales. Proceeds support youth summer mission trip. March 9-10. 6850 Monroe Road. Orders: 704-536-7083.

Providence Baptist

Musical: Stephen Schwartz's "Children of Eden." Advance tickets, $10. 7:30 p.m. March 9-10 and 2 p.m. March 11. 4921 Randolph Road. 704-366-2784.

Temple Israel

Purim extravaganza: Join us as we journey back to the days of royal Persia and the story of Esther. Free food and fun. Services, 6:30 p.m. March 7. Megillah reading, 6:45 p.m. 4901 Providence Road.

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. 6800 Sardis Road. 704-364-1824;

Shepherd's Center South

Book club: Peggy LeCount will facilitate a discussion of "When She Woke" by Hillary Jordan. Please read selection prior to the meeting. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month.

10-11:30 a.m. March 13 at The Ivey, 6030 Park South Drive. 704-541-0100.

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.