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Religion news, Sept. 3: Lecture will give insight on Pope Francis

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Compiled by Erica Batten

St. Gabriel Catholic

Presentation: The Rev. Henry Kriegel will present “Pope Francis: Taking the World by Storm.” The presentation will provide insight into the incredible circumstances that brought Francis to the papacy and examine indications of what lies ahead. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 10. 3016 Providence Road.

Sedgefield United Methodist

Bible study: “How to Live a Happier, Healthier Life in a 24/7 World.” 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 3 and 9:30 a.m. Sundays starting Sept. 7. 2830 Dorchester Place. 704-523-0077.

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. each second and fourth Tuesday. 1623 Carmel Road.

St. Matthew Catholic

Special prayer service: Service for Our Lady of Sorrows. All parents who have lost a child, regardless of age, are invited. Photos will be displayed in front of the altar. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Providence United Methodist

Family event: “Food Truck Family Jam” will feature the city’s best food trucks, children’s bounce park and live music. Bring lawn chairs. Parking and children’s area are free; food prices vary. 5-8 p.m. Sept. 6. 2810 Providence Road.

St. John Neumann Catholic

Youth soccer: The church’s Cardinals Soccer Club will host registration for boys and girls ages 5-15. At the same time, the Knights of Columbus will host a youth soccer competition for ages 9-14.

All contestants will be recognized for their participation, and winners will progress to local, district and state competitions. Participants must provide proof of age and parental consent. Entry forms available at the event. 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 6. 8451 Idlewild Road. For more information, contact Steve Coradini at 704-222-0377.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Sunday school: Classes will be held at 9:50 a.m. Sundays, starting Sept. 7. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

Calvary Church

Support groups: Fall support ministry classes address practical issues from a Christian worldview. Classes include DivorceCare, DivorceCare for Kids, GriefShare, Boundaries and Search for Significance. Limited enrollment; early registration recommended. Child care available for ages 2-7. Classes begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 8.

Women’s Bible studies: Women in the community invited. Join in at any time. 9:30 and 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Sept. 9. Classes include Sally Clarkson’s “The Ministry of Motherhood”; Kay Arthur’s “John, Part 2”; Beth Moore’s “Children of the Day”; Dr. John MacArthur’s “The Book of Daniel”; and more. Preschool child care provided for enrolled mothers.

English classes: English as a Second Language for ages 18 and up. Five class levels. Gain experience with conversational English, pronunciation and American culture. 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 11 through Nov. 25. An additional pronunciation class meets at 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, and a Bible study meets on Thursdays. $50 per semester. Child care available. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Blair Road United Methodist, Mint Hill

Back-to-church weekend: Come find your place at Blair Road. Free ice cream and film, “Courageous.” Child care provided, with a special movie for the children. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Sermon on “Is That All There Is?” at 8:45 and 11:11 a.m. Sept. 7. Free community picnic at 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at Veterans Memorial Park. The church is at 9135 Blair Road, Mint Hill.

Temple Israel

Intro to Judaism: Not a Hebrew school class for adults, Intro to Judaism is an opportunity for self-reflection and growth as we explore Judaism’s greatest ideas, themes, and values.

Taught by Rabbi Noam Raucher in partnership with Louis and Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism program at American Jewish University. Members, $65; nonmembers, $100. Conversion track, $210. The class will meet at 9:30 a.m. most Sundays, Sept. 14 through April 19. 4901 Providence Road.

Myers Park United Methodist

Wellness dialogue: The Revs. James Howell and Melanie Dobson will present two conversations on “Being Well: Emotional and Bodily Health in Scripture and Theology.” They will consider the arc of the Bible and what it teaches about caring for ourselves at 7 p.m. Sept. 9. The second session will explore theology and church history as it pertains to health. 7 p.m. Sept. 23. Each session will include time for questions and dialogue. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

Central Church Life Care Center

Seminar: Shelley Young, president of Envision3, will present “Building Relationships Through Personality Style Discovery.” Learn practical tools to help you experience success in your personal life and career. Price includes assessment workbook. Early enrollment recommended. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 20. Coffee and refreshments served at 8:45 a.m. 5500 Randolph Road. 704-365-6112;

Peace Moravian

Community information series: New series is designed to provide information on health matters. 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month. The Sept. 8 session will focus on diabetes.

Sunday school: Program resumes with a combined class for all ages at 10 a.m. Sept. 7. Separate classes for all ages will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 14. 4418 Rea Road.

Christ the King Church

Finance classes: “Financial Peace University” is designed to help you get out of debt, build wealth and give like never before using biblical principles. Classes start Sept. 7. Register at

Simulcast: “Living Proof Live” featuring Beth Moore, author of best-selling Bible studies and other books for women. $20 advance ticket purchase includes materials, snacks and lunch. 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Sept. 13. 13501 S. Tryon St. Register at

Community Bible Study

Registration open: Evening study of 1 and 2 Corinthians for men and women begins Sept. 4. Join us for a kickoff barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 4. Classes are held at Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: “What’s Your Story?” series will continue Sept. 7 with “A Good Story, Hijacked.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Children’s consignment sale: Gently-used fall and winter children’s clothing, maternity clothing, baby equipment, toys, cribs, strollers and more. Cash or check only. Free admission. Children welcome; no strollers allowed in sales area. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 4 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 5. Half-price sale on most items, 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 6. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

Matthews United Methodist

New worship experience: 801South, a new modern worship experience with new music, small groups, helpful content for everyday life and a special time just for kids, launches at 11 a.m. Sept. 7. Erik Langston will serve as worship leader and band coach for this new venue. Everyone is invited to see how 801South is serving the community in new ways. The church is at 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. Learn more at

Wesley United Methodist

CPR classes: Certified trainer will offer free training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Ages 18 and up. Class size limited. Register by Sept. 5. 3715 Rea Road.