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Religion news: “Messiah” to be played on period instruments

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Compiled by Erica Batten

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Midweek events: Family dinner, 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Youth group and children’s program, 6 p.m. Adult study on “Victory in the Face of Spiritual Warfare,” 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving worship service: 7 p.m. Nov. 26. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

Sharon Presbyterian

Concert: The Piedmont Baroque Consortium presents Charlotte’s only performance of Handel’s “Messiah” played on period instruments.

Conductor David Tang leads the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, the semi-professional choir VOX, and renowned soloists. Art historian Phillip Larrimore has chosen projections of historical fine art to accompany the music. Sponsored by the Parker Family Enrichment Fund, admission to this performance is free. Limited seating. Child care provided. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. 5201 Sharon Road.

Myers Park United Methodist

Open house: The Goodness Gracious! gift shop, in the lobby of the parish life building, will have snacks, music and Christmas merchandise on display. 5-7 p.m. Dec. 3. Proceeds from the volunteer-run shop go to outreach.

In addition to its regular weekday, Wednesday evening and Sunday morning hours, the shop will be open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

Providence United Methodist

Concert: World-renowned singer-songwriter John Gorka will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in Wolfe Hall.

Proceeds benefit the church’s Haiti missions and UMAR. 2810 Providence Road. Tickets are available at

Myers Park Baptist

Meeting: The Faith Communicators is an informal network open to all who do public relations, communications, and marketing for churches and other nonprofits.

The group meets monthly for networking and a program on some aspect of public relations. Light breakfast served. Free. 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Cornwell Center. 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819;

Pritchard Memorial Baptist

Christmas show: Broadway Comes to South End presents “The Gift: A Christmas Love Story.” Free tickets available. 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Dessert follows each show. 1117 South Blvd.

St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox

Baklava sale: The Ladies Philoptochos Society will hold its first baklava sale. The classic Greek pastry can be frozen for up to two months. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 13, and 20 across the street from the farmers market in downtown Matthews. For more information, contact Catherine Keretsis at

Sharon United Methodist

Worship services: The sermon topic for Nov. 30 is “Do Not Be Afraid.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Items needed: The church is collecting donations for a rummage sale to be held in April. Sale proceeds will be used for a lunch program at a school in Haiti, which feeds 200 children.

Accepting furniture, appliances, books, holiday decorations, flat-screen TVs and gently-used children’s clothing. No shoes, adult clothing, mattresses, box springs or tube TVs. Pickup available. All donations are tax-deductible; receipt furnished on request. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. To donate, send contact information to