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Compiled by Erica Batten
Jazz caroling: Sing along to a modern beat with the Rick Bean Trio and special guest Maddy Winer. Sponsored by the Parker Family Enrichment Fund. Free; reservations encouraged. Child care provided. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. 5201 Sharon Road. Reservations: 704-553-0869; www.SharonPCUSA.org.
Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington
Christmas choir cantata: “Christmas Makes Everything New,” a passionate combination of Christmas favorites and new praise and worship songs by worship leaders David Moffitt, Travis Cottrell and Sue C. Smith. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 11 a.m. Dec. 21.
Handbell concert: The Queen City Ringers will perform 7 p.m. Dec. 16. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. www.spiritofjoy.us.
Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox
Baklava sale: The Ladies Philoptochos Society will hold its first annual baklava sale. The classic Greek pastry can be frozen for up to two months and makes a great gift. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20 across the street from the farmer’s market in downtown Matthews. Details: Catherine Keretsis, email@example.com or 704-819-0327.
Holiday memorial service: Special service allows parents to come together with others for a time of remembrance and reflection. All bereaved parents and their families are welcome. Please bring a candle in a holder to light in remembrance of your child. Nursery provided. 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Saint John’s Episcopal, 1623 Carmel Road. www.kindermourn.org.
Saint Andrew’s United Methodist
Christmas tree sale: Fresh-cut Fraser fir trees from the North Carolina mountains. The 6- to 10-foot trees are $45-$55. 3-6 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20.
Community tree lighting: Come enjoy live music, including the choir from Montclaire Elementary School, crafts, food truck, cookies and hot chocolate. Free. 3:30-6 p.m. Dec. 17. 1900 Emerywood Drive. www.standrewsumc.com.
Sharon United Methodist
Worship services: Sermon on the topic “Waiting for God.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Dec. 14.
Christmas concert: “Peace on Earth” presented by the combined music and worship ministries. The concert features string quartet, choir, praise band, soloists, handbells, drama and more. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.
All Things Possible Ministries
Special event: Join us for an evening of caroling, raffle prizes, and a dessert contest. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Johnson Mansion, 1800 Queens Road. Register at www.AllThingsPossible.org.
Living Saviour Lutheran
Christmas concert: The church will present Advent and Christmas music featuring works by Pergolesi, Wilberg, Rutter, and Forrest. Director of Music Don Huff will conduct. Free. A reception follows the concert. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. 6817 Carmel Road. www.livingsaviourlc.org.
Grace United Methodist
Music program: The chancel choir, the Grace Notes Bell Choir, and guest vocalists will present “Darkness Into Light: A Christmas Musical Journey” by Mary McDonald. Director of Music Tim Foskey will lead the program; accompaniment by David Hutchings. Reception follows program. 5 p.m. Dec. 14. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.
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. To donate, send contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live Nativity: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. www.harrisonchurch.org.
Christmas concerts: The Calvary choir and orchestra, youth and children’s choirs will present “Here Is Our Savior,” a joyous celebration of the birth of Christ. 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Sunday school for children age 4 and under provided at 9:45 a.m. Child care provided at 6 p.m. ASL interpretation at 9:45 a.m. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com/christmas.
Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe
Advent worship: 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school at 10 a.m.
Christmas cantata: The joint cantata choir, along with the Walkersville Presbyterian choir, will present “The First Noel.” 5 p.m. Dec. 14. The annual Christmas party will follow.
Scouts: Cub Scouts meets 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Boy Scouts meets 7 p.m. The Cub Pack is holding its candy bar sales campaign this month. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.
Myers Park United Methodist
Gift shop: In addition to its regular weekday, Wednesday evening, and Sunday morning hours, the Goodness Gracious! shop will be open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20. Proceeds from the volunteer-run shop go to outreach. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.mpumc.org.
Gentle yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility, deepen breath and learn to relax. Space limited. $10 per class. 3:30 and 5 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831; www.sardisbaptistcharlotte.org.
Saint Mark’s Lutheran
Soup kitchen: The church is offering a weekly soup kitchen, serving hot lunches 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Meals will be provided free to all. The kitchen will be staffed by the congregation and the neighborhood.
Volunteers will serve all guests restaurant-style at tables. Between 150 and 200 people are expected each week, and the church is seeking volunteers. Forms are available at www.saintmarkscharlotte.org/soup-kitchen/volunteer. 1001 Queens Road. 704-375-9185.