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Sharon United Methodist

Worship services: Sermon on the topic “Say What?” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Dec. 21.

Blue Christmas service: Join us for a simple service acknowledging the difficulties of this season and God’s constant presence in our lives. Guest pianist Rick Bean and the chancel choir will provide music. Pastor Nancy Campbell will share a message of comfort and hope. Candle lighting, prayer, and anointing with oil will be available. 4 p.m. Dec. 21. Light refreshments follow. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Live nativity: 6:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Refreshments available between performances. Christmas choir cantata: “Christmas Makes Everything New,” a passionate combination of Christmas favorites and new praise and worship songs by renowned worship leaders David Moffitt, Travis Cottrell, and Sue C. Smith. 11 a.m. Dec. 21. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

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.-1p.m. Dec. 20. Proceeds from the volunteer-run shop go to outreach.

Christmas Eve services: 1, 3, 4:30, 6, 8 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

Sharon Presbyterian

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;

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Children’s musical: “The Bethlehem Project” tells the Christmas story with a fresh twist that provides fun and relevance for kids. 4 p.m. Dec. 20.

Christmas musical: “Season of Wonder” features traditional holiday favorites and inspirational music by the church choir and orchestra. 8:30 and 11a.m. Dec. 21. 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville.

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. 19 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 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.

Providence United Methodist

Service: “The Longest Night.” Held on the winter solstice, this service is an offering of consolation and hope for those experiencing divorce, grief, loss of employment or illness. Speaker John Arey, executive director of the Methodist Counseling and Consultation Services and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. The service will conclude with candle lighting. 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 2810 Providence Road.

Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews

Advent worship: 6:45-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays. 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

Christmas Eve services: Candlelight services will be held at 5 and 9 p.m. Dec. 24. Nursery provided at 5 p.m. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services: Children’s service, 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional communion service, 5 p.m. Traditional candlelight communion services, 7 and10 p.m. 8601 Bryant Farms Road.

Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble

Holiday concerts: Free concerts for the whole family. 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the family life center at Morning Star Lutheran, 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews. 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at First United Methodist, 501 N. Tryon St.

Blair Road United Methodist, Mint Hill

Family Christmas event: “Jingle Jam.” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Free. Everyone welcome! 9135 Blair Road, Mint Hill.

Sardis Baptist

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. Please call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831;

Saint Matthew Catholic

Healing prayer service: Saint Peregrine service, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

Polish Mass: 3 p.m. Dec. 21. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at 2 p.m. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Stallings United Methodist

Advent sermon series: On Dec. 21, the topic will be “It IS a Wonderful Life” based on Luke 21:5-36. Traditional worship, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Contemporary service, 9:45 a.m.

Christmas concert: The chancel choir will present “Stallings’ Favorites: A Christmas Concert.” 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings. 704-821-8820.

Monroe AM Aglow

Service: Women’s monthly meeting on the theme “Who Are You Following?” 10 a.m. Dec. 20. Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. 3405 Old Charlotte Hwy., Monroe.

Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox

Baklava sale: The Ladies Philoptochos Society will hold its first annual baklava sale. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 20 across the street from the farmer’s market in downtown Matthews. For more information, contact Catherine Keretsis at or 704-819-0327.

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.” 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.

Calvary Church

Christmas Eve services: Celebrate the birth of Christ with glowing candlelight, inspiring choral and orchestral music, and the powerful message “Gifts for a King” by Senior Pastor John Munro. 4, 6, and 8 p.m. Dec. 24. Child care for age four and under provided at 4 and 6 p.m. ASL interpretation available at 6 p.m. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Community menorah lighting: Annual Chanukah menorah lighting will include a brief outdoor menorah lighting, a group menorah lighting indoors, and lighting of Shabbat candles followed by refreshments. Guests may bring their own menorahs. The welcoming and inclusive Reform Jewish congregation serves York, Lancaster and southern Mecklenburg counties. 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Saint Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill.