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Compiled by Erica Batten

Mouzon United Methodist

Mother’s morning out: The weekday preschool will offer classes for ages 1-5. Classes are play-based and open to the community. $35 per day. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. RSVP by Wednesday each week; minimum of three children registered or class will be canceled until the following week. 3100 Selwyn Ave. 704-525-1326;

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: Representatives from various faith traditions will present “Religion and Science: Can They Coexist?” 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 20 through Feb. 24. On Jan. 20, Rabbi Judy Schindler will introduce the theme and offer a reform Jewish perspective. Charlotte Torah Center’s Rabbi Chanoch Oppenheim will present on orthodox Jewish perspective. Sessions will include a question-and-answer period and refreshments provided by the Sandra Gold Weinstein Hospitality Fund. Free. No reservations necessary. 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948. Complete schedule of speakers at

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: “Know Thy Selfie.” Join us for a discussion of how we are part of God’s bigger picture. The topic for Jan. 18 is “Putting the FUN in Dysfunction.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Weddington United Methodist

Healthy lifestyle program: In cooperation with Carolinas HealthCare System, the church will offer the Daniel Plan, a program founded on biblical principles and focused on the essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. Fee for program books only. Books will be available at a reduced rate at the first program meeting. An informational session will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in Helms Hall. The program will be at 6 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 18 through March 15. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. Registration form at For more information, contact Brett Myers at

Wesley United Methodist

Healthy lifestyle study: Women invited to “New Year – New You” based on the book “Made to Crave.”

Learn to reach health goals and grow closer to God through the process. Sessions will include Bible study and exercise. 9:15-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 20. 3715 Rea Road. Register at

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Spiritual life study: “Beginnings: The Spiritual Life Study” includes brief video and discussion. All are welcome. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 14 in the family life center. 1900 Emerywood Drive. 704-553-1327.

Saint Mark AME Zion, Pineville

Worship services: 11 a.m. Sundays.

Community outreach prayer: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 605 Johnston Drive, Pineville. 704-889-7072.

Matthews United Methodist

Fundraiser: The youth choir will hold a Brunswick stew and bake sale to support their summer tour. The choir will travel to churches throughout the Southeast to perform and provide mission support. Stew is $10 per quart. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 24. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Retreat: “Seeking Purpose” retreat will help you discern your spiritual gifts and contribute to God’s plan. $35 includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all materials, including assessment. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 24 in the life center banquet room. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.

Saint Peter Catholic

Faith formation workshop: “Do What Matters! Faith Formation for a New Age” presented by Vibrant Faith Ministries. Interactive training will help you create an authentic Christian community that beckons all ages into practicing faith. Open to pastors, teachers, and other faith formation staff. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 29-30 in Biss Hall.

Lecture: The 15th annual Kennedy Lecture will feature poet, theologian, artist, author, lay minister and prophet Edwina Gateley. Her topic, “Discipleship: Giving Birth to God in a Contemporary World,” will focus on the ways we are called to be Christ’s disciples in the 21st century. Free admission. Free parking in the underground lot adjacent to the church. 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 24. Coffee and registration, 8:30 a.m. 501 S. Tryon St. Registration information at

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Items needed: The church is collecting donations for a rummage sale to be held in April.

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. Donations are tax-deductible; receipt furnished on request. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. To donate, send contact information to

Community Blood Center

Blood drives: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 17 at Siler Presbyterian, 6301 Weddington-Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel. 3-7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic, 725 Deese St., Monroe.