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Compiled by Erica Batten

Joy Church, Matthews

Service: The fifth annual East Charlotte Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service will feature a message of unity by Pastor Leon Threatt of Christian Faith Assembly.

His son, Emmanuel Threatt, will lead a youth service. Participating churches are Joy Church, Christian Faith Assembly, Morning Star Lutheran, Morning Star Presbyterian and Saint John Neumann Catholic. 7 p.m. Jan. 22. A potluck dinner will be held at 6 p.m. 11516 Idlewild Road, Matthews. For information, contact Shea Barja at 704-451-3629 or

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: Representatives from various faith traditions will present “Religion and Science: Can They Coexist?” 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 24.

On Jan. 27, Ryusho Jeffus, priest of Myosho-Ji, Wonderful Voice Buddhist Temple, will offer a Buddhist 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. 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

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

Community Bible Study

Bible study: Join us as we continue our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians. 9:15-11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road.

Saint Matthew Catholic

Healing prayer service: Saint Peregrine service for all those suffering with cancer or other diseases. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

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 Parkway.

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. Jan. 23 at the Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Ave. 704-295-4819;

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.

Weddington United Methodist

Grief support group: GriefShare is a 13-week supportive experience for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Video presentation, discussion and prayer with facilitators who have also experienced loss. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 28. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. For information, contact Sandra McKee at 704-846-1032 or visit

Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte

Winter classes: Seniors invited for six-week session. Classes include Bridge, American Heritage, Current Event Discussion, Early Christianities, more. 10 a.m.-2:20 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 26 at Providence United Methodist, 2910 Providence Road.

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.