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United House of Prayer for All People

Community event: Family and Friends Days: marching bands, gospel choirs, prizes, children's activities, more, noon-3 p.m. April 16. Spiritually uplifting program 11:30 a.m. April 17. Community invited to both. 2321 Beatties Ford Road. 704-394-3884.

Third Presbyterian

Spring festival fundraiser: Barbecue lunch, face painting, balloon animals, live music, games, more. Proceeds go to Channing and Shiloh Singleton, who were injured in a car wreck. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 16. 4019 Central Ave.

Mecklenburg Ministries

Food for thought: "The Two-State Solution: Two Perspectives." Second of two discussions. Palestinian refugee Khalid Hijazi to lead talk on how different sectors of Palestinian society view the two-state solution and whether it is realistic. Lunch $6. Noon-1 p.m. April 21, Covenant Presbyterian, 1000 E. Morehead St. RSVP:

First Christian

Maundy Thursday service: Communion service. 7 p.m. April 21. 1200 East Blvd.

First United Methodist

Palm Sunday worship: 8:45, 11 a.m. April 17.

Fundraiser: Barbecue (plates), bake sale, craft sale, entertainment, prizes, more. Noon-2 p.m. April 17.

Maundy Thursday worship: 7 p.m. April 21. Child care provided. Dinner 5:30 p.m. Call for reservations.

Good Friday service: 7 p.m. April 22.

Easter egg hunt: Picnic and petting zoo. Bring your own basket. 10:30 a.m. April 23. 501 N. Tryon St. 704-333-9081;

Myers Park United Methodist

Palm Sunday services: 8:30, 9:45, 11 a.m. April 17, sanctuary; 8:45 a.m., Jubilee Hall.

Labyrinth: Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. April 18-21; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 22.

Maundy Thursday worship: Youth to lead foot-washing service 7 p.m. April 21, sanctuary chapel. Chancel Choir to present John Rutter's "Requiem" at communion service 7:30 p.m.

Tenebrae service: 7:30 p.m. April 22. 1501 Queens Road. 704-295-4819;

Calvary Church

Seminars: "Making Joy a Habit," on how trusting God produces lasting joy. 7-8:30 p.m. April 18, room 222. "Managing Your Finances in Divorce Crisis," 7-8:30 p.m. April 18, room 232. Free. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at

Doers of the Word Christian Fellowship

Holy Week services: Palm Sunday worship 11 a.m. April 17. "Seven Last Words" service, with seven anointed preachers and psalmist Catrina Pegues, 6:30 p.m. April 22. 10660 S. Tryon St. 704-583-0380;

Advent Lutheran

Holy Week services: Palm Sunday 8:30, 11 a.m. April 17. Maundy Thursday 7 p.m. April 21. Good Friday service featuring cantata "Come Walk With Me" 7 p.m. April 22. Multi-sensory prayer room open 6-9:30 p.m. April 21-22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22. 8840 University City Blvd. 704-549-1555.

St. John's Baptist

Concert: Choir with orchestral accompaniment to perform John Rutter's "Requiem" 10:30 a.m. April 17. Covered-dish lunch afterward; visitors need not bring a dish to participate. 300 Hawthorne Lane.

Little Rock AME Zion

Good Friday service: "The Seven Last Words of Christ" with messages from seven pastors. 6:30 p.m. April 22. 401 N. McDowell St. 704-334-3782.

Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center

Health event: Abundant Life Health Ministry presents "Skating for Your Health." Raffles, health information. $6. 7-11 p.m. April 22, Starlight Skating Rink, 8830 East W.T. Harris Blvd. 704-568-0934.

Crossroads Church, Concord

Blood drive: 3-7 p.m. April 18. 220 George W. Liles Parkway, Concord.

Roberta United Methodist, Concord

Easter egg hunt: Games, crafts, cookie decorating. 10 a.m. April 23. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

Pitts Baptist, Concord

Living "Last Supper": Live depiction of the famous da Vinci painting with actors, orchestra, choir. 7 p.m. April 21. 140 Pitts School Road, Concord. 704-786-1953.

Harrisburg United Methodist

Fish fry: Plates are flounder, fries, slaw, hushpuppies. Baked goods available. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 22. 4560 N.C. 49 S., Harrisburg. Advance tickets/information: 704-455-2311.