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Compiled by Erica Batten

Clinton Chapel AME Zion

Community event: 100 Women in White celebration featuring Commissioner Vilma Leake. 11 a.m. April 22. Young adult choir reunion concert will be at 3 p.m. on the lawn. 1901 Rozzelles Ferry Road. 704-488-3747.

Shiloh Institutional Baptist

Youth Explosion: Youth choirs, liturgical dance, games, food and fellowship. Noon April 21. 2400 Greenland Ave. 704-393-2065;

Rockwell AME Zion

Concert: The mass choir from Jonahville AME Zion in Huntersville will perform at 6 p.m. April 21. 6301 Rockwell Church Road.

Central Steele Creek Presbyterian

Yard sale: Proceeds go to missions. 7-11 a.m. April 21. 9401 S. Tryon St.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Jazz concert: “A Night of Instrumental Praise” with gospel jazz musician Todd Ledbetter. $10. 7 p.m. April 28 and 5 p.m. April 29. 14542 Choate Circle.

Central United Methodist

Worship service: Central will host the Latino congregation of Harrison United Methodist for a service in English and Spanish. Special music by Harrison’s Los Amigos de Las Americas singers. 11 a.m. April 22.

Attic sale: Proceeds go to missions. 8 a.m.-noon April 28. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157.

Central Church Life Care Center

Seminar: Drs. Beverly and Tom Rodgers will present “Men and Women: Celebrating the Differences.” Learn tools to help in personal and professional relationships with the opposite sex. Light refreshments served. 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 28. 5500 Randolph Road. Register at

Myers Park United Methodist

Spring carnival: Preschool games and rides, silent auction, Chick-fil-A lunch, more. Hosted by The Children’s Circle church preschool. Proceeds support preschool projects and the Freedom School program for at-risk children. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 28. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

St. Margaret’s Episcopal, Waxhaw

Concert: “Music for Music’s Sake.” Flutist Reggie Dill, cellist Christina McDonald, and pianist Andre Weker will perform works by Copland, Debussy, Chopin, more. Donations for the care of the church organ will be accepted. 7:30 p.m. April 27. 8515 Rea Road, Waxhaw.

Charlotte Friends Meeting

Public forum: Karen Bean and Charity Magnuson of N. C. Stop Human Trafficking will discuss the eradication of human trafficking. 11:45 a.m. April 22. 570 W. Rocky River Road.

Freedom House Church

New building: Join us as we hold our first Sunday services in our new building. 9 and 10:30 a.m. and noon April 29. 2732 Salome Church Road.

Center of Light

Seminars: Mother Clare Watts will discuss apocalypse and the new age as a time of vision and enlightenment. 7:30 p.m. April 26. Watts will present “Spirituality Not Religion” at 7:30 p.m. April 27. $25 suggested donation for each seminar. Watts will present “Karma: The Trail You Leave Behind You” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 28. Light lunch included. $35 suggested donation. 6100 Monroe Road.

New St. John Baptist

Prayer breakfast: The Rev. Eric Baker presents “Building on Faith.” Special guest from the Carolina Panthers. Adults, $20; ages 8-18, $10 donation. Proceeds go to education facility. 9-11 a.m. April 28 at the Garinger High School cafeteria. 1100 Eastway Drive.

Women’s conference: “Morning Glory: The Beauty of God’s Glory.” Praise, worship and reflection to renew your spirit. 7 p.m. May 3-4 and 8 a.m. May 5. 2000 St. John St.

Rock Worship Center Church of God in Christ

Community event: Health fair, clothing giveaway, and music extravaganza. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 28. 1113 Fordham Road.

Robinson Presbyterian

Blood drive: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold a blood drive at noon April 29. 9424 Harrisburg Road. Appointments:

Exodus Foundation

Volunteer orientation: Learn how to mentor people who have criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 6-7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Mount Carmel Baptist, 7237 Tuckaseegee Road and 10-11 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at St. Paul Baptist, 1401 Allen St.

Career networking: Group for people with criminal records or who have been incarcerated. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at St. Paul Baptist.

Christ United Methodist

Wonderful Wednesdays: Drop-in meal, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Donations only. Small-group classes for all ages, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Nursery for age three and younger. 8020 Bellhaven Blvd.

Little Rock AME Zion

Economic forum: Business development experts will provide information on starting a business or taking your business to the next level. 10 a.m.-noon April 28 in the community development center. 401 N. McDowell St. 704-334-3782;

Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El University: Core course, “Jewish Thought Part III: Responsa Literature,” taught by Rabbi David Powers. 7-9 p.m. May 2, 9 and 16. Elective course, “The Reform Jewish Approach to Death and Dying,” taught by Judy Schindler, 8-9 p.m. 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948;

The Well Coffeehouse and Church, Pineville

Art exhibit: Works by contemporary Christian artist He Qi will be displayed April 28-May 26. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays. The exhibit will include live music on Saturdays and JAVA Fest May 18-20. 220 Main St., Pineville.

Myers Park Baptist

Workshop: Fr. Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation will present “Transforming Christian Spirituality.” Topics include spirituality and social justice, contemplative prayer, and nondual thinking. April 27-29. 1900 Queens Road.

Stallings United Methodist

Spring renewal services: The Rev. Rosemary Brown will lead services. 8:30 and 10:55 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 22. Lunch after 10:55 a.m. service. Light supper followed by service, 6 p.m. April 23. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings.

Zoar United Methodist

Hot dog Wednesday: Community event with hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, weekly specials, more. Free; donations accepted. 5 p.m. Wednesdays. 13611 Zoar Road. 704-588-4058.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Donations needed: The church is accepting new sleeping bags and standard pillows to benefit A Child’s Place’s summer camp. Monetary donations also accepted.

Blood drive: 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. April 28. 8601 Bryant Farms Road.

St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Friends and family day: Worship service 11 a.m. April 29. Dinner, games and fellowship 1-2 p.m. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-394-5689.

Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, Denver

Concert: The Alexander Community Concert Series presents “Barbershop Harmony” with the Gold Standard Chorus. Reception afterward. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10; children under 12, free. 3 p.m. April 22. 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Earth Day celebration: Paperless worship service will conclude on the front lawn. Visitors are encouraged to walk, carpool, or take public transportation to the service and to look for other ways to preserve and care for creation. Davidson College Presbyterian is a certified Earth Care congregation. 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 22.

Study series: Dr. Rizwan Zamir, visiting assistant professor of religion at Davidson College, will present a study of Sunni and Shiite Islam. 9:45 a.m. April 29, May 6 and May 13. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

RiverLife Fellowship Church, Mooresville

Marriage seminar: The RiverLife Wellness Center hosts “Marriage Wellness Matters.” Pastor Keith and Mandy Devine will identify sources of conflict and offer steps to achieve a fulfilling marriage. 8 a.m.-noon April 28. Preregistration is $10. 2487 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville.

Huntersville United Methodist

Movie night: “Cars 2.” Bring blankets and pillows. Snack bar will serve hot dogs, popcorn, more. 6-9 p.m. April 27. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

Hopewell Presbyterian, Huntersville

250th anniversary: The church will continue its year-long celebration with an 1800’s commemoration worship service. 11 a.m. April 22. The Renaissance Singers will perform at 4 p.m. April 29. 10500 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Concert: The Cornelius Concert Series presents storyteller and musician Michael Reno Harrell. 12:30 p.m. April 29 on the front lawn. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius.

Davidson United Methodist

Premarital workshop: Dr. John Rowe and Shannon White, LPC, will present “Becoming One Flesh.” Materials, lunch and refreshments provided. $200 per couple. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12 at The Counseling Center. 233 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-6135.

Assurance United Methodist, Huntersville

Community health campaign: The church’s community sharing garden donates hundreds of pounds of food each year to neighbors in need and has been selected by Communities Take Root as an orchard grant finalist. Help the church win fruit trees by voting daily at The church is at 9700 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Children’s musical: The children’s choir ministry will share “That’s So Daniel!” 6 p.m. April 25. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. 704-664-2324;

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Yard sale: Coffee and biscuits also available. Come early for the best bargains. 7-11:30 a.m. April 28. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880.

Tri-City Baptist, Conover

Marriage enrichment weekend: Steve and Debbie Wilson will present “Marriage Matters Now.” $30 per person includes dinner. Child care not available. 6-9 p.m. April 27 and 9 a.m.-noon April 28. 1409 N. C. 16 N., Conover. Register at 828-465-6644 or

Belmont Abbey College, Belmont

Concert series: Arts at the Abbey presents the annual spring concert. Students will perform sacred and secular music for chorus with instrumentalists. 3 p.m. April 29. 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont.

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Family and friends day: Fun on the grounds after services. 10 a.m. April 22.

Pink Sunday: Wear pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. 10 a.m. April 29. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

Unitarian Universalist of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: Indoor and outdoor service celebrating Earth Day. 11 a.m. April 22.

Film and discussion: The perceived conflict between homosexuality and religion is addressed in “For the Bible Tells Me So.” The Rev. MacDicken will facilitate a discussion following the film. Free. 7 p.m. April 25. 833 5th St. S.E., Hickory.

Mount Olive Lutheran, Newton

Sermon: “Understanding the Scriptures” based on St. Luke 24. Nursery provided. 10 a.m. April 22. Sunday school, 9 a.m.

Bible study: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays. 2103 Mount Olive Church Road, Newton.

Redeemer Lutheran, Gastonia

Concert: Acclaimed pianist Dr. Nancy Elton will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. 4 p.m. April 22.

Bible study: 10 a.m. April 26. 1915 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia. 704-865-6152;

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Mission, Indian Land

Services: Catholic congregation is accepting registration of new parishioners and donations for capital campaign to build a new church. Mass held at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at the parish house, 7031 Waxhaw Highway, Indian Land. Saturday Mass at 4 p.m. at the Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Fort Mill. Confession at 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. 803-283-4969.

NarroWay Productions, Fort Mill

Performance: The Jobe family learns from Geronimo’s life in “Wounded Warrior.” Tickets start at $7. Noon April 28. 3327 Carowinds Blvd., Fort Mill.

Oratory Center for Spirituality, Rock Hill

Retreat: Sr. Donna Lareau will discuss the effects of Thomas Merton’s life and ministry in the American church. Lunch included. $40. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28. 434 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. 803-327-2097.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Preschool anniversary: The preschool celebrates 10 years. The preschoolers will sing for the congregation at 11 a.m. April 29. 950 Bradley St., Concord.

Family of Faith Lutheran, Concord

Concert: The Piedmont Singing Men will perform at 6 p.m. April 22. Free. 240 Pitts School Road N.W., Concord. 704-782-0671.