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Providence United Methodist

Organ dedication: The church will welcome premier organist Alan Morrison to its weekend dedication event Sept. 6-8. The Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1472 organ, which was removed from the Kennedy Center, became the core of the replacement instrument that Parkey OrganBuilders has refurbished and installed at Providence United Methodist. Morrison will perform a dedication concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 and lead a master class at 10 a.m. Sept. 7. Organ dedication services will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sept. 8. 2810 Providence Road.

Sharon Presbyterian

Music director welcomed: Dr. David Tang has been named interim director of music at the SouthPark-area church. Tang is the founding director of the semi-professional choir VOX and the Firebird Arts Alliance. He has served as associate conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and director of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, the Charlotte Symphony’s chorus, and Carolina Voices. He has led choral, symphony, ballet and opera performances throughout the country and is an Emmy and Telly Award-winning TV producer. Tang holds conducting degrees from Yale University and the University of Michigan. He and his wife and daughter live in Charlotte. Sharon Presbyterian is at 5201 Sharon Road.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Staff member welcomed: The church has hired its first full-time director of youth and family ministries. Shea Berbaum will begin his new position Sept. 1. A graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Berbaum has served as a youth minister at Agape Kure Beach Ministries and at Camp Metigoshe in North Dakota. He will direct youth programming and family ministries as part of the church’s mission to welcome people to Jesus Christ, equip them to grow in faith, and send them to serve others. Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays. 6817 Carmel Road.

Pineville Church of the Nazarene

GriefShare classes: Walk-ins welcome. $10 for materials. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Family Life Center, Room 410. 8614 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at 704-542-3618.

Prince of Peace Lutheran

Back-to-school rally: Games, face-painting, jump rope contest, more. Hot dogs, drinks, clothing and other goods for sale. A book bag of school supplies will be given away every hour. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 31. 3001 Beatties Ford Road. 704-392-6098.

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter and St. Paul’s Episcopal, Monroe

Veterans’ service: Each church will hold a special service of thanksgiving and remembrance for veterans at noon Sept. 7. Open to veterans and their families of all faiths. Lunch and fellowship time will follow the service. The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter is at 2701 Park Road. St. Paul’s Episcopal is at 116 S. Church St. in Monroe.

Behold God Ministries

Conference: “Behold God Conference: Higher Up, Closer In.” Speakers include author Ken Boa, Claude Alexander, senior pastor of Park Ministries, James Howell, senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist, and John Munro, senior pastor of Calvary Church. Music provided by Marty Goetz. $105. Partial and full scholarships available. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Register by Sept. 17. 704-894-9403;

First United Presbyterian

New ministry: “United in Jazz” services will offer entertainment and unity to the community. A Sign of the Times will perform 6-9 p.m. Sept. 6. $5. Vendors will sell food items. Jazz services will be held again the first Fridays in October and November. 406 N. College St. 704-376-8014.

Amazing Grace Lutheran, Waxhaw

Crossroads Lutheran, Indian Land

Reformation Lutheran, Lancaster

Anniversary events: The ELCA celebrates its 25th anniversary under the theme “Always Being Made New.” To mark this occasion, the partner churches will come together to serve the community and to worship. On Sept. 7, volunteers will work at Andrew Jackson State Park, assemble care kits for teachers, and distribute water bottles at Wal-Mart in Lancaster from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The three churches will join for worship and a fellowship luncheon at 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at the home of Jeanine DeVaney and Tommy Laughlin, 7606 Sims Road, Waxhaw.

Class: Amazing Grace and Crossroads Lutheran will offer “The Legacy Journey,” a Biblically-based class on investing, estate planning, purposeful living and safeguarding your legacy. The seven-week course will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 9 at Crossroads Lutheran, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. To register, call 704-843-7411 or 803-547-8311.

Central Church Life Care Center

Fall workshop series: Workshops begin Sept. 16. Topics include Changes That Heal, The DNA of Successful Relationships, Love and Respect Building Blocks, more. Christian 12-step ministry, LifeLine, is ongoing.

Networking meeting: “Open House Coffee Break” for ministers, social workers, and others in the counseling field. Emily Fitchpatrick and Amena McShea of On Eagles Wings Ministries/Hope House will discuss the growing trend of sex trafficking, how Hope House is partnering with authorities and community organizations to help victims, and how the trauma affects the survivors. Free. Refreshments provided. 9-11 a.m. Sept. 19. 5500 Randolph Road. 704-365-6112;

Faith and Health Connection

Workshop: Learn about the connection between Christian faith and your health. Workshop will address 22 Biblical principles for a healthy life. The three-hour workshop, presented live on the Internet, is held monthly. A donation to the Faith and Health Connection ministry is requested. 11 a.m. Sept. 4 and 7 p.m. Sept. 12. 704-542-3207;

Community Bible Study

Registration open: Evening men’s and women’s fall study “Return to Jerusalem” begins Sept. 3. Join us for a kickoff barbecue at 6 p.m. Sept. 3. Classes held at Church at Charlotte, 2500 Carmel Road.

Christ the King Church

Live streaming event: Via simulcast, popular women’s author and Bible teacher Beth Moore will present “Living Proof Live.” Travis Cottrell will lead worship. Christ the King Church is serving as a host location for the greater Charlotte area. Now in its 15th year, the event challenges and encourages women to grow deeply in their faith. $17 online or $20 at the door. Lunch included. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Sept. 14. 13501 S. Tryon St.

Matthews United Methodist

Couples’ event: Married, dating and engaged couples invited for “Good-to-Great Date Night” with best-selling author Dr. Les Parrott. Enjoy humor, fresh insight and new strategies for your relationships. $28 per couple. Child care available upon request. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 7. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. Register at

Team Church, Matthews

Domestic violence seminar: Christian experts will discuss facts about domestic violence, what the Bible says about abuse, and how the church can respond to help victims. Speakers are Robert and Julie Owens, Catherine DeLoach Lewis, and Amy Rasmussen Buckley. $15 includes lunch. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. 2301 Stevens Mill Road, Matthews. Register at

Just Us Jesus Ministries

Christian unity festival: Guests Israel Houghton and New Breed, T-Bone, Tasha Cobbs, Jekalyn Carr, and Gabriel Bello. Believers of all denominations and backgrounds are welcome. 5 p.m. Sept. 1 at Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive.

Shepherd’s Center SouthEast

Fall classes: Adventures in Learning will be held on Thursdays starting Sept. 12 at Central United Methodist, 6030 Albemarle Road, and on Wednesdays starting Oct. 2 at St. Stephen United Methodist, 6800 Sardis Road. Classes on gardening, Bible, local authors, history, more. Speakers include Gary Ritter from PBS’s “Trail of History,” Dr. Tom Hatchett from the Levine Museum of the New South, and Janet Taranto of Advanced Directives, who will present “Six Real Options for Long-Term Care.” $30 for six weeks of classes. Catered lunch available for $6. All profits support medical transportation program and other services. Register at 704-321-0325 or

University City United Methodist

Performance: The church’s Celebration Choir, Psalm 150 Orchestra, soloists, His Hands puppet ministry, and special guest Ansel Brown will present “Indivisible: A Patriotic Musical.” This dramatic presentation will celebrate God’s blessings on America. Active and veteran military, police, fire and emergency personnel will be recognized during the presentation. Free; a love offering will be received. Child care for ages 0-5 available by reservation. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Dinner will be served 5:15-6:15 p.m. Adults, $6; children, $3. Reservations required for dinner. 3835 W. W.T. Harris Blvd.

Grace AME Zion

Revival services: 7 p.m. Sept. 11-13.

127th homecoming celebration: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15. 3722 David Cox Road. 704-494-8629.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 7 at Stonebridge Church Community, 3700 Prosperity Church Road.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Children’s consignment sale: Fall and winter clothing for children and teens, children’s furniture, toys, maternity clothing, more. Cash or checks only. No strollers in the sales area. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 6, and 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 7. Most items half price on Saturday.

Community service day: On Sept. 8, the 1,200-member congregation will put their faith into action by cancelling regular service and completing service projects in the community. Projects include home repairs, landscaping, visits with the elderly, and other projects that support local agencies such as Charlotte Rescue Mission, Bethlehem Center and Pineville Elementary. The day will end with a fellowship dinner at the church. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. For information or to participate in Faith in Action Sunday, contact Anita King at 704-541-3463 or

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: Five-week series will continue with a “Dig the Pool” on Sept. 1. Traditional service, 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:10 a.m. Contemporary service, 11:15 a.m. Child care and Godly play available at both services. 4411 Sharon Road.

Calvary Church

Women’s Bible studies: New studies by favorite authors Beth Moore, John MacArthur, David Jeremiah, Kay Arthur, and Elizabeth George. Classes range from in-depth Bible studies to topical studies on mothering, finding purpose, evangelism, and restoring balance in your life. Preschool child care provided for enrolled mothers. 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 10.

Women’s conference: “Beauty Beyond the Ashes” featuring Cheryl McGuinness, the widow of an American Airlines co-pilot whose plane hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Space limited. Adults, $15; ages 10-18, $10. 8:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 14. Coffee and light breakfast offered at 7:30 a.m. Register at

Bible study electives: Courses include Effective Parenting in a Defective World, The Moral Problem: Relativism, Three Journeys of Manhood, more. Sessions are 12 weeks. Children’s and teen programs run concurrently. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 4. Dinner served at 5 p.m. $15 family maximum. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at

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 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 4. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. For information, contact Sandra McKee at or 704-846-1032.

Pineville United Methodist

Preschool: Openings are available in the 4-year-old classroom at the church’s preschool. Classes follow the WEE Learn curriculum and include Handwriting Without Tears. Bible stories, chapel, Spanish and music lessons and learning through social interaction. Classes are 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. $195 per month plus $60 registration fee. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville.

Sardis Baptist

Gentle yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility, deepen breath and gain peace of mind. $10 per class. 4:35 and 6 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;

Temple Or Olam, Concord

High Holy Days: No tickets required. Donation requested. Slichot service, 2 p.m. Sept. 1. Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7 p.m. Sept. 4. Rosh Hashanah, 10 a.m. Sept. 5. Lunch and Tashlich, 1 p.m. Kol Nidre, 7 p.m. Sept. 13. Yom Kippur services, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 14. Break fast at 7 p.m. Services held at McGill Baptist, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord.

Crossroads Church, Concord

Special performance: His Little Feet Children’s Choir will sing at all services. 8:30, 9:45 and 11:11 a.m. Sept. 8. 220 George W. Liles Parkway, Concord.

Impact Church, Concord

Women’s conference: “Moving Forward in Purpose and Potential” with guest speaker June Capps Evans. Child care provided. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 7. 44 Cabarrus Ave., Concord. 704-788-6632.

The Choral Academy, Concord

Auditions: Vocal placement interviews for children and youth ages 7-20 to participate in three age-based choirs. No preparation is necessary. All youth in Cabarrus and the surrounding counties are welcome. Rehearsals begin Sept. 3. New singers will be accepted through the end of September. The academy meets on Tuesdays at Calvary Lutheran, 950 Bradley St., Concord. For information or to schedule an audition, contact Gary Shive at 704-425-7447.

Roberta United Methodist, Concord

Hot dog sale: Hot dogs and homemade desserts, $1.25 each. Takeout available. Free delivery for orders of 10 or more. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 7. 3925 Cochran Road, Concord. 704-786-9215.

Rocky Ridge United Methodist, Concord

Community yard sale: Great location, very visible. Come sell with us! $20 for a guaranteed spot. Breakfast items and baked goods available. 7 a.m.-noon Sept. 7. 1428 Old Charlotte Road, Concord. For information, contact Connie Drye at 704-786-2506 or

New Hope Baptist, Denver

Revival services: Speaker the Rev. Scott Slaughter of Crabapple First Baptist. Youth and adults will share in a group discussion on “Let’s Talk About GOD” at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 8. The first revival service will follow at 11 a.m. Dinner and question-and-answer period on “What’s Happening to Churches Today?” at 5 p.m. Evening revival service at 6:30 p.m. Luncheon and discussion will be held at noon Sept. 9 and 10. The Lord’s Supper will be observed at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10, with revival service to follow. Dinner and discussion on “How Can I Win Against Sin?” at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Revival service will follow. 532 N. Little Egypt Road, Denver. 704-276-1529.

Lakeside Fellowship ARP Church, Mooresville

Weekly series: The pastor will share his personal knowledge and experience in a special series of messages called “What Every Christian Needs to Know About Islam.” Refreshments will be served following the presentations. 9:30 a.m. Sundays through Sept. 8. 381 Williamson Road, Mooresville. 704-663-6775;

St. Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Golf tournament: Annual event to support charitable efforts of the Knights of Columbus. $100 per person; $375 for a team of four. All proceeds go to LifeSpan, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life and other local organizations. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at Fox Den Country Club, 175 Club House Drive, Statesville. Coffee and doughnuts at 8 a.m. Putting contest at 8:30 a.m. Players, please contact Mark Daly at Interested sponsors should contact Paul Britton at 704-660-6830 or Tom Frazone at 704-677-4566.

Women’s newcomers’ class: Ten-week class based on book “After the Boxes are Unpacked.” Meet others, exchange insights, and find the courage to put down roots again. $10. 10 a.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 11. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992.

St. Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Divorce support program: The Catholic Divorce Survival Guide is a 12-week session to help separated and divorced persons. DVD presentations and discussion. 6-8 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 9. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. For information, contact Peggy Sevigny at or 704-654-1264.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Open house: Mothers of Preschoolers will host an open house 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 4. Learn about the exciting events and topics planned for this year. Light refreshments and child care provided. MOPS meets two mornings a month for fellowship, fun, encouragement and personal growth. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-929-8736;

Denver United Methodist

Children’s consignment sale: Fall children’s and maternity clothing, toys, baby equipment, more. 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 14. Consignor registration ends Sept. 8. 3910 N. C. 16 N., Denver.

Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius

New service times: Starting Sept. 1, Sunday worship services will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday school classes will be at 10 a.m. Fellowship time will take place immediately following the 9 a.m. service and 20 minutes before the 11 a.m. service. At the 9 a.m. service, special music will be performed by soloists and ensemble groups, while the choir will perform at the 11 a.m. service. The scripture lessons and sermon message will continue to be the same at both services. Child care and junior worship available during both services. 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius.

Mt. Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Concert: The Cornelius Concert Series will begin its 2013-2014 season with the Fuse Praise Band. A free will offering will be taken at the door. 6 p.m. Sept. 8.

Support ministry: DivorceCare offers a warm, caring environment for those facing separation and divorce. $15 includes workbook. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 12 through Dec. 19. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius.

Unity of Lake Norman

Services: Seeking a spiritual home that honors universal truths in all religions and respects an individual’s right to choose a spiritual path? The Rev. Jacquie Mace invites all seekers for a time of gratitude, healing and affirmative prayer, daily word, meditation, a brief lesson, uplifting music and warm hugs. 10 a.m. Sundays. Come at 9:45 a.m. to meet new friends. Services held at The Nook Store, 19621 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-267-5498.

Lake Norman Baptist, Huntersville

Beth Moore simulcast: Women in the community are invited for “Living Proof Live” with Beth Moore and Travis Cottrell. $20. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Sept. 14. Tickets may be purchased in the church office until Sept. 11. 7921 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville.

Huntersville United Methodist

Fall crafts festival: Vendors wanted for annual festival to be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. Please call Sheree Tompkins at 704-578-3913 or Pam Smith at 704-992-1924.

Triplett United Methodist, Mooresville

Bible study: Fellowship and study with people from area churches. 10 a.m. Mondays at the Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Ave., Mooresville.

Worship service: Theotokos is a relaxed time of worship and learning. 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Children’s ministry: Halftime Kids for children age 3 through fifth grade will begin Sept. 4. Supper, Bible stories, games, music, more. 5:45-7 p.m. each first and third Wednesday. 838 Mazeppa Road, Mooresville.

Hopewell Baptist, Davidson

Worship services: The regular worship schedule will resume Sept. 8. Worship services are held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. Youth choir and Bible study meet at 5 p.m. Sundays. Awana program for children is at 5:15 p.m. Sundays. Prayer meeting, Bible study, children’s choirs and youth meeting are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 18841 Davidson-Concord Road, Davidson. 704-892-3749;

First Baptist, Cornelius

Sunday services: First service and Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Breakfast, 10:30 a.m. Second service, children’s church and nursery, 11 a.m.

Wednesday services: Fellowship meal, 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Adults, $5. “The Nest” for children age 3 through first grade, 6:30 p.m. Small groups and youth group for grades 6-12, 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays.

Mothers’ morning out: 9 a.m.-noon Fridays. 21007 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register at or 704-892-4701.

Davidson United Methodist

Growth group: The Counseling Center is offering an eight-week session on “Hope for the Healthy Expression of Anger: A Growth Group for Adults.” Safe, comfortable location to guard confidentiality. $400. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 26. Davidson United Methodist is at 233 S. Main St., Davidson. Contact Dr. John Rowe at 704-892-6135 or

Catawba Valley Music Revival, Cherryville

Festival: The Coot Williams Road Bluegrass Festival, featuring The Gospel Plowboys, Carolina Foxfire, and many others, will be held Sept. 6-7 at the Catawba Valley Music Revival Park, 5799 Coot Williams Road, Cherryville.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: Lay Minister for Worship Katherine Harris will lead an experiential service on “The Spiritual Value of Play.” 11 a.m. Sept. 1 at Zahra Baker Park, 805 Sixth St. S.E., Hickory. Pot luck lunch will follow the service.

Exhibit: “Love Makes a Family” photographic exhibit of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families will be on display at the church through Oct. 15. 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory.

Our Lady of Grace Catholic, Lancaster

Groundbreaking: Established in 2008, Our Lady of Grace is under the direction of the Rock Hill Oratory and part of the Diocese of Charleston. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at 7031 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

High Holy Days: Reform lay-led service using the fully transliterated Machor “On Wings of Awe.” Visiting rabbi for all Yom Kippur services. Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7 p.m. Sept. 4. Rosh Hashanah service, 10 a.m. Sept. 5. Shabbat Shuvah, 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Erev Yom Kippur, 7 p.m. Sept. 13. Yom Kippur service, 10 a.m. Sept. 14. All services held at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707;

Community Bible Study

Women’s day class: Community Bible study is an unaffiliated, international Bible study open to all ages and denominations. This year’s 30-week study of the gospel of John is an intimate study of the life and ministry of Jesus. $25 registration. Infant care, preschool Bible study, and school-age study of John available. 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamiltons Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. Register at For information, contact Michelle Locklear at 803-526-1470 or

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Vendors wanted: Arts and crafts fair will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19. Vendor applications must be received by Sept. 15. All items must be original and hand-crafted; no resale items, please. $50 vendor fee. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. 803-548-0800;

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Noisy offering: Offerings will be received for the ELCA Malaria Campaign during worship Sept. 1 and 8. Worship services are at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill.