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Sharon Presbyterian

Holocaust remembrance discussion: In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the church will host Ken Garfield, former religion editor for The Charlotte Observer, who will speak about the history of the Holocaust, share some of his conversations with survivors, and answer questions. Youth and adults invited. 9:30 a.m. April 27 in the chapel building. 5201 Sharon Road.

Central United Methodist

Community carnival: Inflatables, music, crafts, pony rides, games, prayer tent, food. Decorate a drum and play in a drum circle on the entertainment stage. Entertainment by Voices of Gratitude and Los Amigos. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 26. 6030 Albemarle Road.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Rummage sale: Furniture, household items, exercise equipment, appliances, toys, holiday items, books, more. Proceeds will be used for a lunch program at College John Wesley, a K-12 school in Haiti. Cash, credit cards and debit cards only. All sales final. 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 26. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.;

Newell Baptist

Benefit luncheon: Proceeds go to Annie Armstrong Missions. Luncheon after 11 a.m. worship service April 27. 9115 Newell Baptist Church Road. 704-596-0184.

Myers Park Baptist

Concert: The chancel choir and the choirs of USC-Columbia will present Brahms’ “Requiem.” Directed by Alicia Walker; accompanied by Jonathan Crutchfield and Carol Joy Sparkman. Free. 6:30 p.m. April 27. 1900 Queens Road.

Exodus Foundation

Town hall meeting: “To Be Free at Last: The Movement to End Mass Incarceration.” Speakers include justice policy expert Marc Mauer, Bea Thompson, Redaric Williams, Antonia Childs, Dr. Earle Williams, Erik Ortega and Steve Burns. 7 p.m. May 3 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist, 1401 Allen St.

Central Church Life Care Center

Seminar: Dr. Robert and Cindi Dodd of Rodgers Christian Counseling will present “Setting Limits with Adult Children: Six Steps to Hope and Freedom.” Coffee, juice and pastries will be served. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 3. 5500 Randolph Road. Register at 704-365-6112.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

Choir annual day: The hymn choir will observe its annual day 4 p.m. April 27. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.

HollyHunter Church

Exercise event: “Zumbathon” to benefit missions group. $5. 5-8 p.m. May 3. 4316 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road. 704-399-3316.

St. Thomas Lutheran

Attic sale: The Women of the ELCA will hold their annual attic and bake sale. Proceeds help purchase Christmas gifts for children in foster care. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 3. 4013 Shamrock Drive.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: Noon-4:30 p.m. May 4 at Robinson Presbyterian, 9424 Harrisburg Road.

Advent Lutheran

Community event: National Day of Prayer observance on the theme “One Voice, United in Prayer.” The sanctuary will be open for prayer and meditation. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 1. 8840 University City Blvd.

Reformed Theological Seminary

New degree program: Starting in the fall, the seminary will offer a Christian counseling degree program. The new program is fully approved and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools. The seminary is at 2101 Carmel Road. To learn about the RTS Charlotte counseling program, and about applying for financial aid, visit

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: The Rev. Kyle Thompson will present a series on “Downton Abbey.” The first sermon in the series is “Did I Make the Most of Loving You?” 9 and 11:15 a.m. April 27. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Sardis Baptist

Gentle yoga classes: Open to anyone who wants to improve strength, balance and flexibility, deepen breath and gain peace of mind. Space limited. $10 per class. 4:35 and 6 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. To register call any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831;

St. Matthew Catholic

Healing mass: The Rev. Joseph Lionel of Bangalore, India, will bring his healing ministry. Mass at 7:30 p.m. May 14 followed by healing service. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. For information, email Janet Garbison at

First Baptist, Indian Trail

Guest speaker: Dr. Mark Harris of First Baptist in Charlotte will speak at the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. services April 27. 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail.

Impact Church, Concord

Healing ministry: Healing Rooms of Cabarrus County is open 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. 44 Cabarrus Ave., Concord. 704-788-6632.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Dedication services: Bishop Leonard Bolick will preach at services dedicating the church’s new sanctuary. 9:30 and 11 a.m. May 4. Open house 5 p.m. A community choir will host a celebration event at 7 p.m. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Huntersville United Methodist

Prayer study: Study of Kristen Vincent’s “A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads.” Participants will receive supplies to make a set of prayer beads. $10 for materials. 4 p.m. April 27, May 4, May 18 and June 1.

Women’s spring tea: “In His Garden” with guest speaker Tana Greene. Guests of honor will be the residents of Hope House. $5 per person; $25 for a table. Proceeds go to Hope House. Men invited to help serve. 11 a.m. May 3. 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. Register at

Mooresville Lake Norman Christian Mission

Anniversary celebration: The mission celebrates 75 years of service to the community. The second annual Christian Jam, featuring the “We Won’t Be Shaken Tour” with Building 429, Family Force 5 and Hawk Nelson, will be at 6 p.m. May 2 at The Cove Church, 197 Langtree Road, Mooresville. $20 general admission.

Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell

Fundraiser: Fish and chicken dinners $8 per plate. Youth group will wait on tables and will receive $4 for each plate, plus tips, toward their summer mission trip. 5-8 p.m. April 28 at Butcher Boy’s Café, 6347 N.C. 150 E., Sherrills Ford.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Outdoor vespers service: Celebrate Earth Day with music, prayer and reflection on the theme “Water, Holy Water.” Chairs provided. In case of rain, the service will be in Lingle Chapel. 4 p.m. April 27.

Children’s musical: The junior and primary choirs will present “The Tale of the Three Trees.” The beginner choir will also sing. 6:30 p.m. April 30. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

Fundraiser: Community marketplace and yard sale. Proceeds go to Jamaica mission team. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 3. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

Radiant Life Fellowship, Huntersville

Teaching series: Join us as we explore what Jesus might say to some well-known people in our culture. 10-11:15 a.m. Sundays. The topic for April 27 is “What Would Jesus Say to Ellen DeGeneres?” The church meets at Blythe Elementary School, 12202 Hambright Road, Huntersville.

St. Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Friends and family day: Pastor Daniel will deliver the message. 11 a.m. April 27. Dinner at 1 p.m. followed by fellowship, fun and games. Casual attire.

Usher’s anniversary: The Rev. Ronald Gilliam and the congregation and choir of Exhort Cathedral Baptist will be our special guests. 3 p.m. May 4. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-394-5689.

Life Point Church, Huntersville

Community kickball tournament: All ages. Form your own team of 10-14 players or call to be placed on a team. Registration required. 1 p.m. May 4 at Long Creek Elementary School, 9213 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville. 704-491-5175;

Horizon Church, Statesville

New Sunday service: To accommodate an increase in attendance, the church will begin offering an additional Sunday morning service on May 4. The new 11 a.m. service will mirror the 9:30 a.m. service currently offered. Children’s ministry and youth classes will be available for both services. 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville.

St. Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Poverty simulation: Based on real statistics on poverty and cost of living, participants can begin to understand what it is like to live in a typical low-income family. Presented by the St. Therese Committee for Justice and Peace. Age 18 and older only. Space limited. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 3. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Concert: The music ministry will share “Praise Him with Instruments,” an evening of music by the church’s handbell, choir chimes and orchestra ensembles. The Jubilee Handbell Choir recently commissioned “Love and Grace,” arranged by Jason Krug. The piece honors the Rev. Eddie Hicks for his 10 years of service and will conclude the concert. 6 p.m. April 27. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Service: National Day of Prayer service. Noon-1 p.m. May 1. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-2880.

Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville

Community breakfast: Pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs. Free; donations accepted. 8-10 a.m. May 3. 1809 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville.

Independence Hill Baptist, Huntersville

Fundraiser: Lasagna dinner and bake sale 4-6:30 p.m. May 3. Live auction 6:30 p.m. The Cockman Family will perform at 7 p.m. All offerings will go toward medical expenses for Carter Marlin, 4, the daughter of Senior Pastor Todd Marlin and his wife, Tanya. 10220 Independence Hill Road, Huntersville.

RiverLife Wellness Center, Mooresville

Christian counseling: Free individual, marriage, and family counseling. Daytime and evening appointments available. 2487 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. To schedule an appointment, provide your name and contact information to 704-664-7705 ext. 1.

St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Worship services: 9:15 a.m. Sundays. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville.

Belmont Abbey College

Concert series: Arts at the Abbey presents the spring concert. Students will perform a variety of choral and instrumental selections. Free; donations accepted. 3 p.m. May 4 in the Abbey Basilica. 100 N. Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont.

Catawba United Methodist

Easter cantata: The choir will present “Glorious Day” at 4 p.m. April 27 at Abernethy Laurels, 102 Leonard Ave., Newton.

Concert: The Friends of Christ gospel group will sing at 6:45 p.m. April 30 at Trinity Village, 1265 21st St. N.E., Hickory. 828-241-4868.

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Friends and family day: 10 a.m. April 27. NAACP Mother of the Year banquet 6:30 p.m. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will speak on “Meeting the Challenge” at the 11 a.m. service. Annual meeting afterward. April 27.

Meditation group: Meditation and discussion to foster mindfulness and clarity. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. 833 Fifth St. S.E., Hickory.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 1:30-4 p.m. May 4 at Sweetwater Baptist, 609 21st St. S.E., Hickory.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 3 at Eastview Baptist, 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill.

The Community Café

Lunch: The Community Café offers free lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie; and 11:30-2 p.m. Fridays at Lake Wylie Lutheran, 2906 S.C. 160, Fort Mill.

Christ the King Church

Blood drive: American Red Cross drive 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 4. 13501 S. Tryon St.

State Line Church of Christ

Bible studies: Study of Philippians 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Study of Daniel 7 p.m. Thursdays. 366 Crompton St.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services: 7 p.m. each second and fourth Friday.

Religious school: Different approach from traditional Sunday classes. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. All services are at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707;