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Compiled by Erica Batten

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Director welcomed: Rodney Cooper has been selected as the new director of graduate programs in counseling. Cooper works at the Charlotte campus as a Kenneth and Jean Hansen professor of leadership and discipleship, director of the master’s degree program in Christian leadership and director of the Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership. He has been a professor at Gordon-Conwell since 2001, working both in Charlotte and at the Massachusetts campus.

Covenant Presbyterian

Concert: Organist Susan Talley, along with brass, violin and percussion, will present “Magnificence of the Organ,” a variety of classical, spiritual and patriotic music. Free. 3 p.m. June 7.

Caregivers’ meeting: In Christ Supporting Ministries hosts “The Well,” a monthly meeting for caregivers, family members and church leaders of those with mental illness. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. 7 p.m. June 12, parlor, sanctuary building. 1000 E. Morehead St.

Matthews Presbyterian

Community event: Guest speaker Christopher Lord will discuss drug-use trends in Charlotte and Matthews. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 8. 207 W. John St., Matthews.

Cornerstone Fellowship, Pineville

Gospel concert: “Deeper Walk” concert. Free admission and cake raffle. 2-4 p.m. June 7. 10800 Pineville St., Pineville. 704-889-4673.

St. John Neumann Catholic

Community carnival: Fourth annual SonFest featuring carnival rides, food, family Bingo, eating contests, silent auction, live music, more. Special appearance by Drex and Maney from KISS 95.1 FM. Musicians include Relentless Flood, Waiting Hill and Bought by Blood. Free admission. Ride tickets available at entrance. A portion of proceeds will benefit Agape Dental Ministry. 5-11 p.m. June 13 and 1-11 p.m. June 14. Fireworks at 10 p.m. June 14. 8451 Idlewild Road.

Wesley United Methodist

Vacation Bible school: “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-Kind.” Age 4 through fourth grade. $18 per child; scholarships available. 9 a.m.-noon July 14-18. Registration open through June 15. 3715 Rea Road.

Mouzon United Methodist

Attic sale: Proceeds benefit local missions. 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 7. 3100 Selwyn Ave. 704-525-1326.

Unity of Charlotte

Meditation: Elsie Bernard will lead an evening of chanting meditation. Join others to clear blocks, charge one’s vibration and gain energy. $20 suggested love offering. 7-9 p.m. June 13. 401 E. Arrowood Road. 704-523-0062.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 15, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd.

Hickory Grove Baptist

Summer girls’ group: Licensed counselor and educator Lisa Bolumen will lead a group discussing the challenges girls face in middle and high school. Topics include friendship, parents, bullying, goals, more. Ages 12-15. $35 includes book. 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursdays, July 10-Aug. 14. 2350 Odell School Road. Register by June 17 at 704-699-9165 or

Life Baptist

Vacation Bible school: “Praise Break: Celebrating the Works of God.” God’s word, food, music, arts and crafts for all ages. 6-8 p.m. June 23-26 and 6-8:30 p.m. June 27. Registration block party 2-4 p.m. June 14. 5901 Amberly Lane.

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series: The Rev. Kyle Thompson will present a series on “Downton Abbey.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. The sermon for June 8 is “What’s All This, Then?”

Church picnic: To celebrate our time in “Downton Abbey,” join us for a picnic and cricket on the lawn. Games for all ages. Bring lunch, blankets and chairs. Drinks provided. 11:45 a.m. June 8. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Providence United Methodist

Choir fundraiser: Live Maine lobsters flown to Charlotte for same-day delivery. $18.50 each. All orders must be pre-paid. Proceeds go to youth music scholarship fund. Order by 5 p.m. June 11. Pick up 4-6 p.m. June 13. 2810 Providence Road. 704-366-7442.

Christ Lutheran

Vacation Bible school: Age 4 through rising fifth grade. $27 first child; $20 each additional child. 8:45 a.m.-noon June 16-20.

Summer camp: Music, art and drama days for rising third through sixth grades. $150. 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21-25. 4519 Providence Road.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Vacation Bible school: “Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides.” 6:15-8:30 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. Register at

MorningStar Presbyterian, Matthews

Children’s summer program: Children in rising grades K-5 invited to M.A.D. DAZE, a week of music, art and drama relating to a production of “Emilia’s Gift.” $50. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 7-11. After-hours care available. 13000 Idlewild Road, Matthews. For reservations call 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. 704-847-0864;

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. Call to register any day before 9 p.m. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831;

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 Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 8, Harrisburg Presbyterian, 4815 N.C. 49 S., Harrisburg.

Mooresville ARP Church

Vacation Bible school: “Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides.” Age 4 through rising fifth-graders. Dinner provided. 5:45-8:30 p.m. June 16-20. 659 Carpenter Ave., Mooresville. 704-664-1273;

Centre Presbyterian, Mooresville

Vacation Bible school: Age 3 through rising fifth-graders. 9 a.m.-noon June 16-20.

Art camp: “Uniquely U” for rising fourth- through eighth-graders. $60. 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 4-8. 129 Centre Church Road, Mooresville.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Children’s choir camp: Children who have completed grades 1-6 will learn and perform the vacation Bible school musical “Agency D3.” Eddie Hicks, minister of music, will lead the camp. Music skills, recreation and refreshments provided daily. Each participants will also receive a T-shirt and listening CD. $25. 9-11:30 a.m. June 16-20. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville. 704-664-2324;

Holy Trinity Lutheran, Troutman

Vacation Bible school: Pre-K through middle school. Supper provided. 6-8:30 p.m. June 16-20. 225 Morgan St., Troutman. Register at 704-528-5334.

Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell

Vacation Bible school: “Weird Animals.” Dinner included. 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 22-27. 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell. 828-478-2518.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Job assistance workshop: The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Career consultant Monica White will present “Successful Résumés and Cover Letters.” 7 p.m. June 10. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. RSVP at 704-892-0120 or

First Baptist, Huntersville

Vacation Bible school: In “Wilderness Escape,” we will explore what life was like for the ancient Israelites. Crafts, games, interesting food, new friends. Age 3 through completed fifth grade. 6:15-8:15 p.m. June 22-25. 119 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville.

Davidson United Methodist

Support group: A new group for male caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients will meet 10-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, starting June 12, in room 215 of the Alexander Education Building. Free. 233 S. Main St., Davidson.

Hopewell Baptist, Davidson

Vacation Bible school: Lifeway’s “Agency D3.” Join special agents for a week of fun as they examine eyewitness reports and other evidence about who Jesus really is. All ages. 6:15-9 p.m. June 22-26. 18841 Davidson-Concord Road, Davidson.

Horizon Church, Statesville

Fundraiser: Annual pork butt fundraiser to benefit church ministries. Ready-to-eat barbecue pork butts are $35 each. Credit card orders available on the church website. Order by June 9. Pick up noon-5 p.m. June 13 or 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 14. 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville. 704-873-5250;

Cornelius Presbyterian

Vacation Bible school: “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-Kind.” Supper provided. 6-8:30 p.m. June 22-26. 21209 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-5577;

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman

Spiritual exploration groups: Three groups meet at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. The humanist group will discuss free will. Youth group will explore beliefs.

Service: Dr. Karin Peterson will lead a reflection on music in “The Soundtrack of Our Lives.” 11 a.m. June 8. Services are at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

St. Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

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

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. Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Rummage sale: 7:30-11:45 a.m. July 26. Bag sale, noon-1 p.m. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

Alexander Memorial Baptist, Belmont

Vacation Bible school: Join us for Lifeway’s “Agency D3” as we discover the truth about Jesus. Ages 3-12. Teen Bible study and activities also offered. Meals provided. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 18-20. Fun day 10 a.m.-noon June 21. 208 S. Main St., Belmont. 704-825-3216.

Catawba United Methodist

Graduate Sunday: All high school and college graduates will be recognized during the service. Logan Day, a rising sophomore at Western Carolina University, will deliver the message. Scholarships will be awarded, and youth leaders will make a special presentation. 10:30 a.m. June 8. 207 E. Central Ave., Catawba. 828-241-4868.

Church of the Master United Church of Christ, Hickory

Charter rededication: On Feb. 9, the church celebrated its 50th anniversary by reading the original charter and then presenting a new charter to re-vision the church for today’s world. The new charter, which takes the congregation deeper into loving, welcoming and including all people, will be dedicated on Pentecost Sunday. The Rev. Patrick Campbell, the new pastor, will celebrate communion during this service, and new members will be welcomed into the congregation. 10:45 a.m. June 8. 2230 29th Avenue Drive N.E., Hickory. 828-256-2274.

St. John XXIII Church, Hickory

Services: Mass is celebrated at noon Sundays in the chapel of Zion Lutheran, 1911 Zion Church Road, Hickory.


Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: Noon-3:30 p.m. June 8 at Hickory Seventh-day Adventist, 172 23rd St. N.W., Hickory; 2:30-7 p.m. June 9 at Ebenezer United Methodist, 4948 Burns Road, Granite Falls; 3-7 p.m. June 11 at Boger City Baptist, 2201 E. Main St., Lincolnton; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 14 at Buffalo Baptist, 108 Buffalo Church Road, Shelby.

Journey Fellowship at Lake Wylie

Journey Fest 2014: Join us for a day of fun, the first event since Pine Grove Baptist merged with The Journey. Lunch, bake sale, yard sale, silent auction, kids’ activities, more. Yard sale and vendor spaces available at $10 each. 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 28. 5415 S.C. 557, Lake Wylie.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services: The Reform Jewish Congregation is holding Shabbat services as well as religious schooling. Services are at 7 p.m. each second and fourth Friday at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707;

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Blood drive: 3-7 p.m. June 11.

Vacation Bible school: 6-8 p.m. June 16-20. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 8 at Philadelphia United Methodist, 1691 S.C. 160, Rock Hill.