South Charlotte Religious News & Notes

Harrison UMC gets ready for festival, group meetings
Harrison United Methodist Church in Pineville has a number of classes that start soon, as well as a big fall festival planned for early October.
The church will start its study of Esther on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. The small group Bible study is “for women who feel inadequate, threatened or pushed into situations that seem overpowering,” according to a church news release. It costs $15 to attend the Bible study, which pays for a workbook, and child care is available upon request for $5 per child per session. To register, contact Anita King at or 704-541-3463, est. 213.
The eight-week marriage course starts a few days later, on Sept. 9. Dynamic Marriage Study requires couples spend at least an hour each night reading and doing homework that will help lead to “real and lasting change” in a marriage. Cost is $175 per couple. To register, contact Sally Ainslie at or 704-541-3463, ext. 208.
Also on Sept. 9 is Dave Ramsey’s first class on using methods described in the Bible to get rid of debt and save and manage money better. The nine-week class costs $100 per family. Contact Ainslie for more information.
The following day, Sept. 10, two new Bible study groups start: on parenting and The Life. Parenting Beyond Your Capacity is each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon, and focuses on why “a relationship with God really matters to your family.” The Life, an eight-week course on each Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will teach people “to let Jesus Christ live and express His life through you, and you will learn about the obstacles that may be keeping you from living that life.”
Both studies cost $10, and people can contact King for more information. Find more information on these groups and others coming up in September at the church’s website,
Meanwhile, on Oct. 6, the church’s annual fall festival returns. The event will include games, rides, cupcake walks, a silent auction and more. It’s at the church, 15008 Lancaster Hwy., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Community welcome at St. Matthew Day of Healing
St. Matthew Catholic Church will hold a Divine Mercy Day of Healing in two weeks, and the community is invited to attend.
The program, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., begins with the Eucharistic Celebration in the church sanctuary, followed by a continental breakfast in the banquet room. The program Vessels of Mercy, Vessels of Trust starts after breakfast, and will include Dr. Bryan Thatcher, Jane Brock, deacon Mark King and Ralph Sullivan as guest speakers.
The program cost $35 to attend, which includes paying for a box lunch. Seniors 62 and older can attend for $25.
Find more information or register to attend at the church’s website,, or by contacting Sullivan at 704-849-9748.
The church is located at 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.

Maronite Mission having special mass
The Maronite Mission of Charlotte will hold a special mass next weekend at St. Matthew Catholic.
The Maronites are an eastern rite of the Catholic Church that originated in Lebanon. The group currently is trying to establish a church in Charlotte and meets once a month at St. Matthew.
Their mass, Sept. 8, will celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Kamil Chouaifati will conduct the mass in Arabic and English starting at 7 p.m., and it’s followed by a light Middle Eastern dinner.
For more information, call 704-236-4994. The church is located at 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.

Boys invited to learn about Scouts at St. Stephen
St. Stephen United Methodist Church will play host Thursday night, Aug. 30, to Cub Scout Pack 118’s Expo.
Boys in first grade to fifth grade can come out to learn more about the pack, which meets at the church, and learn more about Scouts. The expo is from 6 to 8 p.m. in front of the church.
For more information on the pack and how to get your kid involved, contact James Compton, Cub Scout master, at or 704-858-2190.

Sardis Presbyterian to show ‘Race to Nowhere’
Sardis Presbyterian Church will show the film “Race to Nowhere” on Sept. 9.
The film, showing from 3 to 5 p.m., is focused on the country’s education system, and tells “heartbreaking stories of young people across the country that have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids,” according to a news release from the church. The film asks families, educators and policy makers to get involved in contributing to the improvement of education in America.
There’s no cost to attend the showing, though people must register in advance at the church’s website,
Sardis Presbyterian is located at 6100 Sardis Road.

Carmel Presbyterian host workshop on preschool
The Weekday School at Carmel Presbyterian Church will host a workshop Sept. 12 aimed at showing parents and teachers how to help their early learners.
The workshop, held at the church at 9:30 a.m., will go over a complete list of readiness skills for language, math, social, emotional and gross and fine motor development. It also will discuss specific activities to enhance learning and honor developmental milestones, as well as other topics.
The workshop is free to attend. Find more information and register to attend by contacting Angela Copperwheat, director of Carmel Presbyterian Weekday School, at 704-364-5713.

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