SCW Religious Notes Nov. 9

St. Stephen UMC ready to party

The congregation at St. Stephen United Methodist Church will come together this weekend for a Party with a Purpose.

The event, on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m., will celebrate “God’s faithful fruit born through Claiming His Vision,” according to the church’s website. The event, for older youth and adults only, will include live music, food and a silent auction.

It costs $20 to attend, with funds going to the church’s Claiming His Vision Campaign.

St. Stephen UMC is located at 6800 Sardis Road. Find more information at the church’s website,

Arts fair coming to nearby church

Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., will host its eighth annual arts and craft fair this weekend.

The event is Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Choruses to hold holiday concert at Sharon Baptist

The Gold Standard Chorus and the Queen Charlotte Chorus will work together to ring in the holidays next month with a special show at Sharon Baptist Church.

The show will feature performances by both choruses, along with various quartets. The two will join together in eight-part harmony for holiday favorites like “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “Grown-Up Christmas List” and “O Holy Night.”

There are two shows on Dec. 8 – one at 2 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m. Cost to attend is $10 in advance. Buy tickets online at or by calling 704-372-1000.

Sharon Baptist Church is located at 6411 Sharon Road. Find more information at the church’s website,

Myers Park Baptist concert to benefit Hospice

Myers Park Baptist Church will host the 2012 Spirit Choir Celebration this weekend, aimed at raising donations for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.

The concert will include gospel choirs and singing groups from around the city. There is no cost to attend, but an offering will be collected for Hospice, which works to provide care to people at the end of their life and those with advanced illness.

The event, Saturday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m., will include The Gold Standard Chorus, Gold Hills Missionary Baptist Church, Agape Senior Choir, Chancel Choir of Myers Park Baptist Church and Perpetual Hope Gospel Choir.  It’s sponsored by All About Seniors, Elmcroft Assisted Living, Partners in Care of the Carolinas and The Law Offices of Jonathan S. Frank.

Myers Park Baptist is located at 1900 Queens Road.

Support group to discuss alcoholism

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church will host a support group this weekend to help people who have dealt with alcoholism in their life.

The event will offer support, foster understanding and “help unpack some of the myths and shame surrounding addiction,” according to a church news release. People will watch a brief documentary called “Lost Childhood: Growing up in an alcoholic family,” and George McConnell, director of the E. Earl Morris  Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center, will speak and offer resources for those dealing with alcoholism themselves or in their family.

The event is Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. at the church, 8601 Bryant Farms Road. Find more information on the event at the church’s website,

Calvary invites community to early Thanksgiving

Calvary Church will host a Thanksgiving event with worship on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

People can arrive at 7 p.m. to “remember all God’s blessing through 2012 and gather afterward … for coffee, warm spiced apple cider and delicious pumpkin and pecan pie,” according to a church news release.

The church is located at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Find more information at the church’s website,

St. Matthew welcomes national correspondent
John Allen Jr., a national Catholic reporter and CNN’s Vatican news correspondent, will speak at St. Matthew Catholic Church on “The Future Church: Current Trends That Will Revolutionize the Church!”

Allen is the author of seven best-selling books on the Vatican and Catholic issues, including his book, “The Future Church.” He’ll speak Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 and 9 p.m. at the church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. The event is free to attend.

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