South Charlotte Weekly Religious News Dec. 7

St. Gabriel honored for area service

St. Gabriel Catholic Church recently received Catholic Social Services’ second annual Fruit of the Vine Award for Service.
Various organizations within the parish were recognized for their efforts on behalf of Catholic Social Services, including the Christian Mothers Group, the Men’s Club, vacation Bible school, Girl Scouts, St. Gabriel School, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Gabriel Project.
The church received the honor Nov. 30, at a special Vineyard of Hope celebration at Carmel Country Club.
The church is located at 3016 Providence Road. Find more information at the church’s website, www.stgabrielchurch.org.

Cookie Walk at Providence UMC

The women of Providence United Methodist Church are gearing up for this weekend’s Cookie Walk.
The bake sale is Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 9:30 a.m. It ends when the last item is sold. There will be “tables of goodies,” and people will have their pick of festive homemade baked goods. A box costs $8, and people can walk around and fill up their box with items from different tables.
All proceeds benefit Providence UMC. The church is located at 2810 Providence Road. Find more information on the sale at the church’s website, www.providenceumc.org.

Party with a Purpose a success at St. Stephen

The Party with a Purpose, a celebration at St. Stephen United Methodist Church that included live music and a silent auction, raised more than $4,600 for the church’s missions.
“To everyone who donated items for our silent auction and all those who made a bid – we appreciate you,” church staff wrote in the weekly newsletter.
The church is located at 6800 Sardis Road. Find more information at the church’s website, www.ststephenumc.net.

Holy Comforter kids get building

Children at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter will gather with friends next weekend to make gingerbread houses.
Donations are needed for the event, which is Dec. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. Items needed include boxes of graham crackers, small candy canes and marshmallows, NECCO wafers, pretzels, licorice, Skittles, Lifesavers, gumdrops and small gummy people, Oreo cookies and animal crackers. Boxes can be left in the church lobby.
The church is located at 2701 Park Road. Find more information at the church’s website, www.holycomfortercharlotte.org.

Worth School Choir coming to town

The Worth School Choir from West Sussex, England, will perform in south Charlotte next weekend.
The choir has performed in Japan, Italy, Germany, France and a number of other countries, and will perform Dec. 15, a Saturday, at 7 p.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church. The event is free to attend.
The church is located at 3016 Providence Road. For more information, contact B.J. Dengler at bdengler@stgabrielchurch.org.

Still time to help Tree of Hope

People have until Sunday, Dec. 9, to donate an item for the Tree of Hope Christmas collection at Carmel Baptist Church.
People can take a tag from the tree, with each tag showing the age of a child and a choice of appropriate gifts. People can take more than one tag.
Gifts should be wrapped and placed at the Tree of Hope by Sunday.
The church is located at 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road. Find more information at the church’s website, www.carmelbaptist.org.

Central Church readies for Christmas concert

Central Church of God’s Amazing Love: Choir & Orchestra Musical is next weekend.
The concert is Dec. 15, a Saturday, at 4 and 7 p.m. with another showing Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend but tickets are necessary, and doors open 30 minutes before performances.
The church is located at 5301 Sardis Road. Find more information at the church’s website, www.centralchurchofgod.org.

Live Nativity is this weekend

Harrison United Methodist Church’s live Nativity starts on Saturday, Dec. 8, and will continue Sunday.
People can see the Nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. both nights, and there are spots open for volunteers. Find more information about taking part at the church’s website, www.harrisonumc.org.
The church is located at 15008 Lancaster Hwy. in Pineville.

St. John’s bake, craft sale is Sunday

The ECW Bake and Craft Sale is this weekend at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
The event, Sunday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to noon, will include baked goods,
crafts, jellies, breads, casseroles, soups and more.
The church is located at 1623 Carmel Road. Find more information at the church’s website, www.saintjohns-charlotte.org.

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