Temple Kol Ami presents lead lecturer March 15

March 11, 2013 

Temple Kol Ami presents Dr. Joel M. Hoffman Friday, March 15, to lead services and lecture at the temple, which meets at Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St.

On Saturday, temple holds Torah study at 10 a.m., Lunch and Learn at 1 p.m. with reservations required, and at 7:30 p.m., Hoffman will present on one of his many topics, which include The Bible Doesn’t Say That, The Mystery and Majesty of the Dead Sea Scrolls, What the Prayers Really Mean, and What If I Don’t Like What the Hebrew Means?

There is no cost for any of the events. For more information, call 803-701-0149 or visit templekolamisc.org.

Silent auction, dinner March 16

Christ the King Church, 13501 S. Tryon St., will hold a silent auction fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. March 16, sponsored by the youth ministry.

Dinner costs $10 a plate or $32 for a family of four. Plates include spaghetti, bread, salad and a drink.

Auction donations accepted. Call 917-734-3070 or 704-651-9713 for more information.

‘Truth’ film series begins March 23

A monthly film/documentary series entitled “Speaking Truth to Power, the justice series” begins at 7 p.m. March 23 with “What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire” at Unity of Charlotte, 401 E. Arrowood Road,

Moderated by Dr. Cornell West, who will speak on “Justice is Love in the physical,” the movie traces the roots of Empire building until the current grim realities of the modern world, economically, politically and environmentally. This series is intended to stimulate informed dialogue in our community. Discussion with a moderator will follow each movie.

Suggested donation is $5. Free popcorn and beverages will be served. For more information, call 704-523-0062.

Egg hunt event March 23

Pleasant Hill Church, 15000 York Road, will have a Community Easter Egg Hunt from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. March 23 for preschoolers tp fifth graders.

Bring a basket. There will be hot dogs, music and more.

Temple holding Passover Seder

Temple Kol Ami will hold second night Passover Seder on at 6 p.m. March 26. The Seder will be led by new rabbi, Rabbi Levanon, at Unity Presbyterian, 303 Tom Hall St. The menu will include Passover favorites: roast turkey, brisket, vegetables, matzah ball soup, kugel and a dessert bar.

The cost is $18 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. Reservations deadline March 21. Call 803-856-304-1380 or 803-980-4202.

St. Philip Neri

to hold Easter

food blessing

On Holy Saturday March 30 at 1 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fr. John Giuliani will bless Easter food.

This centuries-old Eastern European tradition of blessing Easter food baskets symbolizes the end of the Lenten fast. All are welcome.

For more information, call 803-831-7844.

Church hosts country dance lessons

St. John’s United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., will offer Country Two-Step lessons at 7:30 p.m. April 8, 15 and 22.

Certified instructors are Bill and April Bragg. Classes are for all ages, beginners and experienced dancers. A donation of $15 a person for the three-week series of classes will go to the children’s building.

Call Pat at 803-980-4000 or email pathollisgrant@cs.com.

Hear message April 12 in Charlotte

Grace Townsend-Goreth will share her experiences and how people of all backgrounds are working together to accelerate Bible translation at the 7 p.m. April 12 Wycliffe Associates dinner at Charlotte Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive.

“They called me ‘the miracle baby,’” said Townsend-Goreth, recalling the day an airplane carrying Grace and her parents did a nosedive into the jungles of Mexico.

It was 1947, and she was 6 weeks old. Her father, William Cameron Townsend, founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators, and her mother were visiting a missionary training camp in Mexico. Upon takeoff returning to the United States, the plane’s tail clipped the top of a tree, flipping the aircraft headfirst into the jungle. The plane splintered into pieces. Miraculously, Townsend-Goreth emerged without a scratch.

Images from the scene sparked the founding of JAARS, a ministry arm of Wycliffe that provides aviation support and other technical services for Bible translators around the world.

“I want to keep sharing the story,” she said. “Keep telling others why the work of Wycliffe is still so important. That we must be diligent for the sake of the 300 million people who still have not heard God’s message of love in their own language.”

Call 803-831-8477 by April 8 for complimentary tickets to this event.

Church hosts free exercise classes

Free exercises classes are offered Mondays at Christ the King Church, 13501 S. Tryon St.

Class is taught by Kathryn Webner, registered nurse, health fitness specialist and a personal trainer.

The Beginner Strength & Conditioning Class is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. targeting balance, endurance and improved muscular strength. This class is appropriate for seniors, the non- exerciser, or someone recovering from an injury.

The Group Circuit Class from 6 to 7 p.m. is designed to improve total body strength and cardiovascular fitness. This class if offered for all fitness levels, 12 years and older. Bring a mat, towel and water.

For more information, email Katwebner@gmail.com. For church information, call 704-587-0073.

Singles groups meeting

New River Community Church is holding two singles groups, both meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

• FUSION is for anyone out of high school to age 24. The group meets at a member home in York. Singles can build friendships through studying God’s Word together, serving in the community, having fun, and discussing challenges of life.

• Singles Gatherings is for adults ages 25 and older. The group meets at the church, 133 Carroll Cove Road. Connection and Bible study are the primary focuses. Child care is provided for children 10 and younger.

For more information about either group, email kim@nrcc.net.

Church offering contemporary service

Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, 9401 S. Tryon St., is offering a new contemporary service, Crossroads, every third Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center.

Learn to tango Wednesday

St. John’s Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., offers the final American Tango lesson at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 20.

The dance program is a fundraising for the children’s building. To register, call 803-980-4000 or email pathollisgrant@cs.com.

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