Griggs Family in concert Sunday

March 18, 2013 

Learn to tango Wednesday

St. John’s Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., is offering American Tango lessons at 7:30 p.m. through Wednesday, March 20.

Josh Love, owner and professional dance instructor at J’Adore Ballroom in Charlotte, will offer lessons in basic American Tango.

You do not need a partner. The dance program is a fundraising for the children’s building. To register, call 803-980-4000 or email pathollisgrant@cs.com.

Temple Solel service Friday

Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, will hold service at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road.

Services are held on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Religious school is held at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Call 803-547-3043 for more information.

‘Truth’ film series begins Saturday

A monthly film/documentary series entitled “Speaking Truth to Power, the justice series” begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, 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 Saturday

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

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

Griggs Family in concert Sunday

The Griggs Family from Charlotte will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Pine Grove Baptist Church, 5415 S.C. 557. A love offering will be taken.

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.

Passover Seder dinner March 26

Temple Kol Ami will hold second night Passover Seder at 6 p.m. March 26, led by 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, $5 for ages 5-12. Reservations required by Thursday, March 21. Call 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 803-980-4000 or email pathollisgrant@cs.com.

Presentation on Israel April 10

A presentation on “Israel and Jordan: The Past to the Present” will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at River Hills Community Church sanctuary. A second presentation will be available May 8.

Charles W. Ford, Ph.D., professor of health sciences at the University of New England, Portland, Maine, will share his recent experiences as a tour leader in escorting a group of Lake Wylie residents to Israel and Jordan. Ford and his wife, Barbara, have been traveling to Israel for 12 years. Ford has taught 1,600 Israeli nurses as part of a bachelor’s degree completion program.

Anyone interested in the history of travel to the Middle East will benefit. Call 803-831-1615 or 803-831-8477 for more information.

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.

‘Italian Idol’ tryouts April 13

Auditions for the “Italian Idol” talent contest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at St. Philip Neri Church hall, Munn Road.

There are two divisions: senior division for 14 and older, and junior division for ages 7-13. Cash prizes, trophies and other prizes will be given to top three winners in each division.

The contest is open to the public. You do not have to be Italian to tryout. To schedule an audition, visit SPNitalianfestival.org.

The contest will be held during the church’s 18th annual Italian Festival May 16-17.

For questions, call 803-370-0600.

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. The Refresh praise band provides music.

Scherer hosts moms

Scherer Presbyterian Church, 4800 Charlotte Hwy., hosts REST4Moms from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month.

Mothers begin the morning with coffee, tea and goodies, followed by topics of interest, crafts, conversation and discussion. Children are treated to crafts, snacks and playtime. Annual cost is $10.

Register online at SMPCA.com or for questions email scherer.rest4moms@ gmail.com.

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