Building 429 headlines benefit concert

MOORESVILLE – The Christian Mission of Mooresville/Lake Norman will hold its second annual Christian Jam, featuring the band Building 429, whose eighth album “We Won’t Be Shaken” was nominated for a Grammy.

Other bands include Family Force 5 and Hawk Nelson.

The pre-show band Laughter, out of Asheville, was selected among 12 others in a Battle of the Bands on April 5.

Proceeds from the show will go to the work of the 75-year-old mission, which serves more than 4,000 Lake Norman families, helping them out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.

Last year around 800 attended the Christian Jam fundraiser, but the venue at The Cove Church can hold 2,000.

The concert, part of the “We Won’t Be Shaken” Tour, will be held at 5 p.m. May 2 at The Cove Church in Mooresville, 197 Langtree Road. General admission costs $20 and VIP meet-and-greet tickets cost $40.


Ensemble will perform at Mt. Zion UMC

CORNELIUS – The Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, the largest community handbell group in the Piedmont, will perform free spring concerts in mid-May as part of Mt. Zion’s Cornelius Concert Series.

The Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble includes two community handbell groups and was founded in March 2011.

“Bells – Ancient and Modern” will be directed by CBHE Artistic Director and Conductor Timothy H. Waugh, an internationally acclaimed conductor, composer and performance arts educator. 

Twenty-two ringers will perform on four sets of bells and two set of chimes.  The program will recognize the 60th Anniversary of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.

The concert includes an eclectic selection of tunes arranged by Cathy Moklebust, Carlos Rivera, William Payn, Betty Garee, and other composers, including Michael Joy who has allowed Charlotte Bronze to premiere his newest composition Appassionata.

CBHE will perform at 7 p.m. May 17 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in the Stough Family Life Center, 19600 Zion Ave. The following day at 4 p.m. May 18, CBHE will perform at First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Details: Ellen Moretz, Charlotte Bronze president, or 704-577-6524.


Community in Christ Lutheran dedicates new sanctuary

CORNELIUS – Community in Christ Lutheran will dedicate its new sanctuary in a special ceremony May 4 during its Sunday worship services.

The Rev. Leonard Bolick, the bishop of the North Carolina Synod of the Lutheran Church, will preach.

The church will also hold an open house for the community to see the new sanctuary.

The day will end with a huge celebration, featuring a 40-member community choir and special guests singers, including Kevin Jones, Heather Owen, JoAndrea Costner and Kay Robuck.

“Our hope is that the whole community will come celebrate this sanctuary, which we built for the people of Lake Norman,” Pastor Travis Norton said.

Community in Christ completed construction of the new sanctuary in early April and held its first service on Palm Sunday. The church has seating for 300.

At its first service, 379 people showed up and the church pulled out folding chairs. On Easter Sunday, 539 people came to worship between two services.

The dedication will be at 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. The evening open house will start at 6 p.m. Musicians perform at 7 p.m.

Events are held at the church, 7621 Norman Island Drive.


Huntersville UMC hosts tea to benefit Hope House

HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville United Methodist Women will host “In His Garden," a women’s bi-annual spring tea.

The guests of honor this year will be the residents of Hope House, with proceeds going to the nonprofit. The HUMC women will bring a message of hope based on Psalms 130:5: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.” 

Guest speaker, Tana Greene, will tell her inspirational personal story of struggle and success. 

The Hope House in Huntersville provides a 12-bed home and support services for homeless single women and their children. The nonprofit encourages transformative life choices for women who have no other network of support.

The tea will be held at 11 a.m. May 3. Tickets cost $5 each or $25 for a table of six to eight. Buy a table and invite your mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, best friend and neighbor.

Men of HUMC will be serving. 


Church celebrates usher’s anniversary

HUNTERSVILLE – St. Phillip Missionary Baptist will celebrate its Usher’s Anniversary.

The Rev. Ronald Gilliam, pastor of Exhort Cathedral Baptist in Charlotte, along with his congregation and choir, will be special guests.

Event will be at 3 p.m. May 4 at the church, 524 Dellwood Drive.

Details: 704-394-5689.


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