COMMUNITY EVENTS

Union Presbyterian, 5615 Union Road, Gastonia, offers a free lawnmower blade sharpening and vehicle safety check from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17. The church also offers the NC Wildlife Hunter Safety course on same day. Registration required at www.NCwildlife.org. Lunch provided. Call 704-864-7681.

Trinity Methodist, 1513 Florida St., Gastonia, hosts a free community breakfast on Saturday, March 17 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The church is behind Greene's Funeral Home on York.

 

EASTER/LENT EVENTS

First Baptist, Belmont 23 N. Central Ave. Belmont, presents "Road to Calvary" featuring music and worship at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 25.

Daniels Lutheran, 3170 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton, hosts a Lenten Cantata at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, featuring the combined choirs of Daniels and Trinity Lutheran.

Green Pond United Methodist, 983 Bethel St., Clover, South Carolina, presents Soup & Prayer from noon to 12:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, during Lent. Free.

Lenten Luncheon series: Noon to 12:50 p.m. Thursday, March 22, First Presbyterian Church, 102 S. Central Ave., Belmont. Menu includes soup, sandwich, homemade cakes, and iced tea. Cost: $5 per person. No reservations needed. Program: South Point High School Choir. Call 704-825-3357.

St. John’s Lutheran, 310 W. Church St., Cherryville, holds Palm Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 25; Maundy Thursday worship at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29; Good Friday worship at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30 and Easter Sunday sunrise service at 7 a.m., followed by Easter breakfast at 8 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 1.

 

FAMILY EVENTS

First Baptist, 23 N. Central Ave. Belmont, holds an Easter Egg Hunt for children up to fifth grade at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31.

First Baptist, 400 W. First St., Lowell, holds its annual Spring Fling from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, featuring bounce house, hot dogs, games, prizes and giveaways.

St. John’s Lutheran, 310 W. Church St., Cherryville, holds an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, featuring hot dogs, games, crafts, and the Easter Bunny. Food boxes available for those in need.

 

FUNDRAISERS

Center Baptist, 3301 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia, holds a Port-A-Pit Chicken sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 23. Cost: $10 per plate. Includes half chicken, baked beans, slaw, roll and dessert. Pre-orders/delivery for five plates or more available. Call 704-824-4121.

Daniels Lutheran, 3170 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton, host a country breakfast, open to the public, 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24. Take out available. Cost: $7 (suggested).

Long Creek Memorial Baptist, 210 Long Creek Church, Dallas, holds a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Entry fee: $20. Visit www.longcreekmbc.org.

Lutheran Chapel Church, 702 N. New Hope Road, Gastonia, holds a pine needle sale on Saturday, March 17, sponsored by the men's group. Cost is $4.75 per bale. No delivery fee for orders of 12 or more bales. To place an order, call 704-864-6491 or stop by the church. Proceeds will support youth programs, Scouts, local charities and oher ministries of the church.

Mount Pisgah Baptist, 5504 Little Mountain Road, Gastonia, holds a Port-A-Pit Chicken Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 16. Cost is $10 per plate for half a chicken, baked beans, slaw, roll and dessert

 

FREE CLOTHES

Emmanuel Missionary Baptist, 913 N. Highland St., Gastonia,10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17

Lutheran Chapel Church, 702 N. New Hope Road., Gastonia, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

 

FREE FOOD

Lakeshore Christian Fellowship Church, 2200 Brookneal Drive, Gastonia, holds its monthly food giveaway at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. First come, first served.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS/WORSHIP

Center Baptist, 3301 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia, holds a Deacon Ordination Service for Jeff Barber and Courtlandt Blair at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25. Guest messenger: Dr. Gregory K. Moss, past president of The Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention.

First Antioch Interdenominational Church, 822 Floyd Lane, Gastonia, celebrates the 10th pastoral anniversary of Celina Curry on Sunday, March 18. Speaker for the 11 a.m. service: Pastor Thelma Gordon. Speaker at 3 p.m.: Pastor Carolyn Jones

Full Gospel Church, 1315 W. Second Ave., Gastonia, presents Pastor Renee McClain, Poplar Springs AME Zion, Lincolnton, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18.

 

SPECIAL MUSIC

Springwood Freewill Baptist, 626 Stanley-Spencer Mountain Road, Stanley, presents God's Choice in concert at 6 p.m Saturday, March 17. A love offering will be taken.

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