Concert presents uplifting music

DAVIDSON – The Firebird Arts Alliance’s Singin’ Black and White presents an uplifting choral concert of unity and peace, featuring partner choirs VOX and the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble.

Hear hymns, folk songs, 20th century American masterworks and spirituals.

Sponsored by the Firebird Arts Alliance, Singin’ Black and White is an initiative that involves 12 choirs with more than 300 singers, ages 15-90 who come from all social, musical and cultural backgrounds.

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. May 4 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane.


The program will be repeated by its partner, Music @ St. Peter’s in Charlotte, at noon May 5.

Tickets are available at the door for $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Children under 12 years get in free. Admission includes a complimentary “meet the artist” reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres following the concert. Reserve tickets by calling 704-941-0650.


Lake Forest, The Cove host leadership conference for pastors, staff

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Forest Church and The Cove will host a national leadership conference for pastors and church staff, called Sticky Teams, designed to help church leaders establish new ministries and enhance existing ministries.

The conference comes out of North Coast Church in California, which developed the first video venue worship that spawned the modern day multi-site ministry movement.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Developing Your Game Plan.” Attendees will participate in large group coaching sessions and breakout sessions, along with worship. Speakers will include Larry Osborne, senior pastor of North Coast Church and author of the book “Sticky Teams Church;” Perry Noble of the 26,000-member church NewSprings in South Carolina; and Greg Surratt, founding pastor of Seacoast Church in South Carolina.

Local churches participating include Grace Covenant, Journey, Elevation and Davidson United Methodist Church. Registration is around 400, with some churches traveling as far as Nebraska to attend.

The conference is held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 5 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 6 at Lake Forest Church-Huntersville, 8519 Gilead Road. Find details of speakers, schedule and registration at


HPC celebrates 30 years of child-care ministry with picnic

HUNTERSVILLE - Huntersville Presbyterian Church Child Care ministry is 30 years old this year.

Anyone who has ever been connected with HPC Child Care is invited to a reunion picnic, including people who have participated as a child, parent, family member, staff member, board member or special activity teacher.

Plans include a picnic on the grounds (provided), activities for the children and photographic memories from throughout the years.

Families and individuals will also have an opportunity to buy and decorate ceramic tiles, which will be installed at HPC as a lasting tribute to the effect of the ministry. Net proceeds will be donated to the Barbara Gerhardt Scholarship Fund to help families with child-care expenses.

The picnic will be held noon-4 p.m. April 26.


Cornelius Presbyterian gives parents a night out through children's activities

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Presbyterian Church will host its monthly Parents’ Night Out.

Children, kindergarten age and older, will enjoy a program, dinner, music and fun with others their age.

The event will be held 6-9 p.m. May 2. 


DCPC Youth observes Earth Day

DAVIDSON – The Davidson College Presbyterian Church Youth Group and Davidson College's Westminister Fellowship invite the community to join them for an Outdoor Vesper Service.

Celebrate Earth Day with music, prayer and reflection.

A theme verse will be from Genesis 2:15: "The Lord took man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."

The service will be held at 4 p.m. April 27 on the church sanctuary steps, 100 N. Main St. Chairs will be provided, but participants can bring a blanket or lawn chair. In case of rain, the service will move to Lingle Chapel.


Family activities follow St. Phillip Missionary Baptist Chruch service

HUNTERSVILLE – St. Phillip Missionary Baptist will hold Friends & Family Day on April 27.

Pastor Daniel will deliver the message at 11 a.m. A meal will be served at 1 p.m., followed by an afternoon of fellowship and games. The attire is casual.

The event will be held at the church, 524 Dellwood Drive.

Details: 704-394-5689.

Hopewell Baptist hosts music festival

DAVIDSON – Hopewell Baptist Church will showcase contemporary Christian music groups Second Chance Band and the Coca-Cola Inspirational Praise Band at the third annual Concert at the Corner.

The event features activities for children, including two bounce houses, games and face painting, as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, popcorn, drinks and snow cones.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. No admission required.

The event starts at 5 p.m. April 26 at the church ballfield, 18841 Davidson-Concord Road.