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Belair food pantry open Thursday
The food pantry at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, will be open from from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 2, for families in the Indian Land schools area. If you are in need or know somebody in need of food, please come by. Donations to help replenish the supplies are always welcome.
Crossroads summer day camp this week
A summer day camp provided by Agape Kure Beach Ministries will be held at Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30-Aug. 3. The camp is for children in first through sixth grades.
Registration fee is $35 for the week (scholarships are available). Visit Crossroads-Lutheran.org for details and to sign up.
All Saints Lutheran holds VBS this week
All Saints Lutheran Church, 17030 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte, will hold its “God’s Water Works” Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. July 30-Aug. 2 for ages 4 through fifth grade.
The evenings will begin with a light supper, followed by skits, lessons and crafts. The pastor will lead a class during VBS for adults who bring children.
For details, call Gail at (704) 752-4287 or visit www.allsaints lutheran.org.
Harrison UMC to host women’s conference
Harrison United Methodist Church-Pineville will host the “Be Refreshed” women’s conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Women of all ages are invited to the free event. An optional workbook is available for $15, as well as lunch for $5 each. A love offering will be taken.
Leader will be Sandy Witherspoon, director of training at Grace Life International. During lunch, there will be a “Refresh Your Furnishings” session. At the end of the day, there will be a “Refresh Your Fluff” talk and a Born Again Bargain Bazaar.
To register, visit www.signupgenius.com, sign up, click on “Find a Sign Up” and type the creator’s e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org., then click on “Be Refreshed Women’s Conference” to register.
For details or to register offline, contact Anita King at (704) 541-3463, ext. 213, or email@example.com.
Trinity to hold VBS next week
Trinity Baptist Church, 1519 Steele Hill Road, Van Wyck, will register children for its Vacation Bible School: “Sonshine Beach Blast,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.
VBS will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6-10. VBS director is Pam Helms. For details, call (803) 313-9357.
Transformation offers ‘Fit Club’ series
In Transformation Church’s exciting new series, “Fit Club,” Pastor Derwin Gray and several leading medical practitioners will be focusing on helping you radically transform your life from the inside out. As the title of this series suggests “It’s time to get in the best shape of your life: Mind • Body • Soul.”
The first guest speaker in the series, Dr. Eric T. Landis has been recognized by Charlotte Magazine as one of Charlotte’s Top Doctors. He will discuss how to take care of your body for optimum health Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5.
Official chiropractor for the Carolina Panthers and member of the PGA Tour Medicine Team, Dr. Joshua Kollman is eager to share his expertise in the area of physical fitness Aug. 11-12.
On the final weekend in the series, Aug. 18-19, Pastor Gray’s wife, Vicki Gray, will encourage and guide on nutrition, using her experience as a registered dietitian.
Transformation offers new weekend times
Transformation Church will kick off its new weekend evening services with an outdoor baptism and tailgate party after the new 5 p.m. service Sunday, Aug. 5.
The new service times are 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the church’s Indian Land location, 9030 Northfield Drive in the Perimeter 521 Commerce Park.
Sunday morning services will remain unchanged at 9 and 11 a.m. in Indian Land and 11 a.m. at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill.
Free piano concert at church Aug. 5
There will be a free piano concert during worship services at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway.
Dr. Daniel Suttles is an assistant professor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and he has served as a minister of music in both North Carolina and Texas.
He has been the accompanying pianist for several Christian singing groups and serves as pianist/orchestra director at First Baptist Church, Indian Trail, N.C.
New pastor at Calvary Free Will
The Rev. Mitch Gulledge is now pastor of Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, 354 E. Rebound Road. The church offers Sunday school at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday; and 7 p.m. each Wednesday.
Jammin’ for Jesus concert Aug. 11
A Jammin’ for Jesus Summerfest will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at Andrew Jackson State Park.
Special guests include Matthew Slyman, a producer and Christian rap artist; Josh Hamby, a Christian hip-hop artist; John Rutledge, a Christian disc jockey; and stand-up comedian Jerry Cook. There will also be cornhole, volleyball, food and more.
For details, call (803) 320- 2285 or (803) 320-7208.
Pineville UMC hosts St. James Chorus
Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville, will host the St. James Male Chorus at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 in the church sanctuary.
The chorus, which has been singing together for more than 50 years, is made up of many different churches and denominations. Under the leadership of director Joe Furr, the men share their love of the Lord and gift of music to spread the good news.
Join Pineville UMC for a night of joyful music and refreshments.
Church of the Nazarene offers VBS
Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene 109 Harris St., Fort Mill, will hold Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 12-16. The theme is “Adventures on Promise Island.” Children ages 3 through rising sixth-graders will enjoy music, Bible study, crafts and refreshments. For details or to register, call (803) 548-4633 between 9 a.m. and noon.
Crossroads offers prayer course
Crossroads Lutheran in Indian Land and Amazing Grace Lutheran in Waxhaw are sponsoring a training course on prayer, “An Adventure in Prayer.”
Dr. Bill Fleming, director of pastoral studies at New Life Theological Seminary in Charlotte, leads the study from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 22. The course focuses on meditation and prayer as life skills to enrich your spiritual life.
There is a $10 registration fee per person for class materials. To register, e-mail wendy@AmazingGraceLutheranNC.org.
Christ Life offers youth crusade
Christ Life Evangelical Ministries will hold a “keeping it Real” youth and children’s crusade from 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 13-17 at Gateway Church of God, 8558 Shelley Mullis Road.
Ages 3-18 are welcome, but children not potty-trained need to be accompanied by an adult.
For details, call contact Pastor Pamela at (704) 264-6507 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higher Ground offers after-school program
Higher Ground Church Child Development Center, 8365 Possum Hollow Road, is now enrolling for its 2012-13 Christ-centered after-school program. Kindergarten through fifth-grade students are welcome.
The program is a spiritual alternative to traditional childcare centers, offering professional homework tutoring with an onsite tutor, daily chapel services and low student-to-teacher ratios in separated classrooms. Each day, children will be offered healthy snacks, structured group play times and spiritual lessons, as well as seasonal drama and music productions. Higher Ground Church Child Development Center focuses on providing your child with a safe, loving environment, while developing your child’s physical, social, educational and spiritual well being.
Contact the church office at (803) 802-3189 for more information or registration.
Transformation holds school supply drive
Transformation Church, 9030 Northfield Drive in the Perimeter 521 Business Park, is holding a school supply drive. The church is on a mission to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need. To join the school supply drive team or to find out how you can help, e-mail email@example.com.
Churches change service times
Sunday service times have changed at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, and Osceola United Methodist Church, 6575 Charlotte Highway.
Belair holds Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., followed by a worship service at 10:30 a.m.
Osceola holds worship at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 10:15 a.m.
Ministry to offer half-day preschool
Christ Life Evangelical Ministries is starting a half-day preschool, Christ Life Young Disciples, for those who must be budget-minded, but want their child to get quality care in a loving, Christ-centered environment. Scholarships are available.
Christ Life Evangelical Ministries is located at 8558 Shelley Mullis Road.
For details, call Pamela Willhite at (704) 264-6507 or visit www.Christ-life-ministries.com.mmo.htm.
Church offers Body & Spirit classes
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church’s Body & Spirit classes have begun again this month. They are at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the church, 211 Marvin Road. For Body & Spirit class updates, see Angela Petty Falgout’s Facebook page and look under under her “likes.”
Register now for Mom’s Morning Out
Faith Presbyterian Church is taking applications for its Mother’s Morning Out program, which will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays from September through May. Children should be either 2 or 3 years old on Sept. 1, 2012, to qualify. Cost is $40 per month. For details or an application, contact Edye Bender at (803) 548-8810 or firstname.lastname@example.org (put “MMO” in the subject line).
Crossroads Lutheran offers new service
Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, offers an alternative worship time at 7 p.m. Thursdays for those who work or miss Sunday services. Come hear “The Story” in a casual setting and share in a new, inspirational worship experience. All are welcome.
Christian Services food truck available
The Christian Services has two mobile food truck days open to be sponsored by churches, groups or individuals. For details, call (803) 286-5112 or (803) 235-5455.
Need a place to meditate or pray?
All are invited to visit the new Community Prayer Garden and Stations of the Cross on the grounds of Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road. The garden is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Booklets with reflections and prayers for the walk are available at the entrance to the prayer garden. The garden is on the right side of the church building, with parking in the church parking lot.
Grace Church moves to new home
Grace Church of the Carolinas, a non-denominational family of faith pastored by Dr. Randall Odom, has moved to 8160 Regent Parkway, near Regent Park, Fort Mill. Worship services are at 10:15 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday for Bible study and prayer.
For details, call (803) 396-1797 or visit www.gracecoc.org.
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