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Religious News 11-22-17

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

 Belair hosts T-Day dinner

Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, will host a Thanksgiving dinner at noon Nov. 23 in the family life center. Indian Land residents are invited to come and enjoy a free meal if they don’t have anywhere to go on the holiday. All food will be furnished.

St. John’s November events 

St. John’s United Methodist Church, 130 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold these events in November: 

- St. John’s offers Wednesday night meals and Vesper services every Wednesday in November except Nov. 22. Meals are served at 5:45 p.m., followed by the Vesper service. Sign up in the church lobby or call the church office at (803) 547-7538.

- Luminary sales begin Nov. 26. These will be displayed along the walks around the church on Christmas Eve. 

- Bring your creches to share with church members beginning Nov. 27.  On the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 3, the nativity creches wil be displayed in the Men’s Bible Room. The Chrismon service will be Dec. 3 at both services.

- The Red Cross blood drive is 2:30-7 p.m. Nov. 30. Sign up at redcrossblood.org or call (803) 547-7538 to make an appointment.

Addiction outreach ministry

Chainbreakers, an addiction outreach ministry, meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Eastside Baptist Church, 1180 Garnette Road, Lancaster. Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese will speak Nov. 28. All are welcome. For details, call (803) 285-9805.

Pleasant Hill service Dec. 3

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, will hold a special service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. “When Christmas Doesn’t Seem So Merry” is a service of hope and healing for those spending Christmas without a loved one.

Candle-lighting Dec. 3

The New Road Support Group, a support group for parents who have lost a child, will host a candle-lighting service for parents and their families at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1152 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster. The event features music, Scripture readings and a moment of reflection, with a reception afterward in the church fellowship hall. Dwight Easler of Corinth Baptist Church in Gaffney will speak.

Belair food pantry Dec. 7

The food pantry at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, is open 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 7 for those who live in the Indian Land and Harrisburg schools attendance area. Anyone in need of food is welcome.

Donations of food or money are also welcome at the church office from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays.

JAARS Passport to Christmas Dec. 8-9

JAARS, 7405 JAARS Road, Waxhaw, N.C., will present Passport to Christmas on Dec. 8-9 at the JAARS Center. The family event explores cultures around the world through stories, activities, music, foods and take-home crafts.

Hours are 1:30-5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. Dec. 9.

Cost is a suggested donation of $5 per person, maximum $20 per household. Registration is required.

For details, call (704) 843-6130 or visit www.jaars.org/passport or tours_jaars@jaars.org.

Van Wyck Lighting of the Way Dec. 10

The annual Lighting of the Way is 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Van Wyck Post Office on the corner of Old Hickory and Steele Hill Road. There will be hundreds of candles lining the village and stops for short programs at local churches. For details, contact Claudia Thompson at (803) 285-2148 or claudiathompson@comporium.net.

AA meets at Belair UMC

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the social hall at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road. The meetings are open discussion, with speakers on the third Wednesday of the month.

Candle lighting service Dec. 3

The New Road Support Group, a support group for parents who have lost a child, will host a candle lighting service for parents and their families at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1152 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster. The event features music, scripture readings and a moment of quiet reflection, with a reception to follow in the church fellowship hall. Dwight Easler of Corinth Baptist Church in Gaffney will speak.

Pleasant Hill special service Dec. 3

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, will hold a special service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. “When Christmas Doesn’t Seem So Merry” is a service of hope and healing for those spending Christmas without a loved one.

More St. John’s events

- The VIPs will meet Dec. 11 in the fellowship center. The program will be the “Oral History of Fort Mill” by Fort Mill History Museum. Bring pictures, artifacts and stories that you can share with the group. There will be a light lunch.

Temple Solel services

Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds its services at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, and holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of each month in the St. Phillip Neri community room. For details, call (803) 619-9707 or visit www.templesolelsc.org.

Catholics add 5th service

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway (S.C. 75) has added a fifth service. Worship services are now held at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 7, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. For more info the church, visit www.gracewepray.org.




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