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Religious News 8-9-17

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Back to School Bash Aug. 12

The Lancaster Back to School Bash is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 12 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Building, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster.

Lancaster County students in need in kindergarten through 12th grade will be given a new pair of shoes, backpack, school supplies, haircuts and free food. 

Students should register at www.lancasterbacktoschoolbash.com. Those who cannot register online are still welcome.

The event is sponsored by Samaritan’s Feet, local churches, businesses and nonprofits.

Next JAARS Day Aug. 12

The next JAARS Day is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 12 at 7405 JAARS Road, Waxhaw. 

The open house will feature missionary stories, rides in an airplane, helicopter, boat or four-wheel-drive vehicle, media demonstrations in various languages, children’s activities, ethnic clothes and musical instruments from other cultures. 

The Museum of the Alphabet and the Mexico-Cardenas Museum will be open to visitors. 

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

Free shopping day Aug. 12

Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster, will hold a free back-to-school shopping day 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 12, with registration at 8:30 a.m. Backpacks will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

White Oak revival Aug. 13-16

White Oak AME Zion Church, 1281 Rebound Road, Van Wyck, will hold its annual revival services at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and 7 p.m. Aug. 14-16. Dr. Vincent Meeks of Catawba Chapel AME Zion Church will speak on Sunday and the Rev. Dr. O.L. Smith and Pastor Browns will speak during the week.

Stewardship dinner Aug. 22

The Moriah Baptist Association will hold its annual Stewardship Banquet at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at First Baptist Church, 300 S. Market St., Lancaster. Dr. Gary Hollingsworth of the S.C. Baptist Convention will speak and One Award Barbershop Quartet will perform. Tickets, $9 each, are available through Aug. 10. For details or tickets, call (803) 283-8409.

Taylors Grove concert Aug. 27

Taylors Grove Baptist Church, 2382 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster, will hold a free concert by The Heritage Quartet at 11 a.m. Aug. 27. The group will perform inspirational songs and give testimonies.

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.

Book club studies St. Francis

The book club of Our Lady of Grace Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, is studying “The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi” by Brother Ugolino at 1 p.m. Mondays in the parish hall. All are welcome. For details, call (803) 283-4969.

Moriah Baptist offers training

The Moriah Baptist Association will host the following training events this month:

The Moriah Baptist Association and the S.C. Baptist Convention will host a small group Sunday school training session 8:45-11:45 a.m. Aug. 26 at Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road, Lancaster. This free training session is for pastors, general officers and adult, youth, children, nursery and pre-school teachers. 

- The Moriah Baptist Association will hold a church treasurer, finance team and legal update training session 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Moriah Baptist Missions Center, 914 W. Meeting St., Lancaster, with a meal served at 6:30 p.m. This is a free training session. Attendees must be registered by Aug. 24. 

For details or to register for either training, email Judy_Moriah@comporium.net or call (803) 283-8409.

Crossroads prayer garden open

The Community Prayer Garden on the grounds of Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, is open to the public from 8 a.m. to sunset each day. Prayer booklets and visitor guides are available at the entrance. It can be accessed from parking lots on either side. For details, visit www.CrossroadsLutheran.church.

Belair UMW invites women

Belair United Methodist Women meet at 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday and 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the family life center at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road.

All women are invited to attend the meeting time of their choice for uplifting programs and social interaction.

Praying for America on Wednesdays

Praying for America is noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Moriah Baptist Association, 914 W. Meeting St., Lancaster. The prayers are focused on the moral and spiritual direction of America. For details, call (803) 287-8099.

Mobile food pantry Aug. 14

Faith Presbyterian and Belair United Methodist churches will host a Second Harvest mobile food pantry at 9 a.m. Aug. 14 in the parking lot of Belair UMC, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, with registration at 8:30 a.m. An ID is required at registration.

Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients must meet income eligibility guidelines established by the USDA. 

This is the second mobile pantry this year, with another scheduled for Nov. 9. For details, call (803) 548-8810.  

Belair food pantry Sept. 7

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

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

Senior adult fall festival Sept. 14

The Moriah Baptist Association will host a senior adult fall festival at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at White Springs Baptist Church, 1249 Grace Ave., Lancaster. The event is free but lunch provided by Caters Taters is $5. The Rev. Jim Diehl, a Christian illusionist, will perform. For details, call (803) 283-8409.