Religious News 09-11-19

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Community prayer on 9/ 11
A community prayer gathering will be noon–1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Lancaster Historic Courthouse, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster. Community leaders from churches, businesses and government will join together to pray. 
Temple Solel services Friday
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, meets for Shabbat services at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 (second and fourth Fridays of each month) at the Belair United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. For details, visit templesolelsc.org or call (803) 610-1707.
Byzantines meet Saturday
The Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Mission will celebrate the solemn feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross during Mass at 4 p.m. Sept. 14 in the parish center at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 E. Munn Road, Fort Mill.
A class introducing the Byzantine (Eastern Catholic) traditions will be held afterward with kids’ activities.
On Sept. 21, a potluck will be held after Mass to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Father Steven Galuschik’s ordination. All are welcome.
For more information, visit www.carolinabyzantine.com or call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389.
OLOG hosts fellowships
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, holds a weekly fellowship at 12:30 p.m. after the noon Mass on Thursdays. The church will host Hospitality  Sunday after the 11 a.m. Mass on Sept. 15 (third Sunday each month). Coffee and doughnuts are served at noon. All are welcome.
St. John’s UMC posts events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold these events:
• The United Methodist Youth Fellowship will visit Adventure Air on Sept. 15. The group will meet at the church at 1 p.m. and return by 3:30 p.m. The cost is $16 for an hour of jumping. Participants must wear Adventure Air grip socks, which are $3. Sign up in the church communication center.
• The W.E.E. School has a few openings available in its 2- to 3-year-old class for the 2019-20 school year. For details, contact Beth Meador at sjumcweeschool@gmail.com.
• The church reported that its summer fine arts classes were a “resounding success with 29 students and some guest speakers.”
• Wednesday night meals at 5:30 p.m. before Vespers have resumed.
• Fifth Sunday breakfast will be Sept. 29.
• The REAL KIDS will visit Awshucks Farm on Sept. 29 for a corn maze and other fun activities.

• The VIPs (seniors) are planning a four-day, three-night trip to Lancaster, Pa., on Oct. 2-3. Highlights include seeing “Jesus” at the Sight & Sound Theatre, a tour of Amish country and the Bible Museum in Washington, D.C. All church members, family and friends are invited. For details, see the VIP signup in the lobby or call Meredith Jackson at (803) 193-8299.
• The United Methodist Women’s Octoberfest is Oct. 19 with vendors, bake sale, silent auction and the UMMen’s Brunswick stew, but no Shabby Chic Shop this year.
Register for Faith Formation
Registration is now open for the 2019-20 children’s Faith Formation program at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. The program is free for all registered parishioners.
In this program, children and families grow together in holy fellowship, understanding of the sacraments, Scripture and many other aspects of the Catholic faith.
Classes are Wednesdays, with sessions at 4 and 6:30 p.m. during the school year. Families will receive further information upon registration.
Visit www.gracewepray.org to register children. For details, contact John Paul Boehling at jboehling@charlestondiocese.org or (803) 283-4969, ext. 110.
Hospice caregivers to meet
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. Sept. 18 (third Wednesday of each month) in the Belair United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. For details, call Cory Turner at (803) 577-4912.
Alzheimer’s group meets
The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 (third Thursday each month) in the church library. It offers support to those caring for loved ones with dementia.
Singles fellowship Sept. 19
The Moriah Baptist Association will host its annual hot dog and ice cream singles fellowship meal at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Moriah Missions Center, 914 W. Meeting St., Lancaster. For details, call (803) 283-8409.
Belair food pantry Sept. 19
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 19 (first and third Thursday of each month). Food or cash donations may be dropped off at the church office 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.
Chrismon workshop Sept. 21
A Chrismon workshop will be held 10-1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. Chrismons are symbols that were used in the first centuries of the church as symbols of Christianity and are often used on Christmas trees. The cost of the workshop is $15, which includes lunch and a Chrismon each person will make to take home. Come enjoy a few hours of crafting, food and fellowship. To register, contact Faith at (803) 548-8810 or mainoffice@faithpresusa.com.
Faith hosts mobile pantry
Faith Presbyterian Church of Indian Land is sponsoring a Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry on Sept. 30. The pantry truck will be located in the parking lot of Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway at the intersection of Van Wyck Road.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the distribution of food should begin at about 9 a.m. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until it is gone. Recipients must meet the income eligibility guidelines established by the USDA. An acceptable form of ID is required at the time of registration. This distribution is open to all in need in local communities.
This will be the third of four mobile pantries that Faith will host this year. The last date is Nov. 22. Faith Presbyterian Church is one of 29 churches that conduct mobile food pantries in Lancaster and York counties through their affiliation with Catawba Area Agency on Aging in Rock Hill.
For details on the mobile pantry, call Faith Presbyterian at (803) 548-8810.
MBA Celebration of Missions
The Moriah Baptist Association will host its annual Celebration of Missions at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at New Hope Baptist Church, 3731 Lynwood Drive, Lancaster. Mission reports will be shared from 4:30-6 p.m. with a buffet catered by Cromer’s from 6-7 p.m. Evening worship will begin at 7 p.m. with special music by the New Hope Church Choir. The Rev. John Rogers will speak. Admission is $10. Tickets are available from the Moriah Missions Center through Sept. 23. For details, call (803) 283-8409.
NAMI support groups meet
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 (first Thursday of each month) in Room 203 at Transformation Church, 8978 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. For details, contact Sue Korn at (704) 575-5928 or suekorn08@gmail.com.
• NAMI and Piedmont Tri-County of Lancaster County offer free support groups for adults with any kind of mental health condition and separate support groups for family members at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 7 (first Monday of each month) at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. or details, call (803) 283-7437 or visit www.nami-piedmont.org.
Byzantines meet Saturdays
The Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Mission meets for Mass at 4 p.m. Saturdays in the parish center at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 E. Munn Road, Fort Mill.
An explanation of the Eastern Church is Oct. 5 (first Saturday of the month), along with a coffee social after the liturgy and children’s activities during the talk. For details, visit carolinabyzantine.com or call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389.
Moriah Baptist Association hosts Senior Adult Fall Festival
The Moriah Baptist Association will host its Senior Adult Fall Festival at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at Springdell Baptist Church, 1420 Springdale Road, Lancaster. “Dandy Don” Davis will perform old cowboy songs and gospel music. Dennis Catoe’s corn dogs and funnel cakes will be served for lunch. Churches do not need to bring desserts for the event. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Moriah Missions Center from Sept. 5 through Oct. 2. For details, call (803) 283-8409.
Blessing of the Animals service Oct. 12
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, will host a Blessing of the Animals service at 3 p.m. Oct. 12, rain or shine. If your pet does not travel well, you are welcome to just bring s picture. Owners are responsible for their pets.
JAARS day Oct. 12
The next JAARS day is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the JAARS campus, 7405 Jaars Road, Waxhaw, N.C. Visitors will be able to ride in a helicopter, small plane, boat or four-wheel-drive vehicle, discover how people access the internet in the rainforest and see how JAARS makes Bible translation possible in remote and difficult places. The event will also include food trucks and live music. For details, visit JAARS.org.
Prayer garden open to all
All are invited to visit the Community Prayer Garden with the Stations of the Cross on the grounds of Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road. The shaded garden, with benches, is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Booklets are available at the entrance with reflections and prayers to guide visitors on their walk. The garden is between the two buildings and can be accessed from either parking lot. Visit www.CrossroadsLutheran.church for more info.
AA meets Wednesdays
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. Meetings are open discussion, with speakers on third Wednesdays.
Connection seeks volunteers
The Connection, 1305 McIlwain Road, Lancaster, needs volunteers to help children at Countryside Mobile Home Park with their homework and reading 4-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Healthy snacks and drinks are also needed. For details, email theconnectionatcountryside@gmail.com.
Addiction ministry meets
Chainbreakers, an addiction outreach ministry, meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastside Baptist Church, 1180 Garnette Road, Lancaster. All are welcome. For details, call (803) 285-9805.

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