Religious News 1-2-19

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Mad Matters meet Jan. 3
The Mad Matters ministry of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets 1-3 p.m. Jan. 3 (first and third Thursday of each month) in the fellowship hall to make waterproof mats for the homeless.
Belair pantry open Jan. 3
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 3 (first and third Thursday of each month). Donations of food or cash may be dropped off at the Belair church office 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.
NAMI groups meet
• The NAMI Family Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 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.
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connections (for adults with mental health conditions) and Family Support groups meet at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 7 (first Monday and third Thursday of each month) at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. For details, visit www.nami-piedmont.org.
Byzantines meet Saturdays
The Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church’s Divine Liturgy is at 4 p.m. Saturdays at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 E. Munn Road, Fort Mill. The Byzantines meet in the parish center, between the church and the ministry building.
What is a Byzantine Catholic? An explanation of the Eastern Church, part of the universal church in union with Rome, is held every first Saturday of the month, Jan. 5, along with a coffee social after the liturgy. There will be activities for children 12 and younger during the talk.
For details, visit http://carolinabyzantine.com or call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389.
Temple Solel meets
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 (second and fourth Fridays of each month) in the community room at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. For details, call (803) 610-1707 or visit www.templesolelsc.org or Temple Solel SC on Facebook.
St. John’s posts events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold the following events this month: 
• The R.E.A.L. Kids for Christ and their friends will go ice skating on Jan. 12.
• W.E.E. School registration for the 2019-20 school year begins  at 9 a.m. Jan. 22 for currently enrolled students, their families and church members.
Registration will open to the public at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 in the fellowship center.
For more information, contact Beth Meador at sjumcweeschool@gmail.com.
• UMWF members should save the date of Jan. 25-27 for REVOLUTION weekend in Columbia, a time filled with music, inspirational speakers, food and mission work. Sign-up sheets are in the communication hall. Email Jeannine Hillhouse at jhillhouse@comporium.net for details.

• Grief Support Group meets at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
• The church’s book club, which meets the second Monday of each month, welcomes all who enjoy a good read and a little discussion.
For details on St. John’s events, call (803) 547-7538 or email stjohnsfm@comporium.org.
Storying the Bible Jan. 15
The Moriah Baptist Association will discuss Storying the Bible 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Moriah Missions Center, 914 W. Meeting St., Lancaster. This will be an informational meeting to introduce storying and to see it modeled.
For those interested, continued training will be offered from February through April. Pastor Steve Mackey and Pastor Kenny Pittman will lead the seminar. For details, call (803) 283-8409.
Hospice caregivers meet
Hospice Care of S.C.’s caregiver support group meets 10-11 a.m. Jan. 16 (third Wednesday of each month) in Belair United Methodist Church’s 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 Caregiver’s Support Group of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 (third Thursday each month) in the church library. The group offers support to those who are caring for loved ones with dementia.
Church policies seminar
The Moriah Baptist Association will host a seminar on wise church policies 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Moriah Missions Center, 914 W. Meeting St., Lancaster.
Bert Ross of the S.C. Baptist Convention will lead the conversation on issues churches may not realize need to be addressed. Personnel, finance, constitution and bylaws, and other front-burner issues will be addressed. This meeting is for all church leadership. For details, call (803) 283-8409.
Faith Presbyterian posts events
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, holds Sunday school for kids and adults at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings in the church office building. Worship is at 10 a.m.
For details, visit www.faithpresusa.com or call (803) 548-8810.
Pleasant Hill UMC student ministry meets
The PHYouth student ministry (sixth-12th grades) meets 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sundays at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land. It is discussing the book “Counter Culture” by David Platt, which talks about where Jesus and culture collide. The ministry also offers youth Bible study 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
AA meets Wednesdays
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road. Meetings are open discussion, with speakers on third Wednesdays.
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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