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Religious News 10-24-18

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Temple Solel meets Oct. 26
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 (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.

Pleasant Hill fall festival Oct. 27
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, will host a fall festival Oct. 27. A yard sale will be held at 7 a.m. and there will be barbecue, a bake sale and a prayer bead sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hay rides and a kids' bounce house will be available 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Churches host trunk or treats
• Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, will host its annual Trunk’o’Treat celebration at 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Sno cones, hot dogs and popcorn will be sold.
• Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 211 Marvin Road, Indian Land, will host its annual Trunk or Treat  5-7 p.m. Oct. 28.
• St. John’s United Methodist Church, 130 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold Trunk or Treat 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the church parking lot. Costumes optional.


Steele Hill fish fry Oct. 28

Steele Hill AME Zion Church, 6021 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster, will host a plate sale and fish fry at noon Oct. 28. Plates are $8 and include meat, two sides, rolls and lemonade. Hot dogs, fish sandwiches, drinks and desserts will also be available. For details, call (803) 416-2352.

Belair pantry open Nov. 1
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its  food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon the first and third Thursday of each month. The next date is Nov. 1. Donations of food or cash may be dropped off at the Belair church office 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.

Mad Matters meet Nov. 1
The Mad Matters homeless mat ministry of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets 1-3 p.m. Nov. 1 (first and third Thursday of each month, except December) in the fellowship hall to make waterproof mats for the homeless.


NAMI support groups meet

• The NAMI Family Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 (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. Nov. 5 (first Monday and third Thursday of each month) at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. For details, visit www.namipiedmont.org.


Learn about Byzantine Catholics

What is a Byzantine Catholic? Come experience the “Eastern Church” at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 E. Munn Road, Fort Mill, for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 4 p.m. Saturdays.
It is part of the universal church in union with Rome.
An explanation of the Byzantine rite is held every first Saturday of the month – Nov. 3, along with a coffee social after the liturgy. There will be activities for children 12 and younger during the talk.
The Ruthenian Byzantine Catholics meet in the parish center, between the church and the church ministry building.
For details, visit http://carolinabyzantine.com or call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389.


PHKids Operation Christmas Child drive

The PHKids Children’s Ministry of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, is collecting small items for Operation Christmas Child through Nov. 11 at the church office. Donations of small items for boxes and/or filled shoeboxes can be dropped off at the church office.


ONE STEP ministry meets Thursdays

Antioch International Church, 8400 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill, hosts its ONE STEP ministry at 7 p.m. every Thursday. ONE STEP is for those interested in recovering from depression, substance abuse and other types of addiction, abuse, PTSD and anger.

AA meets weekly at Belair UMC
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 in Lancaster

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.

Drop off shoeboxes at Crossroads
Crossroads Lutheran Church, at the corner of Shelley Mullis and Henry Harris roads in Indian Land, will again be a collection site for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Collection dates and hours are 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 12-17 and Nov. 19, and 1-3 p.m. Nov. 18.
Average-size cardboard or plastic shoeboxes should be used if you do not have the Samaritan Purse boxes. First, decide if you are packing for a boy or girl and then select the age category: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Select a “wow” toy, such as a doll, a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal.  Continue filling  the box or boxes with simple gifts (school supplies, toys, non-liquid hygiene items, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, etc.).  Do not include liquids or lotions, chocolate or food, breakable items or aerosol cans. Candy and toothpaste are now also restricted items, as they can delay delivery in several countries.   
The shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide who may be facing poverty, war or disaster, to reassure them there is someone out there who cares for them, and that is a gift that endures forever.  For many of these children, the shoebox gift may the first gift they have ever received. 
For more information on packing a shoebox, and how you and your family can get involved, visit www.samaritanpurse.org.


Moriah Senior Adult Fall Festival Nov. 15

The Moriah Baptist Association has rescheduled the Moriah Senior Adult Fall Festival for 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at Sherwood Baptist Church, 1030 Darlene Blvd., Lancaster. Christian cowboy entertainer “Dandy Don” will present a classic western/cowboy music program. Each participating church is requested to bring a crock pot of chili and a dessert for approximately each 10 people attending. Tickets already purchased will be honored. For details, call (803) 283-8409.

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. Nov. 15 (third Thursday each month) in the church library. The group offers support to those who are caring for loved ones with dementia.


Women’s Empowerment Conference Nov. 17

The 2018 Flippin’ The Script Women’s Empowerment Conference will be held from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 17 at The Heritage Conference Center, 375 Starlight Drive, Fort Mill. Doors open at noon. Vendor paces are available. For details or to register, visit ftsministry.com or call (281) 798-0286.

Byzantines gather at St. Philip Neri
The Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Community gathers at 4 p.m. Saturdays at St. Philip Neri Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. For details, visit carolinabyzantine.com, call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389 or email ron.somich@gmail.com.

Hospice caregivers meet
Hospice Care of S.C.’s caregiver support group meets 10-11 a.m. Nov. 21 (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.

St. John’s UMC posts events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, holds the following events:
• 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.


Pleasant Hill UMC posts events

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, holds these events:
• The PHKids children’s ministry is collecting items for Operation Christmas Child through Nov. 11. Donations of small items for boxes and/or filled shoeboxes can be dropped off at the church office.
• The PHYouth student ministry (sixth-12th grades) meets 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sundays. 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.

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