Religious News 10-3-18

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Faith hosts mobile pantry Oct. 4
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, will sponsor a Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry on Oct. 4 in the parking lot of the new church building at the intersection of Charlotte Highway and 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 USDA income eligibility guidelines. An acceptable form of ID is required at the time of registration. This distribution is open to all who are in need in our communities.
This is the third of four mobile pantries Faith Presbyterian Church will host this year. The final mobile pantry for this year is Nov. 14.
For more information about the mobile pantry, call Faith at (803) 548-8810.
Belair pantry
Belair UMC continues to operate a food pantry for Indian Land residents twice a month at 8095 Shelley Mullis Road. It is usually open open 9 a.m.-noon the first and third Thursday of each month. Donations of food or cash may be dropped off at the Belair church office from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays.

Faith blesses animals Oct. 6
Faith Presbyterian Church will conduct its first Blessing of the Animals service at 3 p.m. Oct. 6 on the church grounds, 7520 Charlotte Highway, at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Van Wyck Road, Indian Land.
The ceremony will take place rain or shine. All animals must be on leashes or in cages. If your pet does not travel well, you are welcome to bring a photo to be blessed. Owners will be responsible for their pets.

El Bethel car/bike show Oct. 6
El Bethel AME Zion Church, 8631 Henry Harris Road, Indian Land, will host a car and bike show at 11 a.m. Oct. 6. Car and bike entry fee is a $5 donation. Trophies will be awarded and there will be a 50/50 raffle. Fish, chicken, sausage, hot dogs, sides and desserts will be available. For details, call (704) 421-2732 or (803) 287-3454.


St. John’s UMC posts October events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold the following events:
• The Pumpkin Patch next to the church will open Oct. 6 after al the pumpkins are unloaded. Volunteers from the church are needed to unload the pumpkins.
• Beginning Oct. 10, St. John’s Grief Support Group will meet at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
• The United Methodist Women’s Oktoberfest is 9-2 p.m. Oct. 20. The free event will include bake sale, vendors, silent auction and a pumpkin patch, and stew and barbecue will be available.
• The church’s book club, which meets the second Monday of each month, welcomes all who enjoy a good read and a little discussion. 

Blessing of the Animals Oct. 7
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, will host a Blessing of the Animals service at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 on the front lawn. All are welcome and may bring any leashed or caged animals.

Learn about Byzantine Catholics on Saturday
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 will be held every first Saturday of the month, along with a coffee social after the liturgy. There will be activities for children 12 and younger during the talk.
The Byzantine Catholics meet in the parish center, adjacent to the church and the ministry center across from the church.
For details, visit http://carolinabyzantine.com or call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389.

Temple Solel meets Fridays
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 (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.

Zimak to speak and sign books at OLOG
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, will host guest speaker Gary Zimak to talk about his book, “From Fear to Faith” 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 13. After the talk, there will be a book signing and the author’s books will be available to buy.

JAARS Day Open House Oct. 13
The next JAARS Day Open House is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 13 at the JAARS Center, 7405 Jaars Road, Waxhaw, N.C.
The open house will feature plane and helicopter rides, off-roading, pilot demonstrations and much more. Rides are limited. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. The JAARS liability waiver for rides can be downloaded at www.jaars.org/jaars-day. For details, call (704) 843-6130 or e-mail tours@jaars.org.

Pleasant Hill UMC posts events
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, will hold these events this fall:
• The Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group meets in the church library at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 (third Thursday of each month). It offers support to those who are caring for loved ones afflicted with varying types of dementia.

• 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.
• The church’s homeless mat ministry, the Mad Matters, makes waterproof and cushiony mats from plastic grocery bags for the homeless. From sorting bags, cutting them into strips, making “plarn” out of strips and crocheting the mats, there are opportunities for all to serve. The group meets 1-3 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month (except December) in the fellowship hall.

Hospice caregivers meet at Belair UMC
Hospice Care of S.C.’s caregiver support group meets 10-11 a.m. Oct. 17 (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.

NAMI support groups meet
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connections (for adults with mental health conditions) and Family Support groups meets at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 18 (first Monday and third Thursday of each month) at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. For details, visit www.namipiedmont.org.
• The NAMI Family Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 (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.


PVB hosts women’s dinner, worship Oct. 19
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church invites women to an evening of dinner and worship focusing on hospitality at 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Guest speaker is Gwen Hollingsworth. Cost is $15 per ticket, available 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the church office, 211 Marvin Road, Indian Land.

Pleasant Hill UMC fall festival
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 kid’s bounce house will be available 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Trunk’o’Treat celebration Oct. 28
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. Snow cones, hot dogs and popcorn will be available to purchase.

AA meets 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.

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.

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.

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