Religious News 11-15-17

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

 Belair food pantry Nov. 16

The food pantry at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, is open 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 16 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 from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays.

St. John’s November events 

St. John’s United Methodist Church, 130 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold these events in November: 

- The Gourmet Travelers meet for lunch at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 16 at Famous Toastery, 2429 S.C. 160 West, Tega Cay. 

- The United Methodist Men will meet for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 19. All are welcome.

- St. John’s offers Wednesday night meals and Vesper services every Wednesday in November except Nov. 22. Meals are served at 5:45 p.m., with the Vesper service following. Sign up in the church lobby or call the church office at (803) 547-7538.

Ruthenian liturgy Nov. 18

A Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. For details, contact Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389. 

Crossroads shoebox drop-off

Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road (at the corner of Shelley Mullis and Henry Harris roads), Indian Land, will accept Operation Christmas Child shoebox drop-offs 10 a.m.-noon through Nov. 18 and 20 and 1-3 p.m. Nov. 19. 

The shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide who may face poverty, war or disaster. For many of these children, the shoebox gift will be first gift they have ever received.  

Cardboard or plastic shoeboxes of average size should be used if you do not have the Samaritan’s Purse decorated boxes. 

Please do not include liquids or lotions, chocolate or food, breakable items or aerosol cans. A new restriction this year is no candy or toothpaste, which can delay delivery in several countries.

For more information on packing a shoebox, and how you and your family can get involved, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

Belair hosts T-Day dinner

Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, will host a Thanksgiving dinner at noon Nov. 23 in the family life center. Indian Land residents are invited to come and enjoy a free meal if they don’t have anywhere to go on the holiday. All food will be furnished.

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.

JAARS Passport to Christmas Dec. 8-9

JAARS, 7405 JAARS Road, Waxhaw, N.C., will present Passport to Christmas on Dec. 8-9 at the JAARS Center. The family event explores cultures around the world through stories, activities, music, foods and take-home crafts.

Hours are 1:30-5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. Dec. 9.

Cost is a suggested donation of $5 per person, maximum $20 per household. Registration is required.

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

Van Wyck Lighting of the Way Dec. 10

The annual Lighting of the Way is 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Van Wyck Post Office on the corner of Old Hickory and Steele Hill Road. There will be hundreds of candles lining the village and stops for short programs at local churches. For details, call Jane Massey at (803) 285-6444.

More St. John’s events

- Luminary sales begin Nov. 26. These will be displayed along the walks around the church on Christmas Eve. 

- Bring your creches to share with church members beginning Nov. 27.  On the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 3, the nativity creches wil be displayed in the Men’s Bible Room. The Chrismon service will be Dec. 3 during both services.

- The Red Cross blood drive is 2:30-7 p.m. Nov. 30. Sign up at redcrossblood.org or call (803) 547-7538 to make an appointment.

- The VIPs will meet Dec. 11 in the fellowship center. The program will be the “Oral History of Fort Mill” by Fort Mill History Museum. Bring pictures, artifacts and stories that you can share with the group. There will be a light lunch.

Temple Solel services

Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds its services at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, and holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of each month in the St. Phillip Neri community room. For details, call (803) 619-9707 or visit www.templesolelsc.org.

Catholics add 5th service

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway (S.C. 75) has added a fifth service. Worship services are now held at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 7, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. For more info the church, visit www.gracewepray.org.