Religious News 11-28-18

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

St. John’s UMC posts events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold the following events:
• There will be normal Wednesday night meals and vespers throughout November.
• The Gourmet Travelers Lunch this month is 11:15 a.m. Nov. 29 at the Famous Toastery on S.C. 160 West, next to Taco Bell in Tega Cay.
• The R.E.A.L Kids will hand out candy canes and hot chocolate Dec. 1 at the Fort Mill Christmas Parade. On Dec. 2, there will be an Advent Workshop, and Dec. 8 is Polar Express Night. On Dec. 16, they will go caroling.
• The United Methodist Women will have a Christmas luncheon after the 11 a.m. service Dec. 9. They would love to have any of the women of the church not already a part of UMW to join them.
• The luminary sale is under way. These will line the sidewalks around the church on Christmas Eve.
• Angel Tree gifts must be returned by noon Dec. 16.
• 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 about any of these, call (803) 547-7538 or email stjohnsfm@comporium.org.

Learn about Byzantines Dec. 1
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 – Dec. 1, 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.


2018 Youth Explosion Dec. 1

Citadel of Love Christian Fellowship will host the 2018 Youth Explosion, “No Limits,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at Lancaster Bowling Center, 3250 Reece Road, Lancaster. The event will feature youth choirs, door prizes and giveaways. Guest speakers include Pastor DeJarvis Thompson of Abundant Life Ministries, Minister Angelica Stuart of Citadel Ministries International and Elder Brandon Mingo of Lion of Judah Next Level Ministry. All youth and young adults are welcome. For details, call (803) 342-4089.

OLOG Gingerbread Day is Dec. 2
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, holds its annual Gingerbread Day noon-2 p.m. Dec. 2. Each child will receive their very own house to decorate and bring home. All are welcome and there is no fee for this event. A surprise guest is expected to make an appearance.

NAMI support groups meet
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connections (for adults with mental health conditions) and Family Support groups meet at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 3 (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. Dec. 6 (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.

Mad Matters don’t meet in December
The Mad Matters homeless mat ministry of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets 1-3 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month, except December in the fellowship hall to make waterproof mats for the homeless.

Belair food pantry open Dec. 6

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 Dec. 6. Donations of food or cash may be dropped off at the Belair church office 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.

Passport to Christmas on Dec. 7

A Passport to Christmas at JAARS event will be 1:30-5 p.m. Dec. 7, and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the JAARS Center’s Townsend Building, 7405 Jaars Road, Waxhaw, N.C. Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Prices are $5 per child or $20 per household. Pre-registration is required; forms are available at www.jaars.org/passport. For details, email tours_jaars@jaars.org.

Lighting of the Way Dec. 9

Van Wyck’s Lighting of the Way begins at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Van Wyck post office, 5222 Old Hickory Road. Participants light hundreds of candles along the streets during a procession to local churches for short programs, followed by a party at the community center, 5036 Old Hickory Road.

Singing Christmas Tree, nativity

New Hope Baptist Church, 3731 Lynwood Drive, Lancaster, will present a Singing Christmas Tree and Live Nativity at 6 p.m. Dec. 9-10.

Temple Solel meets Dec. 14

Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 (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.

Hospice caregivers meet Dec. 19
Hospice Care of S.C.’s caregiver support group meets 10-11 a.m. Dec. 19 (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 Dec. 20

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 (third Thursday each month) in the church library. The group offers support to those who are caring for loved ones with dementia.

AA meets Wednesdays 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.

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.

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.

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.

Faith Presbyterian posts events
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, holds these events:

• Sunday school for kids and adults is 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 posts events
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, holds these events:
• 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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