Religious News 11-29-17

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

 St. John’s announces events 

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

- 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.

- On the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 3, the nativity creches will be displayed in the Men’s Bible Room. The Chrismon (symbols of Christmas) service will be Dec. 10 at both services.

- On Dec. 3, the United Methodist Men will hold its annual Advent breakfast following the early service until 10:45 a.m. Breakfast will be served, and a program will follow with music and sharing of Christmas memories and stories. Everyone is invited.

- The Angel Tree is the United Methodist Youth Fellowship’s annual community mission project to provide Christmas gifts for less fortunate children and their families. You can pick an angel from the Angel Tree in the fellowship center. Follow the instructions listed on the table with the sign-out sheets for the angel you pick. Angel Tree gifts must be returned and wrapped with their ornament tag by noon Dec. 10. The gifts will be delivered to the families that afternoon.

- St. John’s is selling Christmas trees 3-8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m- 9 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday beside the church parking lot. St. John’s members will receive a $5 discount on their tree. 

OLOG December events

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Charlotte Highway, will hold the following events this month:

- In the Middle (ages 29-49ish) will hold a wine tasting and fellowship 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Bring two bottles of wine to share.

- Children’s Gingerbread Day is Dec. 3, following the 11 a.m. Mass. Children may decorate a free gingerbread house.

- The fifth annual Knights of Columbus Council 14765 Christmas dinner fundraiser will be 5:45 p.m. Dec. 6 at The Lodge, 2955 Sun City Blvd. There will be entertainment, food, door prizes and raffles. Bring your own bottle. 

- Can’t make it to Mass? The church will send someone to drive you. Contact Natalie Jackson at (803) 283-4969 ext. 104, for details.

Byzantine services set

A Byzantine Catholic Community is forming at St. Philip Neri Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. Father Steven Galuschik of All Saints Byzantine Catholic Church in North Fort Myers, Fla., is working toward offering weekly liturgical services in the area. This community will serve the northern part of South Carolina, as well as Charlotte. 

In December, the Byzantine Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 in the parish hall. For details, contact Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389 or ron.somich@gmail.com or visit https://carolinabyzantine.com/.

Pleasant Hill service Dec. 3

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, will hold a special service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. “When Christmas Doesn’t Seem So Merry” is a service of hope and healing for those spending Christmas without a loved one.

Belair food pantry Dec. 7

The food pantry at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, is open 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 7 for those who live in the Indian Land and Harrisburg schools attendance area. Anyone in need of food is welcome.

Donations of food or money are also welcome at the church office from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays.

Candle-lighting Dec. 3

The New Road Support Group, a support group for parents who have lost a child, will host a candle-lighting service for parents and their families at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1152 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster. The event features music, Scripture readings and a moment of reflection, with a reception afterward in the church fellowship hall. Dwight Easler of Corinth Baptist Church in Gaffney will speak.

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, contact Claudia Thompson at (803) 285-2148 or claudiathompson@comporium.net.

More St Johns events

- Every year, St John’s lines its sidewalks on Christmas Eve with luminaries dedicated to loved ones. If you would like to dedicate one to the memory of someone or in honor of someone, please fill out a form in the fellowship hall near the Angel Tree or in the sanctuary. Each luminary is $2 and all funds go toward our Salkahatchie Fund. Put the form and the payment in the provided envelope and drop it in the box designated or the luminaries. Deadline for orders is Dec. 10.

- 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.

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.

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.


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