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Religious News 12-12-18

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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:
• During the Vespers service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, create a gingerbread house with your family or join others to work on one. The usual Wednesday evening meal will be at 5:45 p.m.
• The R.E.A.L Kids for Christ (kindergarten-fifth grade) will go caroling 12:15-2:30 p.m. Dec. 16.
• Angel Tree gifts must be returned by noon Dec. 16, so the youth can deliver them that day.
• The UMYF is selling luminaries in memory or in honor of loved ones for $2 each through Dec. 16. They will be on display in the fellowship center before and after the Christmas Eve services. Order forms are on the Angel Tree table in the fellowship hall and in the hallway communication center near the sanctuary. Envelopes with the form and payment may be dropped in the decorated box.  The money raised will go toward the Salkehatchie Service Fund. The youth will prep and set up the luminaries Dec. 23.
• The Gourmet Travelers will eat lunch together at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at 521 BBQ in Tega Cay.
• Christmas Eve services will be at 4 and 6 p.m. Dec. 24.
• The last fifth Sunday breakfast gathering this year is Dec. 30, when there will be a hearty snack rather than a full breakfast during the Sunday school hour.
• St. John’s has hired a new children/youth director, Mallory Capps, who is excited to be a part of the staff and is already planning new activities.

• 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.
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.
OLOG hosts youth events
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, will hold the following upcoming events for youth:
• The Middle School White Elephant Christmas Party is 6:15-7:45 p.m. Dec. 14.
• The High School White Elephant Christmas Party is 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 16.
• The High School Youth Group meets 5:30-7 p.m. every Sunday.
For details, call (803) 283-4969 or visit www.gracewepray.org.
Hospice caregivers to meet
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
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.
Belair food pantry open Dec. 20
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 20 (first and third Thursday of each month). Donations of food or cash may be dropped off at the Belair church office 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.
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. 20 (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. Jan. 3 (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.
Christmas Eve services at PHUMC
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, will host Christmas Eve services at 5, 7 and 11 p.m. in the church sanctuary. For details, visit www.pleasanthillmethodist.org.
AA meets Wednesdays
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
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
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.
Mad Matters won’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.
Byzantines Catholics meet on Saturdays
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 – Jan. 5, 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.
Faith Presbyterian posts events
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, holds Sunday school for kids and adults 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 student ministry meets
The PHYouth student ministry (sixth-12th grades) meets 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sundays at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land. 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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