Religious News 12-5-18

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Belair food pantry open
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 6 (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 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.
• 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.

JAARS Passport to Christmas

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.

St. Nicholas Day event Dec. 8

The Byzantine Catholic Community is hosting a St. Nicholas Day Celebration after the 4 p.m. Divine Liturgy on Dec. 8 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, in the ministry center across from the main church. All are welcome to help celebrate his Dec. 6 feast day and learn more about this saint. There will be a short educational program for children and adults, followed by a potluck dinner. For details, call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389 or visit Carolinabyzantine.com.

St. John’s UMC posts events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold the following events:
• Dec. 8 is Polar Express Night for the R.E.A.L Kids. 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 join them.
• The VIPs (seniors) will dine at Captain Steve’s at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11, and then attend “The Real Christmas Story” at 6:30 p.m. at Narroway Theater in Fort Mill.

• 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.
• Angel Tree gifts must be returned by noon Dec. 16, so the youth can delive them that day.

• The UMYF (youth) is selling luminaries in memory or in honor of loved ones are  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 Salkahatchie Service Fund. The youth will prep and set-up the luminaries Dec. 23.
• 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.

Kirby presents book Dec. 9

Father Jeffrey Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, has just published his 10th book, “God’s Search for Us: Five Lessons from a Missing Coin.” He will discuss the book during a presentation at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9, followed by a reception and book signing at the church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster. All are welcome.
The book will be sold after all the Masses of the Immaculate Conception at 4 5:30  and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 7, 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 8 and weekend Masses at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8, and  7, 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 9.

Van Wyck’s 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.

Singing Christmas Tree
New Hope Baptist Church, 3731 Lynwood Drive, Lancaster, will present a Singing Christmas Tree at 6 p.m. Dec. 9-10, followed by a walk-through live Nativity, a luminary walk and refreshments.

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.

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.

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
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.

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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