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Religious News 3-20-19

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Caregivers group meets
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. March 20 (third Wednesday of each month) in the Belair United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. For details, call Cory Turner at (803) 577-4912.
St. John’s UMC posts events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold the following events:
• The Grief Support Group meets at 4:30 p.m. March 20 in the fellowship hall.
• R.E.A.L. Kids (kindergarten-fifth grade) meet 4-5:30 p.m. March 20 and 24. The group’s Friends and Fun Picnic is March 22 at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. On March 24, they will prepare care packages for college students.
• The Kairos Prison Ministry Weekend is March 21-24.
• Family Game Night is 6-8 p.m. March 24. A pizza and salad dinner will be provided. Sign up in the communication center.
• Pick up a cpopy of the Lenten Devotionals Booklet, written by church members, in the communication center.

• The United Methodist Women celebrates its 150th anniversary this week. The group was started March 23, 1869, in Boston, Mass., as the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society by the women of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They raised funds to send a teacher and a doctor to India to minister to the health care and educational needs of women there. Last year, St. John’s UMW raised $5,000 to give to area groups that work to help those in need.
• Easter lilies ($10 each) are being sold for the Easter service, and may be in memory or recognition of someone. Sign up in the communication hall, contact an MYF member or buy them in the church office. Those who buy lilies may pick them up after the Easter service.
• March 29-31 is the Spring Mission Retreat. For details, contact youth director Mallory Capps at stjumc.youthandchildren@gmail.com.
• St. John’s graduating seniors who displays the heart and action of involvement in missions may apply for the Debra Frye Edmondson United Methodist Women Mission Scholarship. Applications are available in the church office and on the youth table in the communications center. Applications deadline is 2 p.m. April 26. Donations to the scholarship fund are welcome.
• Salkahatchie sign-ups are open. Check out the website for information and dates or contact Frank Gravely at PGPServices@yahoo.com.
• The Scholastic Book Fair is May 6-10, with evening hours on May. Books are available for all ages.
• Vacation Bible School is June 17-21. All are welcome to be part of an out-of-this-world mission at the “To Mars and Beyond” Vacation Bible School.
• W.E.E. School registration is open for the 2019-20 school year. For details, contact Beth Meador at sjumcweeschool@gmail.com.
• The VIPs (seniors) are planning a four-day, three-night trip to Lancaster, Pa., on Oct 2-3. Highlights include seeing “Jesus” at the Sight & Sound Theatre, a tour of Amish country and the Bible Museum in Washington, D.C. All church members, family and friends are invited. For details, see the VIP signup in the lobby or call Meredith Jackson at (803) 193-8299.
Belair pantry open March 21
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon March 21 (first and third Thursday of each month). Food or cash donations may be dropped off at the church office 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.
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. March 21 (third Thursday each month) in the church library. It offers support to those caring for loved ones with dementia.
Mad Matters meet March 21
The Mad Matters ministry of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets 1-3 p.m. March 21 (first and third Thursday of each month) in the fellowship hall to make waterproof mats for the homeless.
Temple Solel meets Friday
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. March 22 (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.
FM church hosts yard sale
Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, 109 Harris St., Fort Mill, will hold a yard sale 7 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23 in the family life center. The rain-or-shine sale – offering furniture, exercise equipment, crafts, housewares, clothes and more – will fund a youth trip.  
Women’s conference in RH
The annual Fort Mill Stake Women’s Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is 6-9 p.m. March 23 at 1883 Saluda Road, Rock Hill. Visitors are welcome.
Faith Presbyterian posts events
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, will hold these events in March:
• The community is invited to hear Emory Austin and David Stith of Deja Vu present “The Sky Ain’t the Limit” at 2 p.m. March 23 in the sanctuary. This family program aligns biblical insights with nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
• Youth in grades six through 12 meet 5-7 p.m. March 24 (second and fourth Sundays of the month) for activities, study and service projects.
• A Lenten Bible study by Adam Hamilton on the Gospel of John is at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through April 9 in the sanctuary.

• The women’s Bible study meets at 11 a.m. April 8 (second Monday of each month) at the church. It is studying the Psalms this year.
• Elementary-age kids are invited to “Super Sunday” 1:30-3 p.m. April 21 (third Sunday of each month) at the church office. The group is learning about God’s light this spring, and exploring ways solar power can bring light to people all around the world. This club for kindergarten through fifth-graders explores Scripture through music, art, recreation and Bible study.
• Faith holds Sunday school for kids and adults at 9 a.m. Sundays in the church office building. Worship is at 10 a.m.
For details, call (803) 548-8810 or visit www.faithpresusa.com.
OLOG hosts fellowships
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, holds a weekly fellowship at 12:30 p.m. after daily Mass at noon Thursdays.
The church also hosts a monthly hospitality with doughnuts after the Sunday 11 a.m. Mass on March 24 and April 28. Coffee and doughnuts are served at noon. All are welcome.
Moriah hosts VBS clinic
The Moriah Baptist Association will host a free “Into the Wild” Vacation Bible School Clinic 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 25 at Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road, Lancaster. The free clinic will include break-out sessions for all ages, including youths and adults, and decorating and snack ideas to complement this year’s theme. For details, call (803) 283-8407.
Faith hosts food truck
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, will sponsor a Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry on April 4.
The truck will be in the parking lot of the new Faith Presbyterian Church building at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Van Wyck Road.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the distribution of food about 9 a.m.
Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until it is gone. Recipients must meet USDA income-eligibility guidelines. This distribution is open to all in need.
For details, call (803) 548-8810.
Byzantines meet Saturdays
The Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church’s Divine Liturgy is 4 p.m. Saturdays at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 E. Munn Road, Fort Mill. The Byzantines meet in the parish center. For details, visit http://carolinabyzantine.com or call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389.
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 April 6 (first Saturday of the month), along with a coffee social after the liturgy. There will be activities for children during the talk.
For details, visit http://carolinabyzantine.com or call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389.
Need home repairs help?
The Catawba Salkehatchie Camp is looking for Indian Land, Van Wyck and Fort Mill homeowners who need help with substantial home repairs. The camp runs June 15-22 and repairs will be made during that week.
The camp invites referrals from local agencies, such as the Indian Land Council on Aging, S.C. Department of Social Services and the Fort Mill Care Center, as well as local churches and concerned citizens.
The camp can help homeowners with painting, plumbing, exterior siding, wall, floor, window and roof repairs. The ministry is intended to help people who are unable to help themselves, due to financial or health issues. The work and materials are provided free of charge, but not guaranteed.
To be eligible to receive assistance, the occupant must own the home; it must be safe for workers, and there must be enough work to last 10-12 youth and adult workers about five days.
If you know someone who needs this type of help or if you need it, call Carnes at (803) 984-5500 or Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at (803) 548-4922. To be considered for this year’s camp, referrals must be received before the end of April.
Donations to help with the camp may also be sent directly to the church at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church – Salkehatchie Ministry, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, SC 29707.

Connection seeks volunteers
The Connection, 1305 McIlwain Road, Lancaster, needs volunteers to help children at Countryside Mobile Home Park with their homework and reading from 4-5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Healthy snacks and drinks are also needed. For details, email theconnectionatcountryside@gmail.com.
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.
PHUMC student ministry meets Sundays
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. Youth Bible study is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
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.

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