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Religious News 4-3-19

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Food truck at Faith on April 4
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.
Mad Matters meet April 4
The Mad Matters ministry of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets 1-3 p.m. April 4 (first and third Thursday of each month) in the fellowship hall to make waterproof mats for the homeless.
Belair pantry open April 4
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon April 4 (first and third Thursday of each month). Food or cash donations may be dropped off at the church office 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.
Easter event April 6 at Faith
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, will hold an Easter EGGstravaganza at 10 a.m. April 6.
Come hear the Easter story, visit prayer stations, hunt for eggs, make crafts, play games, a bounce house, lunch and more.
There is no charge for any of the activities, and parents, grandparents and kids of all ages are welcome at the rain or shine event. For details, visit www.faithpresusa.com.
Basket blessing, pysanky presentation April 6
The Byzantine Catholic Community at St. Philip Neri Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, will hold an educational and informational presentation on the traditional Easter basket blessing and pysanky (wax egg decorating) after the 4 p.m. Divine Liturgy on April 6.
It will cover the significance of Easter foods with a demonstration, recipes and a hands-on pysanky class.
There will also be children’s activities. Light refreshments will be served. There is no fee, but donations are welcome. For details or to register, call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389 or visit www. carolina byzantine.com.
St. John’s team to walk April 6
Team Katelyn’s Kure from St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will participate in the JDRF One Walk for juvenile diabetes beginning at 8:30 a.m. April 6 at Carowinds.

Bible institute info day April 6
Kingdom of God Church International, 1276 Old Landsford Road, Lancaster, will host an information day for the Kingdom Builders Bible Institute at 10 a.m. April 6. All are welcome. For details, call (980) 210-7290 or (803) 289-9384.
Faith Presbyterian posts April events
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, will hold these events in April:
• 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.
• A Lenten Bible study by Adam Hamilton on the Gospel of John is at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through April 9 in the sanctuary.
• Youth in grades six through 12 meet 5-7 p.m. April 14 (second and fourth Sundays of the month) for activities, study and service projects.
• 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.
Temple Solel meets Friday
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. April 12 (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.
See ‘Stories Told at a Feast’ on April 13
Bright Light Baptist Church will present “Stories Told at a Feast: The Gospel According to Matthew,” a resurrection production, at 4 p.m. April 13 at Barr Street Auditorium, 610 E. Meeting St., Lancaster. Admission is free. For details, call (803) 288-7889.
Caregivers group meets April 17
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. April 17 (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.
Alzheimer’s group meets April 18
The Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets at 7 p.m. April 18 (third Thursday each month) in the church library. It offers support to those caring for loved ones with dementia.
Van Wyck UMC Holy Week services
Van Wyck United Methodist Church, 5068 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck, will hold a traditional Good Friday  
service at 7 p.m. April 19 as it continues the Lenten journey to the cross. All are welcome.
The church will hold its Easter Sunday service at 9 a.m. April 21and invties everyone to come celebrate the Resurrection.
For details, contact Pastor Tim Espar at tespar@umcsc.org or (732) 245-3586.

St. John’s UMC posts events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold the following events:
• 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.

• Wednesday night meals and vesper services will not be held April 17 due to spring break.

 

• St. John’s graduating seniors who display the heart and action of involvement in missions may apply for the Debra Frye Edmondson United Methodist Women Mission Scholarship. Applications available in the church office and the youth table in the communications center. Deadline is 2 p.m. April 26. Donations to the scholarship fund are welcome.
• The Scholastic Book Fair is May 6-10, with evening hours on May. Books are available for all ages.
• Salkahatchie sign-ups are open. St. John’s volunteers will work in Fairfield County July 13-21. Salkahatchie is a UMC mission that began 41 years ago with a group of young and old volunteers who work tirelessly to make homes drier, safer and warmer for those without the means to do it themselves. Contact Frank Gravely at PGPServices@yahoo.com for details.
• Registration is open for the children’s Summer Arts Fair, led by Kathie Riebe, on July 8-12. Activities include photography, music, writing and art. Details available at www.stjohnsfm.org.
• 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.
OLOG hosts fellowships after Mass
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, holds a weekly fellowship at 12:30 p.m. after the noon Mass on Thursdays.
The church also hosts a monthly hospitality with doughnuts after the Sunday 11 a.m. Mass on April 28. Coffee and doughnuts are served at noon. All are welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 May 4 (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.

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