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Religious News 5-16-18

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Belair food pantry open May 17

The food pantry at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, is open 9 a.m.-noon May 17. The pantry is 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.
Learn about the Byzantines
The Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian) Mission of the Carolinas will have a booth at the 23rd annual Italian Festival May 17-19 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 E. Munn Road, Fort Mill. Hours are 5-9 p.m. Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.
OLOG parish picnic May 20
Our Lady of Grace will hold its parish picnic May 20 after the 11 a.m. Mass at 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster. There will be food, a children’s pie-eating contest, a pie-baking contest and games. Everything is free.
St. John’s UMC posts events
St. Johns United Methodist Church of Fort Mill, 160 Tom Hall St., will hold the following events:


• The first United Methodist Women’s Society of Christian Service took place in Columbus, Ohio, in May 1942. Methodist women will again gather in Columbus on May 18-20 for the 2018 United Methodist Women’s Assembly, celebrating the organization’s 150th anniversary and the theme, “The Power of Bold.”


• Confirmation Sunday is May 20.


• Wednesday night meals and worship service will continue through May 23.


• The Red Cross blood drive is 2:30-7 p.m. May 24. Sign up at redcrossblood.org or call the church office.

• Gourmet Travelers, a group for church members who normally eat alone, will meet for lunch at 11:05 a.m. May 29 at Ruby Tuesday’s, 1410 Springdale Road, Rock Hill.


• Sign up at stjohnsfm@comporium.net for Vacation Bible School 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 11-15. The theme for this year will be “Rolling River Rampage.” Children do not have to be members of the church to attend.


Moriah Singles Luncheon May 19


The Moriah Baptist Association will hold a Moriah Singles Luncheon at noon May 19 at the Moriah Missions Center, 914 W. Meeting St., Lancaster. The event is free. Fried chicken will be served as the main dish and attendees are asked to bring side dishes. A mission program will follow the meal.
Faith offers free spring concert
Faith Presbyterian Church at 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, invites the community to attend a spring concert at 3 p.m. May 20 in the new worship center.
Carol Edmonds, Ken Edmonds and Harmony Road Barbershop Quartet will perform a free concert.
A love offering will be taken to benefit the handbell fund at Faith Presbyterian Church. For details, check www.faithpresusa.org or (803) 548-8810.

Bloom Where You’re Planted Luncheon
The Christian Women’s Connection will hold the Bloom Where You’re Planted Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 22 at Pinz Grille at the Bowling Center, 1352 Reece Road, Lancaster. Admission is $12. The event features master gardener Diane Dworak’s “A Yankee in Paradise,” Margo Monahan speaking on “From Broken to Overflowing Heart,” and music by Stacy Pokopac. Reservations must be made by May 18. All proceeds benefit Stonecroft Ministries. For details or to RSVP, call (803) 286-0133.

Dominican sisters coming to IL for VBS
Our Lady of Grace will host its second annual all-Catholic VBS program June 18-22.
The church has a unique contribution to the VBS program offered to the surrounding community. Dominican Sisters will travel from Nashville, Tenn., to provide instruction for the children during the faith rotation. Scripture lessons will be woven into the rotations of music, games, crafts and even snacks.
According to the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia website, “Evangelization takes place in obedience to the missionary mandate of Jesus: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you’ (Matt. 28:19-20). In these verses we see how the risen Christ sent his followers to preach the gospel in every time and place, so that faith in him might spread to every corner of the earth.”
The program is free to anyone interested. Visit gracewepray.org for details about how to register.
AA meets weekly 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 third Wednesdays.
NAMI support groups meet
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in Room 203 at Transformation Church, 8978 Charlotte Highway. For details, contact Sue Korn at (704) 575-5928 or suekorn08@gmail.com.
• NAMI Connections (for adults with mental health conditions) and Family Support groups meet the first Monday and third Thursday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. For details, visit www.namipiedmont.com.
Caregivers meet at Belair UMC
Hospice Care of S.C.’s caregiver support group meets 10-11 a.m. the 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.
Byzantine Catholics gather at FM church
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.
Temple Solel services on Fridays
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of each month in at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. Services are in the community room of the ministry building. For details, call (803) 619-9707 or visit www.templesolelsc.org or Temple Solel SC on Facebook.

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