Religious News 5-23-18

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

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

• The church's Wacky Wednesdays summer program for rising kindergartners through fifth grade will be June 20, 27, July 11, 25 and Aug. 8. A variety of fun activities are planned.
• The United Methodist Men will host their annual barbecue dinner June 30. Entertainment will be provided by The Hinson Girls, who have been performing bluegrass gospel music since 2009. All are welcome.
• The Summer Fine Arts Camp at St. John’s will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 9-13 at for boys and girls entering grades four through eight. The registration fee is $70 (includes T-shirt and lunch). Camp attendees will be able to choose two focus areas from choral, instrumental, performance communication, photography, visual arts, theater production elements, and creative writing. Register at www.stjohnsfm.org. For details, contact Kathie Riebe at sjumcmusisc@comporium.net.

White Oak ‘Cycle Service’ May 27
White Oak AME Zion Church, 1281 W. Rebound Road, Van Wyck, will host a “Cycle Service” at 11 a.m. May 27. Bikers will meet at 10 a.m. at Fast Bucks, off S.C. 5 in Catawba, with kickstands up at 10:45 a.m. For details, call Monica Frazier at (803) 235-4765.
OLOG hosts ‘Evening of Catholic Culture’ June 1
Dr. Robert Royal, founder/president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., and editor of The Catholic Thing, will speak on “Religion and Catholic Culture” on June 1 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7031 Waxhaw Highway.
His lecture is part of an Evening of Catholic Culture beginning with a first Friday Mass at 5:30 p.m., followed by a concert of sacred music at 6:30 p.m. and Royal’s lecture at 7 p.m. The evening will end with a wine and cheese reception at 8 p.m. in the parish hall.
Our Lady of Grace extends a warm welcome to anyone of any faith who wishes to attend this free event.
Belair food pantry open June 7
The food pantry at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, is open 9 a.m.-noon June 7. 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.
Next JAARS Day set for June 9
JAARS Day will begin at 9 a.m. June 9 at the JAARS headquarters, 7405 Jaars Road, Waxhaw. The event features family-friendly activities, lunch, an open house from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., missionary presentations and plane and helicopter rides. Admission is free, a five-seat plane ride is $20, helicopter ride is $22, and lunch is $6.50. For details, visit www.JAARS.org/events/JAARS-DAY.
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 on 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 support group meets 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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