Religious News 6-12-19

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Temple Solel meets June 14
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. June 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.
OLOG hosts mini-retreat  
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, will host Be Not Troubled: A Mini Retreat on Finding God’s Presence in Your Life from 9 a .m. to noon June 15. Father Jeffrey Kirby will lead the retreat, based on his newest book, “be Not Troubled.” All are welcome.
Salkehatchie seeks donations
Donations to help with the Catawba Salkehatchie Camp on June 15-22 may be sent to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church – Salkehatchie Ministry, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, SC 29707.
Fathers in Prayer is June 15
The Lancaster Fatherhood Project will host “Fathers in Prayer,” a Father’s Day event, at 10 a.m. June 15 at the Lancaster Fatherhood Project office, 105 S. Wylie St., Lancaster. Prayers will be led by the Rev. AnThony Pelham of Faith, Hope and Victory Christian Church. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.
St. John’s UMC posts events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold these church events:
• Vacation Bible School is June 17-21. All are welcome to join an out-of-this-world mission at the “To Mars and Beyond” Vacation Bible School for ages 4 through seventh grade.
• Wednesday night dinners and Vespers are suspended for the summer.
• REAL Kids’ Wacky Wednesdays are back for the summer. Events include: June 26 – “Toy Story 4” movie outing; July 17 – miniature golf; July 31 – Asbury Hills; and Aug. 7 – “Minute to Win It.”
• Summer youth events include: June 28 – Water Day; July 9 – Top Golf; July 25 – “The Lion King” and Aug. 9 – lock-in.

• The seventh annual United Methodist Men’s BBQ & Bluegrass is 5-7 p.m. June 29. Head chef George Rhinehardt will prepare smoked pulled pork for all to enjoy, along with musical entertainment by the Cottonwood Band, a local bluegrass group. Barbecue plates with bun, slaw, baked beans and chips are $10; sandwich plates with baked beans or slaw are $8; children’s (ages 5-11) plates with barbecue of chicken strips and chips are $5. Whole Boston butts may be pre-ordered for $35. To buy tickets, see George Rhinehardt or stop by the church office with a check or correct change.
• St. John’s W.E.E. School Summer Camps are full, with waiting lists for all weeks. To get on a waiting list or for more information, contact Beth Meador at (803) 548-6557 or sjumcweeschool @gmail.com.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
Hospice caregivers to meet
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. June 19 (third Wednesday of each month) in the Belair United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. For de-tails, call Cory Turner at (803) 577-4912.
Mad Matters meet June 20
The Mad Matters ministry of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets 1-3 p.m. June 20 (first and third Thursday of each month) in the fellowship hall to make waterproof mats for the homeless.
Belair pantry open June 20
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon June 20 (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 Caregivers Support Group of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets at 7 p.m. June 20 (third Thursday each month) in the church library. It offers support to those caring for loved ones with dementia.
Faith hosts pantry June 21
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, is sponsoring a Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry on June 21. The pantry truck will be in the church parking lot. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the distribution of food should begin about 9 a.m.
Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until it is gone. Recipients must meet the income eligibility guidelines established by the USDA. An acceptable form of ID is required at the time of registration. This distribution is open to all in need in our communities.
This will be the second of four mobile pantries that Faith will host this year. Additional dates will be Sept. 30 and Nov. 22.
Faith Presbyterian Church is one of 29 churches that conduct mobile food pantries in Lancaster and York counties through their affiliation with Catawba Area Agency on Aging in Rock Hill.
For more information about the mobile pantry, call Faith Presbyterian at (803) 548-8810.

Belair UMC food pantry
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land, continues to operate a food pantry for Indian Land residents twice a month. Donations of food or cash may be dropped off at the Belair church office from  9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. Please continue to support this important ministry in Indian Land.

OLOG hosts fellowships 
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 June 23 (third Sunday each month). Coffee and doughnuts are served at noon. All are welcome.
Lutherans’ VBS June 23-28
Crossroads Lutheran and Amazing Grace Lutheran churches invite all children ages 3 through rising sixth-graders to Vacation Bible School at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 416. W. North Main St., Waxhaw. VBS is 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 23-28. Come join the group as it travels with Paul on his journey through Athens.
Cost is $25 per child or $50 per family. Scholarships are available, if needed. Register at www.Crossroads Lutheran.church or www.Amazing GraceLutheran.church.
Faith VBS is June 24-28
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, will hold Vacation Bible School for kindergartners through fifth-graders 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24-28. Counselors from Bethelwoods Camp & Conference Center will lead the program, teaching about the peace of God through Bible study, recreation, arts and crafts, music and more. Register at www.faithpresusa.com/vbs.php or call (803) 548-8810 for more info.
OLOG VBS June 24-28
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, will hold a free Vacation Bible School for kindergartners through fifth-graders 8-11:30 a.m. June 24-28. “A Wilderness Adventure Through the Sacraments” will be led by the Nashville Dominican Sisters. Space is limited, so sign up soon. For details, contact Tracey Heath at theath@charlestondiocese.org or visit www.gracewepray.org.
AA meets Wednesdays
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. Meetings are open discussion, with speakers on third Wednesdays.
Byzantines meet Saturdays
The Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church’s Divine Liturgy is 4 p.m. Saturdays in the parish center at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 E. Munn Road, Fort Mill.
An explanation of the Eastern Church, part of the universal church in union with Rome, is July 6 (first Saturday of the month), along with a coffee social after the liturgy and children’s activities during the talk. For details, visit http://carolinabyzantine.com or call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389.
Faith women’s Bible study group meets July 8
The women’s Bible study group will meet for brunch, but no study, at 11 a.m. July 8 (second Monday of each month) at Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land It is studying the Psalms this year. For details, call (803) 548-8810 or visit www.faithpresusa.com.
Mother’s Morning Out has opening
Faith Presbyterian’s Mother’s Morning Out program for the 2019-20 school year has one opening. The program meets 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays throughout the school year, and is open to any child who will be 2 or 3 years old on Sept. 1. Cost is $50 per month. Contact the church office at (803) 548-8810 or Edye Bender at dcedye@aol.com for more info or an application.
Prayer garden open to public

Everyone is invited to visit the Community Prayer Garden with the Stations of the Cross on the grounds of Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road. The garden, shaded with benches, is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Booklets are available at the entrance of the garden with reflections and prayers to guide visitors on their walk. The garden is located between the two buildings and can be accessed from either parking lot. Visit www.CrossroadsLutheran.church for more info.
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.
Connection seeks volunteers
The Connection, 1305 McIlwain Road, Lancaster, needs volunteers to help children at Countryside Mobile Home Park with their homework and reading 4-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Healthy snacks and drinks are also needed. For details, email theconnectionatcountryside@gmail.com.
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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