Religious News 6-26-19

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

St. John’s UMC posts events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold these church events:
• 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.”
• The seventh annual United Methodist Men’s BBQ & Bluegrass is 5-7 p.m. June 29. 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 or 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.
• Summer youth events include: June 28 – Water Day; July 9 – Top Golf; July 25 – “The Lion King” and Aug. 9 – lock-in.
• Wednesday night dinners and Vespers are suspended for the summer.
• Registration is open for the children’s Summer Arts Fair, led by Kathie Riebe, on July 8-12. Activities for rising fourth-  through eighth-grade students include photography, music, writing and art. Registration is $70, which includes a T-shirt and a daily lunch. Artists, performers, photographers, writers and theater techs are welcome. Details available at www.stjohnsfm.org.
• St. John’s Salkahatchie volunteers will work July 13-21 in Fairfield County. Salkahatchie is a UMC mission that began 41 years ago with a group of volunteers both young and old 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.

• 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.
• 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.
Temple Solel meets June 28
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. June 28 (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.
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.
North Corner AME Zion Church revival July 7-12
North Corner AME Zion Church, 3754 E. North Corner Road, Lancaster, will host a “Hope is Here” revival at 3 p.m. July 7 and at 7 p.m. July 8-12. The Rev. Janice Lake of New Unity AME Zion Church in Waxhaw and the Rev. Justin Barbour of Smithville AME Zion Church in Cheraw will speak. For details, call (803) 285-8362.
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.
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.
Hospice caregivers to meet
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. July 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.

Mad Matters meet July 18
The Mad Matters ministry of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets 1-3 p.m. July 18 (first and third Thursday of each month) in the fellowship hall to make waterproof mats for the homeless.
Belair pantry open July 18
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon July 18 (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. July 18 (third Thursday each month) in the church library. It offers support to those caring for loved ones with dementia.
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 July 21 (third Sunday each month). Coffee and doughnuts are served at noon. All are welcome.

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 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.
Register now for OLOG faith formation

Registration is now open for the 2019-20 children’s faith formation program at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. The program is free for all registered parishioners. In this program, children and families grow together in holy fellowship, understanding of the sacraments, Scripture and many other aspects of the Catholic faith.
Classes are Wednesday evenings with sessions at 4 and 6:30 p.m. during the school year. Families will receive further information upon registration. Visit www.gracewepray.org to register children. For details, contact John Paul Boehling at jboehling@charlestondiocese.org or (803) 283-4969, ext .110.
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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