Religious News 6-5-19

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Mad Matters meet June 6
The Mad Matters ministry of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets 1-3 p.m. June 6 (first and third Thursday of each month) in the fellowship hall to make waterproof mats for the homeless.
Belair pantry open June 6
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon June 6 (first and third Thursday of each month). Food or cash donations may be dropped off at the church office 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.
Keyes to speak at OLOG
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, will hold its third annual Sacred Heart Lecture on Religion & Culture at 6:30 p.m. June 7.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Alan Keyes, a two-time U.S. presidential candidate, former assistant secretary of state for international organizations, a Harvard graduate, a leader in the black community and human rights activist.
The evening will begin with a concert of sacred music, followed by Keyes’ lecture. There will be a reception in the parish hall afterward.
This event is free and open to the public. No registrations will be taken.
Salkehatchie 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.
JAARS Day June 8
JAARS Day is 9 a.m. June 8 at 7405 JAARS Road, Waxhaw, N.C., featuring plane and helicopter rides and off-roading. Rides are limited and tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. A JAARS liability waiver is required and can be downloaded at www.jaars.org/jaars-day.
PV Baptist VBS June 9-13
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 211 Marvin Road, Indian Land, will host Vacation Bible School 6-8:30 p.m. June 9-13 for ages 3 to fifth grade. The theme is “In The Wild – Amazing Encounters With Jesus.”
VBS 2019 will take kids on a wild adventure with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. As they seek out exotic animals, they’ll also find snapshots of real-life encounters with Jesus in Scripture.
Register online at PV.church or call the church office at (803) 548-7208.
Faith Presbyterian events
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, will hold the following events:
• Youth in grades six through 12 meet 5-7 p.m. June 9 (second and fourth Sundays of the month) for activities, study and service projects.
• The women’s Bible study meets at 11 a.m. June 10 (second Monday of each month) at the church. It is studying the Psalms this year.
• Elementary-age kids are invited to Super Sunday 1:30-3 p.m. June 16 (third Sunday of each month) at the church office. This club for kindergarten through fifth-graders explores Scripture through music, art, recreation and Bible study.
For details, call (803) 548-8810 or visit www.faithpresusa.com.
St. John’s UMC posts events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold these church events:
• St. John’s REAL Kids’ Wacky Wednesdays are back for the summer. Planned events include: June 11 – Amazing Race; June 26 – “Toy Story 4” movie outing; July 17 – miniature golf; July 31 – Asbury Hills; and Aug. 7 – “Minute to Win It.”
• St. John’s summer youth events planned include: June 11 – bowling; June 28 – Water Day; July 9 – Top Golf; July 25 – “The Lion King” and Aug. 9 – lock-in.
• 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.
• The annual United Methodist Men’s Bluegrass BBQ is 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. 
• 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.
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.

Fathers in Prayer event 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.
Caregivers meet June 19
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 details, call Cory Turner at (803) 577-4912.
Alzheimer’s group meets
The Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s 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 mobile food pantry June 21
Faith Presbyterian Church of Indian Land is sponsoring a Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry on Friday, June 21. The pantry truck will be located in the parking lot of Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) at the intersection of Van Wyck Road.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the distribution of food should begin at 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 or 30. 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.CrossroadsLutheran.church or www.AmazingGraceLutheran.church.
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. VBS will be led by the Nashville Dominican Sisters. Space is limited, so sign up soon. For details, contact Tracey Heath at theath@charlestondiocese.org.
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.
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.
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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