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Religious News 7-10-19

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

Donations needed for Kenya mission
A local teacher, Jill Laney, is collecting funds to purchase food for families in Kenya. Laney will be part of a seven-member team going on a mission trip this month to provide humanitarian assistance to villages in a remote region of Kenya.
The cost of one 200-pound bag of corn for these families is about $50. The group hopes to provide at least 300 bags.
To make a donation by July 10, send a check or money order to Weddington United Methodist Church, Attn: Linda Caskey, 13901 Providence Road, Weddington, NC 28104. Checks should be made out to WUMC and the memo line should say “2019 Kenya Mission-Corn.”
North Corner AME Zion hosts revival
North Corner AME Zion Church, 3754 E. North Corner Road, Lancaster, is hosting a “Hope is Here” revival at 7 p.m. through July 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.
IL Baptist VBS July 14-17
Indian Land Baptist Church, 7583 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, will hold Vacation Bible School 6-8:30 p.m. July 14-17. To  sign up, call (803) 517-5434.
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 Salkahatchie volunteers will work July 13-21 in Fairfield County. Contact Frank Gravely at PGPServices@yahoo.com for details.
• REAL Kids’ Wacky Wednesdays events include: July 17 – miniature golf, July 31 – Asbury Hills and Aug. 7 – “Minute to Win It.”
• Summer youth events include: July 25 – “The Lion King” and Aug. 9 – lock-in.
• Wednesday night dinners and Vespers are suspended for the summer.

• 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.
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.
Ice cream social July 13 at Belair
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, will host an ice cream social 5-7 p.m. July 13 in  the church’s family life center. This is a real treat, with many flavors of hand-churned ice cream. Donations will be accepted for the Back to School Bash in August. Proceeds will go toward new sneakers, book bags and more for schoolchildren in Lancaster County. For details, call (803) 547-6631.
Hospice caregivers to meet July 17
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 at PHUMC
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 food 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 July 18
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.
OLOG hosts info meeting on RCIA
Have you ever wondered what it means to be a Catholic? What do they really believe about Jesus, the Trinity, the Real Presence, the Sacraments? What is the Mass all about, and is there a heaven and a hell?
These and many other topics will be addressed in  the RCIA program this fall at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster. Our Lady of Grace will host an informational meeting on the program at 7 p.m. July 29. For more information, contact Deacon Doc Donofrio at bdonofrio@charelstondiocese.org.
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 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.
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 Aug. 3 (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.
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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