Religious News 8-14-19

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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

OLOG celebrates holy day
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, will celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, a holy day of obligation for Catholics, at the following times:
• Aug. 14, 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.  
• Aug. 15, 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Confession will be available after all Masses.
There will be a special Blessing of Mothers Who Have Experienced Miscarriages at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 15. All those who have experienced a miscarriage are welcome.
Belair pantry open Aug. 15
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 15 (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. Aug. 15 (third Thursday each month) in the church library. It offers support to those caring for loved ones with dementia.
Mother’s Morning Out
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.
Steele Hill AMEZ homecoming
Join the Steele Hill AME Zion Church family for homecoming services Aug. 18. Regular services include Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship service at 10:45 a.m. Homecoming will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Brandon Ingram, pastor of Mount Nebo AME Zion Church in Richburg, as guest speaker.
Revival services are at 7 p.m. Aug. 19-21, with the Rev. Eldren Morrison, pastor of Shaw Temple AME Zion Church in Smyrna, Ga.
The community is invited to all events. For details, visit steelehillamez.org or facebook.com/steelehillamez.
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 after the Sunday 11 a.m. Mass on Aug. 18 (third Sunday each month). Coffee and doughnuts are served at noon. All are welcome.

Gress to speak on ‘Toxic Femininity’ at OLOG

Dr. Carrie Gress will give a free presentation on her latest book, "The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity" at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at  Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 7095 Waxhaw Highway (S.C. 75). After her presentation, there will be a reception with book sales and a chance to meet the speaker. This event is open to the public. Gress is an international author, philosopher and mother. She received her doctorate in philosophy from Catholic University of America, and has written for numerous publications, as well as several books.

Hospice caregivers to meet
Hospice Care of S.C. will hold a caregiver support group 10-11 a.m. Aug. 21 (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.
Shabbat services on Friday
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish Congregation, meets for Shabbat services at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 (second and fourth Fridays of each month) at the Belair United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. For details, visit templesolelsc.org, visit the Temple Solel SC Facebook page or call (803) 610-1707.
Stewardship banquet Aug. 27
The Moriah Baptist Association will host its annual Stewardship Banquet at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at First Baptist Church, 300 S. Market St., Lancaster.
Dr. Joe Brown, former pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church of Charlotte and current pastor of Restoration Church of the Carolinas in Indian Land, will speak. The Littles of Monroe, N.C., will perform a gospel concert before the message. Meal tickets are $10 through Aug. 15 at the Moriah Baptist Association Missions Center, 914 W. Meeting St., Lancaster. For details, call (803) 283-8409.
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 Sept. 7 (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.
NAMI support groups meet
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Piedmont Tri-County of Lancaster County offer free support groups for adults with any kind of mental health condition and separate support groups for family members at 6:15 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. or details, call (803) 283-7437 or visit www.nami-piedmont.org.
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 5 (first Thursday of each month) in Room 203 at Transformation Church, 8978 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. For details, contact Sue Korn at (704) 575-5928 or suekorn08@gmail.com.
Register 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 Wednesdays 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.
Prayer garden open to all
All are 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 shaded garden, with benches, is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Booklets are available at the entrance with reflections and prayers to guide visitors on their walk. The garden is between the two buildings and can be accessed from either parking lot. Visit www.CrossroadsLutheran.church for more info.
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.
St. John’s UMC posts events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold these events:
• Wednesday night dinners and Vespers are suspended for the summer.
• 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.
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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