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A weekly listing of area religious news and events

St. John’s UMC posts upcoming fall events
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold the following events:
• St. John’s choir rehearsals begin this week: Joyful Ringers (bell choir), Sept. 4; Chancel Choir, Sept. 5; Men’s Ensemble, Sept. 8; and Music Makers (elementary and preschool), Sept. 12. Contact Kathie Riebe at sjumcmusic@comporium.net for details.
• St. John’s Grief Support Group meets at 4:30 p.m. every other Wednesday. The next meeting is Sept. 5.
• Real Kids for Christ (kindergarten through fifth  grade) begins Sept. 9. Children are invited to come learn about God and fellowship with church friends. Boys and girls will meet in separate groups, then will come together for snacks and fellowship time. Both groups will use the book, “Building Faith Brick by Brick.” They will hear/learn Bible stories and then construct scenes out of Legos to represent the story. Sign up on the back-to-school table outside the sanctuary.
• UMYF for middle and high school students will meet 4-5 p.m. Sundays beginning Sept. 9 with a Parent/Paperwork/Pizza meeting. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.
• The church’s book club will hold a meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the men’s Bible study room off the fellowship hall. At this meeting, the club will receive its 2018-19 reading list and share any “must reads” from their summer reading.  
The club reads mostly best-selling contemporary Christian authors, but not exclusively, and alternates between fiction and non-fiction.
The club, which meets the second Monday of each month, welcomes all who enjoy a good read and a little discussion.  
• St. John’s VIP (seniors) group will take a Christian Tours trip to The Ark and The Creation Museum on Sept. 12-14. Friends and family are welcome to come, too. Fliers are in the lobby. For details, email mjackson107@yahoo.com.
• The UMMEEN will meet for a full breakfast and fellowship at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 16.
• The Mary Osborne Circle will prepare dinner for the young people at Winthrop’s Wesley Foundation on Sept. 17.

• Wednesday night meals and vespers services will resume Sept. 19. Prices and serving time will be the same as last year. Volunteers, especially men, are needed for the heavy work.
• A new Disciple! class will begin this fall. It is an in-depth study of much of the Bible, both Old and New Testament, featuring the historical background behind it. It takes about an hour a day of preparation and reading of the Bible and the accompanying workbook.
The two-hour class includes an accompanying video. Time and teacher are yet to be announced.
Although this is written by United Methodist theologians, others are welcome. Call (803) 547-7538 if you are interested.
•  The United Methodist Women’s Oktoberfest is 9-2 p.m. Oct. 20. This is a major fundraiser for women’s missions. Start looking for your knick-knacks for the This and That Shop, and tell all your friends to come for the United Methodist Men’s stew, vendors and baked goods.

Belair UMC food pantry open Sept. 6
The food pantry at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, is open 9 a.m.-noon Sept 6. The pantry is for those who live in the Panhandle schools attendance area. Anyone in need of food is welcome on the first and third Thursday of each month. Donations of food or money are also welcome at the church office from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays.

NAMI support groups meet
• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 6 (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.
• NAMI Connections (for adults with mental health conditions) and Family Support groups meet at 6:15 p.m. the first Monday and third Thursday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., Lancaster. For details, visit www.namipiedmont.org.

Homecoming at FM church Sept. 9
Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, 109 Harris St., Fort Mill, will celebrate homecoming with combined services at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9. Dr. Marvin Jones, music/worship professor at Olivet Nazarene University, will be the guest soloist. The Rev. Brian Watts will direct the Chancel Choir, and the Rev. Joshua Fite will bring the message. Lunch will be served in the family life center after the service.

The Hinson Girls to sing at homecoming

The Hinson Girls of Van Wyck will perform at White Springs Baptist Church, 1249 Grace Ave., Lancaster, during homecoming services at 11 a.m. Sept. 9. A fellowship meal will follow the service.

Temple offers High Holidays services
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, is offering High Holidays services Sept. 9-14 at St. Philip Neri Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, as follows:
• Erev Rosh Hashanah: 7 p.m. Sept. 9
• Rosh Hashanah: 10 a.m. Sept. 10
• Shabbat Shuvah: 7 p.m. Sept. 14
Yom Kippur services will be Sept. 18-19 at The Grove in Carolina Orchards, 1285 Carolina Orchards Blvd. (turn into the parking lot at the model village and amenities center), Fort Mill, as follows:
• Erev Yom Kippur: 7 p.m. Sept. 18
• Yom Kippur: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 19
For details and directions, call (803) 619-9707 or visit www.templesolelsc.org or Temple Solel SC on Facebook.

Senior Adult Fall Festival Sept. 13
The Moriah Baptist Association will host a Senior Adult Fall Festival at 11 a.m. Sept. 13 at Sherwood Baptist Church, 1030 Darlene Blvd., Lancaster. Dandy Don Davis, a Christian cowboy entertainer, will present a program of classic western/cowboy music, with lunch following.
Each participating church is asked to bring a crock-pot of chili and a dessert for every 10 people attending. Tickets are $3 and may be purchased from the Moriah Baptist Association Office  through Sept. 6. For details, call (803) 283-8409.

Pleasant Hill UMC  to host blood drive
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian land, will host a Red Cross bllood drive noon-4:30 p.m. Sept. 19. For details or to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.


Faith hosts mobile pantry Oct. 4
Faith Presbyterian Church, 7520 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, will sponsor a Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry on Oct. 4. The pantry truck will be in the parking lot of the new church building at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Van Wyck Road.

Previous mobile pantries were held at Belair United Methodist Church on Shelley Mullis 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 USDA income eligibility guidelines. An acceptable form of ID is required at the time of registration. This distribution is open to all who are in need in our communities.

This is the third of four mobile pantries that Faith Presbyterian will host this year. The final mobile pantry for this year is Nov. 14.
Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, continues to operate a food pantry for Indian Land residents twice a month. Donations of food and/or cash may be dropped off at the Belair church office 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. Please continue to support this important ministry in Indian Land.
For more information about the mobile pantry, call Faith Presbyterian Church at (803) 548-8810.

Faith holds Blessing of the Animals Oct. 6
Faith Presbyterian Church will conduct its first Blessing of the Animals service at 3 p.m. Oct. 6 on the church grounds, 7520 Charlotte Highway, at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Van Wyck Road, Indian Land. The ceremony will take place rain or shine. All animals must be on leashes or in cages. If your pet does not travel well, you are welcome to bring a photo to be blessed. Owners will be responsible for their pets.

Byzantines gather at St. Philip Neri

The Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Community gathers at 4 p.m. Saturdays at St. Philip Neri Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. For details, visit carolinabyzantine.com, call Ron Somich at (440) 477-6389 or email ron.somich@gmail.com.

Hospice caregivers meet at Belair UMC
Hospice Care of S.C.’s caregiver support group meets 10-11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month in Belair United Methodist Church’s family life center, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. For details, call Cory Turner at (803) 577-4912.

AA meets weekly at Belair UMC
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road. Meetings are open discussion, with speakers on third Wednesdays.

Addiction ministry meets in Lancaster

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.


Temple Solel regular meetings
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. the 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.

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