Features https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/features/todaysfeatures en OLOG parishioner enters convent https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/olog-parishioner-enters-convent <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/molly_and_familycolor.jpg" alt="Molly Rusciolelli has taken the first steps to becoming a nun. Her family dropped her off at a Franciscan Daughters of Mary convent in Covington, Ky., on New Year’s Eve. Already in the habit of a postulant, she is pictured with her family, from left, Peter, Nate, Molly, her father Bill and mother Debbie, Celeste (front), John Paul, Abby, William (back) and twins Noah and Bridget. Peter is a seminarian in the Diocese of Charlotte." title="Molly Rusciolelli has taken the first steps to becoming a nun. Her family dropped her off at a Franciscan Daughters of Mary convent in Covington, Ky., on New Year’s Eve. Already in the habit of a postulant, she is pictured with her family, from left, Peter, Nate, Molly, her father Bill and mother Debbie, Celeste (front), John Paul, Abby, William (back) and twins Noah and Bridget. Peter is a seminarian in the Diocese of Charlotte." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> <em>by Barbara Lengers/Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church</em><br /> A member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church has taken the first step toward becoming a nun.<br /> Molly Rusciolelli, 22, entered the postulancy of the Franciscan Daughters of Mary on Dec. 31.<br /> &ldquo;The entire parish is overjoyed at Molly&rsquo;s entrance into the convent,&rdquo; said Father Jeffrey Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s such a blessing for all of us to see a young woman who is willing to take the leap and discern a religious call.<br /> Religious News 1-16-19 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/religious-news-1-16-19 <p> <strong>Belair pantry open Jan. 17</strong><br /> Belair United Methodist Church, 8095 Shelley Mullis Road, opens its food pantry for Indian Land residents 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 17 (first and third Thursday of each month). Donations of food or cash may be dropped off at the Belair church office 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.<br /> <strong>PHUMC Mad Matters meet Jan. 17</strong><br /> Births December 2018 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/births-december-2018 <p> <strong>Parker Lee Benfield </strong><br /> Parker Lee Benfield, the son of Kevin Benfield and Jessica Redmond of Indian Land, was born on Dec. 2, 2018, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.<br /> Maternal grandparents are Ed Redmond and Gina McNamara of New York. Paternal grandparents are Bruce and Maureen Benfield of Charlotte.<br /> <strong>Sadie Grace Thomas</strong><br /> Sadie Grace Thomas, the daughter of Shawn and Keli Thomas of Lancaster, was born Dec. 7, 2018, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.<br /> Births November 2018 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/births-november-2018 <p> <strong>Carabeth Louise Alumbaugh</strong><br /> Carabeth Louise Alumbaugh, the daughter of Grant and Tessa Alumbaugh of Indian Land, was born Nov. 6, 2018, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.<br /> Maternal grandfather is Bob Wedlake of Oklahoma. Paternal grandparents are Bill and Janet Alumbaugh of Arkansas.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Religious News 1-9-19 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/religious-news-1-9-19 <p> <strong>Temple Solel meets Jan. 11</strong><br /> Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 (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.<br /> <strong>St. John&rsquo;s posts events</strong><br /> St. John&rsquo;s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold the following events this month:<br /> Religious News 1-2-19 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/religious-news-1-2-19 <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/faith_presby_sh_volunteers_8-1-18-4th_anniversary.jpg" alt="This group of Faith Presbyterian Church members travels to Second Harvest in Charlotte on the first Wednesday afternoon every month to pack boxes of food for the Meals on Wheels program. The group is in its fifth year and has packed about 24,000 meals during that time. " title="This group of Faith Presbyterian Church members travels to Second Harvest in Charlotte on the first Wednesday afternoon every month to pack boxes of food for the Meals on Wheels program. The group is in its fifth year and has packed about 24,000 meals during that time. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <strong>Mad Matters meet Jan. 3</strong><br /> The Mad Matters ministry of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway, Indian Land, meets 1-3 p.m. Jan. 3 (first and third Thursday of each month) in the fellowship hall to make waterproof mats for the homeless.<br /> <strong>Belair pantry open Jan. 3</strong><br /> Start the new year with a First Day Hike at AJSP https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/start-new-year-first-day-hike-ajsp <p> <em>from Andrew Jackson State Park</em><br /> Andrew Jackson State Park&nbsp; is one of more than 30 state parks in South Carolina that will offer ranger-guided hikes, walks and special events Tuesday, Jan. 1, to help launch the new year (and to get resolutions off to a good start).<br /> Start your new year out on the right foot by hitting the Garden of the Waxhaws Trail.&nbsp;This one-mile trail loops the park&rsquo;s 18-acre lake.<br /> The Andrew Jackson State Park hike begins at 2 p.m. at the fishing pier.<br /> Sun City Cycling Club thanks historic church https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/sun-city-cycling-club-thanks-historic-church <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/biking_1.jpeg" alt="Cyclists from Sun City and the area enjoy refreshments on the steps of Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church about 15 miles into their morning ride. From left are, front row: Ed Thomas of Indian Land, Bill Krewson and Steven Burke of Sun City, and Nini Cook of Charlotte. Back row: Jack Nelson of Waxhaw, Nancy Dunn and Chuck Randall of Sun City. " title="Cyclists from Sun City and the area enjoy refreshments on the steps of Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church about 15 miles into their morning ride. From left are, front row: Ed Thomas of Indian Land, Bill Krewson and Steven Burke of Sun City, and Nini Cook of Charlotte. Back row: Jack Nelson of Waxhaw, Nancy Dunn and Chuck Randall of Sun City. " align="left" hspace="6" width="75" height="85" /><p> <em>from Libby Fraas/Special to Carolina Gateway</em><br /> About 15 miles or so through their morning ride, cyclists from Sun City Carolina Lakes and the Indian Land area take a few moments to rest and refresh themselves on the steps of the Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church, a historic landmark about six miles northwest of Lancaster on Old Hickory Road.<br />