Billy Graham Library celebrating Christmas
CHARLOTTE Thousands of visitors are expected to visit the Billy Graham Library for the seventh annual Christmas at the Library celebration through Dec. 23.
“Christmas at the Billy Graham Library is one of the most beautiful times of year,” said Tom Phillips, vice president of the Billy Graham Library.
Each December, the Billy Graham Library welcomes families, groups and individuals to experience the retelling of the birth of Jesus Christ, complete with a live Nativity depicting the first Christmas night. Guests can enjoy holiday favorites including horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas story time for children, live music from carolers, a beautiful light display, a large, ornamented Christmas tree and holiday shopping. Carriage rides are $7 per adult and $3 per child younger than 12.
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New this year, a Star of Bethlehem illuminates the sky above the Nativity as it did the night of Christ’s birth.
A Christmas dinner, served at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters, is available Thursday-Saturday each week. Space is limited. Dinner is $18.95 per adult and $8.95 per child 12 and younger. Reservations required by calling 704-401-3200.
Library hours are 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Christmas activities begin at 5 p.m. Guests can pet animals from the live Nativity from noon to 2 p.m. each day.
Another event is planned Dec. 11. Phil and Kay Robertson, stars of A&E’s hit reality series “Duck Dynasty,” will be at the library to sign copies of their books, “UnPHILtered“ and “Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen.”
Visit billygrahamlibrary.org for more information.
Pleasant Hill Church celebrates Advent
STEELE CREEK Pleasant Hill Church, 15000 York Road, celebrates Advent at 6 p.m. every Sunday in the dining room.
Each Sunday of Advent, a meal and a service will be held. There also will be singing of Christmas hymns, Scripture reading and lighting of Advent candles.
Dates are: Dec. 7, candle of Bethlehem; Dec. 14, candle of the shepherds; Dec. 21, candle of the angels.
Call 704-588-0686 or visit pleasanthillpresby.com.
Service for grieving Dec. 7
LAKE WYLIE River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, will offer A Quiet Christmas service at 5 p.m. Dec. 7.
This contemplative service is designed to offer promise, hope and comfort for those experiencing grief in this season of joyful celebration.
For information, call 803-831-1615.
Donate to Coats for Kids
LAKE WYLIE The Knights of Columbus Council and Respect for Life Ministry of All Saints Catholic Church are accepting donations for Coats for Kids to provide winter coats to children in need.
For $220, the groups can provide coats to 12 children in York County.
The Knights of Columbus began this initiative in 2009 to help families with children living in colder climates who were impacted by the economic downturn. Knights across the country have given away more than 167,000 coats. About 2,000 local Knights of Columbus councils have participated in their communities.
Last winter was a record year for the Order’s Coats for Kids program. During that time, 1,195 councils and the Supreme Council purchased and donated 51,924 coats.
To donate, mail a check to All Saints Knights of Columbus, Coats for Kids, P.O. Box 5443, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. Details: 803-810-5122.
Community Cafe serves lunch Tuesdays
LAKE WYLIE The Community Cafe offers free weekly lunches 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly.
The Cafe at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church in Fort Mill serves lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays.
Donations are accepted. Details: 330-289-1243.
Healing service at Good Samaritan
LAKE WYLIE The Divine Healing Ministry Chapter of the International Order of St. Luke holds a healing service 3 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5220 Crowders Cove Road.
Dine for H.O.P.E.
LAKE WYLIE The Waffle House-Lake Wylie and Knights of Columbus of All Saints Council No. 14475 are raising money for Operation Helping Other People Everyday, a statewide campaign to help people with intellectual disabilities.
On the first Monday of each month, Waffle House will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to Operation HOPE. Details: 803-746-5464.