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AME ZION

Chestnut Grove AME Zion Church, Stringfellow Road, Chester: Children's Choir third anniversary, 11 a.m. Sunday.

Mount Ararat AME Zion Church, Richburg: Youth Explosion, tonight with praise dancing, singing, drama, motivational speaker and free food.

Mount Calvary AME Zion Church, Neelys Creek Road, Rock Hill: Trustee and Steward boards annual program, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. O'Zion AME Zion and Mount Vernon AME Zion church families will join the service.

Mount Carmel AME Zion Church, Mount Carmel Road, Heath Springs: Revival, Sunday with the Rev. Duncan and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday with the Rev. George D. Crenshaw. Dedication service for the new land purchase, 11 a.m. Sunday.

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 345 N. Main St., Richburg: Revival will begin Sunday with the pastor, the Rev. Dr. Benjamin T. Murdock, speaking at the 10 a.m. service. The Rev. Dr. D.A. Jackson, pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C., will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday. Bishop B. R. Wilson, pastor of Gethsemane Church in Rock Hill, will be the evangelist beginning Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. nightly.

Mount Zion AME Zion Church, Fort Mill: Family and Friends Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Revival, afternoon service Sunday with the Rev. Erwin and evenings Monday through Wednesday with the Rev. Debra Waddell.

New Home AME Zion Church: Back-to-school Bash and Fashion Show Extravaganza, 3 p.m. Aug. 11. For more information or to participate in the fashion show, call Tonya, 628-8868, by Thursday.

Red Oak AME Zion Church: Men's Choir anniversary, 6 p.m. Aug. 11.

Rock Grove AME Zion Church, Margaret Street, Rock Hill: Homecoming, 11 a.m. Sunday. Revival, 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Ina Harris and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with the Rev. Darryl B. Starnes, director of the Bureau of Evangelism of the AME Zion Church.

ARP

Ebenezer ARP Church, Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill: Mega Sports Camp for children 7 to 12 years old, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday with the focus on soccer, basketball and cheerleading. Sign up at the church. Middle School Mystery trip, Friday through Aug. 12. Picnic brunch for Titus 2 Ministry, 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 11.

Neely's Creek ARP Church, Neely's Creek Road, Rock Hill: Music day camp for 4-year-olds through rising sixth-graders, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Brattonsville day trip for children, 8:30 a.m. Aug. 7. Bring a sack lunch.

ASSEMBLY OF GOD

First Assembly of God, 1070 Edward St. Rock Hill: Tim and Nancy Henderson in concert, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 12. The concert is free.

BAPTIST

Sandy River Baptist Association/Upper Division: Planning session, 10 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Bowling Green.

Beaver Creek Baptist Church, upper Fairfield County: Homecoming, 11 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. Terry Wingate. Picnic lunch afterward. Special music by the Moss Family of Hayesville, N.C.

Cedar Grove Baptist Church: Revival, 2:30 p.m. Sunday with Alphonzo Dixon and 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday with the Rev. George H. Lowry.

First Calvary Baptist Church, Crawford Road, Rock Hill: Revival, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 7 p.m. Aug. 13 through 16 with the Rev. Wanda Gipson. There will not be a Sunday night or Friday night service.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte: R. Monty Bennett, organist, in concert, 4 p.m. Aug. 12 on the church's five-manual, 168 stop Fratellie Ruffatti pipe organ, the largest organ in an African-American congregation in the United States. Bennett, former minister of music at Ebenezer ARP Church in Rock Hill, is principal organist at Friendship. The concert is presented by the Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists as part of its 29th Summer Recital Series. The concert is free and open to the public.

Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hillcrest Road, York: Vacation Bible School, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13 through 17.

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Van Wyck Road, Van Wyck: Men's fellowship breakfast, 8:30 a.m. today. Youth Choir anniversary, 7 tonight. Banquet afterward. Open to youth in neighboring churches. Sunday worship will be at 11 a.m. Sunday. No Sunday school.

Mount Hebron Baptist Church, Lesslie: Revival, 2 p.m. Aug. 12 and 7 p.m. Aug. 13 through 16. Back-to-school cookout, Aug. 17.

Mount Prospect Baptist Church, West Black Street, Rock Hill: 129th church anniversary celebration with a church picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and service at 3 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Alvin McLamb. Free blood pressure checks will be available during the picnic.

Mount Zion Baptist Church, McConnells: Homecoming and revival, 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. David Rice and Monday through Thursday with the Rev. Johnny Ray Pearson.

New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church: Family and Friends Day and the 14th church anniversary, 3 p.m. Aug. 12. Back-to-school pep rally, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11 with free school supplies, games and food.

New Hope Baptist Church, Neely's Creek Road, Rock Hill: Yard sale, 7 a.m. today.

Pine Grove Baptist Church, S.C. 557, Lake Wylie: Men's breakfast, 8 a.m. today. Homecoming, Aug. 26.

Roddey Baptist Church, South Anderson Road, Catawba: Homecoming, 11 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. Dave Walton. Special music by Calm Assurance during worship and at 1:30 p.m. Lunch after worship.

St. John Baptist Church: Revival services will be Aug. 12 through 17. Aug. 12 is homecoming, and the Rev. Lorenzo Tate, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Charlotte, will speak. The Rev. Charles Woods, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Rock Hill, will speak at 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Monday through Friday devotional services will be at 6:45 p.m. with Pastor Antonio K. Lee of Manning. If you need transportation, call the church office at 927-7393 or e-mail stjbpt@aol.com.

St. Luke No. 2 Baptist Church, S.C. 97, Sharon: Homecoming, 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Rodney Adams and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday with the John T. McCoy.

Sandy River Baptist Church, Chester: Revival, morning and afternoon services Sunday with the Rev. Keith Taylor and Donnie Dye and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday with the Rev. John Teabot.

Second Baptist Church, Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill: Vacation Bible School, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 for registration, fun and hot dogs and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 for Bible study, crafts, recreations and food for children birth through sixth grade.

Woodhaven Baptist Church, Marett Boulevard, Rock Hill: Special evening service, 6 p.m. Sunday with Sherrill and Claudia Calloway, missionaries in Mississippi. Remembrance service for Michelle Laurel "Shelli" Whitaker, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

CATHOLIC

St. Anne Catholic Church, Bird Street, Rock Hill: Faith Formation classes resume from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

CHURCH OF GOD

Celriver Church of God, Celriver Road, Rock Hill: Yard sale, 7 a.m., and hamburger plate sale, 11 a.m. today. Rain location: fellowship hall.

Clover Church of God: Greater Life Bike Ministry will host a motorcycle ride Aug. 11 to Boone, N.C. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Hardees in Kings Mountain, N.C., and have lunch at Daniel Boone Inn in Boone before returning. All riders with 650cc and larger motorcycles are welcome. Details: (704) 678-9510 or e-mail jsrodden@yahoo.com.

Gateway Church of God, Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land: Youth will collect donations for their Appalachian Mission Project from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at the intersection of Shelley Mullis and Henry Harris roads. This year, the youth will be in Loyall, Ky., during Thanksgiving to distribute clothing, toys and Bibles.

York Church of God, Charlotte Street, York: Revival, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with the Rev. James Petty.

EPISCOPAL

Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Caldwell Street, Rock Hill: Worship service Sunday at Elk's Park with a covered-dish meal afterward. Regular 8 and 11 a.m. services will be at the church.

St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Hollis Lakes Road, Rock Hill: Vacation Bible School, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday with classes for all ages and includes singing, evening prayer, crafts, fun and reflection on what it means to love and serve the Lord. Details: 981-5334.

METHODIST

Bethel United Methodist Church, Killian Road, Catawba: Revival, 2 p.m. Sunday and evening services Monday though Wednesday.

Catawba-El Bethel United Methodist Charge: Annual joint picnic, 10 a.m. today at Lansford Canal State Park. Bring a well-filled picnic basket, drinks and chairs.

India Hook United Methodist Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: Vacation Bible School "Lift Off," 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. VBS continues nightly through Thursday. United Methodist Men's Club breakfast, 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Anna J's.

Mount Prospect United Methodist Church, Mountain Gap Road, Richburg: Methodist Men will host coffee and doughnuts in the fellowship hall before 10 a.m. worship Sunday.

New Hope United Methodist Church: Revival, 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Ronnie Baxter and Monday through Wednesday with the Rev. Eddie Williams

Philadelphia United Methodist Church, Chester Highway, York: Revival, 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday with the Rev. Philip Chandler of Catawba-El Bethel Charge. Covered-dish dinner Sunday. Meals provided the other nights. Special music nightly.

Woodland United Methodist Church, Cherry Road, Rock Hill: Drop-in after worship Sunday to honor Juliette Phillpot. United Methodist Men's breakfast, 8 a.m. Aug. 12 in the family life center. Space still available for older adults to attend Hopewell Hash, Aug. 15.

NAZARENE

Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, Harris Street, Fort Mill: Operation Christmas Child will begin Sunday. Back to School Sunday, Aug. 26 with a combined service and special program by the children and teens. Lunch afterward.

NONDENOMINATIONAL

Rock Hill Christian Ministerial Association: Radio program, 10:15 a.m. Sunday on WRHI with Bishop Norman Watlington Jr.

Hunger Outreach picnic: The Hunger Outreach Program group, composed of area churches, will host a Rock Hill picnic from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Flint Hill Baptist Church parking lot behind the church at 1214 Flint Hill St. The picnic is in conjunction with National Night Out. Picnic will be held rain or shine. Open to all area residents.

Gospel Music concert: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Trinity Christian School featuring various gospel groups, free finger food during intermission and a drawing for prizes. Admission is $10 at the door. Children 5 and younger admitted free with paying adult. Details: Steve Funderburk, 324-5218 or 230-7442.

Grounds of Faith: Grounds of Faith has announced its music calendar for August: today, Perry Fowler; Friday, Missing You Dearly; Aug. 11, Sarah Gillette; Aug. 17, Michael Parker; Aug. 18, Larry James; Aug. 24, The Cord. For details, visit the Web site www.groundsoffaith.com.

Bible Study Fellowship International: Introduction classes for new members, 9:10 to 11:10 a.m. Sept. 12 and 19 at West End Baptist Church on McConnells Highway in Rock Hill. The program is an interdenominational Bible study for women of all ages with a program for preschool children. No child care for the introduction classes. For more information, call 1-877-273-3228 or visit www.bsfinternational.org.

Emmanuel Tabernacle Center of Hope, meeting at United Deliverance Church, Haynes Street, Rock Hill: This new ministry meets at 3 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. For information, call (704) 504-0002. Van Dyke Freeman is founder and pastor. Co-pastor is Davonia Freeman.

Faith Family Christian Center, Homestead Road, Rock Hill: Dinner and concert featuring The Roy Knight Singers, tonight. Dinner at 5:30 and concert at 7. Menu: beef tips on rice, honey-glazed carrots, green beans, cucumber salad, apple cobbler, roll and tea. Cost: $6 and free for children younger than 3.

Gethsemane Church, Squire Road, Rock Hill: Gospel praise, 4 p.m. Sunday with various choirs. Sponsored by the Pastor's Aide.

Grace Ministries, Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill: Monthly Women's Ministry, "God's Child," 7 p.m. Monday with Julie Boan. Open to all ladies.

Grounds of Faith, Cherry Road, Rock Hill: Trio in concert, 8 to 11 tonight.

Higher Ground Church, Possum Hollow Road, Indian Land: Enrollment is under way for the after-school program beginning Aug. 20. The program follows a Christian curriculum, provides structured homework time, games, sports and crafts. For more information, contact the church office, 802-3189.

NarroWay Productions: Fishes and Loaves, Aug. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25. For ticket information, call 802-2300.

Redeeming Life Ministries, South Jones Avenue, Rock Hill: Family and Friends Day, 11 a.m. Aug. 12.

Shield of Faith Family Church, Fire Tower Road, Rock Hill: Baby dedication, morning worship Sunday. Health and Well Being seminar, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Souls for Christ, Annafrel Street, Rock Hill: Vacation Bible School, "Stewardship," 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Details: (803) 370-9508 or (704) 890-5956.

Ultimate Life Church, Carowinds Boulevard, Fort Mill: Enrollment is under way for the Ultimate Life Academy and Pre-school. For more information and registration, call 802-2641.

PRESBYTERIAN

Beersheba Presbyterian Church: 238th homecoming, 11 a.m. Sunday with J. Edward Lee, Presbyterian Elder, Winthrop University professor and mayor of York. Traditional homecoming meal afterward. Members, former members and friends are invited.

Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, McConnells: Homecoming, 3 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Lowry and Sunday worship at noon with the Rev. William Gaither.

Catholic Presbyterian Church, Old Catholic Church Road, Blackstock: 95th annual homecoming, Sunday. The annual business meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. and worship at noon. A picnic lunch will be afterward on the church grounds. All members, former members and friends are invited.

First Presbyterian Church, East Main Street, Rock Hill: Early service, 9 a.m. Sunday in the ministry building featuring the Burning Bush Band and the Rev. D.C Horne. Regular worship will be at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. August Fellowship Supper, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Menu: Pete's barbecue and all the trimmings. Cost is $5, adults, $3, children and $15 family cap. To make reservations, call the church office, 328-2467.

Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Second Sundays, contemporary service, 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in the activities center across from the church. The service is on joy and happiness and those who have been on missions will give testimony. A fruit and salad bar will be served before and after the service.

Purity Presbyterian Church, Wylie Street, Chester: The 2007 Concert Series featuring Rock Hill musicians Mingon Eayre and Maury Wilkinson, 4 p.m. Sunday. They will present music selections from the 18th through 20th centuries for piano and flute. Admission is free.

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