York-Chester District: Mass Choir meeting, 10 a.m. today at Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church in York.

Cedar Grove AME Zion Church, East Chapel Road, Rock Hill: Prayer breakfast, 9 a.m. Dec. 1. Cost: $5.

Mount Vernon AME Zion Church, Mount Vernon Road, Fort Lawn: Senior choir anniversary, 2 p.m. Sunday.

New Home AME Zion Church: Hymn Choir anniversary, Sunday.

New Love's Chapel AME Zion Church, Fewell Road, Clover: The Rev. Kelcy G.L. Steele will be welcomed as the new pastor at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Rock Grove AME Zion Church, Margaret Street, Rock Hill: Evening of praise, worship and deliverance, 6 p.m. Sunday featuring Lance Hamright and Promise to Progress.

United AME Zion Church, Steele Street, Fort Mill: 14th pastoral anniversary for the Rev. Victor C. Wilson, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Dinner at 1 p.m.


Ebenezer ARP Church, Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill: Women's Ministry Christmas Brunch, 10 a.m. Dec. 1. Winthrop University Glee Club, directed by Randy Imler, will perform at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 with works for the advent and Christmas season. Gifts for military families are due Dec. 2.

Neely's Creek ARP Church, Neely's Creek Road, Rock Hill: Congregational meeting after worship Sunday. Annual Christmas banquet, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets available at the church. Basketball registration due Sunday.

Tirzah ARP Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: Men's fellowship breakfast, 8 a.m. Sunday. "Fourth for the Family" is Sunday. There will be no evening classes at church. Senior high students will take Christmas shoe boxes to Kentucky on Dec. 1.


Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Chester: Women's Day program, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Big Calvary Baptist Church, Edgemoor: Zumba cardiovascular training begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

First Baptist Church, Dave Lyle Boulevard, Rock Hill: Senior adult JOY Choir Christmas musical, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

First Baptist Church, South Congress Street, York: Brunch with Santa, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are $6 and include brunch, a picture with Santa, crafts and the Christmas story read by Santa. Adults' tickets are $6 and include food. Children 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For tickets, call the church, 684-4297. Tickets will be sold at the door, but the event is limited to 200 children. Proceeds go to the children's mission camp expenses.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Chester: Men's Choir anniversary, 5 p.m. today.

James Chapel Baptist Church. S.C. 160 West, Fort Mill: Appreciation program for the Rev. and Mrs. Ira Roddey, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Jerusalem Baptist Church, Fort Mill: Men's fashion show, 7 tonight. Tickets are $10 at the door. 50 State Rally, morning worship Sunday.

Mount Hebron Baptist Church, Rock Hill: Twenty-four hours of prayer ends at 6 tonight. A service of celebration will be at 5 p.m. featuring the Rock Hill Concert Choir.

Pine Grove Baptist Church, S.C. 557, Lake Wylie: Senior adults luncheon and Bible study, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. Free and open to the community.

Rawlinson Road Baptist Church, Rawlinson Road, Rock Hill: Children's musical, " It All Happened in the Country," 6 p.m. Dec. 2.

Riverside Independent Baptist Church, India Hook Road, Rock Hill: Annual Drummer Boy Christmas signup, 10 a.m. to noon today at the church. The ministry distributes Christmas gifts to children of needy families in the Rock Hill area. To sign up, bring an ID card or birth certificate and Social Security card for each member of the household. A Medicaid card can be used as a ID for children. The church is locate about 1 1/2 miles from the intersection of Celanese and India Hook roads past Westminster Catawba Christian School. Use the side entrance.

Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, Crawford Road, Rock Hill: Gospel Choir anniversary, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Devotion at 2 p.m.

Second Wilson Baptist Church, Ashford Road, Chester: Annual Fall Rally, 6 p.m. Sunday with praise and music by the Rock Hill Gospel Singers.

St. John Baptist Church, Sharon: Gospel Choir 36th anniversary, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

St. Luke No. 2 Baptist Church, S.C. 97, Sharon: Young Adult Singing Convention, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Temple Baptist Church, Celriver Road, Rock Hill: Monthly gospel singing, 6 tonight with Janice Marshall, Mitchell Fortenson, Billy Baker and Ann Montgomery.

Trinity Baptist Church, Crawford Road, Rock Hill: Second annual Tri-City Gospel Music workshop and concert , conducted by Luther Barnes, Feb. 6 through 8 with the concert Feb. 9 at Sullivan Middle School Auditorium. Registration is $25 before Jan. 6 and $30 afterward. For more information, contact Armechia Scott, minister of music, 324-5157.

Unity Baptist Church, S.C. 211, Hickory Grove: The Singing Echoes in concert, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Free and open to the public

West End Baptist Church, McConnells Highway, Rock Hill: New high school boys Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at The Connection. Southern Gospel concert by King's Cause, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Connections at the corner of S.C. 5 and Rawlinson Road. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert is free, and a love offering will be taken. For more information, call 327-2811.


St. Anne Catholic Church, Bird Street, Rock Hill: No Faith Formation classes Sunday


Lesslie Church of God, South Anderson Road, Rock Hill: Indoor yard sale, 7 to 11 a.m. today.

York Church of God, Charlotte Street, York: Youth group yard sale, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the church annex. Breakfast and a hot dog lunch will be sold.


The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Caldwell Street, Rock Hill: Soup sale during the Rock Hill Christmas parade Friday. Episcopal Day School Holiday Wishes craft sale and barbecue lunch in the parish hall. First Fruits Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2. Lessons and Carols service, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2.


Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Heckle Boulevard, Rock Hill: Christina Langley, home from her mission trip to Costa Rica, will sing at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday and share photos.

Friendship United Methodist Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill: Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 featuring handmade crafts, gift ideas, baked goods and homemade soup lunch.

Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, S.C. 557 and 274, Lake Wylie: Lighting of the Cross, 7 p.m. Dec. 1 to benefit local soldiers serving with the 178th Engineers in Afghanistan and their families. Care packages will be sent to the soldiers, and it costs about $1,600 to ship them. Contributions can be sent to Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, Soldier and Family Holiday Fund, P.O. Box 5082, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

India Hook United Methodist Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: United Methodist Men's barbecue and United Methodist Women's bake sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1. Plates are $7 and include barbecue, baked beans, slaw, chips, roll, tea and dessert.

Mount Holly United Methodist Church, S.C. 901, Rock Hill: Community fellowship supper, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the family life center. Menu: spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, tea and lemonade. Cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children 6 to 10; and free for children younger than 6. Proceeds to Salkehatchie mission.

Mount Prospect United Methodist Church, Mountain Gap Road, Richburg: Offering received for Methodist Student Day at 10 a.m. worship Sunday.

St. John's United Methodist Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Sunday is Stewardship Sunday. Decorate the church for Advent, 3 p.m. Sunday. Band of Brothers, 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 211 to view "The Passion of Christ" and discuss upcoming topics. All men are invited. Children's Christmas tree set-up, 9 a.m. Wednesday. Fellowship supper and program, 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Trinity United Methodist Church, East Liberty Street, York: Circle No. 4 will hear the Lake Junaluska Singers perform "The Messiah," on Dec. 7. Leave the church at 12:30 p.m. Friday and return on Dec. 8. Tickets are $14.50. Details: Ellen Jones, 927-7271. Christmas Cheer in the Trinity Village, a variety show, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Basketball sign up is under way.

Woodland United Methodist Church, Cherry Road, Rock Hill: Advent night is Sunday with a potluck supper at 5 p.m. Cookie Walk, Dec. 8. Anyone 50 and older in the church or community who is interested in forming a handbell choir and rehearse in the daytime can call Linda Liberty, director of music, 328-1842.


Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, Harris Street, Fort Mill: Chancel Choir will present special music during the 10:45 a.m. worship Sunday. Bring refreshments to share after the 6 p.m. service. Sunday school breakfast and concert, 9 a.m. Dec. 2 in the family life center. Advent lighting of all the church decorations, 6 p.m. Dec. 2.


Rock Hill Christian Ministerial Association: Radio program, 10:15 a.m. Sunday on WRHI with the Rev. Rogerlene Sanders.

"Sin in the Assembly: A Guide for Local Baptist Church Discipline" by Dr. John Williamson of Rock Hill has been published by PublishAmerica. Williamson has pastored churches in New York, New Hampshire and South Carolina. He currently teaches at Southern Baptist Extension Seminary in Gastonia, N.C.

"got questions? seek and you shall find" by Louis Pantuosco of Rock Hill has been published by Xulon Press. The book seeks to answer believer's most difficult questions. Panuosco, who teaches at Winthrop University, will have a book signing from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Shepherd's Fold Books on Cherry Road. The book is available also through Amazon and at

B&B Craft Show: 27th annual B&B Craft Show, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Springdale Recreation Center, South Plantation Road, Lancaster. More than 50 vendors with crafts, jewelry, pottery, art and more. Pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Chuck Wagon will sell homemade vegetable soup, cornbread and hot dogs. Landmark Pentecostal Holiness Church hosts the show.

Gethsemane Church, Squire Road, Rock Hill: Initial sermon for Ricky Kee, 5 p.m. Sunday.

Kentucky Mission: The mission is collecting shoe box gifts for Kentucky and Tennessee. Gifts can be dropped off at the Kicking Pig on Cherry Road in Rock Hill, Dollar General on Celanese in Rock Hill and on Bethel Street in Clover or at the mission on Ernest Road in York. For more information, call (802) 389-4409.

NarroWay Productions, Fort Mill: "The Real Christmas Story," 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22. Tickets are $29.95. Saturday matinees at 1:30 p.m. through Dec. 22 and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Matinee tickets are $26.95. All prices include dinner. For tickets, call (704) 831-8893.

Redeeming Life Ministries, South Jones Avenue, Rock Hill: Bishop Eric and Sallie Gailliard 10th anniversary celebration, 4 p.m. Sunday with various groups.


First Presbyterian Church, East Main Street, Rock Hill: The New Chapter Book Club, 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. New members are welcome.


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